Kona has many excellent fine dining establishments offering just about any kind of fare you desire. The Big Island is known for its abundant fresh seafood, locally raised grass-fed beef, and locally raised pork. Talented local chefs take full advantage of the island’s bounty and bring to the table a wonderful array of unique and delicious culinary creations bound so satisfy even the most discriminating palates. Here are our top five choices of the best restaurants in Kona Hawai’i.
‘ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
72-100 Kaupulehu Dr.
Located at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, award-winning ‘ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge is the epitome of informal fine dining ambiance. Rated by Zagat as the best restaurant on the Big Island and one of the top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, ‘ULU Ocean Grill features regional, seasonal and artisanal cuisine prepared with the freshest of local ingredients.
72-100 Kaupulehu Dr.
Set above the 18th hole of the beautiful Hualālai Golf Course at the Four Seasons Hualālai, Hualālai Grille is the Big Island’s finest steakhouse. Featuring classic beef, chicken and seafood dishes with a unique Pacific Rim flair, Chef James Abreo also offers an exquisite signature Chateaubriand. Magnificent ocean views, an extensive wine, and a cocktail menu and an atmosphere of casual elegance complete the picture.
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive
Located north of Kona in Puakō at the Mauna Bay Hotel, Canoe House offers excellent oceanfront fine dining. Featuring a Hawaiian regional menu, acclaimed chef Allan Nagun focuses on utilizing fresh, Big Island-sourced ingredients and creating personalized cuisine for each patron. If you can’t decide what you want to order because it all sounds so delicious, try out Chef Allan’s Captain’s Table for a fun and diverse culinary experience.
77-6400 Nalani St.
If you are looking for amazing French cuisine, you want to go to La Bourgogne. With the atmosphere of a quaint French country inn and featuring delightful menu offerings such as beef bourguignon, lobster bisque, and slow-roasted rabbit with aromatic vegetables, La Bourgogne is a little slice of France right in Kona.
75-5828 Kahakai Rd.
Huggo’s has our vote as the best steak and seafood house in Kona town proper. Serving up mouth-watering culinary creations since 1969, Huggo’s is famous for its barbecued beef ribs and teriyaki steak. Their large dining deck is suspended over the shoreline; be sure to watch for eels looking for a free meal as you dine.
Enjoy the Best Kona Restaurants During Your Stay
These restaurants in Kailua Kona represent the best of the best, but if they aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, don’t fret! There’s plenty of other amazing eateries on the Big Island. Plan your stay with Kona Coast Vacations today and discover the best restaurants in Kona Hawai’i yourself!