Da Fish House Lunch Wagon

61-3665 Akoni-Pule Hwy
Kawaihae, 96743
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Super good fish tacos. Not the best ambience, but a nice break from resort food. The cajun style fish had great seasoning and cooked with a nice crunchy shell.
For a truck on the side of the road, this was delish! Thanks to Yelp, as usual, because without the great reviews we would have passed on this. Good food, and it's very inexpensive. We did the beer battered fish of the day. We'll be going back to try the Cajun style while we are here. Definitely worth checking out if you want a good, cheap lunch, mid-week. 4/24/15 We go to the fish truck every time we come here, but after yesterday, I'm dropping my rating to 4 stars. The fish of the day is still amazing and yesterday Hubby had the Cajun style Mahi-Mahi, but I had something off the regular menu and it was terrible. Avoid the butterfish! It was so tough that I maybe ate 2 bites and threw the rest away. Luckily Hubby was willing to share his Mahi-Mahi, which was delsih. Stick to the fish of the day and it should be fresh and amazing!
This place is like a food truck (even though it's called a wagon), where the ordering happens in the window of the vehicle, the preparing / cooking happens inside the vehicle, and there are tables and chairs outside to enjoy the food. I came with my wife for lunch, and I ordered the Mahi Mahi platter with french fries and mac salad. First off, the lady who took my order messed up the order - I asked for my Mahi Mahi to be breaded and fried, and instead, I got a Cajun-seasoned Mahi Mahi. I let it go, because I was too hungry to care. It took a good 20 minutes for us to get our food after we ordered, so by that point, I just wanted to eat. The fries and mac salad were just ok. My wife ordered the Kalbi Beef plate with a side salad (papaya dressing) and a pasta salad. They also messed up her order - instead of a pasta salad, she got a mac salad. She cared enough to have it sent back and they replaced the pasta salad with a mac salad. There wasn't much that was special about her dish - the beef had too much sauce, and the side salad and pasta salad were both underwhelming. This theme of messed up orders wasn't just with us, either. There was a family who ordered before us, and they all got burgers with rice when they ordered burgers with french fries. All three plates had rice instead of fries. And at first, the lady was reluctant to switch them out. Because I witnessed this episode before I even ordered, I made an effort to order very slowly, clearly, and loudly... and they still messed up my order. Oh, did I mention it took a really long time to get our food? Sure, it's Hawaii so things supposedly run on island time. But just in case you want something quick, be forewarned. I wouldn't recommend coming here The portion sizes were also not very filling. After I ate my Mahi Mahi plate and some of my wife's Kalbi Beef plate, I still had room for more food. I only got 3 small pieces of fish on my plate. The service was at least friendly (even if it wasn't accurate). And for an area where you don't have many options, it's not a terrible place to grab a bite. It just wasn't the best experience for my wife and I.

(808) 882-1052

Seafood, Food Stands

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Plantation Grill

61-3642 Kawaihae Rd
Kawaihae, 96743
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My husband and I had an unexpected awesome dinner. I am not a big meat eater but the pork ribs were smoked all day and the meat fell off the bones. The flavor was savory with just the right amount of spice. They were memorable!! I'm still thinking about them now. The ribs were paired with a slaw that was seasoned perfectly to go with the ribs. The waiter from Portland was friendly, knowledgeable, and fast. When I ordered the ribeye , he mentioned that the ribs were to die for and from the island. He mentioned that the ribeye was not local. He was knowledgable about all the ingredients in the dishes and the origins. The drinks were GOOOOD. I recommend the Lilikoi margarita. I loved it so much in had 2 with dinner. We were recommended by some friends in Hawi to go to the Blue Dragon for great food and slack guitar every thurs fri sat. But our plans changed when we arrived. The BD music was r&b. granted we didn't have reservations but we felt ignored. When I signed in and asked the host what the wait was, she didn't answer. She just kept blowing us off. So we decided to leave. I'm so happy we did because the food was phenomenal at the Plantation grill. The chef at PG knows how to develop flavors and the food was cooked perfectly.
We made a reservation her on Mother's Day, because we wanted to spend the day up near the beaches up there. They gave my wife a flower on the way in (which was a nice touch). The waiter was extremely friendly. He recommended the ribs and said they were the best, even compared to mainland standards. I was skeptical, but we agreed to order it. THEY WERE AMAZING! Definitely get them when you go here. They really were excellent, I wish I could get more of them. The other food we got was okay, but I would definitely come back here just for the ribs. Overall, a great atmosphere, good dining and a lot of fun.
Maybe this was an off night for them? This place came highly-recommended however we did not enjoy our experience here. Husband's fish was overcooked. We were seated next to some stairs which were covered in lots of little bugs we noticed half way through our meal. I know we are on an island however we lost our appetite. A shame because we wanted a super nice meal to end our trip with to the Big Island. To top things off, we got to enjoy another server berate the other workers loudly. Sorry - not coming back. Wish we would have asked for a refund.

