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Keei Cafe - Keei Cafe, Kealakekua, HI

Keei Cafe

4.6
4.6
554 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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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • 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

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What 554 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hawaii

    Seafood

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Overall

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Food

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Value

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Healthy

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Romantic

  • Hawaii / Big Island

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  1. JK

    JKona

    Hawaii

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still the best place for dinner in Kona area. Relaxed setting, friendly service and terrific food and drinks. This time our group had ono, sashimi, pasta Alfredo and the chicken. Everyone loved their meals. The chicken is really the best chicken ever. I never order chicken but here I will rarely order anything else. Cocktails and desserts were fantastic too. Come here and settle in for a relaxed meal. Not your place if you’re looking for a quick meal or are in a hurry.
  2. RG

    RenGro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Loved the atmosphere. Food was delicious! A hidden gem of a place. Go check it out!
  3. C

    Carole

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Such a gem and welcome change from the coastal restaurant scene!! Perfect date night. Interesting menu-Duck was excellent, cooked to perfection, Hubs lived the lamb. Friendly service. We’ll be regulars.
  4. L

    Lehua

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pork chop and duck. Outstanding desserts. Decent reasonably priced wine. Excellent service.
  5. S

    Shortini

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit last Saturday 6/18/22 was my second visit in 18 years, The food and service were outstanding. I love dinning at Ke'ei cafe.
  6. JM

    JimM

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food.
  7. DS

    DavidS

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening! The food is always consistent. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
  8. KM

    KathyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of the way of the downtown Kona hubbub, great food, Bread Pudding was delicious, great service.
  9. KH

    KeithH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Ribeye and porkchops are delicious and the employees are very courteous. Cant wait to try more.
  10. KJ

    KonaJoan

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and portions generous. Service was attentive and prompt. Definitely going back.
  11. JF

    JeanetteF

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. We love the variety of choices.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Let me start by saying, this is one of our favorites on the island. It’s a ways out from the resort areas and frequented mostly with locals. On this particular night, the kitchen was extremely slow. We eat there once on every visit, 4 times a year. It’s generally a little long for the food to be prepared, but on this night it was way too slow. Perhaps they were short handed.
  13. D

    Dk71

    Portland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Keei Cafe was very accessible from our rental condo in Keahou. We'd had a recommendation from a local resident as a 'must go'. My husband had the eggplant rolls and loved them! Beautifully prepared and presented. Unfortunately, the shrimp on my salad was really awful (frozen, overcooked?) However, our desserts were delicious: mac nut pie and chocolate lava cake. The wait staff and owner were very nice! We'll definitely go again.
  14. OE

    OEGor

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Liked everything but with one small complaint. The bill included an unannounced surcharge for using a credit card. Other that that...the service was very good, the food was very good, sitting on the balcony was great.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I decided to try Keei Cafe due to recommendations and were so happy with our meal! The restaurant itself was lovely but the staff was kind with great recommendations. Our ahi was perfect, as well as the sides accompanying them. We will be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time dining at Keei Cafe. I had only recently heard of the restaurant after 25 years visiting, and now living on, the island so I didn't know what to expect. The food was wonderful. Such a great change of pace from others in the area. The restaurant is warm and welcoming and you can tell there are a lot of regulars. We had the duck and steak among other things and both were delicious and cooked perfectly. Also, BYOB is a huge plus!
  18. l

    lunch4u

    Anchorage

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely place with great food! Friendly and efficient staff.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is no better half roasted (boneless) chicken on the entire island. Served with gravy topped mashed potato’s and veggies. Absolutely perfect combo. Keei Cafe is our favorite restaurant.
  20. SF

    SharonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food great, service great, nice servers; Wish they had more vegan options as only found two vegan options...but what we had, was excellent, wonderful black bean soup
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My soup was basically just a ban of beans with a ti y dollop of sour cream in it, my child’s meal was forgotten about (took almost an hour to arrive) and the pasta was a bit too Al de te, but flavourful. The Mango Cobbler was divine! Lovely people. Would give it another chance, might have just been an off night as they were quite busy.
  22. NB

    NancyB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cuisine with reasonable prices. Presentation, quality, and atmosphere was delightful and relaxing. Great service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Seated immediately upon arrival. Scallop & shrimp salad & cocktail outstanding. Spouse ordered seafood pasta. Food served very quickly.
  24. LB

    LauraB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual we enjoyed our meals. It was nice to see they were open again.
  25. DS

    DavidS

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful meal! The food was excellent! The restaurant was pretty busy and was a little noisy that night. We still had an excellent time. This is my favorite restaurant in the Kona area. I definitely would recommend.
  26. JD

    JudithD

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always delicious. The salads and fish are fresh; his sauces are wonderful; and the prices are reasonable. A very nice wine list too.
  27. MT

    MaryT

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keei Cafe is always a favorite for us. Our dinner Saturday 4/16 did not disappoint. Food cooked perfectly, the best vegetable medley out there as a side, and beautifully presented. They’ve expanded their menu, too, which is a welcome plus. It remains at the top of our list for elegant casual dining.
  28. MY

    MidgeY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We stumbled upon this delightful place 11 years ago when we got married. We returned to the island and went on our search to find it again. We did! It is as wonderful as we remembered. It was about an hour drive from our resort and certainly worth the drive. It’s a hidden jewel that is worth seeking out! So nice and friendly and the food is fabulous! Don’t forget to order dessert! The mango cobbler is fabulous, but everything looked great!
  29. MR

    MistyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The staff are very friendly and the food was excellent. I will be visiting Keei Café often.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants we found during our 3 weeks on the Big Island. Make sure you go!
  31. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pineapple pork chops were fabulous. Tasty, generous helpings.
  32. C

    Coco

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the location - nice and cool and everyone is so friendly.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Enjoyed the food and smiles. I think service ethic could be worked on. Over all was a nice dinner ! Would eat here again
  34. DV

    DuaneV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great people at a price to be expected for Hawaii. Worth the drive from north Kona.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. The best rib eye ever!
  36. S

    Suzanne

    Portland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always has been and always will be our favorite Restaurant here on the Big Island
  37. IN

    ItalianadaNesso

    Sacramento

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our evening at Keei Cafe was delightful. Three of us ordered the fresh fish, which was Ono, with a couple of different preparations. It was outstanding. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived for our reservation, but we were seated right away. Service from the Wait Staff was a little slow getting started, but you could tell they were just a bit short-handed. Overall it was a very pleasant experience!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been here before and find the experience delightful each time we visit.
  39. KH

    KaiH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great I had the ribeye it was perfectly cooked, my wofe had the alfredo we also had a couple of pupus (appetizers) and split a salad which were all great! The service was really quick too
  40. K

    Kimo

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been eating at the Keei Cafe for over 25 years. We took some friends who had not been there before, and it was a big hit (for them...we already knew ;-) ). Ahi Katsu, Cioppino Fisherman's Stew, Mahi-Mahi in the special mango sauce and lamp chops (best on the Big Island); Warm lava flow (ala mode) and Bread Pudding (ala mode). Looking forward to our next trip there!! Mahalo Bob and Zeze!

FAQs

Keei Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 554 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Keei Cafe

79-7511 Mamalaloha Hw Kealakekua, HI 96750

Additional information

  • 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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