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About Keei Cafe

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!

79-7511 Mamalaloha Hw
Kealakekua, HI 96750
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Brazilian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 322-9992

Website:
http://www.keeicafe.net/#!

Executive Chef:
Chef Zeze

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

Keei Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (7)
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Romantic (7)
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Cozy (4)
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Notable Wine List (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Entrees were really good. Salads under-performed. Nice room although the live music was loud- made conversation difficult. Service: we’re on vacation in a tourist area so our expectations aren’t high, but we were seated in the corner next to the broom and dustpan which apparently are part of their room decor, and our waitstaff person was, um, clearly wanting to be elsewhere. The other two waiters gamely tried to compensate. Made the whole experience sort of strange and mostly “meh”.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Slow service. Excellent food.

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, our experience was lovely. Our friends were celebrating their 50th anniversary so it was special, indeed. We go at least twice every year while we’re on island.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

Our 5:00 reservation for Valentine’s Day began promptly at 5:00. Several others had the same thought and were there at opening!

The restaurant was built BY the owners, long time Hawaiian residents! It’s family run and very homey atmosphere.

Because several couples sat down at the same time, there was a little bit of delay in having the waitress take our order. It may have been better if she got their drinks only first. Then ours. Then go back to them to get their dinner and / or appetizer orders. We did have water but no bread or anything else!

There’s usually live music but the band was going to some other place on Valentines’ night...

All in all it’s close by Kealakekua and Captain Cook, has lanai seating, is beautiful inside and the food was excellent! I ate way too much! Here there are plenty of fish options and tofu dishes for vegetarians/ vegans. My kinda place!

There were still lots of meat and poultry offerings to choose from also! The dessert menu is extensive and great too!

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·Dined on February 14, 2018

We read the reviews on tripadvisor on this place and decided to try it. It was great! It's parking lot and entrance are in the back of the building on the main street. We had reservations and were seated almost immediately when we entered and were allowed to pick our table. It was well decorated and lighting was dimmed so it had a nice ambiance. We ordered baked brie appetizer which my husband and I both loved and was just the right amount for 2-4 people to share. Very good beer, wine and specialized cocktail list and we decided to order wine and both our selections were good. Husband ordered and loved his pork chops and veggies and mashed potatoes which were seasoned just right and had just the right amount of doneness and texture for the veggies. I ordered the ribeye steak and veggies and mashed potatoes and the steak was done perfectly medium with pink in the middle and was juicy. The menu had a good variety of choices and all of them looked good to try. Dessert cheesecake was very good.
Waiter was smiling, gracious and attentive. We both decided that if we lived nearby we'd come to this restaurant often.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

As always, the food was excellent. However, the service was poor. I had to remind the owner that our appetizers had not arrived. He went to the kitchen to get them for us, but it was so late that the soup was merely warm, and our dinner arrived just a few minutes later. I absolutely hate that, as it feels Iike a cheap café. I then ordered another drink and 10 minutes later the owner stopped by and asked if I wanted another drink. After the appetizer fiasco they at least gave the drink for free. I will still return to Keei Café, but it really needs to up its service to justify the pricing.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went here with our good friends because all of us love this restaurant. It was our 50th Wedding Anniversary and the food, wine and company was wonderful. The desserts were out of this world.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It’s a beautiful setting and the food is good. We had a reservation and it still took a while to get seated. We were there for nearly and hour before we got our food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Have been to Ke'ei many times. I think it was busier that ever so service was very sporadic. Ran out of iced tea after the first serving. Asked for a refill repeatedly and took forever for them to finally say we have none. The fish portion was overcooked and very skimpy compared to past times.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great setting. Loved the open air feel. Missed the live music. We were a little too early.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great little spot. We particularly liked the eggplant rolls. They were super delicious. Busy place. Wise to get a reservation

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We always make time to eat here at least once when we visit Kona. The fresh catch of the day with the chef's special sauce of the day is always delicious and perfectly prepared, and the Ahi Katsu is a must! Excellent and creative food, good service and a beautiful dining room.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Keei Cafe never fails to produce great food at reasonable prices. The duo guitars were terrific. Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Something has changed at Keei Cafe...I won't go into too much detail, but it is not the place I have been going to and recommending for 16 years...

