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“Happy Hour: the Only Time to go- Stunning setting!”

Don the Beachcomber
Ranked #41 of 288 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Walua Road
washington state
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Happy Hour: the Only Time to go- Stunning setting!”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We have gone there many times and last time we scored a great seat to watch the sunset but the drinks were mediocre at best. The service was slow and the music they were playing conflicted with the lovely luau tunes, hasn't anyone figured that out by now? The pupus are overpriced for what you get, even at Happy Hour, and the food has never made our taste buds dance.

Maybe we hit it on a bad night, we will go back you can't beat the location and the people watching. They are famous for the Mai Tais and I have had good ones there but not this time.

The luau is $88 and the entertainment is terrific (food rumored to be barely edible) and you can see some of it free is you happen to score the right table in the bar.

Lots of middle aged people there the night we were there, seemed to be no locals, only tourists. The hotel is owned by Pleasant Hawaiian Holiday so there are likely lots of"vacation package people" around.

The live music there can be hit and miss.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Green Valley, Arizona
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Horrible Meal”
Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

After a great introduction by the hostess, we were seated at a beautiful table next to the water. A nice appetizer was served before the server arrived. After that, the meal was HORRIBLE! The server was surly, rude, disorganized and inattentive. For the first time in 20 years, we left no tip.

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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Spinner Dolphins Show”
Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Spinner dolphins put on a show for us near the jet ski platform. The Mai Tais were good and the pork sliders were delicious. The view was spectacular and our waitress was attentive and friendly. Will definitely return.

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190 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
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“Mediocre Restaurant but Great Bar”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stopped at the bar for drinks and lunch on our first day in Kona. As all the reviews say, you can't beat the view and the mai tais are great! So we decided to try the restaurant on our last night in town. The hostess was surly at best - couldn't even muster a welcoming smile. We were seated right near the water, so you could not beat the ambience - it is beautiful! The food was ok, but certainly nothing spectacular. Very pricey compared to other restaurants with better food. The waitress was very friendly, so that helped make up for the hostess' lack of customer service.

Would not return for dinner, but certainly would go back to the bar to enjoy the view, drinks and snacks.

  • Visited November 2013
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Morgan Hill, CALIF
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Don the Beachcomber”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Located in the Royal Kona Resort - very convenient, good breakfast and bar. Didn't have dinner there.

Visited November 2013
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