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Keei Cafe

Keei Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.keeicafe.net/#!
  • Email: keeicafe@hawaii.rr.com
  • Phone: (808) 322-9992
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Zeze
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Keei Cafe
In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob Miyashiro and his wife Gina open the original Keei Cafe in a old former Fish Market in Honaunau, Hawaii on the Big Island. Finally after borrowing enough from their father, Brothers Bob and Dennis along with Sister Joyce the new Keei Cafe was Born in Hokukano. Again with the Brazilian touch for food friendly colors and using local woods, Gina helped create the decor that surrounds the "New" Keei Cafe at Hokukano. Opened in early 2005, the new Cafe features local artist painting and carvings on the walls. Koa table help make the Cafe have a warm and welcome feel perfect for families or guests looking for a resort type meal with a upcounty price. Family owned and operated with the additon of Gina's sister and Brother in Law, Chef Zeze and Batista, in the kitchen to use the freshes local ingredients to prepare creavtive and and delicious menu items with nightly specials. Please come to experience the flavors!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Nice place, we ate there twice while on the island and would go back. One of us said the duck was the best ever and my fish was well prepared and delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We tried the Keei Cafe on recommendation from friends. The food was excellent and beautifully presented and prepared. All of the menu was tempting but my partner and I went with the specials and were glad we did. He had duck that was a more European than Asian preparation which is usually all you can get in the islands, and I went with the swordfish, somewhat reluctantly as it can be dry and chewy. Both our meals were cooked to perfection; moist flavorful and the portions were generous. Instead of the "steam tray" uninspired veggies served everywhere else,they served sauted julienned red pepper with asparagus, spinach that had to come from a nearby garden and yummy mashed potatoes. Sadly, no room left to try the mango cobbler. Next time!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have enjoyed the food and the ambience of the Ke'ei Cafe for many years, and their consistency is impressive. We can always be sure the food will meet or exceed our expectations. The ahi and green papaya salad with miso dressing is always a top choice and stands out in a town replete with ahi. The desserts are scrumptious, and the sunset views are gorgeous. Live solo guitarists round out the evening. Upscale, wood decor."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Service couldn't be more friendly or accommodating. We are vegan and they ALWAYS have multiple delicious choices for us. Our omnivorous family & friends RAVE about their seafood dishes. We love this place . . .we (almost) want to keep it a secret . . . but I think their reputation precedes us. Beautiful view and ample parking. Another delightful treat is their wonderfully soothing and talented guitar player (Freddy) strumming in the background, adding to the ambiance."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Located in a two story building mauka (toward the mountain) from the highway, there is limited parking. Around the building and up the hill, there is a tight parking lot in back. Later arrivals have a harder time finding parking. Food was good. Two big chunks of fish in the dish we ordered. If one sits on the outer balcony, one can see, her, and count the traffic going by. View of the sea above the trees and highway. Noise was the traffic, not the diners. Seemed to an older crowd, probably due to upscale prices. (Even for the Big Island.). I have seen reviews on other sites which tended to downplay this place, but our "child" waiter was OK. We will probably go back on our next visit."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Service was spotty, example waiter brought second bottle of wine and just left it on table---unopened. Food was good, came out hot, nice portions and good presentation. Each of the 4 of us were pleased with our dinners."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "There was a theater performance near by that we were attending. Seated promptly. 10 minutes later had to flag a helper down to ask if there was a waiter assigned to our table. The helper brought us menus. Had to flag him down again to order our food. Explained we were attending the performance. One hour after we had been seated we still had not received our food. The food finally arrived and I asked for the check. The check and the payment was on the table while we wolfed down our food. Had to get up and find someone to get the check paid. The food was well prepared but we could not enjoy it or the dining experience because of the long wait and the worry about making the performance. We will not be back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "a very stylish looking restaurant. nice tables, art, live music that fits. very good food, the back of the house is in order, the front not so much. a combo host-busboy who doesn't speak or communicate, a waiter who serves food but not napkins or silver ware, forgets a bottle of wine, forgets the ice bucket, and does not check after serving the food. But the food is very good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "No acknowledgement on arrival. No indication they even had our reservation. Not enough employees to handle the crowd. Long wait to get seated (even with reservation). With that said the food was good. The special was great and believe it or not the mash potatoes work well with the fish. Disappointing experience with staff."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Quality of the food and service makes up for the lack of ambiance and noise level which was cause by street noise and a loud group at another table. Rack of lamb, catch of the day (spear fish) and duck were all wonderful. Wine list was limited but adequate for our tastes, we had a Carmenere from Chile."