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On the Island...Guide to Re-Creation, Sustainability & Fun!

Hawaiian Style Café ~ (808) 885-4295
Wildly popular, be prepared to wait in line for a cozy place at the counter, or a booth in this friendly hole-in-the-wall café.  Serving breakfast and lunch in mammoth proportions, you may well want to share a meal with a loved one.  Cash or Traveler’s Checks only. No plastic accepted

Merriman’s ~ (808) 885-6822
Award Winning Chef Peter Merriman invites island visitors and residents to enjoy a genuine Hawaii Regional dining experience at one of his four island restaurants: Merriman’s Waimea, Merriman’s Kapalua, Merriman’s Poipu and Merriman’s Market Café.  A man of vision, Peter Merriman has served as a culinary pioneer in Hawaii for over 20 years, utilizing his unmatched creativity and a locally inspired way of thinking  Famously called “The Pied Piper of Hawaii Regional Cuisine” by The Los Angeles Times, Peter proudly maintains an unfaltering commitment to showcasing Hawaii’s breadth of offerings, and ever-advancing Hawaii’s thriving culinary scene.  Merriman’s uses 90% local products
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-1:30pm / Dinner: Daily 5:30-9:00

Pau ~ (808) 885-6325
Local’s everyday favorite!  Fresh seasonal quick cuisine, sandwiches with superior meats & produce, wholesome soups, exciting salads with vibrant house-made vinaigrettes, fresh baked bread, creative pasta dishes, wild seafood, local produce, house-made desserts. A TripAdvisor star

Lilikoi Cafe ~ (808) 887-1400
A hidden treasure around the back of Parker Ranch Center for tasty, fresh food. The array of deli salads is very tempting and varied.  Breakfast is served all day, and hot entrees are also available. Great desserts! 

Luna Restaurant  ~ (808) 887-1313 
A cozy-feeling, family run Italian restaurant in Waimea Shopping Center (the center where KTA is), Solimene’s serves good Italian food, with interesting specials offered each night in addition to the standards. Good, fresh salads too. A good choice for satisfying your Italian food cravings.  Fresh pastas made in house everyday!

Red Water Café ~ (808) 885-9299
Ecclectic World Cuisine & Sushi Bar. This historic setting is dedicated to providing guest with creative dishes based on multi-cultural cuisines
Weekdays 11am-2pm / 5pm-9pm - Weekends  5pm-9pm / Happy Hour 5-6 Daily

Village Burger ~ (808) 885-7319 - Village Burger in Waimea on Hawaii island was ranked among the top 10 burger restaurants in the nation, according to -  Located at Parker Ranch Center on the outer edge of the food court, this restaurant gives Waimea claim to fame.
Hours:  M-F 10:30 to 8pm - Sunday 10:30-6.

Mauna Lani Hotel
Bay Terrace ~ (concierge desk) (808) 885-6622
Enjoy a tropical breakfast served daily at our Bay Terrace restaurant.  Our sumptuous breakfast buffet features a bounty of fresh island fruits, Belgian waffles and omelettes made to order or if you prefer, select items from our extensive a la carte menu

Canoe House~ (808) 881-7911-
No visit to Mauna Lani is complete without an unforgettable dinner at our signature, ocean-front Canoe House restaurant featuring the world-class cuisine of chef de cuisine, Dee Ann Tsuramaki.   Enjoy spectacular Kohala Coast sunsets while savoring the unique East-West offerings of our Pacific Rim cuisine

Ocean Grill ~  (808) 338-9733
Mauna Lani Resort’s Ocean Grill is the perfect place to enjoy a casual lunch with family and friends. Our chef’s creative menu of island favorites offers something for everyone. In the early evening as the sun begins to set, you’ll be serenaded by the soothing sounds of slack key guitar. This ocean front oasis features a new Sunset Dinner Menu to complement taste tempting tropical smoothies and cocktails

Napua (Beach Club) ~(808) 885-5910
An oceanfront stroll past ancient Hawaiian fishponds brings you to the Beach Club, an open-air restaurant on a beautiful crescent-shaped tropical resort beach. Lunch features a selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads. Dinner is more extensive.  Live music

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café ~ (808) 887-0800
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar is a unique celebration of the islands offering a relaxed escape from the hustle and bustle with truly inspired cuisine. From signature dishes such as Tommy’s World Famous Coconut Shrimp, San Juan Shrimp and Scallops, and mouth watering Pina Colada Cake, to an array of Tommy Bahama Rum cocktails, this is the place to take a break with good food, drinks and shopping. Island Time Happy Hour available Everyday 4pm-6pm 
Daily 11:30am to 11pm / Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse ~ (808) 881-8686

At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, you’ll always find exceptional steaks, selected from the top 2% of the country’s beef and served sizzling hot - with heaping sides of warm ambience and comfortable elegance.  Happy Hour available everyday 5pm-7pm
Daily 11:30am to 11pm / Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas day / Happy Hour Nightly 5:30

