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Ponds

#21 of 211 Restaurants in Hilo
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135 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-934-7663
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 127
    Excellent
  • 107
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
Something Different

Good food, nice atmosphere. They are slowly doing renovations.They have newspaper specials too !! Only minus is wait help needs to be MUCH BETTER trained...other than that you could be looking at a keeper !!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Hula15girl
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Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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288 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Good food, nice atmosphere. They are slowly doing renovations.They have newspaper specials too !! Only minus is wait help needs to be MUCH BETTER trained...other than that you could be looking at a keeper !!!

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San Luis Obispo County, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great Pond to view Koi fish and birds. Food was great, and the service was excellent! I would eat there again I ordered the Island Teriyaki Burger and the Garlic fries were delicious.

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Connecticut
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We had just checked in to our nearby hotel and wanted to get some dinner. My wife found Ponds which was about a 10 minute walk away. We figured why not? We arrived and saw they had nearly every table filled. Yet we were immediately say at a window table which was good because it was warm inside but a... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Visited this restaurant last night. Was told by the hostess that all window seats required a reservation. Ordered a chicken special. After a long wait, it arrived . Looked good until I cut into it and discovered it was not cooked. Sent it back and was told it would take 15 minutes to prepare a pasta dish. I left the... More 

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Wakefield, Michigan
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143 reviews 143 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Lunch was great...I had fIsh and chips and was very good...Friends had Oriental chicken salad and was huge...and Jacobson a platter...service was attentive. The menu had great list of lunch selections. We had a window with a view...and a beautiful koi pond. All was very good

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Chesapeake, VA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Live music was nice. All of the food was tasty. My ahi was warm and delicious. My wife's teriyaki beef was not warm, but still tasted very good. She chose note to send it back because the service was a bit too slow. We had a wonderfully romantic table for 2 overlooking the water.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We ate here on a Friday night. Good thing we called ahead to get a reservation and snagged the best table in the whole place! The food was great! Small parking lot. Nice live music. You don't have to dress up.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

Live music was the best part. Server asked if we had a special occasion and we told her yes, it was my birthday, but nothing became of that. I asked her advice on the entree and told her I had a bell pepper allergy. My salmon came with mixed veggies, including red bell pepper strips! When I objected, they were... More 

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Congress, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We ate here our first night in Hilo because it was handy. We were very happy with the food, service and overall quality. There was live music but it was soft and enjoyable.

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Penticton, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Very nice place, good food, live music with tables over looking ponds. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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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: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?