Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona

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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.
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and beautiful. Waitress was very attentive and friendly.

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Responded a day ago

Aloha and mahalo for your review Bonnie! We hope to see you again!

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j
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Nice spot, food is ok nothing special prices are higher for the value of food. Was good hang out place with families.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded a day ago

Aloha Jerry! Mahalo for your review. We appreciate all feedback, so if you have anything else you'd like to share, please contact us directly so we may address them accordingly. Thank you so much!

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BJ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Fish Hopper two nights in a row because the food was so amazing! Our second night we both had a petit filet with main lobster. The filet and lobster were both outstanding!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded a day ago

Aloha again Beth! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visits with us. Hope to see you soon!

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BJ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and they treated us promptly and well! Mahalo!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded 5 days ago

Aloha and mahalo for your review! Hope to see you again!

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for Kona

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Responded 6 days ago

Aloha! Mahalo for taking the time to rate us!

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ZB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, extremely friendly service, and right on the ocean

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 9, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review, Zach! We hope to see you again!

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MS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lived it so, we went there 2 nights in a row...

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 9, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review, Mrs Smith! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visits with us. We hope to see you again!

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you're in town, make sure you stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Sam and his team will make you feel welcomed and you'll definitely enjoy the drinks and the food.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 10, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your kind review! We hope to see you again!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Amazing, friendly service. Unfortunately, the oysters are from California and the shrimp is from Florida. I was shocked.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 10, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review. We definitely use locally sourced products when we can. Unfortunately we're not able to get local oysters or shrimp, so we have to ship them in from elsewhere.

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M
San Francisco
124 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fish tacos, fish and chips and pork sandwich for lunch. All four of us declared five star meals. Great views, service and ambiance. It’s all great.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 5, 2019

Aloha! We're so pleased you all had enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you again, mahalo!

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P
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Server forgot almost everything she promised she would bring that we had asked for. Food was overpriced and bland. It may have been good back in the Hey Day but is long overdue for a serious makeover. Server also got a 20% automatic tip since we were a party of 6 so we couldn't even adjust it accordingly.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 9, 2019

Aloha Paul. Mahalo for taking the time to provide feedback on your previous visit. Were you able to speak to a manager during your meal? As your satisfaction is our ultimate goal, we would have addressed your issues. If you'd like to provide additional information, please contact us directly. Thank you!

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PH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loved the Fish Hopper! We arrived for lunch directly from the airport and were greeted warmly. The view was beautiful, the vibe relaxed and the food and service superb. We came back for breakfast the next morning and again every aspect was exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 4, 2019

Aloha Patty! Mahalo for your review. We truly appreciate your taking the time to write it and for your compliments. Hope to see you soon again!

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brent did an outstanding job. Polite, personable, and very informative. Also very efficient. Great dining experience.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 4, 2019

Aloha Steve! Mahalo for your review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your visit and that Brent was able to provide outstanding service for you. We hope to see you again!

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E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Kajiki was overcooked. The monchong was very good. Server didn't seem friendly at all. Manager did a cursory walk by at the end of our meal.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 1, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your feedback. When the manager stopped at your table did you discuss your concerns? If you'd like to provide more information, please contact us directly. Thank you

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d
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food quality was very inconsistent. Chowder and poke special were outstanding. Crab Tower was very disappointing. Main courses were run of the mill for flavor, quality and preparation. Service was attentive but not smothering.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on July 1, 2019

Aloha! Mahalo for your review. We appreciate all feedback and will address these concerns. Thank you so much!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The prices were high for the quality of the food.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 26, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your feedback. Were you able to speak to a manager during your visit? As we pride ourselves on our quality, we'd make every attempt to correct the issue. If you'd like to provide more information, please contact us directly at the restaurant.

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LL
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Three guests ordered the clam chowder and found it to be very tasty but the temperature was tepid. For the value, it seemed over rated. We also ordered the coconut shrimp but found the seasoning to be lacking - especially since this is a fish restaurant. Service was very good but the overall experience didn't seem worth the cost of dinner.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 28, 2019

Aloha Linda! Mahalo for your feedback. While you were dining, did you happen to speak to a manager about these concerns? We very much strive to have our guests satisfied or we will make it right. If you have any other feedback you wish to provide, please contact us directly at the restaurant.

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CL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!! Best meal in Kona!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 26, 2019

Aloha Cathy! Mahalo for your review! Hope to see you again!

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M
San Francisco
124 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the swordfish special with risotto. The fish was obviously very fresh, perfectly prepared and paired beautifully with the risotto. My wife had their burger which is extraordinary meat put together with the perfect balance of condiments and a right sized delicious bun, making for a memorable experience. These guys get it right all day every day. We just keep going back for more.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 25, 2019

Aloha Marty! Mahalo for your feedback. We greatly appreciate how much you enjoyed your meal. See you soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish was excellent! Had Pomfret it was great, clam chowder as well. Great Zombie too!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 20, 2019

Aloha! Mahalo for taking the time to give us your feedback. We're so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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TP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day dinner specials were DELICIOUS

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 18, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review!

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot and waiter Lauren was outstanding. Cool setting

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 19, 2019

Aloha John! Mahalo for your review. We're so happy Lauren was able to make your visit more enjoyable. We hope to see you again!

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B
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We went to Fish Hopper based on Trip Advisor reviews and that it got decent ratings for steak (as well as fish). While the drinks were good and the food okay, it was not worth the high price charged. Given the average quality of the food, I would have preferred to either save $$ and go elsewhere or found a different place.

