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Binchotan, Waimea (Kamuela), HI

Binchotan

4.3
4.3
280 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Binchotan: Bar & Grill is a gathering place for friends and family to enjoy a fresh take on Asian cuisine. Our menu features the time-honored tradition of grilling meat, seafood and produce over an open flame. Shared plates, handcrafted sushi and grilled skewers are the hallmarks of this culinary experience. Our full service bar showcases artisan cocktails, premium sake and a vast collection of whiskey. We invite diners to indulge in a flavorful feast as they raise a glass of Muay Tai to toast the most glorious sunsets over the Kohala Coast!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kohala Coast

  • Cross street

    Queen Ka' ahumaanu HWY

  • Parking details

    Free Parking for Binchotan Bar & Grill dining guests

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 280 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Good for Groups

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Healthy

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Romantic

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. KD

    KaitlinD

    Adelaide

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding Joyson made sure we were happy and enjoying our vacation and truly just made us smile! Wagyu on the hot stone was a cool experience! Crispy tuna rice is excellent!
  2. JM

    JeffM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Staff was polite and friendly. Recommendations are always appreciated too. While the food was good I thought the grill would keep the food warm but the grill was cold and by the time you got to the last few skewers the food was getting cold too. Otherwise very happy with the restaurant.
  3. S

    Samm

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The location and service were excellent. I expected the food to taste better. The lobster was overcooked and the rest of the flavors were just ok to good—not amazing. Very expensive even for a resort restaurant. The other restaurants on the property were a better value.
  4. c

    coliwobbles

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Cheapest chardonnay in a bottle was $110 then was told did not have it and the only other chardonnay was $150, so we had to order it as we wanted a chardonnay. Food was good but didn't stay warm until the end of the meal even though it was over a hibachi with charcoal alight underneath it. We will not be going back.
  5. RR

    RonR

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    1. Waitress could be friendlier, should offer the specials, or introduce what is Binchotan 2. Mushroom udon was not seasoned at all 3. Requested to upgrade steam rice to vegetable fried rice, but being charged for a new order of fried rice. 4. Ahi was was not fresh and fishy 5. Main entree took longer, the next table who were seated later than us received their entree first. Waitress said their busy because the 5 people group at the bar. 5. Garden: Tall flowers, blocking the sunset view. 6. Was there for birthday, no acknowledgment
  6. C

    Cherisse

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal. From the front hostess/manager Fausta to Rowena, our server and the bartender, Pedro, we couldn’t be happier. Such great people working at Binchotan. The food was delicious and the cocktails! We had to get a couple rounds as they were amazing. We loved the ambiance and view from our table near the fire pit. Highly recommend!!
  7. AJ

    ArleneJ

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous creative food and excellent service
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our experience. Everything was wonderful. Food, service, ambiance in such a lovely and peaceful location within the Fairmont grounds. Thank you!
  9. B

    Bobby

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    anniversary
  10. I

    1Islandguy

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Second time there. I recommend their Traditional shared dish with skewers of beef, chicken, shrimp, fish, Ali’i mushrooms and asparagus Plenty for two people Great sunset view outdoor setting Service was efficient but uninspired . Not really to blame our server but just a comment on what is happening in too many restaurants these days….short on employees, inexperienced new hires and lack of training
  11. MJ

    MichaelJ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    This restaurant sells bar food at full dinner prices. Not worth it. Music was like at a mall. It was not in keeping with the romantic outdoor venue facing the ocean,
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing - great dinner during vacation
  13. MW

    MikeW

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, friendly staff great food. We will definitely be back on our next vacation to Waikoloa!
  14. LB

    LaurenB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant at the Fairmont, wonderful staff, great drinks and incredible food.
  15. HR

    HRley

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food seemed like it was pre-prepared and then put on the grill. The steak , chicken and fish were all dry and overdone, as well as lukewarm. The guy who brought us our food couldn’t explain the dipping sauces and rather than asking someone, he just said “try them”. All in all, it was a disappointing experience in a beautiful location.
  16. TR

    TeresaR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was superb , the sunset views amazingly beautiful and our Robatayaki seafood dinner was excellent!
  17. F

    Fizzle

    Orange County

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience
  18. EO

    EdwardO

    Hawaii

    264 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    264 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    With a reservation we were seated right away. Our server took our drink orders and then came back and explained the entire menu since there were different preparations. We ordered and the salad and appetizer arrived soon then the main course. Everything was served warm and fresh. The entire reception and wait staff were friendly and attentive. Will return here again.
  19. F

    Fizzle

    Orange County

    37 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Our 30th Anniversary dinner…. We sat down- completely ignored for 30 mins. Saw 4 other couples walk out. Finally, we did. Completely ignored. The place is a complete disgrace. Thank goodness we walked after 30. Had we waited another 5, the bar would have closed their kitchen. Avoid this place….ignore this feedback, you cannot complain
  20. S

    Snorks

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Food was inedible. Watercress Salas was full of sand and grit. Sashimi was not truly fresh. Seared ahi was stone cold. Chicken had a canned sauce slopped onto the skewers as well as all over the plate. Rice was cold and glutenous. We refused to pay for this poorly prepared animal feed.
  21. S

    Sffoodie

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Our server, Christian, was a joy. Wonderful setting overlooking the water. My favorite dinner on the Big Island.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Server was great, food was really good. Host was a little off putting, he was clearly prioritizing certain people, it seemed like he was playing favorites.
  23. DZ

    DollyZ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I wish I had the opportunity to enjoy the food and service from this restaurant. But my family and I were turned away at valet because the hotel and all restaurants were bought out. No previous reservations were being honored. However, no one informed me prior to arriving at the Fairmont Orchid/Binchotan that my dinner reservation had been cancelled. I’ve never heard of such an excuse before, and for a hotel like the Fairmont, this was poor service indeed. We went to Tommy Bahama close by, and at such short notice, TB was very accommodating and provided excellent service. Binchotan and the Fairmont were completely disappointing.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem! Every part of this dining experience was great! Appetizers, food, dessert and specialty drinks were all top notch - great flavors, perfect portions, and excellent selections. Gaby the hostess and our Server Rowena were the icing on the Cake!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    We sat unattended for 30 minutes. An apparent “vip” table had 4 servers scurrying around getting great service and we were ignored most of the night. Terrible experience. Will not go back ever again
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best food we have had on the island. We moved here six weeks ago and have been trying out different places to eat. This place knocked our socks off. Definitely pricey but worth it. Christian, our waiter, was excellent and very attentive. Drink are not strong but delicious. The seafood presentation was perfect. The pork belly fried rice was to die for. We will definitely be back. We were there celebrating our anniversary and they treated us like royalty.
  27. H

    Holidaymaker

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal matched by excellent staff from the Maitre'd to the busboys - pretty expensive but so are all the hotel restaurants in this part of the Island - this was far from being the priciest!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Food was delicious, portions sizes unexpected compared with price.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was probably the most disappointing dining experience my wife and I have had in our 8 years of marriage. The first time our entrees came out every dish was cold and completely inedible. The server got the manager to bring out a new round of entrees with our hopes that it couldn’t be worse. We were wrong!! The second time the food came out it was just as cold and was the consistency of leather. I had to spit out the steak because I was gagging from the texture. My wife had the mushrooms which couldn’t be cut with a knife or bit in half. We asked for our check and paid for the full bill. Upon exiting the restaurant we asked to talk to the manager and explained to him how disappointed we were in not only the quality of the food but also how no one came to check on us after the first poor round of entrees. He responded “thanks for the feedback.” All in all the food and service was terrible but the company of my wife was lovely so there’s always a bright side in a poor dining experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I wasn’t aware this restaurant was located in the Fairmont when I made the reservation. However, I blown away by the grounds of the hotel and the overall ambiance of the restaurant. Food was for the most part excellent, although 2 out of the 8 dishes were slightly disappointing (pork belly fried rice and the mushrooms). Out server was attentive and very friendly, and the noise levels were nonexistent. Overall, I enjoyed this place and will likely go again (when I’m actually a guest at the Fairmont, someday).
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frank was amazing as a server, he made perfect recommendations. I highly recommend the salt and pepper lobster, Mac nut shrimp, and the wagyu hot rock. I loved their cocktails as well. This place is definitely pricey, but I don’t mind paying when the food, drinks, service, and ambiance are amazing.
  32. f

    foodie

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a guest with us who was flying back to the mainland and we wanted to take them to dinner where there was a beautiful view and lovely food and This restaurant worked perfectly! The food came out promptly and it was fresh and delicious we will go again soon I hope
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very memorable event . Excellent food and services
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Really disappointing very expensive and skewers were cold and not very much flavour
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy the place
  36. B

    Bree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance were wonderful. Everything was cooked perfectly. We are glad we added on the pork belly fried rice! Highly recommend.
  37. EL

    EmiliaLovesFood

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Relaxing service although at times seemed slow. Beautiful setting and interesting concept. Although the impression is cook at your table the food comes out already cooked. As a result the steak was over cooked for our liking and the chicken a bit dry although my dated doesn’t care for breast meat in general. I think ordering ala carte might be the better way to go. I would go back.
  38. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, great service and great location. Would definitely recommend.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    A little on the pricey side. Food was delicious and the servers explained the food choices to us.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    We had a nice table by a fire pit, very charming, with a view on the ocean. The food was quite good, we had skewers and gyoza. The wine selection is not good and the service with very very slow but kind.

FAQs

Binchotan is rated 4.3 stars by 280 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Binchotan

1 North Kaniku Drive, Waimea (Kamuela), HI 96743

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Queen Ka' ahumaanu HWY

  • Neighborhood

    Kohala Coast

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free Parking for Binchotan Bar & Grill dining guests

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Viviano

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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