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“Nice crater view with a drink and a bite.”

Uncle George's Lounge
Cuisines: American, Bar, Hawaiian
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Good for: Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
East Coast
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35 reviews
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“Nice crater view with a drink and a bite.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Arrived late for lunch but the staff said it was still open. Not true.
Only the lounge was still serving drinks, appetizers and light fare.
Not real lunch but the food was good. The Avocado dip with the funky chips( Taro, Sweet Potato and breadfruit). Had a pulled pork Hawaiian pizza. Hardly any pork or pineapple but did taste great.
More expensive than you think it will be.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank JOEJAX
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Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Uncle George's Lounge”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Uncle George's Lounge is near the Volcano House dinning room, but only serves appetizers and desserts. My husband was brave and tried the poke bowl (raw ahi tuna, for those not in the know) and liked it. The spring rolls were good, but pricey for only receiving three. The lounge has a great view of the Kilauea Caldera, and if you stay late enough, you can see the red glow at night.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank NPS_Tumbleweeds
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Eat and Drink somewhere else!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

Stopped in here to eat on July 6th and it was AWFUL!! The service was abysmal. They didn't have half the appetizers listed and the service was awful. We got two orders of avocado dip and chips and drinks and it took 55 minutes and cost $70!! It's very expensive. Did I mention the service was awful?? Go somewhere else.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank celmo46
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Mt Eliza, Australia
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“Room with a view.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

We hadn't planned our easy afternoon at the volcano. The idea was to look around a bit, have drinks and a light dinner somewhere and go up to the Jaggar Museum after dark to see the glow from the caldera. We drove through the "Village" of Volcano but, with nothing much there, we decided to drive on to the crater rim. Kilauea Lodge looked good but we thought we might try Uncle George's bar for dinner later.
Having listened to the Visitor Centre ranger's talk about the formation of the Big Island, watched the short film about the history of the islands, wandered around the steam vents and listened to the museum ranger's talk about the caldera, we drove to Volcano House. At about 5.30pm, the bar was fairly busy and the handful of window tables were already taken. There were plenty of empty tables outside but that was because it was so cold out there. We were offered another table by the friendly greeter and ordered our cocktails.
She loved her Big Island Zombie and my Tanquerray martini was excellent. Shortly after our drinks arrived, a window table was vacated and we asked to be moved (much to the annoyance of some other diners who were a bit slow off the mark).
We both ordered the lobster and Dungeness crab cakes and shared the spring rolls and pork sliders. A bottle of Neyers Vineyard chardonnay went down very well with that combination. The spring rolls were okay and the pork sliders were very good but the highlight was the crab cakes. In fact, we enjoyed them so much that we ordered another serving (two per serve) to share with another couple of glasses of chardonnay.
This is by no means a swish hotel bar. However, it has a great atmosphere, friendly staff (our waiter, Tyler, looked after us very well), a guitarist playing quietly in the background and a panoramic view of the caldera. At about 7pm, the red glow was visible and, by the time we left at around 7.45pm, it was quite spectacular. Low lighting in the bar meant that the view wasn't compromised as I understand it can be by the brighter lights in the Rim restaurant.
Despite its relative simplicity, this was one of our most enjoyable meals and evenings in Hawaii and we both agreed that it was a pity about the long drive back to Hilo or we would have made a return visit during our five days on this side of the island. The bill came to $189 including $105 for drinks.
As a postcript, it was just as well that the view of the glowing caldera was so good from the bar. By the time we got to the lookout area at the museum, the mist had rolled in and the caldera was just a ghostly red glow. Still spectacular but not as good for photos.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank gwegwy
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Beaverton
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“A Mixed Bag”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

We had spent more time than planned exploring the wonderful Volcanoes National Park and came to dinner hour with no reservations and limited dining options, hence a stop at the Volcano House which is the only dining establishment in the park. Uncle George's is the lounge in the hotel and serves only drinks, and limited pupu or salad options. The setting is gorgeous inside and out with a wall of picture windows facing the volcano caldera and rich koa wood decor. We were hopeful that the dining experience would be equal but it was a really mixed bag. The biggest issue was the service. There were two servers working the room who seemed unable to decide which tables to serve and who seemed to take little note of the order in which guests arrived. We waited for a waiter for a protracted period without even water service and finally flagged down a passing server and requested service after seeing several later arrivals receiving water, drinks and in one case even food as we waited.

We each ordered the sliders and a salad which turned out to be quite good. The sliders were cooked to a medium doneness, and served with toppings which included avocado. A side of sweet potato fries was unexpected but delicious and made it a real meal. The salad was of crispy mixed greens and served with a tangy vinaigrette. It was standard salad fare but tasty. The pricing was high for the meal, but such is life when there is no competition around. This is not a place I would revisit if I had other options, but that really is the problem here so with that as a given I would say this is a satisfactory place to stop for a decent meal.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Susan O
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