The Best Restaurants in Hawaii – Big Island Fine Dining

The vacation is booked – Hawaii here you come. You have chosen the perfect oceanfront location at a luxury resort near the picturesque Kohala Coast. The only decision that you will need to consider during your getaway is where to eat. Picking a restaurant can be a risky endeavor – people have different tastes and expectations.

On the Mauna Lani Point resort property are two outstanding dining options – Napua and the CanoeHouse. Napua at the Mauna Lani Beach Club is a fusion of Hawaiian, Asian and European fare made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is located Oceanside on the south end of the resort with spectacular ambiance to match the cuisine. The CanoeHouse, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, serves a plantation-style menu with sustainable Hawaiian produce, meat and seafood. Winner of TripAdvisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence, the CanoeHouse also offers the option of a Captain’s Table where the Chef will create a blind tasting menu to showcase the best seasonal dishes personalized for the experience.

For the best restaurants in Hawaii off of the resort property, there are a few succulent choices. One of our favorites is Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar. The menu is Asian-inspired dishes as well as creative and traditional sushi – for the more adventurous is the Chef’s Omakase or tasting menu for two. Merriman’s is known for its Hawaiian fare that is both innovative and locally sourced. Honolulu Magazine has named Merriman’s as the Best Big Island Restaurant for 15 years in a row. The menu will make any foodie very happy. Another one of our top picks is the Kamuela Provision Company. As winner of the 2015 Open Table Diner’s Choice Award, the restaurant serves a menu full of locally sourced ingredients from a handful of Hawaii’s organic farms, fisheries and free range ranches. Starting with Ahi Tataki or Poke appetizer, the ideal Surf and Turf with the Mauka Maki and ending with the award winning Chocolate Crunch Torte – Kamuela Provision Company will not disappoint.

If you are looking for something specific or would like a personal recommendation, please ask our concierge or Mauna Lani Point front desk staff – they will be happy to help.