Recommended Restaurants on the Big Island

By September 10, 2011restaurants

Here is a list of some of the more popular island restaurants in the area. Most are available for dinner only unless otherwise noted.

Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Location: Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach
Phone 808-886-4321

This dining hot spot features Euro-Asian food and a full-service bar by Roy Yamaguchi, a world-renowned chef and restaurateur who has received numerous awards from top ranking restaurant and dining publications. Yamaguchi was named best chef in the Pacific Northwest in the James Beard-Perrier Jouet Restaurant Awards. Roy’s has a strong local following while simultaneously attracting visitors who want to enjoy the enticing cuisine.

Monstera Sushi and Noodles
Location: Shops at Mauna Lani
Phone 808-887-2711

Monstera is a hip, casual “izakaya-style” restaurant offering Japanese pub food and sushi from owner Norio Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a successful sushi chef with more than two decades of experience with discriminating employers such as Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and The Fairmont Orchid. The restaurant caters to the residential market with a menu built upon fresh local ingredients.

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café (available for lunch and dinner)
Location: The Shops at Mauna Lani
Phone: 808-887-0800
Imagine the perfect escape where the only criteria is good food and drink in a relaxed, carefree environment. Sound like wishful thinking? Not at Tommy Bahama’s, where the purveyor of island lifestyles has evolved their successful men’s and women’s upscale casual sportswear, golf wear, accessory and home furnishings collections into a well-respected restaurant and retail operation that serves up island-inspired fare and lots of tropical fun.

Café Pesto
Location: Kawaihae
Phone: 808-887-0800

Seeking to be at the lead of Kohala’s culinary adventure and preserving the historic charm of the small town, while providing the best of local Hawaiian Regional foods. In addition to their magnificent regional cuisine, they also offer a selection of homemade pizzas. Café Pesto is known for their mai tai’s and Lilikoi Margaritas.

Location: Waimea
Phone: 808-885-6822

Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is a three-time finalist in the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Merriman’s serves the freshest ingredients paired with the finest wines.

Location Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
Phone: 808-885-6622

Creative farm-to-table menu by Sandy Tuason, CanoeHouse specializes in extraordinarily fresh cuisine with a contemporary flair. Come relax and enjoy the scenic Kohala Coast sunsets and island fresh cuisine at a
casual oceanfront setting on the water’s edge.

Sea, Sand, at Stars at Four Seasons
Location Hualalai
Phone: 808-325-8000

This seafood buffet is located on the beach at Hualalai offers the best ambiance of any dining experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. Enjoy listening to the ocean and cool breeze while selecting from an array of seafood favorites.

Seafood Bar

Location: Kawaihae
Phone 808-882-1368

This is a Great place for mai tais and pupus for a reasonable price. Happy hour is from 3p-5:30 and 10pm to close.

Brown’s Beach House
Location: Fairmont Orchid
Hours of Operation: 5:30p-8:30pm daily
Phone 808¬-887-736

Award-winning Brown’s Beach House is the place for the quintessential island dining experience located just steps from shore. Big Island-inspired cuisine is drawn from simple, pure flavors from locally grown, sustainable agriculture.

Norio’s Japanese Rest. and Sushi Bar
Location: Fairmont Orchid
Phone 808-887-7368

A favorite among guests, visitors and locals alike, Norio’s Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is located alongside a serene koi pond on the garden level. The 60-seat restaurant features a 14-seat sushi bar and an 18-seat private dining room. Enjoy some of their signature sushi dishes such as the 69 Roll and Tuna Tataki.

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