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Yong's Kal-Bi

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Waimea Center, Highway 19, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Driving through Waimea on the our way back to the Waikoloa resort area, we decided to stop and grab some dinner. The food was amazing and reasonably priced. The portions were very generous. The short ribs were amazing! There isn't much for decor but food is fantastic.

Thank James L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Totally hungry after being on the Mauna with our Kia'i 'ohana, we drove into Kamuela to find somewhere to eat. There were a number of options but we chose Yong's and we are glad that we did. Good sized portions and totally tasty. Something for meat and non-meat people. One of us had the Korean chicken which came with vegetable... More 

Thank Cheryl B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

We visit the Big Island each winter and always put Yong's on our todo-list. Instead of typical banchen (little bowls of traditional salads, pickled daikon, kimchi, etc.), your order comes with a choice of three side orders, plus ample rice. Each year, I order the spicy squid at least once. I also like their saba (mackerel). This restaurant is at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Don't go for the atmosphere--but do go for the incredibly delicious Korean food, wide variety, large portions/great value. Cheerful service too! We popped in for lunch, after surveying the other Waimea strip mall options (after visiting the small but interesting Keck Observatory Visitor Center). The combo plates were yummy & had loads of food; we asked for a take away... More 

Thank Alexandra B
Kamuela, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I have been eating here for years. They gave a large selection of Korean food like barbecue chicken, beef, fish, soups and much more. They are located in the KTA Shopping Center. I highly recommend eating here.

Thank Gordon K
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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.

1 Thank SlapHappyJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

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

Thank Moo Chool K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 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 

1 Thank PlanetR
Waimea, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 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!

Thank IslandFoodie808
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Asian, Korean, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Waimea Center, Highway 19, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: 8088858440
A small but excellent Korean restaurant.

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