10 Best Big Island Restaurants for a Homestyle Feeling and Food

Perhaps the best way to experience the true feel of a locale and its culture is through homestyle meals in a homey environment. And in Hawaii, food is used to express comfort, love, and warmth, and seeking out the best homestyle restaurants on the island can offer a unique experience. Travelers can rely on these eateries to serve up homestyle food and a warm feeling.
Perhaps the number one place for a homestyle experience, from the menu to the ambiance, is Miyo's in Hilo. Homestyle Japanese food is offered on the front of their menu, and that's what they deliver. From curries, katsus, and various bowls of noodles, Miyo's serves homestyle Japanese dishes that consist of everything but sushi.

For homestyle food of other types, drop by Full Moon Cafe for Thai and American dishes. The owners, a Thai/American couple, have carefully selected their favorite dishes to serve in their simply decorated eatery in downtown Hilo. Browse the eclectic shops and galleries before or after dinner, in one of the busiest places in town.

Hilo's Sweet Cane Cafe is truly homestyle, and that's because they serve the same organic meals the owners made for years in their own home. This family run cafe offers healthy food and a homey feeling.

So when far from home, enjoy a homestyle menu and setting for a relaxing, comforting meal out.

Cafe 100 has been around for years, and it continues to offer great, filling food at unbeatable prices. In fact, it's the ideal place to try Hawaiian comfort food. Take the Loco Moco, for instance – it's a heap of white rice topped with a...  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

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

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

Volcano National Park

Whetting appetites in the Big Island's "warm" Volcano community, Kilauea has garnered quite a reputation with locals and tourists alike. The cozy, lodge-like setting seems to step right out of the pages of a Western adventure novel �...  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

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

Bamboo Restaurant

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

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

Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt

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


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