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Great small neighborhood restaurant. Make reservations. Food is very good and made to order. They have a great wine list. Parking is in the back but is limited. Come early or later than 7:30. We have been eating here since it opened and have never had a bad meal. Enjoy."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite all time restaurants in Kona. Have eaten here for years and always feel we get good fresh fish, wonderful mashed potatoes, salad (try green papaya). Had the best desert of the vacation - cheesecake with chocolate topping and liliko, I can't spell it...Anyway, we love this place and will always go back."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The freshest ingredients; a local, friendly place we have been to over and over again. Reasonably priced. No scenery -- get that elsewhere. Cozy and relaxing inside. Where the locals go. Reasonable wine list, reasonably priced. Bring your own if you want a special bottle. I recall the corkage was $10 or less. This is our go-to spot whenever we are staying at the South end of Kona. I love that you can chose the fresh catch prepared in numerous ways (love the mango sauce) -- as I'm the ahi fan. My husband likes the roasted chicken dish as a change from fish. The lamb is also very good and cooked as you like it. Real mashed potatoes any boy or man, especially, will love! We've never had an unsuccessful meal here."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "After the dining desert of Kona, what a welcome oasis. Wonderfully prepared local food, good and relatively inexpensive wine list, pleasant service plus music. We have another week; we'll be back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Second time at this restaurant in two years! The first time was wonderful and so I returned the second time I visited the big island. Great food, wonderful food specials (tuna), low key live entertainment, not overpowering for a meal and conversation. I would defiantly try this place but book ahead as it is one of the few excellent place there out of the hustle and bustle of Kona! They even sold lilikoi jam!!!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "I found Keei Cafe to be a romantic classy dining experience. They offer delicious local dishes in a gourmet style. It is a bit too pricey for the size of the servings. The special coffee drinks were not up to par like the lattes and expensive. Yet we paid for a lovely setting and had delightful dining and plan to make it a regular ."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "My wife and I always make a point to eat here when we come to Kona!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "My husband and I have been coming to Kona every year for the past 7 years. First experience eating at Keei, one of the best meals we have ever had on the island!! Awesome service, we had a great time!"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "This is a little gem on the volcano overlooking Kona in coffee country. Menu is diverse for such a small place, and food is always very good. I usually have the fish special, and have never been disappointed. Service is wonderful - wait staff are friendly, know the menu, beers, and wines. I am not a big dessert eater, but I always have something here. So if you are on the Kona side of the Big Island, make every effort to get here it is my favorite Konaside restaurant"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "We have been here 3 times and have always left happy. Jimmy must be a regular, strumming his soft guitar as background in the beautiful surroundings. We always order one of the two fresh fish choices and the curry sauce. The vegetables which accompany the dish are perfectly cooked to al dente. I asked for brown rice rather than mashed potatoes and that was no problem (although the waiter forgot and had to bring that out on a separate plate). We ordered the Lyric pinot and it was yummy! We've never chosen to sit outside on the little deck because of traffic noise and there has been no view since it's been dark. The inside appeals to us with it's rich decor. We will happily return! Just remember to bring CASH or use the ATM on premises."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Our second visit during a one week stay in the small settlement of Captain Cook south of Kona. It was a relief to have such a good restaurant available nearby so that we didn't have to drive to the tourist jungle of Kona itself. Truly excellent seafood and accompanying vegetables, and the service on this visit was outstanding. Only minor negative is the uninspired musician; however, even with the apparent availability of amplification equipment, he had the virtue of being almost inaudible. As another reviewer mentioned, it is best to enjoy the fresh air by sitting near but not on the open balcony in order to keep away from the traffic noise."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We have been on Kona all week eating out every night. All four of us agreed that our meal here was the best meal on the island. Service was friendly and helpful in deciding what to have. It is well worth a drive to eat at this restaurant. Their fish soup appetizer is fabulous as is their seafood pasta and fresh catch of the day prepared in a choice of three styles. We didn't think that Zagets had rated this restaurant high enough. It is a bit of a drive, but take the new coast highway road to get there quicker.then your GPS may guide you."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Ke'ei Cafe has been one of the best restaurants on the island for many years now, and never fails tio impress. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "This is a must visit restaurant located aways from the hustle and bustle of Kailua-Kona. It's a bit difficult to find because it does not stand out on the highway at night. The food was local and excellent, the service attentive, and the prices were very reasonable."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This restaurant has always delivered excellent service, with friendly staff that meet your needs with regular checks, but not too many. The chef and his staff deliver superior dishes every time and the portions are adequate and one may even need a take home container. Try it, you'll like it."
    Dined on 10/10/2013