Island Ono Loa Grill

Island Ono Loa Grill Great fire grilled food with Hawaiian flair! Locally grown vegetables, buns from Punalu'u Bake Shop. Fresh fish, grass fed beef from Ka'u available.

Sometimes you want to go out to a restaurant, sit down and have someone wait on you, bringing you fancy food to enjoy, and you don't mind paying a lot for the food and service. But most of the time, you want something fairly quickly, inexpensively, but STILL very good. We're the second kind of restaurant. We use fresh local ingredients as much as we can (we'll never serve frozen fish), and we cook

Sometimes you want to go out to a restaurant, sit down and have someone wait on you, bringing you fancy food to enjoy, and you don't mind paying a lot for the food and service. But most of the time, you want something fairly quickly, inexpensively, but STILL very good. We're the second kind of restaurant. We use fresh local ingredients as much as we can (we'll never serve frozen fish), and we cook

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Hot dogs are back! After a short interruption (and much despair,) we can get Vienna Beef franks again! Even better, Puna...
04/18/2021

Hot dogs are back! After a short interruption (and much despair,) we can get Vienna Beef franks again! Even better, Punalu'u Bake Shop is now custom baking their Hawaiian sweet bread hot dog buns for us with poppy seeds, so we now offer a uniquely "Hawaiian" Chicago Dog!

We've also added a chili dog option now! A Vienna Beef frank in this bun, with our house made poblano chili, topped with diced onions and jalapenos! Mmmm!

Hot dogs are back! After a short interruption (and much despair,) we can get Vienna Beef franks again! Even better, Punalu'u Bake Shop is now custom baking their Hawaiian sweet bread hot dog buns for us with poppy seeds, so we now offer a uniquely "Hawaiian" Chicago Dog!

We've also added a chili dog option now! A Vienna Beef frank in this bun, with our house made poblano chili, topped with diced onions and jalapenos! Mmmm!

03/13/2021

Great day here in Kona for some chili, huh? We make our own poblano chili here, and you can get it in a bowl (rice, chili, cheese, onions, jalapeno,) on our "I'm So Chili Cheeseburger," or as a chili dog!

Need to open up your nasal passages? A wiff from this fresh batch of Hawaiian Chili Pepper vinegar we just made will do ...
03/02/2021

Need to open up your nasal passages? A wiff from this fresh batch of Hawaiian Chili Pepper vinegar we just made will do the trick! We mix this into our aioli to give it some delicious "warmth," which kicks up our Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich and our Grilled Fish Tacos! #kona #konahawaii #localfood #fishtacos #aioli #spicyfood #spicychickensandwich

Need to open up your nasal passages? A wiff from this fresh batch of Hawaiian Chili Pepper vinegar we just made will do the trick! We mix this into our aioli to give it some delicious "warmth," which kicks up our Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich and our Grilled Fish Tacos! #kona #konahawaii #localfood #fishtacos #aioli #spicyfood #spicychickensandwich

People are discovering our new grilled fish tacos, made with local, NEVER frozen fish. Delicious, cooked to order, and j...
02/26/2021

People are discovering our new grilled fish tacos, made with local, NEVER frozen fish. Delicious, cooked to order, and just flat out beautiful too! #nofilter #nofilterneeded #fish #fishtacos #localfood #kona #konahawaii

People are discovering our new grilled fish tacos, made with local, NEVER frozen fish. Delicious, cooked to order, and just flat out beautiful too! #nofilter #nofilterneeded #fish #fishtacos #localfood #kona #konahawaii

02/07/2021

As we don't offer beer (yet) nor do we have a TV, it's dead slow here on Super Bowl Sundays, so we'll be closed 2/7 so our employees can watch the big game with their friends/families.

See ya Monday!

01/24/2021

To all who just received a flurry of notifications from us, our apologies. We were merely attempting to update our hours on Facebook, and found that the screen where you modify your hours HAS NO BLOODY SAVE BUTTON! Every time we modified our hours, waited, and then closed the screen (the nearest fix that we could find online,) it would close the page and mark us as permanently closed. Not that we're frustrated...

Their mobile app worked much better.

Again, our apologies. Thanks!

