Where to Eat in Keaau: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Keaau (also written as Keaʻau) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States located in the District of Puna. The population was 2,010 at the 2000 census. The population increased by 12.1% to 2,253 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Keaau

1. Lemon Grass

16-586 Old Volcano Rd Ste 103, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8115 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese Lunch, Dinner +1 808-982-8558
Excellent
28%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Lemon Grass

Reviewed By LagunaGypsy - Laguna Beach

The best way to describe this spot is a poor imitation of Panda Express. It's greasier without as many options. It's not a comfortable place to dine. Mostly it's a spot for locals to grab a quick bite. If you're a tourist it's probably best to avoid. If you're looking for a "local" spot there's also better choices around. Service was not friendly and it wasn't very clean.

2. Moonstruck Patisserie

16 Furneaux Ln, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2828 Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards European, Cafe Breakfast SGD 3 - SGD 8 +1 808-933-6868
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 137 reviews

Moonstruck Patisserie

Moonstruck Patisserie is a bakery specializing in European pastries and desserts. Breakfast features a full line of croissants, quiche, rock buns, French press coffee and a full line of loose teas. Moonstruck also features Hilo's finest desserts - custom European style cakes and cheesecakes. Our customers also rave about our iced coffee and ginger peach tea.

Reviewed By blw_at_longwood - Richmond, Virginia

It's a patisserie, which sets the expectations. The pastries and baked goods have a distinctly French slant, but are well-executed and tasty. (And calories on vacation don't count, do they?) Variety is pretty good for a small place - but it is a small place. Not to worry, though, there's plenty on offer. It's unique in town and in general on this side of the island, so comparisons are a bit difficult. Compared to some of the big-city patisseries - particularly (duh) in Paris, it's merely good, but that's a pretty high standard, especially since I think the nearest competition is a boat or plane ride away.

There's no seating, so it's strictly a carry-away sort of affair.

3. Paul's Place

132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 808-280-8646
Excellent
93%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 219 reviews

Paul's Place

Reviewed By Greg S - Watertown, New York

We had great recommendations for this little spot through our travel book, so we made sure we went. This was our first meal in Hilo...and we didn't really realize how small it truly is. 3 tables! So if you are short on time, plan ahead and get a reservation. We went in and put our name in for about 2 hours later...which worked out well, giving us time to thoroughly explore the Hilo Farmer's Market. Our meals here were amazing - definitely recommend the eggs benedict with the non-traditional hollandaise sauce. My wife had the Belgian waffles with fruit, which were also delicious. To add - the hosts are amazing. We were there the day of the missile scare and were really unsure of what to do. We popped back in prior to our reservation to ask for advice on what to do, and they helped us feel a whole lot better about the whole situation. Definitely go if you can - they do also do lunch.

4. L & L Hawaiian BBQ

16-586 Old Volcano Rd Ste 104KEAAU, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8115 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Hawaiian Lunch, Dinner +1 808-982-6668
Excellent
32%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

L & L Hawaiian BBQ

Reviewed By TexasChilicat - texas

While this is still (at least partially) an L&L, it is also a Chinese restaurant? It was kind of confusing. The menu is huge and rather confusing to navigate. The counter service was OK but there is definitely a language barrier. I had the seafood combo and my husband had the classic combo, both of which were tasty typical Hawaiian plate lunches. I'd try L&L again, just maybe another location.

5. Spoonful Cafe

16-569 Old Volcano Rd, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8101 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner +1 808-982-8899
Excellent
20%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 34 reviews

Reviewed By moonlightlady108 - Hilo, Hawaii

This is a run of the mill Thai restaurant with no standout dishes. Stop by for a Thai coffee or tea; not much else to recommend about the food.
Pad Thai came gummy with tasteless sauce and I did not want to investigate further on my dime. Since the only other place to eat nearby is a McDonald's, you may want to try tthe Spoonful, but I cannot say much else good about it.
Sory.

