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“Birthday Pu Pu's and cocktails”

Kona Inn Restaurant
Ranked #44 of 306 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed February 2, 2018

Visited the restaurant for cocktails and pu pu's around sunset. Was very lucky and found a table in an ideal location. Cocktails and hors d oeuvres were great and sunset very memorable!!

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Reviewed January 29, 2018

Over the years, we count in the teens the number of times we have dined at the Kona Inn. It is always an enjoyable experience. Located in a historic building, you dine in an open-air area looking out over the Pacific Ocean and if you are lucky you view a magnificent sunset.
Having a reservation was helpful in that it was reasonably busy on the evening of our visit. The professional hostess provided us with a friendly greeting and escorted us to our table (looking directly out towards the Pacific).
Our server soon stopped by to greet us and indicated he would be back shortly to provide more information and begin the assistance with our dining activities. Throughout the evening he provided us with professional, efficient, and friendly service.
First, we ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio to enjoy with our meal. We split a Caesar Salad; more than enough to share. Selections for entrees were Calamari for the spouse and Ono prepared Cajun style for me. The good-sized portions were prepared excellently. The Cajun seasoning was spicy but not overly so. Both were plated and presented in an appealing way. The temperature of the selections indicated that they were quickly brought to the table from the kitchen.
After the many, many times that we have been to the Kona Inn it is nice to see that everything remains as anticipated and expected. We will return.

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Reviewed January 29, 2018

There are many choices for those wanting a relaxing sunset dinner on vacation. The Kona Inn restaurant delivers for those who know how to relax. I have dined here numerous times on previous visits. Some dishes were better tasting for the most part, but I never had a bad meal. Yes the view at sunset is photo worthy, but realize the bar and the kitchen are getting hammered. So, if you don't get your umbrella drink and pupus, you ordered 15 minutes ago, relax, and click away. I find the quality of both improves, when they are less crowded.

On this last visit, it was well past that time, and the dinning room half occupied. We were promptly seated by the hostess. We were immediately greeted by our server, David, who took the drink orders, suggested appetizers, explained the evenings specials, all with a crisp professional demeanor, refreshing. Soon he was back to follow up. I went with my fave "Stuffed Ono", a super rich lobster sauce covering a delicious blend of creamy, slightly spicy goodness. Other fish dishes were ordered by our table. Please note that soup and salad, are not included. All seafood entree's are At Market Price, so ask if the price may effect your decision.

We noticed a table behind us chatting away, when my friend recognized the owner of the Wind & Sea in Dana Point, sitting among the group. (He is also the owner of the Kona Inn). We commended him on the awesome buffet brunch they serve their, and about the Orange County dinning scene in general. The food, arrived and we all were impressed by how good it looked on the plate, ditto on taste. Warm bread and butter were brought, then David asked if everything was to our satisfaction, and was relieved when we gave all an enthusiastic thumbs up. (I guess having the owner seated next to your table is a good thing). Truthfully, David was on point, and exhibited all of the mannerisms of a seasoned veteran.

As the owner's table got up to leave, he offered us a complimentary dessert or cocktail. Classy and appreciated, even though I am not a fan of their Mai Tais, I ordered a Crown and seven as the perfect finish to my great meal. I don't remember anybody opting for dessert. The bread service is listed on the menu as "on request", and is on the sides menu at $2.95. We had two baskets worth and N/C to our bill, Thanks. The Inn has been here since 1928, but was converted to shops and the present restaurant after it closed in1976. The lobby area has a family connection as one of the fishing trophy's mounted on the valance, a Marlin, belongs to my Great Uncle. (one of the "Granders" he caught in the1960's).

Come with Aloha, leave with a full stomach, and nice pictures. Hey, why do we come here on vacation anyway?
Mahalo.

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Thank maitaimike2015
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

This was by far the best dinner we had on the island. Our waiter Romeo,was excellent and put up with all of our questions.
We started with the fresh calamri strips that were so tender; best we've ever had. I had macadamia crusted ahi that was incredible. You have 360 degree view of the Bay and the sunset. Perfect evening.

Thank 54marebear60
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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

It's well worth seeking out the town of Kona when visiting the Big Iskand, about a 40 minute drive from resorts like the Mauna Lani. And among the best places to grab dinner is this treasured tropical haunt with an expansive bar and dining room open to the torch lit beach. Decorated to emerge a less pretentious Tommy Bahama, its on the main drag amid tourist shops peddling ukalals and Reef flip flops and draws you into a vintage Polynesian lobby featuring sport fish on the paneled walls. We usually eat at the bar and like the wedge salad with bacon and tomatos, the pulled pork and sashimi appetizer among other tasty dishes. The atmosphere can't be beat and you'll take in another alice of real Hawaiian life, including a blending of locals that father here to hear.

Thank luannedesign
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