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.
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!
Oenophiles will rejoice at this fantastic offering within the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel that gives as much attention to the food served as to the wine itself. The daily changing food menu centers around the restaurant's superb wine list, with the chef concocting excellent Hawaiian-inspired specialties with a creative bend. The restaurant boasts of an Enomatic wine storage system which allows patrons to sample pretty much every wine on the list by the glass; a sheer delight for wine lovers. The wine list itself is pretty diverse and throws up some great choices from the best wine producing regions. The restaurant changes character in the mornings to become a lively breakfast destination. The restaurant benefits from the hotel's stunning location and offers breathtaking water views from pretty much every seat. The light-filled outdoor area is an excellent choice for a romantic sunset meal.
One of the best restaurants in the Waikoloa resort, this contemporary sushi temple is a must-try. One of many restaurants owned by island celebrity chef D.K. Kodama, this eatery is fun, casual and comfortable. The menu is eclectic and ranges from traditional Japanese selections to creative sushi and unique fusion dishes. Arrive early for specials or come later for the karaoke. The shopping center offers an abundance of free parking, but it's also within easy walking distance of the larger resorts.
The only real ice cream parlor for miles, Marble Slab offers everything from ice cream to smoothies to sodas and floats. Stop here to stave off the tropical heat and enjoy a delightful dessert. Located across from the courtyard at the Queens Marketplace in Waikoloa, this ice cream shop is a delightful option to high priced resort spots. The cheery setting and reasonable prices make it popular during weekends. The shopping center offers an abundance of parking and it's certainly walkable from several of the area resorts.
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.