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Yong's Kal-Bi

Asian, Korean
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Waimea Center, Highway 19, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Description: A small but excellent Korean restaurant.

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Value

Very good Korean food in a strip mall. Not much atmosphere, but the food is the main attraction. Tried a couple of the combo meals and decided the kalbi ribs and bulgogi were the tastiest items in the combos we ordered. Liked the grilled meats, the side dishes are more of an acquired taste. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2013
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This place was recommended by a friend who lived in Waimea for many years. We loved it. Excellent Korean dishes in a no-frills, mom-and-pop style restaurant. Portions are generous and prices totally reasonable. Try the butter fish, it's outstanding! If you are staying on the Kohala Coast I recommend a trip up to Waimea to eat at Yong's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

When we visited in Big island, we had dinner here twice. Good price good dishes. My parents liked very much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Very good Korean food in a strip mall. Not much atmosphere, but the food is the main attraction. Tried a couple of the combo meals and decided the kalbi ribs and bulgogi were the tastiest items in the combos we ordered. Liked the grilled meats, the side dishes are more of an acquired taste. The owner was friendly to us.... More 

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Waimea, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

While I've eaten "in house" a few times I usually just stop by and get a plate lunch to go -- it lasts me a meal or two! Every combo comes with a choice of sides, which are themselves just great too! I love their korean beef -- so flavorful and lean!

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

My husband and I were driving around the Big Island and we happened to be in Waimea (Kamuela) at lunch time. Several people we asked said that there was a food court in the area. We were not impressed with the food there. I needed to mail some post cards so I walked to the post office. One staff member... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

My husband and I got take out from Yong's while the kids had McDonalds (in the same center). I had the bi bim bop--so nice to have something with vegetables and not fried! It hit the spot and was a generous serving for under $8. Next time I'm on the Big Island, I'm definitely going back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

This is in a strip mall in Waimea and does more take-out business. You go to the counter for your order...and have a choice of three sides and rice. I had the Kal-Bi and it was pretty good. Not the best I've ever had, but more than acceptable. The rice was a bit cold, and the place certainly hasn't any... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Waimea Center, Highway 19, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Korean

Description

A small but excellent Korean restaurant.
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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