Hawaii - The Big Island Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Hawaii - The Big Island

Expect to encounter plenty of Hawaiian fusion restaurants in the hotel areas, serving shredded pork, poi (Hawaiian dessert) and other regional favorites. Those in the tourist industry expect vacationers to want what they perceive as authentic Hawaiian cuisine, and the restaurants are more than willing to provide. Fresh seafood is also a staple in many restaurants, as is locally grown produce. Kona coffee is also something you'll want to try in Big Island and perhaps take home a bag or two. To taste test at the source, head to Kona Coffee Living History Museum, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee or Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation. Of course, you can also try a cup of Kona at Big Island coffee shops and breakfast joints. 

You'll find the best eateries are the establishments on the Kohala coast, near Kona, but you should be prepared to pay the special "tourist" price. ULU Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai earns high praise for its delectable menu and ocean views, but it'll cost you. There are cheaper spots in Kona, such as 808 Grindz Café, but for more reasonable prices, head to Hilo establishments like Hilo Bay Café, which earns high marks from travelers for its sushi, and local favorites like Paul's Place and Pineapples. For cheaper eats, try Puka Puka Kitchen.

Find the Best Restaurants in Hawaii - The Big Island

  • #1
    Moonstruck Patisserie
    #1 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 156 reviewsTripAdvisor (156)
    $ - $$ | European, Cafe
    16 Furneaux Ln, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2828
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  • #2
    Paul's Place
    #2 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 258 reviewsTripAdvisor (258)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
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  • #3
    Two Ladies Kitchen
    #3 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 343 reviewsTripAdvisor (343)
    $ | Japanese
    274 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2948
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  • #4
    Moon and Turtle
    #4 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 328 reviewsTripAdvisor (328)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Hawaiian, International, Asian, Fusion
    51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
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  • #5
    Hawaiian Style Cafe
    #5 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 760 reviewsTripAdvisor (760)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Asian
    681 Manono St #101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6435
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  • #6
    Pineapple's Island Fresh Cuisine
    #6 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1723 reviewsTripAdvisor (1723)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Polynesian, Hawaiian
    332 Keawe St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2932
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  • #7
    Suisan Fish Market
    #7 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 439 reviewsTripAdvisor (439)
    $ | Hawaiian, Healthy
    93 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4611
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  • #8
    Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill Hilo
    #8 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 300 reviewsTripAdvisor (300)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Healthy, Hawaiian
    64 Keawe St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2486
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  • #9
    Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine
    #9 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 356 reviewsTripAdvisor (356)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    88 Kanoelehua Ave Waiakea Kai Shopping Plaza, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4670
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  • #10
    Naung Mai Thai Kitchen
    #10 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 193 reviewsTripAdvisor (193)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
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  • #11
    Hilo Bay Cafe
    #11 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1442 reviewsTripAdvisor (1442)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi
    123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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  • #12
    Tina's Garden Cafe
    #12 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 164 reviewsTripAdvisor (164)
    $ - $$ | Fusion, Asian, Thai
    Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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  • #13
    Hilo Burger Joint
    #13 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 400 reviewsTripAdvisor (400)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    776 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4235
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  • #14
    Lucy's Taqueria
    #14 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 431 reviewsTripAdvisor (431)
    $ | Mexican
    194 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2990
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  • #15
    Conscious Culture Cafe & Big Island Booch Kombucha
    #15 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 141 reviewsTripAdvisor (141)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Healthy
    110 Keawe St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2812
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  • #16
    Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay
    #16 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1748 reviewsTripAdvisor (1748)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Fusion, Healthy
    308 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
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  • #17
    Hana Hou Restaurant
    #17 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 566 reviewsTripAdvisor (566)
    $ | American, Hawaiian
    95-1148 Naalehu Spur Rd, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772
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  • #18
    Makani's Magic Pineapple Shack
    #18 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 83 reviewsTripAdvisor (83)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Hawaiian, American, Contemporary
    54 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2440
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  • #19
    Hawaiian Brain Freeze Shave Ice and Ice cream
    #19 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 85 reviewsTripAdvisor (85)
    $ | Hawaiian
    1263 Kilauea Ave # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
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  • #20
    Cafe 100
    #20 of 276 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 492 reviewsTripAdvisor (492)
    $ | American, Cafe, Fast Food, Diner, Hawaiian
    969 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4216
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