Don the Beachcomber - Royal Kona Resort
Don the Beachcomber - Royal Kona Resort

Don the Beachcomber - Royal Kona Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://royalkona.com/
  • Phone: 8089303286
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Th-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kenneth Omiya
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walua Road
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Don the Beachcomber - Royal Kona Resort
Set right on the water"s edge with impressive ocean and sunset views from every seat, diners will enjoy the Polynesian retro-tiki chic atmosphere, flavorful award-winning cuisine and legendary original Mai Tais at the signature Don the Beachcomber Restaurant.
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Don the Beachcomber - Royal Kona Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (5)romantic (4)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Perfect for romance
    Padlaw
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were on the Big Island celebrating our 25th anniversary and the Beachcomber was highly recommended. The restaurant did not disappoint. It's best to get there before sunset as the view is phenomenal. In addition to the romantic atmosphere, the food was awesome. We had the humongous fungus, surf n surf, filet mignon and creme brûlée. The service was attentive but not rushed. Highly recommend the Beachcomber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Restaurant, marginal food
    SushiZenVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant. Its 60's tiki theme is classic and classy. Our table was outside facing the water and enjoying apps and rum drinks over sunset here was first rate. But the food was very marginal. Alternately overly salty or bland, overcooked. The scallops tasted a little too fishy and rubbery. We left most of the food. The restaurant seemed tired and vacant. Its now only open Thu/Fri/Sat, and thats because nobody goes. Note: parking was miserable. Lot was full and no valet. Had to scramble for a spot several blocks away. Prices were quite high given the quality of the food, but about the same as any very high end spot on the island. The restaurant needs a major reboot. Go for the drinks and apps and view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner in paradise!
    SZQ86
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Don The Beachcomber's was recommended to us by a friend as a great place to have dinner and watch an amazing sunset. We were pleased to find that not only was the view spectacular but the service & food were also fantastic! The Hostess was very pleasant and our Server and all of the Wait Staff were wonderful. Our food was delicious - I highly recommend the Kahuna Don's Island Breeze Salad! I had the Catch of the Day which was Ono with asparagus & rice - for me the fish was just slightly over-cooked but I realize that I like my fish less cooked than most people and it was still delicious so this is not a complaint. The view and ambience were amazing just as our friend suggested it would be. I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good spot for sunsets
    Akivet
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My daughter wanted a birthday dinner with sunset view and this restaurant really fit the bill. Wasn't too crowded, only 'noise' was from crashing waves and the waiter was super-attentive. The drinks were great but the food just so-so. I ordered the seared ahi and it tasted fine, but was a cut of fish that had a lot of silvery connective tissue making it harder to eat and less appealing. I should have sent it back, though I figured all the filets would be of the same low quality. I suppose I could have ordered something else off the menu as it was a pricey item.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 28 reviews are from the Don the Beachcomber - Royal Kona Resort reviews archive.
  • Awesome view
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Don the Beachcomber has the very best view of the ocean in Kailua. It is situated out on a point right by the ocean and the views are superb. The tropical cocktails are varied and unusual as well as delicious. We had excellent roast beef and ribs for dinner as well as a molten lava dessert. Very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How 'bout that prime rib
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Outstanding! What a way to top off enjoying Henry Kopono at the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunsets & mai tai's!
    dove
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This became our favorite place to go during our vacation. The views were spectacular, the ambiance was fantastic and the prices were very reasonable. Would highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Hawaiian Charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    So pleased to return to this classic restaurant overlooking Kailua Bay. It brings back fond memories of special visits 30 plus years ago. The soaring 'tiki" architecture still has an authentic appeal. Entree portions were generous, our swordfish was delicious and the cheerful wait staff were attentive and friendly. We stayed chatting long after dinner, they made us feel so at home.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One if the best overlooked places
    Barthman
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    An ocean front gem. Often overlooked in Kailua Kona. It should not be missed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view
    diner
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Everything about Don the Beachcomber is 70s. The food is adequate - nothing special - and cooked well. The reason we go there is to take visitors from the mainland for a nice dinner so they can enjoy the sunset and the beautiful view and the open-air dining. It's very pleasant. That is all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad drinks, bad food, good view
    LSinvestig8r
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We were extremely disappointed in our sunset meal. The tropical Drinks were harsh, the crab cakes were fishy, the Entrees were tired. The view was awesome and the Service was attentive. Not going back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • worst meal in 20 years.
    Banksbiz
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    The food was not special. The service was HORRIBLE!! The waitress was terrible and badly needs training. No manager was available.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous View, So-So Food
    pashber
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    The view from the tables on the outer edge of the restaurant is fabulous. We had a head on view of the waves crashing against the boulders,refectory illuminated by the flaming tiki torches. We also had an interesting view of the Celebrity Century cruise ship a chord in the bay, which was visiting Kona that day. We made a reservation for 5:30, which is pretty much when you have to arrive to get the great tables (there are about 8 of them). The food varied from pretty good (a special appetizer with crabcake, ahi, ginger, shrimp) to blah (an extremely fatty, gristle-laden prime rib with no flavor). The Mai Tai was fine, but had a minty aftertaste, which I'd grade at an A-.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with a view but food so-so
    Matt
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Very nice view of the Kona bay and seafront but the food was somewhat disappointing, the Hawaiian sampler was nothing special and other dishes were a little bland if not greasy. Not bad, but nothing to remember either... A much better option a little further is Fish Hopper
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Friend's Birthday
    KonaBarb65
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We had a wonderful dinner. The view was fantastic and our friend enjoyed her birthday as one of her most memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Garlic industry share holders
    gawill1234
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    14 cloves (full cloves) of garlic on a mushroom appetizer. Heart burn. It's supposed to flavor the appetizer, not be the appetizer. Prime rib not the most tender. If you can't give me rare, just say so and I'll order something else. Veggies were great. For what is supposed to be one of the top 4 in the Kona area, I'd say try again. The food tastes good enough. You won't be fleeing in gastrointestinal agony. But it does not come close to expectations. On the up side, of the other 3, only one fulfilled our expectations. I don't drink, so I can not comment on wines or the bar.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We could not belive this place!!
