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Umekes Ali'i Plaza

75-143 Hualalai Rd, Suite #105, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3715
+1 808-329-3050
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Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“poke bowl” (65 reviews)
“rice” (86 reviews)
“kauai shrimp” (9 reviews)
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Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
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75-143 Hualalai Rd, Suite #105, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3715
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect going in, but this was amazing. Very filling, very tasty, and excellent worth for the money. Not sure if we can sit there and have the meal, we brought it over to our place of stay and had it...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank zuachubooking
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our food! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was packed on a Friday night when I arrived but I was able to find a spot at the bar. I had a poke bowl there which was fine, but nothing to write home about. There was a decent selection of beer, but...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 413AmyM413
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Amy, Mahalo for your comments. We apologize for the difficulty you had with parking. We are currently in the process of building our new location, which will have much more parking options (anticipated grand opening during Spring of 2019). Our poke and fish prices...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate outside on the picnic tables. Service was great. Inside the restaurant was really buzzing and we preferred the quieter outside. I had tempura tuna tacos and my husband had the spicy tuna tacos. I would get the spicy ones on another visit.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Barbara2go
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Barbara, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and service! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Umeke’s is awesome, the food is delicious, yes they get a five rating despite their few minor faults because the food is WONDERFUL! That said, my mom refuses to try raw fish, she won’t do it, so we ordered her the bowl with the grilled...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank toddp723
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Todd, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoy our food! We apologize for the experience your mother had with our Grilled Kauai Shrimp. However, it is listed on the menu that the shrimp is served whole. If you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The poke here was very good, but we liked how they had a couple of grilled options also. This is a place you can take a crew. Only problem is that they are not open 7 days a week.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Coug8491
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our food! We hope that you can join us at Umekes Fish Market Bar & Grill, our full service air-conditioned restaurant which is open 7 days a week. This location is...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018

I was excited about trying poke on our trip to Hawaii and Umeke's did not disappoint me! I got the poke bombs and they were delicious! If we had more time on this island I would have gone back.

Date of visit: May 2018
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NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your first time having poke with us! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 30 October 2018

PARKING TICKET DISCLAIMER: we got a parking ticket here. Make sure you check your vehicle into a ticket area on the far side of the building, sort of behind it. The ticket was $40 and you can't really see the signs for it until you...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cmlucier
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Aloha John, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our poke! We feel sorry for the inconvenience you experienced with parking. For next time, we suggest checking the free parking lot about a block below the restaurant, or maybe...More

Reviewed 19 September 2018

We went for dinner based on the previous reviews. Rather disappointing experience … the Hawaiian poke was less (in taste and quantity) than you get ar Foodland for half of the price. Noisy, poor service.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MiamiKeyWest
NakoaP, Manager at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Aloha, Thank you for your honest review. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a similar positive experience as most other reviewers. This is not the normal experience one should have at our restaurants. What makes our poke so popular and special...More

Reviewed 25 August 2018

They let us try some before ordering and both the poke and the sides are great! We loved the one with avocado and the maccaroni salad.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank GuimBCN
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our poke and sides! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 18 August 2018

We went to this restaurant about 45 minutes before closing. The food was good and fresh. We never had a POKE bowl and was not sure how to order it or what to expect. So, with that in mind, I ordered a tuna bowl. I...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ilene M
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meals with us. We recommend our "Hottie" poke if you like spicy, or you could always ask for some hot sauce to turn up the heat. Some of our most...More

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dawnlkmartinez
5 October 2018|
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Response from NakoaP | Property representative |
Aloha! We do not offer poi as a regular menu item, yet we do sometimes have it as a special. However, we will always have Lau Lau on the menu. Hope you can join us soon.
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SKSA
13 June 2016|
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Response from NakoaP | Property representative |
Google Maps or Google Search will help you as we have a virtual tour we also have online ordering and menu available online as well as business hours under Umekes Poke 808
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$15
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-143 Hualalai Rd, Suite #105, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3715
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-329-3050
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Description
“UMEKE” is the Hawaiian word for “bowl.” At any Umeke’s eating establishment, a majority of menu items are designed to be served in bowls. Owner and Head Chef Nakoa Pabre is a seasoned professional who takes pride in giving customers the freshest, most exciting and varied menus that the Big Island has to offer. Guests typically design their own custom meal by selecting from a wide variety of Hawaiian inspired entree items accompanied by their choice of sides. Umekes prides itself in serving dishes using local ingredients that are of the highest quality. We source as many ingredients as possible from local fisherman, farmers, and ranchers. Our renowned poke is always created with only the freshest fish from Hawaiian waters as we aspire to share the boat to bowl experience with all of our guests. Over the counter poke bowls, beer, and our famous lemonade are served at this establishment. Only outdoor seating is available.
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