Restaurants in Waimea

Best Restaurants

“Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club is a hidden gem with a wonderful beachside setting. The restaurant offers delicious food with superb quality, served by knowledgeable staff like Angie. Despite a limited lunch menu, each dish bursts with flavor and is beautifully prepared. The sound of waves in the background adds to the dining experience, making it a must-visit for those seeking Hawaii's natural beauty and culinary excellence. Though parking can be tricky, the atmosphere and exceptional food make it worth the effort. Free sun loungers are an added bonus for a perfect beach experience.”

4.5 Superb126 Reviews
The Fish And The Hog 64-957 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Waimea Barbecue • $$

“The Fish and the Hog is a popular destination for those seeking high-quality meats and creative dishes. The restaurant's scenic location and attentive staff make it a standout spot. The menu features daily specials, including the Paniolo burger, which is praised by burger enthusiasts. The brisket nacho house fries are also a highlight, with a unique presentation that makes sharing easy. The adult mac and cheese is a generous portion, and the onion rings are a standout. With its friendly bartenders, like Quincy, and efficient service, The Fish and the Hog is a great choice for a meal out.”

4.7 Superb282 Reviews
Merriman's Big Island 65-1227 Opelo Rd B, Waimea American • $$$$

“Merriman's Big Island offers an exceptional dining experience with its fresh, local ingredients and carefully prepared dishes. The "Duo" selection allows guests to combine two entrees, and the menu features highlights like mushroom soup, special tomato salad, and fresh catch. The staff provides excellent service, with a perfect blend of professionalism and friendliness. The restaurant's attention to detail and customer care make it a standout, with notable mentions including the Maitre d' and the special touches for celebrations.”

4.6 Superb1069 Reviews
CanoeHouse Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, 68-1400, Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea Hawaiian • $$$$

“At CanoeHouse, guests can expect superb food and warm, friendly service. The tables are spaciously set apart for privacy, with complimentary parking available. Reservations are recommended to experience the best service in Hawaii. The breathtaking views, impeccable service, and incredible ambience make dining here a memorable experience. The high-quality food includes original dishes like crab legs, served with drawn butter and lemon wedges for a classic touch.”

4.3 Superb842 Reviews
Island Hopper Taproom 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr #108, Waimea Salad • $$

“Island Hopper Taproom offers excellent food at great prices with fast service. The beer menu is outstanding with a variety of options, including nitro on tap. Must-try dishes include the Tropical Summer salad, K BBQ sandwich, and All American burger. The menu also features nachos, burgers, and salads. Friendly and helpful staff provide quick service. Outside seating with TV is available for game watching.”

4.6 Superb143 Reviews
Big Island Brewhaus 64-1066 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Waimea Brewpubs • $$

“Big Island Brewhaus offers a range of delicious craft beers. While the food may be a bit pricey compared to other nearby restaurants, the flavorful and diverse menu, including vegetarian options, is worth trying. The Belgian ale and Porter are highly recommended. With excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere, this brewery is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts, even hailed as the best craft brewery in Hawaii by some. A perfect stop for a refreshing drink and satisfying meal after exploring the nearby attractions.”

4.6 Superb122 Reviews

Restaurants by Cuisine

“Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store has recently been remodeled and offers excellent service. The food, including the Shrimp and Scallop dinner with curry sauce, is delicious. Servers Susan and Michael are professional and attentive, ensuring meals are served correctly and any mistakes are promptly corrected. The atmosphere is pleasant, although it can be disturbed by loud children at times. The music entertainment could be improved with a more fitting Hawaiian singer. Overall, the dining experience at Tommy Bahama is exceptional.”

4.4 Superb873 Reviews
Hālani 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea Cocktail Bar • $$

“Hālani is an incredibly beautiful, open-air restaurant that offers a delightful dining experience. The menu features a variety of delectable dishes, including scallops, whole kanpachi, and Mahi mahi, all beautifully prepared and presented. The restaurant also boasts live Hawaiian dancing and music, creating a wonderful ambiance. The friendly and attentive staff, along with the restaurant's kid-friendly atmosphere, make it a great choice for both special occasions and casual gatherings.”

4.4 Superb374 Reviews
FORC Restaurant 65-1214 Lindsey Rd, Waimea Cocktail Bar • $$$

“FORC Restaurant is a favorite among visitors to Hawai'i, offering excellent food and a cozy atmosphere. The menu features a range of delicious dishes, including the whole fish, which can be pre-ordered to ensure availability. The restaurant also serves creative cocktails, such as the ube lemondrop martini and jalapeño margarita. Don't miss the signature sandwich, lemon-Parmesan-truffle fries, mussels with Portuguese sausage, and poke, which is considered one of the best. The friendly service and great location make it a must-visit spot.”

4.4 Superb285 Reviews

Restaurants with Delivery

“Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club is a hidden gem with a wonderful beachside setting. The restaurant offers delicious food with superb quality, served by knowledgeable staff like Angie. Despite a limited lunch menu, each dish bursts with flavor and is beautifully prepared. The sound of waves in the background adds to the dining experience, making it a must-visit for those seeking Hawaii's natural beauty and culinary excellence. Though parking can be tricky, the atmosphere and exceptional food make it worth the effort. Free sun loungers are an added bonus for a perfect beach experience.”

4.5 Superb126 Reviews
The Fish And The Hog 64-957 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Waimea Barbecue • $$

“The Fish and the Hog is a popular destination for those seeking high-quality meats and creative dishes. The restaurant's scenic location and attentive staff make it a standout spot. The menu features daily specials, including the Paniolo burger, which is praised by burger enthusiasts. The brisket nacho house fries are also a highlight, with a unique presentation that makes sharing easy. The adult mac and cheese is a generous portion, and the onion rings are a standout. With its friendly bartenders, like Quincy, and efficient service, The Fish and the Hog is a great choice for a meal out.”

4.7 Superb282 Reviews
Merriman's Big Island 65-1227 Opelo Rd B, Waimea American • $$$$

“Merriman's Big Island offers an exceptional dining experience with its fresh, local ingredients and carefully prepared dishes. The "Duo" selection allows guests to combine two entrees, and the menu features highlights like mushroom soup, special tomato salad, and fresh catch. The staff provides excellent service, with a perfect blend of professionalism and friendliness. The restaurant's attention to detail and customer care make it a standout, with notable mentions including the Maitre d' and the special touches for celebrations.”

4.6 Superb1069 Reviews

“Ippys Hawaiian BBQ Waimea offers delicious and affordable Hawaiian-inspired cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The menu features a wide variety of options, including generous portions of Korean chicken wings, pulled pork, and beef short ribs. The service is accommodating, and the restaurant is a popular local spot.”

4.7 Superb228 Reviews
Waimea Coffee Company 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea Coffee Shops • $

“Waimea Coffee Company is a popular spot known for its friendly staff, community atmosphere, and delicious food and drinks. They serve a variety of options, including great coffee, like their Darkside blend, as well as breakfast melts, oatmeal, and Ulu burgers with sweet potato salad. Their iced blended latte with caramel syrup is also a must-try. With limited seating, it can get a bit loud, but the outdoor seating area is beautiful.”

