74-5563 Ka‘iwi Street
A little piece of Kona Dining located in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona, Umeke’s Fishmarket Bar and Grill in Kona has been serving up some of Kona’s best fresh seafood and food fusions since 2015. With a fun menu that practically guarantees you’ll learn some Hawaiian words for different foods (or at least a little Pidgin), Umeke’s Fishmarket features local-style favorites with Asian and international twists. Owner and Chef Nakoa Pabre offers ono (delicious) daily specials as well as a number of set buffet dishes. With prices ranging around $11 to $30, Umeke’s Fishmarket is the place to go for Kona dining if you want excellent super-fresh cuisine without cleaning out your wallet. If you are having a function or event, Umeke’s Fishmarket offers catering, or if you want your food to go they also offer take out. If you want just a quick lunch bite, be sure to check out their other location in Kona in Ali‘i Plaza on Hualālai Road.
Umeke’s Fishmarket Specialties
Besides the names of Umeke’s Fishmarket menu items giving you a crash course in the Hawaiian language and Pidgin, they are also all incredibly good! Pupus, as we call appetizers here in Hawai‘i (eh, stop laughing!) include Uncle Nephi’s Smoke Meat, Umeke’s Poke Balls, and Bomb Trio, a plate of three different kinds of poke. As is traditional in the Islands, many of the entrees are served in bowls and that’s what the dishes are called – Bowls. There’s Da I’a Bowl (fish), Da Pipi (beef), Da ‘Opae (shrimp) Da Moa (chicken), and so on. Umeke’s Fishmarket Bar and Grill in Kona also offers fish tacos, fish and chips, shrimp and vegetable tempura, a host of salads, pork or beef platters, burgers, and much, much more. Three sumptuous multi-course buffet dinners are available ranging from $25 per person to $55 per person. They also offer a keiki (child’s) menu that goes above and beyond the standard macaroni cheese; there’s good healthy stuff on it that your kids will love!
How to Get There
From the west end of Ali‘i Drive in Kona, follow Ali‘i Drive west, it will turn into Palani Street. Follow Palani Street to the light at Kuakini Highway. Turn left and follow Kuakini Highway to Ka‘iwi Street. Turn right on Ka‘iwi; the first shopping center on the right is Kuakini Center. Turn right into the parking lot and drive straight back into the rear lot; you’ll see Umeke’s Fishmarket tucked back in there on the right.
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