Big Island Restaurants Make OpenTable Top 100

June 15, 2015, 2:14 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 12:01 PM
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*** Updated at 3:20 p.m. to include ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge in Kaupulehu, which was inadvertantly left out. We apologize for our error.***

OpenTable recently listed its “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining in America” list, and seven Big Island restaurants made the cut.

Award recognition highlights each restaurants views, unique cuisines, and outdoor dining experience.

Lava Lava Beach Club, located in Waikoloa, is among the eight Big Island contenders who achieved recognition from the online restaurant review website. ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge in Kaupulehu, Canoe House, located along the Kohala Coast, Blue Dragon Restaurant in Kamuela, Brown’s Beach House, located at the Fairmont Orchid, Island Lava Java Bistro in Kailua-Kona, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai in Kona, and Kamuela Provision Co. in Waikoloa were also recognized.

“Lava Lava Beach Club was developed as a fun, toes-in-the-sand destination restaurant here on the Kohala Coast,” said Lava Lava Beach Club proprietor Scott Dodd. “We are all about tasty food and tropical cocktails served against an unmatched backdrop of sand and sunsets. Our goal is to create memorable experiences every day. This award recognizing us as one of the best outdoor dining restaurants in American is thrilling for the whole team.”


More than five million verified OpenTable reviews were submitted from over 20,000 restaurants across America between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015. The reviews were used to calculate average ratings in “great for outdoor dining” and “overall” rating.


The eight Big Island restaurants recognized were among 17 in the state to make the list.

To see a full list of OpenTable’s “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining in America,” visit their website.

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