Monstera – Japanese pub food and sushi ~ (808) 887-2711
Monstera is a hip, casual  ;izakaya-style  restaurant offering Japanese pub food and sushi from owners Norio Yamamoto and Wes Monty. Yamamoto is a successful sushi chef with more than two decades of experience with discriminating employers such as Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and The Fairmont Orchid.  The restaurant caters to the residential market with a menu built upon fresh local ingredients
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm / Dinner 5:15pm - 9:30pm

Juice 101~ 808.887.2244
Juice 101  is a juice, smoothie and coffee bar providing healthy fuel for the body and mind. Created by restaurateurs Denise Walters and Matthew Zubrod, the eatery features hand-pressed vegetables, fruit juices and smoothies, and an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and general well being from food. The shop will also serve healthy selections such as pressed sandwiches and salads
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm / Dinner 5:15pm - 9:30pm

Kimo Coffee Bean ~ (808) 329-9701
A local company, operating in Hawaii since 1933, KCB concentrates on coffee grown, processed and roasted only in Hawaii.  Enjoy hand-picked premium coffees from select estate farms on Kona, Maui, Molokai and Kauai.  Beans are fresh roasted in small batches on a weekly basis to ensure quality and freshness for the ultimate experience in coffee taste
Open Daily 6am to 5pm


Golf Course Restaurants

King’s Grill ~ (808) 886-7888
Scottish-themed Kings’ Grille is the perfect location for a quick lunch or post-round pupus and libations in a casual yet elegant setting overlooking the 18th hole of the championship Kings’ Course. The Kings’ Grille also provides a unique venue for your next special event, luncheon, post tournament awards banquet, meeting or private party. The Kings’ Grille Library provides an intimate setting, perfect for your next meeting or private party
Breakfast 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Monday – Friday / 7:30 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday
Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Daily  / Cocktails until 6:00 p.m. Daily

Lava Lava Beach Club ~ (808) 769-LAVA (5282)
​Lava Lava Beach Club is brought to you by the same people who bring you Huggo’s oceanfront restaurant in Kailua-Kona , On The Rocks, a casual beach bar in Kailua-Kona, Paradise Gourmet Catering, the Big Island leader in custom events and weddings and Grass Shack Parties & Rentals, the go-to source for all local style affordable parties.  Serving food continuously from 11:00am – 9:00pm.  The chef’s special dinner entrees begin at 5:00pm.
Happy Hour is 3:00pm-5:00pm and served in the bar and at lounge seating only.  Our bar serves till 11:00pm nightly.

NOTE:  Also popular at Lava Lava is Yoga on the Beach with Calley O'Neill every Tue/Thurs/ from 8am to 9:30 and Saturday from 8:30 am  - 10.  It doesn't get better than that!

Kings’ Shops Restaurants

Merriman’s Market Café ~ (808) 886-1700
Merriman’s Market Cafe offers Italian and Mediterranean-Style cuisine by famed Chef Peter Merriman. As one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Merriman features locally grown produce, meats, and fish prepared in distinctive style that reflects the multicultural influence of the Hawaiian Islands. Both indoor and outdoor dining is available in addition to a full-service bar and gourmet delicatessen counter offering takeout selections of fresh fish and steaks

Waikoloa Bar & Grill ~ (808) 886-4321
This dining hot spot features Euro-Asian food and a full-service bar by Roy Yamaguchi.  A world-renowned chef and restaurateur who has received numerous awards from top ranking restaurant and dining publications, Yamaguchi was named best chef in the Pacific Northwest in the James Beard-Perrier Jouet Restaurant Awards. With moderate prices and its casual atmosphere, Roy's has a strong local following while simultaneously attracting visitors who want to enjoy the enticing cuisine

Island Fish & Chips ~ (808) 886-0005
Island Fish & Chips features delicious Island and combination baskets like coconut shrimp and fresh local fish and chips that include wedge fries and pineapple coleslaw. Very casual, open air seating overlooking Kings’ Lake 

Jungle’s Edge Coffee Company is family-owned and operated.  They offer 100% Kona Coffee grown on our farm and brewed using time-tested methods designed to accentuate the rich, bold flavor that nature imparts into every hand-picked bean.  Additionally, we feature home-made pastries, breads and coffee-inspired treats crafted with island-grown ingredients.  Experience a different coffee concept.  Stop in for a cup of coffee and escape to the Jungle’s Edge

Queens Marketplace Restaurants

Romano’s Macaroni Grill ~ (808) 443-5515
Macaroni Grill offers signature Italian dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and a unique twist by chefs in our open kitchen. For menu details, we invite you to visit  Macaroni Grill.  Reservations accepted. Take out and family style meals to go available
Daily 11am – 10pm

