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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
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Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Casual (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Scenic View (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 2, 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 December 1, 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 23, 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 22, 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 19, 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 17, 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 10, 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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·Dined on November 10, 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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 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 3, 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 27, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 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 8, 2017

As always, a pleasant evening

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 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 17, 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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·Dined on September 8, 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 27, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

absolutely wonderful!!!!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We made a reservation for 2, days in advance. We were offered a table right in front of the musical entertainment. The room was crowded and noisy. There were other open tables available but were told they were reserved for parties >2. They said we could wait a half hour for another table so we left. I will not tolerate restaurants that cater to large groups and shoe horn in tables for 2. There is also a discrepancy in the cash only policy posted on their website. Open Table erroneously reports their acceptance of credit cards, indeed they even post major credit card logos on the door, but they are cash only. I called Amici Vista, and we were accommodated right away with a fine table over looking Keauhou Bay. I heartily recommend Amici.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The menu was interesting, but the Vegetarian soup offering did not meet expectations. The bean-based soup was bland and really just tasted like a can of black beans with a few bits of tomato. The signature cocktail, salad and the desserts (especially the Mango Cobbler) were very good, however.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Lovely open-air setting with delectable local flavors. Family operated business established originally in the Ke'ei ahupua'a. Nice upgrade with beautiful tropical decor.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful restaurant; our waitress was sweet and did an excellent job taking care of us! The two gentlemen playing guitar and singing were wonderful (dinner music, not loud or obnoxious). What a great time!!

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Afternoon Tea, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Although the food was tasty, the menu was small and overpriced. Service was friendly, yet extremely slow. I would probably not go back unless I had mega $$$$ in my pockets and 3 hours to waste!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 15, 2017

I brought clients here for their first time at this wonderful restaurant. They were so impressed they talked about it for days. This is my 'go-to' restaurant on the Big Island for a nice dinner experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We recently visited Keei Cafe while vacationing on the Big Island. It was the best night out of our trip. The food and service were great, and we enjoyed the live music too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 7, 2017

We were vacationing on the big island and this was one of the places recommended in my notes. I had a signature island cocktail and a delicious seafood salad. Both were great and I was happy we chose this place! My husband was happy with his dinner, though his drink was a little too sweet. He just ordered wine or beer with his meal. The dessert was delicious and big enough to split!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The food here is really great - and so is the view - if you can disregard the telephone poles!
The wine selection is marvelous and the owners are very knowledgable and made great suggestions... We will be back when we return to the island!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Excellent ambiance, extraordinary food, very friendly. A real nice surprise.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 6, 2017

My wife and I visited on the recommendation of a BNB in the area, and we were not disappointed. There was plenty of attention from the staff and our meal was first-rate. It's a small place, which only adds to the intimacy. The two-man band played tasteful music softly in the background. They were good enough that we wished we could hear them even better. If I were to visit the big island again, I would definitely visit this little cafe!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 26, 2017

The food was amazing! Catch of the day with curry sauce was out of this world, and the shrimp cakes and Karen's favorite chocolate and Kona coffee mousse cake were stellar. Great service & live music. Highly recommended!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

A great and enjoyable place..it never fails..highly recc.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

A local favorite and for visitors a hidden gem in West Hawaii. The food and service are consistently very good.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

If you find yourself in South Kona some evening, I would recommend you go here for dinner. The food is outstanding and the people are delightful. The ahi sashimi is great, the salads are great, the dinners are great (I eat the fish of the day most often but the chicken is amazing , lamb is delicious, etc.). The drinks are excellent... a Mai-tai that isn't too sweet! and if you ask you can get a really good ginger martini. We were staying down that way and ate there four times in two weeks and we have been there often over the last six years of vacationing there.

The room is open and airy, very comfortable, and occasionally has Hawaiian music. Make a reservation, especially on the weekends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Another visit to Kee'i Cafe and two more wonderful, tasty evening meals. The pork chops come with mashed if you prefer and do try the cinnamon pineapple glaze. The other meal of Hebe (Swordfish) with two tender filets served with a lemon butter caper sauce. Great appetizers, the Brie is delicious, and generous salads. A small printed wine list, but specials are posted and on display near the bar and there is a modest corking fee if you bring your fav. It is a small restaurant with one of the owners serving, the other in the kitchen. It isn't the easiest place to find and first-timers probably drive past it and turn around, worth the minor inconvenience. Live music most nights, no view-but you're there for a great meal. Enjoy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 12, 2017

We enjoy coming here on our visits to Kealakekua. Always great food and some entertainment.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Please add points to open table
Waitress was terrible Owner was awesome.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 18, 2017

While visiting Kona I was in search of a more fine dining experience. This place gave me amazing food and a perfect atmosphere for a casual dinner off of the touristy street of Ali'i.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Excellent food at a reasonable price. The host was pleasantly engaging.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music
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