Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

4.7
723 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant, located in the quiet village of Volcano, sits on 5 acres of gardens and gazebos and native forest. This hotel restaurant features a large fireplace, local art, koa tables, and is open nightly. Chef de cuisine Kurt Nelson blends flavors from his extensional background with farm, ranch and seafood products from Hawaii, the surrounding Pacific and elsewhere. Volcano Village is at 3700 feet elevation and evenings are often cool and misty. The historic fireplace welcomes guests with it's cheery fire. Home made soups and breads tease the appetite. The biggest sellers are Antelope, Duck, Big Island grass fed beef and, local fish dishes; ahi, ono, mahi mahi and the exotic Tristan lobster. A large wine list complements the eclectic menu. Only dinner reservations can be made on Open Tables.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, European, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 7:30am - 10:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Only dinner reservations can be made on OpenTable.
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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
Kurt Nelson
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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, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fully enjoy our dining experience every time we make the drive up to the lodge. Consistent food and service with beautiful charm and of course the cool climate of Volcano Village.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service. We spent a long time looking at and identifying stones on the wonderful fireplace. Very airy dining room, but also very intimate. Wish we’d had room for dessert!

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LW
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to the Kilauea Lodge for dinner. The food and service is always outstanding. We would recommend this restaurant to all.

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RD
Mainz
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food with a good taste and new ideas but the room is much too noisy and the price it not worth the food. You don't feel really comfortable.

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J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a 40th anniversary dinner and we had such a wonderful dinner. Loved it!!

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LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Has an upscale, warm tropical vibe. I ordered the eggplant parm (the only veg option on the menu but it was very good, two large slices crusted w/ panko). But it very interesting that they had antelope schnitzel on the menu (my husband enjoyed it) as this is obviously not local (from a ranch in Texas), but this speaks to the demographic that this restaurant attracts- well traveled people, who have likely checked the safari vaca off of their bucket list, who want a good meal with a decent wine selection.

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f
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Kilauea Restaurant made our 40th anniversary dinner very special. The food and the service was very good.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our table did not have the best location as a group of 45 had booked 90% of the seating. Noise level was Energectic when the tour group arrived.
Had Fish and chips. Serving size could have been more generous, fish was a little greasy but good.
Dessert chocolate cake was excellent and no charge for dessert for person celebrating birthday.

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We stayed in the Pi'l Mauna House. Was really nice and quite. Very peaceful We had 3 couples and worked out perfect. Hot tub was VERY clean. That is always a plus.
Restaurant at lodge was very pleasant. All three couples agreed our dinner was not that great. Plus, for that price it should of been better. Breakfast in the morning was a different story. Really good. Our server was really funny and very nice. We had her twice. Thank you.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting but food was pricey for the quality. Service was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all around!

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think their business is affected by the earthquakes / activity nearby at Kilauea, but I only felt 1 tiny shake during our stay. This is a great opportunity to stay at a beautiful country lodge, and at great prices! This place is wonderful at any price!!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Debbie was our server perfect in every way. Had this night as a must on our vacation list. Last visit was 5 years ago, hope next visit is very soon.

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i
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the Big Island. It is well worth the trip from the resorts!

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WF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the big Island, our third time going over the last three years and the food and service remains great. The ambiance of the restaurant is great as well with a wonderful staff who are very attentive.

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique ambiance. Service outstanding. Lilikoi (passion fruit) margaritas exceptional. Food first-rate.

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SK
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

The entrees were cooked perfectly. The vegetables were over cooked and mushy. The drinks were delicious. The wait staff was nice, but slow and after ordering dessert, she brought it to our table ready for carry out. It was awkward because it needed to be heated in a microwave and we were staying at their lodge that does not provide utinsils or microwaves. She kindly corrected the error and after another waiting period of several minutes, she returned and it was wonderful. With the brand new owners, we see this historical landmark, making some adjustments to make this place the best!

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive staff and we were never rushed, even tho we lingered over every dish, dessert and drinks!

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ST
New England
40 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Stayed nearby. Ownership recently changed but clearly kept the staff. Food was solid. Nicely prepared fish. Desert coffee all terrific. Relaxed atmosphere

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R
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Aloha, Kilauea Lodge is a landmark in Volcano, Hawaii. Known for the great European food, full service menu as dinner includes salad or soup with fresh bread as well as veges & starch, nice. You can typically have venison, duck, antelope or something else exotic to eat, fun!

