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Apr 3, 2011 04:50 AM

Travelling to Hawaii and staying at Waikoloa Beach Resort.Any restaurant recommendations?

We will have a car (hopefully the roads are passable after the tsunami?) We are staying for two weeks and need some help finding some restaurants.Recommendations anyone?!

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  1. Not sure of your tastes or budget but these are my preferences:

    Breakfast Buffet -- outstanding, Pahu I'a at Four Seasons. Unfortunately the hotel is closed until Apr 30th for tsunami cleanup but if your vacation is after the 30th I would strongly recommend breakfast at the 4S. Expensive but worth it for the food and the setting.

    Lunch -- Annie's Burgers. South of Kona, best burgers on the island. Onion rings are good as well. Also, Merriman's in Waimea, Pau (for pizza) in Waimea, Lighthouse Deli in Hawi.
    If you enjoy corned beef the Orchid Marketplace at the Hilton serves a Ruben that is surprisingly good. Another option, stop at the Foodland Farms in the Mauna Lani Bay shops (there's also a Foodland in Waimea with better selections) and pick up a pre-made sandwich or order one from their sandwich counter. The roast beef sandwich is very good.

    For dinners: Merriman's Waimea, Merriman's Cafe at King's Shops (chicken francese is a good choice), Roy's also at King's Shops (if you can stand the noise, it can get quite loud) the Misoyaki Butterfish is delicious, and Kirin Chinese restaurant at Hilton (I am quite partial to their sweet and sour sea bass).

    For a special dinner....Brown's Beach House at sunset.

    , Kamuela, HI 96743

    Beach House Restaurant
    5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

    Orchid Marketplace
    Hilton Waikoloa Vlg, Kamuela, HI 96743

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    1. re: connecticut_lady

      Thanks for the help.We are actually going to be on the Big Island from the 16th to 30th and want to enjoy a good mix of restaurants.We are all looking forward to some fresh seafood.Thanks for the tip about Brown's Beach House as that place seems to pop up in all of the travel books.

      Can you recommend one of the luau's as we would like to enjoy one while we are there?

      Beach House Restaurant
      5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

    2. Here are some spots we like to hit whenever on Island.
      Island Fish & Chips : A little take-out window just behind King's shops. Great light Tempura batter.
      Patz Pies : In Kealakekua.....another take-out window with the friendliest owner and the Best Pizza ever (Plan to go straight from the Airport)
      Ultimate Burger:In Kailua-Kona, near the new "Ross' and across from Target. Great grass -fed beef burgers, and absolutely delicious shoestring fries that come with a garlic Aioli. Perfect.
      Sansei: located at Queen's Marketplace....seafood and sushi, tempura, greats deals Sun, Monday for early Bird....Folks are all lined up. Make a reservation to ensure getting in for the discounted periods.

      Island Fish & Chips
      250 Waikoloa Beach Dr Ste Ste D3, Kamuela, HI 96743

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      1. re: easily amused

        Thanks so much.We have tried Sansei in Maui and loved it.It's great to know that there is one near enough to enjoy again! We will have to try the Island Fish& Chips and I guess it will be pizza when we arrive!!

        1. re: suppertime

          Yeah, just kidding about the "straight from the Airport thing"....totally opposite direction from WBR. I kinda think you knew that.
          Have a great time...Roads are fine...though you will put ALOT of miles on that odometer......especially first visit.
          Some of the Casual, local spots are really worth a look. Pine Tree Cafe near the Airport(toward Kailua-Kona) is just one such place.

          Pine Tree Cafe
          73-4040 Hulikoa Dr Ste 2, Kailua Kona, HI 96740

      2. We were there for the first time in November 2010 and also stayed at Waikoloa Beach Resort. I made a yelp list of my reviews. Hopefully you'll find it helpful! Have a great time!

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        1. re: Tifa2276

          Thanks so much for the helpful information! You have given us so much to "digest"!!