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Honu's on the Beach
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Ranked #55 of 310 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: Located at the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Honu's on the Beach is an award-winning restaurant that offers delicious regional Hawaiian cuisine for breakfast and dinner, with lavish buffets available in the morning and on weekends and holidays. Enjoy a spacious lanai - complete with inviting fire pits and amazing views of the beach.
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is not a review on the regular menu, but for the weekend prime rib and seafood buffet.
On Fridays and Saturdays (17:30-22:25) they have a special buffet menu with very good quality prime rib and seafood. Pricing is not bad at $45 per adult.
Kids 6-22 are $23.50

This buffet is fun to go to every once in awhile to treat yourself or someone else. With all the seafood and it being a buffet, I can only do it once every few months.

The winner for me is the fresh catch (this night was mahimahi) fresh pasta, sashimi, poke and crab legs.
Everything else is good, but those are the ones to go all out for.

I often make the mistake of putting a scoop of rice on my plate first, due to that being the normal staple of almost all meals here. That's a mistake at this buffet as there is just so much more to eat, and getting full on rice is poho (a waste).

The night we went was the night of the Christmas parade, and it was pouring rain. This caused the restaurant to not be able to use any of its outdoor seating. Naturally, this created a huge mess for the staff, who had over 300 reservations that night.
I didn't make one, but we were luckily able to be squeezed into a corner in front of the small bar. It worked out perfect.

The staff were super busy but did a great job considering the circumstances.

Parking was validated, so no charge.

I'll be back, this is an ono buffet, right in town, and the price isn't outrageous. All around A for King Kamehameha Hotel and Honus.

Date of visit: December 2016
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J-HuGeneralManager, General Manager at Honu's on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

It was our pleasure to serve you while you were dining at our popular weekend Prime Rib Seafood Buffet at Honu's on the Beach restaurant. Your review was so beautifully written and we appreciate the wonderful feedback. We could almost do a commercial from your review!
We are so glad to know that you enjoy the buffet so much. Our culinary staff takes great pride in preparing and presenting each dish for our guests. We look forward to another visit from you.
A hui hou and mahalo,
Jak Hu
General Manager

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

I really enjoyed this restaurant for breakfast. It was very relaxing while watching people arrive in their canoes and watching people work on the beach in preparation for the day.

Date of visit: December 2016
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J-HuGeneralManager, General Manager at Honu's on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2017

Thank you very much for joining us for breakfast and getting a small glimpse of our special island life style. It's a wonderful way of life. We hope you'll be able to return and experience more of this special place we call home.
Mahalo,
Jak Hu
General Manager

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Had dinner here one evening about an hour before their closing time. The service was extremely slow and our food was average and tasted almost like it had been cooked earlier and warmed up before serving. Food was overpriced also. We did not return the rest of the week we were in Kailua-Kona.

Date of visit: January 2017
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J-HuGeneralManager, General Manager at Honu's on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2017

Thank you for sharing your feedback about your dining experience at Honu's. I apologize for the quality of service and the food that you have described. I will be sharing your comments with our culinary staff and discuss these concerns with them.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Again, my humblest apologies for your disappointing experience.
Mahalo,
Jak Hu
General Manager

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

OMG!!! Crab, Prime Rib, Shrimp ... I was in heaven. And deserts!!!! Every bite was incredible. I will be back for more... soon.

Date of visit: November 2016
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J-HuGeneralManager, General Manager at Honu's on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

We are so happy that you are so happy! We get many great compliments about this popular weekend event. It's value is incredible and very well attended by visitors and kama'aina alike. We hope to see you soon!
Mahalo,
Jak Hu
General Manager

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Reviewed 21 January 2017

The buffet went above and beyond my expectations. Everything from taste, quality and presentation were extraordinary! Even the staff was superb! Sheldon, Jeffrey, Brian and Lynn were very attentive to our every need. The Chef and his staff have really brought their "A-game".

Date of visit: January 2017
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J-HuGeneralManager, General Manager at Honu's on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us. Our Prime Rib Seafood Buffet is one of the most outstanding events at our Honu's on the Beach Restaurant. We receive many rave reviews from diners about their satisfaction with our menu features and service. We invite you back for another spectacular experience.
Mahalo,
Jak Hu
General Manager

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