Enjoy wood fired pizzas at Cafe Pesto on island of Hawaii
Enjoy wood fired pizzas at Cafe Pesto on island of Hawaii

Best restaurants and cafés on island of Hawai’i

Island of Hawai‘i's restaurants and cafés serve beef raised on its cattle ranches, vegetables grown in its rich, volcanic soil and freshly caught seafood
Merrimans Big Island
Merriman's Big Island

Merriman’s Big Island at Waimea

Merriman’s Big Island at Waimea – the flagship restaurant of Peter Merriman, one of the original chefs to pioneer the Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine farm-to-table concept – is a must for dedicated foodies.

merrimanshawaii.com

Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill

Fellow Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine founder, Japanese-American chef Roy Yamaguchi, also serves island-inspired, internationally influenced cuisine at his restaurant overlooking the Kings’ Course fairway and lake at the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa, called Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill

royyamaguchi.com

The restaurant at Kilauea Lodge on Island of Hawaii
The restaurant at Kilauea Lodge on Island of Hawai'i

Kīlauea Lodge

Just outside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in Volcano Village, the character-filled restaurant at Kīlauea Lodge is another that celebrates local purveyors, even listing the farms its ingredients come from at the top of its menu.

kilauealodge.com

Island Lava Java

Housed in a plantation-style building at Coconut Grove Marketplace in Kona, the colourful Island Lava Java is a great place to go for breakfast, serving freshly baked cinnamon rolls, pull-aparts and Kona Coffee, with views over Kailua Bay.

islandlavajava.com

Hilo Bay Café

You can also grab a table on the balcony at Hilo Bay Café for artisan sushi, contemporary, locally-inspired dishes, wine, craft beer and cocktails.

hilobaycafe.com

Smoothies from Sweet Cane Cafe in Hilo on island of Hawaii
Smoothies from Sweet Cane Cafe in Hilo on island of Hawai'i

Sweet Cane Café

Also at Hilo, Sweet Cane Café uses mostly organic ingredients largely sourced from the owners’ family farm. Think cane juice, cane slushies, cane juice-based smoothies, vegan and gluten-free baked goods, kale chips, sandwiches, salads and soups.

sweetcanecafe.com

Cafe Pesto at Hilo on island of Hawaii
Cafe Pesto at Hilo on island of Hawaii

Café Pesto

In a restored historic building at Hilo, Café Pesto is best known for its wood-fired pizzas, but also serves pasta, salads and creative cuisine influenced by the island’s diverse ethnic mix.

cafepesto.com

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