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Kona Inn Restaurant

4.3
4.3
336 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Situated where it's always been: on the waterfront in the heart of old Kona town, offering one of the most beautiful restaurant settings in the world. The open air environment with unobstructed views of the Kona sunsets offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a romantic dinner accompanied by the wonderful sounds of waves breaking right in front of the restaurant.

Seafood is King at the Kona Inn where the fresh fish are brought in daily by the local fisherman. The mammoth horseshoe-shaped all-Koa-wood bar is a world-famous watering hole that serves the best Mai Tai in the Isands and the coldest beer on the Big Isand. You have not truly had an Hawaiian experience until you've visited the Kona Inn Restaurant.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Cafe Grill: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Happy Hour: 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 329-4455

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

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What 336 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. G

    Georgia

    Hawaii

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    really enjoyed our meal here. The calamari was perfectly done and the sauce was very good. The fresh fish was excellent. Ribs were good. The Kona Mud pie served 3 people and was a nice way to end the meal. As always - the setting to watch the sun go down is one of the best. Waiter did a good job - food promptly served. Will definitely return.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Empty restaurant at 7:00pm on a Saturday and all diners were sat in the same tiny section, which made zero sense. Staff was short handed but clearly giving it their best efforts. Fish and chips was (3) TINY pieces that didn’t weigh more than 4oz. Great flavor but horrible value. Walked away hungry after spending $28.

  4. JK

    JanetK

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant. Its a beautiful, old Hawaii look and feel. The food is delicious and they don’t skimp on the drinks.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve been going to Kona Inn for 40 years! Great drinks great staff great food great dessert and by far the most beautiful view!!

  6. DT

    DebraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The setting is great. I loved where they placed our table for 12 — a little off to the side so it felt like a semi-private room; but still with open views and part of the ambience of the restaurant. Service was impeccable. The Kona Inn was a real treat for us, couldn’t have asked for anything better.

  7. SS

    ShelbyS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent setting our waiter was so nice and helpful. The evening could not have been better. Coconut shrimp delicious!!!

  8. HE

    HeatherE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view. 4 things that I liked about the place. 1. Amazing Ambiance 2. Great food 3. Reasonable pricing 4. A nice place for kids to play outside

  9. SB

    StephenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful classic Kona restaurant. Eat the Ahi Stack on crab cake with garlic mash.

  10. l

    luvtodine

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite spots in Kona. We eat there every time we visit. Book a reservation to get a good table, and sit and watch the sunset while you eat. Can’t find a better view or better food.

  11. DV

    DavidV

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    This place is expensive, but a good special occasion place...

  12. RG

    RichardG

    Seattle

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Reserved a table in time for the sunset and had a great meal! Our server, Nichol, was awesome so we felt lucky tonight! Mai Tais are unbelievable! The atmosphere is fun and we were able to get some shopping done as well

  13. N

    Naomi

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience5

    We ordered fish which arrived not fully cooked which was very surprising to us since fish is a specialty at Kona Inn. We were very disappointed in our experience at Kona Inn despite the absolutely breath-takingly beautiful location and view.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A big favorite to take guests visiting the Big Island. Food is delicious, drinks are excellent and the view and sunset - hard to match !

  15. M

    Memories

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last night in Kona, fabulous view of the sunset, great food

  16. MK

    MichaelK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Over cooked chicken, over cooked coconut shrimp, seafood chowder was lumpy with flower,

  17. GM

    GreggM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Maybe it was because it was Valentine's Night, but the Kona Inn was sub-par. My macnut-crusted mahi mahi was missing the macnut crust, besides costing a whopping $49! I also had to ask for more bok choy as I really had to search for any on my plate. The clam chowder was very good. Seems as if the prices of their fish dinners have skyrocketed in the past few years and they are just not worth the price they are charging.

  18. K

    Konareef

    Las Vegas

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Like so many Lona places, food is average. But view deserves seven stars.

  19. C

    Cupcake

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top notch favorite for locals and tourists! Don’t forget to order their mud pie...amazing!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    This restaurant seems to be just relying on its location next to the water alone. Very expensive and food did not reflect the cost.