4.7 Superb163 Reviews
Juice 101 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea Juice • $

“Juice 101 offers a variety of fresh and healthy options. Customers praise the açai bowl with peanut butter and vegan modifications, along with excellent granola. The vegetarian choices like the veggie wrap and bagel are popular. Reviewers highlight the fresh juices, smoothies, and coffee, such as the purple haze smoothie. Quick service and delicious smoothie bowls with options like spirulina chia make it a great spot for a beach snack.”

4.7 Superb163 Reviews
Gj's Huli Chicken 364001043, Waimea Hawaiian • $

“Gj's Huli Chicken is a roadside gem featuring open-fired chicken, ribs, lumpia, and more. With easy parking and helpful staff, the atmosphere is welcoming. The food is excellent, with super moist chicken and ribs, and amazing BBQ flavor. Don't miss the butter mochi, a standout dessert. The combo plate is a great value, with enough food to share between two. Efficient service and beautiful surroundings make this a must-visit spot. With its delicious flavors and homemade vinegar sauce, Gj's Huli Chicken is a culinary delight.”

4.8 Superb70 Reviews

“Country Grounds Coffee Company is a charming spot that offers a delightful experience. The coffee is a highlight, with a signature chocolate-covered espresso bean on top of each cup. The iced tea has a unique minty flavor, while the cold brew and ube shake are also popular choices. The banana bread is a favorite among customers, making it a go-to drive-thru stop.”

4.8 Superb58 Reviews
L & L Hawaiian Barbecue 4492 Moana Rd, Waimea Hawaiian • $

“L & L Hawaiian Barbecue is a restaurant known for its delicious food. The BBQ beef plate, with its flavorful and perfectly cooked thin-cut meat, is a popular choice. The seafood combo plate, which includes hot and crunchy shrimp, tender BBQ chicken, and moist fish, is also highly recommended. The macaroni salad is creamy and delightful. While the atmosphere may not be the best, the food makes up for it. Parking can be tricky and it's more suitable for takeout, but the made-to-order meals make it worth the visit. The bubble drinks are another favorite.”

4.6 Superb158 Reviews

“Island Hopper Taproom offers excellent food at great prices with fast service. The beer menu is outstanding with a variety of options, including nitro on tap. Must-try dishes include the Tropical Summer salad, K BBQ sandwich, and All American burger. The menu also features nachos, burgers, and salads. Friendly and helpful staff provide quick service. Outside seating with TV is available for game watching.”

4.6 Superb143 Reviews
Yong's Kal-Bi 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy # 4, Waimea Korean • $

“Yong's Kal-Bi is a popular Korean restaurant known for its authentic and delicious cuisine. The menu features a variety of traditional dishes, including meat Jun, jap chae, and kimchi stew, all prepared with care and attention to detail. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the restaurant's cozy atmosphere makes it a great choice for a casual dining experience. Whether you're a fan of K-pop or just craving some comforting Korean flavors, Yong's Kal-Bi is a must-visit destination.”

4.7 Superb76 Reviews
Big Island Brewhaus 64-1066 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Waimea Brewpubs • $$

“Big Island Brewhaus offers a range of delicious craft beers. While the food may be a bit pricey compared to other nearby restaurants, the flavorful and diverse menu, including vegetarian options, is worth trying. The Belgian ale and Porter are highly recommended. With excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere, this brewery is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts, even hailed as the best craft brewery in Hawaii by some. A perfect stop for a refreshing drink and satisfying meal after exploring the nearby attractions.”

4.6 Superb122 Reviews
Surf Camp Coffee Waimea 65-1227 Opelo Rd A-1, Waimea Coffee Shops • $

“Surf Camp Coffee Waimea is a quaint spot with a charming atmosphere. The coffee shop serves unique blends, including the black sesame latte with oat milk, which is smooth and not too sweet. The store offers great products, and the outdoor seating is a bonus. With friendly faces frequenting the spot, it's a cozy destination for a relaxing visit.”

4.6 Superb73 Reviews
Jade Palace 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy Suite 5, Waimea Chinese • $

“Jade Palace offers excellent food with generous portions at affordable prices. The restaurant serves a variety of lunch and dinner options, including vegetarian dishes, and is praised for its exceptional orange chicken. Customers describe the atmosphere as casual and the overall experience as positive, with the restaurant being wheelchair accessible.”

4.6 Superb62 Reviews
Kohala Burger & Taco 613665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea Hamburger • $

“Kohala Burger & Taco is a well-known local favorite that serves delicious food. The restaurant offers a variety of options, including burgers, fish tacos, and fries. The Original Double Cheeseburger and Molcate Guacamole are standout items, with fresh and simple ingredients making them stand out. The staff is friendly and accommodating, providing quick and friendly service. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere, with island/surf themed menu items and a small seating capacity of 8 people. While prices may be a bit higher, the food is well worth the visit.”

4.5 Superb127 Reviews
Ha Bar & Grill 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea Bar & Grill • $$

“Hā Bar is an incredibly beautiful, open-air restaurant located at the Auberge Resort, known for its live Hawaiian music and dancing, and kid-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant offers a stunning view of the resort's pool area and is a great place for cocktails, light bites, or dinner. The menu features fresh seafood dishes, such as the daily catch, ahi tartare, and scallops, all beautifully prepared and presented. However, some guests may appreciate assistance in fileting the whole kanpachi served at their table. The restaurant has a sleek and chic atmosphere, with delicious food and drinks, but prices are on the higher end.”

4.4 Superb249 Reviews
Seafood Bar and Grill 61-3642 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea Bar & Grill • $$

“Seafood Bar and Grill is a wonderful restaurant that offers a delicious and memorable dining experience. The staff, particularly a server named Aloha, are known for their kindness and attentiveness. Aloha's knowledge of the menu and ability to recommend dishes based on customers' preferences has been highly praised. The restaurant has a great atmosphere with a tiki vibe, and is a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset. The menu features a variety of delicious options, including the fried rice, poke burger, grilled fish sandwich, and coconut shrimp. The wings, fries, and chocolate cake with coconut ice cream are also popular choices. In addition to the food, the restaurant also offers a great selection of cold beer and occasionally has hockey on TV. Overall, Seafood Bar and Grill is a must-visit restaurant on the Big Island, offering delicious food, great atmosphere, and excellent service.”

4.4 Superb180 Reviews
Liquid Life Waimea 65-1158 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Waimea Juice • $$

“Liquid Life Waimea is a restaurant transitioning to a Jamaican-inspired menu, offering a variety of delicious juices, meals, and desserts. The staff is described as kind, humble, and grateful, providing a welcoming atmosphere. Customers highlight the tasty red root and tofu curry dishes, though the prices are considered high.”

