Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona

4.3
1022 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean at The Fish Hopper Seafood and Steak, overlooking Kailua Bay on the Big Island Hawaii. Enjoy fresh seafood from Hawaii and fresh seafood flown in weekly from California, plus our signature Bucket of Fire and Volcano flaming drinks, all within walking distance to shops and historic sites.

A landmark (formerly the Ocean View Inn) and a local’s favorite Kona restaurant since 1934, the building housing The Fish Hopper has been beautifully restored to expand upon its spectacular ocean views. We proudly serve seafood from sustainable sources, harvested by methods that do not harm the environment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 11:00am

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Phone number
(808) 326-2002
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pedro Almazan
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Cross street
Alii Drive
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 1022 People Are Saying
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AB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First off the view is great, right across from the ocean in all of it beauty. The food was very good and can highly recommend dining here. Being Hawaii, Seafood is the focus. WE had Ahi and Ono very, very good and well seasoned to accent the flavor. If you are going to be in Kona or are there now and looking for a place to dine - -Her it is!

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PH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had the steak and lobster. At $47 it was a good deal for Kona. Food was fantastic and service excellent

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TJ
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. Juli was wonderful. She made excellent recommendations and she was right!

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H
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were very good. They were helpful with the gluten free diets.

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Reataurant in Kailua Kona, It’s a always must return.

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LT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I checked off that it was a special occasion, no one asked anything about it. I asked for a window seat. We were seated one row in because they were all taken. The food was average but it seems the prices are higher for the same things. I’m concerned that my go to place is slipping.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

どの料理も美味しかったです。予約して行ったので窓側の席で海を見ながらの食事は良い思い出になりました。ただチップが最低20%。その割にはサービスはイマイチでした。

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s
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, perfecte everything, service, ambience, value and overall i shut recommend

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KS
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took friends from out of town, and they loved it. Great view, and food.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was decent but other fish hopper is better food wise

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j
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food is great, service could improve. Asked for seperate check waitress acknowledged my request but combined checks in order to gain a larger gratuity even after the constant waiting for service. Willing to go back but will request another waitress if I see her

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view but the food was average. My fish and chips were dry

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KG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The location can’t be beat. The menu was not too big, but enough to interest several tastes for Amercan-themed food. The best part of our experience was our server, Vickie. She knew the menu and the foods and perhaps was a bit psychic. She picked an entree she thought I’d enjoy and was spot on. Very friendly and interactive, but not overbearing. Definitely the type of server restaurants should strive to have. Rest of wait staff was on cue as well. We never had to ask for refills on water, and they were quick to remove our empty dishes, allowing us to enjoy each other’s company (and more wine) with an uncluttered table. We will certainly be back on our next visit to Kona.

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TT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was very average, it was all overpriced. The flavor was missing for most dishes. Save your money and try some of the other restaurants in the area.

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NG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food well maintained restaurant and great service by the sea .. and provide parking as well

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RR
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service. Restaurant is right on the main road in Kona town. There is seating that looks out at the water.

We ended up eating there twice.

My son loved the ribs so we had to go back. Others in our party had fish which they really liked. The Teriyaki Chicken was good.

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit was fantastic starting with the server so friendly and helpful with choosing drinks. The meal was fresh and fabulous!

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KS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice restaurant with a nice ocean view. Service is great, and food was excellent.

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t
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dated decor but excellent views of the ocean even though it’s across the street. Outstanding Fish N Chips - the Ono cooked with a Kona beer batter was phenomenal. Would make a great takeout option

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Island was awesome, just the right amount to share. The server was attentive and it is a great first night out experience.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

You pay for the view. The food was ok but bland and overpriced. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Nice view of the ocean.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice location with great view of the bay. Nice ambiance. Food is overpriced for what you get. One of those small portion/artsy presentation places. No salad, no bread and $30-40 a plate. It’s Hawaii, so expensive is normal, but this place is low value for the price you pay.

