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135 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-934-7663
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 144
    Excellent
  • 123
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun Restaurant

Great location sitting on the water. Very friendly staff with great service. We shared some appetizers and they were all good. We would definitely go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
kshelby123
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
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Alexandria, Virginia
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Its called Ponds because it juts out into a pond. The windows are open which in Hawaii is great. We all loved our meals. There was an excellent guitarist.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Nice restaurant that unusually for most of the USA values garlic. Nice environment by the water, good service and well presented tasty food.

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Vacaville, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We had some excellent fish dishes with local fish. The dishes were artfully prepared and well-presented. We were seated by the koi pond for a good view of the fish and near a local musician who provided easy-listening live music while we ate. Prices were a little high, but not bad for Hawaii.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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135 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great location sitting on the water. Very friendly staff with great service. We shared some appetizers and they were all good. We would definitely go back.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner and beer. One of us had Furikake Seared Ahi Ceasar salad and the ahi was prepared perfectly. I had the italian sausage with mainara over home-made pasta and it was done very well. The pasta was perfect. Live music of a local young man singing with a guitar was nice and low key. Service was... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Underwhelming food but pleasant location at water's edge, with a lighted koi pond. Live music is featured (more low key). Went to try a new restaurant in Hilo. Probably will not go back.

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Tewantin, Australia
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A local cab driver recommend we have a meal at Ponds, and we were delighted we took his advise. The restaurant sits overlooking a lake/pond with great views. Service was good & the restaurant has a great feel/vibe to it. Meals were outstanding & of a high standard. The peppered steak special was beautifully cooked. Do yourself a favour &... More 

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FLORIDA
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Enjoyed our dinner at Ponds. Wasn't sure based on some reviews, but our experience was very good on all counts-food,service and ambiance. We both had steak, Caesar salads and baked potatoes. Well prepared,nicely plated and served hot. Glad we had reservations as this place fills up quickly. The quiet music during dinner, together with the pretty view of the lagoon... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The place is weathered old Hawaii, the menu is small but interesting, the food good, the service pleasant. We enjoyed lunch, and thought the flavors were fresh: good but not great food. What bumps this up to four stars for me is the guitar player (mellow) and the location (lovely) perched over freshwater ponds (hence the name). On a chilly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I had the seafood Alfredo on cheese ravioli and it was fantastic. my wife tried a new fish, did not like and they took care of her with something she did like. really ensured we had a great experience and meal. the bar people are friendly and live music was played.

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Additional Information about Ponds

Address: 135 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-934-7663
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808-934-7663

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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