4.7 Superb10 Reviews

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CanoeHouse Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, 68-1400, Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea Hawaiian • $$$$

“At CanoeHouse, guests can expect superb food and warm, friendly service. The tables are spaciously set apart for privacy, with complimentary parking available. Reservations are recommended to experience the best service in Hawaii. The breathtaking views, impeccable service, and incredible ambience make dining here a memorable experience. The high-quality food includes original dishes like crab legs, served with drawn butter and lemon wedges for a classic touch.”

4.3 Superb842 Reviews

“Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store has recently been remodeled and offers excellent service. The food, including the Shrimp and Scallop dinner with curry sauce, is delicious. Servers Susan and Michael are professional and attentive, ensuring meals are served correctly and any mistakes are promptly corrected. The atmosphere is pleasant, although it can be disturbed by loud children at times. The music entertainment could be improved with a more fitting Hawaiian singer. Overall, the dining experience at Tommy Bahama is exceptional.”

4.4 Superb873 Reviews
FORC Restaurant 65-1214 Lindsey Rd, Waimea Cocktail Bar • $$$

“FORC Restaurant is a favorite among visitors to Hawai'i, offering excellent food and a cozy atmosphere. The menu features a range of delicious dishes, including the whole fish, which can be pre-ordered to ensure availability. The restaurant also serves creative cocktails, such as the ube lemondrop martini and jalapeño margarita. Don't miss the signature sandwich, lemon-Parmesan-truffle fries, mussels with Portuguese sausage, and poke, which is considered one of the best. The friendly service and great location make it a must-visit spot.”

4.4 Superb285 Reviews
Aloha Boba Tea Cafe 9681 Waimea Rd, Waimea Bubble Tea • $

“Aloha Boba Tea Cafe offers a variety of tasty drinks and friendly service. Highlights include the Passion Fruit Slushie, Açaí bowl, Lychee smoothie with lychee jelly, and milk Thai tea. The café is praised for its refreshing beverages and homemade taste, though some noted the açaí bowl was frozen. Service is fast and easy.”

4.3 Superb21 Reviews
BROWN'S BEACH HOUSE 1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea Hawaiian • $$$$

“BROWN'S BEACH HOUSE is a lovely restaurant on the Kigali Coast, offering a beautiful setting and lovely ambiance, especially for those who are not hotel guests. The proximity to the beach and stunning sunsets make for a memorable experience. The food is exquisite, with options like filet and lobster, and the live music is a sweet addition to the evening. With good service and a protected location from the trade winds, this restaurant is a great spot to celebrate special occasions or simply enjoy a nice meal.”

4.3 Superb522 Reviews
Don's Chinese Kitchen 67-1185 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Waimea Chinese • $

“Food is ok, it's a fast food Chinese place in a strip mall. They have decent choices and prices are reasonable. Portion size is big and filled me up, flavor left a lot to be desired but ok for a quick stop and food. Mall bathrooms were clean.

Vegetarian options: Stir fry veggies available also some tofu dish.

Parking: Plenty of strip mall style parking”

3.4 Good11 Reviews
Copper Bar 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea Bar • $$$

“Copper Bar offers a gorgeous setting with beautiful views, making it a great spot for special occasions. While the service can be hit or miss, the staff is generally friendly. Some customers were disappointed by the lack of special treatment for birthdays, such as a dessert. The Mauna Kea cocktail is a popular choice and the food is generally well-received, with dishes like the KFC cauliflower and Szechuan green beans standing out. The hotel's current renovations were surprising, but did not detract from the exceptional service and ambiance. The patio dining experience is lovely, although some tables may have limited views. The decor and atmosphere could use a modern update, but the lush landscaping adds to the charm. Overall, Copper Bar is recommended for its delicious food and welcoming staff, despite some minor shortcomings.”

3.9 Good183 Reviews
Hau Tree 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea Seafood • $$

“Hau Tree offers a limited menu with delicious options like the Cesar Salad, grilled Mahi Mahi, and Kahlua Fries. The service is exceptional, with a great server adding to the dining experience. Despite slightly high prices, the food is tasty, especially the catch of the day and the burger with jalapeño sauce. The fish tacos, although flavorful, were a bit lacking in mahi mahi. The stunning views and impressive resort ambiance make it a worthwhile stop for a perfect beachside lunch.”

3.6 Good103 Reviews
Naupaka Beach Grill 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr, Waimea Bar & Grill • $$

“Naupaka Beach Grill, currently undergoing renovations, offers a more quiet atmosphere on the breakfast bar 1 floor up. Sunset dining enhances the experience, with fantastic service and awesome food like the out-of-this-world pork ribs. The restaurant is highly recommended for its delicious food, relaxed atmosphere, stellar views, and wonderful service. Vegetarian options like Udon noodles, tofu tacos, impossible burger, and sweet potato fries are available without any issues. Special mention to the server, Libby, for her helpfulness and great recommendations.”

3.6 Good103 Reviews
Manta Restaurant Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea Hawaiian • $$$$

“Manta Restaurant offers a fine dining experience with top-notch service and delicious food. The friendly and efficient staff ensure that guests feel like royalty, refilling drinks and clearing plates promptly. The restaurant boasts a beautiful view, and diners can enjoy watching Manta Rays swim in the nearby waters. The menu features spectacular dishes, including the Kona Kanpachi and scallop rissotto special. While prices may be high, the overall experience makes it a must-visit for those seeking a nice meal on the Big Island. With its beautiful atmosphere and exceptional service, Manta Restaurant is a great choice for special occasions or romantic evenings.”

3.8 Good379 Reviews
Mauna Lani Lū'au - Hale Hoaloha 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea Dinner Theater • $$$$

“Mauna Lani Lū'au - Hale Hoaloha offers a rich and detailed cultural experience in a beautiful setting. The spectacular food spread includes fresh Kalua Pork and delicious desserts. The show is excellent, with enthusiastic performers creating an exciting atmosphere. The private and peaceful luau grounds enhance the overall experience, making it one of the best luaus around.”

4.7 Superb10 Reviews
Dom De Luca's Restaurant 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy #11, Waimea Italian • $$

“Dom De Luca's Restaurant offers great service with a sincere apology if any meal doesn't meet expectations. The salad and pizza are decent, while the Manuelfredo pasta and Maria salad are standouts. The place is known for its beautiful decor, cleanliness, and reasonable prices. Located about an hour from Kona, it's a popular spot for pasta lovers.”

4.4 Superb81 Reviews
The Saddle Room 9852 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Bar • $$

“The Saddle Room offers a delightful dining experience on the island, with a variety of delicious meals to choose from. The Wrangler Burgers are a must-try, along with the unique wedge salad with shrimp. The filet is highly recommended, described as the best ever tasted. Other menu items like shrimp linguini, fried chicken, and ribeye steak are also praised. The ambiance and drinks are top-notch, accompanied by live Hawaiian music. The service, particularly from waitress Megan, is friendly and competent. Overall, The Saddle Room is a fantastic choice for a memorable meal in Kauai.”

