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Brown's Beach House - The Fairmont Orchid - Kohala Coast
Brown's Beach House - The Fairmont Orchid - Kohala Coast
  • Address:
    1 North Kaniku Drive
    Kohala Coast, HI 96743
    Neighborhood:
    Kohala Coast
  • Cuisine:
    Hawaii Regional Cuisine
    Price: $31 to $50

Brown's Beach House - The Fairmont Orchid - Kohala Coast Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/orchid/GuestServices/Restaurants/BrownsBeachHouse.htm
  • Phone: (808) 885-2000 x7368
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Executive Chef: Hubert des Marais
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact hotel for more information
  • Private Party Contact: Theresa Benedicto (808) 887-7599
  • Entertainment: Hawaiian solo guitarist nightly

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet and self parking.
A word from Brown's Beach House - The Fairmont Orchid - Kohala Coast
The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Brown's Beach House is the place for the quintessential island fine dining experience located just steps from shore. Innovative, Big Island inspired cuisine is drawn from simple, pure flavors from locally grown, sustainable agriculture and seafood. Products using the diverse variety of fresh seafood from our island waters redefining the continuing evolution of Pacific Rim, Hawaii Regional, and most recently Big Island Cuisine. Exceptional nightly Hawaiian entertainment by resident soloists and romantic shoreline sunsets at a hand's distance blend naturally with the outdoor open-air seating for a memorable evening under the stars. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second trip to Browns and again we had an amazing meal. The evening was cloudy and did not give the best sunset but it was still quite nice. Absolutely beautiful view. Food was fabulous. My husband chose Prawns with heads still on. Would not have been my choice, but he really enjoyed them. I had crab crusted Kampachi. It was wonderful. Friends had Ono and enjoyed theirs also. Each couple shared desserts. Our waiter was extremely pleasant and attentive. We could not have asked for a better meal or evening. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Beautiful sunset views. These guys need to work on providing friendly service. Food was average and steak was not cooked properly. For the price they are charging....we had two other exceptional meals at the Four Seasons....and close to same price. Skip this one."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "What a fabulous location-couldn't be better. Romantic with live Hawaiian music being played, sunset came out beautiful. Our waitress was outstanding, as we're all the employees at the Orchid. Food was delicious. Service failure came by wine director, who apparently is too busy or uncaring enough to update his wine list on a daily basis... Ordered two different Pinots from the list only to be told we didn't have that vintage or it was out of stock. Shameful! Such a waste of the guest's and server's time, distracting from the experience. Waitress went above the call to dig around in the cellar to find us an acceptable alternative. Kudos to her!!! Overall an unforgettable evening."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "What more can you say? Edward, our waiter, was attentive, accommodating, friendly, prompt, efficient and almost prescient in anticipating our requests. Even the support staff was notably exceptional. The food was exceptional in presentation, flavor, quality and freshness of ingredients and temperature. The outdoor location is beautiful and is oriented to capture magnificent sunsets. Don't miss them. The live entertainment during dinner was superior and unobtrusive, but I would relocate the performer so he is not between the patrons and the sunset. The food is on the expensive side, but this is the Fairmont so it was expected, and was worth the cost. It truly is deserving of 5 stars."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is our second visit. Staff was great. my wife has a gluten allergy and the waiter explained which meals could be easily adjusted for her. Everything was perfect. Will come back again."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food was not good and way over priced! The only good thing is the lovely setting."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • " The food still lacks the spark of innovation and worse still uses the 'hotel service strategy' of a continual set of handoff's between those providing menu advice - ordering, delivering food, removing plates - this results in either lengthy waits, or your plate is taken the moment the silverware touches it for the last time. This lack of continuity and interaction is disappointing in fine-dining experience. Eating at KPC at the Hilton was a similarly overpriced experience. The outside ambience is great and its a great location to have dinner but don't set your culinary expectations high, the food is good, but not great - this is a hotel and staffed that way. Merriman's philosophy is different - try it and feel their passion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went to Brown's for dinner on our last full night on the Big Island and we were delighted with everything about the experience. The location looking west off the Big island can't be beat. The menu was pricey but worth every penny. The service was exquisite. I highly recommend dinner arriving before sunset, reservation is a must, and check the weather first.... There are very few tables indoors so you do not want to go if rain is expected. Besides, the sunset is a big part of the experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We've been going every year for 7 years now and always enjoy our experience!