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Don the Beachcomber - Royal Kona Resort

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50 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion

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Set right on the water"s edge with impressive ocean and sunset views from every seat, diners will enjoy the Polynesian retro-tiki chic atmosphere, flavorful award-winning cuisine and legendary original Mai Tais at the signature Don the Beachcomber Restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Asian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Th-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
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(808) 930-3286
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kenneth Omiya
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Cross street
Walua Road
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.6
ambience
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

We've eaten in a lot of waterfront restaurants. Don's rates as one of the best for us. We really like the Kona scene - quieter than other islands, with very few people there to style and profile. Don's matches that vibe - not trying to be hip or cool, just letting the ocean speak for itself. And it does.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2015

The food and service at Don the Beachcomber was exceptional. Our server, Margaret was helpful, extremely friendly and a lot of fun. Our food was served in a timely manner and was exactly as we ordered it. The patio seating was the best. Couldn't ask for a better experience in Paradise!!!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2015

The ocean view from the table at this open air restaurant is fantastic. Surf crashing on black lava rocks almost within touching distance. And the sunset view was awesome. The service was slow and somewhat mediocre, but OK. The food was was also pretty good, but not what I would call highly memorable. We enjoyed our visit, and we loved the view and outdoor setting. The staff at greeting and seating and serving could be more inviting, exciting and friendly, which would up the experience here immensely.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2015

Setting is perfect! Food average.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2015

One of the best views in Kona area but the food is very average to poor.
Go for a drink and view, but eat someplace else.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed the view while having a very good dinner. Service was attentive and we would go back in a minute

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2015

We ordered the medium size prime rib. Started out good but the center was tough and chewy. Overall service, however, was very good.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2015

We try to eat at Don the Beachcomber when we are in the Big Island. The atmosphere can't be beat- sunset, torches, gentle waves. The food has typically been excellent as well. I had the ahi furitake and it was delicious. My husband had the seafood mac and cheese which was also delightful. Service was sub-par. I don't know if our waiter had too many tables or not enough training but almost everything we ordered we had to ask for. We had to ask for drinks each time we wanted one and they were slow coming. The server brought us salads two times and didn't remember he had just cleared our salad plates. He was pleasant enough but everything seemed jumbled and disorganized. It isn't a deal breaker and we will go back.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2015

The setting for this place is amazing. We enjoyed the sunset there and the crashing waves below us. The mood was pretty mediocre and I would not recommend this place for the food. Cocktails were nice and yes they do have a happy hour. Thursday nights they have live music too

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We had Valentines Day dinner. Our table was outside under the overhang. There was extremely high surf which was a spectacular backdrop for a delicious wedge salad, prime rib and kona coffee ice cream dinner. Attentive, friendly service at a very fair price. Everything, including the red zin by the glass was perfect. This was a six star meal! (And were pretty fussy foodies!!)

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Have been coming to kailua-Kona for over a decade and have learned from past experiences which establishments remain a "standard" for quality of food and service. Don the Beachcomber and Don's Mai Tai Bar have NEVER disappointed us; servers and bar tenders are engaging, friendly and comitted to providing professional service to patrons at a very reasonable price! The view and ambience is also second to none!!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2015

Wow, what a great place to have dinner with my wife! This is the closest you can be to the beach without getting wet.
The food was good, not great, but the location is worth the trip. Our server, Jake, left room for improvement. He either needs to take notes or get a better memory. We ordered a wedge salad which he forgot entirely and I ordered the medium size of the Prime Rib and he brought the small one. Too bad because it was really good.
Not a deal breaker but noticeable mistakes.
A beautiful night to be on the Coast of Kona.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2015

Had a super time here. The food was great and our request for a break between starter and main course was respected so we could enjoy all the food. Ambience superb, I have never eaten that close to the ocean and crashing waves (and stayed dry). We sampled 13 restaurants in Kona and this was our number 1.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2015

My wife loves comming here Her favorite is prime rib. And watching the beautiful sunsets. When she's happy I'm happy Happy Hubby

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2015

Went for Mai Tais and All you can eat Prime Rib which was cooked exactly as ordered and flavorful. Price was very reasonable. Waves crashing, soft music, sunset, Island drinks, passion fruit creme brulee. What more can you ask. Worth every penny.