4.4 Superb12 Reviews

Takeout Restaurants

Hawaiian Style Cafe 65-1290 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea Hawaiian • $

“The Hawaiian Style Cafe offers a delightful dining experience with its recently renovated, light, and airy interior. Renowned for its exceptional pancakes, the cafe serves fluffy, delicious pancakes that are a must-try. The restaurant also offers generous portions of Portuguese sausage and eggs with vibrant orange yolks. Customers are often left feeling pleasantly full, making it a popular choice for breakfast before skipping lunch and indulging in a hearty dinner.”

4.7 Superb230 Reviews
Hokus food truck Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Korean • $

“Hokus food truck is a hidden gem that moves around, so be sure to follow their social media to find them. The owner is friendly and the portions are huge. The Kalbi, pork belly, Kalua pork, and Korean BBQ chicken are highly recommended. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. The Pork Belly with rice and macaroni salad is a must-try, perfectly seasoned and cooked on a flat top grill. The flavors are great and the price is only 12 bucks. The Hokus food truck stands out from other plate lunch spots with its delicious and well-prepared dishes. The Kalbi ribs, chicken, pork belly, and mahi with creamy sauce and capers are all tasty. Everything is marinated, browned, and served in good portions. The fish could use a bit more salt, but it is still cooked well and fresh. The Mac salad and saimin are delicious, with a hint of smokiness. The owner is welcoming and the food is made with love. Don't miss out on this food truck, as it is worth the visit.”

5 Superb55 Reviews

“Gina's Anykine Grinds Cafe serves high-quality food with a focus on local flavors. Their hamburgers are well-seasoned and delicious, and their chicken katsu and cutlet plates are also a hit. The coconut pie, made in-house, is a must-try. This casual eatery offers a variety of options, including burritos and loco moco, which are filled with flavorful ingredients. The staff is super sweet, and the outdoor seating area is a bonus.”

4.8 Superb67 Reviews
JoJo's Shave Ice 9734 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Ice Cream Shop • $

“JoJo's Shave Ice is a popular spot in a colorful building, offering the delicious Berry Berry shave ice. Despite some waiting time, the classic place is well-loved with large portions perfect for sharing. The macadamia nut ice cream at the bottom is a delightful surprise. Be prepared for a small, sticky space, but the service is excellent. Highly recommended for a visit if you're in the area.”

4.6 Superb144 Reviews
G's Juicebar 9681 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Juice • $

“G's Juicebar is a top-rated spot on Kauai, serving up excellent smoothies and açaí bowls. The Silverback smoothie is a fan favorite, and their açaí bowls are filling and delicious. This local, family-operated spot offers refreshing, not-too-sweet desserts and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere. With great service and a chill vibe, G's is a must-visit for a healthy and tasty start to your day. Whether you're in the mood for a smoothie or a fruit bowl, you can't go wrong with G's Juicebar.”

4.7 Superb64 Reviews
Kōkeʻe Lodge 3600 Kokee Rd, Waimea Cocktail Bar • $

“Kōkeʻe Lodge is a charming spot to stop after a hike or explore the surrounding park. Despite a slightly slow line to order, the food is excellent, with standout dishes like smashed potatoes, garlic noodles, and burgers. The Portuguese stew is a must-try, and the bar serves a mean bloody Mary. The atmosphere is family-friendly, with live music adding to the entertainment. With friendly service and a warm atmosphere, Kōkeʻe Lodge is a great place to experience the history and natural beauty of Kauai.”

4.6 Superb104 Reviews
Coconut Corner HI-50, Waimea Thai • $

“Coconut Corner is a super cool stop with fresh fruit, whole coconuts, and a variety of food and drinks. The staff, including a super nice lady at the counter, provide friendly service. The restaurant offers a range of dishes, including the banana lumpia, curry with tofu and shrimp, and pork. The smoothies, which can be customized with up to three fruits, are a highlight, with flavors such as strawberry coconut and mango lilikoi papaya.”

4.6 Superb82 Reviews
Da Booze Shop 9883 Waimea Rd, Waimea Burgers • $

“Da Booze Shop is a small spot serving fresh, hot, and delicious food. Their burgers are a highlight, and the portion of fries is generous. Although there's limited seating, the quick service and friendly atmosphere make up for it. Enjoy excellent service, tasty kekahott chicken, and a local experience that will leave you wanting more.”

4.6 Superb78 Reviews

“Sandwich Isle Bread Company is a bakery that offers freshly baked breads, sweet desserts, and coffee. The service is quick, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. The bakery is open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and it can get busy, but the wait is worth it. The bakery has a variety of items such as lilikoi meringue tart, apple turnovers, cakes, croissants, scones, lemon bars, and more. The lilikoi meringue tart and apple turnovers are particularly popular. The pastries are not only pleasing to the eye but also delicious. The bakery is a small space, but it has an energetic atmosphere due to the proximity of the kitchen. The kitchen's aroma and the sight of the delights being made add to the bakery's appeal. Customers can enjoy desserts such as the Chantilly Eclair, which has the right amount of creaminess and lightness, and the blueberry cheesecake, which is decadent and has perfect texture. The bakery also offers bread such as the 20 Seed Sour bread, which is recommended by the cashier. Overall, Sandwich Isle Bread Company is a great bakery that offers delicious pastries, friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere.”

4.9 Superb26 Reviews
Manuela Malasada Co 1 Puako Beach Dr, Waimea Food Trucks • $

“Manuela Malasada Co. offers freshly made, flavorful malasadas with a variety of fillings. The Bavarian cream is a favorite, and the cheesecake fillings are top-notch. The staff is friendly, and the cold brew ice coffee complements the sugary treats. Although slightly pricey, the deliciousness of the malasadas is worth it. A small food truck that requires a short wait for the hot, tasty treats, it's a perfect spot for a little treat on the island.”

4.5 Superb146 Reviews
Island Taco 9643 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Tacos • $

“Island Taco is a perfect little spot near the beach, offering delicious shrimp tacos and wet shrimp burritos. The cajun Mahi tacos are stuffed to overflowing, missing only a lime wedge for drizzling. The best mahi mahi tacos around, with great shrimp burritos. Enjoy incredible dirty rice and refried beans. Despite tight seating, Island Taco is a must-visit near Waimea area, even right before closing time.”

4.5 Superb136 Reviews
Earl's 64-974 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea Salad • $

“Earl's is a popular local gem, offering a variety of tasty and convenient meals. Their bento rolls and musubis are perfect for a quick on-the-go meal. The restaurant serves a range of options, including teriyaki beef and smoked pork rolls, as well as a teriyaki beef sandwich. The meat-to-rice ratio is impressive, and the food is surprisingly filling. The smoked pork roll is a standout, with its subtle smoky flavor and large chunks of pork. Prices are reasonable, and it's worth noting that items sell out quickly, so it's best to visit early in the day. With a portable bathroom in the parking lot, Earl's is the perfect spot to grab a quick lunch or snack.”

