CLOSED: Nasturtium Cafe

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 3 reviews )



79-7491 Hwy 11 (at /on Big Island), Kealakekua, Hawaii, USA, 96750

Serves meat, vegan options available. Uses fresh season produce as well as organic produce from the owner's farm. Has Wi-Fi. Breakfast offered til 11am, lunch/dinner til 7:30pm. If you call ahead in the morning you can order anything from the lunch/dinner menu or breakfast menu to go. Directions: The restaurant building is small and hard to spot. Use the road signs for mango court, and it is past that on the left. Confirmed closed, Oct 2014.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (3)

First Review by ashschmid

Pleasant outdoor lunch - Edit

The small but cozy interior is decorated in orange hues as the name might suggest. We chose to eat outdoors in the back, where we were joined by a friendly black cat. Limited menu, but they accommodate all diets from gluten-free to vegan to omnivore and are conscious of their food sources. Given the lack of vegan dining options in the area, we were happy to have a meal here: Mexican Corn soup, Eggplant and Hummus wrap, Portobello Sandwich. Came with organic greens.

Pros: Bright and clean environment, Friendly cat, Friendly, attentive staff

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very fresh food, consciously prepared - Edit

My husband and I tried to eat here throughout our stay in Kona, but the cafe was keeping shortened hours in the summer (M-F, breakfast and lunch only) so we didn't try it until our last day. It was worth the wait, though I wish we had eaten here more!

The food was so divine I don't know where to start. The cafe itself is bright and cheery, with the dining area painted in bright oranges and corals (like the nasturtium flower). We got the entree special -- a spinach salad with crispy tempeh bacon bits and a Korean-style dressing -- and I got the portobello mushroom sandwich that came a colorful side salad with a tangy vinaigrette. Everything was full of flavor. The sandwich was very juicy from the grilled portobello mushroom, almost like a French dip sandwich. By the end of the meal I was so stuffed I didn't have room for the vegan chocolate cake.

The place is very small and staffed by two people -- one server and a chef in the kitchen who came out to the dining room to check on everyone. Our water glasses were kept full and the server took time to chat with us about life on the Big Island. They told us they served their last meal at 2:30 p.m. and we stayed past that time, but we never felt rushed. The restaurant does serve meat, but the menu is very veg-friendly and the eggs they use are from hens at a local animal sanctuary.

This place is a great representation of the aloha spirit. Definitely check it out if you're in Kona, but I suggest calling ahead for hours if you're there during the slow (summer) season.

Pros: very fresh ingredients, clever and original dishes, portions are just the right amount

Cons: summer hours are limited

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Really delicous food - Edit

This is the best dinner we have had on the island. We stopped in to see if they had some fish for our friend and it just so happened that they had some great veg options. We had mexican corn soup with this amazing little biscuit and then a tofu dish over lightly sauteed spinach and quinoa. It also came with this tasty little salad with some exotic vegetable, very tasty. All of the food was great and both of the guys that were working there were very happy to accommodate any requests. The son of the owner said that if he knew we were going to be around they would happily try and add some vegan desserts. They didn't have any while we were there but last week his mom made some great vegan cheesecake. I would highly recommend this place

Pros: great food, happy service, nice atmosphere

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