South Kohala restaurants

Top Choice Italian 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 attenti…
Top Choice Hawaii Regional in Mauna Lani Resort Area

Brown's Beach House

The prices might be intimidating, but Brown's remains a standout for those willing to pay. Expect gracious service and the finest local ingredients: the surf and turf features locally raised beef and Kona lobsters, …
Top Choice Desserts in Kawaihae & Around


Since 1998, Tim Termeer 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 his dozens of flavors are ginger lemongrass,…
Top Choice Burgers 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 and …
Fusion in Mauna Lani Resort Area


Fine dining and Pacific influences come together at this breezy gem, which overlooks a fine sweep of the Mauna Lani oceanfront. Give the rib-eye steak a whirl, try the slow cooked guava barbecue pork rubs, or indulg…
Japanese in Mauna Lani Resort Area


Chef Norio Yamamoto left his namesake restaurant at the Fairmont Orchid to launch his own izakaya (Japanese pub). It's a looser, cooler place, where the menu ranges from classic nigiri sushi and tuna tataki (tuna se…
Desserts in Kawaihae & Around

Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc.

Kawaihae's only food truck, parked in the lot of the Blue Dragon, is also a supremely good shave ice stand. The flavors are good and the ice texture is smooth, but we say the standout is the ice cream and the halo-h…
Vegetarian in Mauna Lani Resort Area

Under the Bodhi Tree

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

Copper Bar

Hawi-born Rio Miceli cranks out eclectic, island-themed dishes at this spot, such as cold soba noodles with lobster, kalua pork flatbreads and kung pao ahi. We're not always fans of spiffed-up traditional Hawaiian f…
Sushi in Waikoloa Resort Area

Sushi Shiono

An excellent little sushi bar that prepares rolls and nigiri (oblong-shaped sushi) by request, as well as packs to go.