4.7 Superb22 Reviews
Manuela Malasada Co 1 Puako Beach Dr, Waimea Food Trucks • $

“Manuela Malasada Co. is a little food truck that serves delicious freshly made Malasadas. With a variety of fillings to choose from, customers can enjoy a tasty treat while waiting for their order. While some find the prices a bit high, the staff is friendly and helpful. Special flavors like dark chocolate and caramel are highly recommended. In addition to vegetarian options like donuts and coffee, the food truck is also kid-friendly and easily accessible for those in a wheelchair. Stop by for a sweet treat that's worth the wait!”

4.4 Superb241 Reviews
Seafood Bar and Grill 61-3642 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea Bar & Grill • $$

“Seafood Bar and Grill is a wonderful restaurant that offers a delicious and memorable dining experience. The staff, particularly a server named Aloha, are known for their kindness and attentiveness. Aloha's knowledge of the menu and ability to recommend dishes based on customers' preferences has been highly praised. The restaurant has a great atmosphere with a tiki vibe, and is a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset. The menu features a variety of delicious options, including the fried rice, poke burger, grilled fish sandwich, and coconut shrimp. The wings, fries, and chocolate cake with coconut ice cream are also popular choices. In addition to the food, the restaurant also offers a great selection of cold beer and occasionally has hockey on TV. Overall, Seafood Bar and Grill is a must-visit restaurant on the Big Island, offering delicious food, great atmosphere, and excellent service.”

4.4 Superb180 Reviews
3 Mountain BBQ 64-752 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Waimea Barbecue

“3 Mountain BBQ is a must-try restaurant, known for its delicious chicken, pipi, pork belly, and lau lau. The chicken skin is perfectly spiced and crisp, while the meat is tender and flavorful. The pork belly is also a popular choice, known for its juicy and savory taste. The service is friendly and attentive, making for a great dining experience. It's a shame they are only open on Saturdays. Highly recommended for those looking to try local BBQ.”

4.6 Superb18 Reviews
Moa Kitchen 65-1298 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea Japanese • $$

“Moa Kitchen offers quick service and casual vibes, serving delicious and fresh food. Their tan tan man ramen and "Nami-Bara-chirashi" are standouts. The staff provides exceptional service, making customers feel like family.”

4.3 Superb205 Reviews
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Meridia 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr, Waimea Mediterranean • $$$

“Meridia offers an exceptional dining experience with delicious food and excellent service. The scenic beach views, especially during sunset, create a lovely atmosphere. Standout dishes include bacon dates, frito misto, shish kebabs, and chiquillos. Servers provide great advice on food and drink selections, making for an unforgettable meal.”

4.3 Superb426 Reviews
BROWN'S BEACH HOUSE 1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea Hawaiian • $$$$

“BROWN'S BEACH HOUSE is a lovely restaurant on the Kigali Coast, offering a beautiful setting and lovely ambiance, especially for those who are not hotel guests. The proximity to the beach and stunning sunsets make for a memorable experience. The food is exquisite, with options like filet and lobster, and the live music is a sweet addition to the evening. With good service and a protected location from the trade winds, this restaurant is a great spot to celebrate special occasions or simply enjoy a nice meal.”

4.3 Superb522 Reviews

Drive-Thru Restaurants

Burger King 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy Bldg B, Waimea Burgers • $

“The food was good and made fresh. My only complaint is that the spicy chicken wraps had hot sauce all over the inside of the wrapper, making them difficult to eat in the car.”

2.5 Average18 Reviews
McDonald's 65-1154 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea Fast Food • $

“McDonald's is a clean and impressive restaurant that serves high-quality food. The dining room is open, and customers can order through the app for mobile pick-up or drive-thru. Parking is available for over 20 vehicles. The restaurant accommodates dietary restrictions, allowing customers to customize their meals. Food options are varied, including a Sprite, which can be exchanged if not to taste. Service is quick and correct, making it a popular spot for drive-thru. Overall, McDonald's is a good place to grab a meal.”

3.4 Good54 Reviews
Big Island Tokyo Table 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea Food Court • $$

“Big Island Tokyo Table is a highly acclaimed Japanese restaurant that offers a delightful dining experience. The food is consistently delicious, with customers raving about the mouthwatering udon, perfectly cooked gyudon, and expertly prepared rice dishes. The staff is known for their exceptional service, always greeting customers with a warm smile and going the extra mile to ensure a pleasant visit. Despite being located in a food court setting, the restaurant's quality and attention to detail make it a standout destination for authentic Japanese cuisine on the Big Island of Hawaii.”

4.2 Good49 Reviews
Piko Coffee+Bar 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr, Waimea Bar • $$

“Piko Coffee+Bar offers a selection of pizza and build-your-own options that are surprisingly filling. The scenic view adds to the dining experience, complemented by friendly service and delicious drinks like jalapeño-hibiscus margarita and pineapple mojito. Located at the Westin at Hapuna Beach, this cafe provides a stunning setting and great coffee. Enjoy the ambiance and tasty treats, but be careful with the windy conditions when taking your beverages to go.”

3.6 Good8 Reviews

“The Bistro at Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas offers an amazing experience with perfect food and staff. The cult classic burger and fish tacos are a must-try. The beautiful layout includes outdoor seating, and the service is excellent, with a friendly server named Amber. The happy hour is fantastic, and live music adds to the ambiance. Vegetarian options like the vegetarian burger and salad are available, and parking is convenient. Highly recommended for a delicious meal, whether or not you're catching a movie.”

4.2 Good89 Reviews

Cheap Eats

Patisserie Nanako 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy A106, Waimea Bakery • $

“Patisserie Nanako is a great little Japanese French pastry shop offering a variety of delicious treats. Recommended items include the cream puff, Japanese cheese cake, strawberry shortcake, and ham and cheese bread. The pastries are refined, not overly sweet, and offer a great selection of flavors, such as the popular peanuts butter bar.”

4.8 Superb108 Reviews

“James Angelo's Underground Pizza, a hidden gem in Waimea, offers delicious Boston-style pizzas that hit the spot after a long day. The thin charred crust and quality toppings make it the best pizza some have had in 20 years. The family-run pizzeria provides great value, quick service, and a cozy ambience perfect for enjoying a meal with loved ones. Don't forget, it's cash only! A must-visit spot for pizza lovers in Hawaii.”

4.6 Superb103 Reviews

“Tea O'Clock Hawaii is a top-notch tea shop in Waimea, with fresh and flavorful teas. The scenic point with watermelon boba and watermelon fruit tea with lychee jelly were a hit! The classic milk tea, ube milk tea, and matcha blueberry milk tea with boba were all loved by customers. The unique and fresh boba is a must-try, made with love. Customers appreciate the excellent service and cozy seating for about 10 people. Don't miss their drinks at the Saturday farmers market, as they quickly sell out of their delicious offerings like "It's a Vibe" and "Mango Tango."”

