About Blue Dragon Restaurant

61-3616 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
View Larger Map

Recently voted Best Dining Atmosphere, Family Entertainment, Bartender, Live Music and Night Spot by West Hawaii Today. Our fresh, festive food features global, coastal flavors and offers the freshest of ingredients, from locally caught fish to produce from our own organic farm. We proudly offer vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free options as well as just enough meat and the freshest of seafood! Our young and talented chef team sincerely loves to create the most amazing dishes with the finest local and seasonal products available. We feature live music nightly (when we are open for dinner Thursdays through Sundays) and offer the best talent and a wide array of musical styles. If the music moves you, get up and dance right under the stars as our dining area has no roof!

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Hwy 19

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 882-7771 ext. 2

Website:
http://www.bluedragonhawaii.com/

Entertainment:
Voted Best Live Music two years in a row! The Blue Dragon features live music every Thursday through Sunday. Our monthly schedule is on our website. We regularly feature Hoku Award winners & nominees. The Blue Dragon exclusively hosts The Big Island's biggest big band...The Ollie phonic Horns among many other stand-outs. Whether you enjoy Jazz, Hawaiian, Classic Rock, Swing, Salsa or Blues the Blue Dragon is the place to listen, dine and dance under the stars.

Parking Details:
Parking is for restaurant customers only.

Executive Chef:
Noah Hester

Private Party Facilities:
Enjoy any special night at The Blue Dragon Restaurant. Take advantage of The Best Dining Atmosphere in a more intimate setting. The restaurant is available for private events seven days a week. We offer Professional Chefs, Pastry Chef, Wait Staff, Bartenders, Sound Technician and more. Our restaurant is Romantic, Fun, Friendly, Interactive and Elegant.

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Restaurant Photos

Blue Dragon Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Loved For

Outdoor Dining
Hawaii
Best Overall
Hawaii / Big Island
Best Food
Hawaii / Big Island
4 More
Best Value
Hawaii / Big Island
Fit for Foodies
Hawaii / Big Island
Outdoor Dining
Hawaii / Big Island
Most Booked
Hawaii / Big Island
Best Restaurants in Kawaihae ›

great for outdoor dining (124)
fit for foodies (77)
good for groups (68)
See All
neighborhood gem (67)
hot spot (63)
special occasion (59)
vibrant bar scene (45)
kid-friendly (37)
romantic (27)
late-night find (22)
notable wine list (21)
great for lunch (6)
great for brunch (3)
scenic view (2)
Sort By:
Dine Date
1027 reviews
Loading Reviews ...
food3
ambience2
service1

Food was good except for the oysters, bu ...

Dined 3 days ago

Food was good except for the oysters, but service was horrible! We waited for more than 30 minutes after our apps just to place our entree order. The server completely forgot about our table and we had to ask other staff as they walked by our table to help us. This restaurant came highly recommended however I will never go back or recommend it to anyone.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome Music

Dined on April 25, 2016

Just love John Keawe and his Ohana!! So much fun. The food was great and our waitress was the best.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Fun family evening

Dined on April 25, 2016

John Keawe and his wife, Hope, were the entertainment that night. Everyone in our group-ages 3 to 74, had a delightful time. Great service, great food, nicely accommodated needs of the younger members of our group.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

A great venue for music and tasty food.

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

A great venue for music and tasty food.

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Desert was outstanding

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

The food was delicious, the music great, and the special desert a stunner. It was called Two Birds One Stoner and was an artistic and tasty masterpiece. All parts were edible. Among other components, a wonderful bird's nest was nestled on the plate with two "eggs" lying beside it. They were made from lilikoi and other ingredients that you would have sworn were real soft cooked eggs with a runny yolk. Fabulous! The regular menu is always dependable (the fries were perfectly cooked), but the ever changing specials keep us coming back for more.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always a great time!

