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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!
Kealakekua, HI 96750
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Keei Cafe Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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