Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona

4.5
1552 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

We love to honor our Veterans & Military! Please let us know if you are one, upon arrival.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1552 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipObviousMan
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The reason to come here is to watch the waves and sun setting down while u eat. It does let you overlook a seriously run down feel of this place. Food was decent, great fish and chips. Drinks were not so good for us.

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VickyF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner very much. The food was excellent and our server attentive. Maybe a bit expensive but you are in Hawaii right by the water and that makes it special.

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Leddy
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open air dining overlooking Kona waterfront. Fresh local fish always a good choice. Excellent service.

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vipJonathanH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service was slow, food quality definitely wasn’t worth the price, and the price was super expensive. Also, the water tasted and smelled funny.

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KeithB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was average,but very expensive.
Wait staff was great. View is awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food and great service for a good value

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Crab and lobster was delicious! We loved this place so much we came back for lunch the next day.

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DelG
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful. If you come before evening the view is terrific. The cup of clam chowder is a MUST!

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Tmmmm
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was very good even though she was swamped.
Open air restaurant, so the noise level was very high: all tables were filled and street and car noise.
Food was ok but very small portions. My fish (Monchong) was only about 3 ounces...
My husband had seafood pasta and it had 2 small shrimp and 2 small scallops and the flavor was bland.
Maybe we picked the wrong thing to get but both choices were recommended by our server.
We felt the prices were very high.
Probably won’t go back.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated right at our reservation time
Very good service from waitress
Appetizer was really good (poke nachos)
Entrees were good, although for the first time here the portion size of the Monchong was very small looked less than 3 oz. which left me hungry for more, luckily all the risotto they put under neath filled me up, but would have preferred more fish.
Coconut shrimp was our other entree, which was slightly over cooked, but was good with the lilikoi sauce.

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Traveler
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tourist food - trying to be kore elevated but not really achieving that. Still enjoyed our overall experience.

MB
MaryBethC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed Fish Hopper. Had the seared Tuna! Delish. Great food, fabulous drinks, and excellent view! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Poke was spicy, coconut shrimp was the best I have ever had.

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AGoemmer
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The view of the ocean was lovely, the service relatively good (I felt like our waitress was a little slow but overall attentive) and the food was good, but I would consider it over priced. Including tip (a little over 20%) my husband and I paid $100.00 flat for two entrées, a large beer, and one dessert to share. I had the gluten free Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi and my husband got the pork. The mahi mahi was good, but everything definitely needed some salt. The gluten free chocolate macadamia cake was also good, but it was served cold, which was disappointing to me. Overall I would say that our experience was pleasant but I was not wowed, which I would want when I am paying $100 for a dinner for two. The food and service was just good, not great.

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Traveler
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s a water side fish place - food was decent - NaDa colada was ok, dessert was tasty - server friendly but talked you out of things that interested you - ambience like an upscale diner kind of - enjoyed our time - food could have used a little more seasoning and sauce. Overall a decent experience with a tourist price tag

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went to Fish Hopper on Valentine's Day and had a great meal with great service the Kailua Sunryes cocktail was delicious and the seafood pasta was very good! I hope to return

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PaigeU
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Valentine’s Day dinner. It was a mad house even with reservations, but the front of the house hostess was lovely and did a good job of keeping things going. Specials were excellent (we had Coconut Shrimp and the Jumbo scallop risotto).

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very touristy, which is just fine. Ordered the skirt steak medium and it was cooked way too long. It was crispy and tough to eat. My spouse got mahi, that wasn’t seasoned very much (or at all). The crab legs were delicious.

We ordered crab legs as a pupu, but someone tried to serve our food prior to getting them. We believe they then took our food and stuck it under the warmer until we got the crab legs, then brought out our main dishes. The presentation was good, but food was heavily lacking flavor and eatability. We won’t be coming back unfortunately.

