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Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar, Kailua Kona, HI

Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar

4.3
4.3
1668 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on the water in beautiful downtown Kona! 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

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 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

What 1,668 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
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Most Booked

1,668 Reviews
  1. MayaU

    Portland

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food has gone down hill, def not worth the price. Service was amazing.

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  2. CassandraP

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great! Avocado fries were wonderful as always. They need to add whipped cream or ice cream to the molten lava cake.

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  3. AllisonS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Fabulous location but the ambiance was mismatched. service and food was subpar.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for the sunset and a burger. Service and food are good

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently very good in all aspects. Can’t beat the ocean setting. Public (pay) parking is close. A relaxing outing and oh by the way … food always tops too.

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  6. TomQ

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A big established restaurant at an Oceanside location. It was great to dine on really great seafood while listening to the rush of the ocean waves nearby. Our delightful server Chelsea made the dining experience much, much better.

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  7. Christine

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and ambiance. Beautiful views of the ocean.

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  8. BillC

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good service, amazing view! Enjoyed a beautiful sunset with a great local style meal. Definitely a must try place, if you don’t already know about it!

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  9. KatA

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They sat us right away at a nice table with a view of the water. Food came quickly and tasted great!

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  10. GeorgeP

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated promptly, service was very good and didn’t have to wait long for our food.

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  11. JohnA

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, food was good and fairly reasonably priced. Terrific view of the ocean.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place and good service. Food and presentation aweful. Looked liked left over food at home!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and fun/positive staff. Drinks were delicious too!

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  14. Dawn

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic. Dining open air by the ocean is perfection. Service was great both times we ate there (dinner & breakfast).

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside with a few of amazing sunset. The mango Mai Tai was very good. Service was excellent, very attentive to my children and their orders. Kids food came out first which was really good for the family. Also the kids menu prices were very reasonable which is great for Hawaii. Parking is underneath the roof building, if you select the restaurants name it’s only $11 to park. Be sure to allow time For parking as the downtown traffic is very busy at night. 

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve enjoyed brunch here many times and the service is always prompt and friendly and the view can’t be beat! However, this time the food was quite disappointing. The “home fries” were replaced by tater tots which seemed suspiciously pre-packaged and not tasty at all. I ordered the corn beef hash for the first time and it was just an unappealing patty with a texture similar to the tots! We brought friends visiting from out of town and we all agreed the food was not great. Please bring back the home fries!

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  17. AlisaS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was okay, but the pancakes were really dry. The atmosphere isn’t the best and the workers weren’t as welcoming and responsive unfortunately

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service fun enjoyable pleasant. Wife had a wonderful night. So I had a wonderful night.

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  19. Kobester

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant on the ocean to view the sunset. Be there by 6ish to see the beautiful sunset around 6:15. Burgers were generous and juicy and reasonably priced. Overall, a nice casual dining experience!!

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  20. JaLynnF

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Pork tacos were runny with liquid and made the tortilla soggy. They were not very flavorful. Kids pasta was dry. Firecracker shrimp was cold. The fountain coke was half flat. The server was in too big of a hurry and kept rushing without listening. The deck is dirty and everything is rusting. Food came out in a good time frame. The Alona burger was good. Fried were hot and good. I recommend for someone going for a burger.

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  21. Kathy

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely table outside at which we watched the sunset. Our server and food were wonderful.

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  22. JasonL

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was ok at best . My wife had a kona burger that was asked to be well done it came out med rare. They took the burger back and put it in the microwave as it came back out within a min . Fish was good but the portion size was small.

