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

4.6
1730 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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.
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OT
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great exsperience from start to finish. We had a great table overlooking the shoreline. The waiter was profesional, nice and knowledgeable. Food and drinks were amazing. The solo live music was a great touch. Would definitely return.

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OT
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. As usual, it was wonderful. In spite of the wind, we had a great meal with great service. The location is spectacular and the sights are beautiful.

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MA
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful sunset started off our family dinner, a memorable evening indeed.

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NJ
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous last night on the big island! We couldn't have asked for better food or a better setting!

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JM
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brown's is the best restaurant we have been to on the Big Island. Admittedly, the visuals are stunning, but the quality of food and service is a match for the physical beauty of this outdoor restaurant. Sunset here is not to be missed.

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e
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting, very good food. Was turned off a bit when the busboys started stripping tables near us while we were eating, especially since there were other people dining and it was before closing. Chef was very nice and we enjoyed chatting with her about the meal.

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GA
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sunset views were spectacular. The musician was quite good, and a number of people danced. As for the food, it was excellent. I started with the roasted garlic and cilantro prawns, which included bits of onion and tomatoes. The dish was very tasty and came with crostini. For my entree, I selected the Ka’u coffee venison. It was served with a tamarind sauce and lots of carrots. The venison itself was delicious and very tender. The carrots and carrot purée did not add much to the dish. For dessert, I had the Itakuja chocolate dome. It was served with a carmelized cacao nib and lilikoi (I.e., passion fruit) sorbet. The textures and flavors worked extremely well together. The bread selection for the evening was nice. Anne was my server, and she was very attentive and personable.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, view was perfect, food was delicious, entertainment was excellent- great experience! Would definitely come back.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with an awesome sunset!! They also had live music.

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BK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great view of the beaches but a bit of a track to get there staff were fantastic

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful beach location, attentive staff gave excellent service, delicious meal. A little pricey

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RJ
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We ate filet mignon and kampachi fish; however, for the price, the portion sizes seemed to be on the small side, especially when compared Roy's. Desert was spectacular: Itakuja chocolate dome and pineapple creme brulee!

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OB
23 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the Islands. The people are warm and gracious, the setting is gorgeous (especially at sunset!) and the food is consistently excellent. We especially loved the different kinds of bread, the grilled kampachi, the venison and all of the desserts. Nice wine choices too. We hope to return many times!

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OT
57 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want an upscale, outdoors Hawaiian dining experience I don't think you can beat this. The setting is like a postcard. The service matches the quality of the setting. It is not inexpensive but not exorbitant either. This was second time we were there and if in the area again we'd go back in a heartbeat.

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CC
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a little windy last night so we sat right inside the shelter. The meal was expensive but everything we had was excellent. The service was good. We will definitely go back again.

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PL
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with excellent service. All entree’s were terrific. 3 of us had the Ono special, one had the lamb chops. All entries were great. Christian, our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. I would highly recommend Brown’s

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CL
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my husband

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our 10 year anniversary celebration and it was outstanding! The ambiance, the server, the music, the food and the sunset all made for a perfectly romantic evening. Highly recommend this for a special evening!!

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AB
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

There was a party going on in the lawn area with loud music that ruined the atmosphere a bit. We should have chosen a different entre - the locally farmed white fish was dense and heavy and had an odd flavor, and the presentation was not at all elegant. Beet salad was lovely and looked very pleasing. Good wine list with nice choices. As with all higher end Hawaii restaurants, it is very pricey for what you get but there are not many fine dining options to choose from. So it is better than some, but could use a bit more focus to produce truly fine dining.

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J
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak,clams and lobster

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F
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent location. Beautiful music and sounds of the waves crashing.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

View was incredible. Service was impeccable. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and and dessert! Live music was nice!

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O
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The mai Tais were disappointing. Seemed watered down

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F
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, beautiful ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant. Music was excellent.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful. Don't miss this when you come. Beautiful setting, excellent staff. Love this place.

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ED
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Brown’s Beach House. Alice was our server and was exceptional. She was extremely knowledgeable about the food preparation and gave excellent advice and recommendations. We had a ocean front table and there was an entertainer singing a wonderful mix of music. The grounds were torch lite and beautiful. We both enjoyed Kampachi with crab topping. It is a fish we were not real familiar with but were happy with our choice. The hotel presented our free dessert inscribed with our special anniversary message on the plate. The wine selection was very good as well. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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D
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding experience. Wonderful and interestingly presented food served by our exceptional server Christian at a sunset table on the lanai. What more could one ask for?

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to enjoy fine food and service!!

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C
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view of ocean, live singer, and great food. If you’re staying the Fairmont, make a res !

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DD
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre, overpriced food. The service, while fine, wasn't exceptional enough to warrant the price. Pretty view though restaurant, itself, is overly simple.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was slightly worse than mediocre. If you are looking for midrange to fine dining, beware of the overpriced resort food! The restaurant sits on the Pacific Ocean and yet they can’t do fish. The pork belly was a solid block of fat, quickly seared and “decorated” with colorful things. Great for instagram, terrible for my mouth.

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AL
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Due to rain, the restaurant seatings were in Orchid Court where breakfast is generally served instead of at Brown’s by the water. They did call and advise us of this, but the food was a let down too. Not sure if it was because of the move or not. The service was very good, but the atmosphere was worse than I expected and the food was inconsistent. Some dishes good and some not good at all. For example, the clams were quite tasty with nice flavor as was the beet salad, but the prawns were overwhelmed with too much garlic that tastes more raw than roasted. The kampachi description sounded lovely, but the fish was completely overcooked which was disappointingly surprising at a fine dining restaurant. Don’t think we’ll be back. Meridian at the Westin was much better and their venue allows an ocean view even when it rains.

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TK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here four years ago for our first date on the Big Island together. One Sunday, we came here for our first date as a married couple together. We love this place, and would highly recommend it to anyone. The staff was great and very attentive to us and our needs all night, the ambiance was pristine, and the backdrop is unbeatable!

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T
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Janice was simply the best ever, great personality, great service.

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M
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not as good as previous experiences. Plates were hot but food was cool suggesting that the dinner languished under a heat lamp.Our waiter was a bit inattentive. presentation was beautiful as always

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OT
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a great meal, good service, and a beautiful spot.

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Everything was lovely! The music,setting and staff was beyond our expectation!!

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JB
74 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The views and overall experience are pure Hawaiian excellence. Go for that and not really the food - it is good but pricey and not exceptional like the views and ambiance. Actually limited menu offerings compared to most higher end restaurants. Wine list good. Service excellent. And the live music at sunset makes it a memorable event.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food was amazing, million dollar view and great service! They gave us a complimentary dessert for my wife's birthday. Definitely coming back.

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