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June 20, 2019

Worth more than 5 stars !!!

Mike P.


"For the past few years we have had the absolute pleasure of dining at Rapa Nui Cucina. Chef Rodrigo and his family have made us feel like part of their family. His food speaks for itself. It is elegant for those who recognize and appreciate the fine detail that only a chef of his caliber can provide.

Yet is very approachable for those who desire a great meal without the pretentious attitude that can be found at some high-end restaurants. High quality, local, seasonal ingredients are the basis for the menu which draws from several cuisines and is paired with a quality wine selection.
Chef Rodrigo does a couple of very special things that are quite rare in this country. He operates his restaurant in the manner of a true, European dining experience. His restaurant has limited seating, maybe 20 or so, but once you have reserved a table it is yours for the evening. You will never feel rushed to finish your meal so the table can be “turned”. It is exactly the opposite. He encourages you to relax and enjoy each course to it’s fullest. He personally serves each course to each diner and makes himself available for questions and conversation.
One additional special process which Chef Rodrigo embraces is what happens after a reservation has been made. If you have not been to his restaurant before, he will personally call a day or two prior to the date and inquire if there are food allergies or any special dietary needs of anyone in your party. Incredible!!
Unfortunately, for us and many people here in Kailua-Kona, Chef Rodrigo is moving his restaurant and his talents to Florence, Italy.
He and his family will reopen Rapa Nui Cucina there as well as a Bed and Breakfast. Our loss is their gain but we now have a great reason to visit Florence.

January 29, 2019

Amazing Dinner Experience

"From the moment you walk in the owner takes care of your food cravings in all aspects. His funny sense of humor and art (he painted himself) on the walls adds to the experience. He is one incredible cook and I only wish we were in Kona more often to visit the restaurant. Make sure you make a reservation. He actually calls you the day of the reservation to check for any food allergies or preferences. We let him surprise us so glad he did."

October 24, 2018



August 26, 2017

Incredible Dinner!!!

Kimberley M

From Saratoga Springs, New York

"We had a wonderful experience! We all agreed it was the best meal that we have ever had at a restaurant. James welcomed us into the restaurant. Chef Rodrigo is warm and inviting host. Thank you for a wonderful evening Chef Rodrigo!".....

August 01, 2017

"Life Altering!!"

From Lisa H


"We took our 3 teenage kids to Rapa Nui Cucina on one of our last evenings on the Big Island - the most memorable evening for our entire family. The views of the coffee trees/ocean was breathtaking, the 5 course dinner was outstanding - amazing flavor, texture and presentation! The personal touch Chef Rodrigo had was something we've never experienced - each dish was hand delivered to our table with a short description of the dish. An unbelievable even for our entire family!!"

April 22, 2017

"Unforgettable Dinning"

Billy and Jan

Portland, Oregon

"We first heard about this place from another "not to be missed" eating location in Hilo, Paul's Place. Once arriving in Kona, more complements from visitors and locals alike emerged. Everyone was spot on! Rapa Nui Cucina is truly an unforgettable dining experience...

Visited April 2017

"Extraordinary Experience Beyond Just a Great Meal"

Tom M

From Orange County, CA

"We just had the sunset dinner there last night and wow, what an amazing dining experience! This is an extraordinary restaurant which will leave you with an unique, memorable experience that goes well beyond just a great meal. My wife and I were celebrating our 32nd anniversary with our 21 year old son. Our son and I have different food allergies so we weren't sure they can accommodate us...

Visited in September 2016

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