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The Best Ocean Views at Big Island Restaurants

When you eat out, the atmosphere is often just as important as the food – and when you dine at Big Island restaurants, you’ll be treated to some of the best ocean views you can find.

Thanks to Hawaii’s tropical beauty, Big Island restaurants offer some of the best dining atmospheres you can find.

The beachside restaurants on this list all offer breathtaking views of the ocean and beach, and great food to boot.

Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar

This upscale eatery is located in the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and features some of the most gorgeous views on the island, with food to match. There’s no better way to start a day than a breakfast buffet at the Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar.

It doesn’t get much more Hawaii than chowing down on fresh tropical food and drink while you gaze across the exquisite turquoise horizon of the Kohala Coast.

And at night, this popular wine bar serves dynamic and exciting dishes that are complemented by 48 distinctive wines. These are served with the innovative Enomatic wine system.

To get the best seat in the house, make sure you book your table ahead of time.


Situated directly on the sparkling waters of the Kailua Bay, Huggo’s is as close to the ocean as you can get without getting wet. Enjoy fresh seafood, traditional entrees, hand-made cocktails, and house-made desserts.

If the view isn’t enough, you can also watch the nearby anglers fishing on the rocks, who frequently elicit applause from diners when they make a catch.

And when dinner is over, you can walk next door to Huggo’s on the Rocks, the joint outdoor bar and dance club that serves light snacks and specialty cocktails…and great ocean views to match.

Hilo Bay Café

Originally started in 2003 by devoted foodies, Hilo Bay Café served Big Island vacationers for 10 years before moving to a new, beautiful location in 2013.

Located on the East Shore overlooking the picturesque Hilo Bay, this Big Island restaurant serves some of the best New American food you can find anywhere in the country.

Included in Tripadvisor’s Hall of Fame for four years running and winning numerous other awards, the food here is absolutely top notch. And it has the atmosphere to match, with a modern, Japan-influenced interior, and an ocean view that you will never forget.

ULU Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Hualalai

Located on the Big Island’s West Shore, this fine-dining experience is unrivaled.

Offering a “R.S.A. –Regional, Seasonal and Artisnal” cuisine, the food here is all local and sustainable. Over 75% of the food comes from the Big Island…and 100% of it is delicious.

With signature dishes including Lobster Pad Thai and Oven Roasted Whole Fish, as well as a modern Sushi Lounge, ULU has some of the freshest seafood, prepared by highly skilled chefs. Add in an extensive list of wine and cocktails, and you’ll soon understand why ULU was rated the best restaurant on the island by Zagat.

To top it off, the ocean view overlooking the Waiakuhi shores is unparalleled. An evening under the stars at ULU Ocean Grill is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.

As with many of the other Big Island restaurants mentioned here, be sure to make reservations ahead of time.


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