About Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona

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.

75-5683 Alii Drive
Kailua, HI 96740
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 11:00am

Window Table Not Guaranteed.

Cross Street:
Alii Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 326-2002

Website:
http://fishhopper.com/kona/

Executive Chef:
Pedro Almazan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Fish Hopper - Kailua-Kona Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (38)
Waterfront (33)
Local Ingredients (26)
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Special Occasion (24)
Creative Cuisine (20)
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Fun (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
People Watching (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Healthy (8)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
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Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Cozy (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Very poor experience.
There was absolutely no fish in their poke and we had to send it back to the kitchen... The service was mediocre and the food definitely not worth the price.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was Ok (noting unusual ) and very pricy for that quality and quantity of food ( I am from Seattle and I know about seafood meals and prices). But service was very bad (very slow, inattentive), like "Eat and go away". And no even excuse for all those things. I think I will not go to this restaurant again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great location. Well prepared dishes.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

At the last minute, late afternoon on Friday, we went to Trip Advisor to find a moderately priced place for seafood for dinner. I was particularly looking for shrimp and crab. The crab tower appetizer didn’t disappoint. I’ve never had an appetizer so full of crab that was more than enough for 2 people to share. It was delicious. My entree, the Alii Skewers had tender chunks of beef that were very flavorful. The rice, mango relish, sauce and sautéed local veggies accompanied the meal excellently. The grilled shrimp too, I just wish they gave you more than 3 shrimp on the skewer because I love shrimp. I don’t usually have dessert because after I’ve had a great meal, I tell myself your stomach is satisfied; don’t do it or don’t add more calories. But, this time I went beyond my usual self- moderation and had a slice of the chocolate cake with passion fruit. First, to my surprise, it was gigantic slice. My husband and I had more than enough to share. Second, it was fantastic! I don’t like desserts that are overly sweet, but this was just right. I’m wondering if the addition of the passion fruit had something to do with somewhat ramping down the sweetness? But, I would definitely order that dessert again.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

We were celebrating my husband’s 75th birthday. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing!! We highly recommend! They treated us like we were royalty. A friend recommended this place and it did not disappoint. We all had the Ono fish which was perfectly cooked. The only thing which is quite minor, was the extremely slippery floors due to all the rain. It was like an ice skating rink. The drinks and desserts were fabulous too! We can’t wait to go back!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

I went to the Hopper for Valentine's day with a couple friends; I always in my life have NOT gone out on this holiday due to the crowds and probably should have listened to my heart on this as the experience was less than the usual Hopper experience. First: they were running behind (I had made a reservation weeks in advance), even though I requested a view table I was told I could not have one and was given the WORST table in the restaurant - high traffic right outside the kitchen; I ordered the special dinner for two - oddly there was only one serving of veg and potato but everything else was very tasty. I LOVE this restaurant and will always return, but never again on the special occasion days.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent as always. Fish Hopper is my favorite!!!!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful romantic evening!!! Valentine's day could not have been better thanks to Fish Hopper Manager Joel and Vicki. Thanks to all for making this such a great night on the town!

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Edmonton)·Dined 6 days ago

Our Valentine’s dinner at Fish Hopper was a bit of a disappointment to say the least.
I had requested a table with a view of the ocean (I made the reservation and request over a week in advance) and we were seated in the third row of tables with a couple with wide brimmed hats obstructing what view we had.
I had a free appetizer voucher which they wouldn’t accept because of Valentine’s.
The food was mediocre, underwhelming and over priced!
We will never return!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Highly recommend the Alii Skewers (2 skewers of steak bites & 1 skewer of grilled shrimp) from their regular menu. But if the jumbo scallops are available as a special, they are a must try. The view of Kailua Bay (across the street) if fantastic, but the noise from the street can make I hard for conversations. If you can, try seating a little further back or in one of the booths. Friendly wait staff. Recimended as a leisurely meal, not for a quick bite.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Great restaurant. Always large portions. Always excellent fresh food.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorite places to eat. Never disappointed. Get reservations and ask for a table at the rail near the street. Great views.

Tags: Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Neither my husband or I thought our food was very good. I had fish and chips and it was just ok and my husband had scallops with risotto....hohum.. we ordered a piece of coconut pineapple cake that had no taste at all.
Best thing about our meal was the server...she did a very nice job.
Would not recommend this place.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

