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Restaurants in Volcano Village

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There are six good places to eat in Volcano Village (and some average, see below). All restaurants are locally owned, and you will (luckily) find no big chain restaurants here.  Food is a bit more expensive here compared to other places on the Big Island, but the quality of the food is good and the locals friendly. Considering the alternative of a long drive to Hilo and the great scenery, we heartily recommend dining in Volcano.

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Volcano Village (right) and part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (left). Expect to find local “mom-and-pop” restaurants in a Jurassic park like setting. Image adapted from source.

If you want to see where in Volcano these restaurants are, Have a look at our interactive map of Volcano Village.  Our favorite restaurants in Volcano Village are:

Thai Thai Restaurant

The Thai Thai restaurant offers tasty Thai food for dinner, lunch and take out. The restaurant is usually packed so we recommend to call ahead for reservations.

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00PM-9:00PM. Wednesday closed. Last Seating At 8:30PM.

Price range: $11 – $26

Address: 19-3984 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785, 1(808)-967-7969 | http://www.lavalodge.com/thai-thai-restaurant.html

Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant

This is your most up-scale option in volcano. The restaurant gets very good reviews and offers good quality food, but the menus are not that large so if you are a big eater, this might not be he place for you. They also offer a special Sunday brunch between 10:00AM and 2:00PM.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 7:30AM – 10:00AM (breakfast), 10:00AM – 2:00PM (lunch), >5PM (dinner).

Price range: $20 – $47

Address: 19-3948 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, 1(808) 967-7366 | www.kilauealodge.com

 Eagles Lighthouse Cafe (Ohia Cafe)

Ohia cafe changed its name to “Eagles Lighthouse” mid 2-15. This is a small mom/pop place in Volcano Village. Outdoor seating only, covered and uncovered on the asphalt. Fresh and tasty sandwiches and soups, large portions for cheap. They open early, and are a good choice for a quick breakfast on your way to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They are also a good place to pick up a sandwich if you are spending the day in the Park.

Opening hours: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm 7 days/week.

Price range: $7 – $12

Address: 194005 Haunani Rd, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785, 1 (808) 985-8587 | Cafe Ohia website

Café Ono

Café Ono is located in Volcano Garden Arts in Volcano Village and is only opened for lunch.They serve locally produced, vegetarian organic dishes such as soups, salads and sandwiches. Good food for decent prizes.

Opening hours: Lunch between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Coffee + Tea + Deserts: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Mondays closed

Price range: $10 – $15

Address: 19-3834 Old Volcano Road., Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785, 1 (808) 985-8979 | Cafe Ono website

Tuk-Tuk Thai Food Truck

Volcano Village now has it’s own food truck! The Tuk-Tuk Thai food truck is staffed by William, an award-winning chef. They get as many of their ingredients as possible from local farms and farmers markets, and have recently(early 2015) been voted “best Thai cuisine on the Big Island” on Tripadvisor.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm (Sunday and Monday closed).

Price range: $7 – $13

Address: You can find the food truck at the Cooper Center in Volcano Village,   19-4030 Wright Rd. (T):  (808) 747-3041.  | Tuk-Tuk Truck website

‘Ohelo Cafe

‘Ohelo cafe is one of the better ‘fine dining’ options in Volcano Village. They work with fresh, local ingredients and offer hand made cocktails, local craft beers on tap, and an extensive wine list. Their cuisine can be described as “Hawaiian Italian”, and if you are interested in the details of their cooking you can see if their Chefs Table is available!

This is a popular restaurant, so we recommend to call ahead for a reservation.
Opening hours: Lunch (every day of the week)  11:30am – 2:30pm. Dinner (Monday to Saturday, Sunday closed) 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Address: 19-4005 Haunani Rd, Volcano, HI 96785. (T)   1 (808) 339 7865 | ‘Ohelo Cafe website

More restaurants in Volcano Village

There are a few more options for breakfast/lunch/dinner in Volcano Village, but they don’t get as good press as the places listed above.

  • Lava Rock Cafe: Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785 | 1 (808) 967 8526 | $10 – $20
  • Volcano Golf and Country club Restaurant: Pii Mauna Dr., Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718 | 1 (808) 967-8228 | website
  • The Rim: newly opened restaurant in the Volcano House (inside the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). Right now (late 2013), the food is not the reason to visit, but the view is. Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718  | 1 (808) 756-9625 | (website)
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Historic reference

The following restaurants have at one time been on our list of local favorites, but are now out of business:

  • Kiawe kitchen has closed their doors in Volcano Village as of September 2012. They are looking for a new location (probably in Hilo). For up to date information have a look at Kiawe Kitchen on facebook.