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Sandy's Drive In

79-7432 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750-7932
+1 808-322-2161
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good35%
  • Average25%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“loco moco” (10 reviews)
“bulgogi fries” (3 reviews)
“donuts” (2 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 19:30 Hours
American, Hawaiian, Fast food, Diner
79-7432 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750-7932
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21 - 30 of 37 reviews

Reviewed 6 July 2015

I get take out from here often. The fried chicken plate is good but my favorite is their beef stew when they have it! They use local beef at Sandy's too and I always try to eat that when can. I recommend it highly :)

Thank Angel B
Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

Food was OK solid & filling, good Loco moco, good fish sandwich, but dining room was hot and muggy and No free refills on drinks

Thank gebarn
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Sandy's is my kind of Drive In dive. I grew up in the village of Kainaliu in the 50s. There where only two restaurants to choose from back then in upper mauka South side Kona, Manago's and Teshima's . Hardly any of the locals ate...More

Thank Herman L
Reviewed 29 May 2015

Sandys, a long-time drive inn that's been around long before I. A lot of good memories growing up playing in the arcade here while waiting for the food. A standard local drive in with all the regular local offerings. Plate lunches, chili with rice, saimin,...More

Thank charley-marley
Reviewed 26 May 2015

Our first stop on the Big Island was at Sandy's Drive-In. After the 6 hour flight, we were hungry for authentic Hawaiian food. This was not the place to stop, as it caused a bad first impression of the Big Island. The menu is ok....More

Thank surfercharlie
Reviewed 2 January 2015

We stopped here for a snack and ended up eating a whole meal. Teriyaki beef, mahi-mahi sandwich, and spam musabi (had to try it). The food was good. Admittedly the place could use and update, but was comparable to other Hawaiian restaurants that we had...More

Thank JCW703
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Located on Hwy 11 in Kainaliu/Captain Cook on the makai-side....just don't waste your time, money or calories. Food is edible, if you want to feel like you are eating in a cafeteria/laundromat.

1  Thank Marcy L
Reviewed 12 June 2014

For our first experience, we arrived late in the afternoon on our way from the airport to our rental house. We both ordered the Loco Moco, and were not disappointed at all. In fact, we had read that this little diner was a gem in...More

Thank annabelle63102
Reviewed 5 January 2014

If you are not a local, then stay away. If you are a local and like a true dive, then good luck.....

2  Thank mattpequegnat
Reviewed 16 December 2013

This was our very first place to eat after touching down on the island, en route to our accommodation. The place was clean and decent-looking enough, and the staff were friendly and helpful but the food was very disappointing. We think this place caters for...More

Thank birdwatchers2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79-7432 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750-7932
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kealakekua
  • Phone Number: +1 808-322-2161
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