10 Best Restaurants for Beachfront Dining on the Big Island

Beachfront dining is a common goal of most visitors to the Hawaiian islands, and the Big Island offers an abundance wonderful restaurants to accomplish that goal. Because most beaches are on the Kona side of the island, so are most of the restaurants on this list, and that's where beachside restaurant seekers will find the sunset. However, there's still ocean side places to dine in Hilo, they're just in view of lava rock lines coastlines rather than fine white sandy beaches.

For the most modern and romantic dining experience in Hilo, make reservations at beachfront Hilo Bay Cafe. Offering a varied selection of gourmet dishes - from pot pies to fresh fish and local steaks - Hilo Bay Cafe is always sure to satisfy. An extensive wine list and exotic cocktails add to the experience in their new oceanfront location.

Over on the Kohala Coast at the CanoeHouse, a Pacific Rim and Asian food restaurant at the elegant Mauna Lani Hotel, you can take in one of the best sunset views on the island during dinner.

For an oceanfront venue that's a bit more rowdy and a true party scene, Humpy's Big Island Alehouse is a fun and more lively take on the common local dive bar. It's a local favorite for live music, dancing, and a place to go to party how the locals party.

When seeking out oceanside dining on the Big Island, utilize our list of the ten best beachfront restaurants to have the best culinary experience.

Island Lava Java

Coffee fans love the Big Island for many reasons, and this place is one of them. You'll find freshly brewed, 100 percent Kona coffee here, as well as a thorough assortment of espresso and tea. There's an abundance of pastries, sweets, bagels and...  Read More

"For beer lovers, by beer lovers" is the slogan at Humpy's Alehouse where a huge array of beers on tap and really good bar food make for happy days and fun filled nightlife. Humpy's is the new spot in Kailua Kona for a good beer with an ocean...  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

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

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

Quite literally "over the edge," Huggo's allows patrons to enjoy both ocean side dining and premiere seafood dishes. The dishes can be taken to go and enjoyed at the pier nearby, in a park or just down the road while watching the surf. While...  Read More

Hilo Bay Café

Don't let appearances deceive you; there are more than just burgers and fries at this unassuming restaurant. You will find dishes like stuffed chicken breast with bacon and pine nuts, and artichoke, garlic, and cream cheese ravioli. Lunch...  Read More


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


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