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.
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 this oceanfront restaurant. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows hosts the eatery, which has ocean views on the open-air gazebo.
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 spicy passion fruit or pineapple sauce) are on the menu at this relaxed restaurant on the northern tip of the Big Island in the old sugar town of Haw
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 instrumental in the state’s food scene, effectively launching Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.
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-century local golfer Francis H.
Surrounded by a tropical moat, this acclaimed restaurant is located just steps from the ocean at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
A quintessentially Hawaiian seafood restaurant built over the ocean, Huggo’s is a Kona institution, having been in the same island family for more than 30 years. There are nautical charts on the tabletops, a roomy open-air bar, and live Hawaiian bands on most nights.
Chef Peter Merriman began promoting the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement in 1988 with the opening of this eponymous restaurant in Waimea’s Opelo Plaza, near the Big Island’s western shore. The dining room has a peaked ceiling and an open kitchen that puts food preparation into full view.
Sushi master Norio Yamamoto is the namesake of this contemporary restaurant in the Fairmont Orchid hotel. Light-colored hardwood floors fill the interior of the restaurant, which has a 14-seat bar and seating along a koi pond.
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. The curved marble bar and black tables are offset by citrus yellow walls, red accents, and orchids.
This Big Island coffeehouse and café is situated along Akoni Pule Highway, near Keawaeli Bay.