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.

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  • #1
    Paul's Place
    #1 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 279 reviewsTripAdvisor (279)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
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  • #2
    Moonstruck Patisserie
    #2 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 168 reviewsTripAdvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | European, Cafe
    16 Furneaux Ln, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2828
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  • #3
    Two Ladies Kitchen
    #3 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 361 reviewsTripAdvisor (361)
    $ | Japanese
    274 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2948
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  • #4
    Moon and Turtle
    #4 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 347 reviewsTripAdvisor (347)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Hawaiian, International, Fusion
    51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
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  • #5
    Pineapple's Island Fresh Cuisine
    #5 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1866 reviewsTripAdvisor (1866)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian
    332 Keawe St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2932
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  • #6
    Suisan Fish Market
    #6 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 470 reviewsTripAdvisor (470)
    $ | Hawaiian, Healthy
    93 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4611
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  • #7
    Hawaiian Style Cafe
    #7 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 835 reviewsTripAdvisor (835)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Polynesian, Hawaiian
    681 Manono St #101, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6435
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  • #8
    Naung Mai Thai Kitchen
    #8 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 215 reviewsTripAdvisor (215)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
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  • #9
    Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill Hilo
    #9 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 393 reviewsTripAdvisor (393)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Healthy, Hawaiian
    64 Keawe St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2486
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  • #10
    Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine
    #10 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 371 reviewsTripAdvisor (371)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    88 Kanoelehua Ave Waiakea Kai Shopping Plaza, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4670
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  • #11
    Hilo Bay Cafe
    #11 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1532 reviewsTripAdvisor (1532)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi
    123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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  • #12
    Tina's Garden Cafe
    #12 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 185 reviewsTripAdvisor (185)
    $ - $$ | Fusion, Asian, Thai
    Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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  • #13
    Makani's Magic Pineapple Shack
    #13 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 100 reviewsTripAdvisor (100)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Hawaiian, Contemporary
    54 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2440
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  • #14
    The Booch Bar
    #14 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 155 reviewsTripAdvisor (155)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Healthy
    110 Keawe St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2812
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  • #15
    Cafe Pesto Hilo Bay
    #15 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1825 reviewsTripAdvisor (1825)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Contemporary
    308 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2960
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  • #16
    Lucy's Taqueria
    #16 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 462 reviewsTripAdvisor (462)
    $ | Mexican
    194 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2990
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  • #17
    Hilo Burger Joint
    #17 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 438 reviewsTripAdvisor (438)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    776 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4235
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  • #18
    Hana Hou Restaurant
    #18 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 589 reviewsTripAdvisor (589)
    $ | American, Hawaiian
    95-1148 Naalehu Spur Rd, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772
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  • #19
    Ken's House of Pancakes
    #19 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2721 reviewsTripAdvisor (2721)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner, Hawaiian
    1730 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4639
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  • #20
    Hawaiian Brain Freeze Shave Ice and Ice cream
    #20 of 251 Places to Eat in Hilo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 89 reviewsTripAdvisor (89)
    $ |
    1263 Kilauea Ave # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
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