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A-Bay's on Ali'i, Kailua-Kona, HI

A-Bay's on Ali'i

3.6
3.6
162 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A-Bay’s Island Grill is a family friendly restaurant serving the freshest and finest local favorites, seafood, and Pacific Rim cuisine. We are located at the King’s Shops in the Waikoloa Beach Resort and offer an indoor air-conditioned bar and dining area as well as lanai dining.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Asian, Pacific Rim
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (808) 731-4790
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Darcy Ambrosio
  • Neighborhood
    Kailua-Kona
  • Cross street
    Ali'i Sunset Plaza
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking at Ali'i Sunset Plaza
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

162 Reviews
  1. Hondarribia

    Tokyo

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    予約していたにもかかわらず、当日、お店は閉じていました。外の照明は点灯してましたが、シャッターは閉まっており、中から電話に着信音が鳴り響いてました。しょうがないので近くの別のお店で食事をして帰りに近くを通ったら閉まったままでした。

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was unbelievably poor, even for “island time.” The overworked hostess had to take our orders as our server, Jordan, never made it to our table once to even greet us in the first 30 minutes after we sat down.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Slow service, They were out of a lot of options for sides (no fries or onion rings) said they had potato wedges, ended up with tater tots? Seems like they’re having issues stocking the kitchen. Main came out without the spinach.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation through Open Table and checked hours on Google Maps. Arrived after a 16 hour day of travel to find the restaurant was not open.

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  5. HappyKonaGirl

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of six. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. Everyone was happy with their meal. Overall, a very nice experience.

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  6. CarlaP

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were good. Our group had fish tacos and burgers and we had no complaints The food was very satisfying. The view of the sunset over the ocean was beautiful.

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  7. DougM

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The Service and ease of getting in were amazing. Food great, just didn’t like how loud music was playing. Very frendly and well run overall.

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  8. LeonaS

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We chose ABays because we had a great breakfast last year. We have food allergies and they have made great accommodations in the past. This year not so much. I booked and outside seating, but they put us inside where it was so loud that we had to ask to be moved. The only option other than two eggs was loco moco without gravy. The meat patty was tasty, but I missed the corned beef has that was available last year.

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  9. Peoriadiner2014

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of our favorites on the BI!! We love the breakfast and the dinner. Great spot to watch sports, find a beautiful table outside (or inside), great beers, great foods, and always the best service!

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  10. GourmetGirl

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived on time and were TOTALLY IGNORED! No one greeted us, seated us, or seemed to care. So we left and went to Kai’s which was fabulous!

    1 person found this helpful

  11. JohnK

    Vancouver

    176 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great last minute dinner choice waterfront on Alii Drive Our server Beth took good care of us

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited 10 minutes and no one greeted us, we left.

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  13. LeaB

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good and service was excellent. Nick was an absolutely fabulous waiter. He was attentive and friendly. We had good conversation and Nick had recommendations for us since we had never eaten here before. The nachos with shrimp were a good starter! We both ordered tacos, shrimp and fish. Everything was fresh and we really enjoyed ourselves. The view while you’re eating dinner is fantastic.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We went here craving the fried pork belly we had last time but they completely changed the menu. We were so disappointed!

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  15. LarryS

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our sunset view at A-bay's. The tacos were really good and the coffee creme brûlée was very yummy. The service was a bit slow and the server who sat us wasn't the friendliest but other than that we enjoyed our dinner.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was good and the manager was so nice he came to check on us .We had the best seat for sunset

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  17. Eater

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We wanted to order the fish special Ono with rich and veggies for the listed $28 but the server said they were out and we couldn’t order it so we ordered a glass of wine and looked some more at the menu When the server came back she said we could order The Ono grilled and order the rice and veggies on the side but it came with a lemon capper’s sauce I said ok. My wife ordered the fish sandwich and subbed the fries with a house salad $18 plus $3 for the salad About 20 minutes later the server brought out two Ono dinners like the one I ordered my wife said she wanted the fish sandwich so the server took back the Ono my wife insisted that I eat my meal before it got cold 15 minutes later the fish sandwich came out after I had finished my meal. We got the bill and it was $150 when I looked at it she had a 3 fish diners I let the server know she said she was sorry and took the check back and returned with the correct check but My meal was listed for $34 for the same items as were on the menu for $28 that’s a $16 lemon capper sauce Wow I predict A-Bay on Ali’s will be out of business in a few months Not managed very good! Too many better restaurants to return here !

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  18. HaroldY

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Low key place with great ocean views, great staff, and good food!

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  19. Tkeon

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Catch of the day plate wasn't available, kids burger supposedly wasn't available so they charged us for an adult burger with 2 patties. Charged us for side salads that server said was included. Seemed like an excuse to overcharge tourists. Service was not very attentive, either. Music was also way too loud for the space.

