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Kona Inn Restaurant, Kailua-Kona, HI

Kona Inn Restaurant

4.3
4.3
429 Reviews
$30 and under
American
***TEMPORARILY NOT TAKING RESERVATIONS***
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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 Island. You have not truly had an Hawaiian experience until you've visited the Kona Inn Restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Grill, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Cafe Grill Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 329-4455
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 429 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 recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Romantic

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for scenic views

429 Reviews
  1. Chris

    Denver

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Oh my, the food here was not good and is hugely overpriced. I had the stuffed Ono which did have a good flavor, but it was tough and over cooked to the point that the edges were all hard and leathery. The side vegetables were overcooked and limp. My husband had the seafood combination and also everything overcooked and rubbery. His side potatoes were cold. Our server was nice but they may have been understaffed that evening because we did not get much attention at all and probably sat for 20 minutes before she even came over to us. Each of our entrées were between $50-60 and should have been less than half of that at least. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else in town – anywhere else.

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  2. BetsyD

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We bring out of town guests here on a regular basis due to the location and the vintage Hawaii atmosphere, and it’s always hit-or-miss. Unfortunately, our most recent trip was not great. Not sure if she was just having a bad day or she just hates her job but our server was non-attentive and borderline rude. I don’t know her name because she never gave it to us. She poured our waters and disappeared. After fifteen minutes, I had to go find her to let her know we were ready to order and she seemed bothered to answer questions about the menu and take our orders. When we received our food, I mentioned that my meal was missing one of the components listed on the menu and she said she would bring it. Never happened. When she brought the check and we asked for a to go box, I mentioned that maybe she could put that missing piece into the box, and she just glared at me. She only had two other tables besides ours, so it wasn’t like she was crazy busy. Just really, really off. ‘Kind of embarrassing to have such an experience with our guests. Hopefully next time will be better.

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  3. BarbMa

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous view of the sunset. Delicious food and great service!

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  4. SteveL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mahi mahi and bbq shrimp was delicious. Great ocean view!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, food is good, view is excellent, nice sunset view

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  6. Trish

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent with food and cocktails. We made online reservations which was easy and smooth. Most parking you must pay at $15.00 per hour. We walked approx5 blocks to have free parking. We were celebrating my birthday and the restaurant provided a complimentary birthday desert. It was specular "Mud Pie", coffee ice cream covered with whipped cream, drizzled chocolate syrup, it was huge and delicious. We would recommend that you go there for your birthday!

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  7. BarbaraK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice. Quite expensive. Food good. Parking outrageous.

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  8. RalphD

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was romantic for a special Valentines date. Food excellent. The mud pie desert was over the top.

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  9. SteveB

    Louisville

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love being there at sunset. Always the best view.

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  10. ScottE

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a reservation and arrived early, couldn’t be seated until 2 minutes before our reservation time. Food was ok. Drinks were ok and over priced. The view was the best part of the meal.

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  11. ThreeBlondesandtheDevil

    Anchorage

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jessica is the best server on the island. If you get her, the fates have smiled upon you. You really can’t beat the Kona inn for history, pedigree, and character. We had such a good experience we’re considering cancelling our res elsewhere tonight and going back to the Kona Inn. We ate poke appetizer with delicious mai tais and moved on to The Tuna Stack and Seafood Combo with the sunset. A generous birthday whiskey with a Kona Coffee Pie to finish and it was so perfect. If you’re in Kona, this place is a must.

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  12. JanetC

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our table, view, food and ambiance!! Our waiter, Jimmy was so knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant ❤️ He was so personable!! Food was delicious!

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  13. CharlotteD

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent old Hawaii vibe. Julian was Excellent server. However, ++we were served a salad with over the hill, red tinged lettuce. We were comped the salad but should never have been served in an establishment like this. Our shrimp dish wasn't very exciting. Loved & enjoyed the Hula Pie on the menu. Parking in this area of Kona is expensive. Cost us $37. Overall an enjoyable evening but not without flaws.

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  14. Jennifer4

    Las Vegas

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great atmosphere and excellent service (thank you Ian!!)

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  15. DeeH

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant. Found it on our last trip here and had to go back again. Great food and ocean views.

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  16. Peter

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kona Inn Restaurant has never disappointed - lunch or dinner.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    While the seafood was clearly fresh and high quality, the food lacked any sense of seasoning or flavor. Service was slow and not attentive, never came back to ask how our food was or refill drinks, just brought the checks.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate dinner here twice during our Kona stay. Love the setting right on the water, perfect for sunset dinnners! Generous portions, great service.

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  19. julieg

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food came out very late after everyone who arrived after us was served. Two of the meals were cold. Mahi mahi macadamia crusted fish seemed like it was fried instead of grillled. Mud pie was delicious.