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This place is a great romantic beach dinner. Great for sunset."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our waiter Christian was excellent and the food was probably the best we had on this trip. Great setting overlooking the beach."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were disappointed in the pace of the meal, it took way to long for our entrees to be served. The coconut shrimp appetizer was a disappointment as well,surprisingly the shrimp window at the Kings shop was much better!l The view was amazing as well as the beautiful Hawaiian music."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dinner at Brown's Beach House was the perfect end to a wonderful vacation. The view can't be beat, the service was great, and the food was absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Truly a 4-Star dining experience!!! Server Bruce was most accommodating. He split the Virgin Lava Flow into two glasses for the young guests. Poke was great, but overpriced for $27.00! Chef Ogasawara was kind enough to create a delicious fern shoot pupu because our Mainland guests just love warabi. Kampachi and ono were cooked and seasoned to perfection. Wonderful berried panna cotta. Papaya shortbread went well with the Kona coffee. And because one of the girls was allergic to dairy products, Chef send out a huge strawberry for her as the shortbread was made with butter. Enjoyed watching the sunset, but it was a bit windy when we first arrived. But wind died down the entertainment by Sean Robbins was so relaxing and beautiful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "All tables are outdoors and exposed to direct sun... I would recommend seating just before sunset or later."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Reserved a table for our honeymoon and couldn't have had a more romantic dinner. The service was exceptional and the staff took every measure to make us happy. Would definitely return. Oceanfront, great food as well."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • " disappointed with the food this time ,and this may explain why only a few tables were filled at 6:30 on a Friday night. Started off with an amazingly good tomato beet salad, along with a very nice assortment of breads . Husband irdered aseafood dish with shrimp, a few barely opened clams, and mussels which had not been de-bearded. it was served in a bowl of broth and sorba noodles and was the most tasteless dish we'd ever had. Recently had a fantastic meal of this elsewhere,making this chef's version even more pathetic. my entree consisted of five one-inch pieces of pale seared ahi type fish drizzled with a wasabi sauce and a few sprigs of garnish and baby bok choy. service was slow and we must have waited 20 minutes fir desert."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The view, service, food, and live music made for a perfect evening."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I have had the pleasure of dining here about 5 times in less than a year and a half and this is my favorite restaurant anywhere in the world. From the service to the live sunset singing to the perfection of the dinner combined with amazing sunsets, this experience is surreal. The Kona Lobster is my favorite! Everything on the menu is perfection!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "It is hard to equate the ambiance of an oceanside dining experience, waves crashing, soft music, sunset, warm outdoor stting with any other. Add exquisite service and divine food- what more can be said. Highlight of our trip this outing"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The location, on the beach, is terrific. Wait staff is attentive but not overbearing. Food is delicious, well prepared and well presented. An excellent choice for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We dined here for our anniversary. We had reservations and while there weren't many diners, I saw people without reservations being turned away. Sitting down we had a great view of the ocean and were able to watch the sunset while we dined. What a beautiful view. It occasionally sprinkles but not a problem. The food was great and prepared well - very unique Flavors. We had the coconut prawns & Kona coffee braised short ribs for appetizers, the Kampachi & Ono fish for the main dishes and piña colada soufflé for dessert. Also loved the complementart macadamia nut bread they served. The service was great. Staff members were very attentive and we even had two different waiters snap pictures of us at two different times."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The view was excellent. When we arrived half hour early they found a table for us and we did not have to wait. The service and food was excellent"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great cuisine: Poke, Jumbo Scallops, Coconut Shrimp, Green Tea Soba entrée, Surf and turf, Grilled Lobster Tails!!!! all desserts!!!We will return., Server Anthony was very pleasant and patient with us. