Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://fishhopper.com/kona/
  • Phone: 8083262002x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 11:00am

    Window Table Not Guaranteed.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Pedro Almazan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alii Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean at The Fish Hopper Seafood and Steak, overlooking Kailua Bay on the Big Island Hawaii. Enjoy fresh seafood from Hawaii and fresh seafood flown in weekly from California, plus our signature Bucket of Fire and Volcano flaming drinks, all within walking distance to shops and historic sites.

A landmark (formerly the Ocean View Inn) and a local’s favorite Kona restaurant since 1934, the building housing The Fish Hopper has been beautifully restored to expand upon its spectacular ocean views. We proudly serve seafood from sustainable sources, harvested by methods that do not harm the environment.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (19)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (7)neighborhood gem (7)special occasion (6)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Not bad food, but kinda pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The ambiance is quite nice here with open air, but covered dining one can watch the waves crash on the beach. The food was tasty, well presented, and not overcooked (important when it comes to seafood). However, everything from drinks, appetizers, pork, seafood and desserts seemed about 30% more expensive than it ought to have been. A beach tax I guess.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommended
    Hunter
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Easy for cruise ship getaway. Best view of harbor and people watching. Local favorite, Reserved ahead of time with Open Table for a larger group. Parking is a problem along Alii drive so the parking in the rear is appreciated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday dinner
    Hoosier
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a great time celebrating a major birthday. Our server Sherry was perfect and allowed us to take our time and enjoy everything. She offered many good suggestions that were very helpful. The manager provided a great table for us and all staff were friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place for dinner. The skewers were great! Our party was celebrating a birthday and the key lime pie slice was excellent. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • paul
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    on the street experience with a great view very good service ono fish was overcooked, but graciously replaced by a monchong fish plate which was very well done with an excellent broth
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot...food, ehh...
    JenG
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The location and service at this restaurant is amazing! They went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and special but we were not that impressed with the food. Food here is not cheep so with the service and prices you expect better quality food and thats what was missing for us unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ocean Front Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great view of Kona harbor while dining on fresh seafood. Casual atmosphere, friendly service and a great place to unwind and enjoy a relaxing meal at the end of another great day on the Big Island.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • getting better
    morris
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is my second to the restaurant. the first for diner this time for lunch. Lunch was much better . The gumbo was quite good maybe the best I have had.The shrimp bruchetta was also good.The meat needs spice and the rice tasted like a salt ball.The view can not be beat . It is a open air restaurant so it is a bit hot. The service is fast and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice break from resort restaurants
    FinickyfourVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    After several $300-plus dinners for our family of 4, it was nice to dine for under $200 and have everyone pleased with their meals.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    RosieM
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Staff was very attentive, Jose the waiter is great! I had the Macadamia Nut crusted Mahi Mahi, it was very rich and flavorful, a bit pricy but very well worth it. The passion fruit cheese cake was delish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food with a Beautiful View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We were looking for a seafood restaurant in Kona and decide to search Yelp. The food was reviewed a good and that it had a great view. The reviews weren't wrong. I had a seafood pasta that was excellent and my husband had the Ono fish and chips that were also delicious. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for good seafood in Kona.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Presentation great Food not
    morris
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food presentation was attractive on the plate , until you tasted it. Most things were over cooked, steak, fish, even the rice was dry. The worst part was it was not spiced at all not even salt and pepper.Nice view of ocean and every one was friendly .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So very good!
    cannondaleman
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was phenomenal. The drinks were great. The service was near-perfect. The view of the beach was fantastic. Such a great experience! Try the sweet potato pie!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast
    MaiTais
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have eaten dinner at the Fish Hopper before and loved it. Now we had breakfast there and it was great. Good food, great view and staff was very friendly. Wonderful spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very good
    Lucisami
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The view is great, overlooking the water and sunset and the waiter was very nice. The food was really disappointing. The sand dabs were mushy and soggy (the waiter highly recommended them), and it was difficult to tell what the veggies were other than the garlic potatoes. I ordered the big Bloody Mary with soggy tasteless shrimp--I didn't even eat them all and I love shrimp. We would not go there again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 343 reviews are from the Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona reviews archive.
