Top ChoiceItalian in Waikoloa Village

Pueo's Osteria

Run by a former top resort chef, this hidden gem will satisfy your cravings for gourmet-rustic Italian fare: pizzas, pastas and classics, including a yummy gorgonzola gnocchi. Everything is homemade, and the...

Top ChoiceFusion in Waikoloa Resort Area

Lava Lava Beach Club

This cheerful spot is a favorite with tourists and locals, who snack on excellent coconut shrimp with ginger-guava sauce, ginger-crusted ahi with ponzu and some killer burgers. Cocktails and an unbeatable view of...

Top ChoiceDesserts in Kawaihae & Around


Since 1998, this shave-ice counter has delighted all comers with snowy shave ice and premium ice cream, which is perfect on a hot day, or following, say, a gut-busting burger. Among the dozens of flavors are...

Top ChoiceHawaii Regional in Mauna Lani Resort Area

Brown's Beach House

Brown's remains a standout for those willing to pay top dollar for island cuisine. Expect gracious service and the finest local ingredients: the surf and turf features locally raised beef and Kona lobsters, wild...

Top ChoiceBurgers in Kawaihae & Around

Kohala Burger & Taco

When only a real burger will do, come here for local grass-fed quarter-pounders with specialty toppings that are, in short, absolutely gorgeous. If you're not into beef, have a go at the fish tacos, quesadillas...

Vegetarian in Mauna Lani Resort Area

Under the Bodhi Tree

Vegetarians flock to this spot, where the dishes show a commitment to local and organic produce and Pacific Rim influences. Kalbi-style tofu is served up with kimchi and brown rice, or you can opt for coconut...

Fusion in Mauna Lani Resort Area


Fine dining and Pacific influences come together at this gem, which overlooks a fine sweep of the Mauna Lani oceanfront. Try the rib-eye steak, the slow-cooked guava barbecue pork ribs, or the always-excellent...

Desserts in Kawaihae & Around

Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc.

Shave ice is great, but it's even better when it's mobile. This supremely good shave ice stand has great flavors ranging from ube (sweet potato) to haupia (coconut), and toppings like mango syrup, boba pearls,...

Seafood in Kawaihae & Around

Hale I'a Da Fish House

Also known as just 'Da Fish House,' this take-out counter mainly sells fresh fish, but you can also score some outstanding, delicious poke. Head to the harbor for a picnic.

Market in Waikoloa Resort Area

Island Gourmet Markets

Spectacularly maintained and stocked, this is a one-stop shop for takeout food, freshly made sushi, basic and specialty groceries, magazines, gifts and more. It's a great option for healthy eats, and there's a...

Hawaii Regional in Mauna Lani Resort Area


The Mauna Lani's flagship restaurant showcases local ingredients creatively but simply. Island ingredients are crafted with care; the risotto with Hamakua mushrooms is a creamy treat. A decadent option is the...

Hawaii Regional in Waikoloa Resort Area

Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill

Always ridiculously bustling and noisy, Roy's will either delight or disappoint. We suggest that you focus on the food and not the buzzy atmosphere. The main courses, such as rack of lamb in a lilikoʻi (passion...

Hawaiian in Mauna Kea Resort Area

Copper Bar

Hawi-born Rio Miceli cranks out eclectic, island-themed dishes at this spiffy restaurant, such as cold soba noodles with lobster, kalua pork flatbreads and kung pao ahi. We're not always fans of jazzed-up...

Japanese in Waikoloa Resort Area

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Local celebrity chef DK Kodama is known for innovative, fusion Japanese cuisine, such as his signature flash-fried ahi roll, and an extensive wine list. This branch of Kodama's empire has the sort of inconsistent...

Hawaiian in Mauna Kea Resort Area

Hau Tree

At the breezy beachside Hau Tree, you'll find casual dining and outdoor dress codes, all overlooking the deep blue Pacific. The solid if not super-original menu includes grilled mahi with miso butter, pork...

American in Waikoloa Resort Area

Mai Grille

The island of Hawaiʻi is famous for its beef and its ocean bounty; Mai wants to get it recognized for its bacon. And so the house-made coffee-cured bacon is served with everything here, from frittatas with goat...

American in Puako

Three Frogs

A pair of friendly brothers run this Hapuna Beach concession stand, which sells enormous fish tacos, burgers and other variations of food that all go down a treat after a good swim. Located adjacent to the path...

Supermarket in Waikoloa Village

KTA Waikoloa Village

Located mauka (inland) of the highway in Waikoloa Village, this branch of the excellent KTA Super Stores is a full-service grocery store with deli, bakery and ATM.

Supermarket in Mauna Lani Resort Area

Foodland Farms

Full-service gourmet supermarket with an impressive deli selection.