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  20. LisaColorado

    Denver

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nothing special. Ceiling fan was broken above us. Was way too hot to not have a fan. We were able to move tables though. Bench seats are extremely uncomfortable. Sharp edge to back of the legs and no foot rests. Server was very nice. Food order came out incorrect for 2 of 3 in the party and was corrected. Tacos were good. Batter fried fish was good. Mac salad was very bland. Needed salt, sugar and vinegar to make it interesting. Rice was terribly plain and very dry. Live Music was way too loud to be able to have a conversation at the table.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Burger was good. Fish tacos were not. The tacos were very small and the fish was over cooked and dry. Slaw was mediocre. Our server was great and she took the tacos off our bill. For all the hype this place gives itself, it was not impressive. I can make a better burger and fish tacos at home and for a lot less money.

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  22. KevinM

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined at their other location . My error when making reservations. But we were seated promptly and the food was good.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had an amazing experience here! We are in Hawaii on our honeymoon and told the hostess that when she asked if we were celebrating anything special. She wished us well, as did our waitress when we were seated and even the manager came over to congratulate us. The food was delicious! Highly recommend their seafood cakes! Lots of beers to choose from and great cocktails! I had their mai tai which was wonderful with a lilikoi foam on top!! Very unique! The manager actually gave us our drinks for free and brought out a dessert for us on the house! They were all so so friendly and everything came out very timely!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our last dinner before leaving for home the next day at A-Bays celebrating or anniversary. It was perfect! Our server was super nice. She was not only very attentive but knowledgeable & engaging. The fish tacos were great & the Kona Coffee Crème Brûlée .. amazing!! 😍 We sat outside up front along the sidewalk, which was a great view of the water, a little of the sunset, & perfect level of good music playing in the background. It was also a great spot for people watching. 😂 All in all it was the BEST dinner we had while in Hawai’i. Mihalo! 🫶🏻

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was awesome! Drinks even better. We enjoyed our waiters and the view of the ocean was incredible

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  26. RobB

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice location for a sunset dinner, right on the waterside. Food was good, fresh, hot and tasty. Staff were very good, quite helpful and accommodating. Only thing stopping a 5 is the beer was too warm. It was not room temp but as a beer freak I need it ice cold where it should be -2-0°C or 30-32°F Live music was playing and was nice. Wouldn’t hesitate to go again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a very relaxing evening listening to the live music and enjoying our food. The food was very good and served with a smile. Our server was very friendly. Overall, a great experience

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  28. Carters

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Remarkable beverages, great service, live music, and beautiful vistas of Kona Bay and a sunset to remember make this a requisite dinner destination when on the Big Island.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful local caught fish. Great outdoor dining!

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  30. StephC

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view, great music, excellent service and the food was delicious!! Love the seafood cakes, my son absolutely devoured the pork belly!!! The menu has unique dishes that are wonderful!!! And open late for Kona.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the fish tacos. The homemade tortillas are amazing! It seemed to be a busy Sunday evening but we never felt rushed. Our server was attentive and gave us some good suggestions.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish tacos were excellent, short ribs, excellent as well

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  33. PickyPattie

    Portland

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service!

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  34. JoeB

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We spend 50% of our time living in the Kailua-Kona area, have had dinner here multiple times and it’s good solid B for the food. Today we decided to have breakfast for the first time here. Quality of the food was once again a solid B, but the cost for breakfast was very high. For two eggs, three pieces of bacon, and a maybe a cup of fried potatoes is $16; which is a bit high but I can live with it. The issue is it costs $2.00 add on for toast. Walk a few restaurants away the cost for the same thing but it includes toast is $13-$15. Food isn’t any better here, the view is the same, etc.

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  35. Lynn

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the most attentive and lovely server..Beth We were celebrating both Valentine’s Day and My Birthday and she made it especially memorable. Beth is definitely a keeper!

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  36. Allan

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great, our waitress is wonderful. We dined there in October and booked again in January requesting to be in her area. My wife had the seared Ahi, loved it, I had a burger, very good and our waitress remembered us and that it was our anniversary and greeted us with a Happy Anniversary then took special care of us. She even arrange a special dessert for us for our anniversary. Cant't say enough good things abut her. I would highly recommend A-Bay's, good food great view!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor service from the waitperson food (steak) was not very good certainly not worth the price. This restaurant is nothing more than a sports bar

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  38. MariaW

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful drinks and pupus- the seafood cakes are amazing! Service was outstanding! We will definitely be back!

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  39. debO

    Anchorage

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    You can’t beat the location. We sat outside, facing the ocean. Beautiful. Service and food was not as expected for this restaurant. Will be trying other places.

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  40. Traveler

    Las Vegas

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty food, good service, and an enjoyable atmosphere. The live music was a nice touch. Excellent selection of beers on tap

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

A-Bay's on Ali'i offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 731-4790.

A-Bay's on Ali'i is rated 3.6 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for A-Bay's on Ali'i

75-5799 Alii Dr A1, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ali'i Sunset Plaza
  • Neighborhood
    Kailua-Kona
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Asian, Pacific Rim
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking at Ali'i Sunset Plaza
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Darcy Ambrosio
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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