Mi’s Italian Bistro

81-6372 Mamalahoa Hwy,Ste 103
Kealakekua, 96750
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Dark and cozy, with attentive but unobtrusive service, and excellent food and wine. My grilled fish with mushroom risotto and asparagus was perfect. My husband's cioppino was good but not outstanding. Would highly recommend and return. We never would have found it except for our innkeeper's recommendation!
The special, seafood pasta, the bruschetta with special topping & chocolate torte were excellent. The Italian sausage rigate was a little too salty though. Service & atmosphere was very good.
Outstanding dinner and probably our best meal on the island. The entrees were definitely authentic italian and the service was very friendly. Great place to celebrate the last night on the island. A little ways from Kona but definitely worth the drive or perfect if you are driving back from the volcano.

(808) 323-3880

Italian

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Caffe Florian

81-6637 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, 96750
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I was excited to try this little spot because between Captain Cook and Kona, there isn't much there. Modern and clean! They've got a nice little bathroom in the corner too which helps ;) I ordered a coffee and veggie sandwich. It was delicious and all handmade freshly on the spot. My favorite thing was getting the carrot sticks on the side to nibble. Super healthy! They also had a variety of homemade pastries and cookies.
Top notch espresso and views. Super duper tasteful decor. Great service. May all cafes and restaurants in Kona take this as their model. Kona's food scene needs rejuvenation.
Actually used to be a very positive place, now not so much. Staff needs to be more respectful and also be more fair torwards the workers who actually work hard. Also, if you got an attitude, don't bring it to work.. Just a friendly tip.

(808) 238-0861

Cafes

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Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers

79-7460 Mamalahoa Hwy,Ste 105
Kealakekua, 96750
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Good but overpriced small portions. Incredible view. Very nice service. good atmosphere. More French fries and a couple dollars cheaper and I would have given four stars
Great greek burger beef tasty, basil garlic fries very good unique Nice friendly quick service
If you're on the Big Island around Kona, Annie's is a great, after a long day, place to grab a really, really good burger and a couple of drinks. Happy Hour is usually between 3 - 6pm, so you can get a decent discount on your drinks and chow down for a few bucks. Always find out the special, because it is fantastic and fresh. The Firecracker Burger is spicy and delicious, which is what I love, and the beers are cold. Service was spot-on. Multiple people, not just our designated server, came up to check on us which reminds of some fine dining establishments in Philly. Also, you may have a gecko swing by to check on you if you sitting at the back of the restaurant!

(808) 324-6000

Burgers

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Teshima Restaurant

79-7251 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, 96750
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Awww shucks, your overpriced California purse got dirty on the floor! My heart goes out to you, how on earth did you survive that indignity. I love it when the Cali Spoiled-ocracy experiences the real local culture and undergoes such mental trauma. Chuckle. Obasan, we love Teshima Restaurant. We of the real local Hawaii. Tourists, stick to Waikoloa beach resort, where your tender sensibilities will be gently handled and you will be properly sequestered from the real Hawaii. Oh, and more of your money will be lifted from your wallets, with proper Aloha.
It's a nice local place with very simplistic items on the menu. Everything tasted pretty good. The service was nice, but the timeliness of our food left a lot to be desired. I'm not sure if they forgot part of our order or what happened, but there was probably around 30-45 minutes in between when the food started first arriving and when the last item my noodle bowl showed up. I know they were fairly busy that day, but the wait seemed unreasonable. Luckily we were in a large group of 9, so I was able to munch on everyone else's food before my order finally came. Overall it was a decent place.
Out of all of the places we ate on Kona side, this was my favorite! I had the sashimi tray. It was all pieces of tuna (I thought it would be an assortment) but it was very delicious and came with several side plates including miso and rice. They serve traditional Japanese food here and this is a family owned and operated place. The grand-daughter of the founder waited on us. The service was good, the place is not pretentious, the decor is dated, but the food was on point and a good value. The day we went the place was packed but we still got good service.