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We go to the Brown's restaurant every time we come to the Big Island. Never had a problem with the meal, the waiters are always helpful when I want to change the sides with the dish. Beautiful sunsets and mellow Hawaiin music. This last visit did not disappoint. We had a great waiter who did not rush us and was always there to check on us. We got the table by the ocean that we requested. Of course the beautiful sunset. The food was fabulous. The filet was cooked perfectly and the sauce complimented the flavor of the filet perfectly, the salad was crispy and fresh and the dessert delicious. We really enjoyed listening to the live music which just added to the romantic setting. We will come back again the next time we come to here"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times over the years, and it is always a treat. This is one of the best restaurants on the Kohala Coast. The preparation style is current. Food is cooked to perfection. Staff is always pleasant and helpful. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My wife and I spent our 10th anneversary at the Fairmont Orchid. Brown's Beach House is located 150' from the ocean on the Fairmont property. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset as we drank our Mai Tais. We had requested a very nice table for our special day when we made our reservation 2 weeks prior. We were quite disappointed when we were seated at a table for 4 in the midle of the seating area. We were expecting to be seated closer to the water, at a smaller more intamite table. The food was amazing, however it was quite slow getting out to our table. Our waiter, Christian, did a wonderful job. When we received our dessert they had written "happy 10th anniversary" on the plate. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Beautiful outdoor dining in Hawaii. Great service, good food and unparalleled Hawaiian ambiance. Loved it."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Beautiful outdoor dining. The staff couldn't have been friendlier. I had one if the fish specials which was probably the best I ever had. My wife had the filet mignon , very tasty and perfectly cooked. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our second time at Brown's. It had just rained(very rare) and everything had to be reset so there was a little wait and some confusion. The staff did a remarkable job and the dinner was wonderful."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend for a romantic beach side setting. The music was just right and not too loud. The only downside was that the desert ice cream tasted like ice milk. Not what we expected for the price and after an otherwise great dinner. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The sunset makes this restaurant worth it. The food is average and definitely not worth the price. I find it shocking that noone addresses the stray cat issue at this resort. They are literally crawling around your feet while dining. We had the pleasure of watching two cats fight as we had appetizers."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Amazing view for sunset dining. We had the lobster off the menu and the tuna special, and both were fantastic. This is one of the best if not the very best we have found on the Big Island."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food here was over-the-top good, and I've eaten at a lot of very nice restaurants around the world. However, even with that, I was tempted to knock the review down to 4 stars simply because of the prices, where most entrees were around $60. Definitely worth it for a romantic night out though. Great Hawaiian guitar player outside in front of the beach on Friday/Saturday night."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our experience started out well with friendly service and fantastic setting, but it went downhill. The service was extremely slow with the meal taking over 3 hours. The dessert, sorbet and ice cream, alone took 45 minutes. To top it off, the wrong after-dinner drink was brought to our table. To be fair, all the waiters seemed to be busy. In general, the appetizers were better than the mail courses, which suffered from the heat lamps. Lastly, one of the waiters dropped gazpacho, which happens, but nobody cleaned the mess up. Later, they even sat another party next to it. During our vacation, we had good meals at Napau and Manta, and excellent meals at Bamboo and the CanoeHouse, so we are not difficult to please."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "An incomparable setting with a creative menu, each dish was expertly crafted and the service was fantastic on all levels. We were told it was expensive however we what we experienced was value. Our thanks to Browns for a wonderful evening in paradise. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We have been going there for years. For the last couple of times they have ignored our request for a specific waiter. The selection of dishes is not as extensive as it used to be. Also ordered steak medium rare and it came out medium well."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Christian and Christian were phenomenal, amazing service/ambiance and sunset!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Everything from the food to the service to the exceptional location/view was fantastic"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were leery to eat here with two small kids but the staff treated them really well and helped facilitate it seamlessly. And we finally just got home today and our three year old keeps asking where we can get those popsicles (which were delicious by the way.)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014