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TrishaN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Service was great and an awesome view overlooking the ocean

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Oh boy, have you ever had half your meals just not show up... 2 out of 4 plates didn't.
Table of 4 Valentines/ early Anniversary dinner.
Husbands fish with salad NEVER made it to the table and that's all he ordered. I got my oysters when everyone else was finished with dinner. Went without drinks. Food was either undercooked or overcooked. The waitress seemed really nice but maybe just new. She didn't check on us or even realize that our food hadn't come, we just had to keep looking for her. Kind of joked about it but it's not cool when you spend hundreds of dollars at a restaurant (drinks and a 100 dollar special) to leave hungry and unsatisfied on Valentines and need to find somewhere else to go to.
Heard good things so hopefully this was just a single bad experience but I'd rather not waste money a 2nd time to find out.

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JaneW
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dodd was very good. Enjoyed the crab omelette

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ConnieC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fish Hopper is always on our list of favorite, must visit restaurants when we travel to Kailua-Kona. Staff is always friendly, fish entrees are so good (the monchong with risotto is a favorite of ours). Lilikoi cheesecake was amazing!

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SK58
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overalll good. Fish was a little dry but flavors were good

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KennethK
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had two really good dinners there. The wait staff did a good job. And have always recommended to others to dine at Fish Hoppers. Reserving a table ahead of time on Open Table was very helpful to us. This is what helped us determine where to eat. For sure, we would recommend Fish Hopper as a place to have dinner. Kudos to the greeters at the front desk who were very quick to engage conversation with us as they prepared to seat us.

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Kenny
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very good and quick service. Deserts were good also.

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Monika
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!! Has been one of my favorite places on the island!!

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vipSnorks
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Price was same as Merriman’s but food was not of same quality. Rather drive for better meal

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Buttercup30
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I put birthday but they didn’t do anything but other then that I would go again.

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Diego
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

First, promised us a certain table then sat someone else there. Service was good, drinks were good. Ceviche with chips was bland and skimpy. Fish trio was very small pieces of fish, and seriously people, mashed pitatoes are cheap, for $38 a plate we expected a bit more.

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

There were a lot of diners, so a lot of people enjoy the food at Fish Hopper. I ordered chicken parmesan. The mashed potatoes & vegetables were good. The chicken looked deep fried and the grease was shining off of it. It was covered with a cold green sauce.
I ate a few bites, but the grease turned me off. I like chicken parmesan, and have it often. This entrée' wasn't even a close third cousin to the real thing.

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vipJEFFS
San Joaquin
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here a few times and they never disappoint.
Food was excellent as was the service.
They seem to have it all together even with all the far reaching COVID restrictions.

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SallyN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food terrific staff and even though it was a cloudy day nice view

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gwpeachy
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Sooooo not too fresh fish ... I am sure my coconut shrimp all two of them was frozen and flavored of coconut ... looked more like a corn dog piece ... the tuna was fine ... salad was ok ... waitress was lovely and attentive ... cost was high ... but it’s on the shore in Hawaii ...so of course the cost is higb

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mordechai
London
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

food was not good, drinks not much better. the best thing we had was the salad dressing.

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CathleenH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ocean views!

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vipDesert
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our meals at Fish Hopper. There was a mix up with our order, but it was quickly changed and the meals were what we wanted. Then, they took off the cost of one of the meals to make up for the delay. Since we were not in a hurry that day, we actually enjoyed the leisurely breakfast.

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vipMartymaz
Hawaii
161 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep going back every week and we keep giving it a five star rating - sounds boring and yet it’s just delicious every single time. Couple that with amazing ambiance and great service and just simply five star - what else can I say?

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was outstanding. The service was great. The location was right by the water so an excellent view.

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AlissaS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will definitely be the place I come to first whenever I’m back in Hawaii, the food and service was awesome!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

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You can order delivery directly from Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona using the Order Online button. Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 326-2002.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona is rated 4.5 stars by 1552 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.