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GJ
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Loud and hot, the fans seemed to barely affect airflow in the restaurant. The poke nachos were good but expensive and fish was overdone as I have often found it to be on the island. They are trying but falling short, especially at the price they are asking. Not up to Mi’s, it’s neighbor.

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k
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most outstanding fish restaurant on the Big Island. Great Mahi Mahi.

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DF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Shrimp cerviche appetizer was good. Main meal did not offer much flavor in the food. Calamari was overbreaded and tasteless. I coconut shrimp was okay not great. Ono was very good. Was hoping for a very flavorful fish dinner since it was across the street from the water.

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OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive menu, great children's menu, excellent drinks. The food is delicious.

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e
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I thought that the food was `

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GD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was able to accommodate us on short notice. Had table seating next to open air window. Waitress Kim was awesome. Food and dessert exceptional.

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s
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Shrimp Trio and Fish Trio were excellent. A very small portion of vegetables and potatoes accompanied them. The Poke Nachos we're excellent but a small portion. We had room for dessert of Macadamia nut pie and chocolate cake, both very good at $10 each.

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

My order was New York steak but a ribbed steak was carried and it was very disappointing and unpleasant

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SH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was exceptional. Menu has a lot of items, and a very busy menu often means that sauces aren’t always made recently. They have the specials plated as you walk in which is a neat idea. Am I asking too much of laid back Kona? Fun ambience

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing sea food chowder, Crab cakes and Macadamia nut mahi mahi was great ,

Overall experience was great.

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k
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best seafood restaurant on the Big Island. The MacNut encrusted Mahi Mahi is outstanding.

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B
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Our server was fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable. She gave us excellent advice on activities throughout the island and enlisted help when she needed it with our questions. The specials were to die for! Excellent experience and would recommend for anyone in Kona.

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

When making this reservation for Father's Day, I did notate that I wanted it to be special for my husband and wanted to sit by the open windows overlooking Kailua Bay. This location holds special significance as it was our grandmother's favorite eatery when it was Oceanview Restaurant for over 50 years.

Our Open Table reservation was for 10:30 am. My name doesn't match my physical ethnic appearance. When they saw me, there was a pause and then we were told we couldn't sit by the window. Instead, we were seated in the rear center row. I noticed that 3 minutes later a table by the window was given to other patrons and another 6 mintues later another table was given to other patrons. We were not asked if we wanted to wait for a window table.

The waitstaff took over 20 minutes to return to take our orders. It was then another 40 minutes to get our food. At no point were we asked if we wanted drink refills (we order mimosas and our son ordered juice). My corned beef hash and eggs entree was made incorrectly with sunny side up eggs. I waited a bit for our waitress to return the dish. All they did was scramble in the eggs into the corned beef hash and then threw new eggs on top. I found the runny yolks still in my hash and now the hash was no longer hash but now burnt.

The final insult during this experience was when we witnessed all the different waitstaff delivering small gift boxes to all the fathers at all the other tables around us. They did not offer one to my husband, even though I made it clear that it was a Father's Day brunch and we were with our 12 year old son.

We were really disappointed since we had such a great food and service experience at the Fish Hopper in Monterey over the President's Day weekend in February. While this was our grandmother's favorite eating spot in Kailua-Kona, the change in restaurant ownership no longer makes us feel welcome.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at Fish Hopper for our anniversary. Service was great, food was flavorful and connected well with the island theme. Make sure to ask which fish is fresh from the island. Dessert tray even looked great, too bad we were full. Worth the price and the ambiance!

Only issue is the traffic right on the street can distract from your view of the bay.

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W
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The poke nachos are a MUST! I think they’re the best thing I’ve ever eaten, and I love to eat! Ate there two days in a row it was so good!

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W
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUMMY! Poke Nachos are a must! I could have eaten three as my dinner!

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m
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very helpful and energetic. The food came at the right time and happy hour deals were superb

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H
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Ocean Marina views with excellent food and generous portions. I’d prefer more seafood in the Ultimate seafood pasta but it was sooooo good. Staff was awesome.

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