Charlie’s Thai Cuisine ~ (808) 886-0591
Satisfy your hunger for Pad Thai or Satay, at Charlie’s Thai Cuisine. Just one of many delicious new offerings at Queens’ MarketPlace, Charlie’s Thai Cuisine serves up fresh and original Thai dishes made with shrimp, chicken, meats and fish
Lunch 11am-2:30pm / Dinner 5-9pm / Carryout 2-3pm and 9-9:30pm

Island Gourmet Markets ~ (808) 886-3577
sland Gourmet Markets offers a selection of delicious gourmet foods and fine wines, including imported delicacies never before available on the Big Island.  You will find a sushi bar, as well as an extensive deli and bakery section where you can build your own picnic before heading to the beach

Sansei Sushi Bar ~ (808) 886-6286
A locally and nationally recognized favorite of foodies all over Hawaii, Sansei Seafood, Steak & Sushi Bar caters to shoppers looking for quality seafood in a relaxed and upscale atmosphere. Specializing in New Wave Sushi and Contemporary Japanese Specialties.  Menu available at 
Open for dinner 5:30-

Starbucks ~ (808) 886-1888 

Starbucks has been roasting high-quality whole bean coffees for over 37 years and features fresh, rich-brewed Italian style espresso beverages as well as teas, cold blended beverages, a variety of pastries, sandwiches, desserts and coffee-related accessories and equipment
Open 6am-9:30pm 


Blue Dragon Musiquarium ~  (808) 882-7771
Fresh, festive menu features global, coastal flavors and offers the freshest of ingredients, from locally caught fish to produce from our own organic farm. Our young and talented chef team sincerely loves to create the most amazing dishes with the finest local and seasonal products available
Blue Dragon also features live music during dinner on Thursdays through Sundays   and offer the best talent and a wide array of musical styles.  If the music moves you, get up and dance right under the stars as our dining area has no roof! Reservations recommended
Thursday-Sunday 5:30pm-11pm / Closed Monday-Wednesday
Live music begins at 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm – food served until 10 pm

Kohala Burger & Taco - ~ (808) 880-1923
Small place, Big Island taste.  Located in Kawaihae Shopping Center, upstairs from Cafe Pesto.  Delicious burgers, tacos, smoothies, fish sandwiches, and more.  Excellent choice for lunch.  Open daily from 11-5, unless they close at 4 on holidays.  Their watermelon whip is to live for, and they also do amazing catering for weddings or other events.

Café Pesto ~ (808) 969-6640
The menu features fresh local seafood, exotic pizzas, colorful eclectic salads and Asian inspired pastas and risottos.  The harbor setting, rich in Hawaiian history, provides a backdrop of authenticity and charm to the award-winning restaurant
Daily 11am-9pm

Seafood Bar (next to Harbor Grill) ~ (808) 880-9393
This charismatic upper-floor Seafood Bar is the best spot in town for a drink, or a lighter meal than you’ll find at its partner, The Harbor Grill.  The long bar has a thatched cover and good ocean-themed décor.  The entrée salads, poke burger and giner steamed clams are favorites.  Daily 11-30 am-10:30pm (11:30 on weekends

Sabroso Grill ~ (808) 882-1368
Sabroso Grill is a Latin and Tropical Fusion Restaurant
Our menu is inspired to the variety of flavors of Latin America and its many regions including some tastes from Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.  Come  try our large selection of Appetizers, Soups, and Salads.  For Lunch savor our fresh Sandwiches and Burritos

Come for Dinner Specials including Caribbean Chicken, Steak Margarita, Guava Barbeque Ribs, Che’ Rib Eye and much more
Daily 11am to 9pm (Closed Tuesdays


Sushi Rock - (808) 889-5900
Local, organic ingredients together with love add up to the best sushi on the island!
Located in the historic Hawi Hale building on the edge of Hawi town in North Kohala.
Open daily
12 to 3 - 5:30 to 8 (Friday and Saturday until 9)

Bamboo - (808) 889-5555
Serving fresh, natural, island-style cuisine, Bamboo Restaurant is  nestled at the end of the road on Hawaii's Big Island in beautiful North Kohala, you will find Bamboo Restaurant, one of the island's oldest and most beloved establishments.  Known for its affordable, creative, Pacific Rim menu, along with warm, lighthearted fun, and a big aloha spirit, Bamboo has been rated "Excellent" by Zagat and been awarded 4.85 stars from Fodors.

Located in a historic, fully restored plantation building, Bamboo is a one-of-a-kind experience … your waitress may just dance the hula for you!  Their Island Style Cuisine features fresh island fish, classic Hawaiian food, locally grown organic produce, free-range chicken, the best in steaks and ribs, plenty of vegetarian options, and award-winning desserts.
Lunch, Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner, Tuesday - Saturday 6:00pm - 8:00-ish
Sunday Brunch, 11:30am - 2:30pm
Closed Mondays
Dinner reservations recommended.