Need some Fine Dining in Kona (Big Island)
Heading to the Big Island for a week...we are moderate foodies from San Diego. We are staying in Kona and the day after we get in we have a special dinner that I would like to plan. I would like to keep it in Kona since it is our first real day on the island. I am hoping to find a fantastic restaurant in the area for us to go to in the evening. Fine dining, island-centric food would be perfect. I appreciate the help!
We also will be spending some time at the Kona Brewery, so if anyone has food tips there that would be great.
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I don't think these qualify as "fine dining, island-centric food" but since no one else has chimed in, here goes. We were in Kona for 3 nights last week and ate one dinner at The Fish Hopper and two at Rapanui Island Cafe. Neither is particulary quiet or romantic, but the food was great.
75-5683 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
There are not many fine dining choices in Kailua Kona proper. If you must be in town, I would try La Bourgogne, or Huggo's. If you can venture a bit out of town, I would recommend Pahu'ia or the Beach Tree at the Four Seasons ( about 20 minutes north of Kona). Twenty more minutes north brings you to the Mauna Lani/Fairmont area - I would recommend both resorts main restaurants - Brown's Beach House and the Canoe House. The best sushi on the island can be found at the shops at Mauna Lani's new restaurant Monsterra. Further up the coast brings more good choices, but this is probably further than you want to be from Kona already. In south Kona about twenty minutes from town is Mi's italian restaurant - excellent "islandy" italian with locally sourced ingredients. Hope this helps - let us know where you end up
75-5828 Kahakai Rd Ste B, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Beach House Restaurant
5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756
I second all of these recs. I tried out Manta at the Mauna Kea and it was alright. Got the special valentines day menu and left thinking maybe I should have ordered a la carte and made the kitchen work for it a bit.
Merriman's in Waimea in my opinion was the best island centric fine dining on the island by far. If you have a car, it's worth the drive and I wouldn't leave the island without trying it.
Here are the photos from my trip for visual reference:
Hope this helps. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.