On the Rocks

Huggo's On the Rocks – Enjoy Island Favorites and Tropical Libations While Gazing Upon Oneo Bay
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

For a truly casual waterfront dining experience to remember, get on over to Huggo’s On the Rocks. Set right on the shores of Oneo Bay, this popular eatery serves up all the island favorites with tropical drinks to match. Live music and hula performances join the fun each evening, making this a great place to land when you want to chill in paradise.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

When you want to dine in style while enjoying amazing views, just jet on over to Huggo’s On the Rocks. With its perfect location on the waterfront of Oneo Bay, this restaurant boasts a chill ambiance that cannot be beat. Then, they take the dining experience to the next level by serving up all the best island favorites, like Kalua Pork Nachos, Furikake Crusted Fresh Catch, and Shrimp & Chips. Their tropical libations bring just as much flavor to the mix, although they have beer and wine, too, if you prefer.

People come in from far and wide for a chance to savor their food, drinks, and views, especially during the sunset hour. Despite that, they do not take reservations. Instead, you have to arrive before hunger strikes and hope for the best. Try to get in the doors before the sunset hues beckon or you’ll likely end up out of luck. Live musical acts and hula performances each evening add to the magic – and make it that much harder to snag a table.

If you can manage to get through the doors, a delightful dining experience awaits. The team offers plenty of aloha from the second you arrive all the way through to the end of your visit. Just as much care goes into handcrafting every item you order, starting with drinks from the full bar. You’ll want to treat yourself to an appetizer as well, especially if you love ultra-fresh poke. Their poke comes in traditional form plus as an interesting pie and nachos, of course.

The entrees promise to delight your tastebuds as well. Although they come out in modest portions, the bold, bright flavors will leave you fully satisfied. Even before you eat, you’ll find the dishes exceed your expectations with their artistic presentations complete with a thin slice of pineapple and a tropical flower.

Get a taste of the:

Big Bamboocha Mai Tai
Born from their sister restaurant, Lava Lava Beach Club, the Big Bamboocha Mai Tai brings all the best tropical flavors to the table. This drink comes in a souvenir bamboo cup filled with Kuleana Hui Hui Rum and Exotic Tropical Juices. Over that, they add Kuleana Nanea and Lemonhart 151 Rums to finish it off right. Beware: It comes strong, so they limit it to two per patron.

Huggo’s Famous Seafood Chowder
If you want to see just why this eatery keeps everyone eagerly coming back for more, get a taste of the Huggo’s Famous Seafood Chowder. To create this masterpiece, the team infuses their signature chowder base with fresh island fish, clams, and shrimp. Once it’s done, they pour it all in a sourdough bread bowl and serve it piping hot.

Kilauea Fire
When nothing else will do but a truly monstrous burger, order up the Kilauea Fire. This delightful dish begins with a ½ pound local grass-fed beef patty grilled to perfection. Then, they put it on an activated charcoal bun and start stacking pepper jack cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and onion rings on top. Guacamole and chipotle aioli join the party after that along with the side of your choice, like their ever-popular Volcano Herb Spiced Fries. Gluten-free buns and plant-based burgers are available to sub in if you’d like.

Want to hear live music from local favorites like “LT” Smooth, Widdy Loo, and George Wit plus see hula performances from all the best dancers? The fun starts around 5 pm each evening, so swing by around then to enjoy the show. If you would like to know who’s scheduled to appear on stage, just check the calendar on their website before your visit. Otherwise, just leave it up to chance and find new favorites to put on your radar. 

Insider Tips:
-For discounts on drinks and select appetizers, come by between 3 pm and 5 pm daily for happy hour.
-Look for the colorful symbols next to the menu items to find gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian fare. The vegetarian items are often only made without the meat on request, so just ask your server to make that change when you order.
-When ordering your drinks, ask for the Logo Coconut Cup that you can take home as a souvenir.