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Red Water Cafe

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65-1299 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8406 (Formerly Fujimamas)
+1 808-885-9299
15:00 - 23:00
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are stuck in the Waikoloa Resort area, a 30 minute drive to Waimea is worth it to dine here. The restaurant is a little cozy, but the food more than makes up for it. I had the short ribs on the menu. Very tender and flavorful. They had a very earthy taste, which is the best description, that... More 

Thank ConnoisseuRob
Kailua Kona. HI
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beginning at the front desk, greeted by David. The welcome could not be better. Then the server, Jeff, knows all the details of every dish. Trust him. Portions large, prices very fair. Finish with great Truffles. Good music Fri & Sat.

Thank pksKailuaKona
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A charming and unique restaurant with a lot of character. They had live music playing on our Friday night visit (saxophone and a bass cello). We enjoyed the red wine sautéed mushroom appetizer and I had a special with some ahi tuna that was spectacular!

Thank JTyler84
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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115 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner here in Waimea. We had reservations on a Monday night. The place was packed. Wouldn't have got in without res. Our food was excellent, but they were so busy, our service suffered. I'd definitely go again because the food was great and may have just been an "off night" for our waiter. Worth a try.

Thank Ipassgas
Olympia, Washington
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331 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, the service was outstanding. We didn't have sushi here although we love sushi. We shared some dishes including some wonderful purple potato tempura, edamame and a special rice dish. You'll probably need a reservation if you go for dinner. It's crowded but such a nice atmosphere. This was one of our favorite dinners.

Thank bczican
Waikoloa, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our dinner the owner and staff were saying very disrespectful things about our President. The service was poor and their "banter" turned my stomach, I couldn't eat my dinner. I will never go there again.

1 Thank tanigolden
Daaronachef, Owner at Red Water Cafe, responded to this review

this is a review by an angry republican over our ad on the radio . our staff nor myself ever bring politics to the dinner table! Our restaurant excepts all people no matter race color religion or political order or sexual preference . this restaurant preaches food wine and historical facts about our town. Just to make this clear our... More 

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76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove all the way from Kona to try something different, but we were sadly disappointed. The food and service was mediocre at best and the management clearly has a blatant disrespect for diners, based on their attitude that only some customers matter. I will not be back and will tell others the same.

1 Thank traveling_monster_me
Daaronachef, Owner at Red Water Cafe, responded to this review

Aloha and i am sorry your visit was so terrible in your write up you state management was disrespectful. Well i am the Chef manager and maintenance guy and i take all customer complaints to heart i would never put my diners in a situation like you describe and my staff take every complaint to heart. our staff are all... More 

Walnut Creek, California
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72 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is certainly a lot of fun and packed, with packed tables. The host was charming, as was the food server. There was a special Thursday night guest musician who used to play here visiting from Oregon playing music and he was very talented on the keyboard and played a variety of 50's type supper club "Nat King Cole"... More 

Thank ScottN
Daaronachef, Owner at Red Water Cafe, responded to this review

First i would like to thank you for being an honest reviewer! Also the kind words. as far as the shrimp Cesar i have spoke to my lead cook about the over cooked shrimp and we are extremely sorry as for the curry we do a rustic approach towards the food items and prefer if the vegetables resemble there actual... More 

Bellingham, Washington
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and service. A little pricy but worth the extra. Sushi is top of the line. You will need reservations Tu-Su.

Thank RB B
Kamuela, hawaii
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great "new school" sushi and an awesome ribeye steak!! Very nice atmosphere with a unique decor.. the service was good, not great, but good. sushi is a little pricey and I can't recommend the salmon. I will be back..

Thank josephsH6936VP

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 38
American, Sushi, Hawaiian, Seafood, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65-1299 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8406 (Formerly Fujimamas)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 808-885-9299
A multi-cultural blend of dishes, using the best ingredients this beautiful island has to offer.The Red Water Cafe was created to offer opportunities for residents and visitors on the Island of Hawaii to enjoy dining and catering of the finest cuisine. Whether it is our dining, catering or personal chef services, we are dedicated to pleasing our customers with creative multi-cultural dishes including Hawaii regional, Asian inspired and other cuisines.

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