5 Superb6 Reviews
Omiyage Makers 9814 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Bakery • $

“Omiyage Makers is a highly recommended boat tour along the beautiful Na Pali Coast. With experienced guides and a skilled boat operator, guests can enjoy the stunning coastline, caves, dolphins, and even sea turtles. The tour offers a delicious Hawaiian plate lunch with Kalua pork, shrimp, and chicken. Visitors can relax on a comfortable catamaran, take photos, and have a safe and exciting experience. The crew is attentive, offering a variety of drinks and ensuring guests have everything they need during the 4-hour trip. Overall, Omiyage Makers provides a memorable and enjoyable experience for families and groups looking to explore the wonders of Kauai's coast.”

5 Superb5 Reviews
Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea Ice Cream Shop • $

“Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice is a popular spot for sweet treats. Their Mac nut ice cream and shave ice are highly praised, with some considering it one of the best around. Be prepared for cash-only transactions and note that seating is limited, so you may want to enjoy your treats elsewhere. Despite some steep prices, the kindness and generosity of the staff make it a worthwhile visit. Try their coconut ice cream, coconut and vanilla macadamia nut ice cream, and shave ice for a delightful experience.”

4.4 Superb77 Reviews
Pau Pizza 65-1227 Opelo Rd, Waimea Pizza • $

“Pau Pizza is a must-visit spot in Waimea on the Big Island. This small, laid-back establishment serves up incredible pizza crust, generous slices, and large size pies at a great price. The staff is friendly and fast, making for a wonderful experience. The menu offers a variety of options, including the popular pepperoni pizza, Hamakua pizza, and tacos, all made with fresh ingredients. With reasonable pricing and cozy outdoor seating, Pau Pizza is a definite Go-To spot for a delicious meal.”

4.4 Superb64 Reviews
Surf Burger 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea Burgers • $

“Surf Burger is a welcoming spot with a great atmosphere. Fresh ingredients and well-made food make for a delicious experience. The staff is friendly and thoughtful, even when busy. Try the single patty burgers with cheese and garlic fries, and don't miss the shakes or ice.”

4.4 Superb61 Reviews

“Hina Rae’s Cafe Waimea is a hidden gem that serves some of the best food in town. Their breakfast sandwiches, like the croissant sandwich with spam and spicy mayo, are delicious with perfect ratios of meat, egg, and bread. The scrambled eggs are outstanding with custard-like folds. Don't miss out on their açaí bowls either. While the service may be a bit slow, the quality of the food makes it worth the wait. You can tell that each dish is made with care, making it a must-visit spot for a satisfying meal.”

4.4 Superb46 Reviews

“Freaking amazing food!!!! Need a brick and mortar place because this place bangs it out!!!! Guava chicken and Terri Pork... I’d fly here just for it!!!”

5 Superb3 Reviews
Kawaihae Kitchen 613665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea Hawaiian • $

“Kawaihae Kitchen is a popular takeout spot offering high-quality fresh food. Their bowls and plates, including the macaroni salad, are customer favorites. The spicy dishes, made fresh on the spot, are worth the wait. The restaurant is conveniently located in a shopping area with art and consignment stores. With excellent customer service, Kawaihae Kitchen is a great spot for a quick and delicious meal.”

4.4 Superb22 Reviews

“The Thai & Smoothie Place serves delicious pineapple curry, full of pineapple and tofu, with a perfect balance of spiciness. Their fresh fruit selection is impressive, and their smoothies, like the pineapple passion fruit option, are bursting with flavor. Enjoy refreshing treats in a lovely outdoor setting.”

4.4 Superb12 Reviews
Da Java Hut 4531 Makeke Rd, Waimea Cafe • $

“Da Java Hut is a popular spot for a morning pick-me-up, serving delicious iced lattes and other coffee drinks. Located in a convenient spot, it's a great place to grab a cup of joe and a small bite before exploring nearby Waimea Canyon or taking a boat ride. Their banana bread and manapua are tasty treats, and their smoothies are a refreshing way to cool off. With friendly staff and great prices, this cash-only cafe is a must-visit for coffee lovers.”

4.3 Superb16 Reviews
Da Pizza Place 9400 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Pizza • $

“Da Pizza Place is a charming restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere. The staff is friendly and helpful, making take-out orders a breeze. The menu features a variety of options, including vegetarian pizza and Garlic Cheese Bread. The restaurant has a wheelchair ramp for accessibility. The beer selection is impressive, and the food is delicious, with options like the Smoked BBQ Sampler and Hawaiian pizza with pulled pork.”

4.3 Superb40 Reviews
Pho Kim An 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy #9, Waimea Pho • $

“Pho Kim An is a cozy spot serving delicious Vietnamese cuisine. The menu boasts flavorful dishes like deep-fried soft shell crab and shrimp pho, served with a variety of accompaniments. The Com Thit Nuong plate features tender grilled pork. While prices may be on the higher side, the quality and taste are well-regarded. With friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere, Pho Kim An is a great spot for a meal, even for families with young children.”

4.3 Superb63 Reviews
Subway 4493 Moana Rd Space A, Waimea Sandwich Shop • $

“What a quaint and cute subway location! The staff were so kind and friendly; seemed to have fun together and enjoy working there. This place is very clean and everything was crispy fresh! Best subway sandwich I've had in a long time. Highly recommend this location!”

4.1 Good7 Reviews
Ikena Landing 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr, Waimea Breakfast • $$

“Ikena Landing, the breakfast spot at the Westin Hapuna, offers a stunning outdoor patio with breathtaking ocean views and attentive service from a team of long-standing staff. The comprehensive breakfast buffet and à la carte options, including avocado toast and acai bowls, provide a delightful start to the day. Guests can enjoy a generous basic buffet, or upgrade to the full spread for a small additional fee. The food is consistently praised as amazing, with custom omelets and fresh local fruits among the highlights. The warm and welcoming atmosphere, exemplified by the friendly staff, makes Ikena Landing a favorite for those staying at the Westin Hapuna.”

4 Good26 Reviews

“Experience a night at Blue Dragon Tavern & Cosmic Musiquarium under the stars with tasty food and drinks. The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring a good time with live music performances. Savor tantalizing drinks and delectable desserts in the open-air setup with lit palm trees adding to the paradise vibe. Special procedures are in place for busy nights, so follow the staff's instructions for a seamless evening. With a cover charge, you can dine, dance, and groove to awesome tunes for an unforgettable night at this gem of a venue.”

4.2 Good99 Reviews
The Barrel Taps Waimea 9400 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Sports Bar • $$

“The Barrel Taps Waimea offers excellent food at reasonable prices with a wide range of choices, including delicious chicken and salads. The restaurant features an awesome beer selection, including a smoked BBQ sampler and pizzas. The friendly and efficient staff provide great service in a beautiful, unique setting with outdoor seating and a relaxing atmosphere.”

4 Good50 Reviews
The Mauna Kea Lū‘au 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea Dinner Theater • $$$$

“Experience the Mauna Kea Lū‘au for a great, entertaining, and educational time. The food is fantastic, and the performers are amazing, sharing genuine stories through dance. The highlight of any trip to the Big Island, with premium seating recommended. Very kid-friendly, with opportunities for children to join in the fun and learn the hula dance. Valet parking available.”

