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“Loved this place!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holuakoa Cafe

Holuakoa Cafe
76-5901 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725-9717
(808) 322-2233
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Holualoa
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
California
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012 via mobile

This is a different kind of place so maybe not for everyone. Definitely not for small children unless they're the silent type ;). It's a peaceful large front porch of a home with an awesome distant view of the ocean. You're up on the mountain looking down at the ocean far off. But I never realized how wonderful a sunset that would make for! Wow! No sound just the view! Sigh.... There is the Koki frogs making music- that's fun! We loved how this was a small owner operated restaurant. His pride shined through! Very creative dishes that were all delicious! The quality and freshness of all the ingredients was unmatched! So glad we found this gem! It's for real foodies who love trying new things! And enjoy a unique dining experience! Even dessert was a real TREAT! Well be back again!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Marysville, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great location and Excellent Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Menu is not extensive but features local produce and seafood. Breakfast menu continues through lunch. Large portions in an outdoor covered setting. Enjoyed all the different entrees ordered, service is not speedy but who cares in this lovely island setting.
Area of galleries and small shops, this is the only restaurant in the area but well worth a trip on its own.
Breakfast and lunch only.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Roseau, Minnesota
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76 reviews 76 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“THE DRIVE ALONE IS WORTH IT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Valentines Day is a virtual nightmare trying to get into restaurants on the Big Island. So, we decided to make the drive up to Holualoa (almost 1400 feet above sea level) to give the Holuakoa Garden Restaurant a try. All I can say is "WOW!" Driving up the zigzag and winding road was breathtaking - panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the town of Kailua far below, and the forest canopy made this trip a delightful one.
Best of all, we enjoyed the fabulous garden layout, the wonderful service, the great and tasty food (all organic and locally grown), and the chance to see live blue orchids. This place bills itself as a "slow food" establishment (as opposed to fast food), and there was no pressure to gobble and run.
Come hungry so you have room to savor and enjoy the large portions, and make sure to try the Passion Fruit Cheesecake.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

Had a great lunch. Everything very fresh and delicious. Incredible pork sandwich, wonderful salads, very good service. Well worth the drive up from Kailua-Kona

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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British Columbia
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32 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“amazing food & atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

This is a very special place. The setting is wonderful; seating is all outside (but under cover) with twinkly lights and a koi pool ... all very beautiful. The food is amazing; we both had the tenderloin which was absolutely delicious! For dessert we had flourless chocolate cake; also delicious.
Highly recommended; this place is much nicer than the places along Alii Drive.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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