Papa Kona Restaurant & Bar

4.4
658 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 658 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the live music. Seated quickly. Had a wonderful ocean view. Service was good. Food was wonderful.

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vipTomK
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Immediately taken to our table upon arrival at our reservation time. View of the bay and sunset were spectacular. Food selection on their menu was good. My pork chop was tender and delicious. The brown gravy sauce was wonderful. My wife’s Alii sunset was colorful and tasty. Her pulled pork sandwich was enormous and also very tasty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for dinner and got to experience absolutely perfect food and one of the best servers I’ve ever had. So glad we chose to come here for my sons birthday dinner. We live an hour and a half away, but it was 100% worth the drive.
Our server, Rhonda, was perfect- just the right balance of professionalism and relaxed affability. She obviously knew the menu well, was attentive, cheerful and prompt and made us feel welcome and comfortable. She has an excellent attitude and her exemplary service made our dinner even better. When you go out to eat, she’s the type of server you hope to have.
The food was perfect, too, down to the very last bite (and I got to taste each of the 2 appetizers, 6 entrees and 3 desserts!) The hard work that must go on in the kitchen really shows in the dining room, so kudos to the people back there too! Even the drinks were spot on, both the cocktails and the mocktails!
All the staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful, including the host and the food runners, one of whom even came and helped us get a picture! Just a truly great experience, brought to us by some truly awesome people.
We’ll be back for more soon!

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vipCarolynP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alexis was wonderful! We really enjoyed our visit.

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MichaelS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service.

Great live music and view of the ocean that is unbelievable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good. I had the special catch of the day, and to some people it would probably be excellent, but I didn’t particularly love mahi covered in garlic butter. My bf had the pork and said it was excellent.

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Akemi
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food pretty good. I switched the protein on the dish I wanted and they were very accommodating with that request. Fish and Chips is small though - 2 small pieces. Burger was okay. Garlic fries really good.

Loud with live music, but luckily they tucked us away so we were able to talk and easily hear each other.

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PAMELAZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crystal was our server and she was excellent. With her and the view we couldn't be happier and we are locals.

JK
vipJohnK
Vancouver
116 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another great evening at Papa Kona. Great view great food and great service. Our server Tyger took excellent care of us. Always friendly, always smiling and always on the ball.

we will be back

HJ
HarleyJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wittman is an amazing server and I hope you see that he is a huge asset to your daily operations. Mahalo Wittman!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food right on the ocean

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RickP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome we had res at 5 set down at 5 our waiter was great along with his helpers they were also good. Best table in the row of great tables food was very good and fresh music was playing blues in he was really talented great spot for sunset the have a lot of table directly on water

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vipAllenW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good good. Good service. Great views if sitting outside. Parking under the Resturant is pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The setting was beautiful with views of the sunset. We also saw a whale. The menu was very limited but what we had was quite good. The pork chop was very tender and tasty. They also have an excellent specialty drink menu. Our waiter was very good about checking in with us frequently. There was live music which for us was a little too distracting but maybe we were sitting too close. I probably should have given it 5 stars because the only negative was the limited menu.

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vipMattmanSD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great view of the water. We were very happy we stumbled upon this place

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BobB
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Went for music. Got really bad cocktail and terrible music. Service mediocre. Fish okay but pricy. Large place few customers. Seems to be struggling.

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ulu1
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were all very happy with our selections. Two of us had fish, two had beef all was prepared perfectly with great sides. we also ordered a salad to share. the only disappointment was there was no chocolate on the dessert menu so we went elsewhere for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service took forever

KD
vipKarenD
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting at sunset. Had the fresh catch grill and seared ahi. Biggest mai tai I’ve ever seen. Tasty too!

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SadieS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great views and live music after 5pm. Saturday mimosas are half priced! Delicious Kalula pork Benedict. Will come again.

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vipCrazyangel519518
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad for a quick bite. Nothing too spectacular. Breakfast is better

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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Papa Kona has a beautiful venue overlooking the ocean with Kona’s stunning sunsets. Breakfasts are excellent. Lunch and dinner items are good but have too much butter and salt. Overhead music is often loud and annoying. Live music at night is amplified to the point that you can’t hear to talk.

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Kurt50
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We made reservations for a 515pm seating ,for sunset, happy to get a table outside facing the ocean. we had the Mahi Mahi and salad ,it was delicious.The service very good and unrushed ,which we enjoyed also.
Would recommend this restarant ,but we booked two weeks prior so book early.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Missing the crab cake Benedict! :) but overall a beautiful birthday brunch!

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vipGerald
New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night. Sunset surf and live music. Fantastic staff and fresh catch menu.

JP
vipJenniferP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, great staff. We had a really nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with outstanding views. The band, Bottle O’ Blue, was excellent! The food was mediocre overall. The avocado fries and strawberry spinach salad with chicken are the best things I have found on the menu after dining at this establishment multiple times. As always the service was outstanding!

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DonD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here a few times prior.Setting near the sea is wonderfully refreshing,& despite the building being old,the food and service-as well as our requested seaside balcony seating,provided an enjoyable meal on a beautiful day.Strongly recommended for breakfast or lunch since we have not been there for dinner-yet.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we are in Kona this is a must go to! We love it!

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Walther
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a beautiful place to eat but I could hear my husband talking to me and he was across a 2 person table.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good service, and a great location

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Macko
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the visit but my wife thought the fish in fish and chips was a little dry. I had fish tacos and thought it was good.

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TeriC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable time at Papa Kona’s.

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CraigM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great location, consistently good food. The ocean is breathtaking and you are right there watching while enjoying your meal. Be There!

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AmberR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous sunset views, live music, great food!

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CrystalH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mediterranean Burger was delicious! And the Ube-be coconut rum drink is a must try! Amazing sunset and excellent service!

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Katrina
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! Normally with a beautiful view, you forgo things like quality service and fair prices - but not the case at Papa Kona. It was some of the best food on the island and the prices for food and drinks were amazing. Our server was named Alexis and she provided hands down some of the best service I've had in a long time and with a huge smile on her face - well, she wore a mask, but you could tell in her eyes ;) Everything was top notch and there is live music to boot! We will definitely be going back. I recommend making a reservation - you can often get a seat at the bar without notice, but if you want a table on the deck overlooking the ocean, it's a good idea.

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HelenP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed cocktails, fried avocados, and ahi while watching a beautiful sunset.

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BrendaM
Boise
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service with a beautiful view! The prices are very reasonable. We love it here!

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JoAnnB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation for 7:45. We got our shopping done sooner than I though. And when we got there around 6:15 and explained that to them, they were ver accommodating and found us a table outside overlooking the ocean. The food and drinks were great and we got awesome customer service.

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 658 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.