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Restaurants in Big Island

From fresh fish to tropical fruit, the best restaurants on the Big Island highlight a beautiful marriage between local ingredients and well-trained, high-end chefs. There are a few great restaurants on the Big Island to try. Even if you do not stay at the Fairmont Orchid, on the Kohala Coast, Brown’s Beach House is a great place to come for dinner (or, for lunch, the neighboring Brown’s Deli). The chef blends high-end cuisine with local ingredients, from the ahi poke with papaya and tomatoes to the grilled walu with lemon balm emulsion. Seating is right under the palms, and afterward, you can go for a post-dinner stroll in the Holoholokai Beach Park. Canoe House is an excellent Big Island restaurant—at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows—with a progressive menu, using locally grown products such as lamb, beef, shellfish, and the catch of the day. Starters include the chilled kumamoto oysters with caviar, while entrées range from the mahi mahi with fern shoots and relish to the prime strip loin, served with roasted potatoes. Another great specialty: the goat tacos.

  • 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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