Honu's on the Beach Restaurant
Honu's on the Beach Restaurant

Honu's on the Beach Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.konabeachhotel.com/dining.htm
  • Phone: (808) 329-2911
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00AM - 10:30PM

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: George Gomes, Jr.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private secluded dining area for 60 to 75 persons. Large picture windows with view of the ocean.
  • Private Party Contact: Melanie Denzler 8083316388x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alii Drive
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Honu's on the Beach Restaurant
Honu's on the Beach Restaurant features the most spectacular Breakfast Buffet with fresh island fruits, bakery items and breakfast basics enhanced by our famed "Live Omelet and Waffle Station". Ala carte menu available.

We welcome you in joining our entire Honu's team with our newest "Farm to Table" menu and "Sushi" with Chef Koji (Cuisine & Sushi selections available Sunday to Thursday). We also feature Gluten Free, Vegan & Diabetic selections.
Contemporary guitar music by Greg Shirley Duo 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

On Friday and Saturday evenings we feature our Famed Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet with a raw bar, appetizers, salads, specialty entrees and of course our "Slowed Roasted Prime Rib Au Jus and Steamed Snow Crab Legs". Adults: $44.95, Children (6-12yrs) $23.50.

Happy Hour at Billfish Bar, 50% off Pupus, drink specials, 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Join us for our Thanksgiving Feast, 11/27/14 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm; adult $46.95, Child $24.50.
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Honu's on the Beach Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (13)special occasion (7)great for outdoor dining (6)good for groups (5)romantic (4)neighborhood gem (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • The Best Food on Big Island
    DianaDiningOut
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Simply devine! This gem of a restaurant is alongside a beautiful white sand beach and is right in downtown Kailua Kona. We were seated on a beautiful outside patio under the stars. The talented house band played lovely classical guitar music while we dined. The server suggested we try the sushi so my husband and I tried a roll and we loved it. The Japanese sushi chef is famous in town for being one of the best sushi chefs in Hawaii. I had a delicious and beautiful Kale salad and it was amazing! The blackened mahi mahi was so delicious I wanted to order another togo. My husband had a burger, and said it was the best he's had on the island. Our server was kind and attentive and made us feel very special. I would highly recommend Honu's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice ambient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    casual place, but food is great. Great service. Drinks are excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion dinner
    KonaBarb65
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The wait service was excellent. Our guests enjoyed their dinners. The lovely music Honu provided conflicted with the Luau going on just 1000 yds away...and we were given a special surprise birthday treat after finishing our meal. Of course, no one can predict the weather so eating outside was rainy and quite humid. All in All, a really nice experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hangin' at Honu's
    curley
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A very enjoyable restaurant with good food, lovely view and ambiance and an extremely friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive and average food
    1Todinefor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Over the 20+ years our families have dined here for Sunday Brunches and Seafood Buffet. The quality of food and selection has diminished to just average, so-so food at a high price per person under the Marriott name. They have no Kamaaina rate for the Locals who are the majority of the customers here at their buffet on an on-going basis which is sad to hear, whereas I believe the Waikoloa property honors this. The prime rib meat was not the highest, expensive cut of meat as prior years but on the cheap, saving money. Mahimahi wasn't available nor their seafood linguine, mussels. Many dishes were served with tons of onions. I did not feel well after eating dinner here, perhaps something I ate wasn't cooked properly or kept cold enough.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Weekend Buffet
    shyman
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went for the weekend Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet. Lots of choices from salad through dessert. Service was good considering it is a buffet. We never found any empty selections although the "live tempura station" items were all cooked ahead.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet
    Hulagirl1958
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I really enjoyed this buffet on a Friday evening, after arriving in Kona. The service was excellent. The choices were wonderful. The prime rib was cooked to perfection, the crab legs were meaty, the tempura station had yummy shrimp and veggies, the clam chowder was creamy, and the garlic mashed potatoes were tasty. The calamari was disappointing, though...too chewy. The desserts were tantalizing but I was filled to the brim with prime rib and seafood. This is a "must do" if visiting Kona.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was OK at Best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I expected better sushi in Kona. My neighborhood sushi bar was better than this.
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  • A little disappointed
    Nickname1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had my mind made up before opening the menu. I had the scallops here before and they were fantastic. On this visit, they weren't seared which, to my mind, is the only way they should be cooked. The accompaniments were fine it was plated differently than last time, being served on a round plate rather than a long rectangular one. Just not as tasteful to the eye, the accompaniments more mingled. My friend ordered the sushi but said there is better to be had on the island. She should have chosen from the dinner menu. Our server, Toby, was excellent. Very unobtrusive but always on top of things. The service here is best we've had in Kona.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the Honu's on the Beach Restaurant reviews archive.
  • mike
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    excellent service & scenery. food was a step below that though for a Marriott resort.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Honu's
    bethpell
