The Big Island offers a big variety of ono (delicious) lunch spots all over the island

Whether you're on the road, the beach, on top of a volcano, on a wave - hunger pangs will come calling mid day, and 10 Best is here to guide you to the best lunch spots on the Big Island. The Big Island is big, and with varied terrain, activities, and atmosphere's you'll definitely work up a midday appetite and need to fuel up to carry on the day. We all no how hard it can be to hunt out good places to eat with hefty portions, great service and wonderful food, and that's where we come in, to guide you to the right places at the right times. 

When far inland exploring Volcanoes National Park, drop into the Kilauea Lodge Restaurant for a cozy, atmosphere with a brick fireplace. Not far from here is the Lava Rock Cafe where locals loyally eat big Hawaiian style portions. The home style eatery is friendly and casual.

When exploring the historic ocean side town of Hilo, Cafe Pesto is a not to miss local staple. Serving up Italian food with a modern twist, the classy eatery offers unique pizzas, salads, other foods and a full bar. Also calling Hilo home is the super modern Hilo Bay Cafe, where a dimply lit decor featuring strong colors and sleep furniture offers a menu of gourmet island style fare, and another full bar.

For a trans-Pacific culinary adventure, the Royal Siam Thai Restaurant in Hilo is the local favorite for Thai food. Of course, Roy's Waikoloa Bar and Grill is as wonderful as ever for a Pacific Rim themed meal of seafood and other Hawaiian dishes. So where ever you are, somewhere under the sea or between the mountains and the ocean, look to 10 Best for the top 10 Big Island lunch spots.

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

Royal Siam

Do a bit of exploring in downtown Hilo, and you'll likely find a cornucopia of hidden-away gems � neat little stores and eateries that high-profile travel guides eschew in favor of flashier coastal venues. Royal Siam is one such place. A...  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

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....  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

Volcano National Park
Lava Rock Café

Serving three meals a day, volcano-themed Lava Rock Café is where locals refuel. Breakfast includes traditional egg dishes and the Big Island's own Loco Moco, a heap of rice with a hamburger patty and fried egg, all doused with gravy. Lunch...  Read More

Nani Mau Orchid Restaurant

No visit to Nani Mau Gardens would be complete without an excursion to their tropical lunch buffet. Adorned with flowers and foliage, buffet tables are laden with fried chicken, pot roast, salads, fresh tropical fruits, and more. Regularly...  Read More

Quite literally "over the edge," Huggo's allows patrons to enjoy both oceanside dining and premiere seafood dishes. While taking in the view of spectacular Kailua Bay, be sure to sample one of the house specialties – steamed clams and...  Read More

Kohala Coffee Mill and Tropical Dreams Ice Cream

The combination of coffee and ice cream under one roof may seem odd, but it's actually a clever strategy. The 100% Kona coffee is for folks who need a morning jumpstart, while the island-made ice cream is for folks who need an afternoon...  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