The Vista restaurant, perched on a strategic viewpoint picture-framing the ocean and mountain courses of Kona Country Club’s popular golf destination, was the preferred location for three Babes to commune and enjoy casual lunchtime fare plus stimulating conversation. Located in Keauhou (the southernmost end of Alii Drive).
Until recently, the restaurant was known for reliable and tasty island-style dinners, complete with a Hawaiian music combo playing requested favorites from a steady stream of local clientele. During the day, besides offering breakfast and lunch in the main dining room, the lounge was a popular hangout for golfers and tv-viewing sports enthusiasts.
Breakfast and lunch are offered daily from 8am – 3pm, with breakfast items served all day. The lounge is still popular for those that stream off one of the two courses, or the driving range just outside the restaurant’s front door.
Our intrepid luncheonistas reported that the views from the large picture windows were memorable – probably due to the lack of what we have become accustomed to – our daily vog diet. It seems as though most Big Islanders feel like shouting to the world whenever we wake up to a clear morning. I call it the ‘knife edged’ horizon. If I can see that definitive line between ocean and sky, then I just know that it will be a great day, and I am shouting ‘hallelujah’ inside.
Mei stayed true to form (acquired probably from all those zumba classes), and splurged on a Caesar Salad ($12.50) with the addition of fresh grilled Ono ($4.95). The romaine was crisp and chilled and the fresh ono was – well, for $4.95, it was great! Flavorful and tender with just the right amount of grill marks.
Cindy and Carol apparently split their Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs breakfast choice. I am certain that if I were at the table, sharing would not have been an option for me!
The gals raved about the chicken fried steak – big, meaty and tender, lots of country gravy and hash browns with toasted English Muffins ($11.95).
I have hit a few balls on the driving range and even played the ocean course one late afternoon. The sprinklers went on and abruptly ended our game while the sun set magnificently before us.
If you play the mountain course, you will undoubtedly run into a herd of wild goats that have taken up residence under a grove of large kiawe trees. Don’t worry – they won’t budge and you can play on.
I can’t say it any better than Kona Country Club’s website:
Join us for a fine dining experience at the Vista Restaurant. This is the only Kailua-Kona restaurant in town that serves breakfast until 3:00 pm daily. Breakfast and lunch menus offer American and local Hawaiian cuisine. The restaurant features breathtaking views of Kona Coast. This is an ideal 19th hole and meeting place for any occasion.
Breakfast & Lunch: 8:00am-3:00pm (Daily)
Lounge: 8:00am-6:30pm (Daily)