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Don's Mai Tai Bar

75-5852 Alii Dr, Royal Kona Resort, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1310
+1 808-329-3111
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There are better places close by

Went to Don's for drinks and snacks. The location is great, right on the water. The service and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nicholas63
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Everett, Washington
Lunch cocktails and spinner dolphins

The Lanai (covered) at the Royal Kona and Don's Mai Tai bar are excellent! Cocktails are good, food... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ttalb0t
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Germantown, Maryland
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75-5852 Alii Dr, Royal Kona Resort, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1310
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Don's for drinks and snacks. The location is great, right on the water. The service and food were both good. We've had lots of Mai Tai's on this trip. The Mai Tai's here are the worst ones so far. It tasted like the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Lanai (covered) at the Royal Kona and Don's Mai Tai bar are excellent! Cocktails are good, food is good, view is amazing and show put on by spinner dolphins was totally entertaining.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn’t very impressed with this Dons establishment, had to wait ages to get served and every time we wanted something we had to wave the server over, they were all having fun at the corner of the bar and obviously didn’t want to be working...More

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Reviewed March 22, 2018

We have be going to Don's every time we visit Kona. So glad our favorite bartender was still there Michael. He makes the best mai tai in Kona. We love going for happy hour for a few drinks and a lite bite.

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Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

Unlike the the restaurant the bar is a lot better We stayed at the hotel so we wen a few times for a meal or light snake or just a few drinks Usually was quick service, really depends who is serving you Mai Tai and...More

Thank jourdan f
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Reviewed March 7, 2018

So go, DO go. It's an elegant and very large covered open-air bar, and it's especially wonderful late Thursday afternoons when Mr. Keawe is performing. Just don't order a mai tai, it's a boring, low-acid pre-mixed drink with no fresh fruit flavors. Beer, wine or...More

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Reviewed February 28, 2018

We had heard that Don's is a legendary bar in Kailua-Kona, one of those must-see places, so we checked it out. It's right on the beach at the Royal Kona Resort, with beautiful views all around. It lives up to its reputation as a place...More

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Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

We went here several times during our stay in the area. The drinks are tasty and the views cannot be beat. The service can be a little slow, but the staff is all very friendly. If you park at the Royal Kona Hotel, the Bar...More

Thank Christi F
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

This Iconic Bar is were you go to to witness beautiful sunsets, have a few tropical drinks, and enjoy some pupu's as well. Don's Happy Hour is from 4:00-6:00 and it packs full quickly. You kinda halve to stalk any leaving table. If you can...More

1  Thank maitaimike2015
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Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were staying at the Royal Kona Resort. We had dinner at Don’s Mai Tai Bar two nights in a row. Happy Hour was from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm each day. You had to go early if you wanted a seat...More

Thank Tom7787
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Anthony P
May 13, 2015|
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Response from Al B | Reviewed this property |
Bar closes early. Laverne's restaurant (across the street) is open late.
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Shell m
January 14, 2015|
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Response from Susan D | Reviewed this property |
There were several people sitting solo at this bar. I found the bartenders to be very nice & friendly. A great place to watch the sunset & relax.
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