Seafood Bites at Bite Me

Waterfront restaurant specializes in fresh seafood

Bite Me Sportfishing Charters’ five boats tie up at Honokohau Harbor a few miles north of Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, and right there is the Bite Me Fish Market Bar and Grill, a casual waterfront restaurant. Fresh fish –mostly caught in local Hawaiian waters or from a local aquaculture facility — is served right next to the sea. As a native New Englander, I have the fondest memories of lobster ponds and clam shacks within sniffing distance of the sea, so I was happy when I saw Bite Me with its harborside seating option.

Just inside the entrance door is a counter where customers can buy fresh-caught, fresh-cut  fish like ahi (yellowfin tuna), mahi mahi (dorado), ono (wahoo), hebi (short-nosed spearfish), a’u (marlin) and aku (skipjack tuna). Just behind is the dark, pub-like indoor dining room. Keep going to the decent-size, umbrella-shaded deck with a small lunch-counter-look bar and bright red picnic tables.

Lunch counter-style stools, not bar stools, outdoors at Bite Me. Customers have their backs to the water, but they don't seem to mind.

Beyond that is the charter boat dock where the Bite Me fleet is tied up and clients’ catch is weighed and photographed.

Proud young fisherman and his catch just off one of the Bite Me boats.

Boat people comprise a significant part of the clients, of course, but a group of us headed there following a two-mile or so shoreline hike at the nearby Kaloko-Honokoholau National Historical Park and a snorkeling stop. We found an umbrella-shaded table on the deck and ordered an appetizer combo to share and then pretty similar lunches — fish tacos and the daily special of scampi on rice.

On each table is a basket with hot sauce, salt, pepper, a roll of paper towels, chopsticks and plastic utensils.

 

PuPu Sampler features Tahitian-style poke made with coconut milk and lime, ceviche-style poke with sesame oil and smoked fish spread (they call it a dip but it's too thick for dipping) served with tortilla chips and crackers.

 

A side order of two fish tacos available with marlin, ahi or other fish.

 

Fish taco combo with rice and beans.

 

Scampi surrounding a heap of fluffy rice.

Price Check: At lunch, shareable appetizers (pupus), $8.50-$14.50; shellfish by the piece, and crab legs and peel-and-eat shrimp by the pound;  soup, $6 cup and $9 bowl; sandwiches, $9-$13; entrees, $9-$13; dinner entrees, $14-$27; dessert, $5-$8. Breakfast is also available, $9.95-$11.95.

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2 thoughts on “Seafood Bites at Bite Me”

  1. Thanks, Claire, for this review of Bite Me Fish Market Bar & Grill. I work with the owners, Brian and Deneen. You captured the feeling of the place. At the “Weigh In Bar” visitors can face the ocean and guess the weight of large blue marlin fish that get hoisted from the boats. It’s a lot of fun for the kids (I like to go around 2 or 3pm). Marlin is a firm fish, so if you’re not used to it, try it in the fish tacos or order Mahimahi. Absolutely everything is freshly caught. Nothing is frozen — ever, so what’s on the menu will sometimes vary by what’s biting in the water. If you’re looking for a cold beer, relaxing atmosphere and the freshest fish in Kona, come to Honokohau Harbor, 4 miles south of the airport! You can also connect with us on our blog: http://bitemesportfishing.com/blog/bid/81473/Kids-Discover-Love-of-Sport-Fishing-in-Hawaii

    1. Thank YOU, Laura. It’s always gratifying to know that I got things right based on just one visit. The weight-guessing sounds like a hoot. And I KNOW the fish was super-fresh.

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