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Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar, Kailua Kona, HI

Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar

4.4
4.4
916 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on the water in beautiful downtown Kona on the water! Join us for a gastro-pub style menu with an island twist.

Come sit by the water at Papa Kona! We offer best eggs benedict in town, our fan-favorite avocado fries, and a craft cocktail list you won't find anywhere else.

Reservations are limited to preserve space for walk-in guests. If you can't find a table online, we welcome you to walk-in!

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2 people

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Booked 51 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 300-0044 ext. 2

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Ratigan

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua-Kona

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Main

Served from 7am to 11am

  • Papaya Boat$10.00

    half of an island-grown papaya with yogurt & granola

    • Pancakes$12.00

      two pancakes served with coconut syrup & butter

      • French Toast$14.00

        punalu'u sweet bread, seasonal fruit, syrup & butter

        • Avocado Toast$9.00

          one poached egg, big island avocado, toast

          • Plate Breakfast$15.00

            two eggs any style, one breakfast meat, choice of rice or potatoes & toast

            • Garden Omelet or Scramble$15.00

              three eggs, bell pepper, mushroom, spinach, tomato, cheddar cheese, choice of potatoes or rice & toast

              • Meat Lovers' Omelet or Scramble$17.00

                three eggs, ham, portuguese sausage, bacon, cheddar, choice of potatoes or rice and toast

                • Build Your Own Omelet or Scramble

                  portuguese sausage, bacon, ham, bell pepper, mushroom, spinach, tomato, onion, cheddar, gruyere

                  • Pick 4$17.00
                • Traditional Eggs Benedict$16.00

                  two poached eggs, ham, english muffin, hollandaise, choice of potatoes or rice

                  • Florentine Benedict$15.00

                    two poached eggs, spinach, tomato, english muffin, hollandaise, choice of potatoes or rice

                    • Kalua Pork Benedict$16.00

                      two poached eggs, kalua pork, english muffin, hollandaise, choice of potatoes or rice

                      • Biscuit & Gravy$16.00

                        two poached eggs, biscuit, sausage gravy

                        • Seared Ahi Benedict

                          two poached eggs, seared ahi, hollandaise, served on rice

                          • MP
                        • Loco Moco$14.00

                          two sunny side up eggs, beef patty, gravy, rice

                          • Unicorn Breakfast Sandwich$12.00

                            punalu'u bakery kalakoa bread, scrambled egg, bacon, cheddar cheese & black pepper aioli

                            Sides

                            • One Egg$3.00

                              • Toast$3.00

                                • Rice$3.00

                                  • Potatoes$3.00

                                    • Veggies$3.00

                                      • Biscuit$3.00

                                        • Pancake$4.00

                                          • Granola$5.00

                                            • Fresh Fruit$5.00

                                              • Side Salad$5.00

                                                • Extra Cheese$2.00

                                                  • Extra Sauce$1.00

                                                    • Meat$5.00

                                                      ham, bacon, kalua pork, portuguese sausage, spam, tofu

                                                      Coffee

                                                      • Papa Kona$6.00

                                                        100% kona

                                                        • House Coffee$4.00

                                                          hawaiian blend with refill

                                                          • Cold Brew$4.00

                                                            iced coffee

                                                            Espresso

                                                            make any espresso drink 100% kona +$2, Extra Shot: world +$1 / kona +$2

                                                            • Double$3.00

                                                              • Americano$4.00

                                                                • Cappuccino$5.00

                                                                  • Latte$5.00

                                                                    • Flat White$5.00

                                                                      • Mocha$6.00

                                                                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                        What 916 people are saying

                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                        4.4
                                                                        4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                        • 4.3Food
                                                                        • 4.5Service
                                                                        • 4.5Ambience
                                                                        • 4.2Value

                                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                                        Loved For

                                                                        • Hawaii / Big Island

                                                                          Best Value

                                                                        • Hawaii / Big Island

                                                                          Good for Groups

                                                                        • Hawaii / Big Island

                                                                          Hot Spot

                                                                        • Hawaii / Big Island

                                                                          Great for Lunch

                                                                        • Hawaii / Big Island

                                                                          Scenic View

                                                                        • Hawaii / Big Island

                                                                          Vibrant Bar Scene

                                                                        • Hawaii / Big Island

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                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

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                                                                          Dined 7 days ago

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                                                                          The food had good flavor and it was warm and tasty ! The service not good , it felt like we were not welcome , so I wouldn’t recommend this place in my opinion just for the service.

