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Restaurants in Big Island

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Big Island restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Big Island restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Big Island to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Big Island restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Big Island.

  • Aioli's Restaurant

  • Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Some of the state’s best pot stickers (plump with chicken, basil, cilantro, ginger, and peanuts) and baby back ribs (tender and smoky, barbecued in... More
  • Brown's Beach House

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    It may seem like ocean-side restaurants are a dime a dozen in Hawaii, but Brown's Beach House puts its tables among the palms. Named after 19th-cen... More
  • CanoeHouse

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    After training with leading chefs in both London and New York City, chef Sandy Tuason brings his experience to the Pacific Rim cuisine served at th... More
  • Hilo Bay Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Found in the unlikely spot of the Waiakea Center strip mall between Walmart and Office Max is Hilo Bay Cafe, which offers American Nouveau cuisine.... More
  • Huggo’s

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    A quintessentially Hawaiian seafood restaurant built over the ocean, Huggo’s is a Kona institution, having been in the same island family for more ... More
  • Merriman's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Chef Peter Merriman began promoting the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement in 1988 with the opening of this eponymous restaurant in Waimea’s Opelo Pl... More
  • Merriman's Market Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    At one time, Hawaii’s farms didn’t grow much besides pineapple and sugar cane. Chef Peter Merriman set out to change that, and he has been instrume... More
  • Nanbu Courtyard Cafe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    This Big Island coffeehouse and café is situated along Akoni Pule Highway, near Keawaeli Bay. The canary yellow eatery has an outdoor patio and woo... More
  • Norio's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Sushi master Norio Yamamoto is the namesake of this contemporary restaurant in the Fairmont Orchid hotel. Light-colored hardwood floors fill the in... More
  • Pahu I'a

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Surrounded by a tropical moat, this acclaimed restaurant is located just steps from the ocean at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The dining room ... More
  • Restaurant Kaikodo

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar

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