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Top Rated Restaurants & Cafes in Hawai'i (Big Island)

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Roy's - Waikoloa Bar & Grill

Hawaiians have been enjoying Roy Yamaguchi's innovative recipes for more than a decade. This restaurant located at the Kings' Shops is one of a half-dozen in the state. It serves artistic, flavorful, complex Pacific Rim cuisine, featuring the best local ingredients and eclectic preparations. Signature dishes include "Town & Country" Island Style Poke and Steamed Hawaiian Onaga. The wine list features varieties from around the world, plus a few from Roy's own label.

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The CanoeHouse

The crown jewel of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel dining scene is stunning in every aspect, from the unique decor to the exotic dishes to the superb views. The restaurant is set on its own tiny island. Guests walk on a stone path, crossing the stream on a tiny bridge. Once there, it's easy to see and hear the Pacific Ocean located just a few hundred yards away. Signature items include the Lobster Tempura appetizer, the Seared White Peppered Ahi and the Grilled Lemon Pepper Scallops.

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Merriman's

Chef Peter Merriman, the former culinary star of Mauna Lani Resort, has received critical and public acclaim for his Upcountry venture. Serving the best and freshest Big Island products with contemporary flair, this restaurant is on a par with the finest resort gourmet rooms. Mr. Merriman personally supervises the purchase of ingredients from local farms and makes sure to give credit where credit is due. Fresh seafood, creative salads and decadent desserts are always present on the ever-changing menu.

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Hawaiian Style Café

One of the most famous island hole-in-the-wall joints, the Hawaiian Style Café is known throughout the islands as the spot to go for local dishes. Loco moco, Hawaiian plates and much more are offered at this counter-style diner. Be sure to have the country-style breakfast that will feature local grass-fed beef and huge portions. Cash only!

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Big Island Brewhaus

Located at 2764 feet (842.47 meters) in the small ranching town of Waimea, this boutique brewery holds the distinction of being the highest brewery in Hawaii. Locals know this place as an extension to the ever-popular Tako Taco Mexican café. Located in the very heart of Waimea, the brewery was a long time in the making. The vats are anchored to the rear of the restaurant in an old barn with a variety of brews that are too long to list. There is live music three times a week, and that ever-popular Tako Taco menu of salads, burritos and quesadillas is ready for the asking.

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Cafe Pesto

Cafe Pesto opened in 1988; a time when the island's culinary scenario was pretty much at a nascent stage, and today after the dining scene has evolved by leaps and bounds, it still remains one of the best places to relish Hawaiian food. Standing within the Kawaihae Shopping Center, this is the first of the two stellar locations on the island and offers and excellent menu of fresh seafood and a mouthwatering selection of island inspired pizzas, pastas and more. Chef Moses utilizes the best of the island's locally sourced produce to come up with a fantastic range of time-tested classics as well as contemporary takes. The restaurant interiors sport a light tropical theme with great use of natural elements and Hawaiian-inspired artwork on the walls. The chequered black and white floor on the main dining rooms goes well with the mellow palate on the walls. There's a good play of natural light and an airy feel throughout the establishment. Stop by for a refreshing experience.

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