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Keei Cafe

4.7
4.7
482 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob Miyashiro and his wife Gina open the original Keei Cafe in a old former Fish Market in Honaunau, Hawaii on the Big Island. Finally after borrowing enough from their father, Brothers Bob and Dennis along with Sister Joyce the new Keei Cafe was Born in Hokukano. Again with the Brazilian touch for food friendly colors and using local woods, Gina helped create the decor that surrounds the "New" Keei Cafe at Hokukano. Opened in early 2005, the new Cafe features local artist painting and carvings on the walls. Koa table help make the Cafe have a warm and welcome feel perfect for families or guests looking for a resort type meal with a upcounty price. Family owned and operated with the additon of Gina's sister and Brother in Law, Chef Zeze and Batista, in the kitchen to use the freshes local ingredients to prepare creavtive and and delicious menu items with nightly specials. Please come to experience the flavors!

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Booked 11 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Brazilian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 322-9992

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Zeze

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Brazilian Seafood Chowder$8.95

    A Seafood Medley & Chefs Selection of vegetables simmered in a rich broth.

    • Vegetarian Bean Soup$6.95

      A Hearty Homemade Soup, topped with Sour Cream and Fresh Homemade Salsa. Served with a warm tortilla

      • Eggplant Rolls$6.95

        Grilled strips of Eggplant stuffed with Herb Cous Cous. Topped with a Home Made Marinara Sauce and Shaved Parmesan Cheese

        • Coconut Shrimp Rice Cakes$7.95

          Shrimp and Brown Rice Cakes, Coated with Shredded Coconut, Pan Seared, with a Harissa Sauce

          • Fresh Local Sashimi

            Fresh Local Catch Ahi (When Avaliable)

            Salads

            • Fresh Honaunau Greens Salad$6.95

              Tossed with a Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Garnished with Sliced Ripe Tomatoes & Sprinkled with Feta Cheese

              • Peanut Miso Salad$6.95

                With Grated Green Papaya slivers on a bed of Fresh Mixed Organic Greens & Cucumber Spears

                • Greek Salad$7.95

                  Fresh Organic Greens tossed in a zesty Citrus Vinaigrette, Topped with Whole Kalamata Olives, Maui Onions & Feta Cheese

                  • Seared Scallop And Shrimp Salad$11.95

                    Organic Greens, fresh avocados, cherry tomatoes and Maui Onions. Seared scallops and shrimp with a Asian vinaigrette

                    Main Courses

                    • Rib Eye Steak$25.95

                      Pan Seared with Caramelized Onions & Red Wine Peppercorn Gravy.

                      • Pasta Primavera$14.95

                        A Choice of Chicken or Tofu, smothered with a Basil Pesto or Marinara Sauce, seasoned with fresh herbs & shaved Parmesan Cheese

                        • Two Spicy Fajitas$14.95

                          Choice of Chicken of Tofu, with black beans, sauteed onions, fresh salsa

                          • Roasted Pork Chops$17.95

                            Choice of either Peppercorn gravy or spiced Pineapple Glaze

                            • Seafood Pasta$21.95

                              Fresh Fish, Scallops, Shrimp and Clams sauteed with fresh tomatoes, garlic & olive oil

                              Specials

                              Sauteed & Servede on your choice of Peanit Miso Salad with Green Papaya Slivers or Greek Salad with a Citrus Vinigrette

                              • Catch Of The Day

                                Served with our Famous Keei Cafe Thai Curry Sauce

                                • Market Price
                              • Pan Seared With Whipped Potaoes

                                Caramalized Onions & Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

                                • Market Price
                              • Roasted Haldf Chicken$19.95

                                Experience Keei Cafes Thai Curry Sauce or White Wine Peppercorn Gravy

                                • Rack Of Lamb$28.95

                                  New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Oven Baked, Red Wine Mint Sauce

