Restaurants in Puna
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 Cafe||American, Hawaiian||15-2872 Pahoa Village Rd||965-1177|
|Boogie Woogie Pizza||Pizza, Sandwiches||15-2937 Pahoa Village Rd||965-5575|
|The Godmother Restaurant||Italian||15-2969 Pahoa Village Rd||965-0055|
|Jo Mama's||Beverages, Specialty Coffee||15-2950 Pahoa Village Rd||965-0072|
|Lava Zone||Cocktails, Contemporary||15-2929 Pahoa Village Rd||965-2222|
|Luquin's Mexican Restaurant||Mexican||Pahoa Village Rd||965-9990|
|Mermaids Grotto||Cocktails||15-2931 Pahoa Village Rd||936-9925 |
|Ning's Thai Cuisine||Thai||15-2955 Old Pahoa Rd||965-7611|
|Paolo's Bistro||Italian||333 Pahoa Village Rd||965-7033|
|Charley's Bar & Grill||American||16-586 Old Volcano Rd||966-7589|
|Lemongrass Vietnamese||Vietnamese||16-586 Old Volcano Rd||982-8558|
|Hilo Coffee Mill||American, Hawaiian||17-995 Volcano Road||968-1333|
|Koa Shop Kaffee||American, Hawaiian||17-4003 Ahuahu Pl||968-6607|
|Kiawe Kitchen||Contemporary, Pizza||19-4005 Haunani Rd|
|Kilauea General Store||American, Pizza ||Milemarker 27-1/2 Old Volcano Hwy||967-7555|
| Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant||Continental||Hawaii Volcanoes National Park||967-7366|
|Lava Rock Cafe||American, Hawaiian||Milemarker 27 1/2 Old Volcano Rd||967-8526|
|Thai Thai Restaurant||Thai||19-4084 Old Volcano Rd||967-7969|
|Volcano Golf & Country Club Restaurant||American, Hawaiian||99-1621 Piimauna Dr||967-8228|
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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