Top 10 restaurants in Waimea, United States

April 14, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

The Kamuela area of the Big Island has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years. Now known for opulent resorts, luxurious spas, dramatic golf courses, historic former cattle farms and breathtaking nature reserves, Kamuela is a largely unspoiled gem. Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course is the top choice for going green. Other relaxing activities include checking into Spa Without Walls and Mauna Lani Spa, or stretching out on Hapuna Beach. A rental car is the best way to explore Kamuela's many attractions.
Things to do in Waimea

1. Merriman's

65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8401 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards International, American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 98 +1 808-885-6822
Excellent
73%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Merriman's

Located in the heart of the Big Islands farm community is Peter Merriman's original restaurant; Merriman's Waimea. Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and uses 90% or more of local produce, fish and beef. All dishes are handcrafted to highlight the natural flavors of each menu item. Our award winning wine list has selections for all to enjoy. Merriman's knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you through a culinary experience you will not soon forget. We look forward to serving you!

Reviewed By Douglas A - San Francisco, United States

I consider myself lucky to have found this restaurant on Open Table. The food is locally sourced and very authentic Hawaiian, with a modern twist. The appetizers, main courses, and desserts were all fantastic. Our servers were attentive without being a nuisance. There were groups, families with small children, and couples. Everyone seemed to be having as good a night as I was.

2. Waimea Coffee Company

65-1279 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8444 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 16 +1 808-885-8915
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Waimea Coffee Company

Food: We use the freshest ingredients available, in most cases, farmed right here on the big island. We have an herb garden out back which we use to make all of our own homemade soups and sauces. We shop at the local farmers markets for many ingredients. We care about what goes into our bodies and our community! This means we don't believe in microwaves, GMO foods, or artificial flavorings. We do believe in organic, local, and gluten free alternatives. We believe that fresh foods are better for all of us. All produce and baked goods are sourced locally! Come check us out :) Coffee and Tea: We have friendly, knowledgeable baristas here to craft you a delicious beverage. We use cold brewed coffee as our iced coffee. We feature our islands best coffees, available for personal pour overs and french presses. We also have 100% organic and local teas available for those who do not like coffee :)

Reviewed By Edmundo_de_ABQ - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Good coffee, breakfast sandwiches and pastry's at "not ridiculous tourist prices" in a small space with small indoor and outdoor tables. They seem to have a lot of local regulars which makes parking, ordering and finding a place to sit a bit of a task but when compared to the costs incurred at tourist hotels and restaurants just for coffee drinks and pastry's it's worth the effort

3. Anuenue Ice Cream

Kawaihae Shopping Ctr, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Hawaiian +1 808-882-1109
Excellent
77%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Anuenue Ice Cream

Reviewed By dmlin - Barrington, Illinois

For the good, the shaved ice special with the ginger, mac nut, white chocolate ice cream has awesome flavors. This is the only place that we could find that carries this flavor of ice cream, which seems to be a special order flavor from Tropical Dreams Ice Cream - we could not even get it when we went to the Tropical Dreams retail store in Waimea.
For the bad - long lines because it takes this guy forever to make each order, also, the the shaved ice is not very fine. There were some chunks in it - about the size of snow cone ice.
Go and find the "Original Big Island Shaved Ice" truck to get great shaved ice with all natural flavors.

4. Manuela Malasada

65-1148 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8407 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Hawaiian Breakfast +1 808-747-5531
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Manuela Malasada

Reviewed By roadstardave - Waveland, Indiana

Stopped in on passing thru. They were excellent,piping hot. Thought $20 a dozen was a bit pricey but they were good

5. Hawaiian Style Cafe

65-1290 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7310 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 808-885-4295
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hawaiian Style Cafe

Reviewed By tretzingermd - Winona, Minnesota

This little cafe in Waimea proved to be the most memorable meal of our three week vacation to Hawaii. Tucked in at the end of a little strip mall in Waimea, this place is off the beaten path. Its clientele is mainly tourists but there are a significant number of local citizens. It was particularly busy when we came, and we had to wait outside for a table to become available. It was the food and service and ambiance that made this place memorable. Of the three, the food was the best. Classic Hawaiian fare, deliciously prepared and presented in incredibly large portions. We were amazed. What a treat! You would do well to give this place a try. Bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards. It’s about ten bucks an entre (inexpensive by Hawaiian standards).

