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“Outstanding views, very good Mai Tais”

Don the Beachcomber
Ranked #36 of 288 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Walua Road
Surrey, Canada
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Outstanding views, very good Mai Tais”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We went to Don's on the last night of our holiday for a Mai Tai and snack. It was very busy, as the sun was about to go down, but we were lucky and got a table at the sea wall edge. The location is absolutely outstanding. The Mai Tai was pricey but very good and the snacks were tasty and reasonable. Service was busy but pleasant. If we return to Kailua-Kona, we would definitely go there again.

  • Visited February 2013
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Kirkland, Washington
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323 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Nice ambience, mediocre food, weak service”
Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

You have to decide if the setting at Don's is worth the price and quality of the food - high and not so good. There is no question that sitting along the seawall waiting to see if the next wave will get you is a very nice experience but the weak service and food really offset that. There are many places in Kailua that have equal views, cost much less and don't pretend to offer great food.

Our server was quite pleasant but not really there very much. He never checked on our satisfaction with the dinner and we had to chase him down to get our bill.

My prime rib was way over done and not marbled so pretty dry. My partner's seared ahi was very fishy tasting. Neither were acceptable.

We won't be going back.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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310 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Great view, reasonable price”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Try the tiki salad--a meal in itself. And get there a little before dinner so you can get a table right next to the ocean.

Visited January 2013
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best part of the Royal Kona Resort”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Great ocean view, especially at sundown! Cocktails not bad & wait staff is very nice. Some of the entertainment is good, but some we could do without...

Visited January 2013
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Portland Oregon
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150 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“It's more about the view”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

The view is great. We came here specifically for the mai tai because of reviews, but after getting one I don't get it. It tasted like a mix. Nothing special. We also tried the plaintation mai tai as well, but again it was nothing special. I don't understand how people think these are good mai tai's. They are average at best. I think you come here for the view. We ordered a few app's which were good. The service was also good.

  • Visited January 2013
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