                                  Desserts

                                  • Coconut Flan$5.95

                                    Homemade with a Fresh Likikoi Sauce

                                    • Tropical Bread Pudding$5.95

                                      Made with Punaluu Sweet Bread fresh Bananas and Fresh Pineapple

                                      • Ala Mode Add$1.00
                                    • Mango Cobbler$6.95

                                      Feshly Baked Mango Cobbler with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream

                                      • Lilikoi Cheesecake$6.95

                                        Award winning Cheesecake made by Kailua Candy Company. Honu Chocolate Crust and a Chocolate Ganache Frosting

                                        • Lava Flow$6.95

                                          Rich Chocolate Dome Cake with a molten Chocolate center. Seasonal Sauce

                                          Last updated: August 6, 2021

                                          What 482 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                          4.7
                                          4.7 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.8Food
                                          • 4.6Service
                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                          • 4.6Value

                                          NoiseModerate

                                          Loved For

                                          • Hawaii

                                            Seafood

                                          • Hawaii / Big Island

                                            Best Overall

                                          • Hawaii / Big Island

                                            Best Food

                                          • Hawaii / Big Island

                                            Best Value

                                          • Hawaii / Big Island

                                            Good for Groups

                                          • Hawaii / Big Island

                                            Neighborhood Gem

                                          • Hawaii / Big Island

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                                          1. BO

                                            BendOR

                                            Portland

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            One diner said it was the best restaurant meal she had in a long time. Wants to go back. Loved the mahi-mahi special with citrus sauce!

                                          2. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We all enjoyed the great food and warm hospitality. Also felt safe dining here during Covid.

                                          3. JL

                                            JohnL

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This was the best restaurant we visited on the Big Island. Delicious food, reasonable prices for the high quality, and great service and ambience.

                                          4. W

                                            bruceW

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We dine at the Keei Cafe when ever we are in Kona. It is the best, most consistent restaurant o the Kona side of the island. It is family owned, and very friendly. And the food is exceptional. By far the best restaurant!!!

                                          5. MM

                                            MargaretM

                                            Seattle

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on January 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious food, charming ambience, sunset view, great vibe

                                          6. LO

                                            LindaO

                                            Sacramento

                                            13 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on January 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We love the menu here -- it's much more creative than most places. For example, my husband had the rabbit that was wrapped in prosciutto; he said it was delicious. The special drink menu is also creative. I'd be happy going here every weekend! (and mid-week, too)

                                          7. DF

                                            DarrylF

                                            Los Angeles

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on January 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was great as well as the service I will definitely be going back again.

                                          8. H

                                            Hess

                                            San Francisco

                                            12 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            12 reviews

                                            Dined on January 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Again, one of the best meals on the island. Had #4 seared Ahi and Warm Lava Flow for dessert. Just a #1 place.

                                          9. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Austin

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 30, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic stop away from the crowds of Kona. Wonderful food and friendly service, perched atop a beautiful romantic second-floor deck while serenaded by the local wildlife. Keei Cafe was among our favorite stops during our vacation on the Big Island.

                                          10. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Minneapolis

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 29, 2021

                                            overall4food5service4ambience5

                                            Fun place….. good food

                                          11. KS

                                            KennethS

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 22, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We went for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. Tables were spaced out appropriately and the staff was very attentive. The food was very good, catch of the day outstanding and reasonably priced.

                                          12. CF

                                            CherylF

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 19, 2021

                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                            Dinner was great! The only problem is the wine selection on the menu is incorrect. Service was excellent too. Dessert was amazing! she recommended the lilikoi cheesecake and i thought it would be like all the others, but it wasn't. It was amazing! I'd definitely be back!

                                          13. M

                                            Memo

                                            San Francisco

                                            137 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            137 reviews

                                            Dined on December 18, 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Great menu, nice presentations and fresh ingredients. The catch of the day in the lemon butter sauce was wonderful!

                                          14. S

                                            Sirah

                                            Seattle

                                            38 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            38 reviews

                                            Dined on December 17, 2021

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            Their food was really good except Poke in the poke nachos was a little too sweet. I liked better if it was more traditional poke flavor with sesame oil and sea salt. Mahi-mahi dish was excellent. Melt in the mouth and perfectly cooked. Service was a little slow, but it was acceptable. We had a reward card from Open Table, but the server didn’t know how to process it so it was a little disappointed, but overall, great food and value. We also enjoyed live music.

