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If you’re a self-proclaimed foodie like me, a lot of your vacation probably centers around where you’re going to eat. And there’s nothing wrong with that! So to help you out, I’ve rounded up 20 of the best Big Island restaurants so you’ll know exactly where to eat on the Big Island.
Kona & Kohala
1.Brown’s Beach House: This romantic open-air beachfront restaurant is located at the Fairmont Orchid near Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast (north of Kona). It’s one of the best fine dining experiences on the Big Island.
2.Roy’s in Waikoloa: Roy’s is an institution in Hawaii and the Waikoloa location is set among some of the most luxurious resorts in Hawaii where you’ll have lovely lake views to match your fresh dinner.
3.‘Ulu Ocean Grill: The Four Seasons Hualalai is the epitome of luxury, so it’s worth having dinner here just to check out the resort. The restaurant itself has been named one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants and one of the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America. Also, 75% of the ingredients served at the restaurant are sourced from the Big Island.
4.Beach Tree Bar and Lounge: A more laid back dining option at the Four Seasons Hualalai, the Beach Tree Bar and Lounge has amazing drinks and small bites and is just steps from the sand.
5.Kona Brewing Co: This local brewpub is a great place to sample beer, take a tour, and chow down.
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6.Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill: This casual joint is a go to spot with locals and tourists for seafood specials, pupus, and happy hour deals. There’s also a location in Hilo.
7.Huggo’s on the Rocks: This popular Kona oceanfront spot is a favorite for sunset views, cocktails, and live entertainment. This is the casual, laid back cousin to Huggo’s next door (fine dining).
8.Island Lava Java: You could potentially eat all of your meals at this beachside eatery. From coffee and breakfast in the morning to a seafood meal at dinner, you may not ever want to leave! There’s also a location in Waikoloa.