When you’re planning a trip to the Big Island, Kona—a beautiful locale surrounded by the gleaming Pacific Ocean—you should also plan on dining on a lot of fresh, delectable seafood! Truly, the seafood in Hawaii is unparalleled in its succulence and quality. However, despite the plethora of delicious seafood restaurants on Kona, even the Big Island has its own food chain of seafood restaurants that stand out from the others. Read on below to find out more!
Where to Go for the Freshest Fish
For palate-pleasing yet inexpensive seafood cuisine, there are a number of eateries that will suit visitors’ tastes. Kohala Burger & Taco on the northern end of the Big Island serves up local, fresh-caught fish and milk shakes with a Mexican-American twist, in a 1950s-style diner setting. In downtown Kona, Quinn’s Almost by the Sea offers up classic American and Hawaiian seafood dishes and tropical cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere.
Also in downtown Kona is Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill, a vibrant and easy-going eatery known for its seafood specials, wine, and pupu platters. Fish Hopper and Umekes Fishmarket Bar and Grill are also situated in downtown Kona.
For delicious small bites and tropical cocktails with a serene view, On the Rocks (also called Huggo’s) has a waterfront location that is hard to beat. Try the poke bowls and you won’t be disappointed! They also offer live music and entertainment on a regular basis.
If you’re looking for a taste of Hawaii that’s a little more portable, Da Poke Shack in the downtown Kona area is a beachside takeout joint that specializes in poke, salads, and other local dishes.
Planning a fancy date night? The Big Island also has its fair share of high-end restaurants, especially along the northern side of the Island. Brown’s Beach House Restaurant serves up an upscale farm-to-table menu in an open-air, beachside space with a romantic ambiance. Kamuela Provision Company, located inside of the Hilton Waikoloa, and a remarkable patio view overlooking the coast. Blue Dragon Restaurant and Coastal Cuisine, also on the northern shore, has a seafood-centric menu, an open-air dining area, live music, and dancing.
As a matter of note, one of the best dishes that you can get on the Big Island is sushi because of the spectacular freshness and quality of the fish here. So it comes as no surprise that Seiji’s Sushi, a moderately-priced restaurant with artful sushi rolls served in a lovely outdoor seating area, is a well-liked spot.
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