  21. KO

    KenO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Coconut shrimp was over fried and still doughy. White rice was cold and dried out

  22. JR

    JanR

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Happy hour mail tais were wonderful! Hostesses were extremely accommodating in holding our dinner table while we spent a little extra time at the bar (waiting for whole party to arrive). Although I couldn't afford to eat here more than once in a trip, it was wonderful.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Amazing location, great service.

  24. w

    worldtourist

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    The restaurant was recommended to us, and we therefore had good expectations. The ambiance was very good, however the food was not and didn t taste of much and therefore also overrated pricewise

  25. F

    Foodie

    Sacramento

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We went to celebrate our 40th anniversary and our waiter, Colin didn’t mention it. I ordered the stuffed ono and I received the grilled ono. I told the waiter and he apologized and brought the correct fish in about 10 minutes but it was overcooked. My husband ordered the tuna stack and it was excellent. In full, We ordered a bowl of clam chowder, we each ordered salads, 2 entrees and the macadamia nut pie alamode. If I had a do over, I wouldn’t come back even though we had a great lunch experience with Eric.

  26. Y

    Yellag

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Had early seating at 5pm. Our server, Bill, was delightful! A 25 year veteran at the restaurant, he was knowledgeable and entertaining. . Food was quite good and delivered in timely fashion. Overall, a pleasant evening.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just a good, fun night out.

  28. KM

    KMarch

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Our 4 dinners were just OK. I like macadamia crust to be crusty. I like pork nachos with a good amount of pork.

  29. LI

    LILQLTR

    San Francisco

    98 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The Kona Inn is a special place for us - we were married there on the lawn on 2007. We always look forward to stopping in many times while in Kailua-Kona. However, it pains me to say that the food and service aren't quite what they used to be. There are a lot of new/young faces there that just don't get how really special The Kona Inn is. However, we did run into several of the more "seasoned" employees who were outstanding as usual, in particular Fred at the bar. He served up some excellent Mai Tais just the way we like them. The Coconut Shrimp (my favorite appetizer/entree) were overcooked. The house salad was just OK, and the cheeseburger was overcooked and lukewarm, as were the fries. That was surprising because it was a quiet night. But, we will definitely be back before returning to the mainland.

  30. B

    Bbopkitty

    Columbus

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always our favorite place to visit when we are in Kona! The view is gorgeous, delicious food, and wonderful service!!

  31. LT

    LarryT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    We have eaten at the Kona Inn before and try to make reservations to view the sunset. The food was good but we were disappointed that they were out of so many of the fish dishes. Would try them again.

  32. KD

    KarenD

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The hostess was quite rude, but after being seated the rest of the staff was very good. It was awkward for our waiter to tell us that you were out on Ono, Mahi Mahi and one other fish. Since we were there for fish it was disappointing. Re: the hostess - we had a reservation and she told us we had not checked in early enough to get a table on the rail. Food was good but pricey, sunset was great.

  33. p

    pattyc

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Sacrificed the food for the view. Beautiful view on the water but the food was mediocre. Would not go back again. Should have gone for "bar food" at a place with similar view

  34. F

    Floyd

    Phoenix

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience and one of the best ocean front dining locations in Kona. Our waiter Romeo made sure everything was perfect, will definitely return !

  35. D

    Derb

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great sunset view. Best maitais!! Love the macnut mahi!!

  36. DL

    DougL

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience5

    Expensive for what the food is, you’re paying for the view (excellent) and ambience. Food itself was mediocre. Appetizers were well priced but basic garlic bread was thin slices that tasted like it just had a paste thrown on. Entrees quite expensive considering quality, which was below average.

  37. JW

    JillW

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Seating was a bit cramped where it seems too many chairs for the dining area, especially if it’s a full house. But the food and service were very good. Beautiful sunset from here!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best waiter named Romeo. He was very efficient and fulfilled all of our expectations.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    A little pricey, but service and food were very good

  40. DO

    DianaO

    Portland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our request to be at the ocean front side was Accomidations for 8 people. I was very happy as we had people visiting Hawaii for their first time.

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Kona Inn Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 336 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for Kona Inn Restaurant

75-5744 Alii Dr Ste 135 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua-Kona

  • Hours of operation

    Cafe Grill: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Happy Hour: 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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