10 Best Big Island Restaurants for Romantic Dining Experiences

It's no secret a large percentage of visitors to Hawaii are honeymooners and couples looking for romance.  Luckily, Hawaii's largest island is home to an abundance of romantic eateries to enjoy while exploring the island. And it really is a big island, the rest could fit inside of the Big Island twice. So it's good to have a guide to the best romantic restaurants as a guide around the island.

On the eastern side of the Big Island in historic Hilo Pacific Rim fusion can be enjoyed over beautiful Hilo Bay at Hilo Bay Cafe. As Hilo's most high end restaurant, this eatery provides class and romance in one. At Cafe Pesto, gourmet Italian food served on a table decorated with a rose will satisfy the palate after an evening beach walk across the street.

High up in elevation in the chilly climate of Volcano is the Kilauea Lodge. Complete with a fireplace and stone construction, the lodge serves a changing menu with exotic meats and gourmet dishes. Meanwhile the Lava Lounge in Waikoloa on the beach serves as a spot for a romantic dinner as well as a good place for after dark fun. 

The options continue, and with our 10 Best list here you'll no doubt find the perfect meal and the right environment for quality time.

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

As a family owned and operated restaurant in downtown Hilo, Pineapples brings fresh, local ingredients to a menu of Pacific Rim cuisine. Located in Hilo's historic Pineapple Building, the restaurant take advantage of an open air, corner location...  Read More

Blue Dragon Restaurant & Musiquarium

Blue Dragon Coastal Cuisine & Musiquarium is known for giving guests a really good time. Always crowded with locals and visitors alike dancing away the evening and taking breaks for bites of delicious food. The menu is locally based and...  Read More


Peter Merriman, whom many regard as the man who helped put Hawaii's regional cuisine on the world map, owns and operates this eponymous restaurant just outside Waimea. His award-winning dishes continue to reveal imagination and an understanding...  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

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

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

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

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


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