4.1 Good116 Reviews
HALE KAI RESTAURANT 1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea Hawaiian • $$

“Hale Kai Restaurant offers a delightful dining experience with its beautiful ocean views and tasty food. They cater to various dietary needs, such as gluten-free and vegetarian options. Standout dishes include the Thai Green Salad, Lobster Fried Rice, Chicken Tacos, Grilled Swordfish Sandwich, and Grilled Ono. The Kona Coffee Mud Pie is a must-try for dessert. Some visitors have noted that portion sizes may be smaller compared to typical American food, but the service remains commendable. The restaurant is undergoing renovations, which may affect the menu availability.”

4 Good76 Reviews
Red Water Cafe 65-1299 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea American • $$

“Red Water Cafe is a restaurant known for its great food and atmosphere, as well as amazing drinks. The chef excels in cooking fish and the bartender can mix any drink you ask for. The variety of dishes is unique, with excellent flavors and very fresh ingredients. Standout menu items include sushi, BBQ ribs, fresh catch Ono, and lamb. The service is welcoming, attentive, and friendly, with a peaceful and wonderful atmosphere. Although the food is priced higher, portion sizes are generous. On busy nights, parking can be a challenge as the lot is gravel and fills up quickly. During rainy weather, it may also be wise to consider the water puddles and slippery surface when walking to the entrance. Live piano music adds to the enjoyable dining experience.”

3.9 Good80 Reviews
Copper Bar 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea Bar • $$$

“Copper Bar offers a gorgeous setting with beautiful views, making it a great spot for special occasions. While the service can be hit or miss, the staff is generally friendly. Some customers were disappointed by the lack of special treatment for birthdays, such as a dessert. The Mauna Kea cocktail is a popular choice and the food is generally well-received, with dishes like the KFC cauliflower and Szechuan green beans standing out. The hotel's current renovations were surprising, but did not detract from the exceptional service and ambiance. The patio dining experience is lovely, although some tables may have limited views. The decor and atmosphere could use a modern update, but the lush landscaping adds to the charm. Overall, Copper Bar is recommended for its delicious food and welcoming staff, despite some minor shortcomings.”

3.9 Good183 Reviews
Hau Tree 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea Seafood • $$

“Hau Tree offers a limited menu with delicious options like the Cesar Salad, grilled Mahi Mahi, and Kahlua Fries. The service is exceptional, with a great server adding to the dining experience. Despite slightly high prices, the food is tasty, especially the catch of the day and the burger with jalapeño sauce. The fish tacos, although flavorful, were a bit lacking in mahi mahi. The stunning views and impressive resort ambiance make it a worthwhile stop for a perfect beachside lunch.”

3.6 Good103 Reviews
Naupaka Beach Grill 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr, Waimea Bar & Grill • $$

“Naupaka Beach Grill, currently undergoing renovations, offers a more quiet atmosphere on the breakfast bar 1 floor up. Sunset dining enhances the experience, with fantastic service and awesome food like the out-of-this-world pork ribs. The restaurant is highly recommended for its delicious food, relaxed atmosphere, stellar views, and wonderful service. Vegetarian options like Udon noodles, tofu tacos, impossible burger, and sweet potato fries are available without any issues. Special mention to the server, Libby, for her helpfulness and great recommendations.”

3.6 Good103 Reviews

Latest Reviews

“Gina's Anykine Grinds Cafe serves high-quality food with a focus on local flavors. Their hamburgers are well-seasoned and delicious, and their chicken katsu and cutlet plates are also a hit. The coconut pie, made in-house, is a must-try. This casual eatery offers a variety of options, including burritos and loco moco, which are filled with flavorful ingredients. The staff is super sweet, and the outdoor seating area is a bonus.”

4.8 Superb67 Reviews
Number 3 Restaurant 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea American • $$

“Number 3 Restaurant offers a dining experience with a beautiful setting and a view that can't be beat. The service is generally described as excellent, with staff going above and beyond to accommodate dietary restrictions. However, there were some issues with the food. One diner found the Shanghai lobster too salty and the curry's root vegetables undercooked. Another diner's meal was small and overpriced, despite tasting good. The restaurant seems to have some inconsistencies in food quality, but it stands out for its service and beautiful location. It's worth noting that some diners felt the prices did not align with the food quality.”

3.7 Good292 Reviews
Racha Thai Waimea 67 - 1185 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea Thai • $

“Racha Thai Waimea serves the best and most flavorful Phad Thai and Tom Yum soup, with a clean and nice food court environment and great service. Their dishes, such as the Spicy Chicken Drunken Noodles, are made with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavor. With reasonable prices, this restaurant is a must-visit for unforgettable and delicious Thai food.”

4 Good69 Reviews
Knead & Bake 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr #116, Waimea Pizza Takeaway • $

“Knead & Bake is a cozy and welcoming restaurant that offers delicious pizza with an excellent crust, sauce, and toppings. The staff is friendly and attentive, providing fast service even during busier times. With both indoor and outdoor seating options, Knead & Bake is a great choice for a satisfying meal.”

4.2 Good81 Reviews

“Cipriano's Kitchen Kawaihae is a fine dining experience that serves authentic and delicious Italian cuisine. The chef, Gino, takes great care in preparing each dish, ensuring the highest quality and flavor. The menu offers unique options, such as lobster ravioli with octopus, which is highly praised. The restaurant provides an exceptional experience, making customers feel like family. With its fresh ingredients, good wine, and warm hospitality, Cipriano's Kitchen is a gem on the Big Island, offering a truly unforgettable dining experience.”

4.8 Superb419 Reviews

Most Popular Restaurants

Manta Restaurant Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea Hawaiian • $$$$

“Manta Restaurant offers a fine dining experience with top-notch service and delicious food. The friendly and efficient staff ensure that guests feel like royalty, refilling drinks and clearing plates promptly. The restaurant boasts a beautiful view, and diners can enjoy watching Manta Rays swim in the nearby waters. The menu features spectacular dishes, including the Kona Kanpachi and scallop rissotto special. While prices may be high, the overall experience makes it a must-visit for those seeking a nice meal on the Big Island. With its beautiful atmosphere and exceptional service, Manta Restaurant is a great choice for special occasions or romantic evenings.”

3.8 Good379 Reviews
Manuela Malasada Co 1 Puako Beach Dr, Waimea Food Trucks • $

“Manuela Malasada Co. is a little food truck that serves delicious freshly made Malasadas. With a variety of fillings to choose from, customers can enjoy a tasty treat while waiting for their order. While some find the prices a bit high, the staff is friendly and helpful. Special flavors like dark chocolate and caramel are highly recommended. In addition to vegetarian options like donuts and coffee, the food truck is also kid-friendly and easily accessible for those in a wheelchair. Stop by for a sweet treat that's worth the wait!”