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  20. Miffie

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our dinner at Kona Inn. Their food is delicious from their drinks to their pupus, entrees & desserts. The scenery is beyond wonderful. We watched a beautiful sunset from our table. We highly recommend having lunch or dinner at this restaurant.

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  21. KarinM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Location is wonderful, views are beautiful. Food and service were good. Enjoyed the experience.

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  22. TimG

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and our waitress was amazing ! It was dark but the view would have been amazing during the day ☀️

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  23. BetsyD

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is ok but expensive. We had a few service issues at our most recent visit but nothing to make us not come back. We like bringing out of town guests here for the location and the old-time Hawaii feel of the place. Really wish they would upgrade their silverware as it is cheap like something from a cafeteria.

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  24. rickh

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a table all my the ocean Perfect viewing of sunset

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  25. KenMcL

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location that truly gives you the feel of Hawaii.enu has good options for every taste.

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  26. KatherineB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great historic location on the water. Fresh fish on the menu was delicious. Great views of the sunset.

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  27. RobertB

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    They sat us at a table after a 15 minute wait for our reservation and THEN informed us they were out of almost all of their fish. It was too late to go anywhere else. Disappointing.

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  28. FoodTraveler

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always classy, always high quality food, though the presentation is a bit plain. It would be nice if an assortment of toppings were offered, as most of the fish are much too good for just the plain old (institutional, sweet... ick!!) tartar sauce they offer with it.

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  29. Content

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love their signature Mai Tai’s. Wedge BLT was delicious. Service was excellent!

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  30. Blazer44

    Denver

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An oasis on Alii drive! Very nice dinner with a view of the sunset. Nice change to have grass between diners and the sunset view rather than Alii drive or just rocks. Cool and shady. Food was fine, nothing to write home about, salads were big, calamari sandwich was quite good. Only down side was people sitting on the wall watching the sunset. As long as they were sitting it was fine but many of them felt the need to stand up and block the view of anyone behind them! Sorry for the rant! Restaurant is good tho!

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  31. FosterB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The server we had would not allow us to move tables! Ours was right next to the kitchen and there were other tables available. The calamari was the worst I’ve ever had and the drinks were weak and not cold. Our waitperson would not bother to help us with that, either!! The only saving grace was the absolutely gorgeous view😊

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Our server Mahoy was a pleasure. Only suggestion. Find more congenial hosts. The young man who dealt with us could not have been bothered helping us. Nasty an unpleasant. Bad way to start evening

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  33. Capediner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced. Food was decent though not inspired. Location lovely.

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  34. JessE

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful setting, the view is spectacular! Great food and great service! Our favorite spot while in Kona!

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  35. kathrynm

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a sunset dinner there that was as good as it gets. We split the macadamia crusted mahi mahi and the stuffed ono. Two totally different flavors that were both excellent. The mud pie was almost too big for us to split, but too good not to finish. Service was great and so were the Mai Tais.

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  36. SallyR

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The calamari was excellent as was the wedge salad. We had great service and you cannot beat the view.

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  37. JonathanF

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great drinks. Spectacular view. Can't ask for more!

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  38. Lynnr11

    Tallahassee

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience is so amazing particularly at Sunset! We got a beautiful table along the waterfront, our server had several tables, so we did not expect Five Star service. He did the best he could under the circumstances. The food… I ordered the sirloin steak. It came with the correct room, temperature, medium. But it was, not hot, and had absolutely no taste. The garlic mashed potatoes also had no taste, and were cold. The mise were wonderful, and my husband enjoyed his cheeseburger. We did have to pay $25 to park, however. That pretty much ruined the evening for us. Just trying to be honest as we are retirees on a budget, and that was quite a shock to us.

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  39. CatherineR

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was great and we always love the ambience at Kona Inn. The Mai Tais are excellent and so was the calamari sandwich. My only food complaint is that the papaya dressing doesn’t have that much flavor compared to what I remember in the past. Maybe it was just me since I just got over a cold but everything else was very flavorful. Unfortunately we probably won’t be back because of the ridiculous paid parking prices. I know it’s not the restaurants’s fault but we refused to pay a minimum of $25 to park for two hours so we had to walk a long way on uneven pavement with poor lighting. The town or private parking lot owners are making a big, short sighted mistake with this expensive paid parking and I really feel sorry for the business owners. We always enjoyed the farmers market in town but now there’s very few vendors. Paying for parking to go to a farmers market for local produce - are you kidding me?

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    There was no hostess, so just a hand written sign to seat ourselves. Too bad, as we had made the reservation for my wife’s 40th BDay. Aside from that food was great and value was good.

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FAQs

Kona Inn Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Kona Inn Restaurant

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Kailua-Kona
  • Hours of operation
    Cafe Grill Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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