(808) 322-9140

Japanese

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Keei Cafe

79-7511 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, 96750
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Located on the second floor of a small strip mall, this quaint restaurant is geared toward the locals. Located between Kona and Captain Cook, most tourists probably wouldn't make the trek here especially at night, when a streetlight is nowhere in sight. Unless you have ESP or GPS you will most likely drive by this place and never even know it. The restaurant has a warm feeling to it, with lots of wood tones and a tropical feel to it. There is a very small patio, but it overhangs the parking lot which is not the most ideal or romantic place to be seating. The Rib Eye was cooked to perfection and the herbs added a nice punch to the dish. The steak had the right amount of fat to help give it flavor. There wasn't a lot of fat or gristle; really an enjoyable piece of meat. The Seafood Chowder is a nice mix of seafood including shrimp, mussels, scallops and fish in a nice, rich broth. The chowder was very flavorful and the portion was more than adequate. I had heard that food quality had gone down and that people were usually not seated promptly, but we had no problems with either seating or food quality. We had no reservations and waited less than 10 minutes, and the food was very good.
Ke'ei Cafe was the perfect restaurant to celebrate our last night in Hawaii, and our anniversary. It's beautiful inside, with views of the sunset, the food is wonderful, and I finally had the delicious MaiTai I had been searching for the whole trip. Beware, cash only!
Aside from the cash only thing, this place is a 'must' to visit while on the big island. The service is friendly, decor is upper class and the food is wonderful. Parking is in the rear and you'll have to be careful of some narrow entrance and exits.... But it's nothing treacherous. Great place to go to with your significant other. A+

(808) 322-9992

Latin American, Mediterranean

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Daves Hawaiian Ice Cream

81-6596 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, 96750
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Dave's Ice Cream is Da Bomb. The Hawaiian mud pie and Kahlua Fudge are amazing. However, even more amazing is the Ube (sweet potato) ice cream. Bright purple and sweet!
Omg!!!! I can't believe I've never tried this place before! Some really yummy, creamy ice cream!!! Someone else said it tastes too "store bought" but I couldn't disagree more!! The cute little girl working here was super nice and accommodating with our indecisiveness and wanting to sample all the different flavors. If you like coconut, I would absolutely recommend the coconut Mac nut.... So darn delicious!!
Dave's Ice Cream is great! Many flavors to choose from, plus various sizes, cones and toppings. The shave ice is great too! Heads up, CASH Only.

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Sandy’s Drive In

79-7432 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, 96750
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Health nuts stay away from this place. I promise you will NOT have a good time. Do us all a favor and just keep driving if you're on the Kona side. Sandy's IS NOT for those who want to diet, unless that diet is a diet soda. This is a place for those who want a classic taste of Hawai'i's hometown comfort foods and aren't counting carbs or calories because THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT GOOD! This local dive is an excellent example of the result of the melting and blending of Hawai'i's cultures and a smorgasbord of "comforting" eats. Sandy's is a blend of the old and new Hawai'i. It's menu, while common across the island chain, showcases the best (and worst, depending how you look at it) of what "Hawaiian" comfort food is and will continue to be. It's famous teriyaki beef and shrimp tempura combo is awesome. As is Sandy's Bulgogi Fries. Yes. Bulgogi. Korean style beef (which is actually their teriyaki meat), placed atop a mound of extra extra crispy crinkle-cut fries, sprinkled with green onions, and finished with a drizzle of their spicy mayonnaise-based sauce. Which brings me to my next point. The food is for comfort. COMFORT. It's also for if you're going to work the fields maintaining/picking/processing coffee. It is not, in any way that healthy for you. While that sounds like a bad thing, IT'S NOT! We have enough "healthy" options for dining don't you think yelp? If you need an example of what I mean...look above. Bulgogi fries. Beef Teriyaki. Shrimp Tempura. Katsu. Curry. Fried anything. That's pretty much what you will have to expect when you dine here. Don't expect anything more. Lastly, I am happy that a place Sandy's exists at least somewhere on the Hawaiian Island chain. We NEED these places to stay open! So what if they don't promote health. Scratch that. Sandy's does promote health. It keeps the SOUL healthy. The SOUL. We need that sometimes.
For an inexpensive plate lunch, Sandy's is a pretty good choice off the Mamalahoa highway south. We went with the 2 specials of the day, the beef stew & the sweet & sour pork ribs. Both come with chunks of vegetables and scoops of white rice & potato-mac salad. My son went with the Bento Box lunch with Teriyaki Beef, Chicken Wings & a Fried Ahi Filet over rice. It was a pretty quiet lunch with not a spoken word as we stuffed our faces. And what evil genius created the Bulgogi Fries?! It's an unholy union like a Reese's peanut butter cup or Penn & Teller. Start with nothing-to-write-home-about crinkle-cut french fries, but then jazz it up with pieces of beef bulgogi drizzled with spicy mayonnaise and scallions. It's diabolical, I tell ya!! It could be a meal unto itself or a means to take over the world!
On the road again........and this time my adventures find me in the Kailua-Kona & Kealakekua area today. I was hoping to drop by at one of my favorite restaurants (Sam Choys) in the Keauhou shopping center for lunch today, but sometimes things don't go the way you wish, so you just gotta go wid' da flow..........sigh. So I ended up just hangin' around in the Kealakekua area. It was 12:30 PM already, and I hadn't had anything to eat since I got up at 4:30 AM. Thank goodness for the free coffee in the Hawaiian Airlines lounge, otherwise I guess I would just be eating air! I was so hungry, yet I was kinda disappointed because I knew I couldn't make it to Sams. So driving around in the Kealakekua area, and I found myself at Sandy's Drive In. Sandy's is a local style plate lunch place. They have a very small menu, and I noticed a lot of the items were of the "fried" nature. Hey man...........if you're looking for something healthy, then don't bother to step into this place, cuz when you throw down a "fried" plate lunch of something........you know you'll be pickin' up some calories! I don't know about you folks, but when you are so hungry..........when you finally get to eat, normally no matter how crappy the food is, it taste GREAT!!!! But in my case............it was kinda bleh! :( For my lunch today, I ordered a two item combo plate ($9.32 with tax), and my two item combo plate consisted of the following item - 1. Fried Chicken 2. Teri Beef 3. Brown Rice 4. Toss Salad. Yes, they serve regular white rice, but I like brown rice. And yes, they do serve mac salad, but you know me..........I just hate mayonnaise, so toss salad is a given for me. About the grub..........well, the fried chicken was little wing & drumettes. The fried chicken was very dry & over cooked, meat was kinda on the hard side, and it was kinda bland tasting. But of course since they are serving little wings & drumettes, I guess it could be easily over cooked. The teri beef was just okay.........but I've tasted way better marinades, and softer meat. This is a small mom & pop local plate lunch kinda place, so you walk in and order, then find a place to sit. They call you when your food is ready, then you pick it up, and sit down. There is no wait service here............ What I did find interesting about this place, was that they served some very unique items on their small menu. A few items I found interesting was the - 1. Bulgogi Fries 2. Luau Fries 3. Orange Whip 4. Lilikoi Soda Well, maybe I just picked the wrong items to eat today.........maybe if there's a next time for this place, I will pick a few items that is more suitable to my taste? Lots of free parking in the private parking lot, but the lot is shared with other businesses.

