10 Best Places to Dine on the Big Island for Fresh Local Seafood

Hawaii's youngest and largest island is surrounded by the fertile Pacific Ocean, which is home to vast amount of fish and other seafood for you to enjoy. Hawaiians were sustained by seafood for generations, and the ocean keeps giving to visitors and locals alike. From fresh sashimi to seaweed salad, you're belly will be full once a seafood craving hits. Whether you're on the windward side of Hilo, the leeward side of Kona, or somewhere in between, 10 Best has you covered for the best seafood on the island.After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Big Island's best.

An abundance of shrimp in all forms is available at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Kona. Accenting the shrimp are other dishes such as local mahimahi and rib eye steak. Located ocean side in Kailua, you can't go wrong here.

Over in Hilo is the new Full Moon Cafe, offering a gourmet and Asian fusion take on local seafood. The casual eatery boasts an impressive menu.

For a local twist on seafood, drop into the Kamuela Provision Company where local food of all kinds is features. Dress up for the ocean side meal and get ready for one of the best sunset views. One of the best seafood joints on the island is the Seaside Restaurant in Hilo on the east side. Here you'll be treated to great food, prices and service.

Remember that wherever you are, 10 Best has you covered with the top ten seafood restaurants!



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

Quinn's Almost By the Sea


One of the only places on the Big Island that serves food after 9 p.m, Quinn's enjoys a roaring trade of hungry locals and tourists. If the weather's fine, sit outside on the lanai and enjoy traditional, well-prepared American fare....  Read More

Seaside Restaurant


This aptly named gem earns high marks from the Hilo dining set thanks to its captivating setting (the restaurant overlooks ponds stocked with trout, perch, mullet, and catfish) and superb New American fare. Although the decor, which includes...  Read More

Kamuela Provision Company


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...  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



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



Hankering for a fresh ahi sandwich or some fish and chips? How about a cold beer? Want it with a view, maybe at a table outside? Look no further, because Harbor House is where you need to go. Relaxed, casual, and friendly, it's the ideal spot to...  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. They we've...  Read More

Keei Cafe


Ask a local or a frequent visitor where to go for the island's best seafood, and you'll likely hear this treasure named among the top suggestions. Nestled between the highway and the coastline, Keei Cafe serves spectacular American-Hawaiian...  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