I will start with a bias. It is our experience in Hawaii that the cuisine tends to be (a) sweet and (b) overly loaded with sauces and ingredients. If that's a style you like, then discount this review.
Joe's is hyped as an offshoot of the Haile Maile General Store, and claims some of its recipes from there. Its ambiance (once you find it -- not easy) is steakhouse funk, and it's a large, very loud room -- not a quiet tete-a-tete dining spot. The wine list is good, and their by-the-glass offerings are unusually good ones. Cocktails were kind of resort-typical: a pomegranate margarita that was nice enough but in a blind tasting wouldn't have said 'pomegranate', and a ginger cosmopolitan that got good comments. Service was adequate, although we had a rather expressionless waiter who didn't add much warmth to the evening.
The food was at best unexceptional. The crab appetizer with avocado topping was rich but had no real subtlety to it -- and was, oddly, dominated by the avocado. The Beet Tower was quite tasty, though once again more an exercise in richness, courtesy of the goat cheese, than in beets. The ahi special was tasty, seared rare as it should be, but again an amalgam of tastes and ingredients that detracted from the otherwise excellent bits of fish. The "Black Market" ribs, allegedly from the parent restaurant, were overpoweringly sweet and sauce-heavy, so much so that even this rib glutton couldn't get through them. But our sundae at the end was great.
If you like over-the-top sauce and richness it might be a good place to dine. Otherwise, no.
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