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Restaurants in Puna

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You can eat at a variety of different types of restaurants in Puna. You can eat Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Local and typical American as well as some great little unexpected spots that offer sandwiches and the like.

However, even though Puna is about the size of Oahu, there are only around 20 or 25 restaurants total. We have tried a number of them and our favorite is Ning’s Thai Cuisine in Pahoa (but maybe that is because we really love Thai food!).

If you are looking for foods that originate in the Puna area, fresh fruits like papaya would be an obvious choice, (check out the local farmers market for the freshest picks). The other lesser-known specialty is Puna Goat cheese. This cheese is fresh and fantastic and comes in two varieties - Chevre, (which is like cream cheese) and Feta cheese.

Puna goat cheese is probably the most famous haute cuisine ingredient from Puna, and chefs from hotel resorts in the Kona area and neighboring islands swear by this incredible delicacy.

Maybe it’s the small number of restaurants that drive the prices up, but in general restaurants in Puna are not cheap. We’ve noticed that many budget-conscience visitors to Puna are actually going to the supermarket to put together a quick lunch instead of going to a restaurant. And I do think this is connected to the prices.

We ended up eating in Hilo a few times, because there are a wider variety of restaurants there including Indian and a great Artisan bread bakery (that also happens to have awesome scones!).

As a side note – if you are looking for decaf coffee you need to check out Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View. They have fresh roasted decaf. Decaf comes only from Kauai and Kona. No other farmers from Hawaii decaffeinate their coffee. But you can get a good cup of decaf coffee at Hilo Coffee Mill.

Here is a list of restaurants in Puna:

Black Rock CafeAmerican, Hawaiian15-2872 Pahoa Village Rd965-1177
Boogie Woogie PizzaPizza, Sandwiches15-2937 Pahoa Village Rd965-5575
The Godmother RestaurantItalian15-2969 Pahoa Village Rd965-0055
Jo Mama'sBeverages, Specialty Coffee15-2950 Pahoa Village Rd965-0072
Lava ZoneCocktails, Contemporary15-2929 Pahoa Village Rd965-2222
Luquin's Mexican RestaurantMexicanPahoa Village Rd965-9990
Mermaids GrottoCocktails15-2931 Pahoa Village Rd936-9925
Ning's Thai CuisineThai15-2955 Old Pahoa Rd965-7611
Paolo's BistroItalian333 Pahoa Village Rd965-7033
Charley's Bar & GrillAmerican16-586 Old Volcano Rd966-7589
Lemongrass VietnameseVietnamese16-586 Old Volcano Rd982-8558
Hilo Coffee MillAmerican, Hawaiian17-995 Volcano Road968-1333
Koa Shop KaffeeAmerican, Hawaiian17-4003 Ahuahu Pl968-6607
Kiawe KitchenContemporary, Pizza19-4005 Haunani Rd
Kilauea General StoreAmerican, Pizza Milemarker 27-1/2 Old Volcano Hwy967-7555
Kilauea Lodge & RestaurantContinentalHawaii Volcanoes National Park967-7366
Lava Rock CafeAmerican, HawaiianMilemarker 27 1/2 Old Volcano Rd967-8526
Thai Thai RestaurantThai19-4084 Old Volcano Rd967-7969
Volcano Golf & Country Club RestaurantAmerican, Hawaiian99-1621 Piimauna Dr967-8228

Please let us know if there are any other restaurants in the Puna area that we did not mention here and please also send us your opinion on these restaurants in Puna. We will publish the reviews. Thanks.

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