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2.0Dined on November 29, 2014

First of all, it was very difficult navigating exactly where the restaurant was located. When we
were seated our server was helping another table. When she stopped by our table she wanted
our drink order. We asked her for some recommendations and she seemed irritated that we, one
asked, and two, didn't know what we wanted. When she returned she asked again if we knew what we wanted. At that point it was obvious to us that she was a order taker and didn't care that we would have loved some suggestions. When we did ask about certain items, her response was "Everything is good." As a frequent dinner I expect more interaction and help from the people taking my money. I would suggest that my friends in Kona go to Huggo's because the people that work there actually love educating their guests along with making you feel special.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2014

Dinner here was a fabulous way to cap off our vacation on the Big Island! Our seating location gave us a perfect view of the sunset. My "Beachcomber" cut prime rib was done just the way I asked for and the trimmings were excellent. My wife had the Mac and Cheese including the shrimp and fish, which made this dish very special. The Mud Pie dessert was delicious! We enjoyed the Hawaiian music and view of the bar.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2014

We were on the Big Island celebrating our 25th anniversary and the Beachcomber was highly recommended. The restaurant did not disappoint. It's best to get there before sunset as the view is phenomenal. In addition to the romantic atmosphere, the food was awesome. We had the humongous fungus, surf n surf, filet mignon and creme brûlée. The service was attentive but not rushed. Highly recommend the Beachcomber.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant. Its 60's tiki theme is classic and classy. Our table was outside facing the water and enjoying apps and rum drinks over sunset here was first rate. But the food was very marginal. Alternately overly salty or bland, overcooked. The scallops tasted a little too fishy and rubbery. We left most of the food. The restaurant seemed tired and vacant. Its now only open Thu/Fri/Sat, and thats because nobody goes. Note: parking was miserable. Lot was full and no valet. Had to scramble for a spot several blocks away. Prices were quite high given the quality of the food, but about the same as any very high end spot on the island. The restaurant needs a major reboot. Go for the drinks and apps and view.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2014

Don The Beachcomber's was recommended to us by a friend as a great place to have dinner and watch an amazing sunset. We were pleased to find that not only was the view spectacular but the service & food were also fantastic! The Hostess was very pleasant and our Server and all of the Wait Staff were wonderful. Our food was delicious - I highly recommend the Kahuna Don's Island Breeze Salad! I had the Catch of the Day which was Ono with asparagus & rice - for me the fish was just slightly over-cooked but I realize that I like my fish less cooked than most people and it was still delicious so this is not a complaint. The view and ambience were amazing just as our friend suggested it would be. I would definitely return!

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3.0Dined on August 15, 2014

My daughter wanted a birthday dinner with sunset view and this restaurant really fit the bill. Wasn't too crowded, only 'noise' was from crashing waves and the waiter was super-attentive. The drinks were great but the food just so-so. I ordered the seared ahi and it tasted fine, but was a cut of fish that had a lot of silvery connective tissue making it harder to eat and less appealing. I should have sent it back, though I figured all the filets would be of the same low quality. I suppose I could have ordered something else off the menu as it was a pricey item.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2014

Don the Beachcomber has the very best view of the ocean in Kailua. It is situated out on a point right by the ocean and the views are superb. The tropical cocktails are varied and unusual as well as delicious. We had excellent roast beef and ribs for dinner as well as a molten lava dessert. Very nice evening.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2014

Outstanding! What a way to top off enjoying Henry Kopono at the bar.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2014

This became our favorite place to go during our vacation. The views were spectacular, the ambiance was fantastic and the prices were very reasonable. Would highly recommend this place!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2014

So pleased to return to this classic restaurant overlooking Kailua Bay. It brings back fond memories of special visits 30 plus years ago. The soaring 'tiki" architecture still has an authentic appeal. Entree portions were generous, our swordfish was delicious and the cheerful wait staff were attentive and friendly. We stayed chatting long after dinner, they made us feel so at home.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2014

An ocean front gem. Often overlooked in Kailua Kona.
It should not be missed.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2014

Everything about Don the Beachcomber is 70s. The food is adequate - nothing special - and cooked well. The reason we go there is to take visitors from the mainland for a nice dinner so they can enjoy the sunset and the beautiful view and the open-air dining. It's very pleasant. That is all.

