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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DL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fish Hopper was ok. Not the best or worst meal we had on the K-K “strip”. Bit on the pricey side but as with most of the places in this area, can’t beat the view

k
Denver
64 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had requested an Ocean view table and the very nice Hostess was able to relocate us to one. Our Server was friendly and efficient. Bus help hovered and made us feel rushed. Everyone acted like they wanted to turn the table ASAP. Food was good, but not amazing by any means. Very expensive for the atmosphere and overall experience. This was a special occasion and there was nothing special about dining there. Would not go back.

l
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good breakfast. The macadamia nut french toast is especially good. Sitting next to the open air windows, watching the morning joggers and swimmers, it's a great place to stay one's day.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded 12 hours ago

Aloha and mahalo for your 5 Star review!! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you again soon !

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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! The food was outstanding, atmosphere vibrant & service very attentive even though they were very busy! Prices are high but worth it!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded 12 hours ago

Aloha and mahalo Jewels for your awesome review! We greatly appreciate your compliments and recommendation and hope you join us again soon!

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o
Portland
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Nice view, pleasant server. The food was cringe worthy. Seafood chowder, but I found no seafood in the chowder. Main courses Mahi-Mahi, both I and my partner found quite unappetizing. Those were her kind words. I ate mine because I was hungry and didn't feel like sending it back, to what end. I just wanted the experience to end. Nothing good to say, so, peace out!

PW
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was great, if a bit pricey. Service was also great! Really the only issue was that it was extremely hot in our booth, even with the ceiling fan on.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded a day ago

Aloha and mahalo for your feedback Patrick! We hope you join us again!

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M
San Francisco
140 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And did I say on top of the delicious food the cocktails are scrumptious?!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded a day ago

Aloha Marty!!! Always mahalo for your reviews!! We look forward to your return!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Sound of the ocean waves was musical. Andrea’s attention and service was warm and welcoming. The entire experience was amazing!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded 6 days ago

Aloha and mahalo for your 5 star review, Matt!! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit with us, and we thank you for your compliment to Andrea!

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K
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i came home to visit from the mainland and chose fish hopper for breakfast with my parents! we were very appreciative of the hostess who accommodated us with the table we requested. our server was attentive and gave us our kamaaina rate! mahalo!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded 6 days ago

Aloha Kamalani! Welcome home!! Mahalo for choosing to celebrate your homecoming with us! We hope you join us again, soon, Aloha a ahui hou!

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Was ok. Coconut shrimp overcooked

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 15, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for sharing your comments, M. Our apologies on the food quality. All reviews are used as a tool to praise, train, or coach, so we definitely appreciate your feedback . We hope to see you again!

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M
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so impressive that at 7:30 on a Saturday night; the restaurant was full and yet the service and quality of the meals continued at a five star level. The cocktails were scrumptious, the food was over the top delicious by all four of us and the seaside location with the lights on the harbour was a dramatic setting. Service was not only warm and friendly but efficient and attentive. Our favorite Kona spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 15, 2020

Aloha Marty!! Mahalo as always for your fantastic reviews!! We so appreciate you and look forward to your return!!

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R
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kris was fast & efficient. Food was excellent as always. Manager Joel & his team are awesome. Our go to restaurant every week, sometimes twice a week.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 15, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your awesome review, Rayna! We appreciate your comments and look forward to your return!

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OT
Vancouver
84 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great dining experience - enjoyed the pork ribs and fish and chips - great gluten free options - a busy evening however our server Cheryl made sure that we were up to date on meal service - always a pleasure- thank you Fish Hopper - we will be back

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 14, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your 5 star review!! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to your return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great place every time we come to the big island and service is super 😄

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 14, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your 5 Star review! We really enjoy and appreciate our returning guests!! We look forward to your return :)

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G
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were impressed by the food and service. The trip of shrimp was excellent and the view was great from the restaurant. Brent was our waiter and he was very informative and gave excellent service. We are thinking about going back on our last night of vacation

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 14, 2020

Aloha Gaby! Mahalo for your compliments! We hope to see you again before you leave, Aloha!

