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Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 13 Restaurants in Volcano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$43
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: between Wright and Haunani
Description: Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant, located in the quiet village of Volcano, sits on 5 acres of gardens and gazebos and native forest. This hotel restaurant features a large fireplace, local art, koa tables, and is open nightly. Chef/owner Albert Jeyte blends flavors from his European background with farm, ranch and seafood products from Hawaii, the surrounding Pacific and elsewhere. Volcano Village is at 3700 feet elevation and evenings are often cool and misty. The historic fireplace welcomes guests with it's cheery fire. Home made soups and breads tease the appetite. Albert specializes in unusual game...venison, antelope, rabbit, duck. The biggest sellers are local fish dishes; ahi, ono, mahimahi and the exotic Tristan lobster. A large wine list complements the eclectic menu.
Reviewed 29 August 2014

No need to dress up too much but you could. Excellent payout and decor, tables well spaced. Ambience great. Staff very good and attentive.
We had their chicken entree, mushroom appetiser and deep-fried brie appetiser. All were excellent and would order again.
Do book ahead - is popular even mid-week.

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Reviewed 27 August 2014

There aren't many restaurants to choose from in Volcano, particularly if you're looking for something with a wine list with multiple choices in varietal categories... so the Kilauea Lodge was a pleasant surprise. The service was friendly and attentive, and the food is definitely more upscale than you will find at most other local options.

The homemade soups are delicious and creative, and salads sourced from locally grown greens. Our main courses were tasty, if a bit heavy, due to the sauces and recipes: Antelope schnitzel, grilled local ahi, and prime rib.

We are lucky to have the opportunity to dine at award winning, Michelin star restaurants from time to time and this certainly isn't that level, but it was a welcome diversion from burgers and the like during our week-long stay in Volcano. (See other reviews for details.) Note that you can make reservations on Opentable.com, which may be helpful during the height of tourist season.

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Thank justinenv
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

I'm flabbergasted that this restaurant has the reputation it does. Sure, it's one of the only spots in Volcano to eat a sit-down meal. However, even considering the remote location (which, at only about 45 minutes out of the city of Hilo with its farmer's markets and major chain grocery stores, isn't that inaccessible), the meal I had there was terrible.

After being desperately told, at a 7:30 seating, that they were out of one marquee dish (the antelope schnitzel) and that "there's only one chicken left" -- as though it were a race to order -- my pregnant wife asked if the kitchen could serve the seafood pasta without ono (wahoo, a kind of swordfish). Nope -- it's "already mixed together." The prospect of a dish featuring shrimp and scallops that was sitting somewhere under a heat lamp should have warned us. Instead, we were foolhardy and went ahead. My wife ordered the lamb special, cooked medium. It came raw and bloody. When we mentioned it and they took a chop back to the kitchen, it still came back bleeding. And oh, by the way, that's a board special with the $38 price tag conveniently not listed. My "filet of antelope leg" was a slurry of acidic sauce, limp bell peppers and cubed meat that tasted of cardboard and liver. From now on, when I imagine the infamous "bowl of brown" served in the Flea Bottom neighbourhood from George R.R. Martin's GoT fantasy novels, I will imagine this dish. It, I believe, cost $32.

Thai Thai next door has great, reasonably priced (for Hawaii) Thai food, made with care, loaded with flavour and served with smiles. Go there. The Kilauela Lodge is coasting on a ghost of a reputation that, if it was ever deserved, is now long expired. Perhaps I'm just spoiled by better food at home, and I usually write off negative reviews as the gripes of chronic complainers, but this is the only bad review I've ever posted on TripAdvisor. Take from that what you will.

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7  Thank JR_McC_TO
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

We were recommended to have dinner here and were not disappointed. The service was great and food was delicious and good size portions. You won't leave hungry. It's close to the Jaggar museum, so great place to eat dinner and then see the volcano at night time.

Thank Maree Z
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We ate here three times, twice for breakfast and once for dinner. All were excellent. The dinner was superb. My husband had the Ahi and I had a steak and both were cooked to perfection. Salads made with local vegies and all sides accompanying the entree were expertly prepared. Service was great and the atmosphere was very cozy, old style Hawaiian lodge. Casual wear is perfectly acceptable. Its Volcano! But your dining will be top notch. Dinner is on the pricier end, but we live in Alaska and certainly comparable to a similar venue here. ($30+ for a steak dinner.) Of course, we then went all out and can now say the desserts are also out of this world. :D

The breakfasts were hardy and featured some topical flare. The potatoes prepared with caramelized onions and bacon are really tasty on a cool, rainy morning. They have lighter fare as well.

If you visit Volcano, you should definitely try at least one meal here. We also had another "pricier" dinner at the Volcano House's Rim, and while it was certainly good and the view can't be beat, I'd save your pricier dinner or that special occasion for the Kilauea Lodge.

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