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I found the food at Honu's to be just okay. The fresh ahi sashimi seemed a bit fishy. The beef short ribs tasted a little bit old. The kids pasta dish was boring. The burger was quite good though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little-known Gem
    Italophile
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Ths Kona restaurant, in the Marriott King Kamehameha Hotel, deserves more attention than it gets. Although it is somewhat pricey, the food is well worth a splurge. It is inventive and delicious, a kind of fusion of Pacific and modern cuisine. I liked their scallops on a base of creamed fresh corn (yes, creamed corn) very much. And last time, their special of furikake crusted, seared ahi tuna was delicious! They have some good wines, not too expensive. The view across a lawn to the bay in Kona is beautiful, and the indoor-outdoor nature of the place is perfect, regardless of the weather. The service was very friendly and prompt. We will definitely return next time we are in Kona!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated
    Hungry1
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Service was prompt, but should be because restaurant was nearly empty. Bread was stale. Entree was good but not outstanding. Expected more for price. Great location.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • King Kam Kool
    Hawaii1953
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I wanted a nice dining experience for three generations of guests. "Honu" filled these need. Seated outside, great view and very attentive service. The food was very good. The crusted Ahi was outstanding. When presented with the check I was happily surprised that the prices were very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely location, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Nice location by a cove near the downtown pier, overlooking cool heiau. Open-air seating was the best. We took our 9-year-old daughter, and took a nice stroll on the grass lawn by the restaurant before eating some of the best sashimi we've ever had. The mixed-seafood pasta was also delicious. I wish we'd had a chance to eat there again. (Still thinking about the sashimi - even the kid loved it.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very peaceful outdoor dining
    Hawaii5O
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Very peaceful outdoor dining site. Good food and service. Pleasant experience for our last night in Kona.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The menu lists all sorts of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The menu lists all sorts of delicious food items but when we got there is was a second rate buffet.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find!
    joyinkona
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Although we live in Kailua Kona, we had not tried Honu's on the Beach before. It is a gem and will be among our favorite places to take guests from now on. Location and ambiance are superb; service was great; those having mahi mahi gave it rave reviews and the music was the perfect finishing touch. Only regret was that we picked a night that was Paul's night off. But, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Seafood Buffet
    PekiVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Kona had been missing a great seafood buffet, since Keauhou Beach closed down. IT is wonderful to see that the King Kam has picked up the void. The dining room is very tastefully decorated and you can sit inside or outside overlooking the bay. The buffet has shrimp, sushi, salmon, etc and of course-crab legs! All you can eat-crab legs! There are other tasty items like a mixed seafood medley, chicken and of course Prime Rib-with a sharp horseradish sauce (yum). Salads and veggies fill out the buffet. A dessert buffet table had tiramisu, pies, 2 cakes, haupia, cookies, etc. The coffee was superb with the desserts (and it is included in the price). We had a friend recommend eating here, and she was spot on!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The service what not what we expected... We constantly had to wave down the server to refill our water, asked for a coke refill and we ended up getting a ice tea refill instead. After two tries, they finally got the coke drink correct. We are kama'aina's and support our local businesses. But to have that type of service, there is room for improvements.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very balanced menu with something
    IanMVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Very balanced menu with something for all tastes. Overall very tasty and a great view of the water.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Exactly "on the Beach"
    BSteiling
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We were quite surprised by the setting. When one hears "on the beach" with fire pits, a view of the water, and live music, that's what's expected. Instead the restaurant is surrounded by concrete, a hotel pool, and a grassy yard where kids were playing. Although we arrived for the live evening entertainment, the other piped in music continued to play. A number of trees block the view of the ocean and sunset. We opted for appetizers and left.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing place to dine
    dinehere4agreatmeal
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Atmosphere great in the evening with outside lit fire pit, view of ocean, open air. Lots of different dishes to choose from, loved crab legs with clarified butter, prime rib made to perfection. A must go place to dine. Great service, friendly atmospher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for the seafood buffet.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We went for the seafood buffet. If you want crab legs - you'll find them here! They had 3 giant trays of crab legs and never ran out. It's a typical buffet, basic salads, fruit etc. The food was fine, but I was hoping for more choices on the hot side. Servers were friendly & attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    mike
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    On our last night in Hawaii we decided to have dinner at the hotel restaurant. It was very nice and good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Great View
    dw99VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    As a rule we avoid hotel restaurants but this one turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. We had a very good meal with an excellent view of the bay and the hills above Kona. Parking, since we weren't staying there, was a bit of a challenge - but mainly in figuring out where to go (they could use a few more signs) there were lots of available spots to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentine's Day Dining
