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Hale Kai

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The Fairmont Orchid, Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-887-7520
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ate here twice and both times the food was fantastic, some of the best we had on the big island. The service is equally good, especially given the wind and surprising high waves one night. The shrimp and seafood dishes are delicious and there is a decent kids menu as well. Try to get there by 5 for happy... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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147 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my family to see and taste where I had enjoyed a girlfriend trip last year. They loved it. I had the avocado toast, so good. We walked over to see the turtles basking in the sun on pebbles. Can't wait till next time.

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Thank oystertravel
Orange County, California
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The casual beach front setting couldn't be more welcoming upon our arrival at the resort in the late afternoon. The best part was being led to tables in the sand and seeing 5 huge turtles basking in the sun on the other side of a path. Our pineapple mojito, lilikoi magarita and virgin coco colada were refreshingly delightful. The macadamia... More 

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Davis, California
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate one lunch and two dinners here while staying at the Fairmont Orchid.. Service was generally good with a couple of glitches. The menu is limited and expensive, but the food is good and the location right next to the beach is worth it

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Thank jaydavison
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've stayed at several resorts on the big island and this restaurant is actually the best in terms of service (they don't move on Hawaii time... it's actually fast in comparison to most!), quality and taste. We started with the ahi Poké starter with taro chips and aioli (fresh!), ordered the beef burger (huge plus it was made with local... More 

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92 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is great for grabbing something if you are sitting at the pool or after a workout in the ocean. The food is mainly burgers, fries, salads, and has some gluten free choices and overall a good selection and good portion size. The lobster fried rice is very good and could almost be shared as it is a very... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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88 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the vegetarian flatbread and the casual dining. Service was good. Meals were tasty. Not fond of sandy floor and birds hanging around.

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Thank SALS-eh
TheFairmontOrchid, Guest Relations Manager at Hale Kai, responded to this review

Aloha, Thank you for your feedback, while we are disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy the setting, we are happy to hear you enjoyed the culinary offerings. Mahalo! More 

Haymarket, Virginia
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love me some good tacos. I mean I REALLY love tacos. Had the fresh catch tacos at Hale Kai which on the night I was there was Hebi - or Shortbill Spearfish (they will call it Spear). First of - fresh fish is already going to be great, but fresh caught that day and seared to perfection is just phenomenal.... More 

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Hamilton
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Come early to enjoy an amazing sunset view while sipping on a Mai Tai! Great food, they customized our order to satisfy our picky needs, never felt rushed.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Restaurant is on the beach and very nice layout. Menu is good, food is good. Resort pricing but at the lower end. You need to be very patient, because service is very slow. We have been here four times and every time there is a lot of people standing around.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Fairmont Orchid, Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 808-887-7520

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?