Pine Tree Cafe

Pine Tree Café – Offering Kailua-Kona Plate Lunch Deliciousness Seven Days a Week
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Are scrumptious Hawaiian plate lunches calling your name? If so, you’d better jet on over to Pine Tree Café to pick up what you’re craving. Their decadent dishes always promise to leave you feeling satisfied, while their friendly service is bursting with aloha.

- The Local Expert Team

When your Big Island adventures leave you ravenous, just jet on into the Pine Tree Café to reenergize. At this popular Kailua-Kona eatery, you can get all the most popular Hawaiian plate lunches served in huge portions. They don’t stop there either. Their menu features all the top breakfast favorites, including plate-sized pancakes, plus burgers, and so much more.

So, no matter what you’re craving, you can always trust the crew to roll out just what you need to kick your day into high gear. Their bright aloha spirit proves instantly rejuvenating as well, making it easy to kick back and relax while you enjoy your meal. To start your meal off right, you just have to walk up to the counter and let them know what you’d like.

The crew will get right to preparing your selections, and then plate them up in their convenient takeout containers. That’s a wise move, too, since the enormous portions make it hard to finish it all off in one sitting. You’ll definitely want to try though as the rich, bold flavors get you coming back for bite after bite. If you don’t cut it short, you’ll end up needing a nap instead of feeling ready for more island explorations.

Fortunately, since they open their doors early and stay open late, you can always come back for another round when hunger strikes yet again. Most of their menu items transport well, too, just in case you want to get an extra meal for the road. In fact, that’s not a bad idea if you’re planning on traveling over to Hilo for the day.  

On top of that, you can swing by before catching your flight at the Kona airport to get a snack for the plane. Their Oriental Somen salad works perfectly for that purpose – and they’ll package it up just right, so it reaches your seat ready to devour.

Get a taste of their:

Poke Omelet
For a delightfully unique take on a true island favorite, try the Poke Omelet. To create this dish, they prepare their fresh poke, and then put it in the center of a three-egg omelet. After that, it gets an aioli drizzle and sprinkle of furikake over the top. You get your choice of one side, like their brown rice, hashbrowns, or fried rice.

Yoshino Burger Special
The Yoshino Burger Special offers big beefy flavor in every bite, making it an excellent meal anytime of the day. The chef begins by grilling a homemade Yoshino patty until perfectly cooked and putting it on a bun. Then, they add a scoop of cream cheese, two strips of bacon, sauteed onions, and grilled mushrooms. Hamburger sauce brings it all together, plus you get French fries and mac or green salad. 

Spicy Garlic Chicken
If you want the perfect mix of crisp crunch and zesty flavors, treat yourself to the Spicy Garlic Chicken. They build this dish by breading and frying their signature spicy chicken strips. Then, they cover the stack in spicy aioli and green onions before adding a starchy side and salad of your choice. Prefer potato mac salad over all else? It’ll just be an extra charge. 

With such huge portions coming your way, saving room in your belly for dessert might seem like an impossibility. You definitely want to give it a try, however, because their Bread Pudding, Brownies, and Banana Bread are all worth the effort. If you simply cannot make that happen, look to their cold case for premade desserts ready to go.

Insider Tips:
-Be sure to check their menu board for the specials of the day before you order.
-Do you have a big event coming up? Make it even more special with their catering services. They’ll make a custom menu that suits your preferences, and then serve it all to your guests with plenty of aloha.
-If you choose fried rice to go with your omelet, you won’t automatically get toast. You can ask for it as a side order, but it’ll be an extra charge.
-Just want a taste of their plate lunch goodness? Get a mini plate instead of the full meal.