    Lucy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Greeted warmly from everyone including servers. Great view of the Bay from our table just inside the open lanai area. We live on the Island and have dined here prior to this visit. It's a small buffet but the food is nicely prepared & the crab alone is worth the cost of the buffet. Salad choices, very fresh. Fried choices like calamari were cold, which we found unusual, as on past visits everything was perfect serving temperature. Prime rib was very rare but man at that station asked how I would like it cooked, had it grilled & brought to our table cooked perfectly medium. Great Hawaiian hospitality here! Nice desserts & the apple pie is outstanding. We had panna cotta with citrus berries...simply delicious! And, yes. we will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekdays are better than buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We enjoyed our weekday meal at Honu's. The food and service were very good. We came back on a Friday to try their prime rib and crab buffet. The food was above average for a buffet, but not of the same quality as meals from the weekday menu. We do recommend this restaurant, but not buffet, if you're looking for something special.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat up quickly!
    Valerie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was good but we had about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes between each course. I wish now I had sent my main course back because the starter plates had been cleared less than 2 minutes before our main course came. Far too quick.
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  • Surprisingly good hotel seafood
    Run2eatVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    On our first day on vacation we opted to go local for dinner at Honu. What a pleasant surprise! It was sushi night - it was really good, fresh sushi with several fruit garnishes we loved I the restaurant overlooks the harbor area where the a Ironman starts and where there is a luau most other nights - fun ! We highly recommend Honu's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent.....?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Went here for the Christmas buffet dinner. The best item was the poke. The prime rib though cooked and presented well, was absolutely devoid of flavor. Dessert was an utter disappointment purely from a selection standpoint as it was extremely limited and what was offered was mediocre. Yep, if it weren't for the poke I would have rated a poor all the way around. As an aside, we did have the breakfast buffet here earlier in the week and it was pretty good.
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  • The real Hawaii feel
    Dusty
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We truly enjoy dining at the Honu Restaurant in the King Kamehameha Hotel in Kona. If it doesn't rain it is perfect! One can usually retreat to inside in case of rain, but the outdoor dining is the best. Scenery and ambiance are unsurpassed. The Friday night buffet that we attended was amazing. The variety was awesome and the food fresh and delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place!
    pugloverVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    My husband, 2 1/2 year old daughter and I ate here recently and it was great! We had some entrees and sushi and everything was amazing and fresh. The service was suburb. Probably the best we had on the island!! They had people playing jazz and from where we sat we could see the beach and the Luau going on! The staff was great with my daughter....very attentive and the cocktails were great. One of the best places we went to on the Big Island!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance and Good Food
    Lucy
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We had visiting mainland guests and wanted a special place go for dinner on a Friday evening. So glad we went to Honu's for the Seafood Buffet. Service was outstanding and though it is a small buffet, everything was nicely presented and tasted great. Loved the crab legs! What I really liked was that the fish (mahi mahi) was not swimming in a sauce. The sauce was contained separately and was very good.Right on the bay, beautiful ambiance! All in all a lovely dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as some people voted
    dawg30
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Options of food choices such as salad bar and cold pupus was not there like some other seafood buffets on the Big Island. Dessert choices were very limited, again compared to other seafood buffets on the Big Island. No music, or any entertainment. Kind of pricey for not including sodas with meals. Other buffet on Island has a lot more options and a few dollars cheaper.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful wedding celebration.
    Mama
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The food was outstanding and the management's assistance for this wedding dinner - beyond expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High expectations
    Nickname1
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    We had high hopes for this restaurant after a friend raved about it. Our table had a great view of the bay. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the details of the food since there were more nuanced ingredients on this menu than on most we have encountered in the area. My salad of mixed greens was unremarkable with limp greens. My date's clam chowder was chock full of things; a very loose, inventive interpretation but good. I ordered the fliet tatami which came sliced over a teensy amount of mashed garlic potatoes and a tbs of spinach. It was tasty but the edge of the plate was absolutely swimming in oil or something....it was hard to see what since the lighting was dim. Date liked poke very much. Meal was good but not great. Out of words!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Air Dining
    HighwaymanVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Great hotel restaurant that's open late. Very scenic, quiet and outside. Food was delicious. Good portion size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • welcome home for Mom
    ksandjk
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    We took my mom out(our third time@Honu's). She was wowed by the outdoor beach settingwith torches
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beachside hotel dining
    David
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    This is the main restaurant within the King Kamehameha III resort at the north end of Ali'i Dr. in Kailua-Kona. My wife and I went there for our anniversary. It did not seem particularly busy, and I had a reservation, but there was a delay getting seated (for which the staff were apologetic). The menu featured decent fish selections, including an ahi tuna poke appetizer. The macadamia encrusted mahi mahi was a little overcooked. The Hawaiian ahi tuna was delicious and featured a side of shrimp tempura roll. Wine list was typical mass produced California wines one might find at corporate chain restaurants, but they were at least appropriately priced. The staff did comp us an amuse-bouche and one dessert, and they were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.