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L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Volcano Village is up and running and this restaurant is a gem. Great people and food means we will return every chance we have.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staying in Volcano and had a reservation to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Took recommendations from our server and everything was outstanding. Well prepared, great service, and excellent food! Mahalo!

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K
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great meal, as always. in fact, we returned the next day for lunch. food was amazing and service was terrific. always a favorite place to eat on the Big Island.

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r
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food,excellent wait staff, overall great exerience

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ET
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a very memorable meal in this cozy lodge. Even though it is summer now, the weather in Volcano Village was rainy and cool outside. The dessert was wonderful...a perfect coconut cake and chocolate cake.

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SV
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy we made it here to the last dinner under Lorna and Albert's ownership. At our table we enjoyed fried brie and fried zucchini followed by rack of lamb, NY steak, seafood and pasta and all were superb. The signature lilikoi margarita is still the only non-traditional margarita I enjoy and we had several before and after dinner.
I hope the new owners keep the restaurant and menu intact because it is a special place with heart-warming comfort food, a welcome greeting from familiar faces for new friends and old and a lovely atmosphere - you always feel you've come home when you walk through the door. A mainstay in the community.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Had a 3.2 mag earthquake while there. Spent a day on the big island, saw the volcano devastation during a helicopter ride. We were proud to support the tourism on the big island. The staff was great and very helpful. Bought a couple of items in the gift shop. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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BE
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for our 47th anniversary, they met us at the door complete surprise to my wife, told her Happy Anniversary, had a special table waiting. Service, food and everything was unbelievably great.

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g
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The baked brie was delicious. The potage soup was wonderful. The safari schnitzel was great.

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N
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was great and so was the food. We all had something different and everything was good.

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MB
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

By far the least interesting meal so far after 6 nights on the Big Island. The ono fish special of the day was a nice portion, but overcooked so a bit dry. Macadamia nut topping nearly non-existent, making the dryness even worse. Came with a side of quinoa, fine but non-descript. No veggie. Soup (celery with coconut) was runny and lacked flavor.
Service was good, but we were hurried to order quickly, then courses came out right after another with no respite, obviously trying to get people in and out quickly. At $100 for 2 dinners, 1 cocktail, and tip, I didn't think it was worth it and wouldn't go back.
In Volcano, both the TukTuk food truck and Ohelo Café had better food and a fraction of the cost. And, both our dinners in Hilo were much more creative and flavorful and, again, even less money.

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TE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly service in a "lodge" type atmosphere. Food is solid... not inventive but well-prepared and provides comfort food after a long day hike in the park. They also give you salad or soup with your entree, in addition to 2 sides.

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L
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There aren't a lot of choices by Volcano National Park, so I would recommend Kilauea Lodge as probably as good as or better than other restaurants in the immediate vicinity. But nothing stands out as being memorable.

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Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants. The best place near Hilo. Excellent for special occasions and for a nice dinner out. Unique menu and very satisfying. Nice wine menu. Wish I could come here more often.

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HG
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service! A must place to eat while staying in the Volcano area!

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SC
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, incredible dishes and a comfortable rustic ambiance.

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T
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place our go to when in the area. Server Kalani was fantastic

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice place for dinner. Almost everything about the lodge is excellent, except for the food. While very creative, my wife and I differ on the food. Her seafood dinner was excellent while my rib eye steak was average at best. Thin cut, gristly, not very tender and had average flavor. I would not order it again. Other items on the menu would be better choices. The dessert was excellent and the service was also excellent.

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foods and kind service!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate my B-day. I have never been made to feel this special at any restaurant before. We got there earlier than our RSVP and we sat in front of the fireplace with a beer for me and my wife a beautiful Lilikoi (passion fruit) margarita with a tasty red rim around the glass (not salt; not sugar): Think "Volcano". The place has a true "Aloha Spirit" throughout our entire evening. The hospitality is subtle, caring and was truly felt by us with nothing overdone. Two balloons were tied at our table and we appreciated no Happy B-day song. I ordered the German sausage plate with sauerkraut coupled with a Spaten Double Boch beer which was delicious. My wife enjoyed her New York steak w/sauteed mushrooms in a Nicole sauce which was perfectly prepared along with a Pinot Noir. My lime cheesecake came with a birthday candle and we also enjoyed a lovely bread pudding. We noticed several tables with balloons attached so this is a delightful place for Special Occasions. This was a raining, Thursday night and all the tables were full. We recommend reservations. When we revisit the Big Island, we will definitely return! Mahalo nui loa!

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