6. Kimobean Hawaiian Coffee

68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr, Ste 300, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9704 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 808-885-2111
Excellent
49%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Kimobean Hawaiian Coffee

Reviewed By Stephen E - San Jose, California

Stopped by here a few times while visiting the big island. The breakfast sandwiches are pretty good, simple but tasty and not fully processed ingredients. Coffee was good too. Smoothies were my favorite part though, the tropical fruit option with mango was unbelievable and the main reason I went back 3 times.

7. Jojo's Anuenue Shaved Ice

9899 Waimea Rd, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96796 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Hawaiian, American +1 800-635-7615
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Jojo's Anuenue Shaved Ice

Reviewed By Arthur Y - New Jersey

Probably the best on Kaua'i, there are over 40 flavors to choose from. Sad that it's out by Waimea which is a long drive from Princeville an Kapaa' resorts and hotels. Still, those visiting Waimea Canyon can stop by as a reward after visiting this beautiful wonder of nature. It's a good sized shaved ice, not the cheapest but if you find the coupon in one of the visitors magazines, you can get ice cream and a topping for free.

8. Starbucks

67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7304 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 808-887-6409
Excellent
52%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By Miriahm D - Boulder, Colorado

I wouldn't ordinarily review a Starbucks, but when you're traveling, good to know there's one conveniently around. And if you're cold--and that's always a possibility in charming Waimea-- it's good to know they have a live gas fireplace. Cozy. You always know how the coffee will be, they are trained, other places are hit and miss, and you don't have extra time for "miss"

9. Tropical Dreams Ice Cream

66-1250 Lalamilo Farm Rd, Ste 116, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8359 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 808-885-8820
Excellent
86%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 26 reviews

Tropical Dreams Ice Cream

Reviewed By tikiznbamboo - Hilo, Hawaii

If you live on island, and you like ice cream, you already know this is the real deal. If you are visiting, and don't mind driving slightly off the main drag for a treat, do it. If you are visiting friends who live here, bring them a log of the sweet cream natural butter. Very nice gift.

10. Under the Bodhi Tree

68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr Ste 116, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7752 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 808-895-2053
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 475 reviews

Under the Bodhi Tree

Reviewed By 1TahoeQueen - Princeville, Hawaii

Hubs and I ate at Under the Bodhi Tree several times during our 3-mo stay on the Big Island. We enjoyed breakfast and lunch entrees, plus the French press coffee and the nasty tasty choc/banana/oat bar.

KILLER entrees we tried and LOVED (well, we didn't have one thing we didn't like!) included: vegan coconut French toast - I've never had anything so decadently delicious and, I'm hoping, healthy?

Also, we had the Better than Beef veggie burger on several occasions, which was THE BEST veggie burger we'd ever had at any place - here or mainland. Also Pythagoras' Pita Pocket filled with fresh veggies & Greek tofu; the Awapuhi Noodle Bowl with a delicious savory base; The Loaded Melt (vegan style); and the sautéed tofu "scramble" with toast (which is actually soft cubes of tofu). OWIE, all was SO good. We also appreciated the tasteful, healthy plating of each entree with sides, salad, fruit or something to complete the gastronomical experience.

The chef/owner hails from the Fairmont Orchid, where he clearly displayed culinary skills, but here, at Under the Bodhi Tree, he has outdone himself providing superb vegetarian and vegan cuisine. I would love to see this restaurant in a space 5 times its size ... but the quality control at this size is excellent. Can't recommend this place enough for any length of stay in Kohala area.

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