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Keei Cafe

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American, Seafood, Asian, Contemporary, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
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79-7511 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750-7918
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us and are we glad we checked it out! Laid back friendly service and the food was to die for. Had the ahi catch of the day chefs special - it had a delicious mango reduction. Dessert (coconut flan and Mac nut pie) was also great. Can't fault anything, my partner and I both left... More 

Thank Catherine B
San Rafael, United States
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the service and the fresh catch of the day was the BEST!!!!! Wow! I'll be coming back here soon.

Thank Heather R
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Wonderful dinner; we both ordered the Spearfish special...it was delicious. We 1st tried this restaurant back in 2009, & try to return each time we are in Kona. We have been fortunate to have dined here about 5 times since 2009, & are never disappointed. The food is wonderful, & the service is good. Slight misunderstanding this last time in... More 

Thank Donna C
Oakland, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

The Ke'ei Cafe was highly recommended and it didn't disappoint. It has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, with a view of Kealakekua Bay. The service was good and the food excellent. My partner and I both tried the fresh marlin, but with different preparations. And we were both very pleased. The portions were substantial, but that didn't stop us from sharing... More 

Thank Mark A
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Food was very good. Laid back atmosphere. They take credit cards now. Server didn't take drinks order while we looked at menus. We had to take silverware from another table. Not big complaints, but just because there are only 2 tables eating doesn't men you can get careless

Thank Derek M
Lakewood, Colorado
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

GoogleMaps not very helpful in finding this place but oh so good when found! The ginger lemonade was very refreshing. Salads were beautiful and crisp. The Mahi Mahi with orange-mango sauce was perfect as were the baked pork chops. The serving were plentiful so dessert had to be skipped. The waitress was delightful...very attentive but not bothersome. Prices were extremely... More 

Thank SparkyandEly
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Best meal on the island. Not a tourist spot . Great food, service, and wine. Fit for foodies. Fresh food, individual service and family owned. I have been all over the big island and this is the best place I have dined.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

I have been coming to Ke'ei Cafe for 20+ years and it has never disappointed. The food is consistently amazing and the atmosphere is wonderful. This time around I had the ahi with lemon caper butter sauce with whipped potatoes and mixed veggies. It was gone in a flash as usual. Had tropical bread pudding and it was delicious. Reservations... More 

Thank Y2clay14
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We've been coming to Ke'ei Cafe for well over 20 years. In all those years they have always served quality food, consistently. The food is phenomenal! Wonderful selection of chicken, fish, pork & pasta. My sons favorite is the Ahi with Lemon Caper Butter sauce & mine is the Half Chicken with Peppercorn Gravy. I don't think you can go... More 

Thank Debbie W
Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Keei Cafe is an unpretentious restaurant on Highway 11 about 2 miles north of Captain Cook or 10 miles south of Kailua-Kona. Once inside, the decor is relaxed Hawaiian with very interesting artwork hanging on the walls. The service is pleasantly not rushed (hey, this is vacation time in Hawaii, so who wants to be rushed anyway?). The food is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $35
American, Seafood, Asian, Contemporary, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79-7511 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750-7918
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kealakekua
  • Phone Number: 18083229992
In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob Miyashiro and his wife Gina open the original Keei Cafe in a old former Fish Market in Honaunau, Hawaii on the Big Island. Finally after borrowing enough from their father, Brothers Bob and Dennis along with Sister Joyce the new Keei Cafe was Born in Hokukano. Again with the Brazilian touch for food friendly colors and using local woods, Gina helped create the decor that surrounds the "New" Keei Cafe at Hokukano. Opened in early 2005, the new Cafe features local artist painting and carvings on the walls. Koa table help make the Cafe have a warm and welcome feel perfect for families or guests looking for a resort type meal with a upcounty price. Family owned and operated with the additon of Gina's sister and Brother in Law, Chef Zeze and Batista, in the kitchen to use the freshes local ingredients to prepare creavtive and and delicious menu items with nightly specials. Please come to experience the flavors!

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