4.4 Superb241 Reviews
Hawaiian Style Cafe 65-1290 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea Hawaiian • $

“The Hawaiian Style Cafe offers a delightful dining experience with its recently renovated, light, and airy interior. Renowned for its exceptional pancakes, the cafe serves fluffy, delicious pancakes that are a must-try. The restaurant also offers generous portions of Portuguese sausage and eggs with vibrant orange yolks. Customers are often left feeling pleasantly full, making it a popular choice for breakfast before skipping lunch and indulging in a hearty dinner.”

4.7 Superb230 Reviews

“Ippys Hawaiian BBQ Waimea offers delicious and affordable Hawaiian-inspired cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The menu features a wide variety of options, including generous portions of Korean chicken wings, pulled pork, and beef short ribs. The service is accommodating, and the restaurant is a popular local spot.”

4.7 Superb228 Reviews
Binchotan Bar & Grill 1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea Japanese • $$$

“Binchotan Bar & Grill is a restaurant offering Asian-influenced cuisine, known for its unique menu items. Standout dishes include the tuna crispy rice, tempura crusted cauliflower, mahi-mahi robata, and macadamian nut crusted shrimp. The pork belly fried rice is also highly recommended. The service is commendable, with knowledgeable and attentive staff. The setting is pleasant, with a nice outdoor lanai and a beautiful atmosphere, although the ocean view is obstructed. The root salad and grilled avocado received mixed reviews, while the ramen was good but not exceptional. The bar serves excellent sake and the staff can create custom drinks. Overall, Binchotan Bar & Grill offers a memorable and interactive dining experience, with some dishes standing out more than others.”

3.7 Good226 Reviews
The Shrimp Station 9652 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Seafood • $

“The Shrimp Station is a great stop for fresh and juicy shrimp after a long day of exploring Waimea Canyon. The family-run restaurant offers a casual and friendly atmosphere, with easy parking and outdoor seating. The menu features a variety of combo shrimp entrees, including the popular coconut shrimp, which is served in a generous portion. While the amount of rice may not be enough for some, the restaurant provides a local living experience, making it a better option than a luxury establishment. The Shrimp Station is also known to be kid-friendly, with a welcoming environment for all.”

4.2 Good165 Reviews
Island Vintage Coffee Waimea Coffee Shops • $$

“Island Vintage Coffee offers an exceptional coffee experience, showcasing the finest Kona beans. Their robust, flavorful roasts highlight the excellence of local Hawaiian coffee, with subtle notes of nuttiness and fruitiness. The mocha is heavenly, and the cafe's chill, inviting vibe makes it the perfect spot to linger over a quality cup of joe. While milk-based drinks can be quite sweet due to generous flavored syrup use, customers can request less sweetness. The açaí bowl, with its abundance of fruit and homemade peanut butter, is a delightful breakfast option. Though a bit pricey, the fresh, high-quality offerings make Island Vintage Coffee well worth the visit for coffee connoisseurs.”

4.1 Good163 Reviews
Juice 101 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea Juice • $

“Juice 101 offers a variety of fresh and healthy options. Customers praise the açai bowl with peanut butter and vegan modifications, along with excellent granola. The vegetarian choices like the veggie wrap and bagel are popular. Reviewers highlight the fresh juices, smoothies, and coffee, such as the purple haze smoothie. Quick service and delicious smoothie bowls with options like spirulina chia make it a great spot for a beach snack.”

4.7 Superb163 Reviews
Waimea Coffee Company 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea Coffee Shops • $

“Waimea Coffee Company is a popular spot known for its friendly staff, community atmosphere, and delicious food and drinks. They serve a variety of options, including great coffee, like their Darkside blend, as well as breakfast melts, oatmeal, and Ulu burgers with sweet potato salad. Their iced blended latte with caramel syrup is also a must-try. With limited seating, it can get a bit loud, but the outdoor seating area is beautiful.”

4.7 Superb163 Reviews
L & L Hawaiian Barbecue 4492 Moana Rd, Waimea Hawaiian • $

“L & L Hawaiian Barbecue is a restaurant known for its delicious food. The BBQ beef plate, with its flavorful and perfectly cooked thin-cut meat, is a popular choice. The seafood combo plate, which includes hot and crunchy shrimp, tender BBQ chicken, and moist fish, is also highly recommended. The macaroni salad is creamy and delightful. While the atmosphere may not be the best, the food makes up for it. Parking can be tricky and it's more suitable for takeout, but the made-to-order meals make it worth the visit. The bubble drinks are another favorite.”

4.6 Superb158 Reviews
Chicken In a Barrel BBQ 9400 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Barbecue • $

“Chicken In a Barrel BBQ offers a delicious dining experience with great customer service. The chicken plate is a must-try, served with homemade smokey and sweet BBQ sauce. The atmosphere is clean and fun, with fast service and fair prices. While some dishes like the beef and pork may not be everyone's favorite, the chicken stands out. The sampler platter offers a variety of options, although it may be too much food for some. Overall, a place worth revisiting for tasty BBQ and enjoyable surroundings.”

4.2 Good149 Reviews
Manuela Malasada Co 1 Puako Beach Dr, Waimea Food Trucks • $

“Manuela Malasada Co. offers freshly made, flavorful malasadas with a variety of fillings. The Bavarian cream is a favorite, and the cheesecake fillings are top-notch. The staff is friendly, and the cold brew ice coffee complements the sugary treats. Although slightly pricey, the deliciousness of the malasadas is worth it. A small food truck that requires a short wait for the hot, tasty treats, it's a perfect spot for a little treat on the island.”

4.5 Superb146 Reviews
JoJo's Shave Ice 9734 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Ice Cream Shop • $

“JoJo's Shave Ice is a popular spot in a colorful building, offering the delicious Berry Berry shave ice. Despite some waiting time, the classic place is well-loved with large portions perfect for sharing. The macadamia nut ice cream at the bottom is a delightful surprise. Be prepared for a small, sticky space, but the service is excellent. Highly recommended for a visit if you're in the area.”

4.6 Superb144 Reviews
Island Taco 9643 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea Tacos • $

“Island Taco is a perfect little spot near the beach, offering delicious shrimp tacos and wet shrimp burritos. The cajun Mahi tacos are stuffed to overflowing, missing only a lime wedge for drizzling. The best mahi mahi tacos around, with great shrimp burritos. Enjoy incredible dirty rice and refried beans. Despite tight seating, Island Taco is a must-visit near Waimea area, even right before closing time.”

4.5 Superb136 Reviews
Tiki Tacos 9875 Waimea Rd, Waimea Mexican • $

“Tiki Tacos is a must-visit roadside taco shop with life-changing tacos. The owners bring authentic flavors from Mexico City, serving huge portions perfect for sharing. Try the roasted chicken and kahuna fish tacos, both delicious with homemade tortillas. The fish taco packs a spicy punch while the chicken has just the right amount of kick. A definite stop for amazing food when in the area.”

4.3 Superb133 Reviews

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