(808) 882-1200

Seafood, American (Traditional)

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Blue Dragon

61-3616 Kawaihae Rd
Kawaihae, 96743
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Great local open patio restaurant. Excellent live music. The food was wonderful....super fresh and thoughtfully prepared. The people that work they must love their jobs, as all were friendly and provided great service. We liked it so much we ate there 3 out of the 8 nites of our stay.
Service was good 3 stars. Fish was overcooked, steak was good. Appetizers were okay. Overall food is 3 stars. However management needs to deal with pest control/ventilation problems for outside seating. My son and I were bitten by so many mosquitoes while sitting outside where there was absolutely no air. We looked through the fence and realized there were parked cars right behind where we sat which probably contributed to the stifling heat. We left with 15+ mosquito bites on our feet and legs. It felt like we hiked through a forest dripping with sweat. With the heat and the mosquitoes, I just couldn't enjoy the meal and the music. Also, they had plenty of tables available inside where they had mist and fan but we were led to the stuffiest area with mosquitoes feasting on us... Disappointing experience.
Had a great meal with great atmosphere, live music and fantastic service. Highlights: burgers are delicious...meat is great, bun is fresh and really good toppings. The wedge Caesar was really good also. Chicken and waffles were really good with some nice island touches. I appreciated (being designated driver) that they served a really nice flavor of Kambucha and served it to me dressed up like a cocktail. Their ice cream is house made and delicious The service was wonderful. Live music is a nice treat and outdoor atmosphere was comfortable and fun. One of the only restaurants we want to return to on the Kohala Coast.

(808) 882-7771

Seafood, Music Venues, American (New)

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Kawaihae Market & Deli

61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy
Kawaihae, 96743
Reviews:
I always come up here to get my kids a popsicle or ice cream after dining at Cafe Pesto. The staff are very friendly and I highly recommend coming here for drinks, sandwiches, etc.
I was in Hawaii and we were getting gas and I looked next door and there was a Deli I thought go local went and checked it out and yummy . Staff very helpful very informative very friendly. I had the Kimchi salad(Crab Poke) fantastic if you like kimchi which I'm a fan of you will love this Crisp spicy sweet all in a single bite $5.99 lb. and enough for 6 people to share both salads . I also had the Potato Mac Salad which is a island staple this was by far the best on the island had lots of flavor not bland like almost all the others $3.99 lb. They were both a perfect addition to our Picnic Lunch .
Great Sandwich! Went to get 4 sandwiches for my family, was in and out in under 10 minutes with fresh made sandwiches, very friendly service. Also try the Mac Salad

(808) 880-1611

Grocery, Delis

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Kawaihae Kitchen

61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy
Kawaihae, 96743
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(808) 882-1511

Hawaiian, Sushi Bars

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Cafe Pesto

61-3665 Hwy 270
Kawaihae, 96743
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(808) 882-1071

Pizza

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Aloha Deli

61-3642 Kawaihae Rd
Kawaihae, 96743
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(808) 880-1188

Seafood, Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)

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