Food is a way of life in Hawaiʻi. Food is the crux of the aloha spirit and the center of ‘ohana (family). Many ancient Hawaiian myths revolve around food, kalo (taro) in particular. Everything here is about food; you even hear local songs about food on the radio. One of the most common Hawaiian words you will hear used is ono, meaning “delicious.” The all-consuming love of food in Kona is evident in the huge number of multi-ethnic eateries, and there is seemingly no end to the variety of absolutely delicious culinary delights.
Stellar Local Hole-in-the-Walls
You’ll find some of the best restaurants in Kona at off-the-beaten-path eateries. Island Ono Loa Grill has the best burgers in town and an off the charts pulled pork sandwich. They live up to their name, which in Hawaiian means “Really Delicious!” For some of the best, most authentic Hawaiian food on the island, be sure to stop at Broke Da Mouth Grindz. Serving excellent island-style food, Broke Da Mouth Grindz is a favorite restaurant in Kona by locals and visitors alike. For the best Thai food restaurant in Kona, be sure to check out Bangkok House. Though the place isn’t much for ambiance, the food more than makes up for it.
Kona Fine Dining
Kona restaurants include a wealth of excellent fine dining; here’s our top picks: Huggo’s has our two-thumbs-up as the best steak and seafood house in town. Serving up some of Kona’s most mouth-watering fare since 1969, Huggo’s famous barbecued beef ribs and teriaki steak are menu mainstays. Dine on Huggo’s large deck suspended over the ocean; at night you can see manta rays ethereally gliding under you. ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai offers the epitome of fine dining ambiance; everything on the menu is stellar and worth every penny. You don’t want to miss out on their lobster and shrimp pad Thai! If you are looking for the ultimate French cuisine, La Bourgogne is the place for you. Featuring items like lobster bisque, beef bourguignon, and sea bass in a shellfish bouillabaisse, La Bourgogne is a little slice of culinary heaven.
Most fine dining restaurants in Kona require advance reservations; however, you can stop at small local places anytime. To make sure you get your fill of Kona’s wonderful culinary experiences, contact our reservations team today at Kona Coast Vacations and book your stay!