The Best Brunch Spots on the Big Island
Read on to find out where the best brunch spots on the Big Island are.
Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill. Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill is a low-key, casual joint that serves fresh food with a distinctly Hawaiian flavor. It sits in the heart of Kailua-Kona close to the resort areas. The lively colors of the restaurant interiors along with the wooden chairs and accents lend the space a relaxed beach vibe, while the open air design allows for the ocean breeze to come in, giving it an even more tropical feel. The menu includes salads, pastas, and sandwiches, but it is the seafood dishes that stand out. The catch of the day is cooked with local ingredients to create masterful dishes. One of the grill’s bestsellers is the fish trio, which is composed of crab cakes, fish, and shrimp in coconut curry sauce. The Grill also adds twists to standard items such as the purple sweet potato mash, guava barbecue ribs, and lilikoi (yellow passion fruit) cheesecake. For the beverages, they serve one of the island’s best Mai Tais as well as other cocktails like lilikoi martini and Hawaiian margarita. They also have a decent list of wines, and imported and local beers including rotator tap for local island drafts, andin 2017, they received an award of excellence from Wine Spectator for the scope of their wine list.
Manta Restaurant. The Manta restaurant is located at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel - one of the best hotels in the island. It offers a fantastic, expansive view of the Pacific, and is particularly known for manta ray shows which are best seen by the shore at night. But mornings at the Manta are just as interesting. The joint offers one of the best breakfast buffets in the island, and on weekends, guests troop for their a spectacular brunch fare. Their weekend brunch is a Big Island tradition that brings together families to savor the scrumptious spread - an extensive selection that features not only the typical brunch fares, but also special dishes such as lobster bisque and tempura.The also serve sushi, sashimi, shrimp cocktail, crab claws and other day boat catches perfectly prepared. A variety of both savory and sweet items is available. The restaurant also comes with a wine bar so any needs of the boozy variety will be addressed. On top of the five-star food,dining experience at the Manta comes with excellent service and unparalleled ambience.
Lava Lava Beach Club Waikoloa. Situated right by the ocean along Anaeho’omalu Beach, Lava Lava is an outdoor pavilion style restaurant where diners can partake in a feast while digging their toes in the sand and sipping Mai Tais. Lava Lava’s menu offers more than just waffles and orange juice. The booze-filled offering includes an array of Bloody Marys that makes brunch more than a late breakfast, and the fodder includes traditional brunch items such as eggs Benedict and bacon. Lava Lava also offers less traditional but equally delectable items such as their version of the local favorite loco moco, a Hawaiian burrito, and a Big Island beef patty, among other things. Their service is friendly and efficient, and serving portions are large. Served from 9am to 2pm, brunch at Lava Lava is made even more festive by the island’s hippest DJs that mix up lively tunes. The atmosphere is free and easy with the lounge seating encouraging guests to let their hair down. Any stuffy vibe is extinguished as diners in bikinis and board shorts are welcomed. Truly, the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a Sunday hanging out and catching up with families and friends.
Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge. Known as one of the most upscale restaurants in the whole island, Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge is located inside the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. It opened in 2012, replacing the hotel’s signature seafood restaurant Pahu i’a. The interiors incorporate Hawaiian and modern elements in the design: the establishment resembles a modern tropical wooden villa with glass accents, andan indoor-outdoor type of space is created by surrounding floor to ceiling glass doors that open to a patio facing the ocean. Ulu’s breakfast buffet extends to brunch hour with sweet and savory fares offered. The buffet includes popular breakfast items such as oatmeals, pancakes, breakfast meats, and omelets, as well as eggs Benedict, french toast, and salads. There are also freshly baked pastries and breads, but the more adventurous diners can go with the ala-carte options like coconut haupia pancakes and meyer lemon ricotta pancakes. A full sushi menu that features local catch is also available. Even better, the restaurant practices farm-to-table approach that uses only the freshest ingredients. At Ulu, the staff are well-trained and warm, their topnotch service matching the swanky atmosphere. It strikes the perfect balance between ritzy and relaxed, and is thus the ideal place for a celebratory brunch date with family and friends.
Island Lava Java. The Island Lava Java is a casual restaurant located in the Coconut Grove Marketplace. It opened in 1994 and has since become a local brunch favorite. It features hand-crafted, locally-sourced food and drinks. Meanwhile, its interiors come with a laid-back tropical ambience with blue walls and wooden floors. The 2-storey restaurant also boasts spectacular ocean views from the second floor. Island Lava Java is most known for their organic, brewed Kona coffee fresh from their farm. Among the joints listed here, their brunch items are the most Hawaiian in terms of flavor profile. They put unique twists to traditional brunch food such as pancakes, omelets, and breakfast stack, and guests have sworn by the ambrosial taste of their banana macadamia nut pancakes served with coconut syrup. They also serve luau omelet with pineapple, pork, and cheese stuffing, and maintain a bakery that offers coconut muffins, passion fruit tarts, and macadamia nut muffins, among other sweet delights.
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