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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.


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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 sandwiches. Sit outside and look at the ocean, or indoors where there's a bit more hustle and bustle. Either way it's order at the counter and choose a table or take your meal on the road. A great place to people-watch, it's situated directly across from the beach, where human activity is non-stop. You can even walk across the street and have your meal on the beach.




"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 view, and it's close to the cruise port in Kona. Located on Kailua's main and front street along the ocean, the pub is centrally located to be enjoyed while shopping, at the beach, or eating elsewhere along the strip. It's a popular hangout with both locals and visitors alike so you'll get the best of both worlds.




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 grain cereals and various delicacies from the pastry kitchen with a cup of Big Island coffee. This is the Mauna Kea's breakfast buffet, with its ocean-overlook and birdsong symphony, and this is what your family will remember. Later on in the day venture to the exquisite crescent shaped white sand beach out front. You won't have to venture any further for great food or beach time.


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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 fresh-caught seafood. It's upscale yet relaxed, elegant yet island style. Headliners include a seafood mixed grille with Hawaiian fish and Maine lobster in a lemongrass herb sauce. Landlubbers will want to try the likes of the Big Island Luau for two, served with a pupu platter and your choice of pork rib chop, beef brochette, grilled scallops, or fresh fish. Even if you're staying on the east side of the island, KPC is worth a visit.


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 greenery, candle-lit tables, and an enchanting tropical lagoon. Dinner patrons are wowed by the menu's versatility, and choices range from seared crisp moi with basmati rice to a Kobe-style rib-eye with fingerling potatoes and ponzu dipping sauce. Exceptional nightly entertainment, plus an entrancing hula dancer, make for an unforgettable evening. During the day, pool, beach, and casual attire (with cover-ups) are suggested. For the evening, it's casual resort attire.


Huggo's


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 taking in the view of spectacular Kailua Bay, be sure to sample one of the house specialties – steamed clams and flavorful garlic chicken earn particular nods. After dinner, make your way to thatch-roofed Huggo's on the Rocks, a popular outdoor bar and dance club whose specialty drinks and beautiful clientele always ensure a great time.


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 features salads, sandwiches, and comfort food entrees (try the vegetarian pot pie). An even balance of meat and meatless plates keeps everyone happy, and the waitstaff are happy to suggest wine pairings for your meal. Utilizing the bounty of the Big Island to create their gourmet menu, Hilo Bay Cafe is the go to restaurant in Hilo for an upscale night out.


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 flavorful nips of nori-wrapped ahi tempura and ginger-scallion tofu. The scene is equally delightful, and the rolling surf just a few yards away juxtaposes nicely with the large, outrigger canoe hanging over the enchanting outdoor dining area. Located on the beach overlooking the ocean at this high end resort, the atmosphere couldn't be any more romantic for a vacation date night. Make reservations to guarantee a spot.


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