Keei Cafe

4.7
271 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Brazilian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 322-9992
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Zeze
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Neighborhood
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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MJ
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keei Cafe never disappoints. It's my favorite restaurant on the big island. The food is always fresh and tasty. It's slightly out of the way, but that means it doesn't have the aura of a tourist trap. We started going there ten years ago on our annual week in Kona, and I always make it a point to return. If you're a fish eater, it's the best. Go for the lemon caper preparation -- it lets the taste of the fish come through.

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GG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This cafe consistently serves outstanding food at reasonable prices. They take pride in sourcing mostly local ingredients. The service here used to be slow, but has improved greatly. Only downside is that the traffic on HWY 11 can be noisy as all windows are open.

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first visit so much we went back four nights later for their “happy hour” 4:30-6:00. So good. Everything about the place was just right. Is just right!!

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OT
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, service and music - all very much with that aloha spirit

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r
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we had on the island. Better than meals paid twice much for.

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r
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always get one of the fresh fish specials. No better food or prices anywhere.

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DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the owner is friendly and welcoming. The night we were there it appeared a new server was being trained who unfortunately didn’t seem very suited to the job. Our meals were wonderful so we won’t hold it against them and will go back the next time we’re are in the area.

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LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Stumbled upon this place while searching internet for good places to eat in kona. Took my wife here for our wedding last year so had to go back for our anniversary. The food is great. Casual atmosphere, friendly place. I highly recommend this place.

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RN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I are both “foodies”, and do a lot of traveling. Many of our trips revolve around various local cuisines, and the creativity that is brought to the table. We take everything into account...the freshness/quality of the food, dishes that exhibit a chef’s creativity and skill, customer service, value, ambience, the wine list, dessert selections, and so on. We can honestly say that Keei Cafe has it all! The staff is courteous and professional, and the presentation and preparation of the various dishes is exceptional. This is a winner in every respect, and we highly recommend it without any reservation whatsoever (although this is a very popular dining spot, so “reservations” are certainly recommended..😉).

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f
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate there 4 times on a 3 week trip, and I've eaten there numerous times before. It's one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The daily fish special was perfect, regardless of the sauce (although liliqoi is my favorite). I love this restaurant.

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V
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Always looking for a hidden gem on vaca. Although it’s been around a long time it’s still unspoiled any the masses. I’d go there every night.

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k
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful today as it was over 20 years ago in their tiny fish house location.

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JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great night out. Best food and service around. Love it.

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OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with the food and service being equally outstanding.

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F
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always solid pleSANT EVENING WITH ENJOYABLE FOOD..AS ALWAYS—THANKS

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KA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keei Cafe is Aloha! In the past year I have dined here more that half a dozen times, from intimate dinners to group get-togethers. This restaurant never disappoints. The food is consistently fantastic and the people are always extraordinary. It is a joy to come here. Mahalo, Keei Cafe!

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

In between tours on Hawaii, we stayed at a nearby B&B. The owners’ list of nearby restaurants included Keei Cafe. The fish was delightfully fresh, two local guitarists played and sang, the wine list was broad. It was so good that we went back the next night as well. Worth a visit!

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FL
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best fine dining meal on the Big Island!! Period ! What a great find ! Well worth the drive.

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KT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobby is the quintessential host - always friendly and welcoming.

One of our favorites on the West Side!

Food is excellent and you're never rushed. Groups welcome and well taken care of as well as intimate dining.

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We read that this place was very special. It was rated second only to Browns Beach House as far a quality place to eat on the Big Island. They did not disappoint as our dinner was prepared exactly as we asked and the Opakapaka was amazing. We sat out on the covered lanai as a slight rain was coming down and we had a nice bottle of Sonoma Valley chardonnay. The best dining experience we had on this trip.

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PR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food at reasonable prices. Great local spot. We dine here regularly.

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MT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants to dine at while visiting Kona. Great friendly service and a wonderful menu also love the two young men entertaining during the dinner hour. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience is friendly, quiet and Hawaiian. We were greeted by the owner and had a great table for two with a gorgeous view of the ocean. This is white linen dining in a casual atmosphere. We loved it so much we went back a couple of days later.

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k
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic! I ordered my favorite: rack of lamb - cooked perfectly to my liking and I ate it all!

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BI
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was very "Island leisure" with friendly information, drinks where perfect and went down cool & easy.
We tried the Eggplant rollup appetizer with a wonderful marinara sauce, simply delicious! My Ahi was cooked to perfection and was the evenings special dish. The Papaya Coconut sauce lost me for words, gourmet at its best. The vegetables very fresh and cooked lightly keeping company with the mashed potatoes that were as smooth as silk.
The atmosphere is special, spacious with lots of special Island artwork and the live entertainment couldn't have been better. My Blueberry Cobbler with a scoop of ice-cream went fast, could eat some right now!
My friends ordered the Duck and she loved it and the other enjoyed the Rib Eye Steak, he had a chocolate cake dessert with a chocolate ganache in the middle and is still talking about it!
Can't wait to go back!

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j
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great little place in coffee country. And they accept credit now!

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we have friends in town, we always make a date for the Keei Cafe. Their food is reliably good and the service is excellent.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely beautiful view of the Kona sunset!!! Amazing. (Come early.) Also wonderful live music. I loved the roasted chicken. We had a young student staying with us from Japan. She enjoyed the seafood pasta. I also ordered the eggplant appetizer and it was delicious!! We will definitely return.

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EB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our 6 and 9 year old grandsons for their first experience of the Ke'ei Café and it was a hit with them as it has been with us for years! They thought the desserts were the best they'd ever had!

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MC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so tasty from the appetizers to desserts. Great service and wonderful live music. Thank you Keei Cafe for an amazing birthday dinner for my wife and her family. We'll be back soon and will always recommend you!

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LD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on island, hands down. We go there all the time. The food is amazing. The fish specials are wonderful. The music is great. Family owned business, local produce. What else could you ask for? We love it.

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JI
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we have dined at Keei Cafe...and the second time we have absolutely loved it. My grilled opa was superb and my husband loved his pork chops! Not sure why there are negative reviews as to the service as we have found the staff to be informative and friendly.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night evening. Good service, great ambience, delicious Lamb and crab cakes.
Friendly atmosphere. Will be back in the near future.

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R
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A gem in the Kona area. The food selection is very diverse and both of our dinners were prepared perfectly.
Sit out on the veranda and you will enjoy the evening dinner.

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Keei. The decor is absolutely beautiful, every bite of the food was delicious, the wine list was extensive, the owner very charming and friendly. It's a family business and well worth the visit.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I are in town from Texas. Keei Cafe was recommended by the B&B were are staying at. The food was delicious!
We had the Miso Peanut Salad, #1 fresh catch (ono) with the Famous Thai Curry sauce, the #4 fresh catch daily special sauce (ono with mango ginger sauce), and Coconut Flan.
Everything was delicious!

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LM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Keei is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. The owner always remembers us and the food is wonderful.

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LP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We eat here on every visit to south Kona and it never disappoints. The fresh fish is always perfect--tbis time, seared ahi with lilikoi sauce, YUM.

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PD
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Small resto with a world-class view and great food. Recommended.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice live background music, not overpowering. Great food. Not much of a view was the only drawback.

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