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2.0Dined on January 10, 2014

We were extremely disappointed in our sunset meal. The tropical
Drinks were harsh, the crab cakes were fishy, the
Entrees were tired. The view was awesome and the
Service was attentive. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2013

Excellent food and a breathtaking sunset!

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1.0Dined on December 12, 2013

The food was not special. The service was HORRIBLE!! The waitress was terrible and badly needs training. No manager was available.

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2013

The view from the tables on the outer edge of the restaurant is fabulous. We had a head on view of the waves crashing against the boulders,refectory illuminated by the flaming tiki torches. We also had an interesting view of the Celebrity Century cruise ship a chord in the bay, which was visiting Kona that day. We made a reservation for 5:30, which is pretty much when you have to arrive to get the great tables (there are about 8 of them). The food varied from pretty good (a special appetizer with crabcake, ahi, ginger, shrimp) to blah (an extremely fatty, gristle-laden prime rib with no flavor). The Mai Tai was fine, but had a minty aftertaste, which I'd grade at an A-.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2013

Very nice view of the Kona bay and seafront but the food was somewhat disappointing, the Hawaiian sampler was nothing special and other dishes were a little bland if not greasy. Not bad, but nothing to remember either...
A much better option a little further is Fish Hopper

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1.0Dined on October 17, 2013

We had a wonderful dinner. The view was fantastic and our friend enjoyed her birthday as one of her most memorable.

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2.0Dined on September 26, 2013

14 cloves (full cloves) of garlic on a mushroom appetizer. Heart burn. It's supposed to flavor the appetizer, not be the appetizer. Prime rib not the most tender. If you can't give me rare, just say so and I'll order something else. Veggies were great. For what is supposed to be one of the top 4 in the Kona area, I'd say try again. The food tastes good enough. You won't be fleeing in gastrointestinal agony. But it does not come close to expectations. On the up side, of the other 3, only one fulfilled our expectations. I don't drink, so I can not comment on wines or the bar.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2013

I called and asked for something special for a birthday and an engagement. They went out the their way to cater to our every need. My future wife and I had a very special night with top of the line everything the sun even played along and gave us a great sun set.
This place offers the most spectacular sunsets in all of Kona. Thank you to the staff, cooks and management for a wonderful time.
We recommend the Don Mac and cheese with truffle oil and mushrooms and any of the fish.We went down each night to the cocktail lounge for drinks and appies.
Ask what the happy hour specials are to avoid expense. Loved it.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2013

Wonderful ocean setting with comfortable seating , beautiful sunset, excellent drinks and pupus, and service was very friendly and attentive. Several of the entrees were just average ( the Thursday special prime rib) but others were excellent .Prices a little steep, but good for a special occasion. They provided a special dessert for our anniversary.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2013

This was our first visit to Kona. We made reservations on Open table a few weeks prior. We arrived early just to check in just in case they were crowded. When we arrived they were not crowded, and they had our table already set for us. It was beautiful. We had a beautiful ocean view table the weather was great the view was amazing.. Our waitress was great. the food was great.. Will i go again uh-yeah!!!!.. thanks for a great experience.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2013

fantastic setting.. and surprisingly good food.. especially after what the other reviews have said.. we all thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and the setting.. especially at sunset.. was unforgettable.. so why did poor service.. the old amazing disappearing waiter.. have to happen.. its a shame when a basic.. almost ruins a great experience.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2013

I have been visiting Kailua-Kona for 25 years, and always make a point of dining at Don the Beachcomber at the Royal Kona Resort. It is one of my favorite places on Hawaii Island! The food is excellent, the service is top notch and the ambiance (scenery) is truly amazing. Even better, the cost for all this aloha is quite reasonable for Big Island dining.

As a added bonus, Don the Beachcomber sells on of the very best Mai Tais to be found in Hawaii. Try to get there for Happy Hour. I can assure you that you will be "happy" after a couple of their Mai Tais!!! Not to worry, just walk across the walkway into the restaurant and have a wonderful meal. The seafood entrees are very good, as well as the prime rib.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2013

Margaret our server was excellent and good knowledge of food, wine and area . enjoyed our meal and the beautiful surf! Best buy in town.

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