Outdoor Lounge at ‘Ulu Ocean Grill, Big Island, Hawaii

‘Ulu Ocean Grill

It’s all about the view at this restaurant at the Four Seasons. Sit on a lanai (balcony) just above sea level and soak in the exquisite island sunsets. The menu, overseen by executive chef James Babian, pays homage to the bounty of the Pacific and the Big Island’s many farms and orchards. Sushi specialties, which can be ordered at the table or in the restaurant’s sushi lounge, included a fire and ice crab roll, with red king crab and spicy kampachi. A wood oven produces such mouth-watering options as whole lobster roasted with Meyer lemon and Big Island wild boar with local berry chutney. While most places on the Big Island are resort-casual, feel free to dress up a bit here.

Da Poke Shack

A Hawaiian version of ceviche, poke is a salad of raw fish, such as tuna, that has been cured in a dressing that typically includes soy sauce, sesame oil, seaweed and chili peppers. The best place to find poke on the Big Island is this little storefront tucked into a nondescript set of condos. The lunch special comes in Styrofoam container with rice and another side, like Korean kimchi. Visitors staying in houses and villas swing by before it closes at 6pm to pick up poke to serve as an appetizer before dinner. There is nothing fancy about this place, but foodies can’t stop raving about it.

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The Beach Tree

The best reason to come to the Beach Tree is to have a cocktail at sunset. The setting couldn’t be more beautiful and the cocktails are some of the best in the area. If you chose to stay for dinner, the Mediterranean inspired menu won’t disappoint.

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