Amazing beer! If that got your attention, then the Big Island Brewhaus is for you. The locally crafted beer is truly one of the top breweries in the islands, and as the newest one serves up great food and beef in an ideal location, in the sleepy paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Waimea. Located on the side of the main road in Waimea, it's an ideal location when traversing the Hamakua Coast between Kona and Hilo. Here amazing and award winning beer is combined with really good Mexican food, both making the brewhaus worth a stop in their own right. Dine, or just drop in and take a growler (half gallon) to go in a custom glass bottle.
Recommended for Late Night because: This Waimea brewery keeps it's doors open till 9:30 p.m., making it open later than the town's other eateries.
Jade's expert tip: Grab a growler of beer to savor the next day.
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. 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. The Kamuela Provision Company utilizes protein and produce from around the island in an upscale atmosphere.
Recommended for Late Night because: Offering open doors till 9:30 p.m., the Kamuela Provision Company is one of the few restaurants in the area to do last call that late.
Jade's expert tip: Those in search of alone time can make reservations for private dining.
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 products. Kona's on premises brewpub serves cold mugs of the brewery's top sellers, including Fire Rock Pale, Pacific Golden Ale, and Longboard Lager, and the cozy setting easily pulls you in, making it difficult to leave. Great Hawaiian influenced pub grub – pizzas, salads, and sandwiches – is also available. Sample what's in season since the rest of the brews can be found all year long.
Recommended for Late Night because: With last call at 10 p.m., Kona Brewing Company has it's doors open later than most restaurants in Kona.
Jade's expert tip: Order pizzas and enjoy them down the street on the Kailua Pier.
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.
Recommended for Late Night because: Open later than most venues in the Waikoloa area, the CanoeHouse offers gourmet food on the ocean.
Jade's expert tip: Ask for parking validation for complimentary valet parking.
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. They serve up traditional Mexican fare, such as burritos, fajitas, nachos, tacos and enchiladas. Although this is far from gourmet Mexican food, they use fresh local fish and the fish dishes are some of the best. It's not a fancy place or anywhere to dress up for, but it's a home style place that's fun for a lively night out with friends or family.
Recommended for Late Night because: Luquin's does last call for food at 9 p.m., later than any other restaurants in Pahoa.
Jade's expert tip: Try the lilikoi margarita, it's delicious.
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.
Recommended for Late Night because: With last call for food at 9 p.m. at this eatery, Hilo Bay Cafe is one of the few places in Hilo to dine that late.
Jade's expert tip: Check the dessert special
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.
Recommended for Late Night because: Open till 11:30 at night, Huggo's is a lovely ocean side restaurant for food and drinks.
Jade's expert tip: A great after beach stop for a cold beer and big meal.
"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.
Recommended for Late Night because: With doors open later than most other eateries in Kona, Humpy's offers food and drinks till the wee hours.
Jade's expert tip: Take the food to go and eat it at Kahalu'u Beach while watching the surf.
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. This eatery is one of the latest to be open in Hilo any given night. The restaurant gets packed at lunch; everybody from local business types to tourists clamor for a daily fix of pizza topped with shiitake mushrooms, artichokes, chipotle-seasoned chicken, or chili-grilled shrimp. Diners wanting to go a different route may opt for an Asian catch stromboli with shrimp tempura and an Oregon wasabi snow crab caesar salad or a Sandalwood panini (Japanese eggplant, marinated artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary gorgonzola). Another location is in Kawaihae (808-882-1071).
Recommended for Late Night because: Cafe Pesto offers drinks and gourmet Italian food late (by Hilo standards).
Jade's expert tip: Utilize the exotic toppings to create your own pizza.