01/21/2021

We are pleased to announce that starting tomorrow (Thursday, 1/21) we will be open from 12:00PM - 2:00PM for lunch on weekdays, and are expanding our opening time to 11:30AM (now open 11:30AM - 8:00PM) on weekends.

Additionally, we've added some amazing fish tacos to our menu, as well as a Chili Bowl and a new burger, henceforth known as the "I'm So Chili Cheeseburger." And don't forget to try our Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich, which is the best spicy chicken sandwich we've ever tasted (and yes, we've tasted that famous one from the chain on the mainland. It's really good, but ours is better!)

Sadly, due to a supplier issue, we can no longer offer our Vienna Beef hot dog sandwiches. Believe me, we're not happy about it either...

Mahalo for your continued support!

There are Yelp reviews, and then there are Yelp reviews like this one posted a couple of days ago!
01/05/2021

There are Yelp reviews, and then there are Yelp reviews like this one posted a couple of days ago!

There are Yelp reviews, and then there are Yelp reviews like this one posted a couple of days ago!

12/15/2020

We slightly modified our hours. We will be open Tuesdays 4-7PM, and closed Wednesdays (like we have closed on Wednesdays for years.) We expect to be expanding our hours soon during the weekdays to also be open for lunch.

We'll all get through this thing together!

12/14/2020

We are very pleased to announce that we've reopened! We'd like to thank all those who sent us kind messages of encouragement while we were closed!

We'll be open 12-8 on weekends, and 4-8PM on weekdays (except for Tuesdays, when we'll be closed.)

Mahalo, and hope to see you soon!

08/28/2020

Due to a family matter, we will be closed until 9/3. Thanks!

08/15/2020

New! Fish tacos! Fresh, never frozen local fish, deliciously seasoned, with melted cheddar cheese, an amazing new coleslaw filling, and a side of our Hot Mess sauce (Hawaiian chili pepper vinegar aioli).

08/08/2020

For all who have been asking, we're now open 11:00AM - 8:00PM on Saturday and Sundays as well as 4-8PM on Thursday, Friday, and Monday. Mahalo to everybody who came back last week! It's been great seeing all of you again!

08/01/2020

We just opened! Can't wait to see everybody! Mahalo!

07/25/2020

Hello everybody! Da burgers are coming back! We're shooting for Friday, 7/31. We'll be open 4PM-8PM TH-SUN for starters, and we'll take it from there. Can't wait to see everybody again soon!

03/28/2020

We'll be "suspending operations" tomorrow (Saturday 3/28) at 7PM. We'll re-open as soon as feasible. We're so proud of the Kona community for taking this threat so seriously, and we're so grateful to be a part of it! Let's keep our feet on the pedal and clobber this thing!

Mahalo to all of our customers, and we'll see you again as soon as we can!

808-339-3037

We are still open for takeout (339-3037), so still prep our house made fresh cut seasoned fries.  We found this one look...
03/27/2020

We are still open for takeout (339-3037), so still prep our house made fresh cut seasoned fries. We found this one looking up out of the water today!

Keep your chin up! It looks like our collective efforts are going to whip this virus, but we must remain vigilant!

03/16/2020

Until further notice, we've decided to limit the seating in our dining room to four tables so our customers will be seated further apart, and want to encourage our customers to get their food to go (there are amazing places within a three minute's walk to sit on the shoreline and enjoy our highly rated food!) Just be sure to dispose of your packaging responsibly! Let's keep Hawaii healthy and beautiful! If you'd like to call in your order: 808-339-3037 Mahalo!

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01/31/2020

Aloha! We'll be closed this Sunday so our employees can share the Big Game with their families and friends. See you back on Monday!

BTW, great defenses tend to win Super Bowls. SF by 4. You heard it here first!

11/27/2019

We are so lucky, have so many wonderful customers, and have so much to be thankful for that we're going to be too thankful to be open on Thanksgiving. We hope you have too much to be thankful for as well! Surround yourself with loving people, and savor life! To quote one of our favorite songs, "There's all kinds of magic, it's hard to believe!"

We either just got the weirdest ransom demand ever *or* the parts for a new sign to tell people what we're known for.  C...
11/19/2019

We either just got the weirdest ransom demand ever *or* the parts for a new sign to tell people what we're known for. Come in and find out!

10/12/2019

Ironman is on, and we're open today normal hours. Stop by and try our new Poke Burger!