                                          15. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on December 12, 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                            Went here with my parents on a Saturday night out. Haha lovey meal with great music. The restaurant was packed when we got there but had our table ready. Service was great, just took a few to get the initial order out. The seared ahi is a must! As is the chocolate lava cake. So great!

                                          16. RF

                                            RazFamily

                                            Portland

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on December 12, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great variety offered on the menu. We had rabbit and mahi-mahi Both were excellent.

                                          17. CD

                                            ChipD

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 11, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Good service, great food. It was very busy but we enjoyed ourselves very much.

                                          18. ET

                                            EricT

                                            San Francisco

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on December 11, 2021

                                            overall3food5service4ambience5

                                            The food and service at Keei Cafe continues to be fantastic. I was a bit miffed, however, that their website menu lists items that are no longer available, and the prices for items still on the menu are nearly half the prices being currently charged. I am of the opinion that it is far better not to have any online presence at all than to have a terribly outdated site that isn’t maintained.

                                            Keei CafeResponded on December 17, 2021

                                            Aloha Eric What website did you use? Our updated menu can be seen on mhme.nu/lp/keeicafe Hope this is helpful!

                                          19. IS

                                            IreneS

                                            New England

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on December 10, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fresh, delicious localvore food delivered in a friendly, way! Nice wine list too.

                                          20. M

                                            Memo

                                            San Francisco

                                            137 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            137 reviews

                                            Dined on December 10, 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                            Service was very good considering only two people staffed the entire dining room. Service is very friendly. The food was very good as is the ambience of the dining room. We both had the fish of the day which was well prepared; our dining companions had the half chicken which is really delicious. We’re planning to return next week!

                                          21. K

                                            Kona

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 9, 2021

                                            overall3food2service2ambience3

                                            We heard such great things about Keei Cafe and really wanted to like it but were disappointed in the food, service and LOUD coqui frog chirping to the point that we couldn’t hear our conversation. We ordered the poke nachos which were the best part of the meal and the shrimp & scallop salad which wasn’t anything special and lacking in flavor but worst of all was the Cioppino stewS which were a bland tomato Soup with NO flavor, herbs, onion, garlic whatsoever. The server never checked on us after delivering the tasteless meal.

                                          22. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Vancouver

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 8, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Favorite restaurant on the Kona Coast! Great food and everything is done so right!

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Hawaii

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on December 4, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We waited such a long time for their reopening after closure during the height of the pandemic. The food is as excellent as ever. We will be back again and again. Love it!!

                                          24. FP

                                            FrankP

                                            Charlotte

                                            18 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            18 reviews

                                            Dined on December 2, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Arrived one hour prior to our reservation time and were promptly seated anyway. Cozy island feel once inside. Entrees including ahi tuna with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables were fantastic as was superb table service. Really good comfort food and much needed break from much higher prices at resorts. Save room for the foster bread pudding - it was unbelievably delicious!

                                          25. R

                                            Richard

                                            Seattle

                                            20 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            20 reviews

                                            Dined on November 27, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Best restaurant meal we've had in a month on Hawaii. Charming low key atmosphere, cheerful, attentive staff, excellent food at a very good value. Highly recommended.

                                          26. RJ

                                            RobinJ

                                            Los Angeles

                                            9 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on November 25, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            My Birthday dinner 🌺😘 incredible food, loved Mika our server 🥰 & the Lillikoi cheesecake ❤️👏❤️👏best anywhere!!

                                          27. S

                                            Sunshine

                                            Seattle

                                            4 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on November 21, 2021

                                            overall4food5service5ambience3

                                            Parking was a challenge to get out of. We parked in back and was in a marked spot however upon departure a SUV partially blocking driveway. We sat on the slopping balcony at sunset. Vegetation in way of a potentially beautiful view. Food was excellently prepared and flavorful. (Mahi mahi and steak) Service was good.