6. McDonald's

16-565 Old Volcano Rd, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8101 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +1 808-966-8812
Excellent
32%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
12%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 25 reviews

McDonald's

Reviewed By Loveagoodmeal - Boca Raton, Florida

The only difference in there food compared to any other McDonald's is this burger that I have never seen before...it has hawaian sauces on it and it looks terrible. I didn't try it, so I really can't say if it was good. Everything else looked just like any other McDonalds

7. Ma'ona Lunch Counter

16-203 Wiliama Pl, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8011 Breakfast, Lunch +1 808-640-4244
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Ma'ona Lunch Counter

Reviewed By OCFoodDiva - Anaheim, California

Da Bomb Burger ($10.95) is a ½ lb. burger with a spice rub topped with bacon, mushrooms, and bleu cheese served with French fries. This burger is definitely “da bomb”! The homemade beef patty is what makes this burger so thick and juicy. I love when a burger is topped with bacon and bleu cheese! The bacon adds a salty, smoky flavor. The bleu cheese adds a creamy, punchy, zingy flavor. The fries are crinkle cut and fried to perfection, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Rating: 5/5

Oyster Chicken Plate ($9.95) is their famous OC sauce marinated chicken and served with rice and salad. The chicken is tender and the OC sauce seasons the chicken just right for the grill. The sauce on top reminds me of a creamy Russian dressing with sweet and tangy flavors. Rating: 4.5/5

Loco Moco ($9.95) starts with rice topped with a handmade beef patty, brown onion gravy, and easy-over eggs with more rice and salad on the side. This is the best loco moco I have ever had! It sticks to its roots with the main ingredients of rice, hamburger patty, gravy, and egg. Being from Hilo and a profound “loco moco” connoisseur, there are two things that make this loco moco great: handmade seasoned beef patty and homemade brown gravy. You can taste the love that Chef David has for his ingredients. The handmade beef patty is locally-sourced and tastes like a juicy steak. The gravy just has a richness to it that is just miles away from the typical brown gravy. “Dis loco moco wen broke da mouth!” Rating: 5/5

Blackened Ono ($9.95) is a daily special that you may find on a day you visit. Chef David only uses fresh, local-caught fish. The fish is seasoned and blackened to perfection with a great sear on the outside for a succulent, delicate fish on the inside. Sometimes a blackened technique means spicy, but not in this case. Restaurant quality fish dish at a lunch counter! Who knew! Rating: 5/5

8. Canton Garden Cafe

16-586 Old Volcano Rd, Suite 9,10,11,12 Keaau Shopping Plaza, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8115 Lunch, Dinner +1 808-982-4488
Excellent
25%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Canton Garden Cafe

Reviewed By norman m - Pahoa, Hawaii

I love Duck and have tried it at many places on the island and this is the BEST Duck .....crispy skin ...very little fat and wonderful flavor........we also had the walnut shrimp.....the shrimp were large and tender and taste was good........the assorted pupu platter was ok but the best thing on it was the crab rangoon.........the won ton can be passed as it had very little filling the rest was ok.........the service was fast and they were very friendly......not a fancy place.....very local.......but very tasty

9. Two Ladies Kitchen

274 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2948 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Asian +1 808-961-4766
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 283 reviews

Two Ladies Kitchen

Reviewed By Cindy C - United States

Must try handmade fresh mochi! So many choices the sampler pack will not satisfy. Must try fresh strawberry mochi. The kamato (azuki & walnut) was tasty as was the ginger mochi. Plan to wait a little as it's made to order but they offer samples of generous portion size which confuses your decisions even more!

10. Pizza Hut

16-586 Old Volcano Rd, Ste 1, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8115 Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza +1 808-982-3720
Excellent
12%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 24 reviews

Reviewed By Denis2727 - Winnipeg, Canada

If you're looking for a known meal from back home, you know Pizza Hut won't let you down, Not the greatest pizza but it's reliable, quick & decently priced. Always a safe choice

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