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This is a hidden gem along the Kohala Coast. Located in the Mauna Lani resort, this open-air restaurant is located along the beach behind security gates. Once past the sentry, the shaded parking lot gives way to the clubhouse that offers a private and secluded setting. The menu is a collection of island and Asian flavors combined with fresh local seafood, beef and produce. The restaurant offers an abundance of coastal views to enjoy while dining. Sunset dinner reservations are recommended. Dress is casual and the restaurant is cooled by tropical sea breezes.
Pick of the dining options within The Fairmont Orchid, Brown's is a beach-side retreat that sports a perfect setting for unforgettable meals. You can practically feel the sea when you dine in the restaurant's splendid outdoor setting amidst palm trees accentuated by tropical decor. The sweeping ocean views are to die for and sunsets are as romantic as they come. But it's not just the location that has made Brown's, a destination of such caliber. The restaurant has a firm local food philosophy with pretty much all the ingredients being sourced from top local farms. It's the same with seafood. The menu also assumes a local vein with Big Island cooking traditions at the forefront and a healthy choice in Pacific Rim specialties. Seafood is an absolute delight and should not be missed. For a more intimate experience, the restaurant offers the option of private dining in a setting that can only be termed as memorable. Call ahead or check website for reservations and more.
Sitting amidst swaying coconut palms on water's edge, Kona Inn's setting can only be described as dazzling. But it's not the location alone that pulls locals and tourists alike to this Kona institution evening after evening. Widely regarded as one of the finest seafood restaurants on the island, Kona Inn delights with a relaxed atmosphere and a menu that will have seafood lovers jumping with joy. Choose from a delightful selection seafood entrees made from freshly caught fish that features among others, Ahi, Mochong and Mahi Mahi. A selection of steaks offer something for those looking beyond seafood. The decor is extremely casual, with wicker chairs capturing the feel of the outdoors, while the interiors are designed to maximize the ocean views. You can sit out at the little lawn outside for an extremely romantic setting. The bar serves up a killer selection of Hawaiian cocktails as well as a good choice of beers. The Cafe Grill remains open from 11.30a to 9p year round. Check website for more.
The chef here serves up his own style of Hawaiian Regional cuisine, which features seafood, poultry and plenty of cuts of prime meat prepared with an island twist. Local vegetables, fruits and herbs accompany meaty, savory main dishes. Expect to see many dishes that have been coconut-crusted or teriyaki-glazed. The decor is elegant in a relaxed sort of way. Tropical flowers border the outdoor patio, and a stream rushes over the rocks several yards away. A local musician serenades the room as the sun lazily dips below the horizon.