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Lotus Cafe
Today 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
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73-5617 Maiau St #1 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
73-5617 Maiau Street #1USHawaiiKailua-Kona96740
$$Restaurant, Vegetarian Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Organic Restaurant
Today 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmThursday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmFriday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 10:30 am – 9:00 pmSunday Closed
Hawaii's only Pan-Asian natural foods cafe serving delicious and healthy cuisine made with local, gluten free and organic ingredients. Using our 35 years if experience working with natural foods, we have created unique recipes and sourced special ingredients, many grown on our own farm, to offer a variety of dishes from Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Our cuisine is free of all preservatives and artificial ingredients,  Our staff works to maximize the flavors and health benefits of our dishes carefully selecting the spices and cooking techniques we use.
Our cafe is open 6 days a week, and our Fresh Express food truck is open 5 days a week in Hawi, Captain Cook, Keauhou and Waimea.  Check the Fresh Express schedule  either on our website or on its own google page
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A counter-serve restaurant offering Thai dishes & fresh sugarcane juice is powered by solar energy.- Google
"Vegetables were cooked perfectly - crunchy but infused with the curry."
"Good vegetarian options."
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Gil Solomon
a month ago
My wife and I ate lunch at this restaurant and were terribly disappointed, My wife ordered one of their exalted house specials MANGO CHICKEN while I ordered JUNKED CHICKEN , which ironically was realistically descriptive. My wife was so upset, she sorted the ingredients from the rice base took a picture and complained to the owner who was there at the time.The owner totally failed to comprehend because she was so adamant in trying to defend her position, my wife was only trying to inform her of the presentation and pathetic serving level. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body she was trying to help the owner, in case she was not aware. Myself on the other hand, simply stated, " this is a one and done" I am not going to try and educate someone who owns a restaurant, I just would never go back. An issue with just one order, that might be an aberration,not the norm, but, my order was pathetic as well, my order had two small dark pieces of chicken and two small white pieces, carrots, cauliflower and, cabbage, which was overcooked, my wife's dish, other than some mango had the same low grade chicken and vegetables.The only part exotic or gourmet is the pricing, $18 & $16 for a shameful presentation of a lunch time meal.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Your version of the events differs greatly from what my staff and wife tells me. Let's just say other customers watched the scene your wife made and commented after you left that their mango chicken was fabulous as always and your wife was known as rude and picky around town I do appreciate that you won't be back.
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Alex Gottschalk
2 years ago
Vegetables were cooked perfectly - crunchy but infused with the curry. The curry - it was fantastic. I ordered the hottest level, and it had a great burn without overpowering the flavor. I can believe that they make all their curries and spice mixtures in-house. The chicken was cooked nicely, and was a good savory mix of dark and light meats.
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Bracken Smith
2 years ago
The best curries I have had. I have eaten here several times and had a different one each time. Good vegetarian options. Nice selection of drinks including odd beers.
A Google User
2 years ago
This place is digusting. Horrible food that makes you sick and even worse is the customer service. After the doors close, they take all their fish guts from the day and leave them outside for the wild cats to feed on. RIGHT OUTSIDE THE ENTRANCE DOOR! These pictures were taken right next to the entrance. Roaches and everything. If that's not a health code violation then I don't know what is. I will never eat here again and advise no one else to.
Response from the owner - a year ago
We do not leave fish guts outside the door. We do leave dry cat food in the parking lot for the neutered strays that live in the area as many businesses do. Anyone can drop food on the ground outside our doors and take a foto
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Melanie M
6 months ago
THE MOST delicious curry I've had in my life. Absolutely incredible food quality-when we were living in Big Island we went here and every time we enjoyed the food so much! Thank you for making such amazing, healthy food-we also found great vegan options!
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Zackary Chamberlin
3 months ago
Awesome food! I will be back!
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Ryan Whiteside
3 years ago
Average for Thai - flavors were sub-par and the quality was just generally bellow that of most Thai restaurants I've been to. Their claim to be "organic" is very questionable to me. It was basically there word; no literature or specifics were offered on how these ingredients were actually ingredient. And yes, the price was over priced - over $17 for a single cury dish.
A Google User
5 years ago
Lotus Cafe is located in the new industrial area in the corner of a big box building. But once you enter, it's like crossing the ocean to a small village in Thailand. The food is all organic and fresh and the effect is noticeable. You will feel healthier when you leave. The people are friendly, the atmosphere is darker and more intimate than most Asian restaurants and the music is low key. Full choice of beers and wine. Easy access from Kona via the main highway.
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