                                          28. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Exclusive

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 20, 2021

                                            overall4food5service3ambience5

                                            We enjoyed the food and ambiance very much. The only issue was there seemed to be only 1 waiter for the whole restaurant so there were issues. We ordered the catch of the day specials which arrived after 30 minutes and we had to request the appetizer that hadn’t come (eggplant rolls, which were delicious). Our orders kept getting mixed up with those of the adjacent table all night and we were never asked if we wanted another glass of wine (which we would’ve declined as there were people waiting and we were likely overdue to turn our table over). It was busy and all the tables were full. Would definitely try again but we’re hoping they just had a sick call that night and they don’t staff the restaurant like that all the time!

                                          29. K

                                            Kark

                                            Sacramento

                                            14 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on November 17, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food, ambiance and service! It a great find! Note, if you go during dusk hours, be sure to spray up as mosquitoes are plentiful!

                                          30. JM

                                            JessM

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 13, 2021

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            We had a great time as first timers highly recommended We will be back!

                                          31. KH

                                            KatieH

                                            Hawaii

                                            7 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on November 13, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            The best food we have had on the island ! Fresh, flavorful, creative. The atmosphere of this place is so peaceful. The menu is wonderfully diverse without being fussy. Immensely enjoyed every bite.

                                          32. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Chicago

                                            5 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on November 12, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Friends took us to Keei Cafe last week as a thank you for watching their house. We didn’t realize they had reopened after shutting down during the pandemic. It is just as beautiful and friendly as ever. Plus they have expanded their menu and take credit card. Beware that if you use a credit card you will be charged 3.5%. They still have local fish now with several preparation choices. The seafood pasta now has a pesto choice besides the tomato sauce. New is rabbit and duck breast. Both are hard to find on me yes in Kona. The appetizer choices are also creative and good to share. To honor my husband on Veterans Day we chose to go back to Keei Cafe one week after the visit with our friends. It is definitely one of our favorite restaurants.

                                          33. LD

                                            LoriD

                                            Sacramento

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on November 6, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We love Keri Cafe and are so happy it re-opened! It is our favorite restaurant in South Kona. Friendly staff, consistently great food and a wide varieties of wines.

                                          34. MA

                                            MAS16

                                            San Francisco

                                            24 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            24 reviews

                                            Dined on November 6, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very fresh and delicious food. Family owned and run. Excellent service.

                                          35. KB

                                            KarolineB

                                            San Francisco

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on November 5, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Wonderful family owned business- friendly service and wonderful food!

                                          36. FL

                                            FormerLAGal

                                            Washington DC

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on October 31, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Best seared ahí I’ve eaten, in a light and delicious lilikoi butter sauce. Super fresh vegetables, gently treated. We plan to return in the next couple of days, it was SO good. Good value, too!

                                          37. C

                                            Copperleaf

                                            Seattle

                                            10 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on October 31, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Beautiful setting, great food and excellent service. We have been here multiple times and always a great experience.

                                          38. RL

                                            RebeccaL

                                            Hawaii

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 31, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We went for a friend’s birthday. He said he hadn’t had so much fun at dinner out in a long time. The food was excellent, as always. We do miss the second musician though. We hope he’s okay.

                                          39. i

                                            iman823

                                            Los Angeles

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on October 24, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Excellent food choices and quality at fair prices. Service a bit slow but courteous. Great family atmosphere

                                          40. CB

                                            ClintonB

                                            San Francisco

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on October 23, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            A great meal, good variety on the menu, the ahi poke nachos were terrific, and they made a good martini.

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                                          Keei Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 482 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.

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                                          Booked 11 times today
                                          Google Map for Keei Cafe

                                          79-7511 Mamalaloha Hw Kealakekua, HI 96750

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Kailua-Kona

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Seafood, Brazilian

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Parking details

                                            Street Parking

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Executive chef

                                            Chef Zeze

                                          • Additional

                                            Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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