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Oct 1, 2010 12:45 PM

Honeymooning on Big Island, Where to Eat?

I have reservations at Norio's but wanted some other suggestions for good / great food (we like food, so, while nice, ambiance is a secondary consideration).

Any non-cheesy luaus? Must hit spots?

All food is good, seafood options are a plus...

We are on Kona side, but will be poking around all regions of the Big Island, so we can coordinate food with our itinerary.


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  1. My favorite is the Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa, the Beach Tree at the Four Seasons resort is very good with great ambiance, Merriman's in Waimea can be excellent, Cafe Pesto in Kawaihae is good, too...good luck

    Cafe Pesto
    308 Kamehameha Ave # 101, Hilo, HI

    Holuakoa Cafe
    76-5901 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, HI 96725

    1. Holuloafarmer gave you some great tips.

      There is also Roy's. The oceanside spots tend to be sort of disappointing. In Kona, Fishopper is nice for lunch.

      Huggos in Kona is good for oceanside, although sooo very touristy. Daniel Thiebaut's is wonderful, but may be undergoing renovations.

      Elsewhere on this island, Hilo Bay Cafe and Cafe Pesto in Hilo are very nice. Do not be put off by the location of Hilo Bay Cafe - you will forget all about it once inside.

      Cafe Pesto
      308 Kamehameha Ave # 101, Hilo, HI

      Daniel Thiebaut
      65-1259 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743-8406

      Hilo Bay Cafe
      315 E Makaala St Ste 109, Hilo, HI 96720

      75-5828 Kahakai Rd Ste B, Kailua Kona, HI 96740

      1. Another restaurant I've enjoyed a lot lately is Jackie Rey's in Kailua town.

        1. Just returned from the Big Island. We had only one remotely standout meal and that was at Brown's Beach House also in your hotel. While ambiance is secondary for you, the ambiance was as good as it gets. Service was excellent as well. The food was quite good and better than anything else we had on the island. Seafood was uniformly very good and portions were surprisingly large so you could easily split an entree if budget is a concern.

          It's overpriced like everything else on the island but still quite good in comparison. Another bonus is they were very accommodating on corkage so if you are a wine lover bring your own for $25 corkage. Great cocktails as well.

          Believe it or not, the next best meal we had was probably at Tommy Bahama's. I never, ever eat at chain restaurants and don't shop at Tommy Bahama's but thought the food was pretty good here. We stumbled upon it on the way back from Hapuna Beach. Cocktails were outstanding.

          Sansei was probably third best of our meals. The plain old sashimi was quite impressive. The more complex the dishes got, the less successful the food was. Good service and wine list considering it's Hawaii.

          Finally, Kenichi Pacific was pretty good and also overpriced. Sushi was good as was an Ono tataki. This is near the Sheraton where we stayed. I probably preferred Sansei but they were pretty close and Kenichi had several fish dishes in addition to sushi.

          Beach House Restaurant
          5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

          68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr Ste 111, Kamuela, HI 96743

          1. Skip Norio's (as Norio himself is no longer associated with the restaurant), and instead go to his new place - Monstera at the shops at Mauna Lani. It is the best sushi on the island - as well as great noodles and other dishes.