Pahoa Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Pahoa

April 14, 2018 Merry Kessler

Tiny Pahoa is Hawaii's alternative to a glitzy, prepackaged vacation experience. A small, Victorian town with wooden boardwalks, Pahoa has been called the "downtown" of the Puna region of the Big Island. Travelers will find abundant natural beauty combined with a laid-back, artistic atmosphere.
Things to do in Pahoa

1. Pahoa Fresh Fish

Pahoa Village Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 808-965-8248
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Pahoa Fresh Fish

This place is relatively new and a real gem. Would love to write a review to let people passing through Pahoa towards Volcano National Park about it.

Reviewed By Sarah W - Boulder, Colorado

Don't let the look of this place deter you. We thoroughly enjoyed the fish n' chips and fried shrimp combo. We went with the Ono, which we'd never tried before, and were pleasantly surprised by the unique flavor and meatiness. The batter was tasty and crispy, the sauces were good, and the waffle fries were yummy. Definitely a hidden gem.

2. Tin Shack Bakery

15-1500 Akeakamai Loop, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 20 +1 808-965-9659
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Tin Shack Bakery

nestled amongst the cane grass and bamboo in the historic Pahoa town, Tin Shack Bakery hosts the local townsfolk and visitors alike, serving up coffee and other tasty drinks as well as breakfast and lunch fare for peasants and kings alike! Try the eggs benedict, it's delicious!

Reviewed By norman m - Pahoa, Hawaii

I was told this is the Best Bakery in town........but no one said it was gluten free.....I went with friends and we got one of my favorite things.....Key Lime Pie......well NOT what i expected.....first it had Avocado in it.......and it had very little lime flavor......not much of a crust......and a strange gummy texture.....BUT.....if you want gluten free i guess it is ok.......it think i would rather have gluten and old fashion Key Lime Pie.....the brownie was very dense and sticky and the carrot cake was ok....but dry........ I think for a good selection of baked goods you need to go very early in the morning i was told........i went at 2pm .....not good time as they closed at 3pm.....

3. Sirius Coffee Connection

15-2874 Pahoa Village Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778-7720 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, American, International Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 808-965-8555
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Sirius Coffee Connection

Reviewed By Miriahm D - Boulder, Colorado

Over the years, the coffee here has improved. The atmosphere is straight up Pahoa, funky, relaxed, friendly, and free wifi, when you order. They also have computers if you don't have a phone or laptop. Very limited seating and no toilet. Interesting pastries, always changing

4. Kaleo's Bar & Grill

15-2969 Pahoa Village Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Hawaiian, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 33 +1 808-965-5600
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kaleo's Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Barry and Kris H - Houston, Texas

In the area for quick bite before heading to waterfalls in Hilo. It served our purpose. Food was OK. I had special “tuna melt”...and was not what I expected. Could be a regional or cultural thing. It was basically tuna salad with cheddar cheese on it. My husband had fish and chips and was very average thus our rating.

5. Ning's Thai Cuisine

15 2955 Pahoa Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 808-965-7611
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Ning's Thai Cuisine

Reviewed By Alaskachick907

Stopped in here for lunch after reading reviews & determining this was the best place in town. We were a bit hesitant as there were only two other people in the place. The couple told us everything was good there. The gal had the daily special and stated she wanted to lick her plate it was so good. The husband and I selected two of the daily specials & the gal wasn’t kidding ... my husband wanted to lick the plate too and he doesn’t even like Thai food! The food was delicious & freshly prepared.

6. Pot HeD Soup

Pahoa Village Hwy, In the Pahoa Farmers Market, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Reg. kitchen/coffee/breakfast inside of the Sunday Pahoa Market

Reviewed By ZRJT - Keaau

We love Pothead's food! Can't recommend it highly enough. We have been eating here since it first opened at SPACE market. Delicious home-cooked food at a very reasonable price. At the Pahoa market on Sundays.

7. Paolo's Bistro

15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 808-965-7033
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Paolo's Bistro

Reviewed By VEE1225 - Raleigh, North Carolina

We tried another restaurant first, but it was packed with no room, so we chose second best-Paolo's. I ordered mushroom filled ravioli. My husband got a salad and a pasta. Everything was fantastic. He also got a dessert, but I can't remember what it was. The restaurant is amazing in that it cooks from scratch exactly what you order. I love that there are no menus because things can change everyday. It's quaint and the food was fantastic!

8. Puna Java

15 2941 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI Cafe
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Right in the middle of Pahoa Town next to Boogie Woogie Pizza.

Reviewed By fjg22 - reading, pa

Good local coffee and tasty bagels. Limited pastry selection. It is an internet cafe, but we didn't try go online. Interesting selection of local characters.

9. Pele's Kitchen

15-2929 Pahoa Village Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 808-935-0550
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Pele's Kitchen

Chef-grown organic produce in most meals, in a rainbow of colors and flavors, in an intimate cafe setting in historic Old Pahoa town. We have wonderfully eclectic tastes for the gourmet as well as vegans who just want "REAL" food. Most of our customers compliment us on how beautiful our food looks as well as how great it tastes, and for the price, it is a deal well worth the drive from Kona! We are in lava zone 1, so, you may have traffic, vog, or Lava to contend with, but you may also have the best time in your life coming here!

Reviewed By John M

Went there two times. I got an omelette the first time and some ginger-mango juice that was out of this world. Also got some jacotiba (?) ginger juice that was mouth watering. Second time I got the avocado eggs benedict. Both were phenomenal. If you’re...MoreMahalo nui loa!! Our locally sourced juices are our best, so thanks for noticing!! I'm glad you got to try the jaboticaba, it's my favorite, kinda tied with lilikoi, too... Hope to see you again soon. Auntie Liz and Uncle Stephen

10. Luquin's Mexican Restaurant

15-2492 Pahoa Village Road, Downtown Pahoa., Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 808-965-9990
Excellent
27%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 222 reviews

Luquin's Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By IQ140 - Guerneville, California

It's not fancy. The dark furniture and worn tile floors are depressing. It is quite large, so can get busy.

The breakfasts were easily the best we found in Pahoa and rival good, basic breakfasts anywhere. Deserves 5 stars for breakfasts but probably 3-4 stars overall (we didn't try other times).

I am particular about my pancakes. Too many places (including "pancake" restaurants) undercook them so they are soggy in the center or overcook so they're tough. These were large, perfect color and perfectly cooked and excellent taste.
Other items (eggs, etc.) were also cooked well. Eggs Benedict was excellent. Portions are large (e.g. Pancakes, ham). Breakfast menu is extensive. Prices are inexpensive to moderate and excellent value.

Service was generally cordial and prompt, although sometimes seemed understaffed when crowded. Everything arrived fresh and hot. Breakfast stops about 10:45 or 11 a.m

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