                                                                        8. JP

                                                                          JoeP

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Papa Kona is my goto restaurant in Kailua Kona. Breakfast lunch and dinner menus have good variety and is always tasty. The bar is very good as well. Best part is the people tho - lots of aloha to be found.

                                                                        9. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

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                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                          Birthday. Lovely dinner great service.

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                                                                          flygirlhawaii

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          1.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall1food2service1ambience4

                                                                          We went for Mothers Day and they had change the menu. No omelets which is what we came for. When we asked the waitress she was so rude and said we should have checked the website. I ordered coffee with Baileys and she brought a shot of Irish cream no coffee. Then brought a coffee with a separate shot; no cream no sugar. My mom tea with lemon and only got tea. My husband a coke and thank god she was able to deliver that. We settle on food and order. My husband regular pancakes with bacon and eggs well it came with coconut sugar strawberries and bananas on top. At the point I spoke with the manager who was very nice and comp everything even though I offered to pay for the Baileys. Thank God I drank it. We left and went to Dennys and had an amazing meal we all loved. The waitress was bit happy about working there and needs to find another job. Sad thing is we love here and have been there multiple times at all times if the day though we will never return nor refer them ever again. I hope a visitor doesn’t get the treatment we got. No one deserves it.

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                                                                          GardinRevs

                                                                          London

                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                          Fine meal. Waiter found pils I had Dropped contacted us and got pills back Right away.

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                                                                          Tiger

                                                                          San Diego

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Can’t beat the view. Food was excellent and delivered quickly. Waiter was attentive but overworked. They are feeling the effects of COVID in the short staffing area

                                                                        13. MD

                                                                          MikeD

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Fantastic setting on the beach. Choice of sunset view or city lights. All views include water and surf. Appetizers such as Ahi tower and barbecue Kahlua pork stuffed deep fried panko breaded rice balls are very good. We eat here a couple times each trip.

                                                                        14. AW

                                                                          AmandavW

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          1.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                          overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                                          A basic breakfast; the eggs were overcooked, the bacon seriously undercooked and the rice ice cold. Pretty awful overall.

                                                                        15. JE

                                                                          JERRYM

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Excellent as always!

                                                                        16. RC

                                                                          RichardC

                                                                          Atlanta

                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                          3.0

                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                          overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                          Not a bad place to eat. Food was good but not great. Service was good but not great. Sat outside closer to the water with a very good view and away from the EXTREMELY loud music. Split the check with the couple joining us and was surprised to see that both checks were giving the recommended tip amount for the bill. If we were not paying attention the tip would have been 40%. Would give as as optional place to go, probably not recommend.

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                                                                          LynneA

                                                                          Vancouver

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          3.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                          Our experience could have been so much better if we had been seated with a sunset view. You would think a person that made a reservation a month in advance would get that but we were seated at the back by the bar and no tables were available at the front?!? Server was nice and food was pretty good but we won’t be back

                                                                        18. C

                                                                          Charlie

                                                                          Atlanta

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Great food, loved the sunset and sitting beside the crashing waves

                                                                        19. r

                                                                          robl

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                          Great atmosphere, very friendly staff very well priced food nice view of the ocean parking across the street at public parking lot.

                                                                        20. JG

                                                                          JimG

                                                                          San Francisco

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          vip
                                                                          2.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                          overall2food1service4ambience2

                                                                          I have left over a hundred reviews but have never typed any comments We have a home on the Big Island and we’re excited to come with a group of friends from high school We called and made reservations in advance They sat us directly in front of the band. Great band however you couldn’t hear the person right next to you. Right when we were seated I went up to the hostess and asked if we could be moved They were not very accommodating and as I walked around I saw many other tables that were empty and we could have made it work If we were going for just cocktails and dancing it would have been perfect. But we were dining The Cobb salad was the worst Cobb salad I have ever had. Very little effort was put into it. I am not one to send food back so I just ate it I don’t think I will be coming there for dinner

                                                                        21. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Las Vegas

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          We enjoyed our dinner very much. Plenty of food and very tasty.

