Situated on a series of scenic bays, Kona has no shortage of incredible scenic views of the rugged coastline, turquoise waters of the Pacific, and the magical Big Island sunsets. For those looking to enjoy a delicious meal or a refreshing cocktail with a view, be sure to check out these dynamic restaurants in Kona HI, each boasting amazing panoramas served up with innovative cuisine, free of charge.
Mi’s Waterfront Bistro
Located in the heart of Kona’s historic district, this intimate Italian eatery features sweeping views of the bay, a delicious happy hour menu with inventive cocktails and cold local beers, and international comfort foods for the entire family. Italian classics are reimagined with fresh local ingredients and given a Hawaiian flare; you won’t want to miss the fresh lasagna, the local Kabocha, Ulu, and Sweet Corn Chowder, the Rigatoni with Hamakua Mushrooms, or the Pappardelle of Beef.
Best Restaurants Kona Hawaii: On the Rocks
Literally. This “toes-in-the-sand” bar is a sister to local favorite Hugos, and it is perched directly on the stone breakwater above the bay. Renowned for live local music, the menu is casual and contemporary and the atmosphere is laid back and friendly. Burgers with local beef, fresh-caught island fish, and local favorites like Kalbi Spare Ribs are all excellent choices, and the Pau Hāna “Happy Hour” from 3-5pm is a must at this restaurant in Kona HI.
Overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, this island-inspired casual eatery is known for fresh seafood from Hawai‘i and the Pacific Rim, flaming drinks like “The Volcano”, and the best views of the Kona Ironman Competition that takes place in Kailua Bay every year. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we love their Poke Bar selections (fresh raw fish), their award-winning clam chowder, and any of their chef preparations of the fresh catch fish. Go for the view, stay for a delicious drink, and enjoy a delicious meal you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Humpy’s Big Island Ale House
This two-story tropical pub features incredible views of the rugged Kona Coast and Kailua Bay, 36 ice-cold delicious beers on tap, and delicious pub food. Choose from beautiful sunset views on the downstairs patio or panoramic ocean views on the upstairs balcony; both pair perfectly with the extensive lineup of local craft beers. While you marvel at your good fortune to find all this one place, be sure to try their Humpalo Chicken Wings, Nachos, and Onolicious Fish and Chips.
One of the best restaurants Kona Hawaii. Fresh, local, and from scratch. That’s the motto at Foster’s, and while their menu alone is well worth a visit, the spectacular ocean views from the dining room should seal the deal. Enjoy innovative recipes that are built on locally-sourced fresh ingredients from local bakeries, farms, and ranches. It is nearly impossible to choose favorites, but we are particularly fond of the Cajun Furikake Seared Ahi, the Kilauea Stuffed Mushrooms, and the Herb-crusted Lamb Chops served on polenta with a cherry balsamic reduction. You can’t go wrong with any of their delicious burgers, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, or hand-cut pastas either.