10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants on the Big Island

The Big Island is laid back, and that vibe translates into many restaurants that are welcoming to families and children. It's never fun for people with children to feel like their sticking out like a sore thumb in a restaurant, and the Big Island offers a wide selection of family friendly eateries. From healthy to-go restaurants near castle like playgrounds to have a picnic at, to lively Mexican joints, the Big Island is happy to accommodate hungry families.

For a classy yet kid friendly place, make reservations at Hilo Bay Cafe on the east side. The restaurants new ocean front location accents the sleek and modern decor, but the eatery is very kid friendly, and even made the effort to create a kid's menu accompanied by crayons. A gourmet take on kids meals is provided while adults can order of the gourmet, locally sourced main menu.

At Village Burger, families can experience a Hawaiian take on traditional burgers and fries, that are made with locally raised proteins and locally grown vegetables and potatoes. What's great for families here is that this take out joint is just around the corner from a huge, elaborate, wooden castle like playground with plenty of room for a picnic.

Those in search of a lively, nothing fancy Mexican place with nachos and tacos kids will devour, look no further than Luquin's in Pahoa Village. It's lively, noisy, and affordable.

Families will find a rainbow of cuisines at family friendly restaurants around the Big Island.



With a nod to the movie "Forrest Gump," this fun place serves casual American fare, much of it seafood. The menu makes constant reference to Forrest and his friends. Shrimp dishes, for example, include Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp and Lt. Dan's...  Read More



It's all about food going straight from the farm to you table (or to go bag) at Village Burger in Waimea. While many farm to table restaurants were starting out as formal and pricey, the man behind Village Burger wanted to bring healthy local...  Read More



Located on a sprawling 24 acres in upper Puna, the Hilo Coffee Mill is a great stop for a full menu of espresso, coffee, and quick eats. The mill has a complete viewing area where guests can watch the staff roast and package all of their gourmet...  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

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 as well as juices and smoothies. Traditional breakfast fare such as egg dishes, various bagels and waffles are...  Read More



As on of Puna's oldest restaurants - and its only Mexican eatery - Luquin's Mexican Restaurant is a family run restaurant and bar. Located on Pahoa's main road, they now serve breakfast, in addition to their traditional lunch and dinner....  Read More

Kona Brewing Company: Kailua-Kona Pub & Brewery


Just across the street from the cruise port, the pub at the Big Island's most famous brewery is a terrific place to wind down after shopping. Brewery tours are quick and personal – an added bonus is that visitors over 21 get to sample the...  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

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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

Hilo Bay Café


Having moved to a new ocean front location, Hilo Bay Cafe now offers beautiful vies and an upscale environment. But it's still family friendly, and offers a special kid's menu and coloring supplies. Diners will find dishes like stuffed chicken...  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