That said, the location is spot-on (right across from the beach, on the main drag and an unobstructed view of the ocean). The ambiance is great (open window dining is enjoyable), the drinks good, the food average. If you want to ambiance, definitely go. If you are looking for higher quality meals worthy of the price charged, I would suggest doing some additional research on other locations.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 25, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your feedback. Were you able to speak with a manager during your visit? Our goal is to have our guests happy and satisfied. If not, our managers gladly step in to assist. If you'd like to provide additional information on your visit, please contact the restaurant directly.

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Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

If you are looking for a fast meal turnover and good food it is the place to go. From the time we sat down to having the bill placed in front of us ... under 27 minutes.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 18, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your feedback! It definitely isn't our intention to rush our guests through their visit. Were you able to speak to a manager while you were here? If you have any other information you'd like to share, please contact us directly at the restaurant.

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k
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for fish on the Big Island. This visit enjoyed Mac-nut mahi mahi.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 18, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review! We're so happy that you enjoy your visits with us!

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Plus is parking 😊 food and service was outstanding

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 18, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review!

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AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Our food was barely warm and the filet over cooked. We were not impressed and disappointed because we heard it was excellent!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 18, 2019

Aloha Alfredo. Mahalo for your review. We appreciate all feedback. Were you able to address these issues with our manager while you were here. We would definitely address your issues at that time. If you'd like to reach out to us, please contact the restaurant directly.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

View was awesome. The exterior of the restaurant does not match the interior, much nicer once you’re inside. Service was very good as was the food. Specialty drinks were overpriced at $15.

The wife enjoyed the Kailua Pig dinner, basically a high end plate lunch. I tried the ultimate seafood pasta, lobster, clams, scallops and scrimp.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 18, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review! We hope to see you again!

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ME
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, servers pleasant, fun and work well together! Food and prices perfect, you can’t help but enjoy the views!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 13, 2019

Aloha Marcus! We so very much appreciate your feedback! I will relay to Kayla and Kathleen your thanks for the memories as well. Hope to see you again to make more memories!

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the fact that they reserved a table for us and they had set if off to the side, so we didn't have to wait.

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TP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bone-in ribeye was one of the best steaks I've ever had. Great location, with (bonus!) parking for customers in the back.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 13, 2019

Aloha Tim! Mahalo for your review. We're so happy you enjoyed your visit with us. Hope to see you again!

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P
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was really nice, they seated us so we could view the ocean. Our waiter Brent was very attentive and informative. The food was absolutely wonderful. We couldn't have ask for a nicer eating experience. I had the New York Steak, done to perfection with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes. My husband had the Lobster with Crab Stuffing. He said it was the best he had ever eaten, and can still taste it.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 18, 2019

Aloha Pete! Mahalo for your review. We're so happy you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you again!

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LE
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our meal at The Fish Hopper. We lucked out with a great table where we viewed a beautiful rainbow and sunset, and lots of activity on the bay. For an open air restaurant, the street noise was not distracting. The service was excellent, the food delicious, and the dessert to die for!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 11, 2019

Aloha! Mahalo for your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and will share your kind words with our Chef and baker. We hope to see you again!

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GS
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our restaurant of choice for special dining for our week on the big island, recommended by a friend. It did not disappoint. The fish was the freshest we've ever eaten. The view from the window overlooking the water was beautiful (even though it was dark) and entertaining as we watched the children walking across the top of the wall next to the ocean. Service was spot on, specialty drinks were delicious. Overall our experience was excellent and we highly recommend it.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 13, 2019

Aloha Gabe! Mahalo for your review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us!! Hope to see you again!

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KF
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this location! Great food!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on June 3, 2019

Aloha Kathleen! Mahalo for your review. Hope to see you again!

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Nice ambience and great service.....but one of the specials with among Hong local fish was over cooked.....

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Responded on May 29, 2019

Aloha Jim! Mahalo for your review

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, drinks and service were great!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on May 29, 2019

Aloha Aimee! We are happy you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you soon!

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was just average. With bland tastes.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on May 29, 2019

Aloha! Thank you for your review. Were you able to speak to a manager during your visit? Please know that any dishes not up to standard are gladly replaced. If you wish to add anything, please respond or contact us directly at the restaurant.

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m
Toledo
24 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Great ocean view

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Responded on May 27, 2019

Aloha! Mahalo for your review

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KM
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our one night to splurge. Been here years ago. Thought I'd try it again. Ipen Table pulled through. Yay. Got table by window. No sunset this evening but did see rainbow!
Our waiter, Tim, was nice but not intrusive. Ordered drinks, Mai Tai and a Passion Fruit martini. Where's the alcohol? Tasted good however but best to stick with wine or beer or a straight up drink. Ordered dinner, Ono Fish and chips with veggies instead of coleslaw and a scallop rissoto. Both were excellent. Fish and chips had 3 peieces, thick. Very filling. Friend loved her meal. Though we were stuffed, tried a dessert to share. Splurge mode. Kona coffee cheesecake. Very rich and luscious. But filling. No breakfast for me. Definately a great experience. Only downside was weak cocktails. Would still come again.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on May 27, 2019

Aloha Kat! Thank you for choosing us for your splurge night. We are so happy that you enjoyed yourselves, and that Tim took care of you. We look forward to your next visit!

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