If you’re wanting good food that is both Hawaiian and American, outdoor seating and a stellar multi-million dollar view, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai is it.  Yes, it is a chain, but it is a higher quality restaurant and a Hawaiian food celebrity at that.  Complete with fire pits, a bar and indoor/outdoor seating.   Their food is consistently good (although the wait stuff is hit and miss).  Add that that it is an open air seating which is common in much of the islands.  You can enjoy the gentle breezes of Hawaii with a 230 degree view of the Kona coastline.  This is on the Top 10 Places to Eat on the Kona Coast.  It’s just a few minutes south of Kona and easy to access.

The food is Hawaiian influenced and the average plate cost is around $20-30.  They do offer gluten-free options which is a bonus.

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Sam Choy's Kai Lanai Restaurant

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