As a cultural melting pot the Big Island is home to a huge array of varied Asian restaurants

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Big Island's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Asian food in Big Island we're never disappointed because Asian flare is everywhere. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Asian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Hilo area.

If you're starting on the east side of the island, Full Moon Cafe is an ideal start boasting an authentic Thai menu with a B.Y.O.B. policy and live music through the weekends. A family run eatery, this place will make you feel as welcome as a local. Also in Hilo is Royal Siam, a tried and true longtime local favorite for more Thai food.

For those in the mood for home style Japanese food and sushi, Nori's Saimin in Hilo is a longstanding eatery that has served up perfect saimin noodles and other Japanese dishes for years. For the freshest sushi on the island, Nihon Restaurant nestled down on Banyan Drive by the ocean has some of the most exquisite locally caught fish and seafood.

So when exploring the Big Island with a hungry belly and a craving for Asian food, remember that 10 Best is here for you with our top ten Asian restaurants to guide you on a culinary adventure.

Royal Siam


Do a bit of exploring in downtown Hilo, and you'll likely find a cornucopia of hidden-away gems � neat little stores and eateries that high-profile travel guides eschew in favor of flashier coastal venues. Royal Siam is one such place. A...  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

Teshima's Restaurant


Traditional tempura and sashimi are specialties at this friendly joint, tucked away in the Honalo community. A family affair that's been around since the 1920s, Teshima's also earns high marks for terrific miso soup and sukiyaki. If you're savvy...  Read More

Nori's Saimin & Snacks


Home to some of the Big Island's more inventive sushi (how does a mustard cabbage roll sound?), this out-of-the-way joint has been a closely guarded secret among locals and savvy travelers for quite a while now. Located across from a bowling...  Read More

Kenichi Pacific


Sushi and fusion cuisine – presented in an elegant, relaxed setting – don't get any better than this. Of course, only the freshest seafood is used, so the sushi is impeccable. Even so, the wide-ranging menu includes such an intriguing array...  Read More

Thai Thai Restaurant


Sometimes, nothing but Thai food will do, and woe to anyone visiting Volcanoes National Park when that craving hits. Or so you might think. One of the best Thai restaurants on the Big Island sits right inside the park, adjacent to the hardware...  Read More



Despite a distinctly American-sounding moniker, Charley's has become a Big Island favorite for luscious, flavorful Thai fare. While there might not be a lot of attention given to ambience, the focus is clearly on the food, where authentic, fresh...  Read More



Full Moon Caf� is a family owned and operated (by two brothers) restaurant that uses much local and organic ingredients in their menu. They call the menu new American and Asian fusion seafood. The international menu has a Pacific emphasis...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

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