Serving organic and locally grown goodness from a Hawaiian garden estate, Cafe Ono is unlike any other eatery on the Big Island. This unique restaurant has been in operation for more than 20 years and remains one of the best lunch destinations for visitors stopping by Old Volcano Park. Whether or not you have special dietary restrictions, this outstanding restaurant has invoked hundreds of five-star reviews from vegetarians and carnivores alike!
Cafe Ono was founded in 2002 by Ira Ono, an artist and chef hailing from the state of New York. Migrating to Hawaii from the mainland, Ira bought a local farmhouse to continue his dream: offering the most delicious food he could cook in the most beautiful environment he could make. Just one mile away from Hawaii Volcanos National Park, Ira’s centralized location is a place to share his creativity with the world.
Today, the chefs at Cafe Ono honor Ira’s legacy with a focus on locally sourced fruits and vegetables. All coffees and teas are freshly brewed from nearby farms, while ecologically sound partnerships allow them to offer organic entrees that restore the soil’s vitality. Feed yourself and your conscious with meals that offer so much more than flavor alone.
Visitors of the Cafe Ono are often impressed by its idyllic surroundings, including the lush tropical garden space for outdoor eating. Wildlife abounds in this safe and laid-back environment, including rescued rabbits and beautiful songbirds. A historic 1908 building lies just across the garden to the west, where diners can experience Ira Ono’s curated gallery of local and international art.
Cafe Ono is only available during lunchtime, meaning that this restaurant is packed to the brim during open hours. Come during the week for a less populated environment, or drop by for an early lunch as soon as they open. If you are planning on bringing a group of 5 or more persons, it’s a good idea to call at least two hours in advance.
Feast your eyes and your stomach on one of Cafe Ono’s signature dishes:
Vegan Panini With Miso Mushroom Soup
Imagine hot, fresh bread pressed perfectly between crisp greens and dressings, and perfectly paired with a flavorful mushroom soup. If you can’t tell, this is one of the most popular combinations on the menu!
4 Cheese Spinach Crustless Quiche Combo
This delicious entree comes with hot soup, fresh-baked bread, and all the garden salad you can eat. Sink your teeth into something that’s as good for you as it tastes!
Hearty Home Style Baked Lasagna
Enjoy comfort food at its finest with a deep dish lasagna complemented by succulent ricotta cheese, sweet tomato sauce, and a crunchy side of garlic bread. A complimentary addition of soup and salad completes any meal.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Brownies
Reviewers rave about this restaurant’s incredible ice cream! Grab a bowl of your own, or get one a la mode!
Enjoy healthy food re-imagined at the wonderful Cafe Ono.
– Catering options abound at Cafe Ono! Select from delicious entrees and desserts to put together a smash hit for the whole family. A Keiki menu is also available for parties involving young children.
– Free WiFi is available all across Cafe Ono, including its outdoor areas. No matter where you plan on sitting, feel free to enjoy unbarred access to your favorite apps and websites.
– Seating at Cafe Ono does not follow a pattern. Tables are scattered across the grounds to provide maximum relaxation and enjoyment. Keep an eye out for the rescue rabbit Noble and his friends!
– Feel like sticking around? Cafe Ono’s partner building at Volcano Garden Arts offers a one-bedroom guest cottage for rent. Just ask the staff for details!