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

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants 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 Islander Sake Brewery restaurant
5 (27)
$31 to $50
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.

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

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
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Great service and fantastic foods. The tufu and kampachi were delicious. The sake and food pairings were the best. Going back to get 2 bottles of sake. Service very good and server very nice. Food and sake pairing value very good. Thank you for a memorable evening .
A photo of Keei Cafe restaurant
4.7 (760)
$30 and under
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
It was the perfect date for my girlfriend and I. They exceeded my expectations by allowing me to order the special fish trio with a ribeye. So so delicious. I would definitely recommend this place who’s looking for something special/romantic. We look forward to coming back next year , Mahalo 🌺🤘❤️🤙🐢
A photo of Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island restaurant
4.9 (9235)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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
Dined 7 days ago
Exceptional everything. Brought my visiting guests for a birthday dinner. Chateaubriand was so tender and delicious. Cesar salad fresh and very good as well. Howard our waiter was attentive and engaging. This is my 5th time here - never disappointed.
A photo of Miyo's Restaurant and Izakaya Bar restaurant
4.5 (172)
$31 to $50
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
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
Delicious food, friendly waitress, quick service! A great experience!
A photo of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Mauna Lani, Big Island restaurant
4.7 (5211)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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
Dined today
We had a great dinner on our last night on the island, right before we headed to the airport. My son and I had the creole seafood pasta which was AMAZING, my husband got the ribs, which he said were good with a sweet, tangy, flavor, and chef was kind enough to prepare a cheeseburger for my picky daughter. The ambiance was great, especially watching the sunset, and our server was phenomenal. 10 out of 10 for us!
A photo of Kenichi Pacific restaurant
4.5 (1467)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Kenichi Pacific will wow you with its highly praised Japanese Pan-Asian cuisine and sushi, and its contemporary ambiance. In a relaxed, elegant setting, Kenichi offers unforgettable original dishes, such as the Duck Confit, a Chinese five-spice cured duck leg served with russett potatoes and wild mushrooms in a delicious balsamic reduction sauce. The Ono tataki grilled rare, stands out as well, with mashed yams, green beans, Japanese mushrooms and a ponzu emulsion. Another must try is the Dynamite Shrimp, tempura shrimp baked with smelt aioli and teriyaki sauce.

The presentation and the flavors are equally superb. Of course, only the freshest fish and seafood are used, so the sushi is impeccable. The molten flourless chocolate cake is achieving legendary status, so save room for a delicious finish!

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
I am local resident here and I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants that A class feeling. Any tourists that are visiting must visit Kenichi for that great fusion of food and the sushi is wonderful! If you are seated outside on Fridays or Saturdays you may even be in a treat for dinner and a show! Do not miss out on this treasure of a find!
A photo of Mauka Bar and Grill restaurant
4.6 (101)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
A Gar and Grill during the day and Steakhouse by night. Amazing food prepared by very experienced chefs with live music nightly and beautiful mountain and sunset views.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
This is a great little upscale hole in the wall kind of place with amazing food!
A photo of Island Lava Java Bistro restaurant
4.5 (1803)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Family-owned Oceanside Restaurant, specializing in fresh, local, organic and sustainable food with 100% Kona coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and our own bakery on site. Currently serving Everyday Brunch, Lunch & Dinner, plus Happy Hour. We are committed to using the highest quality locally produced ingredients. We invite you to relax and enjoy our scratch-made food and drinks in our island-style, open-air dining room, bar & lanai. Experience our inventive cuisine, attentive service, and a friendly atmosphere; come see what makes us one of the most popular restaurants, craft bar and coffee houses in town. We look forward to meeting you! E Komo Mai!
Craft Bar, Great Wine List, Open-Air Oceanside Dining. *Now offering "Touchless" QR Code Order & Pay (with a Smartphone)*

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food in unique location. Return on every visit
A photo of Pueo's Osteria restaurant
4.6 (1679)
$50 and over
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
Dined 6 days ago
This is a consistently excellent and creative restaurant, definitely worth a trip to the Village. The kitchen executes Italian staples flawlessly, and comes up with specials that sound mind-blowing (we didn’t try). And the wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I will be back!
A photo of Honu's on the Beach Restaurant restaurant
4.3 (501)
$30 and under
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
About the restaurant
Three hours of complimentary validated self-parking!

For a premier dining experience in the seaside village of Kailua-Kona, visit Honu’s on the Beach. King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort's signature award-winning restaurant offering delicious Hawaiian regional cuisine. You’ll enjoy dining on a spacious lanai, complete with inviting fire pits and amazing views. Honu’s is the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and enjoy a fabulous meal while the sun sets, filling the sky with gorgeous hues of pink, orange, yellow, and purple. Saturday night features the famous Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet including all you can eat snow crab.

And start your morning with breakfast at Honu’s on the Beach. Choose from a range of tasty a la carte menu items, including American and regional dishes, or indulge yourself in the breakfast buffet, featuring made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit, pancakes, breakfast meats, coffee, tea, and much more.

Brought to you by celebrated local Chef Michael Quanan.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
Awesome restaurant….great food and excellent service….very friendly and attentive staff… highly recommended.
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