Romantic Big Island Eateries
While there’s no need to hunt out romance in Hawai‘i, plate lunches and shave ice for every meal may not do the trick. Instead, check out these restaurants for a view, good food and a perfect place to feed the flame.
Brown’s Beach House
What better way to rekindle that spark than being surrounded by tiki torches and palm trees right along the beach? Brown’s Beach House offers the ideal sunset meal, pairing outstanding Hawaiian fare with a stunning view and outdoor seating. In the Fairmont Orchid at 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kamuela (808) 885-2000
With hardwood floors, wood tables, local paintings—oh, and windows that look out onto the ocean—the ambiance of this small fine-dining restaurant is sure to charm. Keei Café is known for its seafood and delicious local desserts, as well as its overall atmosphere. Even better, their menu won’t break the bank; just remember that they don’t accept credit cards. By 113mile marker 113 on Highway 11 in Captain Cook, near Kona. (808) 322-9992
ULU Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Casual island elegance surrounds diners here as they indulge in Executive Chef James Babian’s “R.S. A.-Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal” cuisine. Chef Babian, known for his efforts towards sustainable dining, has created a menu that is 75 percent sourced from Hawai‘i Island. With a cozily lit lanai overlooking the ocean, this is the perfect place for an evening meal accompanied by soothing trade winds and a view of the stars. 72-100 Ka‘upulehu Drive, Hualalai (North Kona Coast). (808) 325-8000
• Always make reservations for this special meal. • If you’re looking for a sunset view, find out what time the
sun will set before making a reservation. • Ask for beachfront seating, if possible.