                                                                        22. M

                                                                          Monicky

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                          Love your craft Mai Tai, but take that bitter Dark Storm off your menu, I couldn't drink it. Also we had to wait longer for our food this time, and it was almost cold. If this had been my first visit to Papa Kona, I would not return

                                                                        23. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          It was awesome as usual!! Great service and yummy food!

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                                                                          KelciW

                                                                          Anchorage

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          vip
                                                                          2.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                          overall2food1service2ambience3

                                                                          The fish was dry and bland.

                                                                        25. N

                                                                          Natasha

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Definitely would go back. Great food, aesthetically pleasing.

                                                                        26. LV

                                                                          LaViz

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                          Telephone communication poor. Tried to call to get directions and info on parking. No return calls. Had to walk to find restaurant! Could’ve saved $25 parking. The meals, service and ambience lived up to the positive reviews.

                                                                        27. JM

                                                                          JoeM

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                          We thought the food was delicious and the wate staff was very friendly and attentive. The view on the water was outstanding.

                                                                        28. RH

                                                                          RonH

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          3.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                          overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                                          Service was very slow, waiter seemed frustrated. It was kind of a slow night and we were seated in a bad/weird area, AND 5 people with reservations were set at as 4 person table. Food was good, but we will not be back.

                                                                        29. RR

                                                                          RandyR

                                                                          Vancouver

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                          Papa Kona’s is good, not great, but good. Made a reservation weeks ago and when we arrived the hostess was going to put us at the very back and side of restaurant. I asked for a better table and she did comply, but what’s the point of a reservation if your going to be given a crappy table. The waiter was clearly rushed off his feet but gave us quite attentive service. The food was very tasty and sizeable portions. I had the fish tacos,which were very good with marlin. My husband had fish& chips and said they were very good. Live entertainment was very good. Would go again.

                                                                        30. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                          Food was very good - avocado fries are excellent!

                                                                        31. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          New York Area

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                          Enjoyable in all aspects. Really liked the Kalua pork Benedict.

                                                                        32. WF

                                                                          WFRANCO

                                                                          Las Vegas

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                          This restaurant was pretty good because of the ocean view and ambience. Food was good and nice breakfast choices. The tables and floor are worn and dated. We had a “dancing table”. Quite wobbly. The restaurant is across the street from a flea market which was convenient yo just eat and go across the street to shop.

                                                                        33. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                          Excellent service. Mahi-mahi was delicious and the vegetables. The bone in Pork Chop was the best. Don’t forget the Margaritas best on the Island

                                                                        34. FE

                                                                          FunEats

                                                                          Orlando

                                                                          52 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          52 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                          The food was good, view was spectacular, and we had good service. Overall a nice evening.

                                                                        35. JG

                                                                          JimG

                                                                          San Francisco

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                          Chelsea was terrific! Knowledgeable, showed up when she should, and had a great attitude.

                                                                        36. R

                                                                          Rrrr

                                                                          San Francisco

                                                                          49 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          49 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                          Good food, live music, fun server, AMAZING surf-side location!!

                                                                        37. TG

                                                                          TomG

                                                                          Hawaii

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Most enjoyable evening!

                                                                        38. K

                                                                          Kona

                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Love the l breakfast. Fire cracker shrimp👍

                                                                        39. DJ

                                                                          DebraJ

                                                                          Orange County

                                                                          15 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          15 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                          The service was slow due to our order getting in after a large party.

                                                                        40. J

                                                                          Jimbob

                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                          66 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          66 reviews

                                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                          Papakona has been a regular stop for the past two years. We really appreciate them staying open (when allowed) through the pandemic. Food is always good as is the service.

                                                                        Safety precautions

                                                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                        • Physical distancing

                                                                          • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                        • Screening

                                                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                        FAQs

                                                                        Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 300-0044 ext. 2.

                                                                        Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 916 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 Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar

                                                                        75-5770 Alii Dr Kailua Kona, HI 96740

                                                                        Dining areas

                                                                        Additional information

                                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                                          Kailua-Kona

                                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                                          Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

                                                                        • Cuisines

                                                                          American, Gastro Pub, Breakfast

                                                                        • Dining style

                                                                          Casual Dining

                                                                        • Dress code

                                                                          Casual Dress

                                                                        • Parking details

                                                                          Public Lot

                                                                        • Payment options

                                                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                        • Executive chef

                                                                          Joshua Ratigan

                                                                        • Additional

                                                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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