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AWARD WINNING RESTAURANTS
(see also Other Big Island Restaurants)

The restaurants listed under this category have received prestigious annual awards and critical recognition from various sources, among them:
  • 'Ilima Award: Presented by the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper based on a People's Choice ballot.
  • Hale 'Aina Award: Presented by the Honolulu Magazine based on subscriber balloting.
AMERICAN
HILO BAY CAFE
Waiakea Center
315 Makaala Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(Downtown Hilo)
Tel. (808) 935-4939
You can go basic (blue cheese burger) or gourmet (foie gras with glazed apples). Featuring heart-healthy dishes and vegan selections. 2005 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$)

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ASIAN

JAPANESE
FUJIMAMA'S RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
75-5719 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 327-2125
A great restaurant - an intimate experience unparalleled with world class service. Dishes feature Asian influence and Far East inspirations. 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$$)

RESTAURANT KAIKODO
Toyama Building
60 Keawe Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Tel. (808) 961-2558
A sophisticated, East meets West bistro in a former Masonic temple & bank. Michael Fennelly, their celebrity chef, is fond of fish dishes incorporating local ingredients. 2005 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$)

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EUROPEAN

CONTINENTAL

KILAUEA LODGE
Old Volcano Road (Highway 11)
Volcano Village, HI 96785
(Volcano District)
Tel. (808) 967-7366
Continental cuisine - European trained owner-chef Albert offers a variety of dishes: fowl, vegetarian and beef, in a relaxed country lodge setting. Dinners nightly aside the Historic Fireplace of Friendship. Honolulu Magazine 2001, 2004 & 2006 Hale Aina Award winner, Honolulu Magazine 1999 & 2000 Restaurant of Distinction winner plus 1997 Gourmet Magazine America's Top Table Readers Choice award. (D $$)

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FRENCH

SPONSORS

DANIEL THIEBAUT RESTAURANT
65-1259 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
(South Kohala District)
Tel. (808) 887-2200
Fax (808) 887-0810
Email: reservations@danielthiebaut.com
Experience fine dining at the hands of the former Executive Chef of the Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Serving French Asian cuisine in a renovated historic general store in Waimea. 160 seats available for banquets and functions and catering. (D $$$) Photo

FRIENDS

LA BOURGOGNE
77-6400 Nalani
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-6711
For those who just can't live without escargots. The simple, flavorful food of the Burgundy region. Great saddle of lamb and duck in orange-lemon sauce. Luscious desserts. A French feast right here in tropical Hawaii - tres bon!
(D $$$)


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ITALIAN

CAFE PESTO
Kawaihae Shopping Center
Kawaihae, HI 96743
(North Kohala District)
Tel. (808) 882-1071
Experience the ethnic diversity of their award-winning fresh island cuisine. Featuring fresh local seafood, exotic pizzas, colorful eclectic salads and Asian inspired pastas and risottos. 2005 & 2006 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$)

CAFE PESTO
308 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
(Hilo District)
Tel. (88) 969-6640
Experience the ethnic diversity of their award-winning fresh island cuisine. Featuring fresh local seafood, exotic pizzas, colorful eclectic salads and Asian inspired pastas and risottos. 2004 & 2005 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$)

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FUSION
(A merging of two or more distinctly different cuisines beautifully presented by professional chefs)

INTERNATIONAL

KONA BEACH RESTAURANT
King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-2911
Award-winning hotel restaurant with an unbeatable view of the ocean and Kamakahonu Bay with the historical Ahuena Heiau as a focal point. Extraordinary breakfast buffets throughout the week. 2004 Ilima Award. (BLD $$)

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PACIFIC RIM

CANOEHOUSE
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive (Highway 19)
Kawaihae, HI 96743
(South Kohala District)
Tel. (808) 885-6622
Regional cuisine in a beachside open air setting. Exotic pupus - great seafood hot pot. 2005 Ilima Award. (D $$$)

ROY'S WAIKOLOA BAR & GRILL

Waikoloa Beach Resort
Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, HI 96738
(South Kohala District)
Tel. (808) 886-4321
Another "Not a Grill" - serving excellent Pacific Rim cuisine. 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$$)

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HAWAIIAN

SPONSOR

BAMBOO RESTAURANT
Hwy 270 & Hwy 250
Hawi, HI 96719
(North Kohala District)
Mailing address: P. O. Box 1463, Kapaau, HI 96755
Tel. (808) 889-5555
Fax (808) 889-6152
Email: email@bamboorestaurant.info
Voted "Best Restaurant" on the Big Island and rated "Excellent" by Zagat and Fodors, you will find creative cuisine and lots of aloha at Bamboo. Located inside a historic Hawaiian building, Bamboo features fresh island fish, locally grown organic produce, free-range chicken and the best in steaks and ribs. Bamboo is fun, casual, and affordable with innovative Pacific Rim dishes and classic Hawaiian food. They invented the Lilikoi Margarita and Lili-Tini, and you can sip one as you wander through their colorful gallery of Hawaiian art and Pacific crafts. Enjoy the "Real Hawaii!" Photo




FRIENDS

MERRIMAN'S
65-1227 Opelo Road
Waimea, HI 96743
(South Kohala District)
Tel. (88) 885-6822
Home of Hawaii Regional Cuisine by a nationally renowned chef - pursuing the best, the freshest and the most varied local ingredients. The flavors here are always fresh and pure. 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2006 Ilima Award. 2004, 2005 & 2006 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$$)

PAHUIA
Four Seasons Hualalai
100 Kaupulehu Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 325-8000
An open-air, elegant restaurant on a postcard beach. Dinner, focusing on seafood, is the center of attention. Multi-award winning restaurant. (BLD $$$)

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SEAFOOD / STEAK

BROWN'S BEACH HOUSE
Fairmont Orchid Hotel
1 N. Kaniku Drive
Kohala, HI 96743
(South Kohala District)
Tel. (808) 885-2000
Spectacular, elegant setting near a lagoon. Known for their luncheon fresh island tacos and dinner bouillabaise and great souffles. 2004 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$$)

HUGGO'S
75-5828 Kahakai Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-1493
Celebrating over 27 years of premier seafood in a spectacular oceanfront setting. 2004, 2005 & 2006 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$$)

SEASIDE RESTAURANT
1790 Kalanianaole Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 935-8825
An 80-plus-years old local institution known for fish - there is a fishpond in their backyard. Fantastic taro bread pudding with warm haupia sauce. 2006 Hale Aina Award. (D $)

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