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Yong's Kal-Bi

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Waimea Center, Highway 19, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-885-8440
10:00 - 21:00
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped here with a group of 24 for dinner on a Saturday. I have never eaten in a Korean restaurant before and this was a great one to start with. The choice was excellent and the beef I had was delightful. The mains came with a choice of three side sides from a selection of around 12. The staff were... More 

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Emmett, Idaho
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Took my son and his wife here for dinner because I wanted to taste their Korean BBQ ribs. I was NOT disappointed. The taste of shoyu, sake and whatever else is used to create this delicious dish was out of this world....stupendous!!! Their portions of ribs was very generous....I could not finish mine and gave it to my son. The... More 

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Livermore, California
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I went to this place last night based on the reviews and my affinity for Korean BBQ. I was not disappointed. I had the combo with Bulgogi and Korean Chicken -- both were very tasty. The sides were also excellent. The portions were large (easily enough for two) and price was low, especially compared to our hotel. Don't hesitate to... More 

Thank Steve R
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Wow! Who knew. Didn't expect to see Korean restaurant in Waimea. Passed this junction many times on the way back from Hilo and Waipio and but never noticed before. It's a little hole in the wall behind the McDonald but the variety of menu items are pretty amazing: better than what you find in the large suburb of Boston. Great... More 

Thank runfeelbetter
Albany, California
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146 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Yong's Kal-Bi is a modest looking restaurant located in one of the shopping malls in Waimea. The empty seats are deceiving since the restaurant is very popular for take outs. There is a large variety of meat, fish and vegetating choices, the portions are very generous and the prices are at the lower end for Hawaiian eateries. More important, the... More 

Thank Jog4fun
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Driving through Waimea on the our way back to the Waikoloa resort area, we decided to stop and grab some dinner. The food was amazing and reasonably priced. The portions were very generous. The short ribs were amazing! There isn't much for decor but food is fantastic.

Thank James L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Totally hungry after being on the Mauna with our Kia'i 'ohana, we drove into Kamuela to find somewhere to eat. There were a number of options but we chose Yong's and we are glad that we did. Good sized portions and totally tasty. Something for meat and non-meat people. One of us had the Korean chicken which came with vegetable... More 

Thank Cheryl B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

We visit the Big Island each winter and always put Yong's on our todo-list. Instead of typical banchen (little bowls of traditional salads, pickled daikon, kimchi, etc.), your order comes with a choice of three side orders, plus ample rice. Each year, I order the spicy squid at least once. I also like their saba (mackerel). This restaurant is at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

Don't go for the atmosphere--but do go for the incredibly delicious Korean food, wide variety, large portions/great value. Cheerful service too! We popped in for lunch, after surveying the other Waimea strip mall options (after visiting the small but interesting Keck Observatory Visitor Center). The combo plates were yummy & had loads of food; we asked for a take away... More 

Thank Alexandra B
Kamuela, Hawaii
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225 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

I have been eating here for years. They gave a large selection of Korean food like barbecue chicken, beef, fish, soups and much more. They are located in the KTA Shopping Center. I highly recommend eating here.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Waimea Center, Highway 19, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 808-885-8440
A small but excellent Korean restaurant.

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