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Just lovely, as always.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lovely, friendly ,delicious food...a bit slow on service but wonderful feeling so you don't mind. Would make the drive any time to get back to a bit of the Hawaii I remember. Loved this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Keei Cafe is one of our go-to places for great food. This is a real hideaway place on highway 11, use a good map app to find it. A steep driveway to the second floor dining area. Make no mistake, you're not coming here for the view-maybe a glimpse of a sunset-but you're here for dinner, the meal severed by the husband/wife/family run business.
We've tried everything on the menu and love it all, especially the daily fresh catch special. Chances are good Bob, the owner, will be your server as well. Last friday (1/5) all of the tables were taken, so reservations are really suggested because this is also a small place. Live music most nights and even a regular dinner guest does some nice tunes with guitarists.
Give it a try, we like it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Good food. Odd service. Reservations don't really mean anything. First come first served.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Consistent local favorite. All around good choice for dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Had 2 dinners here while on vacation in late December. Both were delicious.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant. Worth the drive to Kealakekua. The owners are very friendly and the music is great. They use local ingrediants in their menu. We love coming here, and plan on retruning soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Friendly service. Large and fair priced cocktails. Excellent food. Reasonable prices in a high price area. Nice live music.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Lovely Hawaiian decor, friendly and efficient service, fine tunes from a fun singing duo, and absolutely exquisite and delicious meals! Everything was superb! We love this place!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were hunting for a restaurant outside of Kailua-Kona. We found this lead on OpenTable. It's an easy drive (8 mi) to Kealakukea. A good dining option if you are going to the Aloha Theater.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We found Keei Cafe many years ago and it quickly became one of our local favorites. A bit hard to find the first time, but once there the owners/operators prepare delicious meals at a fair price. Local fish specials are always available with a variety of preps, the lemon/butter/caper one is our fav. Great apps and a limited wine list but daily special wines on display for choosing. Seating is small, there is no view to speak of, but we come here for the food. There is live music most nights and on our last visit one of the guests stepped up to do several wonderful tunes with the two mellow musicians. All in all, this is a quiet gem tucked away on the second floor of a building just off the highway so follow directions to get there because it is well worth it.
Definitely on our "A" list of special places to have a really good meal.

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My fish was prepared perfectly and served over mash potatoes , spinach, and vegetable medly. My friends had the pork chops and the lamb, which they enjoyed greatly. Indoor outdoor seating was very pleasant. Would go back given the chance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

It is a lovely place. Nice cocktails, easy going staff And delicious, simple dishes done well.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is our go-to place when we want to go out for a nice dinner when visiting Kona. Never disappoints. Love the food and ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Absolutely love this place and come back each time we're on the Big Island. My husband and I both had the ahi fresh fish special, each prepared a different way. Both were excellent. Salads are fresh, tasty and larger than most. Wines by the glass are relatively inexpensive and the selection is small but adequate. We were also treated to beautiful, live local music played at a perfect soft volume. Only complaint was the waitress bringing my husband the wrong order, but she apologized and the kitchen very quickly corrected the error. Would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

What a great find! The open air dining, small fish pond outside, live music, great presentation, friendly service--So glad we went!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Vegan, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Found this place on line. Their website has their dinner menu. It sounded great so we tried it and were not disappointed. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced. We will definitely be going back. Try the brie appetizer, it's to die for. I also had the ribeye steak which was great. My wife had the crispy chicken and it was fantastic. Bypass the expensive resort restarants and make the drive to Kealakekua. It's worth it, I promise.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is a truly wonderful place! We have an early dinner, visiting the Big Island. The owner is very nice, gracious and we really enjoyed. We had the bean soup, scallop salad and a few other .... truly enjoyed and would highly recommend! A very pleasant change from the usual restaurants in dt Kona.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Disabled Access
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Have been coming to Keei Cafe for more than 10 yrs. We have been satisfied. Over the yrs the prices have gone up, also, Keei Cafe is now accepting Credit Cards, which is in with all the other restaurants. Always a great place to go.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is a 5+ star dining experience. The view is beautiful, the food is amoung the best on the Big Island. The owners and staff are gracious and the two guys that provide the music are perfect. A great find on our trip and we will absolutely go back on our next trip to Kona!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of the best places to eat on the Kona side of the island. Beautiful wood inside and a wonderful open feeling and (slightly obscured) view of the ocean. The service can be hit or miss, but always friendly. Cocktails are still good, but not what they once were... made up for by the still great live slack-key guitar.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

As always, a pleasant evening

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

A lovely meal out on the balcony and I think atypically, the restaurant was almost empty. We went on recommendations from a couple of local people and the food was quite good. I had their special fish of the day (mahi-mahi with their curry sauce- absolutely bursting with flavor and my husband had the seared crusted ahi, prepared perfectly. We shared the rolled eggplant appetizer which was quite flavorful, filled with couscous, but not quite hot enough.
I would definitely go back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Enjoyed my dinner here with reliably good gourmet menu items with a focus on fish. Wines are carefully selected for quality and the dessert menu seems to catch me almost every time. Great live music for those who enjoy songs ranging from light rock to jazz. Always a pleasure dining at the Keei Cafe!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were there for my Wife's Birthday, she was very happy with her Pasta selection, but my Daughter, and myself ordered Seafood Pasta. The Seafood was good, but the Pasta , and sauce was barely palatable. Very bland, and tasteless, which I was very surprised. We have eaten there several times before, and always were very pleased. I should have said something to the waitress, but felt like I would be ruining my wife's special night. I also was not happy to see on final bill that we were charged for Coke refills without being told, or brought to our attention. ($15.00 for 2 sodas) I left being upset, and will probably go again, but not for a while.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Had a great meal for five. The appetizers were savory, the entrees were delicious, and the service was friendly and prompt.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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