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BL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish Hopper offered us a perfect evening in Kona. The food was perfect and service was awesome and it was a good value. My steak was cooked just as I ordered it and the clam chowder was the best we've had. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends and family.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 14, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your awesome review, Bruce! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you join us again soon!

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OT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch Poke nachos appetizer is amazing

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 7, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your review!!

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M
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the “Ocean Salad” on their lunch specials and it was over the top delicious topped with Mahi mahi and a couple jumbo shrimp. My wife had the local plate (which she almost always does) which is a mix of flavors that complement one another and is just very obviously freshly prepared with the finest ingredients. This place me gets it right on every level and makes for a pleasant and memorable experience.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 7, 2020

Aloha Marty! Mahalo for your review! It's always a pleasure when you join us!

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best clam chowder around. Food was excellent with good service. We make a definite choice everytime we come to the Big Island

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 7, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your review! We're delighted you enjoy your visits with us!

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m
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We dined New Years Day for dinner, and since there were still a lot of tourists in town that night, the reservations I made were not met timely because of the huge backlog in accommodating patrons. We sat down 15 min late, but got a window seat, which was nice. If you have any discount meal-type cards from hotels, ensure you make those known before ordering your food, because free appetizers and dessert were offered vs an overall percentage off of your meal, which was off-putting and disappointing when I asked at the bill presentation. Also, no military or kama'aina discount either. Happy hour, despite being displayed prominently, didn't apply! Wth? The food was nothing to brag about, definitely overpriced. My daughter's bread bowl was the only thing that tasted good, but for $18? No. I always appreciate the suggested tip amount at the bottom of the bill, but they started their percentage at 20% and not 15%, which I thought was bold. Service was good despite it being busy, and we gave the benefit of the doubt to the staff. But for $100 meal for me and my 2 kids, I feel cheated. We shoulda gone to Subway.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 2, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for sharing your comments. Our Happy Hour banner clearly states "not available during holidays and special events". The Kama'aina menu is available upon request, which at that time you would have been advised its not available during the holiday. Also, our military appreciation discount is a free appetizer and dessert as opposed to a percentage. I apologize you were unaware of the restrictions. The tip suggestions on your bill are exactly that, a suggestion. Aloha!

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BM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great. A little pricey perhaps but I guess the view comes with a price. 😊. Went to Huggo’s the night prior and this was much better in every conceivable way. Go here. Good food, good service, fab view. There is not much else

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 7, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joel is the manager and runs a very good restaurant. The ocean view is fabulous as is the food, to include the presentation. It is just a great dining experience.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 3, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your amazing review!

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated New Years Eve and our anniversary all in one evening! Very busy, but just as great as our experience 6 years ago when we were last in Kona. The bartender was super friendly! The host was great as our reservation request was able to be fulfilled on the ocean view seating. Drinks, appetizer and the main course “ Macadamia crusted Mahi-mahi were all excellent. Whoops the key lime dessert was awesome as well. A definite “ We’ll be back!” Thank you all!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 7, 2020

Aloha, Happy Anniversary!!! Mahalo for choosing to celebrate your Anniversary and New Year's Eve with us, Kelly! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit with us again and we look forward to your return again! It was our pleasure, indeed!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always, and the service was wonderful!!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 2, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your review! We're delighted you enjoy your visits with us and we look forward to your return!

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CS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve dinner! Loved this location with outstanding views and delicious food!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 3, 2020

Aloha Carrie! Mahalo for choosing to celebrate New Year's Eve with us! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you again! Happy New Year!!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible place for our NYE dinner, the Fish Hopper delivered absolutely delicious and unique food (try the poke nachos for an appetiser) with an amazing backdrop overlooking the ocean. Highly recommended!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 3, 2020

Aloha Joshua, mahalo for choosing to celebrate New Year's Eve with us and for sharing your awesome review! We're so very pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and we wish you a safe and Happy New Year!!

