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Hale Kai

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The Fairmont Orchid, Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-887-7520
11:00 - 21:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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153 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Situated on the grounds of the lush Fairmont Orchid, you can literally sink your toes in the sand while dining here. The menu is great for light fare as well as full dinners. During our visit we sampled a number of items, all of which I would recommend. The chicken pot stickers with ginger dipping sauce were perfectly cooked, firm... More 

Thank circe64
Houston, Texas, United States
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Really great location in the Fairmont Orchid resort, right in front of the beach and sea turtles laying there. They also service the pool area. Had a couple of delicious drinks: the house made ginger ale, Mai Tai, margarita, and Coco-Colada. The food, however, was sub par. Over the course of three days, we had the chicken wrap, the Mahi... More 

Thank Sylvia C
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This large hotel was easy to get around in, Beautiful landscaping, rooms, shops, beach, pool, views, wildlife etc.

Thank Terry s
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here for a casual lunch, beachside. In addition to some amazing poke, we also had a great side salad and kale caesar salad and the burger was cooked to a perfect medium. Service was friendly and the food was pretty fast.

1 Thank Laurenrajala
Zurich, Switzerland
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy orders, poor food. I was hopeing that the second time we went, all would have been better. No - even worse. The medium rare ordered fish of the first service, was dry like a shoe. The second service - rather no comment. Next to the way of cooking, there is no fantasy at all

Thank martin w
Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here twice and both times the food was fantastic, some of the best we had on the big island. The service is equally good, especially given the wind and surprising high waves one night. The shrimp and seafood dishes are delicious and there is a decent kids menu as well. Try to get there by 5 for happy... More 

Thank nhes
Menlo Park, California
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147 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I took my family to see and taste where I had enjoyed a girlfriend trip last year. They loved it. I had the avocado toast, so good. We walked over to see the turtles basking in the sun on pebbles. Can't wait till next time.

Thank oystertravel
Orange County, California
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The casual beach front setting couldn't be more welcoming upon our arrival at the resort in the late afternoon. The best part was being led to tables in the sand and seeing 5 huge turtles basking in the sun on the other side of a path. Our pineapple mojito, lilikoi magarita and virgin coco colada were refreshingly delightful. The macadamia... More 

Thank lilchickadeesmommy
Davis, California
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We ate one lunch and two dinners here while staying at the Fairmont Orchid.. Service was generally good with a couple of glitches. The menu is limited and expensive, but the food is good and the location right next to the beach is worth it

Thank jaydavison
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We've stayed at several resorts on the big island and this restaurant is actually the best in terms of service (they don't move on Hawaii time... it's actually fast in comparison to most!), quality and taste. We started with the ahi Poké starter with taro chips and aioli (fresh!), ordered the beef burger (huge plus it was made with local... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Fairmont Orchid, Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 808-887-7520

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