Permanently Closed - The Koa Table

3.8
524 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hawaiian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Euro-Pacific cuisine is an innovative and adventurous style combining classical European culinary techniques with fresh ingredients of the Pacific Rim, resulting in an exquisite blend of tastes.

The Koa Table appetizers, entrees, and desserts are beautifully created, expertly prepared, and artfully presented with uniqueness and balance of flavors, all coming the prodigious culinary imagination of Chef Ippy.

The Koa Table offers a truly unique culinary experience quite like no other, offering flavors, textures, cfrom and the freshest local ingredients and the finest seafood from the oceans surrounding Hawaii, combined with the best of what traditional European cuisine has to offer.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Hawaiian, Comfort Food, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(808) 339-7145
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Philip "Ippy" Aiona
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Private party facilities
We have the Thirsty Wolf Lounge second floor of The Three Fat Pigs Restaurant. Seating capacity is 60 with a view of the lake.
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Private party contact
Max Aiona: (808) 987-9729
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Catering
We can cater any style of cuisine to make all of your guests happy. Our style ranges from simple to ethnic.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Waikoloa Beach Drive
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Parking details
Parking is located in the general public lot at the Kings' Shops in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
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Public transit
There are shuttle buses that stop by often to transport guest to the Hotels located in the Resort area as well as other Hotels along the coast. Taxi cabs are available as well.
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Entertainment
Live music from Thursday to Saturday. Styles include contemporary smooth Jazz, a saxophone and keyboard player. On Friday nights we present light Hawaiian music.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
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3.9
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3.5
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57 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Whole fried fish is worth every penny. Others dishes were not so great. Service was lacking although we had young kids which the servers helped out with when they got tired/loud. Overall, this place was not busy at all for a Friday night meaning that they are likely not doing so well compared to others in the area....

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Okay food and menu selections but nothing special. Food arrived before beverages. Very noisy - better place to grab a beer than to have a pleasant dinner.

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SB
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A nice place, a very nice meal, the service was excellent. It was our first visit, and we have absolutely no complaints except for the fact that it was a bit noisy, but unfortunately most restaurants are, these days. One party starts speaking loudly, usually after a few drinks, then everybody around them needs to raise their voices to be heard, and pretty soon you have a steady din. The situation wasn't any worse than usual at the Koa Table, and in fact kudos to the hostess, who asked us if we wanted to be seated in the noisy area or the slightly-less-noisy area.

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s
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the local whole fish entree. The mule made with whiskey was inventive and very good.

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c
36 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

While fish entree was excellent. Would definitely get again. "Bug juice" sauce was the perfect accompaniment.

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GS
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service, a little noisy but overall positive experience.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Went to this restaurant when it was called 3 Fat Pigs we enjoyed it a great deal, couldn't wait to get back. Noticed it's name had changed but was hoping for the same great menu, very disappointed it felt like any other convenient tourist restaurant. Nothing to get to excited about. Will not return on our next year visit.
Truly Disappointed 😢

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TB
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wonderful service

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PE
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered Saimin, the baby back ribs and the fried chicken. The Saimin was super and I substituted prawns for the pork belly - excellent choice. The baby back ribs were very good and fell off the bone. The fried chicken was dry and chewy. Overall a good meal and experience, and will definitely be back next time we are in the island.

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R
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Where to start? The most disappointing (and expensive!) meal of our vacation. Menu descriptions are artful however don’t match the reality of what arrives on your plate. Tempura green beans were described as arriving with two aoilis...one plastic container of commercial mayonnaise with a couple of sweet chilies arrived. Pasta aioglio was described as coming with roasted tomatoes. My dish had three HALVES of grape tomatoes.

Then there was the service. We were the only diners at 5:30pm. Despite that our entrees arrived while we were still eating our tempura appetizer (delayed because I had to ask for Siracha and mayo to make my own so-called aoli to make up for the sad excuse for a dipping sauce that arrived with the green beans). We told the food runner we wanted to finish the appetizer first and yet our entrees were just deposited on the table.

Lastly, I’d let the restaurant know we were there celebrating our second honeymoon. Not a word was said...

Poor service, lackluster atmosphere and food that missed the mark. Don’t be sucked in by Chef Ippy’s background or the menu description. It’s an expensive ruse.

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u
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is eclectic and delicious - the Chinese Pork Belly, Lamb, and NY Strip were excellent. The daily fish special was really good, in the day we went there, with the Sweet Chilli Broccoli giving the meal a unique flavor.
Our sever was very personable and provided excellent attention throughout the meal.

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate there twice during our February vacation, food was excellent and service was attentive and friendly. Amazing pasta and noodle dishes and wonderful miso black cod.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Horriable aweful inattentive server and wait time for food!

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d
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the fiod. Service was fantastic. Waiter was very friendly.

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LM
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines Day so glad we made the reservation as they weren’t accepting walk ins. It wasn’t very busy. Service was
Exceptional. Food was pretty good. Nice place.

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JG
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I was routing for this to be an undiscovered diamond in the rough, but I agree with previous diners- I expected more: better atmosphere, more innovative culinary effort and higher quality food overall. First impression: Inside the restaurant where most of the tables are located is really plain, low-scale - generic , plain furniture, no real nod to the Hawaiian location-they could also use more outside tables given the setting. As for the food, it was just okay - I had a salad to start which was ho-hum, ribs that were tasty but not particularly noteworthy served with two gigantic mounds of white rice, and creme brûlée which was fine. My companion said his bone marrow appetizer was great and oxtail stew entree was good. From a food competition chef background, I just expected way more. At least it’s a little more budget-friendly than other options on the Kohala Coast, which is good given what you’re getting. Pluses are the hostess and wait staff were welcoming and friendly, but overall service could be better if they learned to do more than just drop the plates and go- follow-up attention with diners should be more consistent at this price point. Overall, it’s a mixed bag- lower your expectations and you’ll probably have a decent experience.

