Restaurants You Shouldn't Miss Along the Kohala Coast



The Big Island's Kohala Coast is a magical place. While one end reaches from lush green rainforest land dotted with deep valleys, the other spans into dry and sunny territory lined with white sand beaches. Among all of the natural beauty though is an abundance of spectacular restaurants. While many are located at high end resorts like the Hilton Waikoloa Village, others are scattered along the coast out in the small port town of Kawaihae.

If you're craving a high end meal of Pacific Rim cuisine, Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill is the place to go. As a classic Hawaiian staple, Roy's is known for serving delicious steaks, seafood, salads and desserts all with a Pacific twist. It's appropriate to dress up a bit here, but over the top isn't necessary.

Out in Kawaihae is Cafe Pesto, a long standing Big Island Italian restaurant where each dish has a local twist on it. Not to be confused with the other Cafe Pesto in Hilo, the Kawaihae location is the best Italian food on this side of the island.

Over in the resort area of Waikoloa, a number of great restaurants await. Brown's Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid offers American and modern Hawaiian cuisine, but only for dinner. Nearby is the CanoeHouse, where Pacific Rim dishes are serves along the beach.

The Kohala Coast offers an array of cuisines as diverse as its terrain, so don't forget to explore the coast and its eateries.


Kamuela Provision Company


Specializing in Pacific Rim-influenced cuisine, this restaurant offers tables with sweeping views of the ocean and of dramatic island sunsets. Refined yet unpretentious, the Provision Company prepares dishes using only locally grown produce and...  Read More




Seduced by the gorgeous Fairmont Orchid resort on the Big Island's northwest shore, diners at Norio's are similarly awed by the bounty of fresh seafood at this eponymous restaurant named in honor of master sushi chef Norio Yamamoto. The menu...  Read More




Any west side morning should start with the breakfast buffet at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar. This is the place for long, leisurely breakfasts and chit chat over made-to-order waffles and omelets, fresh tropical fruits and juices, healthy whole...  Read More


Coast Grille & Oyster Bar


The signature restaurant of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is known far and wide for its superb Hawaiian and Pacific Rim cuisine. While serious diners charge forth in pursuit of fresh seafood (Kona-by-way-of-New England lobster, farm-raised moi,...  Read More


CanoeHouse


This restaurant's Pacific Rim-influenced menu boasts a wide range of scrumptious seafood options. Enjoy fresh-from-the-sea mahi mahi marinated in miso sake, savor lemon-pepper scallops grilled and served with wild mushrooms, or delight in...  Read More


Brown's Beach House


Outdoor seating and terrific ocean side scenery set the stage at this Orchid treasure, whose extensive wine list and traditional Hawaiian cuisine have turned more than a few heads. Dine in a near-paradisical setting, highlighted by lush...  Read More


Merriman's


Peter Merriman, whom many regard as the man who helped put Hawaii's regional cuisine on the world map, owns and operates this eponymous restaurant just outside Waimea. His award-winning dishes continue to reveal imagination and an understanding...  Read More


Big Island Brewhaus
Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt


Amazing beer! If that got your attention, then the Big Island Brewhaus is for you. The locally crafted beer is truly one of the top breweries in the islands, and as the newest one serves up great food and beef in an ideal location, in the sleepy...  Read More




Kawaihae's Cafe Pesto enjoys quite a reputation for innovative pizzas, which range from traditional Italian varieties to recipes bearing Mediterranean or Pacific Rim touches. The restaurant gets packed at lunch; everybody from local business...  Read More




Restauranteur Roy Yamaguchi has garnered quite a reputation for himself, both in the Paradise State and on the mainland, and it's little wonder. Specializing in Pacific Rim cuisine, the Kohala Coast edition of his culinary empire dazzles diners...  Read More


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Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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