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Mar 22, 2011 10:12 AM

Top 5 going to Kona

My husband and I are heading to Kona in a couple of weeks for our anniversary.
I'd just like to get an idea from the foodies here what you think the top five meals are on the island.
We'd like to go all out on this we're thinking of the more expensive restaurants that serve great dinners.

We'd always enjoyed going to Alan Wong's at the Four Seasons in years past..but I understand the restaurant has been closed for a while (and now the hotel due to tsunami damage)

so anyway...I would be very appreciative of any and all suggestions.


Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

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  1. La Bourgogne very nice French Bistro

    1. AW's at the Four Seasons WOULD have been my #2, but as you mention, it is no more.

      Now, I would go with Pahu i`a, also at the Four Seasons, with Daniel Thibault (up-country) as #2. We also loved Roy's on the Kona-side of the Big Island, but it has gotten very noisy, as of late, and their exec. chef has moved into a corporate position.

      We dined at Canoe House, and were not even close to being impressed. Still, much more recent reviews indicate that much has changed.

      We have never dined at Merriman's on the Big Island, but do love Kapalua. Still, having not dined there, I cannot recommend it.



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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Was just at Merriman's early Feb for the umteeth time on the Big Island.
        Nothing that amazing and a very long windy drive after a good bottle or 2 is rather annoying.
        As everyone is aware Roy doesn't own the Roy's restaurants you see sprinkled all over the place other than Waikiki , Hawaii Kai and his new place in Princeville (Tavern) so foodie beware. We're going to Tavern in a month and it's supposed to be a menu of his PERSONAL favorite dishes.

        1. re: russkar

          As everyone knows he owns all of the Hawaii restaurants and not the mainland. Hence the lack of inclusion in those prix fixe menus on the website. The Tavern also has it's own farm. You will have to take lots of pictures and let us know how you liked it! I have a great poster from there.