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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Hawaii / Big Island

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Hawaii / Big Island? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island restaurant
4.9
4.9 (8977)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Big Islands farm community is Peter Merriman's original restaurant; Merriman's Waimea. Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and uses 90% or more of local produce, fish and beef. All dishes are handcrafted to highlight the natural flavors of each menu item. Our award winning wine list has selections for all to enjoy. Merriman's knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you through a culinary experience you will not forget. We look forward to serving you!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
There was a little drizzle when we arrived this evening. The manager came out with an umbrella to escort me into the restaurant!! Wow! Talk about great customer service. I asked a friend of mine for recommendations for a celebratory dinner. Her #1 choice was Merrimen’s. I am so glad we followed her advice. From the moment we drove up to Merriman’s our expectations were surpassed! The manager, our waiter, bus boys and of course the delicious food was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was a Monday night and the restaurant was full. We didn’t feel rushed at all. This place is 10+ stars!! Thank you for making our 35th wedding anniversary and my birthday so special!
A photo of 'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1848)
$50 and over
Hawaiian
Kaupulehu
About the restaurant
Visit 'ULU Sushi Lounge in Hualalai, featuring the Island's freshest sushi as well as craft cocktails, sake, Japanese beers and signature Japanese dishes.
Top review
Nichole
Dined 1 day ago
Our server Doug was great. Sushi was fresh and amazing. Beautiful sunset. Absolutely would recommend!!
A photo of CanoeHouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2770)
$50 and over
Creative Japanese
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Long regarded as the premier dining destination among the Hawaiian islands, this beloved institution is a gathering place for generations of friends, families and neighbors. Helmed by Executive Chef Mark Libunao, CanoeHouse features thoughtful, seasonal dishes that celebrate Hawaii’s landscape through Japanese-Paniolo inspired cuisine, accompanied by craft-cocktails and diverse wine selections.
Please kindly note that CanoeHouse accepts reservations 30 days in advance for outside guests of Mauna Lani.



Top review
LaChapellevip
Dined 1 day ago
Ambiance great. Food and service good. Over-priced menu. Paying for the view.
A photo of Keei Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (746)
$30 and under
Seafood
Kailua-Kona
About the restaurant
In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob Miyashiro and his wife Gina open the original Keei Cafe in a old former Fish Market in Honaunau, Hawaii on the Big Island. Finally after borrowing enough from their father, Brothers Bob and Dennis along with Sister Joyce the new Keei Cafe was Born in Hokukano. Again with the Brazilian touch for food friendly colors and using local woods, Gina helped create the decor that surrounds the "New" Keei Cafe at Hokukano. Opened in early 2005, the new Cafe features local artist painting and carvings on the walls. Koa table help make the Cafe have a warm and welcome feel perfect for families or guests looking for a resort type meal with a upcounty price. Family owned and operated with the additon of Gina's sister and Brother in Law, Chef Zeze and Batista, in the kitchen to use the freshes local ingredients to prepare creavtive and and delicious menu items with nightly specials. Please come to experience the flavors!
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Scshellvip
Dined 6 days ago
Consistently delicious food! This is our go-to place for reasonably priced fine dining.
A photo of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Mauna Lani, Big Island restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5030)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and good food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life. For more information: www.tommybahama.com
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
The food was fabulous! Service was little slow at times. The sunset was spectacular. Overall, a very nice evening.
A photo of Meridia restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1851)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Kohala Coast
About the restaurant
Inspired by the Mediterranean, dedicated to the islands. Featuring a charcuterie and crudo bar, brilliant cocktails, and an award winning global wine list framed by the forever views of Hapuna Beach, Meridia presents innovative cuisine in an unrivaled setting. Named by Hawaii Magazine as 2019's Best New Big Island Restaurant, and 2018 Restaurant of the Year by the American Culinary Federation.
Located at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.

Top review
KevinGvip
Dined 4 days ago
One of the best dining experiences on the Kohala Coast.
A photo of Halani restaurant
4.6
4.6 (954)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Kamuela
About the restaurant
Start your morning at this open-air eatery overlooking the pool and Great Lawn with Kona coffee and an island-inspired breakfast spread. From lunch to dinner, enjoy a variety of pizzas, fresh vegetables from nearby farms for lunch or locally-caught fresh catch served family style. Let Hālani master chefs serve up the best the island has to offer all day before unwinding with a signature Mai Tai at Hā Bar & Grill for the best views of sunset.

Please note reservations are not required for breakfast or lunch.

Top review
cooksdayoff
Dined 7 days ago
Great service and everything four of us ordered was delicious. Hard to beat the ambiance of Mauna Lani. Perfect to celebrate a birthday. Definitely expensive so this is just for special occasions for us.
A photo of Mauka to Makai: A Local Eatery at Manadina Farm restaurant
4.8
4.8 (23)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Naalehu
About the restaurant
Nestled in the hills of Ka'u, enjoy an unrivaled dining experience that combines breathtaking panoramic views with an exceptional culinary journey. Being a truly Mauka to Makai experience (meaning from the mountain to the sea in Hawaiian), you can view the top of Mauna Loa and the Ka'u coastline while enjoying locally sourced ingredients from Mauka to Makai.

Embracing the spirit of the islands, we take pride in highlighting the Canoe Crop ingredients - native plants cultivated by the early Polynesian settlers who arrived in Hawaii by canoe. These ingredients, deeply rooted in Hawaiian history, add a unique and authentic touch to our dishes. We work closely with nearby farmers and fishermen to ensure that most ingredients used in our dishes are locally grown or sustainably foraged from the surrounding lands and ocean. This supports the local community and allows us to create dishes that are incredibly fresh, bursting with flavor, and in harmony with the natural rhythms of the island.

Top review
FoodieMomvip
Dined on 3 Mar 2024
It was a delightful experience! When I told the local winery I had a booking here, they said I was really lucky as it’s a special event that has an excellent reputation, and they were right! The drive up had beautiful views, only fully appreciated from the top where the dining area is. I am amazed that the farm-to-table experience was so well-crafted with respect to local utilization. Every dish was beautifully plated and offered a balanced palette. I love that everything I ate not only tasted complex and delicious, but it also nourished my body. What a skill to be high-end in craft and true to the farm life! The staff is knowledgeable and kind and eager to share their love of the land. If you worry about driving at night and don’t mind a camping experience, you can stay the night. So glad I found this gem and will tell all my friends about it. I can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Miller & Lux Hualalai at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai restaurant
4.6
4.6 (46)
$50 and over
American
Kaupulehu
About the restaurant
The highest-quality steaks with impeccable flavor from the best ranches in America; a robust raw bar; fresh sustainable seafood; and farm direct vegetables – all perfectly complemented by a globally curated wine list – combine to inspire the next chapter in Tyler Florence’s mark on innovative American cuisine. The Miller & Lux cocktail program is curated using seasonal Hawaiian ingredients and artisanal spirits from around the world.
Top review
ArtOvip
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
Exceptional! Everything was perfect starting from bread service to dessert! Knowledgeable staff and somier. Excellent wine list. Tableside service for Caesar salad and bananas foster was performed outstanding and delicious! Best food we’ve had out in years!
A photo of Beach Tree Restaurant, Bar and Lounge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (810)
$31 to $50
Italian
Kailua-Kona
About the restaurant
Beach Tree Bar & Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a casual dining option set along the sand and overlooking the ocean, perfect for sundowner cocktails. Toast the sunset with unforgettable views, local flavours, creative cocktails and more.
Top review
BrendaGvip
Dined on 9 Apr 2024
Amazing food but service was slow at the start and it took forever to get the bill
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