Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona

4.4
2056 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.

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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 2056 people are saying
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Duanemt
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coconut crusted mahi was outstanding as was husband’s fish & chips.
We couldn’t resist the fabulous dessert tray & chose the Lime Mango Cheesecake. Absolutely delicious!
Our server Tammie was excellent!
We will be returning several more times before vacation ends!

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vipChrisk
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service every time we dine here. We highly recommend it. Especially the seafood pasta.

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Jchristian
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a week on Kona this was our last meal and our best. Service was exceptional and the ribs were some of the best I have ever had.

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Joyce
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were outstanding as was the ribeye. We would highly recommend the Fish Hopper.

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RobinJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving fish🤙🏼🍁lovely & Delishes😘

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vipLauriek
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our first dinner in Kona (booked a couple months in advance) and rather disappointing…. The service was good but our meals were not. The entrees we ordered were out in less than 5 minutes, leading us to believe they were prepared in advance. Once tasted, pretty sure that was the case. It was Thanksgiving so I get that it’s busy and lots of food done in advance, but we ordered three kinds of fish and none of them were very good. Won’t be returning….

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vipNeils
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite being extremely busy on Thanksgiving night, the service and food were fantastic! Thanks!

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Ally
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service. Food quality was good. The poke tacos, moscow mule, passion fruit cheese cake, and burger is delicious. The ladies and bus boys are sweethearts. Next time I come to The Island, I shall return.

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GaryT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great views. Thanksgiving lunch was great. Ribeye fantastic:

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vipRossD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Marginal food.

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vipteachermom1954
Central Coast
88 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday with family

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MariaT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We sat at our table without being acknowledged for over 30 minutes!!!! I had to ask for service. I booked reservations back in July 2021 to celebrate two birthdays. Service fell short in food too, my mahi was dry.
After I got attention, staff did a better job to improve service experience. Overall was let down drastically.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were sat down right away after checking in with a reservation. Service was quick, attentive, and friendly. However, the food itself we felt was a bit overpriced and nothing special. My husband and I ordered crab cakes as an appetizer. Although tasty, they were quite small (two crab cakes only for nearly $19). We also ordered two Mai Tais which were decent. And for entrees, we ordered the Parmesan Crusted Mahi Mahi and the Ahi Tuna. Again, they were OK. The vegetables tasted like the ones you get out of a frozen bag. We finished everything because we were so hungry. For the price we paid, we weren’t blown away; everything was just average. But the ocean views, staff, and overall ambiance were nice.

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SarahB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Hard pass. The menu with the pictures of drinks should have been the tip off to the food quality, which was basically the Hawaiian equivalent to Chili’s. You could tell the “chef” was trying- the fish was decent and the sauces ok - but the vegetables had obviously come from a frozen bag. Sprinkling micro greens on top did nothing to mask the quality, and the prices were insult to injury. Go somewhere else.

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RobertC
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner experience, party of four. Everyone enjoyed their menu selection, 3 fish and one filet(meat). The meal presentation was created beautifully. Our server Andrea was very helpful in explaining the specials and didn’t rush us at any time during our visit. I highly recommend the Fish Hopper if your looking for a great experience in both dining and ambience.

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Sprout
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall it was a good experience. The service was prompt and pleasant. However the food was poorly seasoned. The fish was dry and over cooked. The mashed potatoes were dense and dry. The highlight was the clam chowder. I was expecting a much more elevated culinary experience that would match the high prices. Beautiful view and great service. However the food fell short for everyone in our dining party.

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vipGeorgewithano
Sacramento
59 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent food. Service was OK. We were on our honeymoon and noted this in the reservation but it seemed like our server wasn’t told.

Highly recommend the Macadmia-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Okinawan sweet potatoes.

Also highly recommend the desserts: Kona coffee cheesecake, strawberry-passion fruit cake, chocolate Mac pie, Macadamia German chocolate cake, mango key lime cheesecake, and others. Save room!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions looked very small but we were pleasantly surprised how full we were. The atmosphere, service and quality were top notch. Save room for that chocolate macadamia nut pie !

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vipChuckR
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Called to request a table closest to the window for the best view of the ocean around sunset. Sarah, our server made good menu suggestions due to my wife's shellfish allergies. We loved the mango key lime cheesecake. Tasted like sherbet ice cream but in a graham cracker piecrust. Not local style portions of food.

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PatR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and come here every year for breakfast. Food is fantastic, bloody Mary’s are perfect. It is worth the stop, and as an added bonus, there is private parking for customers only in the rear.

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NancyD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for breakfast with a party of 5. Everyone enjoyed their meals and I especially enjoyed the fresh fish Benedict. The view was lovely, but what really impressed me was the service! It’s unusual to find wait staff that knows to serve from the right and allow you time to relax and enjoy your meal.

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AngelaM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was incredible but the server was just not okay. She really enjoyed chatting with the table next to us but didn’t take the time of day to even say more than 2 words to us. She mixed up our drinks, forgot to put one in and was just overall not a good server. The food was amazing though which sort of made up for it.

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vipYolie
New Mexico
272 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night on the Big Island and wish we had tried this restaurant previously. Lovely views and great service! We started with a nice ceviche. The monchong and risotto was great. My husband enjoyed the kalua pork and cabbage. Very well done. We shared a macadamia nut pie with chocolate fondant. Excellent. We had to stroll for a bit afterwards. We will be back next visit.

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JoeddaB
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal! our favorite restaurant in Kona

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Ate here 3 times in one week! Excellent wait staff and even better food. Fish and chips were the best I’ve ever had. MaiTais were perfect.

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Sunshine
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived with no where to park and attendant guided us to a parking place. We were welcomed as we arrived with very friendly, courteous staff. The food was exceptional and a gluten-free menu was a plus for my wife who has celiacs.
The food was a bit pricey. We made reservations and our table was ready when we arrived. The waterfront view was beautiful. We would come here again.

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Betty
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in Kona. Consistently great food. The atmosphere is wonderful. I eat here often and the food is extremely good every time

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Maxine
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in Kona. So good we went back the next night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice for an evening meal or great lunch. Best service in the area.

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vipTrishB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is not like the place in Monterey. What was crazy is my ahi coconut shrimp salad had massive hairlike strings throughout it. We had the General Manager come and take a look at it and he stated it was just the grated ginger that was causing those hair like thick strands. I get it to a certain extent because I live in California. Nevertheless they really should revamp this entrée so it doesn’t leave a negative standpoint and restaurant patrons’ minds.

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SKMM
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting here and it was my sister in law’s birthday!
What a special evening the Fish Hopper made it!

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feel like authentic Hawaiian in all ways. The food, service ad view are all excellent.

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Jacco
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent and even more excellent! And don’t forget to get their freshly made desserts!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, nice view. Happy hour was great.

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TerriW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

We were very disappointed with our meals. The poke was just ok and I’d been really looking forward to our meal! The Ono fish was really good but everything else on the plate was not good.
The view was spectacular! If I go again, I’ll just have drinks and try the appetizers.

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Blomb
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and the food was solid.

SB
vipSusanB
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food. We appreciate the precautions in place. A regular favorite place for us to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and amazing!

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LeanneP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious! Views of the ocean are awesome and the staff was friendly and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service = good time

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 2056 OpenTable diners.

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.fishhopperkona.com.

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.