Big Island Restaurants

Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food writers are praising the chefs of the Big Island for their ability to turn the local bounty into inventive blends inspired by the island's cultural heritage.Resorts along the Kohala Coast have long invested in c
Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food writers are praising the chefs of the Big Island for their ability to turn the local bounty into inventive blends inspired by the island's cultural her
Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food w

Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food writers are praising the chefs of the Big Island for their ability to turn the local bounty into inventive blends inspired by the island's cultural heritage.

Resorts along the Kohala Coast have long invested in culinary programs offering memorable dining experiences that include inventive entrées, spot-on wine pairings, and customized chef's table options. But great food on the Big Island doesn't begin and end with the resorts. A handful of chefs have retired from the fast-paced hotel world and opened their own small bistros in upcountry Waimea, or other places off the beaten track. Unique and wonderful restaurants have cropped up in Hawi, Kainaliu, and Holualoa, and on the east side of the island in Hilo.

In addition to restaurants, festivals devoted to island products draw hundreds of attendees to learn about everything from breadfruit and mango to avocado, chocolate, and coffee. Agritourism has turned into a fruitful venture for farmers as farm tours afford the opportunity to meet with and learn from a variety of local producer. Some tours conclude with a meal of items sourced from the same farms. From goat farms churning creamy, savory goat cheese to Waimea farms planting row after row of bright tomatoes to high-tech aquaculture operations at NELHA (Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority), visitors can see exactly where their next meal comes from.

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  • 1. Beach Tree at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

    $$$ | Italian

    This beautifully designed venue provides a relaxed and elegant setting for alfresco dining near the sand, with its boardwalk-style deck, outdoor...Read More

  • 2. Kaaloa's Super Js Authentic Hawaiian Food

    $ | American

    It figures that the best laulau in West Hawaii can be found at a roadside hole-in-the-wall rather than at an expensive resort luau. In fact...Read More

  • 3. Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

    $$$$ | American

    Casual elegance takes center stage at the resort's flagship oceanfront restaurant, one of the most upscale restaurants on the Big Island. Breakfast...Read More

  • 4. Annie's Island Fresh Burgers

    $ | American

    At this upcountry burger restaurant in Kona, the burgers are made of succulent, 100% island-raised beef, while the hand-cut garlic-basil French...Read More

  • 5. Keei Café at Hokukano

    $$ | Eclectic

    This nicely appointed restaurant, perched above the highway just 15 minutes south of Kailua-Kona, serves delicious dinners with Brazilian, Asian...Read More

  • 6. Manago Hotel

    $ | American

    About 20 minutes upcountry of Kailua-Kona, the historic Manago Hotel is like a time warp; a vintage neon sign identifies the hotel, while Formica...Read More

  • 7. Mi's Waterfront Bistro

    $$ | Italian

    Overlooking Kailua Bay at its new location in Waterfront Row, this steady presence in the Kona dining scene offers a reliable, consistent menu...Read More

  • 8. Teshima's

    $ | Japanese

    Teshima's doesn't look like much, either inside or out, but it's been a kamaaina (local) favorite since 1929 for a reason. Locals gather at...Read More

  • 9. The Coffee Shack

    $ | American

    Visitors enjoy stopping here for breakfast or lunch after a morning of snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay, and for good reason: the views of the Honaunau...Read More

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