10/06/2019

Do you have friends or family that would like to try poke, but don't like the idea of eating raw fish? We now offer a pokeburger, and we'll cook it as much (or little) as you'd like! Ten ingredients (well, eleven if you count the love we make them with) result in amazing flavor. Then we put them on Punalu'u Bake Shop Hawaiian Sweetbread buns with mayo, lettuce, and our special citrus pickled red onions to make them the most wonderfully flavorful sandwich we've ever tasted. Mmmm.

Spicy enough to make your mom complain about it, but she'll finish it anyway!
09/03/2019

Spicy enough to make your mom complain about it, but she'll finish it anyway!

07/18/2019

It's National Hot Dog Day (finally!!!) We have three - the classic Chicago Dog, the Kahuna Dog (made with lilikoi mustard on a Punalu'u Bake Shop guava bun), or our fav, the Kona Dog (featuring our Hawaiian Chili Pepper Vinegar Aioli). All are made with the best all beef franks on the planet - Vienna Beef. We bring them in from Chicago because of their flavor and their natural casings, so you get that "snap" when you bite into them!

Island Ono Loa Grill's cover photo
07/11/2019

Island Ono Loa Grill's cover photo

Today is our 5th anniversary!!!  Thank you so much to all of our wonderful customers!  We're grateful you like fire gril...
07/08/2019

Today is our 5th anniversary!!! Thank you so much to all of our wonderful customers! We're grateful you like fire grilled burgers so much!

05/18/2019

It's that time of year again! At EXACTLY 12:20pm today (5/18/2019), we here in Kona will be directly under what's technically known as the sub-solar point, which is the place on the planet where the sun is directly overhead. It's also known here in Hawaii as the Lahina Noon. If the clouds cooperate, be sure to be outside and see your shadow directly beneath you. Vertical objects will appear to have no shadow. It's pretty cool, and Hawaii is the only state in the US where this happens (as we're the only state that's in the tropics). We'll have one more on July 24th at 12:30pm. Yeah, we're science geeks...

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Destination Dining column selected our Ono Loa Loco to be in their column!  Check it out!
05/17/2019
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The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Destination Dining column selected our Ono Loa Loco to be in their column! Check it out!

The sunny Kona side of the Big Island is cherished for its picturesque beaches, historical sites and stunning scenery. No Kailua-Kona day is complete witho

Happy 4/20 Day!  Our crispy golden onion rings are created from scratch!.  (Pictured with our optional Hawaiian Chili Pe...
04/20/2019

Happy 4/20 Day! Our crispy golden onion rings are created from scratch!. (Pictured with our optional Hawaiian Chili Pepper Vinegar aioli dipping sauce.) Happy Easter too! We'll be open!

04/02/2019

We get lots of great reviews, but seldom are they as entertaining as this one!

Best burger in Hawai’i
Had a recommendation to try this super chilled diner on the big island in the center of Kailua-Kona amongst other retailers in the Ali’i Sunset Plaza. Surrounded by far more hyped establishments there was an indication this places is the quiet assassin of big island dinning establishments. The unassuming black board on the street front, scribbled in multicolored chalk pointing us in to the modest establishment said “7th best burger in the USA!” Blink and you may have missed it. For one of the worlds super powers, which I’m not sure invented the burger but certainly champions their consumption is surely a BIG claim and one I relished to test. As suggested by many of my trusted dinning establishment testers sources I ordered the Applewood smoked BBQ bacon cheese burger. For a very reasonable price of $11.99USD this also included your choice of side - as I am a guzzle guts visiting his first American state I went for the fresh cut seasoned French fries!
Holy guacamole! After a shortish wait my order arrived and it looked, smelled and felt good. Arriving in a little basket lined with the traditional red/white checkered grease paper lining I could instantly feel the cockles of my heart warm (probably from clogged arteries from god knows what chemicals I’ve unwittingly consumed since arriving in the U.S of A but hey, I’m on holiday. Calories don’t count on holiday, right?). I bite in and to borrow the title from my favorite comedy duo Trixie Mattel & Katya Zomolodchikova “unghhhhhhhh!” Divine!
Both burger and fries where sublime. My only fleeting thought (and it’s happened to be on various occasions) was “damn I thought it would have been bigger?” But none the less I give Island Ono Loa Grill ***** 5 stars

02/18/2019

For all those who were thinking of calling to ask; yes, we're open today! Mahalo!

