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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Hawaii / Big Island

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Hawaii / Big Island? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island restaurant
4.9
4.9 (9260)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Big Islands farm community is Peter Merriman's original restaurant; Merriman's Waimea. Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and uses 90% or more of local produce, fish and beef. All dishes are handcrafted to highlight the natural flavors of each menu item. Our award winning wine list has selections for all to enjoy. Merriman's knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you through a culinary experience you will not forget. We look forward to serving you!
Top review
RichardD
Dined 2 days ago
Fish is the best with sauce used this is 4th visit and all exceptional.
A photo of Keei Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (763)
$30 and under
Seafood
Kailua-Kona
About the restaurant
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!
Top review
KKLS
Dined on Jul 17, 2024
I love Keei Cafe. Always leave with a good impression of the food, staff, etc. I recommend it all the time particularly for cooking seafood correctly.
A photo of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Mauna Lani, Big Island restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5225)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and good food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life. For more information: www.tommybahama.com
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Really enjoyed the service and the meal was great. I fully recommend it
A photo of Islander Sake Brewery restaurant
5.0
5 (28)
$31 to $50
Brewery
Kohala Coast
About the restaurant
Nestled in Hāpuna, Hawaii at the base of majestic Mauna Kea, Islander Sake makes premium handcrafted sake, carefully produced in small batches using time-honored traditions and the highest quality ingredients.
Flavors are delightfully elusive, and range from soft honey dew melon, delicate lemon meringue, earthy spring rains, with notes of tropical fruits and sea breezes.

DINNER
To book dinner, please use 'Engawa,' a separate account.

BREWERY TOUR
Try our signature sakes in a tasting flight, and discover the flavors that make each one delicious and unique. Tastings take place in our dining area adjacent to the brewery, where you can enjoy gentle breezes, taking in beautiful views of Mauna Kea Resort. If you have a preferred sake, we recommend purchasing it and taking it home at the same time.

●Brewery Tour plus Tasting (About 1-hour)
13:00 – 15:30 | $25 per person (25-min) Separate fees will be charged for tastings.

●Sake Tasting Only (About 30-min)
Sake Pairing FLT of 3 | $36

Top review
TLou
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful experience. Great local made sake accompanying our Omekase. Tama, our host and waiter provided excellent T service and explained all the details of the various sake we were tasting and dishes we were eating. Bit of a hidden gem in the Hapuna Golf Course. clubhouse building. If you are driving or UBERing to the place, you need to put the Hapuna Golf Course as the location. Very reasonable priced for the set course Omakase with the accompanying sake. Will try again the next time I’m here
A photo of 'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1893)
$30 and under
Hawaiian
Hawaii
About the restaurant
Visit 'ULU Sushi Lounge in Hualalai, featuring the Island's freshest sushi as well as craft cocktails, sake, Japanese beers and signature Japanese dishes.
Top review
EllenK
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Beautiful sunset views. All the waitstaff extremely attentive. Food was delicious! Sushi was fresh and homegrown oysters were so delicious.
A photo of Miyo's Restaurant and Izakaya Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (173)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Hilo
About the restaurant
A local favorite, Miyo’s Restaurant has served the Hilo area since 1987. Under the direction of it's owner, Louis Pauole, Miyo's Restaurant serves up homestyle Japanese food using quality ingredients and it's beloved recipes created by Miyo herself!

Come and enjoy entrees such as Hot Pots, Curry, Teriyaki, Tempura, Seafood and much more! While you're awaiting your delicious meal, you can also sip on a handcrafted cocktail made by our talented bartenders from our Izakaya Bar - Hilo's newest hot spot! With a full bar, 15 beers on tap, an exclusive evening tapas menu and a cozy, rustic atmosphere, there's something for everyone!


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Very surprised how good the meals were. Wasn’t expecting that, have been looking for great places to eat.
A photo of Beach Tree Restaurant, Bar and Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (827)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Kailua-Kona
About the restaurant
Beach Tree Bar & Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a casual dining option set along the sand and overlooking the ocean, perfect for sundowner cocktails. Toast the sunset with unforgettable views, local flavours, creative cocktails and more.
Top review
DeannaC
Dined 1 day ago
Fabulous food, service and ambience. The 5:30 reservation was the perfect timing to enjoy dinner, watch the beautiful sunset and enjoy an evening stroll along the beach after dinner. The food and experience was worth every penny.
A photo of Miller & Lux Hualalai at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai restaurant
4.7
4.7 (85)
$50 and over
American
Kaupulehu
About the restaurant
The highest-quality steaks with impeccable flavor from the best ranches in America; a robust raw bar; fresh sustainable seafood; and farm direct vegetables – all perfectly complemented by a globally curated wine list – combine to inspire the next chapter in Tyler Florence’s mark on innovative American cuisine. The Miller & Lux cocktail program is curated using seasonal Hawaiian ingredients and artisanal spirits from around the world.
Top review
LBJinATLvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Beautiful location, great food (Order the oysters!) and wonderful service. The staff was so lovely and engaging. Was our favorite dining experience on the island. Highly recommend!!!
A photo of Pueo's Osteria restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1692)
$50 and over
Italian
Waikoloa
About the restaurant
Welcome to Pueo’s Osteria, an Italian-inspired, inviting restaurant that provides great food, prepared from scratch daily, complimented with a stocked wine list and set in a delightful osteria environment. Co-Proprietor & Chef James Babian focuses on original creative dishes, pairing the finest, authentic Italian products with select seafood, produce and meats from boutique farms (sourced locally whenever possible), including “farm-fresh” products from local farmers’ markets.
Pueo's is located at the new Waikoloa Plaza in Waikoloa Village with ample free parking and designated pick-up stalls right outside the restaurant.
The "Pueo" is a nocturnal owl indigenous to Hawaii, which symbolizes Chef's focus on serving dinner and into the evening hours. Pueo's Osteria caters to locals and visitors via sit-down, bar and take-out. Engaging service, approachable pricing, great flavors and a lively atmosphere await at Pueo’s Osteria – food, wine & fun … "where the night owls meet."

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Some of the best Italian food anywhere. Such a treat to have this on the Big Island.
A photo of CanoeHouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2948)
$50 and over
Creative Japanese
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Long regarded as the premier dining destination among the Hawaiian islands, this beloved institution is a gathering place for generations of friends, families and neighbors. Helmed by Executive Chef Mark Libunao, CanoeHouse features thoughtful, seasonal dishes that celebrate Hawaii’s landscape through Japanese-Paniolo inspired cuisine, accompanied by craft-cocktails and diverse wine selections.
Please kindly note that CanoeHouse accepts reservations 30 days in advance for outside guests of Mauna Lani.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous food, drinks, & atmosphere. Indi took great care of us! We had a memorable time last year and this year. We can’t wait to go back!
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