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OT
28 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This was our 2nd visit in 2 weeks. 1st time was Great! 2nd time not so good. There was a large table of 12 people & we think the kitchen couldn't cope. Our salads & entrees came out at the same time & our food was NOT hot. We think it had been setting for awhile & they forgot to bring it to us. Really wanted dessert but left due to poor service & feeling totally forgotten. They have good food..when it gets to you in a timely fashion.

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d
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great menu with different choices, service was very good as well

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just OK, not great

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JM
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, and diverse menu. Service is awesome!

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OT
28 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We shared the tempura green beans. Good but very greasy. Shard the crab mac & cheese which was very good. Lots of crab! Husband had an excellent hamburger. The baby back ribs were moist & fall off the bones delicious! The chocolate lava cake was to die for. We would skip the appetizers next time. Will definitely be back to try other entrees. This place has good food & good service.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The staff was great and very friendly though not always restaurant professional. We had wine and the restaurant does not seem to keep the wines at a cool or reasonably cool temperature. Plus they sent out the wrong wines. They did correct this but still, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks should be the speciality of the bar and known well by the wait staff.

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GG
155 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Unfortunately this restaurant looks and feels tired. There is ZERO ambiance...it actually felt like a food court. The food is very average with poor presentation and choices. We struggled to find anything to order. Disappointing. Server was very nice and efficient.

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CF
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place this time I tried the catch of the day. Fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. Service friendly and very attentive. We will be back.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful. AVOID at all costs!! Food was awful, service was awful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Stopped here on a recent vacation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall experience was very pleasant. The manager and our server were both super nice and the food was delicious. I got the Siamin which was delicious, my boyfriend got the lasagna and wished he got the ribs (they looked amazing on the table next to us). We were sat outside on the back patio which had beautiful views of a small lake/pond.

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NK
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I expected this restaurant to be more upscale than it was. The food was good, not great, and the ambiance was very casual. The cuisine was not as creative as I expected. Acceptable restaurant but nothing special.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and very friendly staff. Prices are very reasonable. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

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T
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the KOA table. The food and service is fantastic. We are here on a 3 week vacation and have been there 3 or 4 times. Go, you won't be disappointed!

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CB
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. The service was good when we could get someone to help - they were obviously short staffed but the team they did have was great. So, a scheduling problem?? We watched another couple nearly walk out but they talked them into sitting back down, but that meant the other tables didn’t get help for 10 more mins because the server spent that whole time appeasing the near-miss.

But worth it even with the service issues. Food was so good we came back within 2 days.

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LM
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The “fresh catch” fish smelled and tasted like it hadn’t been fresh for a few days. The mushroom and pea shoot appetizer has exactly one small pea shoot. It was really just sautéed mushrooms and onion with a lot of soy sauce. Drinks were not strong but tasted ok. Service was fine. Our waitress didn’t charge us for the inedible fish and we went somewhere else, never to return.

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RW
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Inconsistent is the overall theme. Fried chicken plate was good. Pasta was embarrassingly awful. Fried saimin was flavorful but too sweet and oily. The service was slow and minimal. As locals, we always support homegrown businesses, but this place...no can. It feels bad to say that but the things that made our dinner a disappointment can be fixed and have nothing to do with being local. Hope this manaʻo helps them improve.

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JW
66 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made a reservation on the spur of the moment and they accommodated our party of 9 well. The food was good and reasonably priced for Hawaii. The area we sat was close to the front door and didn’t have much ambiance, and the floors in that area were kind of sticky (should have been cleaner); those would be my only complaints

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A group of 6, 4 college-aged girls and 2 parents. Everyone had different entrees, lots of choices, everything was great. Not crowded on a Monday night, but we did make a reservation because of the group size. No special view, it’s in a shopping mall, and the decor was fresh but nothing special. We had a great reasonably priced dinner with great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! The staff, atmosphere, FOOD!, and drinks were all incredible. Best meal on the island so far. Lots of gluten free options and helpful wait staff to answer all questions. I’d highly recommend both the grits (unfortunately not gf, but my husband said they were amazing) and butterfish!

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PV
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had Sun 6:15pm reservations. Restaurant was almost empty but filled up quickly shortly thereafter. Seated promptly. Service great. Saimin bowl was excellent. Ribs were not that good - not tender. Coconut creme brûlée great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good flavors and menu concept; however, felt it fell a little flat on execution. I had the foodie saimin, and the broth came out really tasty. But the noodles were a little doughy and the crispy pork belly that came with it was cold and pretty much all fat. My partner got the hipster saimin and added pork belly to it, which they forgot to add. However, after we reminded them and they brought out a fresh side of pork belly, it was delicious -- hot and crispy. So... yeah. Lots of potential, but unless they can tighten things up a little I don't think I'd rush back.

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C
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service! My husband tried the ribs and I had the red curry. Both dishes were tasty!

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BH
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had three in our party. The restaurant was maybe half full so that doesn’t explain the slow service. It took 10 plus minutes to get our drinks. Our appetizer and salad arrived timely but after that we didn’t see our server for quite awhile. When dinner was finally delivered to our son’s swordfish was good but the short ribs and cheese grits my wife shared were cold. Cold cheese grits are not good. Our meal was not worth the price.

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