Address

75-5799 Alii Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI
96740

Opening Hours

Monday 11:30am - 2pm
4pm - 8pm
Tuesday 11:30am - 2pm
4pm - 7pm
Thursday 11:30am - 2pm
4pm - 8pm
Friday 11:30am - 2pm
4pm - 8pm
Saturday 11:30am - 8pm
Sunday 11:30am - 8pm

Telephone

(808) 339-3037

Specialties

  • Dinner
  • Lunch

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Again this is by far the BEST place for burgers in Kona or all of the Big Island! Chris is the best and always greets people with a smile and remembers your name! Thank you Chris - aloha and a hui hou🌴🌺
A taste of Kona life-the sun setting on Alii Drive last night with people lining the walls to see. Lots of restaurants with folks waiting-we skipped the crowds and had fantastic burgers and fries at Island Ono Loa Grill where we got to enjoy the free live music at ABays Grill two doors up in Alii Plaza. A very nice night where life felt almost normal again. 🤙
Continue to be closed, June 16, 2020?
Came in to say good bye to Chris on our last full day in Kona town but he was off...😢. Always a great serving here, the burgers are the best and I’m trying in the Chicago Dog...see ya next time Chris!!!
Can’t wait to have a ‘good’ burger here again! We are in Kona again & will be there for the only burger in town as far as we are concerned!!!🌴😊
Have you experienced a burger at Island Ono Loa Grill? Rated as one of the best in Hawaii, Chris, the owner, knows how to deliver! Fantastic French fries, authentic Chicago style hot dogs and yummm on the burger-two thumbs up from my family.
Love this place best Burgers and Hot Dogs in town! And oh my gosh that chicken sandwich-best ever!!!! Do yourself a favor find this place and eat here. You will absolutely Love IT!!!!
The reply of the spineless owner who clearly didnt bother to check his cameras on a day his restaurant was empty. Clearly his employee admitted to saying something to a child of a customer yet he has chosen to say that "the customer is automatically wrong if i dont feel like putting in the time to look at what really happened" Well Chris, the customer is always right and your shameful response is about to go very public. I have begun to mobilize an army to take you down(Here is his gutless reply): I hope you don't think that this didn't concern me. When my employee finally returned from her injury, I brought it up immediately, and she recalled the incident, but with a different take on it than you described. She felt that your daughter wasn't struggling to get a cup of water as you described, but that she was just being a kid and playing around with the cup supplies. She denies yelling at your daughter, but did recall being direct with her (she's a mom). I asked you to provide a time for when you were here so I could review the surveillance video, but your vague "this afternoon" didn't help. I have to review the video in real time and watched about an hour of it, but we were really busy that day and I did not have the bandwidth to spend hunting for it without a better idea of when it occurred. By the time I could, the video had cycled through the space on the hard drive of the system, so the video was overwritten. So I'm left with a he said/she said scenario, and since I know her and haven't had issues like this with her before, I had to go with her. Of course, we've discussed and reinforced the proper way of handling issues like this, so hopefully it will be handled more tactfully in the future. If you were offended by how you were treated here, you could leave and choose to never return (which you did), and you have every right to post your opinions of us on Facebook and Yelp, which it seems to me you also already have. All I can do based upon what I've found out is offer my apology, which I already did. But I should have let you know about what I found out, so sorry for not getting back to you. Chris Colby Island Ono Loa Grill 808-339-3037
Worst behavior of any staff I ever witnessed. Tried to eat here with my wife and children. While my wife was looking over the menu, my daughter had attempted to get a water cup for some water. The dumb blond working the counter went and yelled at her to get away from there. Next customer she mouths off to might be more likely to slap the taste out of her mouth. She’s lucky I kept myself under control
Jon Simpson...while in Kona, stop in here for some GOOOOD eats! A restaurant opened by former Arcadia neighbor and friend Chris Colby, and his son Lucas!
Hoping you and family and friends are safe.
Just had lunch here where they serve the best burgers in Kona...& besides the artwork is fantastic and the owner of the establishment is so nice and friendly...he even remembered us from 3 yrs ago. We highly recommend this place for good food.👍🌴🌺