Kona Inn Restaurant

4.3
137 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Grill, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(808) 329-4455
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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What 137 People Are Saying
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JG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been two times and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the ambiance of the island with a good meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Thanksgiving Day meal. Our waiter was excellent. The meal was good.

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Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Thanksgiving there with the spectacular view. Were surprised and very disappointed that there was a limited holiday dinner menu. One of our party of 5 did say the Turkey dinner was the best. Mahi and ono were simply charred without any other flavor, and dry. Every entree was served with the turkey sides: stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce (tasted like from a can), and tasty asparagus. Pumpkin pie was included. All permitted deviations were extra charges. Ice cream Mudd pie was huge and good. Server was friendly and tried hard

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l
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Had a perfect view of the sunset and excellent service. Great spot for a holiday meal away from home.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all the way around! Loved it!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I needed a good place for the two of us to complete our fantastic stay on the Big Island, ideally complete with a gorgeous sunset. The Kona Inn was a wonderful choice. Our server was helpful but not hovering. The sunset was exquisite. And the food was delicious. Beware the mai tais, though! They pack a powerful punch!

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BH
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was good, food was just okay.

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JW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding albeit a bit pricey. Pretty busy but our waiter Jim was on it.

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KD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Our waiter was exceptional and the food was good but very expensive. A bit too expensive in my opinion. However the ambiance and the waiter made up for it. However we almost did not stay due to how unprofessional the hostess was. They need to work on who is greeting their customers. It is not a friendly first impression.

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Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mai Tai's we've found in Kona along with outstanding fresh fish! Wonderful experience will be back for sure!

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Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at the Kona Inn, absolutely the best Mai Tai's in Kona as well as daily fresh fish cooked to perfection, we will definitely return!!

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M
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While it feels like kind of a big place where there are lots of people and the servers are very busy; in the end they pull it off! The food is fresh and delicious and the service is very good. Ambiance is really fun and they can handle large groups with ease.

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L
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Brett, was FANTASTIC! The food was wonderful! Perfect end to our time in Kona.

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GM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Kona Inn is always good. Good food and service. Never has let me down.

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San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite mid priced place in Kona - Always good fish and great rolls - Mai Tai’s pretty good also

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TR
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I’d love to leave a great review for this restaurant but I unfortunately can’t. The food was very so so! The service was a waiter who tried but just didn’t deliver well. The restaurant needs to be updated. Looks very tired! We had a nice evening but our hopes were much higher!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

店内の雰囲気がとても良く、接客サービスも丁寧でした。またサンセットを見ながらのディナー、とても良い想い出になりました。客層も年配の方が多く、落ち着いて過ごせました。

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CG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

While the Inn itself is wonderfully vintage, it’s food, alas, has not evolved, either. Drinks were devoid of alcohol and were watery, lacking even flavor from their other components. And the food, while adequate, was mediocre at best. The restaurant’s selling points remain its stunning ocean view and its beautiful Old Hawaii wooden interior. It is an evocative and romantic setting which, together with desserts the size of a baby’s head, is the Inn’s sole saving grace.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

スタッフの笑顔や気遣いがとても素晴らしく、お料理もとても満足しました。

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

ロケーションはとても良く、サンセットも素晴らしいでした。料理も美味しいのですが、独創的な味(アヒグリルに焼肉ソース)は日本人的に合いませんでした。

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j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful sunset dinner on their patio and loved everything

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MK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family was on vacation to the Big Island for the first time. My husband and I thankfully chose to go to Kona Inn Restaurant for a date night. It was amazing--- view, food, service, cocktails-- all perfect!!

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KL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Seafood combonition had 2 shrimp, 2 scallops and two pieces of fish, all of which were sub par. My wife ordered seafood cob salad which had canned shrimp and bay scallops. She won’t order that again either. They have a few good things on the menu but they need to step up their game with all the choices in Kona.

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B
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We loved this restaurant especially Wind and sea. But tonight the only thing which took away from the evening was the crackheads our front by the ocean. We got a dinner and a show. When you pay for a nice dinner it sad to say that there was such a problem with the locals and their drug problem. I would recommend this place but not sure I would come back due to the crackheads

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DH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, nice location. By the water in time for the sun set. I come here every time
I’m here. I enjoy the ahi appetizer and crab cakes.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Overall, the food was good, the waiter was nice but distracted, and the service of the support staff was lacking. If I am spending $130 on a dinner for 2, then I expect to be greeted and acknowledged within a few minutes of being seated, my water glass to be refilled, the bread to be fresh, and each course to be served at even intervals. Had the restaurant been crowded and busy, I would have been less critical, however, this was not the case. I have always loved eating here in the past but this time I came away very disappointed.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent service in a historic location

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AD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always great! Our " go to" place for special occasions, time with family and friends, and just because.

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RM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kona Inn was excellent as always. we try and visit at least once every time we are in Kona.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Got there early and was graciously advised that the area we were to be seated, was not quite open yet and was given the option to seat at the bar. (Of course we did not decline). We were then pleasantly escorted and sat for 15 min, when our table opened up. It was pretty warm but the scenery was beautiful. Service was okay, no problems. Food was good and prices were okay.

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SH
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a gorgeous table by the window. The place has a great charm and feel to it. The seafood we ordered was lovely.

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GM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always. I always have my last dinner on the island at KONA INN. It is a fond reminder that I must come back soon!

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

サンセットに合わせて行きましたが、リクエストどおり、海岸べりの席で最高でした。魚系の料理はすべて「時価」でしたが、納得できる値段でした。
全体的にコスパは、高いと感じました。

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Romeo was great. Food was good.
Had to wait 20 minutes longer than our requested open table reservation time.
Table view was excellent.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Le poisson était trop cuit, et pas particulièrement savoureux. Le beurre servi avec le pain était rence. Pour le prix, très décevant.

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JZ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mud pie is amazing! Be sure to save room for dessert. I had the fish sandwich and it was excellent. My only negative is that it does not carry rose’ wine.

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LW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was very good. I just felt that we ended up paying a lot for the view. Prices are quite high.

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Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places for dinner or afternoon lunch. Fresh fish is always available and cooked to perfection, the mai tai's are the best in town! Will return for sure!

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was very good as always,had my 2 yr old and they were very accommodating...drinks were a little watery but it could have humidity.Love love view and waiter!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We are part time residents and have enjoyed many meals here but not last night. We made reservations to set at the lower level and after we arrived were told there were no seats available yet tables remained empty while we were there. We were seated in the higher sections where The abeyance is not very good with bright lighting.
Our dinner was cold and not very good. The service was slow and never even asked if we needed anything.
If this was my first experience I would never come back but as I said we have enjoyed many meals here over the years that have been lovely, just not last night.

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