Where to Find the Best Sunset Dining on the Big Island

Where to Find the Best Sunset Dining on the Big Island

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Whether you’re enjoying a romantic meal with your partner on the terrace or celebrating a milestone with the whole family, no meal or music will set the mood quite like a sky dappled in pinks, oranges and purples. Here are some of the top places on the Big Island that combine the best of both worlds—delicious meals and prime sunset views.

But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes

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Featured Photo: Brown’s Beach House

TIP: Be sure to sure to make your reservations about thirty minutes before the sun sets.

Sunset Dining in Kona

People dine at an outdoor restaurant during the early evening, touted as the best sunset dining on the Big Island. A sign reads "Breakfast Daily 7-11". The restaurant features string lights, lush greenery, and a casual atmosphere. A couple walks towards the entrance as the sky shows the hues of a setting sun.
Photo: @huggoskona


You really can’t beat the location—right on the water in downtown Kona. The menu features tasty entrees like seared and sesame crusted ahi and Molokai sweet potato ricotta gnocchi, and also includes a raw bar section. Vegetarian and gluten-free menus are available too. Huggo’s is open daily 5pm to 9pm. Reservations recommended.

Sunset Dining in Kohala

A beautifully set outdoor dining table with elegant tableware and tropical flower centerpieces is arranged for a meal on a grassy area overlooking the ocean. Experience the best sunset dining on the Big Island as the sun sets, casting a golden glow over palm trees silhouetted in the background.
Photo: @brownsbeachhouse

Brown’s Beach House

Located inside the Fairmont Orchid Hotel north of Kailua-Kona, Brown’s Beach House boasts spectacular views and live Hawaiian music. The restaurant can accompany small intimate parties as well as larger groups. The menu features many fresh seafood dishes but also includes specialties like Big Island venison. Bring a large group so you can sample as much of the menu as possible as well as the divine sunset. Open daily for dinner from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Reservations recommended.

People are dining at a beachside restaurant during sunset, enjoying the best sunset dining on the big island. The scene includes multiple tables with diners, some seated on chairs and others on outdoor couches under palm trees. The atmosphere is relaxed with the ocean and a clear sky in the background.
Photo: @lavalavabeachclub

Lava Lava Beach Club

Lava Lava Beach Club offers farm to table food and a spectacular sunset, with several tables right on the beach. Try their “Low & Slow Baby Back Ribs” served with a hoisin-guava BBQ sauce with coconut coleslaw on the side. There’s also a liquid happy hour every day from 3pm to 5pm—a nice option before you sit down and dine as the sun sets. Open daily 12pm to 9pm.

Outdoor beachfront restaurant with wooden tables and chairs under tall palm trees. A cozy firepit surrounded by cushioned seating is in the foreground. The ocean and a sandy beach with a partly cloudy blue sky provide a scenic backdrop.
Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hualalai

Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge

Located inside the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this restaurant is both open-air and oceanfront. The bulk of the menu of this award-winning eatery comes from the sea and local farms. Their motto is RSA—“regional, seasonal and artisanal.” Enjoy your dinner as the sun sets and then eat your dessert under the stars. Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is open daily 5:30pm to 9pm — reservations are required for dinner.

Sunset Dining in Hilo

A gourmet dish featuring seared tuna slices, garnished with radish, green onions, and beetroot cubes. The plate is artistically arranged with a drizzle of light green sauce and sits on a textured, dark slate surface reminiscent of Hilo's natural beauty. Small vegetable curls add colorful accents.
Photo: @hulahulashilo

Hula Hulas

This oceanfront eatery is the perfect place to enjoy a casual dinner. Hula Hulas serves authentic Hawaiian cuisine with an eclectic twist, the menu represents both the land and the sea. The drink list is just as long as the food menu, so there’s something here for everyone. Open daily from 12pm to 9pm.

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