7. DON THE BEACHCOMBER RESTAURANT
For a true tropical atmosphere, book your reservation at Don the Beachcomber, Royal Kona Resort’s answers to fine dining and million-dollar views. The restaurant’s water edge seating offers a prime position to watch the spinner dolphins and humpback whales that frequent nearby Kailua. But it’s not just the views that receive rave reviews; the Polynesian-inspired buffet is prepared with European touches and a hint of Asian flair, evident in the menu’s selection of Tsunami Praws, Ahi Furikake, and original island Mai Tais. For an average price of about $53-$105, two can indulge in a dinner of local favorites, steaks or seafood entrées, and pupus.