United States > Hawaii > Kailua Kona
HenrikK (16) , Denmark | May 14, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A beer drinkerís paradise! The beer is good, the surroundings even better. Food is delicious and staff is friendly. Rotating taps.
jvdijk99 (26) , Netherlands | May 1, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
This place feels more like a restaurant than a brewpub to me. The beers are good, the food is too. I was a bit disappointed I couldnít take any bottled beer with me (you can only get growlers filled).
We sat outside and it started to rain just before our meal arrived. Luckily we could be moved to another table as half of our table got spraid on. Just so that youíre aware.
Schlenkerla (203) , Austria | February 4, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
First of all itís great to find a brewery on Big Island, this place is close to paradise. We are staying in the Marriott across the street and are visting this place for almost a week. The beer garden is very green and nice. The service outside is mediocre, some staff is very friendly, others are rude. Although the bar inside is small, I prefer sitting here, good service and nice people. The food is ok, Pizza is the best choice, sandwiches are average, once they served me a cold one. Most of the beers are light, which is not negative considering the hot temperature here. We liked the Lavaman Red Ale, the Hula Weizen and the Cataway IPA. Overall I absolutely recommend this place when you come to this island!
BOLTZ7555 (58) Phoenix, Arizona | March 23, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Had my wife and her family walk what seemed like three miles to get to this place...for me, it was well worth it. Probably canít say the same for them! Just got some samples of what they had available. Nothing too aggressive or unique but all really polished. Beautiful location set in a tropical paradise. Playful and relaxed atmosphere. Wish we were at a hotel close...could have lived here during the trip!
patricks110 (31) Alberta | January 13, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place is pretty awesome. I enjoyed trying all the brews here especially the Imperial Coffee stout. The service is pretty awesome and the food is utterly amazing. Overall, a really great place for a few brews.
Dogbrick (561) Columbus, Ohio | July 7, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 12/2010): Visited Kona during a stop on the big island on our cruise vacation. We walked to the brewpub from one of the stops on a bus tour. Kona is located at the crossroads of Kuakini Highway and Palani Rd. Parking looked to be ample around the facility.
Konaís atmosphere both inside and out is about all you could want in a Hawaiian brewpub. From the gigantic tank in the outdoor waiting area, gift booth, patio, and restaurant inside it is all welcoming and beer-centric. They also offer regular tours as long as you sign up in time at the host stand. The tour is informative and ends with samples. The color scheme inside can best be described as mustard íní Tang and there are surfboards and fans.
The beer selection at Kona is solid, from standard offerings to brewpub-exclusive beers. Some of the brews on tap when we visited included Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Sand Porter, Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout, Small Kine Bitter, Big Island Ginger Beer and Old Blowhole Barley Wine. All of Konaís beers are well-made. They also sell bottles like the Oceanic Organic Ale.
Service all around, from the hostess to the gift shop guy to the tour guide to the servers is very good.
Food at Kona is good as well. My wife and I both enjoyed our dishes.
Overall I would highly recommend anyone visiting the Big Island to find a way to visit this brewpub. It is a paradise within a paradise.
jedinord (24) St. Petersburg, Florida | July 19, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
First off, the beer here is SO much better than their bottled stuff on the mainland. And they have so many more varieties! The whole setup is very tropical and beautiful, and their efforts to "go green" are impressive. The food is very good and they use their own beer in many of their recipes. The brewery tour was fun and informative, but i would have like a few more samples at the end. (wouldnít we all?!)
On the downside, the service was pretty bad. We were basically ignored once it became clear we were not ordering a full meal that day or lots of beer. It was a bit of a turnoff.
sailracer (19) Massachusetts | June 26, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I love this place- very good beer, top notch pizzas, outdoor patio with a beer garden atmosphere. The only way it could be better is if it had an ocean view. The value is good for Hawaii where everything tends to be expensive, but seems expensive compared to mainland prices.
jtschwinn97 (1) Green Bay, Wisconsin | March 12, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
best restaurant on the big island. great atmosphere. it was a very nice surprise when we werenít expecting superior bars/restaurants.
jb (31) Rochester, New York | February 19, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
I mean this is located in Hawaii, near the water, how can the ambiance not be great? Also points for the ísmallí feel to it, and I liked the wood decor.
Service was great, scheduled us for a tour later in the day, waiters, bartenders and tour guides were friendly, courteous and knowledgeable.
Selection was awesome, 14 taps going with 4 specials that change regularly. The tap-only selections were outstanding.
Food was decent. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Sandwich / burger type fare mainly.
Value - well we are talking Hawaii here, no more expensive then anywhere else.
Great place to visit, highly recommended.
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