Kona Grill House

Kona Grill House: Local Favorite for Fresh Poke
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you want to experience the freshest fish in Kona, head over to the Kona Grill House on Halekii Street in Kealakekua. This local favorite eatery is the place for locally sourced fresh poke, fish burgers, lobster crab cakes, and daily specials like prime rib and macaroni and cheese. It offers a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Hawaii is known for many wonderful sights, sounds and tastes, especially its farm-to-table fresh food. The rich tropical soil, the amazing sunshine, and the one and the only Pacific Ocean provide fruits, vegetables, meats, and other ingredients that create cuisine that is like no other in the world. This includes the freshest fish…it is like a gift from the ocean.

If you want to experience the freshest fish in Kona, head over to the Kona Grill House on Halekii Street in Kealakekua. This local favorite eatery serves up some of the tastiest seafood in Hawaii. Ask any local where to eat, and they will probably recommend Kona Grill House. They are known for their sashimi grade poke. What is poke? Poke is Hawaiian for, “to cut crosswise into pieces.” It is a Hawaiian delight usually made from marinated ahi tuna and served with rice and vegetables. The Kona Grill House also serves delicious fish burgers, lobster crab cakes, and daily specials like prime rib and macaroni and cheese. Everything on the menu including the burger buns is farm fresh. As a matter of fact, The Kona Grill owners are so passionate about their poke, they catch it fresh daily and carefully prepared right on site. Check out the Kona Grill House website to see videos of how they catch and respectfully prepare the fish. It’s an art form that is passed down by generations of fishermen and will make you appreciate this local favorite even more.

Kona Grill House is an unassuming shack-like building with a big tuna fish hanging outside. It might remind you of a small market, which is what it used to be. The local customers like to fondly say that Kona serves five-star food created out of a cardboard box. The atmosphere is casual and straightforward with a walk-up to the counter and order vibe. There are a few indoor tables and picnic tables outside. Consider taking your order to a nearby park for a picnic. If you’re looking for fine dining, you won’t find it here. What you will find is a delicious meal, exceptional service and a Hawaiian experience that will leave you craving more.

The Kona Grill House Poke Bowl Menu is always served with rice and up to two choices of poke. If you need someone to break down the different ingredients, simply ask one of the friendly servers. They are happy to help you select the perfect bowl for you.

Select from:
Shoyu Ahi    
Hawaiian Style Ahi
Spicy Ahi
Wasabi Ahi
Spicy Girl (Avo/Imitation crab)
Wasabi Ginger Ahi
KC Spicy Ahi

Now on to the other fresh goodies on the menu. Each one is served with house made rice and their famous crab macaroni salad that everyone raves about. 
Grilled Salmon
Fresh Catch and Lobster Crab Cake
Grilled Catch of the Day: House battered and grilled to perfection topped with house made aioli sauce
Lobster Crab Cake
Kalbi Short Ribs

If you are traveling with a larger group, consider ordering a Family Pack, The Ultimate Deal. This is the perfect option to try different items on the menu, is meant to share and includes:
Two grilled catches of the day
Two lobster crab cakes
Two grilled salmon
Three scoops of rice
1/4 pound ocean seaweed salad or crab macaroni salad

There is nothing better than ending your meal with a delicious dessert made fresh daily. The salted caramel banana cream pie melts in your mouth and the key lime pie is a sweet and tropical delight. Everything comes together at Kona Grill House and adds up an exceptional food experience that will leave you wanting more.

Insider Tips:
-The Kona Grill House offers takeout and delivery. 
-There is free parking and free WiFi.
-Dogs are not allowed on the property.