In most places, a restaurant’s decor is a big part of the dining experience, but in Hawaii, Mother Nature takes care of much of the decorating. With waterfront property being a real draw for diners on the Big Island, there are plenty of restaurants that offer incredible oceanfront views. The following establishments also offer great food, drinks and service – the view is simply a cherry on top. If you’re looking for a must-eat list of Big Island waterfront dining experiences, look no further:
Nestled within the expansive and gorgeous Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai, the Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge is open to resort-goers and the general public alike. Creative in their approach to Hawaiian-themed dishes, the restaurant has two different offerings: a grill with ovens, woks, and open-flame cooking and a world-class sushi bar. The seafood is fresh caught from the very same morning and is expertly prepared by some of the best chefs in the state of Hawaii. If you’re looking for luxurious dining with an unforgettable view, you can’t leave Ulu off your list.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village’s answer to the Big Islands high-end dining scene, the Kamuela Provision Company never disappoints. Sourced from the very best farms, ranches, and fishermen in and around the Big Island, the menu ranges from Hawaiian twists on traditional steaks to fresh-caught seafood prepared to perfection. LIve music plays from 6-9 P.M. nightly and an expansive wine bar is catered to suit any dish. For a breathtaking view of the sunset over the water while sipping a cocktail, KPC delivers and then some.
Island Lava Java
75-5801 Ali’i Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hours: 6:30 AM – 9 PM
Offering the finest in locally-grown and processed coffee and a menu that ups the ante no matter the time of day, there’s never a bad time to visit Island Lava Java in Kailua Village. Utilizing locally-sourced beef, goat cheese, produce, and baked goods, Island Lava Java is both conveniently located and perfect for an oceanfront breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Affordable and worthy of high-class distinction, Lava Java’s menu outperforms its price point by leaps and bounds.
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic locations on the Big Island, the Beach Tree is one of the few places you can eat on the Kona Coast with your feet dug securely in white sand. Nightly live entertainment breezes softly along with the ocean wind in an open air dining environment and the menu ranges from familiar bar eats to a multiple course dinner. And if you simply want to venture along the beachfront with a drink in your hand, the attached bar and lounge caters to those simply there to enjoy the view.
A Big Island institution since 1969, Huggo’s is a breezy beachfront restaurant serving fresh-caught seafood dishes, house-made pasta, and some of the best cocktails in Hawaii. Situated overlooking Kailua Bay, in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona, Huggo’s is the perfect place to enjoy an evening of ocean front views, fine food and delicious tropical drinks.
With terrific food, a great atmosphere, and friendly service, there’s nothing not to love about this wonderful restaurant. The specialties include delicious organic and seasonal dishes such as sushi and classic french onion soup, craft beer, and artisan cocktails all made with care and local ingredients. But, what truly makes Hilo Bay Cafe so popular is the gorgeous location overlooking Hilo bay and the laidback yet classy atmosphere of the restaurant.