Coast Grille at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. This open-air restaurant has high ceilings and a lanai that overlooks the pool and beach. American bistro-style dishes showcase the bounty of Big Island ingredients, including fresh Kona shrimp and lobster (raised at the Natural Energy Lab), seasonal fresh oysters, and other specially prepared seafood. A Friday alternative (the restaurant is closed on Friday and Saturday) is the Let's Go Crabbing night at the hotel's Ocean Terrace; a splendid buffet comes with everything from steamed Manilla clams and soft-shell crab tempura to crab-and-corn bisque and a full salad bar. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kaunaoa Dr., Kohala Coast, HI, 96743. 808/880–1111. www.princeresortshawaii.com. Closed Fri. and Sat. No lunch.
May 19, 2008
My husband and I had a very nice dinner here - the service was fine, and the view was spectacular. We thought the food was very good, but it lacked that certain "wow" factor you might expect given the prices. We had a far more delicious meal the next night at a local restaurant in the nearby town of Kawaihe (and for half the price).