Local Eats

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Taste the Big Island’s fresh seafood like Ahi Tuna and other Hawaiian Regional dishes.

There are lots of food options on Hawai’i Island’s west coast. As the state’s largest agricultural producer, chefs and restaurants (and grocery stores) are fortunate to access local sources for many of its ingredients, including Big Island Beef and Kona Avocados. Traditional Hawaiian foods influenced by generations of east and west immigrants developed Hawaiian regional cuisine, internationally recognized for its blend of culture and flavors. Enter, spam musubi, katsu anything, plate lunch, the loco moco, Alohabol, and more. The Big Island is also home to a growing industry of local made breweries and distilleries, there’s even Volcano Winery. Mainland comfort food in the form of a fresh salad, homemade pasta, or a fresh slice are just as popular as the adventurous culinary options among our local eats.

Good eats and good brews from Keauhou to Waikoloa Beach Resort here are a sample of what you will find. Looking for fine dining or specialty restaurants for your healthy lifestyle or restrictive diet? We have those too, just ask.

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From Big Island Beef to Vegan watermelon sushi, there’s something for everyone on Hawaii Island.

Keauhou – at the Keauhou Shopping Center

Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai – High-elevation Hawaiian eatery offers 230-degree vista views, eclectic fare, fire pits & cocktails.

78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

(808) 333-3434

Kenichi Pacific –Serving sushi & creative Asian-fusion cuisine.

78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

(808) 322-6400

Bianelli’s Gourmet Pizza – A wide variety of pizzas (including vegan), pastas & drinks served in a relaxed setting.

78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740


Tropics Tap House – Airy & colorful pub offering locally made beers, eclectic pub eats & TVs for sports fans.

78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

(808) 498-4507


Magics Beach Grill – New restaurant adjacent to Magic Sands Beach. Comfort food · Outdoor seating · Small plates

77-6452 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

(808) 662-4427

Da Poke Shack – Legendary Poke Bowls, known as the overall #1 restaurant on Yelp.

76-6246 Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

(808) 329-7653

Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill – Colorful, casual eatery is a bustling local go-to for seafood specials, pupu platters & wine.

75-5995 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua, HI 96740

(808) 327-0209

Huggo’s and Huggo’s On The Rocks – Scenic, waterfront fixture providing seafood, steaks & pasta, plus tiki drinks & live entertainment.

75-5828 Kahakai Rd, Kailua, HI 96740

(808) 329-1493

Kona Inn Restaurant – Oceanside, historic-inn space for seafood, Hawaiian classics & a horseshoe-shaped bar for mai tais.

75-5744 Alii Dr, Kailua, HI 96740

(808) 329-4455

Umekes Fishmarket Bar and Grill – Poke bowls & other Hawaiian favorites served in a spacious, laid-back setting with a full bar.

74-5563 Kaiwi St, Kailua Kona, HI 96740

(808) 238-0571

Kona Brewing Co. – Local brewery with a variety of beers and ales, serving pizza, sandwiches and salads.

74-5612 Pawai Pl, Kailua, HI 96740

(808) 334-2739

Waikoloa Beach Resort

Tropics Ale House – Cool tavern with live music offering area-sourced pub grub, unique drinks & many craft beers on tap.

69-1022 Keana Pl, Waikoloa, HI 96738.

(808) 886-4287

Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess – Hawaii’s original House of Bacon featuring home made Hawaiian “Mai” bacon. The renowned Chef Allen Hess serves farm-to-table in a relaxed golf course setting. Popular for its on tap Big Island beer, award winning poke nachos, Sunday brunch & Big Island beef dishes. It also hosts late night parties and events.

69-622 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI 96738

(808) 886-7600

Kuleana Rum Shack – Breezy dining in Queens’ MarketPlace featuring its namesake rum, made in North Kohala.

69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI 96738

(808) 238-0786

Lava Lava Beach Club – Beachfront locale with an open-air restaurant & live entertainment.

69-1081 Ku’uali’i Pl, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738

(808) 769-5282

Sansei Sushi – Vibrant eatery features Japanese-Pacific Rim fare, creative sushi rolls & weekend karaoke.

201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI 96738

(808) 886-6286

Foster’s Kitchen – Relaxed bar/eatery with TVs & outdoor seating preparing a locally sourced menu & creative cocktails.

250 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738

(808) 657-4500