  • Great resturant
    capndale
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We have eaten there on many occasions while visiting Kona. The food is always great and there are many entrees from which to choose . The view out over the water is stunning and if lucky, a magnificent sunset may be seen.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish Hopper
    prodinerVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nice Restaurant, with a lot of seafood options on there menu. My dinner was outstanding, our service was excellent from Darcy who guided us through the experience. The view is wonderful from there location, and the secret parking lot in the back makes it easy to be in and out of this location.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish hopper and ocean view
    Texter
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food with wonderful ocean view just across the street!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table with a view
    JazzyChazz
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great ambience even tho you are sitting next to the road. The harbor and ocean views are super nice. Felt like we were VERY rushed. Know we were among the last diners arriving at 8pm but would have liked to relax and be more leisurely. Felt like they wanted us to hurry so the staff could go home even tho the sign said they were open til 11pm. We were in/out in 45 minutes. Food was very large portions with lots of vegetables. Staff were friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very courteous staff and great food
    Foodfanatic
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Had the stuffed mushrooms, crab cakes, perfectly cooked rib eye, and their delicious lobster pasta. Our waitress was amazing. She Checked on us consistently and never had to ask for water. We were too stuffed for desert but overall my Mother's Day dinner was awesome.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mothers Day
    kawena
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Made reservations by OpenTable and all went VERY well. Sometimes the requests either aren't communicated or not read by the restaurant. This time all was perfect. Took 4 Mom's to lunch and were offered the Mothers Day specials. VERY EXPENSIVE and the gals chose to order from menu. It was 2PM and having started the specials at 11AM, the "special cocktail" was not available due to "ran out of pink lemonade"!!! All 4 having ordered it were disappointed and so early in the day. The lunch menu is mostly sandwiches which didn't suit so we were left with some limited lunch entree selections. Regardless, the gathering and reason for the lunch was good, the food was good and the service, as always was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed and yummy
    fififluff
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We stopped here for lunch on our last day on the island before heading to the airport. It's across the street from the ocean, and has a fairly nice view (if you don't count the cars driving by). Don't bother ordering a fruity cocktail - they screwed up three different ones. We sampled all kinds of things on the menu - the seafood is a must! Coconut shrimp is FABULOUS!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard to beat the view
    Denisue
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We love The Fish Hopper on Monterey, CA, so we were happy to eat at the one here in Kona. I got salad and clam chowder. Their clam chowder is my favorite, and it did not disappoint. My husband got the Monchong. It was a beautiful presentation. Came with expertly prepared vegetables and polenta. The dish was slightly lacking in flavor, but pretty good. The service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good
    KauaiVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food is flavorless, I would not eat here again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good fish
    Hungry1
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Fish entree was cooked perfectly and generously sized. Service was good. Didn't care for noisy street, but given the location it was expected. I would go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Dinner
    BGeez
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Even though we have been to Kona several times, this was our first visit to Fish Hopper. We will go back as enjoyed the view and the food...also service was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We had studied many menus in Kailua and it was difficult to pick one since the menus seemed similar. So we were thrilled to find the Fish Hopper. Wonderful and unusual specialty cocktails, delicious Ono, and a perfect view of the ocean. Add to that excellent service and it made for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvdatenights
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Wait staff could use more help. Felt like it took awhile for waiter to come around and introduce himself and then almost seven minutes to get a drink. Food had a nice presentation taste was good. A little on pricey side of things though.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A conundrum
    Lize217
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Made a reservation on OpenTable without knowing anything about the place/location (OpenTable is always great and easy to use). Expected this to be a high end place due to price, menu, reviews. Although the location is great looking out over the water, it is right in the middle of the strip with dive bars, tattoo shops, and other tourist fare. It looks like another bar from the outside. We sat at a wonderful reserved table but then weren't greeted by a server for 15 minutes (a huge pet peeve). A manager then came to take our order. Left there still not feeling like we ever had a server. Strange. The food was average, nothing stood out or was overwhelmingly wonderful. I would not return there for the price of the food, level of service, etc.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best dining experiences
    Way2goHopper
