I would recommend Roy's bar and grill without much hesitation. As it has been a while since I've last eaten there, can say if things have changed. I do recommend eating at the restaurants in the Queen's Village shopping area as it is definitely more reasonably priced than eating in the Hilton resort. Sorry, I can't recall the names but there was a steakhouse that I felt was kind of pricey and there was a restaurant (Merriman's, I think, but not 100% sure...) that was just off to the side of the parking lot that has a nice al fresco eating area and served fresh and tasty dishes. We ate at the al fresco restaurant whenever we visited W. Hawaii. All restaurants were accommodating with kids. Aloha and have a happy vacation!
There are 2 main spots for dining within the Waikoloa Beach Resort(Not Waikoloa Village...big difference) ....6 miles up the Hill...Nothing there for Dining(Good supermarket however)
1) King's Shops
2) Queen's Marketplace
Roy's is always good.(King's shops
)Sansei is a popular spot at the Queen's Marketplace
Previous poster is a bit turned around
Merriman's Cafe is a casual , moderate spot to dine at the King's Shops. Nothing to write home about.
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I also agree Roy's is very good, their beef short ribs are a must try.
Sansei is also very good, lots of sushi, but they also have lots of other options for people who don't like fish.
Meriman's cafe is so-so, their restaurant n Waimea is MUCH better. Lots of local ingredients.
One of the best meal's we've eaten is at Monette's at Mauna Kea Resort, its excellent, but pricey. Most places in Waikoloa are expensive, you will need to go to Kona for less expensive meals. Lava Java and Bongo Ben's are good places for breakfast. Orchid Thai, Shiono's (japanese), the Brew Pub (great pizza's and salads) and Splashers (burgers, salads) are also very good.
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, HI 96743
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