One of your fondest vacation memories should include a romantic sunset dining experience in which you savor the cuisine and beauty of the Kona Coast. With a gentle ocean breeze and a cocktail in hand, you’re sure to relax and take in the radiance of a Hawaiian sunset. We traversed the area to find you the Top 5 place in Kona for sunset dining.
- Don the Beachcomber
Don the Beachcomber is the largest open-air oceanfront bar in Kailua-Kona featuring a waterfront tiki bar and restaurant with 180-degree views of Kailua Bay. Located inside the Royal Kona Resort, the restaurant is popular for offering over 10 types of Mai Tai’s and a unique selection of legendary cocktails. Whether you choose the Mai Tai Bar or the Restaurant, you can indulge in their flavorful award-winning cuisine and friendly service.
- Splasher’s Grill
Splasher’s Grill, located across from the Kona pier, is a family-owned restaurant with a casual atmosphere frequented by locals and visitors alike. The restaurant boasts unbeatable ocean views and large portions of traditional dishes. Parking can be difficult with their nestled location but they offer a small lot and additional parking at the nearby Seaside Hotel.
- Kona Inn
Rich in cultural history, this landmark hotel and restaurant stands the test of time and continues to offer one of the most beautiful restaurant settings in the world. Originally built in 1928 by the Inter-Island Steam navigation Company, the Inn offered an opportunity for growth in the travel industry in Hawaii. The Kona Inn is a touch of old Hawaii, featuring casual tropical décor and succulent seafood specialties.
- Daylight Mind
Located on Ali’i across the street from the Kona Farmers Market, Daylight Mind coffee company has more than just coffee. With an oceanfront balcony over looking Kailua Bay you can see off into the distance wide open ocean, making for spectacular sunset views. With the best Mai Thai’s in town you are sure to leave here satisfied with your sunset view.
- Rays on the Bay
“Ray’s” as it is called by the locals, features a unique dining experience along the rocks edge behind the Sheraton Hotel. The restaurant boasts sustainable Big-Island cuisine, nightly live music, and gorgeous sunset views. Ray’s on the Bay is the only restaurant in Kona where you can view Manta Rays feeding in their natural environment.
The restaurant features comfortable group seating, fire pit tables, and warm lighting. Visitors are also enticed with their signature cocktails and desserts. When you finish your meal, don’t forget to visit the viewing deck where you can watch Keauhou’s giant resident manta rays gracefully swimming below. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a romantic sunset, Ray’s on the Bay is the place for an unforgettable experience along the Kona Coast.