    Newlyretired
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I called and asked for something special for a birthday and an engagement. They went out the their way to cater to our every need. My future wife and I had a very special night with top of the line everything the sun even played along and gave us a great sun set. This place offers the most spectacular sunsets in all of Kona. Thank you to the staff, cooks and management for a wonderful time. We recommend the Don Mac and cheese with truffle oil and mushrooms and any of the fish.We went down each night to the cocktail lounge for drinks and appies. Ask what the happy hour specials are to avoid expense. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Don the Beachcombers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Wonderful ocean setting with comfortable seating , beautiful sunset, excellent drinks and pupus, and service was very friendly and attentive. Several of the entrees were just average ( the Thursday special prime rib) but others were excellent .Prices a little steep, but good for a special occasion. They provided a special dessert for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Hawaii Experience
    letsgomichigan
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    This was our first visit to Kona. We made reservations on Open table a few weeks prior. We arrived early just to check in just in case they were crowded. When we arrived they were not crowded, and they had our table already set for us. It was beautiful. We had a beautiful ocean view table the weather was great the view was amazing.. Our waitress was great. the food was great.. Will i go again uh-yeah!!!!.. thanks for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • place.. food.. service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    fantastic setting.. and surprisingly good food.. especially after what the other reviews have said.. we all thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and the setting.. especially at sunset.. was unforgettable.. so why did poor service.. the old amazing disappearing waiter.. have to happen.. its a shame when a basic.. almost ruins a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mahalo, Don the Beachcomber!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I have been visiting Kailua-Kona for 25 years, and always make a point of dining at Don the Beachcomber at the Royal Kona Resort. It is one of my favorite places on Hawaii Island! The food is excellent, the service is top notch and the ambiance (scenery) is truly amazing. Even better, the cost for all this aloha is quite reasonable for Big Island dining. As a added bonus, Don the Beachcomber sells on of the very best Mai Tais to be found in Hawaii. Try to get there for Happy Hour. I can assure you that you will be "happy" after a couple of their Mai Tais!!! Not to worry, just walk across the walkway into the restaurant and have a wonderful meal. The seafood entrees are very good, as well as the prime rib.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Value-Prime Rib Special
    Twid
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Margaret our server was excellent and good knowledge of food, wine and area . enjoyed our meal and the beautiful surf! Best buy in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server was friendly but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Our server was friendly but a bit slow with getting food out and checking back with us. She seemed busy the entire time, i think they just had too many tables for her to adequately give close attention too. Nice time though, food was good. Great view and sounds of the crashing ocean.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went for dinner our last
    boatbride
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We went for dinner our last night in Hawaii. We timed it so we could watch the sunset and were given an outdoor table which was very nice. Our server, Margaret, was very nice, knowledgeable, and capable. The restaurant seemed understaffed as she had too many tables to cover. We enjoyed our entrees but the dessert - a chocolate volcano cake that required 15 minutes - was a complete failure. There was no molten chocolate - it was cooked too long. the banana creme brulee was similarly disappointing, chunky and bland. The wine list is incredibly overpriced but there are excellent cocktails from which to choose.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very average. Had booked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Very average. Had booked thru Open Table, but restaurant did not have reservation. Thank goodness not busy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best spot in Kona!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    THis place was outstanding, awesome food, fantastic service and the view and environment is just so peaceful, and the best clam chowder I've had to date. Whenever you are the big Island of Hawaii this place is a must.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table for two facing the sunset,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Table for two facing the sunset, outdoor seats, no kids. Tables spaced apart so you feel like it is just you and your spouse. Service was outstanding! Food was superior, although we ate too much! Great wine selection and you can't beat the sunset!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just a perfect Kona Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Just a perfect Kona Dining experience. We could ask for nothing better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed our dinner but when
    Laurie
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Enjoyed our dinner but when we got to the restaurant they did not have our reservation that we booked on open table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing view, food was great,
    prodinerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Amazing view, food was great, and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST OF KONA FOR WATERSIDE DINING
    woohooVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    THIS BAR AND RESTAURANT HANG OVER THE OCEAN LIKE NO OTHER PLACE. THEY HAVE THE REAL HAWAIIAN FEELING, AND WERE GRANDFATHERED IN 40 YEARS AGO. WE ALWAYS GO THERE WHEN IN KONA TO FEEL THE SPRAY OF THE WAVES IN A ROMANTIC SETTING.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What really makes Don the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    What really makes Don the Beachcomber notable is the outdoor seating on the water, which makes for a great view. The food was good but not spectacular, and considering the price, I expected a lot more in quality and quantity. You're definitely paying for the view here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate