Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

4.6
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918 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Kilauea Lodge Restaurant & Bar offers a unique dining experience set in the rainforest of Volcano Village. Minutes from Volcanoes National Park, the Lodge offers superior service combined with fresh, farm-to-fork flavors of Hawaii – perfect for your post-park lunch or romantic celebratory dinner. Set on five acres of manicured grounds, the Lodge restaurant offers the perfect relaxing retreat with its historic wood-burning fireplace, intimate setting, and curated cuisine paired with exclusive wines. Led by service team Restaurant Manager Eric Davis and Chef de Cuisine Lianne Malterre, our team anxiously awaits the opportunity to deliver a memorable dining experience.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, European, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:30 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
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Phone number
(808) 967-7366
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mara Jaffe
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Wright and Haunani
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Parking details
Free parking lot on premises.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stayed at the lodge and it was super convenient to also eat at the restaurant. The food was outstanding. We first came for the happy hour and had some tremendous apps and cocktails. Then we came back for dinner and had two super dishes, snapper and lobster. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Would definitely go back again if ever going to the National Park. Great place to stay and eat after a long day of touring. Hot tub was great too.

F
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadden hier gereserveerd omdat dit volgens velen het beste restaurant in de buurt zou zijn. We hebben ook heerlijk gegeten! Goede ribeye en zeer smaakvol varkensvlees. De lokale wijn uit Volcano die op de kaart staat is niet heel bijzonder. De service was goed. Het toetje was ook erg lekker. Prijzen zijn redelijk voor de kwaliteit. Voor een goed diner in Volcano moet je hierheen!

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W
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this spot when I venture to the Volant National Park.

OT
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service! Very pleasant dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very festive atmosphere. My fish & veggies were over cooked. It was a pre fixed

O
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Meal was a good average, but not outstanding (fish with vegetable). There ist relativly less space and a noisy surrounding (New Years Eve). The Wine was very good. The price ist in my opinion on a high level, but for European the prices in Hawaii are always rather high.
The Service is very busy but nevertheless very friendly.

JB
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place in Volcano Village! Nice lodge feel, very relaxing and excellent food. Good wine selection, and amazing desserts. Best place for miles around!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food as always.

SG
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place, especially for the area. The service was the highlight as our waitress was very nice and attentive. Because of the wood floors & ceilings it can get loud - there was a group of several families totaling almost 30 people there when we were and they put all of the kids at one table and it was so loud we could barely hear the waitress explaining the specials. Fortunately they finished around the time our entrees arrived and it got much calmer. If you are looking for a nicer place for dinner near the Nation Park this fits the bill.

RM
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This historic site was beautiful. The fireplace alone was worth the visit; however, the food did not disappoint.

MR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and good food. Great local musician too. Would recommend to others

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi Melanie! Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed the music from Lance, our local musician!

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TU
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

$79 each for undercooked langostino, not lobster as on menu as it has no claws, undercooked potato, unidentified greens way salty, small seafood platter to share at a table of five, soup was passable, dessert was good. I had no idea from their website, which I checked when I made the reservation that this was the deal. We expected to have choices in price and didn’t want a starter or dessert as we were having both at our house. We were stuck with a big bill and not very good food. Felt sick that evening. Merry Christmas. We were too nice to make a stink but we will not return there again. Too bad, it was better under the previous owners.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We gave three stars overall because our table wasn’t waited on for a half hour. It was Christmas Eve and busy but for this type of restaurant there was no excuse. The food was excellent but excellent service was also an expectation. When plates were cleared from the table we were asked to pass them without a please or thank you or a plate or plates were taken inappropriately from our table.

MG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is a class act! The menu is kinda limited
, but very well presented as it is. Food is well prepared. The service is excellent. I'd like to an expansion of all menus, but I ain't complain'!

JC
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to end the day. Reservations recommended.

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi Janel! Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed your meal with us. Best, Chef Mara

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P
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a place to dine while in Hilo and this restaurant popped up as being highly recommend based on reviews. We decided to give it a try and boy were we pleasantly surprised. It is a very cozy and intimate dining area located on beautifully manicured grounds. We checked in and were instantly greeted by a very friendly hostess who seated us immediately. The drinks with the sidecars were delicious and generous. The food was impeccably presented. My husband's ribeye was perfectly cooked and seasoned, the coconut carrot ginger soup was amazing, and the fresh catch was out of this world delicious. The bread warm and soft and yummy. A big shout out to Zack our server who wrapped up the whole dining experience with his approachability, friendliness, knowledge of the menu and overall great attitude and personality. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will most definitely be back to experience some other dishes. We highly recommend this restaurant and would definitely recommend making reservations so as not to be disappointed as it is a smaller venue.

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hello Peterson Family! Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful review. We are so glad you enjoyed the food, service and cozy environment at our lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best, Chef Mara

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DD
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creatively-prepared fresh and local fish, and exceptional baked items (the gratis rolls before the meal, the desserts) by the pastry chef, Michael Moorhouse. Wouldn't mind a broader wine list with less of a markup, but solid cocktails and a decent local beer selection make up for that. A very nice place for an everyday meal, pau hana, or a special celebration.

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi David, Thank you for your lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed Chef Michael's creations -- we think they are amazing as well! We hope to see you back soon. Best, Chef Mara

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Kilauea Lodge. It is now on our must-stops on our trips over to the Big Island. Service, food and the entire experience was amazing, including the wonderful young lady who helped us in the gift shop. We were celebrating my husbands 50th birthday, just as we had celebrated my 49th birthday here a year prior. You will not be disappointed. This is a wonderful place, in a wonderful community. If you are looking for a place to spend your tourist dollars, do it here.

Thank you all so much for making us feel right at home, again! And please give the kitty our love!

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for your incredibly kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your entire experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Kilauea Lodge soon. We will be sure to give Meatloaf (our cat!) some extra love for you Best, Chef Lianne

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JV
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you happen to be in Volcano (I doubt that anyone just "happens" to be there), this was the best restaurant by far during our recent stay. The panko-crusted calamari steak was both flavorful and tender, and the grilled ono was perfectly melt-in-your-mouth cooked with a non-sweet (unique in Hawaii) lemon butter sauce. Plus, you couldn't find a more helpful, efficient and knowledgeable waitress than Kanani!

B
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enthusiastically recommend the lodge and restaurant. Attentive service. Welcoming ambience. Quiet, restful with all the amenities.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely beautiful! All the wait staff were very friendly and attentive. I had the marlin and Michael had the lamb chops! Both delish! It was my birthday and Zach, our waiter, rocked. He took great care of us and even gave me a wonderful dessert to celebrate! Loved the friendliness and the smiles! That goes a long way nowadays! Thanks Zach and staff for making my birthday dinner fabulous! We will be back!!

LB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, with a creative chef who mostly makes excellent dishes, but often adds a weird ingredient that can throw you off. Example: eggs with sausage and Dill Pickles?

The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. Close to the volcano and Mauna Loa Road access.

R
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we open the door we felt so cozy and warm nice welcome feeling .
Service was good and food was great too:)
I will bring my family and guests again and again :)

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Such a charming restaurant! It was a rainy day, so it was nice to escape the cold in the cozy restaurant by the fire! The rack of lamb was amazing. Melt in your mouth tenderness and full of flavor. Small menu so they can be brilliant with each dish. A must when you are in Kilauea!

CB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great lunch and wonderful server. I would like to see more selection on the menu.

g
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all really really liked our dishes at lunch...fish n chips, poke bowl, chief ranger eggs. And these are things we have a high bar on! I noticed other tables commenting on how good their lunch was, too. It did seem a little long wait for tables' food to come out. However, orders came out in order, and ours was unanimous delicious, so, definitely worth the wait. Probably wouldn't even suggest speedingit up. I never thought of pickles in an egg dish, but it works! Service very attentive...coffee and water offered regularly. They have something very special going on here!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving - Kīlauea Lodge serviced a delicious complete meal from appetizers to dessert.

AL
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening ~ food was outstanding, cozy atmosphere, very special waiter~ Zach~ made our evening so enjoyable

MB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service is stellar! Always feel special! Menu changed so I couldn’t order my “old favorite” but they had a new pasta/lobster that came close. Love this environment. Service is so very wonderful! Feel appreciated!

LL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the waitresses.

MG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This wasn't our first time dining there. As usual, the service, food and setting was excellent. We look forward to many more such dining experiences there.

JJ
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Ono entrée and awesome service by Kim! We had a great dinner and evening and will definitely be back.

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful staff and beautiful setting. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting. (We had two young children and they enjoyed it as well!)

B
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The fish we had was well prepared. Zachary was our wonderful server. Great job!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE Kīlauea Lodge Restaurant! It’s a wonderful haven of welcome and warmth next to Volcanoes National Park that offers delicious food, tasty drinks, and good ambience. If you are spending anytime at the park or even in Hilo, it’s absolutely worth a visit. One of the best dining experiences you can have on the east side of the Big Island.

SB
Berlin
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was very nice. We had the catch of the day and the steak - very good. We loved the buns you get for a starter.

GL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Meh I would look for alternatives.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Just not worth the price. Food was subpar at best: thin cheap steak, flavorless mashed potatoes, plain unseasoned and under-steamed vegetables, chewy mushy gnocchi (it's not often I pay around these prices for entrees and have to desperately salt my plate to extract any real flavor from steak and potatoes). The highlights of our meal were the crispy brussel sprouts which had excellent flavor and preparation, and the service which was solid, with friendly, well intentioned staff.. but for a restaurant that charges the prices they do, the food overall was just unacceptable. I don't think I'll be back unless something changes in the kitchen (which I hope happens!)

LY
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is ver average and I think it was priced higher than it should have been. I ordered the lamb burger and my husband had a blackened ahi tuna fish sandwich. The burger was okay nothing exceptional but the tuna was very disappointing...very small piece for the size of bin it was placed on.

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