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“Perfect in its simplicity”

Manago Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 31 Restaurants in Captain Cook
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Perfect in its simplicity”
Reviewed April 6, 2011

I could eat here every day. The food is excellent; as I heard another patron say "I've never had a bad meal here."

The 20-30 minute drive south of Kona is the only thing that keeps me from eating every meal here.

Be sure you know what you're getting into---this is a small menu (maybe 8-10 items), where you don't pick your sides, that are served family style, during very limited hours (5PM to 7PM, or maybe its 7:30PM). Be prepared to pay less than you should for food this good.

  • Visited April 2011
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1 Thank JohnnySong
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Milton, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Visit the Hawaii of an earlier day for basic dining.”
Reviewed April 4, 2011

Upon entering the Manago Hotel dining room you feel like you are entering Hawaii of the 1950's. And after the paying the prices of Kailua-Kona and Kohala this is a welcome relief for the wallet.. The pork chop dinner was good, as advertised , as was the shrimp saute.
It is basic dining at a reasonable price with efficient service. Two dinners, two beers and two glasses of wines for less than $45 including tip is a bargain in this part of the world. As long as you don't expect fancy food and atmosphere most people should be satisfied.

Visited February 2011
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Reno, NV
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Pork Chops EVER!”
Reviewed January 25, 2011

Found out about this place in an old Hawaii magazine from 2008 a friend gave me when preparing for our trip. They have been cooking pork chops and ONLY pork chops in these 80+ year old cast iron skillets and the flavor of them is spectacular. The meal was very very reasonable; $9.75 for two pork chops with side dishes. Gravy and onions offered at $.75 each. I understand the fish is good as well but we didn't have. There were locals having large family parties and other hotel guests (that's an adventure in itself; inexpensive but no phone, tv, or air conditioning - yet clean, cool with the windows open and beautiful view) It's been around a long time and isn't fancy but this was a highlight of our trip.

  • Visited January 2011
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1 Thank nradford
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“Deep fried opelu is da bes!”
Reviewed December 10, 2010

This is not for everybody. I grew up in Honolulu and this is the kind of restaurant that is so long gone from Honolulu. This type of place is the soul of Hawaii from the 1930's and on. This is the living history of Hawaii that you may never see again elsewhere. If you want to see what real Hawaii was and still is in Kona, go and appreciate.
I had the fried opelu with chili water. Wow. The fish was so crispy and perfect. Eating the meat off the fish bones with the chili water was heaven. For tourists, not accustomed to food from other cultures, this is not for you. The whole fish is fried (head and all) and the best part is sucking the meat off the bones. But, for Hawaiian food connoisseurs, this is da bes fish evah.

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“Hawaiian Style Po' Folks Comfort Food”
Reviewed November 8, 2010

Before Kona was a "destination," there was the Hotel Manago.
True to form, the hotel and restaurant have kept their Kona-ness despite all the resort trappings built up through the 1980s and 90s on the fake-Hawaiian "Gold Coast" stretching from Keauhou to Kawaihae up north.
Manago is Old Kona, how it used to be, kept clean and tidy (albeit a little worn around the edges) with simple accommodations and great value. Don't mistake this for faux Hawaii with Maitais and phony leis. It therefore will disappoint if you are expecting haute resort fare and beach front balconies.
But if you want to take a step back in time 50 years, and enter a hotel pretty much unchanged since Hawaii became the 50th State, then the Hotel Manago is just the ticket.

Rooms are basic (and cheap!) perfectly suited for those who rather be adventuring outdoors and just want a safe clean place to sleep. There are even "shared bathroom" accommodations in the dorm-like older part of the hotel. HINT: Ask about the "Japanese Room." Maybe it appeals to you, maybe not. It's certainly a different experience.

Food is old Kona family style. Main dishes include the famous pork chops, steak, liver and onions, ahi tuna, ono (wahoo), mahimahi (dorado), butterfish (black cod), loco-moco (not on the menu, but available), teriyaki beef, or chicken (avoid this one--the chicken is dry and flavorless). They also serve a pretty good burger with Kona Chips on the side.

Normally, side dishes are macaroni salad, japanese pickled vegetables, lima beans, cooked tofu, seasoned bean sprouts, with little other variation.

Soft drinks, beer, wine, coffee and tea are available.

Restaurant closes between meals, but we didn't make note of exact hours.

Keep an open mind about old style context, and you can really appreciate a meal and a stay here! We loved it!

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