4 Affordable and Delicious Dining Options in Puna
Several Options for Affordable Dining in Puna
The south-easternmost region of the Big Island’s 9 districts, Puna is a more affordable area, and is growing quickly, but lacks the hustle and bustle of more active nightlife and dining scenes found in Kailua-Kona or nearby Hilo. But for hungry residents and visitors, there’s plenty of locally-owned establishments perfect for a quick, cheap bite on your way to your next Big Island activity.
One of the best Thai joints in a competitive scene, Ning’s Thai Cuisine is known for its excellent takes on traditional Thai dishes as well as attentive service. A favorite for modern takes on classic items, Ning’s focuses on high-quality locally-produced ingredients and homemade sauces and spices. Perfect for takeout or a spicy, filling lunch, Ning’s Thai won’t disappoint.
15-2955 Pahoa Village Rd
Pāhoa, HI 96778
Open: 5:30 – 9 PM
A rarity on the Big Island’s eastern side, this Italian-style bistro offers tasty Hawaiian takes on classic Italian dishes. Perfect for special occasions or when an urge for fresh-made pasta comes along, Paolo’s Bistro is a gem.
Nightly entertainment, fresh-caught seafood, and creative presentation of traditional dishes, the team at Kaleo’s Bar and Grill have reinvented high-quality dining in Puna. Comparable to fine-dining establishments found in larger markets, Kaleo’s keeps things affordable and delicious no matter your dining preferences for the evening.
Perfect for a quick bite alongside a fresh cup of coffee, the Tin Shack Bakery also offers breakfast and lunch items and makes some of the best fresh-baked goods anywhere on the island. A great way to spend your morning while you prepare for the adventures ahead, we can’t recommend Tin Shack enough.