Visit The Farmer Ocean Rancher Cook: FORC Restaurant
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Whether you visit FORC as a couple, a group, or a family, or plan a special, private event, you will not leave disappointed. Internationally renowned Chef Allen Hess has created a wide range of dishes that include both land and sea options, all of which are locally sourced. You can enjoy anything from a quick refuel to a lingering, filling meal, depending on what type of experience you want to have when visiting the FORC. 

- The Local Expert Team

Located off Lindsey Road in the center of Waimea Town in Kamuela, Hawaii is the Farmer Ocean Rancher Cook Restaurant or FORC Restaurant. FORC proudly showcases farmer, ocean, and ranger harvests from all across the beautiful island of Hawaii. Menu options include traditional local comfort dishes, all featuring the creative skill of famed chef Allen Hess. 

At FORC, you and your family and friends can enjoy brunch delicious items. Steak sandwiches, fresh bacon, pancakes, and more. Partake in hearty, seasonal dinner dishes including options like Big Island grass-fed beef, Alii Mushroom Poke, and whole-roasted fish. In addition, the menu includes gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options for those who have dietary preferences or restrictions. 

The FORC provides both indoor and outdoor seating options, all in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant’s bar has an authentic country-style feel, which is designed to pay homage to the area’s roots. You can make a reservation to come and have a meal during regular business hours or contact FORC to plan a private dining experience or a special event. 

Private dining can include events like a discreet, private dinner between a couple, a party theme for a birthday get-together, a holiday party, a wedding reception, photo shoots, business meetings, and much more. The FORC mission is simple. For every occasion to be uniquely designed to meet and exceed guest expectations. 

The FORC’s Chef, Allen Hess is a favorite chef even among other chefs in the industry. He is known among the locals and chefs. Celebrities alike have an innovative spirit who has a passion for their family and the land he calls home. His work has been vital in modernizing Hawaii’s Regional cuisine through his commitment to preserving local-source, farm-to-table practices. Chef Hess has also opened a string of successful restaurants that have thrived across the Big Island. 

Guests describe their trip to the FORC Restaurant as the best dining experience on the entire island. Many claim they have eaten at this location several times and have never left disappointed in their meal or their service. They also note that although you can drop in, it’s a good idea to make reservations in order to reduce your wait time. 

While the menu options are impressive to be sure at the FORC, the brunch menu has been suspended temporarily. Therefore, the main options you can enjoy at the present time include their amazing dinner menu, along with notable cocktails and wine lists. 

When visiting the FORC, make sure to try these noteworthy favorites…

Seasonal Dinner Menu
Your choices will vary based on the season and what ingredients and/or meats are available at the time. FORC’s Chef Hess blends regional flavors with unique techniques to appease even the most discerning palate. The current menu is curated on warm and comforting dishes with fresh seafood, and four different steak preparations—including New York Strip, Petite Filet Mignon, the Ribeye, and the Prime Grade Tomahawk. Dutch Oven Specials are also available and include the Portuguese Chicken Leg, Chef’s Hawaiian Meal, and the Kona Cold Lobster.  There are also kids’ meals including fish and rice, steak and rice, and mac and cheese. 

House signature drinks and libations include the FORC Margarita, the Kamuela Ranch Water, the Tropic Bird, the Smoke Kapahi Old Fashioned, and much more. 

You can also enjoy wine by the glass or bottle. Options include white, sparkling, red, and port and cognac varieties. There is also a daily Happy Hour that features discounts on special drinks.

Insider Tips:
-Make reservations to visit FORC either online, over the phone, or through Open Table. 
-Locals also enjoy visiting FORC, especially during Happy Hour when drinks and specific bites are available at a discount. 
-A new experience with each season as the menu is designed to evolve and offer new dishes to returning guests.