GOod food and service. Have us a window table as requested. Very satisfied.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Awesome service and terrific food as always!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Visiting Hawaii for the second time my wife and I found the people of the big island to be kind, caring and genuine. These same "attributes" we found in the staff at the Fish Hopper...we can't wait to return to the Hopper because of the menu and it's people. Vicki was the best as well as the trainee.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The shrimp ceviche app and Ono entree were both fantastic. The parm crusted mahi was good but crust was a little much and over done. Still overall a great dinner and experience. Will still gladly revisit next time on the island!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Delicious fresh fish options and impeccable service. Our waitress Andrea was outstanding! We were happy to have her each time we ate there. In fact we are there numerous times during our stay. Can’t wait to go back next year.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We have been to the Fish Hopper many times, both in Kailua-Kona & Monterey, California. The food is always great, excellently prepared & displayed. They have an early bird special at 5:30 or so which is a 3 course dinner with slightly smaller portions which we love except when I'm really hungry & then I order a regular meal. Their clam chowder is fantastic & all of their fish dishes are fresh local. They have a dessert tray with a large assortment of incredible looking cakes & pies.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We went to Fishhoppers because of reviews and location. The open air restaurant is on the waterfront with good views of the bay. We had reservations but as we didn’t request on the water were seated in the next row. Still good review. Service was prompt. The mai this hit the spot. Our group had the fish and chips, grilled ono, Parmesan crusted mahi mahi, and the shrimp. All were perfectly prepared and large portions. Vege sides were also good. We had cheesecake with passion fruit and a flourless chocolate cake. The cheesecake was the best. The passion fruit sauce made it. Overall good dinner was pricey for atmosphere and what we got.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We love the Fish Hopper and stop in a few times each year on our visit to the island. Service was lacking this time, but usually a great place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food... the egg white wrap is exceptional!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always had a good meal at Fishhopper Kailua-Kona. From drinks to dessert, you can't miss. The lilkoi cheesecake is so tasty. I would go there for it. Fresh fish and local ingredients, fresh vegies, fresh fruit and delicious cocktails. The view can't be beat. You can get an oceanview from every table.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We had an amazing dinner and would return again.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great food. Great server.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We usually come here every time we are in Kona. This time was very disappointing. The claim chowder was cold and we had to ask them to heat it up - which they did, but it never should have left the kitchen cold. Our meal was the lobster paella and it was just barely warm - usually they have great food and it is delivered hot. So this time, I can not recommend as a good place to go.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Was pretty delish.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was our second visit to Fish Hooper in the past week, and both times the food was cold and not very good. We will not go back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 23, 2018

My husband and I love Fish Hopper. We go at least twice every trip to Kailua Kona and we both always have the monchong with risotto. So good and it always comes to the table hot and beautifully presented.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This place had the prize view for afternoon dining. Hands down the BEST CHOWDER I have ever had.
We went back the next day for lunch for another bowl.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We are regulars here and love the food and servers. But this time we were disappointed. We reserved our normal Oceanside table but we didn't get it because the walk in right before us did, even tho i reserved it. The manager sat us in the back and right after we sat down 3 other tables cleared up that were Oceanside. The servers and hostess treat us Better than the manager does. This is "our place" and we really love it...when we are treated well, we are treated well, but when we are not, we definitely feel like all we are is a dollar sign. The food is excellent and Marnett and Justin are both definite stars, but management could improve the way they treat people, especially loyal customers :(

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The food was very good. But small portions for the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great seafood, great service, and great prices compared to other restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Very good food at a reasonable price. Server Mele was very friendly and attentive. Nice waterfront location, too!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Best meal I had during my week in Kailua-Kona. It was mahi-mahi with a macadamia and mango sauce and purple mashed sweet potatoes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I made a reservation weeks ago in order to request a table by the window away from the bar. When we arrived, they had not reserved any of the 6-7 tables that would have fit my request, and they were unapologetic and slightly rude about it. We had really like this place in the past, coming here for at least two dinners each of our past several trips to Kona. This time, they had jacked the prices astronomically and cut the quality of the food by a significant amount. I paid $12 for a super low budget Mai Tai (tasted like canned OJ and very cheap spirits). I also ordered the $18 crab meat appetizer. It was far from expectations for $18—lots of avocado and unripe mango and less than 1/4 cup of crab meat. It used to come with a good aioli sauce, but now they squirt cheapo teriyaki sauce on it. My daughter’s chicken entree have plain steamed broccoli on the side. I don’t think I’ve seen that since the early 80’s., certainly not on an entree that is over $25. If they had offered to comp me a drink or dessert for blowing off my reservation, I might have given them the benefit of the doubt and another chance in the future. There are a lot of good restaurants in Kona now, so go elsewhere unless you want poor to mediocre food and service at elite prices.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Because we had such great food during our stay in Kona, this restaurant disappointed. The drinks were good and the location was nice, but the food was nothing spectacular.....not bad,
but not great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great location on Kona Bay. Seafood is always Fresh and superbly prepared. Lots of gluten-free options (including a yummy chocolate-macadamia nut cake) for my husband who has Celiac disease.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

An amazing dinner on the water front - our servers Heather and Mele made our evening extra special by offering local favorites and looking after us

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We visit Kona on a yearly trip, and the Fish Hopper is a MUST visit (At least once)! Tim is our favorite server, and remembers us from year to year!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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