4 Best Restaurants in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Vicinity, Big Island

Kilauea Lodge Restaurant


At this historic lodge in the heart of Volcano Village, the fare ranges from gourmet grass-fed Big Island beef burgers and locally sourced lamb burgers to Cajun shrimp and sausage pasta, catch of the day, and farm-fresh salads. The koa-wood tables and intimate lighting are in keeping with the ambience. Kilauea Lodge itself was built in 1937 as a YMCA camp, and the restaurant still retains the Fireplace of Friendship embedded with coins and plaques from around the world. Happy hour is from 2 to 4.

Lava Rock Cafe


This is an affordable place to grab a sandwich or a coffee and check your email (Wi-Fi is free with purchase of a meal) before heading to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The homey, sit-down diner caters to families, serving up heaping plates of comfort food like pancakes and French toast for breakfast; on the lunch menu, burgers range from bacon-cheese to turkey and paniolo (cowboy) burgers made with Hawaii grass-fed beef. A full bar serves draft beer and cocktails. There's live music in the evenings on a small stage.

19-3972 Old Volcano Hwy., Volcano, Hawaii, 96785, USA
Known For
  • roadhouse atmosphere
  • live music in evenings
  • full bar
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner Sun. Closed Mon.

Thai Thai Bistro and Bar


The food is authentic and the prices are reasonable at this little Volcano Village find with Thai art and silk wall hangings in the pleasant dining room. A steaming-hot plate of curry is the perfect antidote to a chilly day at the volcano, and the chicken satay is excellent—the peanut dipping sauce a good blend of sweet and spicy. And speaking of spicy, "medium" is more than spicy enough, even for hard-core chili addicts. The service is warm and friendly.

19-4084 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano, Hawaii, 96785, USA
Known For
  • reliable Thai cuisine with plenty of spice
  • full bar
  • quick but friendly service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs.

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The Rim at Volcano House


This fine-dining restaurant overlooks the rim of Kilauea Caldera and the expansive Halemaumau Crater. Featuring two bars (one of which is adjacent to a lounge) and live entertainment nightly, the restaurant highlights island-inspired cuisine and locally sourced ingredients. Families will appreciate the keiki (children's) menu. Before dinner, you can sit in front of the fireplace in the lobby or peruse the gift store in search of volcano-themed souvenirs. The hot buttered rum recipe was created by a bartender at Volcano House in the 1950s. It's the perfect cocktail on a cool Volcano evening.