Big Island Restaurants
Local delicacies, traditional culture and celebrities of the culinary world are a few reasons why your honeymoon dining experience will be unsurpassed on Hawaii Island. Gourmet restaurants are everywhere for romantically memorable meals in the hotels on the Kohala Coast, small bistros in Waimea and wonderful spots in Hawi, Kainaliu and Hilo. For budget-conscious honeymooners, enjoying regional cuisine is simply a matter of visiting many of the excellent cafes and even health food markets. Regardless of where you dine, you’ll always encounter local, fresh and often organically grown ingredients.
- KEEI CAFÉ, Kealakekua. Fifteen minutes south of Kona is the beautiful Keei Café located in a plantation-style building. The menu boasts flavor profiles from Brazil, Asia and Europe, and the ingredients are always fresh from local growers. This is a perfect destination for an outstanding honeymoon experience.
Address: 79-7511 Mamalahoa Highway
- MANTA & PAVILION WINE BAR, Kohala Coast. From within the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar overlooks the dazzling waters of Mauna Kea Beach. Excellent dishes of fish, lobster and beef garnished by Molokai sweet potato and other island delights are only matched by the gorgeously romantic atmosphere of a sunset dinner. Renowned for its superior food, there’s also a Sunday brunch for a more casual experience.
Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive
- MERRIMAN’S, Waimea. This signature restaurant of by one of the biggest innovators of modern Hawaiian cuisine features creative dishes such as wok-charred ahi and Kahua Ranch lamb. Merriman’s is absolutely one of the finest restaurants in Waimeaand offers some of the best meals you’ll have anywhere. Here you’ll find an excellent choice for top-shelf, romantic dining.
Address: Opelo Plaza, 65-1227 Opelo Road
- KILAUEA LODGE, Volcano Village.Inside a quiet village just a stone’s throw away from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this little gem of a restaurantinfuses Hawaiian culinary styles into French and German cuisine. The delightful dishes are balanced by charming décor and cozy atmosphere for a unique, romantic spin on Hawaiian dining.
Address: 19-3948 Old Volcano Highway
- HUGGO’S ON THE ROCKS, Kailua-Kona. For over 30 years, Huggo’s has been a local favorite for Kona’s best Hawaiian seafood experience. Built over the ocean, Huggo’s is bright, comfortable and inviting, and in the evening you can catch hula performances and live bands. Adding to the moment, spotlights shine on the water to allure fish and manta rays!
Address:75-5828 Kahakai Rd.
- PAHUIA, North Kona Coast. Set within the elegance and grandeur of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Pahuia defines the apex of fine dining on the Big Island. Exceptional indigenous favorites such as white shrimp, Big Island moi and Hawaiian Snapper are creatively prepared with Asian-influenced flavorings as part of a magnificent modern Hawaiian menu. The excellence comes at a price, but if you desire a one-of-a-kind dining experience, this is it.
Address: 100 Kaupulehu Drive
Phone: 1-808-32- 8000
- BAMBOO RESTAURANT, Hawi. Great service and ambiance make this out of the way restaurant a magical experience. Nestled together in a dining room adorned with bamboo and local artwork, you’ll both enjoy excellent creative entrees of fresh island fish accented by incredible ingredients such as Kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. On the weekend you’ll even be treated to local live music.
Address: Highway 270, Hawi