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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Hawaii / Big Island

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Hawaii / Big Island? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Beach Tree Restaurant, Bar and Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (825)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Kailua-Kona
About the restaurant
Beach Tree Bar & Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a casual dining option set along the sand and overlooking the ocean, perfect for sundowner cocktails. Toast the sunset with unforgettable views, local flavours, creative cocktails and more.
Top review
ToddSvip
Dined 1 day ago
Food was so good we went back two nights in a row! Best Pasta outside of Italy!! Tuna Tataki was best ob the Island. Phenomenal drinks and amazing Four Seasons service. Highly recommend.
A photo of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Mauna Lani, Big Island restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5214)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and good food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life. For more information: www.tommybahama.com
Top review
Mommyto2flowersvip
Dined 2 days ago
Sam was our server and the lovely manager on duty was exceptional. We had an amazing meal and returned another evening. The service, food and atmosphere are top notch and we will definitely return when back on Island. Mahalo for the spirit of Aloha shown to our family.
A photo of Keei Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (760)
$30 and under
Seafood
Kailua-Kona
About the restaurant
In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob Miyashiro and his wife Gina open the original Keei Cafe in a old former Fish Market in Honaunau, Hawaii on the Big Island. Finally after borrowing enough from their father, Brothers Bob and Dennis along with Sister Joyce the new Keei Cafe was Born in Hokukano. Again with the Brazilian touch for food friendly colors and using local woods, Gina helped create the decor that surrounds the "New" Keei Cafe at Hokukano. Opened in early 2005, the new Cafe features local artist painting and carvings on the walls. Koa table help make the Cafe have a warm and welcome feel perfect for families or guests looking for a resort type meal with a upcounty price. Family owned and operated with the additon of Gina's sister and Brother in Law, Chef Zeze and Batista, in the kitchen to use the freshes local ingredients to prepare creavtive and and delicious menu items with nightly specials. Please come to experience the flavors!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
It was the perfect date for my girlfriend and I. They exceeded my expectations by allowing me to order the special fish trio with a ribeye. So so delicious. I would definitely recommend this place who’s looking for something special/romantic. We look forward to coming back next year , Mahalo 🌺🤘❤️🤙🐢
A photo of Brown's Beach House - The Fairmont Orchid - Kohala Coast restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3600)
$50 and over
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kohala Coast
About the restaurant
The breathtaking ocean vistas alone are worth a leisurely evening at Brown’s Beach House, our signature fine dining restaurant. Boasting fresh Hawai‘i Island-inspired cuisine, live Hawaiian music and spectacular sunset panoramas, this dining experience is a feast for all of your senses.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great ambience and service with a spectacular view of the ocean and sunset if you're there during that time. You can also witness the lighting of the torches to signify the ending of the day. We had the pickled beet salad and filet mignon both of which were very good. Service was outstanding. The only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars was because I felt it was overpriced even for a resort and the view however I knew the prices ahead of time. That being said I would return again but definitely not multiple times a trip.
A photo of Halani restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1013)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Kamuela
About the restaurant
This open-air eatery with views of the Pacific Ocean features something for everyone with ingredients caught and cultivated by fishermen and farmers throughout Hawai'i Island. From breakfast to dinner, HaLani's eclectic menu offers dishes served family-style as well as a not-to-be-missed brunch accompanied by live music, creating a joyful atmosphere for all types of gatherings.
Please note reservations are not required for breakfast or lunch; however we do recommend booking for dinner and Sunday brunch.

Top review
stevee
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Excellent atmosphere, good food, and attentive waitstaff
A photo of Miyo's Restaurant and Izakaya Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (173)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Hilo
About the restaurant
A local favorite, Miyo’s Restaurant has served the Hilo area since 1987. Under the direction of it's owner, Louis Pauole, Miyo's Restaurant serves up homestyle Japanese food using quality ingredients and it's beloved recipes created by Miyo herself!

Come and enjoy entrees such as Hot Pots, Curry, Teriyaki, Tempura, Seafood and much more! While you're awaiting your delicious meal, you can also sip on a handcrafted cocktail made by our talented bartenders from our Izakaya Bar - Hilo's newest hot spot! With a full bar, 15 beers on tap, an exclusive evening tapas menu and a cozy, rustic atmosphere, there's something for everyone!


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Very surprised how good the meals were. Wasn’t expecting that, have been looking for great places to eat.
A photo of Copper Bar at Mauna Kea restaurant
4.4
4.4 (626)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Kohala Coast
About the restaurant
Dynamic Takes on Modern Traditions. Copper Bar is one of Kohala Coast’s favorite dining and gathering places. Casual, creative tapas and entrees incorporate locally grown ingredients and are easily paired with a selection of craft cocktails, locally-brewed beers, and wine. Unwind with a handcrafted Mauna Kea Mule and absorb sweeping ocean views that have beckoned travelers for generations.

Please enjoy a unique dining experience during Copper Bar’s rejuvenation in our beautiful Kauna’oa Room. We will still offer our regular dinner menu and craft cocktails created by our mixologists, as well as have some new additions to our menu. Our nightly entertainment to include a hula dancer will also continue in Kauna'oa Room. Please ask the Bell Desk for additional direction upon your arrival to the resort.

*Please note that seating to guests that are not in-house at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is subject to availability*

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Exceptional service and food. Small portions but excellent flavors!
A photo of Honu's on the Beach Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (501)
$30 and under
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kailua-Kona
About the restaurant
Three hours of complimentary validated self-parking!

For a premier dining experience in the seaside village of Kailua-Kona, visit Honu’s on the Beach. King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort's signature award-winning restaurant offering delicious Hawaiian regional cuisine. You’ll enjoy dining on a spacious lanai, complete with inviting fire pits and amazing views. Honu’s is the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and enjoy a fabulous meal while the sun sets, filling the sky with gorgeous hues of pink, orange, yellow, and purple. Saturday night features the famous Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet including all you can eat snow crab.

And start your morning with breakfast at Honu’s on the Beach. Choose from a range of tasty a la carte menu items, including American and regional dishes, or indulge yourself in the breakfast buffet, featuring made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit, pancakes, breakfast meats, coffee, tea, and much more.

Brought to you by celebrated local Chef Michael Quanan.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
Awesome restaurant….great food and excellent service….very friendly and attentive staff… highly recommended.
A photo of A-Bay's Island Grill restaurant
4.1
4.1 (418)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Waikoloa
About the restaurant
A-Bay’s Island Grill is a family friendly restaurant serving local favorites, seafood, and Pacific Rim cuisine. We are situated in the Waikoloa Beach Resort at the King’s Shops. We offer an indoor conditioned bar and dining area as well as open air umbrella covered dining area. We keep the budget oriented in mind as well as those wanting that special dinner prepared by a 5-star Chef. Come enjoy great food and cocktails, unbeatable service and a taste of the Islands!
Top review
Howardvip
Dined 7 days ago
This is a nice little local place for comfortable casual dining. The lumpia and the pork adobo are my favorite. Good food, good service at a reasonable price. I like it.
A photo of Hawaii Calls - Marriott Waikoloa restaurant
4.0
4 (598)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Waikoloa
About the restaurant
Treat your self to spectacular dinning experience at Hawaii Calls Restaurant. Located inside the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, our restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Top review
DavidE
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
We ended up eating here twice. The fish was excellent (recommend the kanpachi) and the ribeye was delicious. Although busy, we were still able to get a table without a reservation on our second visit.
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