Restaurants

Top Choice Hawaii Regional in Kailua-Kona

Umekes

Umekes takes island-style food to the next level. Local ingredients such as ahi tuna, spicy crab salad and salted Waimea beef are served plate-lunch style with excellent, innovative sides such as seasoned seaweed an…
Top Choice Seafood in Kailua-Kona

Da Poke Shack

Poke is a local specialty that blends ceviche and sushi: raw, marinated cubes of fish mixed with soy sauce, sesame oil, chilies, seaweed and…well, really, the sky’s the limit. The point is, poke is wonderful, and Da…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Honaunau

Super J's

The full title of this place is ʻKaʻaloa's Super J's Hawaiian Food,' but everyone calls it Super J's. They also call it freakin' delicious. The laulau (pork, chicken or fish wrapped inside taro or ti leaves) is stea…
Top Choice Health Food in Holualoa

Holuakoa Gardens & Café

The storefront cafe serves 100% Kona coffee, baked goods and sandwiches. Out back, an organic, slow-food restaurant dishes up a sophisticated yet casual bistro-style menu that makes the most of fresh, Big Island–gro…
Top Choice Burgers in Kainaliu

Annie's Island Fresh Burgers

Sometimes you just need a burger. The sort of burger that makes you sigh and smile and say ‘Damn’ and feel uncomfortably full afterwards. Enter Annie’s, which uses local veggies and grass-fed Big Island beef to make…
Top Choice Japanese in Kailua-Kona

Sushi Shiono

Inside a mini mall, wickedly fresh sushi and sashimi are complemented by a sake list that's as long as Honshu. The joint is owned by a Japanese expat, who employs an all-star, all-Japanese cast of sushi chefs behind…
Cafe in Captain Cook

Coffee Shack

Perched precariously next to the highway, the Shack is famous for insane views of Kealakekua Bay from its open-air deck. We can say, with no hyperbole, you may never have a cup of coffee with a better vista. The foo…
Japanese in Keauhou Resort Area

Kenichi Pacific

Ignore the mall setting. Just savor the beautifully presented Pacific Rim fusion cuisine including tender miso black cod, Hawaiian ono (white-fleshed wahoo) topped with a cloud of ponzu (Japanese citrus sauce) and m…
Bistro in Kealakekua

Keʻei Café

If you’re craving some fine dining while in South Kona, it’s hard to do better than Keʻei Cafe, which has carved a name for itself as an excellent outpost of haute Hawaiian cuisine. Cracking peanut miso salad sets t…
Japanese in Captain Cook

Manago Restaurant

The Bingo parlor dining room of the Manago is an iconic Big Island experience. It feels like an early-20th-century diner, but one made for South Kona's ethnic blend: a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Filipino,…