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Absolutely one of the best places on the island. Live music, excellent service and wonderful food. I've eaten here many times and have never had a bad experience. The french fries with all the different types of seasonings are the BEST. Always the freshest seafood and the service is top notch. Definitely add it to your places to go.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Open to the beautiful Hawaiian night sky ...

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

Open to the beautiful Hawaiian night sky. Listening to good music and a meal that we loved, great drinks. Music changes nightly so check ahead, we heard big band and it was great.

food5
ambience5
service5

We were lucky enough to eat on a Sunday ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

We were lucky enough to eat on a Sunday when the Ollie Phonics played...the were great

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Wonderful suprise

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

We've driven past the Blue Dragon for years and never thought it looked very appealing, but recently several friends recommended that we check it out and what a pleasant suprise. The parking was easy, the staff was excellent and very friendly and the menu turned out to be a revelation. Many different menu choices, all with a local slant and flavor. We can't wait to go back and will sing it's praises to others now. We should have stopped sooner.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service3
value2

Mixed Bag

Dined on April 9, 2016

Heard the food was excellent but not so much. So-so taste on pasta, fish of the day and steak. However the chicken and waffles were pretty good. Our server kept pushing the drinks (especially the bitter IPA) and seemed miffed when we did not order dessert. Lava Rocks band was mellowish so mostly slow dance tunes but at least it was a live band. Doubt we will return.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Good drink and food

Dined on April 8, 2016

Unique drinks actually good. Allowed to linger over them while listening to good live music. Food maybe not spectacular but good and interesting. Desert was fantastic and worth trying.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Blue Dragon Rocks

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

Food was excellent. Pork chop is a must (best I have ever had.). Great music and dancing

Tags: great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Blue Dragon Rocks

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Family of 6 visiting Big Island on our annual mecca to Mauna Kea. The Blue Dragon has become one of our standard dinner spots. We always go on weekend night to see the live music, sit outside and enjoy the food and local color. Great for families with young kids (they go early and are out by 7:45) and really good for families with teenage kids - they can dance and check out the scene. Cocktails are excellent (modern - not all fruity Hawaiian) and the food is remarkable. We have had the same server (Nathan) the last couple of years - earnest, thoughtful and actually very helpful. Try the dragon Balz and the Kona Ball appetizer - delicious.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service3

Worth the drive! Cool atmosphere and foo ...

vip
Dined on April 1, 2016

Worth the drive! Cool atmosphere and food is really good with only the freshest and local ingredients. I had the swordfish, which was amazing. My husband had the pork chop and it was great too!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Consistent

Dined on April 1, 2016

We have been to this restaurant 5 times, every time it has been a great experience. Our server, Jayleen, was awesome. Don't pass up the Blue Dragon the next time you are on the Big Island...

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Fun and Fine!

Dined on March 28, 2016

Good food, good music, good service...outside under the stars! Casual, fun ambiance paired with excellent dining. And live music, yes, yes, yes!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic Restaurant and Entertainment

Dined on March 27, 2016

This is a must-go when on the Big Island. Fantastic food, great service, fun ambiance. Will DEFINITELY go back and try the rest of the menu I missed!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great food, drinks and service

Dined on March 25, 2016

We ate here on a Thursday night with a group of 6 with a reservation. We started with drinks from the very creative drink menu. Dinner was very good and again very creative. The chicken waffles were especially good, even for someone who has lived in Georgia.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Special Evening

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

As a regular diner/dancer to the Blue Dragon, and a foodie, it never ceases to amaze how good the restaurant is. Tonight my spouse and I dined to the live music of Moon's Landing (easy blues and jazz). We ordered mostly from the specials -- Noah's Spicy Chicken Wings appetizer and Corned Beef main dish. They did not disappoint. The wine was luscious and an exceptional value. The restaurant filled and the dance floor attracted very happy patrons. It was a special evening because it was our anniversary -- couldn't have been better.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great local music scene. Super friendly ...