(808) 322-2161

Hawaiian

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Hong Kong Chop Suey

Kealakekua Ranch Cnt
Kealakekua, 96750
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The food is only one star, really bland. They get the second star because we came in at 8:29 (they close at 8:30) and they still let us order. I was so hungry I would have eaten one of the servers, but even bland orange chicken was better than raw waitress.
new ownership (again!) now, and the food is (surprisingly) outstanding. most authentic chinese cooking in the entire kona area. prices are reasonable. we just hope the quality and friendly service continues for a long time.
Bleh. I ordered lemon chicken and they served up the chicken plain in my dish and then squirted the lemon sauce on it from one of those squeezy ketchup bottles. The price is right though. Solid 3 star establishment.

(808) 323-3373

Chinese

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Korner Pocket Bar & Grill

81-980 Halekii St
Kealakekua, 96750
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Two stars for the pool tables. Otherwise I would have given it one star. Shitty food, even shittier service. Try again.
Always had a good time at the Korner Bar. Great wait staff and always good cold beer. Foods good too,great fried zucchini. Mostly a locals hang out but seem to welcome visitors just the same.
Here's what you'll find: a clean, well-kept local pool bar with about 10 restaurant tables and booths. A well stocked jukebox. Friendly staff and a "standard" menu. I had a mahi sandwich, which had plenty of tasty fish (if a bit too much sauce). My wife had a Caesar Salad, which was beyond generous. A good place to stop for lunch.

(808) 322-2994

American (New)

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Aloha Local Bbq

81-6587 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, 96750
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I have driven by this place over the years and never tried it. Today i had the breakfast special for $3.99 with 2 eggs/choice of meats/2 big hash brown patties all was good I was surprised. Will try it again for chinese food since the cook is from china and seems to know what she is doing. The waiter/cashier really does not speak english....even tho he has been in hawaii 10 years! I spoke to him in Mandarin......and he is very pleasant and accommodating.
I personally DO NOT trust the food they serve. Dishes are dirty.. Siverware, cups ect. Would not recommend.
Don't be fooled by the ordinary Eco looking place, the food is fast and great at the same time. Very authentic Chinese food and very reasonable priced!

(808) 323-8488

Chinese

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