Gentedimontagna Favorites : Hawaii (Big Island) Restaurants

1. Manago Hotel Restaurant

For old-school Hawaiian fare, the Manago family has been serving the best pork chops in town since 1917. Add on a side of their equally famous pickled seaweed salad.

82-6155 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, HI 96704

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2. Hilo Bay Cafe

Hilo Bay Cafe

Once hidden in a strip mall, the small bistro and local favorite recently moved to a bigger location on the beach. That means more room for serving up imaginative salads, specialty sushi rolls, and the local dish — ahi poke.

123 Lihiwai St.
Hilo, HI 96720

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3. Miyo's


Humble, family-run BYOB dishes homestyle Japanese food, like grilled salmon over salad and crispy tonkatsu, to a crowd of laid-back locals.

564 Hinano St.
Hilo, HI 96720

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4. Big Island Brewhaus

Big Island Brewhaus

Tiny, cheerful, and noisy restaurant serving fresh Mexican food made with locally sourced ingredients. Located off Highway 19, which makes it the perfect stop between Hilo and Kona.


64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela, HI 96743

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5. Merriman's


One of the first locally sourced restaurants on Hawaii, turning out some of the island's most gourmet Hawaii Regional Cuisine with prices to match.

65-1227 Opelo Rd.
Kamuela, HI 96743

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6. Da Poke Shack

Da Poke Shack

Unassuming joint serving up the Hawaiian specialty, fresh poke (POH-kee), in a variety of flavors that change according to the whims of the young, tatted-up guys behind the counter.

76-6246 Ali'i Dr.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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