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

4.6
2250 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2250 people are saying
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vipFionaG
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting, perfect for sunsets. Kua our server was outstanding!

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Shannyt3
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 27th Anniversary and every aspect of our dining experience was perfect! We honeymooned here in 1994 when we were first married so it has always been a very special place. There were many people celebrating anniversary’s and on their honeymoons so it was very special!

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MaddyD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Browns was a wonderful experience! We absolutely loved our server—Janice! She was so sweet and went above & beyond for us! We were celebrating our daughters graduation & they even surprised us with a special dessert to top everything off! We would definitely return!

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vipfudgbug
New England
111 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our opinion the best restaurant on the Big Island and located inside the Fairmont Orchid hotel oceanside. This visit was not our first and certainly won't be our last.

Many thanks to everyone at Brown's for a great team effort.

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vipvinofan
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spot on and the service was excellent. Really good at accommodating special diets.

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vipFoodiegal
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor ocean dining with live music.

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Mikec
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Had a table looking into the kitchen. Was hoping for something outside. Food excellent.

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vipRockdoc
Hawaii
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was excellent as was the service. The view is unmatched.

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Greatnight
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience5

My wife ate the Ahi tuna which was a bit grainy but decent. I ordered the surf and turf which was steak and lobster and the obster was overcooked and dry. Steak was a bit grainy and very disappointing especially for the cost. The ambience and the scenery were exceptional along with the service. I would go back for a sunset and a cocktail but would not dine there as the meal was very disappointing.

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vipLovetoEat
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful experience at Browns on our recent trip to Hawaii. The ambiance was absolutely gorgeous out on the water, great service by a super friendly and attentive staff and the food was fantastic! Highly recommend for a memorable night out!

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LisaH
New England
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always our last night on the Big Island

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vipUpperLeftCoastTraveler
Portland
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brown's Beach House has always been a favorite on our Big Island trips, and nothing has changed despite the turmoil and disruption of the 2020 "Big Pandemic". They have come back as stupendous as ever, and remain one of our clear favorite places for sunset dining by the sea.

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vipPriscillaM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’ve come here many times; always a pleasure

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LloydM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Our meal was comp'd because it hadn't arrived for more than an hour after placing the order. When it finally arrived, what was supposed to be a filet, turned out to be a piece of beef that was 90% fat and gristle. There was no explanation as to the delay. We asked twice for an explanation (server and manager). The responses were just "so sorry, the meal is on us". An explanation would have been appropriate.

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MaryP
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Meal....we split the onion soup and the prawns for starters and they were both delicious! Then we had the tempura Ahi and Kampichi....I was a little worried about both..but they were wonderful...finished up with a mud pie which was wonderful. The service and recommendations from our server, Christian was suburb, and the view can't be beat. Altogether a perfect evening.

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vipRyan
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL! Our entire dinner experience was one of the best date nights my partner and I have ever had. Our servers were unparalleled in their kindness, attentiveness, and overall enjoyment! The food was outstanding! From our cocktails and champagne to our appetizers through entrees and dessert, everything was perfect. You cannot miss on any point for a wonderful dinner with this team!

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vipfudgbug
New England
111 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food an wine selection never disappoints. Combine that with seaside dining and you have a memorable evening.

Many thanks to Michelle.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful by the sea, singer, sunset, good food and wine. Wait very friendly and professional. Mahalo!

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vipKats
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our last night on Hawaii, and we definitely saved the best for last! The food was delicious, the service was friendly & fun, and the ambiance was so traditionally Hawaiian with musical entertainment & beachside tables!

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Marvuca
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant waiter, excellent food - What's not to like? We both enjoyed the pineapple creme brûlée with coconut sorbet. It was fantastic!
Only negative comment is that initially we were expected to download the menu onto our phones. Fortunately our waiter took pity on our fumbling attempts and brought us real menus - bless you!

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AlohaLani
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location, Location, Location. The sunset, the sound of the waves crashing on the ocean, the trade winds blowing AND great service and food, makes this my favorite place to go. Nowhere like it.

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SandraB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a fabulous eating experience. The attention to detail is 4 star plus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The hostess sat us and we were not helped for 15 minutes.

We ordered a couple drinks, the prawns, the ahi and the venison. The bread basket and the gin and tonic were the best things we had.

The rest of the food felt thrown together in haste, was tired and not very good. The ahi was terrible- we had to send it back, it made me feel immediately sick. My husbands venison was cooked nicely but wasn’t prepared thoughtfully. This was the worst meal we had on the big island by leaps and bounds, which is disappointing for a Fairmont property. The ambiance and music were very nice.

The server was apologetic and very friendly, the service issues and food quality should not be attributed to him. Maybe the hostess should be held accountable for seating in an unmanned section and the entire menu needs to be rethought, soup to nuts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Mass produced hotel food at its worst. Prawns were mushy not sure why the detached heads were carefully arranged on the plate unconnected to the bodies. Everything was great in the watermelon salad, except the watermelon. The duck and kampachi seemed cooked well before we ordered it and lacked any type of delicate sear. The skin on the duck was tough and chewy and the sauces congealed on the plate. Supper disappointing for such a wonderful setting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding table on the grass for sunset. Terrific food and service. Our best night in Hawaii

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vipGaby
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

beautiful setting, excellent service. Would definitely return. Enjoyed the live music as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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viphundfschmidt
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place for a sunset meal. Service really good and the food choices were great. Wine list was good, but not great.

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rdorn50
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for my birthday. Venison and pumpkin gnocchi were really. Very good service and beautiful view!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the onion soup, 5 spice duck, venison and daily cosmo (watermelon with strawberry purée) to split between 2 people. We were celebrating my graduation, and they even threw in a mud pie. Food was delicious, ambience was perfect (with live music!), and the sunset was beautiful. Can’t recommend enough!

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KimB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dinner and the perfect way to spend our last night in Kona!! Our server was delightful, the ahi amazing, and the view incredible!! My husband loved his filet and lobster. Highly, highly recommend!!

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Disappointed
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We went to Browns to see the rays come in at night and have an upscale meal. The rays didn’t show and the meal was small and poor. Prices are ridiculously high, and couldn’t really hear the music. Very disappointed.

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CheriW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our daughter gave us a gift card for our anniversary. When we made the reservation we were asked if we were celebrating any special occasion. My husband said yes, our anniversary. I guess we were expecting an acknowledgement from the server or something. Nothing was said. Not a big deal. I guess my thought is why ask then.

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Leicakes
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had such an amazing time. We recently welcomed another baby to our lives and needed a little time to ourselves. We did bring her to dinner with us and the staff was so sweet to us. Bruce was our server and I have to tell you. This guy is some top shelf amazing service. He and everyone on the floor was attentive and just created an amazing setting for my husband and I to feel like humans again. We will definitely be back. Thank you for an amazing experience.

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JeremyA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic and on point. And the view was amazing.

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EdwardL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, great service, perfect view, but expensive for sure.

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CatherineW
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful night! Anniversary dinner, never disappoints!

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BeckyH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience alone was remarkable enough, but the food and service were outstanding as well. We dined with friends who had never been to the big island. We all felt we were in a corner of heaven on earth. Thanks to everyone who made our evening wonderful.

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vipRhondaW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Everything was fine not great The food was okay again not great

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JohnB
Los Angeles
1 review