Kailua Kona is the main tourist destination on the Big Island. There are many places to choose from if you feel hungry – whether you want to go out for a quick coffee and toast or complete high-end dinner.
On this page we list a couple of the places we like to visit for a quick bite or a drink. This page is by no means meant as a complete list of dining options in Kona.
Restaurants in Kona
Big Island Grill
Honest local food in big portions for a fair price. Only a couple of minutes away from touristy Ali’i drive and the bay front, this is a good choice if your day full of beach and sunshine has left you craving a large meal. Try their loco moco or teriyaki chicken if you have trouble making a choice. Don’t expect a cute little eatery though, since the decor is somewhat lacking.
You can find Big Island Grill at 75-5702 Kuakini Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, and call them at (808) 326-1153. Opening times are 7:00 am to noon on Sundays, and 7:00 am to 9:00 pm all other days of the week.
Breakfast in Kona
We have three favorite places to have breakfast in Kona. All have an excellent ocean view. Try the Fish hopper (website) or Splashers (website) on Alii drive at the bay, or Bubba Gump (website) a bit further south.
Restaurants in South Kona / Captain Cook
The Coffee Shack
The Coffee Shack in Captain Cook serves great coffee, breakfast, and lunch (get their homemade bread if you can). The views from the terrace are out of this world and this stop should be included in any road trip taking you for a Kona Coffee tour, a visit to the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, or a snorkeling trip to two step or Captain Cook.