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The Best Waimea Hawaii Restaurants to Enjoy During your Vacation

Vacations are all about relaxing. Whether that means going on a hike, lounging on the beach, golfing, surfing, or cliff-diving, it is important that you do the things that allow your mind and body to truly rest. One of the most important parts about vacation and traveling is enjoying good food: It gives you a break from cooking, and offers a glimpse into the culture of the place where you are visiting. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the best Waimea, Hawaii restaurants to enjoy during your vacation. After all, “we all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas.

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas.

Sansei Seafood, Steakhouse and Sushi

Sansei Seafood, Steakhouse and Sushi is a local favorite, as well as an award-winning restaurant in the area. The contemporary sushi and new-wave Asian-inspired dishes are served in a fun, upbeat setting that makes it well-loved. Try Sensei’s Shrimp Dynamite – crispy tempura shrimp tossed with a garlic masago aioli, and unagi glaze drizzle, or order the “Catch of the Day” for the freshest seafood!

Under the Bodhi Tree

Under the Bodhi Tree has an almost five-star rating on TripAdvisor. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s a great option because all their food is served with locally sourced, organic ingredients when possible! Their fresh food is a great choice if you want something truly delicious and healthy after your travels. Reviewers say the Acai Smoothie Bowls are filled with exotic tropical fruits.

Hawaiian Style Café

The Hawaiian Style Café is located about a 30-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, but if you’re looking for authentic Hawaiian food “served in Hawaiian portions,” then this is the place for you. Try their World-Famous Massive Pancakes, or Loco Moco for the kids. The Kalua Pork Hash is also delicious, as is the Taro Stew. Prices are reasonable, making this a great choice for larger groups.

Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club

If you want magnificent views while you dine, then Napua is a great option. This restaurant offers Hawaiian, American, Asian, European, and Pacific Rim fare – all created with a local flare. Everything is made with local food that is harvested and prepared within 50 miles of the restaurant. Try the Fresh Catch of the day for the freshest seafood, or try the Blackened Seared Ahi, served over jasmine rice and baby bok choy, topped with crispy fried somen noodles and a soy wasabi beurre blanc.  We guarantee your tastebuds won’t be disappointed.

The Best Waimea Hawaii Restaurants Will Enhance Your Vacation

When you eat good food while you travel, it enhances your experience. Have you ever eaten a meal that instantly transport you back in time? This feeling is something we all should cultivate when we travel – eating food that will forge memories, and give us a glimpse into the culture we are visiting.


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.