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“Can’t Tell A Book By Its Cover”

Holuakoa Cafe & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Holualoa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Holuakoa Gardens and Cafe. We are a Slow Food establishment committed to "a food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice." Sit back and relax in our lush garden setting and experience Slow Food at its best, locally grown and lovingly prepared. For the best cup of coffee in Kona, visit our famous coffee shop, located right out in front of the restaurant in the historical town and artist community of Holualoa.
Reviewed December 12, 2012

An isolated ‘artsie’ nook up in the hills, overlooking nothing, eclectically appointed, but with a charming ambiance and superior culinary competencies. A long ride from most hotels, not easy to find, narrow roads but a charming. This combination and the friendly staff invites lingering, do it. Portions are large; consider ordering ‘a small plate’ sized portions. Soups, salads, entrees and desserts, all excellent. If you like garlic on your cesar salad order it; if they have passion fruit cheese cake, order it. Dinner for two, tax and generous tip, no wine or beer, shared sesert $100; fair value.

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Thank John D
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Went to this restaurant twice. Once for breakfast and again for dinner. Both were excellent. Service was only average but that could be that we were upstairs in the ADA accessible room away from the main dining area.

Thank glinco
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

If I had prizes to give for a fabulous restuarant, this would be it. We have had lunches and dinner here. All meals were expertly prepared and serviced by a fine staff. The ahi tuna melt is massive and baked to perfection. Too much food, try one of their delicious soups such as the potato leek or chowder. Pork sandwich for lunch is another obvious hit as is their salads.

Dinner had it all. Soft lights as the sunset. The unobtrusive background music was mostly gently jazz with a few other instrumentals. The food was glorious. Try starting with a say a fresh mozerella salad with a heavenly apple and gorgenzola pizza. Or may be you would like the pork chop with an apple and cinnimon sauce complimented with yellow beets. Whatever your chose, you won't be disappointed.

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1  Thank Blue Magic
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

Imagine walking around a small town full of art galleries, a ukelele store and great gift shops. Suddenly you are hungry. What to do?

Get your flips flops a moving and go no further than the Holuakoa Cafe. Great locally-sourced food, open-air seating, a koi pond, and you have this quaint little cafe in a nutshell. The coffee was some of the best I had on the island.

We shared a salad made up of various slaws for the base, a piece of cornbread covered in slow cooked pork.

They had me at pork. They also serve up fresh seafood. They serve a great breakfast too.

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1  Thank newsguy167
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

When in Kona drive up Hualalai to the town of Holualoa. Art galleries and studios, a general store, a fading pink hotel built in 1926, a five star bed and breakfast hidden from view are all there to explore after a great meal at the Holuakoa Cafe and Garden Restaurant. You will eat fresh, eat local and dine with aloha in an open air setting watched over by a stone Buddha, Ganesha, and turtle camouflaged in one of the garden's rock walls.

Fowl, beef, fish, legumes, vegetables are all from Hawaii Island. Carnivore, piscivore, omnivore or vegetarian - you will not be disappointed. Being a pescetarian I can vouch that the "fresh catch" is exactly that - fresh from Kona waters taken up the mountain for you to savor and enjoy.

Should you happen to stop for brunch or lunch, you may wish to renew your palette and taste for a "real" tuna melt sandwich made with fresh tuna piled high on freshly baked bread ( the owner's daughter is a baker). It is an open faced sandwich you will not forget and its generous size makes it a full meal!

As a segue to the dining experience and post dessert explore the corridor of quaint historic structures dedicated to art, craft, lodging, even the healing arts. Have a cup of Kona coffee from one of the coffee farms surrounding the town and you will have had a perfect day! Your body and your soul will thank you.

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Thank christina k
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