Unlike most restaurants here, Rays on the Bay offers a late-night happy hour that runs from 9pm to 10pm and coincides with the best time of day to view the manta rays which, when the surf isnâ€™t large, convene naturally in the area. Guests wanting to relax with a post-dinner drink (or two) can enjoy discounted draft beers or glasses of wine. And for libation enthusiasts, Island Thyme is just the right balance of flavor and fizz that pleases the palate with each sip. Beginning with aromatic gin, their lime and thyme syrup is added before being topped off with soda water and garnished with cucumber slices. Late-night snacks such as the Poke Stack is a favorite dish to share. Freshly caught Ăżahi is cubed before being tossed with smashed avocado and wasabi and served on crispy won ton chips. Vegetarian dishes are also available like their Grilled Veggie Kabobs that are finished with a drizzle of balsamic oil and their housemade basil infused oil. With unobstructed ocean views, you will want to get here early enough to catch the sun setting in the cerulean Pacific. If you are lucky enough, you may see the elusive green flash before you see the manta rays swimming gracefully making it a magical night to remember. Rays on the Bay is located at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Dinner nightly from 5:30pm to 9pm; bar service from 5:30pm to 10:30pm; happy hour & late night menu from 9pm to 10pm. Complimentary valet parking for diners. Call (808) 930-4900 or visit www. raysonthebaykona.com.
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