Dined on March 21, 2016

Great local music scene. Super friendly staff. Food was good. The ambiance is lovely and unique. Outdoor dining area with misters to keep you cool. Don't miss this gun place!

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Great Time!

Dined on March 20, 2016

Great food, great ambiance, awesome music, and good drinks! Great social gatherings with friends, and co-workers. Wouldn't recommend for families with small children.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Blue Dragon Fan, BUT

Dined on March 19, 2016

Let's start with the fact that I love the Blue Dragon and have been coming regularly for over 3 years. We have brought family and friends, attended Halloween parties and encourage friends visiting the island to make sure to go. BUT...Friday night was a disappointing, food excellent, drinks excellent & service wonderful (thanks Bo!), but the band, Vinyl is not Friday night Blue Dragon worthy. Part of FUN of the Blue Dragon is DANCING. This band was NOT a dance band, and in fact either slowed an potential dance song to a crawl or "jazz" it up to an undanceable beat. It was also obvious that we were not the only ones not happy with the entertainment. For God's sake, who can't play Sweet Home Alabama. Seeing so many folks standing around and not dancing was disappointing. Bands' quality a 1 out of 10 since they we advertised as a dance band by the Blue Dragon. They butchered the Stones! Who does that? Ruin Tom Petty amongst others. Given the prices and quality of the BD - this was a major letdown. I may be back, but will make sure that we double check the entertainment and get some reviews before making the reservations. This was especially disappointing since it was the first visit for my daughter's boyfriend who really wanted to dance. When Ruben is not dancing all night there has to be something wrong.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service1
value3

Bottleneck

Dined on March 14, 2016

Late opening time creates a bottleneck. Service quality takes a hit due to everyone being seated when they first open. Leave the kids at home!! This is not meant to be a family restaurant atmosphere. It's a great restaurant and bar with music entertainment. Nothing worst than having kids crying over the music and think they look cute on the dance floor. Children would best be seated in the room off of main dining, not next to the bar and dance floor.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

A Wonderful Evening Out

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

The Blue Dragon, a neighborhood hot spot, is a restaurant not-to-be missed on Hawaii Island. Thanks to Chef Noah and staff, it has moderate pricing (beats the resorts every time) with great food and drinks. Thanks to Kava, it now has an impressive wine menu also. The absolute cincher in the evening being a great value, however, is the LIVE music. Check the website to see the type of music -- different every night, so every taste can be satisfied. If the music moves you, a large dance floor awaits. It's fun to just watch too. On this night my spouse and I had a huge pork chop, house salads, and an order of perfectly made fries. this restaurant has spoiled us as it has set the benchmark so high.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Ambiance and music are great and I never ...

Dined on March 11, 2016

Ambiance and music are great and I never had a bad meal here!

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Hau'oli la Hanau

Dined on March 7, 2016

My wonderful partner treated me to dinner and dancing for my 70th. birthday last Sunday. I had been wanting to go to the Blue Dragon for years and was not disappointed. With the orchestra and Grammy award winning singer the experience far exceeded my expectations. Mahalo for the great evening.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value2

Warning! $10 per head cover charge not listed

Dined on March 7, 2016

This was recommended by locals do decided to give it a try. There is only one daily catch option and the night we went it was one I don't like so much (swordfish). Had a burger, which was delicious. Server was very good. There was a great band playing big band/jazz, people were dancing. The shock came when we got our bill and found $20 for 'entertainment fee.' No where on the website, in menu or posted at the establishment was information about this additional fee. Honestly, had I known, I would have gone elsewhere.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Fun spot

vip
Dined on March 7, 2016

Great spot to enjoy dinner, live music and dancing under the Hawaiian stars. Food was delicious -- ordered prawns with a local fish and fresh veggies, good Mai Tai and chardonney. Make sure you ask to be seated in the room where the band is or at least in view of the band. Enjoy!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Great Vibe!