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The staff are amazing especially Mathew, Randy and Darci. I wanted to have a romantic time with my wife for her 30th birthday so I booked a table at the Hopper. When I wrote to request a special time, I received multiple personal emails from the general manager and restaurant manager ensuring that it would be great. And it was! Darci, our waitress allowed us to have a long and great 3 hour dinner with great food, laughs with Darci and the staff. The management came over several times to ensure we were treated like celebrities. It was a special time and it was all due to the special attention we received and great food delivered. I cannot thank the staff enough. Keep up the amazing customer service! This is a top notch restaurant!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jeff's visit
    KonaBarb65
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We brought our family member from the Mainland in for dinner. Overall, everything was very good. The service was excellent as was the dessert. He ordered the lobster tail and shrimp, and for a large person, it wasn't enough food. A lot of money for a very small portion of lobster. Otherwise, we enjoyed ourselves greatly. Mahalo.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite restaurant in Kona
    Supergirl
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Visited the big Island for 10 days and this was our favorite restaurant! Fish dishes are outstanding! Beautiful presentation and tasted delicious... We had the mahi, hebi, shrimp, ahi- all outstanding. The view from the restaurant is of the Harbour. Service attentive! This is a casual unassuming place with great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    locavore
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My husband and I recently dined at the Fish Hopper, Kailua-Kona and had a very enjoyable dining experience. We started with the calamari appetizer, which was good but could have been a bit crisper. Our entrees were macadamia nut mahimahi for my husband and the lemon grass / ginger-crusted ono for me. Both were delicious, well-prepared and attractively presented. They were also a bit pricey for our budget ($27.95 each), but it was a special occasion and we splurged. The service was excellent - our server, Darci, was friendly, personable, knowledgeable and efficient. Having her as our server certainly added to the enjoyment of our evening. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disaster
    Owltime
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had checked in person two days earlier and had the printout. When we arrived around 12:30 for a 1 pm reservation---12 people, with three children, after a funeral---no table and a large party where we were told they would put us & no other feasible possibility. First we were told "ten minutes." Half an hour later, we were told, "Just another ten minutes." Then the truth came out:that an employee made a mistake, and there was no record of our reservation. When we finally got seated at about 1:30 we were told staff were "off duty." Service was almost non-existent and the food arrived about 30 inutes later---almost cold. The kitchen staff were "off duty." The manager said he was "sorry" for the mix up but offered nothing
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • happy birthday
    bdayparty
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    we invited 25 people to join us for a 65th birthday celebration. everyone came and we had a great time. excellent service, everyone could chose what they wanted to eat and I did not have to clean up or cook ! very friendly and great location. used to be ocean view inn where we shared many memories. miss the old place but they kept the same great feeling.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food overlooking the water
    Supergirl
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    All of us ordered different kinds of fish-all good. Service was attentive. We requested a water view table on open table - they gave us a table overlooking Harbour. Dessert was ok only - skip it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The specials were excellent
    IanMVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The specials were excellent and good portions. Service was attentive and the hostess asked us to wait a few minutes while she had a table with a great view of the water cleared for us. Great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great table for ocean view.
    luv2Cfood
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our party enjoyed the evening ocean view as we were given an up front table which added to our dinning experience. The staff was polite and fairly attentive to our dinning needs. Most of the food served was very good, we enjoyed our experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    DanielsVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Place was clean, had a great view and I was anxious to try some good ahi! We ordered and waited forever. Our entries arrived and...no ahi! Our waiter forgot to put in our appetizer. VERY disappointed! The rest of the food was ok but not great. Small portions, waiter was unskilled and dripped water on my foot and my son's twice. $200 bill before tip was kind off steep for 4 people with no alcohol and no appetizer. We paid and walked up the street to look at a store and on the way back to our car we were grilled rudely by the lady at the door since we parked in their lot. We had just been there and she had even poured water for is a couple times. Just the final nail in a bad experience, I guess.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner by the bay
    RangerKaren
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I really appreciated the manager, Joel, coming to suggest a booth for my husband and I as an alternative to waiting in the bar. He took me over to sit there to see what I thought before deciding. The food was delicious - especially the mushroom raviolis our fish was served with! Not only the manager, but the General Manager, stopped to check on us. There was a huge selection of scrumptious looking desserts! We only tried one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.