When nothing else will do but a romantic dinner right on Kailua Bay, set your sights on a visit to Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant. A Kailua-Kona favorite, this eatery only serves their iconic Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet dinners twice a week, although breakfast is on every day. So, if you want to dine in style on their lanai as the sun goes down, you’ll need to book your table well in advance.
Whether you’re a valued guest at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel or simply in the area, you’re welcome to start your day off right with a hearty breakfast – no reservations needed. You can either slide through the breakfast buffet offerings or order ala carte deliciousness right off the menu. Either way, you’re sure to delight in the tasty tropical fruit, made-to-order omelets, and everything in between.
Plan to come through on the weekends? The mid-morning dining experience gets even more magical as they roll out their full brunch spread. Bright cocktails set the stage for an amazing meal, followed by Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, and all the other brunch favorites. You’re welcome to stick around and get your fill while taking in the beautiful bayside views. By the end of your meal, you’ll be energized for Big Island adventures of all kinds.
Although their morning fare is always a delight, the real magic lies in coming by for dinner on Friday or Saturday only. Reservations are a must for that experience, so be sure to book your spot before coming to the island. Then, arrive on time, ready to gaze in awe at the gorgeous sunset splash across the oceanfront.
Once you take in the picture of perfection, order your beer, wine, cocktail, or non-alcoholic beverage of choice. Then, sidle on over to the Prime Rib and Seafood buffet table for a meal to remember. Their farm-to-table approach makes for exquisitely good Pacific Rim cuisine. And it’s only made even better by the fact that you can return time and time again. The succulent Prime Rib is the star of the show, of course, but you cannot go without a taste of the Crab Legs as well.
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For a true classic served with an island twist, order up the Eggs Benedict on the double. This dish begins with perfectly poached eggs placed on toasted English muffins. Over that, they pour on their hollandaise sauce before plating up the bacon, chicken, or kalua pork alongside. Hashbrowns arrive on the plate next, right in time for them to whisk it out for your enjoyment.
The Prime Rib always boasts a big flavor built up as it cooks low and slow all day long. By the time it’s ready to go, each slice comes out ultra-juicy and oh-so-tender. Au jus kicks the flavor up a notch right at the end, followed by pure decadence in the form of horseradish cream sauce. Pair it with their Steamed Red Bliss Potatoes for a flavor combination to remember.
When you absolutely need to savor all the best ocean flavors in every last bite, get the Seafood Collection. This dish features clams, fish, shrimp, mussels, and scallops sauteed to perfection. Then, they put it over a bed of al dente spaghetti noodles elevated by garlic, chili, and basil. Herbed breadcrumbs go all over the top, and then it slides through the oven until crisp and golden brown.
Although it’s tempting to fill up at the buffet, definitely try to save room for dessert. Their offerings change often, but you can usually find their amazing Portuguese Sweetbread on tap. This dessert features French toast covered in banana foster and then topped with macadamia nut ice cream. Want something a bit more festive? Go with the Spiced Prune Cake instead.
-Their Sunday through Thursday ‘Fresh Sushi Nights’ are no more, but they could bring them back in the future.
-Kids ages five and under eat for free with a paying adult.