Dined on March 5, 2016

We were there on a Friday night when the Larry Dupio Blues Band was playing. They were MAGIC! The Bar Scene was vibrant and entertaining with lots of carefree dancers and hangers-on. The food was good and well priced. Open air - but don't come for the view unless it is of the night sky. This is basically a warehouse with the roof torn off and although on the waterfront, this is an industrial area across the street from the container port. The bar scene more than made up for the lack of a view. Highly recommended!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

always a pleasure

vip
Dined on March 5, 2016

wonderful music, great food, well-timed and relaxed service, enabling one to enjoy the meal and relax. We were never pushed to leave after dinner, and could dance and listen to the music under the stars. One of our favorite places on the Big Island, without question. We ate there 3 times over the past three weeks, and had excellent meals on all occasions.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Good time

Dined on March 4, 2016

Open air dining with live music. Great food, good drinks, attentive service and fun music. We all loved our dinner choices. Highly recommend.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great live entertainment

Dined on March 4, 2016

Recommend booking early and specify if you would like to sit close to stage or not. Dance floor at front of stage and lots of people up to dance. Very entertaining evening. Food very good too.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great time

Dined on March 4, 2016

The Patsy Cline music was great. We danced. Had a great time.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food3
ambience2
service4
value2

Noisy atmosphere

Dined on February 29, 2016

They have few tables that are far enough away from the entertainment for a table of three to have a conversation

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Wonderful

Dined on February 28, 2016

Interesting place to enjoy good food and music and being able to dance under the stars was awesome.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food3
ambience4
service5
value2

Underwhelmed

Dined on February 28, 2016

I'm a former chef and restaurant owner, so let's get that out of the way. Living on this island means we go out to find food that's better or different than I can make at home. What the Blue Dragon has going for it are phenomenal service people and a great live music venue under the stars. Truly on that front, one of the best places on the island. As we don't drink, I can't speak for the alcohol part. But if we did, I would imagine the bar scene would be rated pretty highly - it's tastefully decorated, service folk are friendly, and you can dance the night away. The food, however, always leaves me feeling like I paid too much for something that's adequate, but not special - even though it's beautifully plated. In the end, I leave feeling a bit unsettled, as does my tummy. It also seems as though I've paid for ambiance, not top quality food. Which I've had, in Portland, OR or Santa Cruz, CA or Boston, MA, for example: All farm to table all the way, with great organic, non-GMO, gluten-free options. Not one or two choices, mind you. It's high time Hawai'i jumped on board that bandwagon, frankly. We pay twice the price for ho-hum fare, if beautifully and graciously presented. And by the way? You are levied a $10 entertainment fee, or at least we were. Not that this is unreasonable, providing the entertainers are paid well, which I'm unsure about. But this was not disclosed by Open Table, at least that I noticed. No big. But.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Destination venue

Dined on February 28, 2016

Great dinner, great show. The place for music on the big island.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Dinner and music under the stars

Dined on February 22, 2016

Our dinner was good in that my steak and donkey balls were excellent. We were disappointed that the fresh catch was tuna and we were hoping for something else. Hard to believe only one fish on the menu. We were totally taken back by the $10 per person entertainment charge which we were told about at the last minute. Saw the same group last year at this place for nothing. Would have set outside if I knew about the charge for 2 hrs of music. Dinner for 4 over $300 without salads and minimal appetizers and drinks.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Perfect for Parties!

Dined on February 21, 2016

I celebrated my birthday on the 20th and the Blue Dragon is PERFECT place for dancing, live music, fantastic food, and an all-around great time.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Local Hot Spot

Dined on February 21, 2016

Chef and GM Noah is the spark plug behind this awesome scene and food! The food rivals that of the 5 star local resort restaurants, actually better. The live entertainment is awesome. I have been there for all 3 acts over the last few weeks and they are all top shelf! Don't miss this place.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.