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J
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, friendly place to visit in Kona with great food

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 2, 2020

Aloha Jerry! Mahalo for review! We hope to see you again soon!

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LG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Obviously they serve fish ... like everyone else. Thing that stood out for me on top of the fish was how well the vegetables were prepared, cooked but still a bit crispy and the salad we had was really great. Our server, Brent, was super nice and helpful. Really enjoyed it and would recommend to others.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on January 2, 2020

Aloha and mahalo for your review, Lee! Your recommendation and compliment for Brent are greatly appreciated as well, thank you! We hope you join us again soon!

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D
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Reserved table on line- still it took 30 minutes to be seated. Then they offered a table with folding chairs! I asked for real chairs - they complied.
Food was ok, but over seasoned. The combination of sauces, nuts etc and mixture of Asian and Italian seasonings are non- sensical. Nearly all the seafood was covered with something, instead of allowing one to enjoy the fish. The one bright aspect was the waitress. She was delightful and efficient. Perhaps, best to “hop on by” to a local restaurant, instead. Aloha

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 31, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for sharing your feedback. We appreciate your response. I do apologize for the delay in getting you seated in a timely manner.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The hostess said it would be 15 to be seated after an half hour I went up and asked her how long and she said it would be 15 minutes again. then it turned out she had given our table to someone else. We had ordered a glass of wine at the bar and they gave us $15 glasses which is much more than we like to pay for wine. The meal was OK but nothing special.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 31, 2019

Aloha Alfred, we appreciate your review. I do apologize for the mix up with your table.

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J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Way too expensive, but pretty good food for the most part.
We split the steak & seafood platter for two and it mostly had great stuff on it. The ahi, the grilled fish, the shrimp, and the scallops were all quite good. The half a crab was actually just half a crab's legs and it wasn't great quality. We ordered the 18oz. ribeye steak medium rare but it came out extremely rare on the inside and charred and crispy and burnt on the outside. The rice and veggies on the platter were fine. If the platter was about 2/3 the price it would have been very worth it!
The cocktails we got were great!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 31, 2019

Aloha Jeff, mahalo for sharing your feedback and your recommendation. I will share this with our Executive Chef. We hope to see you again!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner! We just got off a snorkeling cruise so were hungry. It was easy the day before to get a 5:45pm reservation for 6. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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

Aloha and mahalo for sharing your feedback! We hope you join us again soon!

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GL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

A bustling place, but it's your standard tourists trap. Expensive for mediocre cooked food.

g
Sacramento
40 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fresh fish. Great dining experience.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 24, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your review! We appreciate your feedback!

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h
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only place to regularly get opakapaka fish!! So delicious here! Really amazing guava cake! Super coconut shrimp! Delicious cocktails. Clam chowder to die for! Great ahi nachos!! Must eat and great location and views!! I love this place. And reasonable prices! Like $38 for fresh fish entree. Many places charge $48!! I hope you try it! You will be glad you did!!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 24, 2019

Aloha Holly! Mahalo for your amazing review! We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to your next visit with us!

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NR
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for an awesome seaside sunset & amazing food.

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

Aloha Natalie! Mahalo for your review and recommendation! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you again soon!

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JR
Anchorage
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the Fish Hopper. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is delicious. Great wine selection as well. Can’t beat the view!

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

Aloha Jennifer! Mahalo!! Your compliments are greatly appreciated and we look forward to your next visit with us!!

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l
Seattle
72 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place was like stepping back into the 70s. Kitschy decor, unimaginative food. Nothing was bad, nothing was great. Great location.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 17, 2019

Aloha and mahalo for your feedback!

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k
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love this place!

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 17, 2019

Mahalo!!

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k
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The fish and steaks were very good. Two of the steaks had to be sent back since they were not cooked to the specification requested; however, they were redone to perfection. The fish was modest but very good.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona
Responded on December 17, 2019

Aloha Kenneth! Mahalo for your review! I'm glad we were able to recover your recommendation and hope to welcome you once again!

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