South Kona Coast restaurants

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 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…
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…
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,…
Seafood in Honaunau

Da Poke Shack

This sister location to Kailua-Kona's excellent outpost, Da Poke Shack serves up the same screamingly fresh, marinated or dressed in multiple iterations, be it with shōyu (soy sauce) or dynamite style (avocado aioli…
Japanese in Honalo

Teshima's Restaurant

For a real window into local life, grab a table at this family-run restaurant, which has been dishing up Japanese comfort food since the 1950s. The vintage atmosphere and the country-style Japanese home cooking come…
Sandwiches in Kainaliu

Rebel Kitchen

There’s a sense of playful anarchy here, from the young counter staff to the punk and reggae coming out of the kitchen. You know what else comes out of the kitchen? Amazing sandwiches. We’ll fight you for the blacke…
Gelato in Kainaliu

Gypsea Gelato

We first came here after Ironman, where we saw a wiry Italian, without an ounce of fat on his body, walk by, then walk in, saying to his partner, 'It's always a good time for gelato.' And if an Ironman can indulge h…
Market in Honaunau

South Kona Fruit Stand

Baskets overflow with everything from tart apple bananas to filling breadfruit, creamy abiu (sapote) and purple jaboticaba berries. Slurp a smoothie on the outdoor patio with gorgeous coastal views. Look for the pin…