10 Best Places to Eat on the Big Island

Big Island restaurants are as diversified as the island's varied terrain and climates. Whether you're deep in the "boonies" on the lush lower east side, or in the city like town of Hilo, or nestled along the dry Kona Coast, you'll find enough great food to keep each meal exciting and satisfying. From low key eateries offering delicious local cuisine to high end elegant resort restaurants, the Big Island has it all, culinary wise.

For elegant resort dining try Norio's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar at the lux Fairmont Orchid. Here you'll be treated to a glorious west side sunset and views of the Kona coast, while being dressed up enough to feel excited and enjoying top of the line Japanese style seafood.

Those in search of something very nice but on the casual side will be content Hilo Bay Cafe fuses Pacific Rim cuisine with a modern and city like feel to create the perfect and versatile restaurant for a date night or a special family celebration. Another local favorite for good food in an upscale yet casual environment is Cafe Pesto. Combining Pacific Rim cuisine with Italian food, Cafe Pesto has maintained it's reputation for 20 years. 

Look no further for the best Big Island food selection, because at 10 Best the restaurant list has been put together by a life long Big Island resident who knows the best spots. 

Volcano National Park


Take a step back in time and experience Big Island living the way it was before modern resorts and development took over. Once a hotel and later a grocery, the building that houses this popular restaurant (which dates from 1911) has been almost...  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



Sweet Cane Cafe is a family run business owned and operated by a local organic farmer and her daughters. Offering an array of healthy meals from smoothies to sandwiches, the cafe is a delicious and nutritious option for a meal while visiting...  Read More



Hand-constructed tables, monkeypod wood bar stools, and a smooth bar are all complimented by the carefully placed lighting. In the back room, there's a mural painted by a local artist. The sushi and sake bar is the brainchild of two veteran Hilo...  Read More

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Miyo's restaurant has been serving up great Japanese food for over a decade. You won't find sushi here, but you'll find amazing curries, katsus, salads, udon and soba dishes, and tempura. The portions are good sized, and you won't leave hungry....  Read More

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% Kona coffee here, along with an assortment of sweets and sandwiches. A great place to people-watch, it's situated directly across...  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

Hilo Bay Café


The new Hilo Bay Cafe has moved from its unassuming strip mall location, to a new waterfront locale on Hilo Bay. Here, diners will find a menu with a cuisine combing locally grown ingredients with a blend of Pacific Rim, gourmet, comfort food....  Read More



Hilo Bay'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


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