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  23. RonE

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my family truly enjoyed Papa Kona. Wait staff were energetic and helpful. Felt as if we were the only table there. Definitely recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful and tasteful meal.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alicia-our Server-was phenomenal!! Pleasant, efficient, informative. The food was top notch The service was excellent Our table was waterfront and awesome. (Parking is a bit of a pain, but heck, it’s Hawaii!!! 5Stars 5/5 Outstanding

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything, especially the pancakes Hawaiian style. Avocado toast was exceptional. POG mimosa is a must when visiting the islands

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  26. Hamsterfolks

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This is where the Chart House was 30 years ago. We sat oceanside, which is usually ideal, but the railing was so decrepit it was a distraction from the view and an eyesore. The entire exterior was obviously worn down by the sea and lack of maintenance. It's really too bad. The interior of the restaurant is still quite nice. We had delicious and reasonably priced Ono fish and chips. Server was nice but never less than attentive. My water glass was empty the last half of my meal and there was no one to flag down.

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  27. BillS

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful beachside meal. Ahi tuna and lemongrass pasta meals after a delicious coconut shrimp appetizer. The sunset view was a real treat.

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  28. sued

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food was amazing. everyone in our party cleaned their plates. waiter was knowledge and friendly.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The experience was not up to their standard level. The server was very rushed and seemed overwhelmed. Then the food came and the egg omelet was cold on both plates of our friend‘s meals. We had salads and they were good but took longer to get our food than our friends at the same table. Hope next time it will be normal again.

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  30. TEK851

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time to this place. We arrived around 6:30 pm. Wasn’t crowded (heard this was off-season in Kona). Was seated at a table just above the water. Waves were crashing on the rocks, sun was just beginning to set and a baby whale was frolicking out in the water ( a little far, but could see a few tiny breaches and fin slaps. Food and service were great! We had the Kailua pork quesadilla for an appetizer and Kailua pork tacos and fish and chips for our dinners. Everything tasted great! We hope to get back here to eat again before we leave the island! I highly recommend it!

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  31. Holli

    Phoenix

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been in Kona a month now and have tried several places for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Papa Kona’s has consistently been the best overall choice for it all! You won’t be disappointed and as a bonus they have the best ocean front tables for dining in town!

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  32. paminacat

    Denver

    74 reviews

    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the seaside view, excellent service, and creative cocktails. Food was good, but not great.

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  33. RebeccaT

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Their menu indicates gluten free options available. After talking with our server the majority of the gf options listed are not gf. There is cross contamination. Celiacs beware!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view. Good fish tacos. Only reason not 5stars is the drinks took a ridiculous amount of time. The food came out first which is fine but drinks came late both rounds we ordered even as business was dying down

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  35. Pleased

    Jackson Hole

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend a visit to Papa Kona on your trip to the big island. It is worth the trip to the authentic and charming Hawaiian town. We saw whales and spinner dolphins while dining on a Sunday morning. The parking is challenging so build in time to find a spot as well. Great service and prices for traditional breakfast items.

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  36. Holli

    Phoenix

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful morning with brunch at Papa Kona’s, you definitely need to give them a try! …Friendly staff, great food and fantastic ocean front view!

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  37. MoOrLes

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and food was very good. The sunset view was amazing.

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  38. Holli

    Phoenix

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have never been disappointed at Papa Kona’s, outstanding service from their friendly staff, excellent choices from the menu including everyday fresh fish selections and the best ocean front dining and viewed in Kona!

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  39. TravelFun

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Papa Kona twice this week so I'm combining the reviews. Our first was breakfast and it was outstanding. My husband had the Big Island Omelet - very good. I had the Seared Ahi Benedict - also excellent. We ordered the Kona Coffee and then learned we could not get a refill unless we reordered again. So the waitress refilled with the regular coffee, which was fine, but we were still charged again. We then revisited for dinner on our anniversary, and they did an outstanding job again. The meal was absolutely incredible. I had the Coconut Mac Nut Crusted Fresh fish catch and my husband had the Prime Rib special - excellent. A bit of an issue with coffee again. We asked for coffee to have with dessert, and they advised they don't do coffee at night (????) So, we left and had coffee and dessert at Lava Java down the street. Other than the coffee issues, this is an excellent place to eat and have special meals. Would definitely go again.

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  40. SurferGirl

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing view for the sunset and wonderful live music and dancing opportunities

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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 4.3 stars by 1668 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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