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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 127
    Very good
  • 38
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  • 19
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice view, good food

My husband and I went here after our zip line tour since it was just a few minutes away. The seared ahi appetizer was delicious and fresh. We both ordered the lobster specials which were about $38 per plate. We didn't know that they would cost that much, but were great. They're imported from Maine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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New York City, New York
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79 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went here after our zip line tour since it was just a few minutes away. The seared ahi appetizer was delicious and fresh. We both ordered the lobster specials which were about $38 per plate. We didn't know that they would cost that much, but were great. They're imported from Maine, we wished we ordered local... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Ponds, is located on the water with a great view from any table in the restaurant. The fish and chips is excellent, some of the best I have had. My wife had the Grilled Salmon salad and the recommendation of a woman who eats there all the time. Also, an excellent Recommendation. The restaurant has very reasonable prices and the... More 

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Lanai City, Hawaii
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My family and I decided to go to Ponds for dinner. It would have been lovely to get a window seat to enjoy the view but the restaurant was busy since it was a Friday night. The interior is simple, lighting dimmed, not contemporary and may need enhancements in the near future. The menu had seafood and meat selections with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Definitely try the Fish and Chips, you won't be disappointed. Service can be a little slow sometimes, but very friendly, the drinks are reasonably priced acme they don't skimp on the alcohol. All and all, a good find and a place to try.

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Diamond Bar, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great meal, nice ambiance. Great selection, reasonably priced and minimal wait time. The view of the koi and pond with open air seating made for a delightful evening.

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Philadelphia, PA
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127 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This restaurant is near the airport and right off the main highway. We stumbled on it by accident but noticed the parking lot was packed with local cars, so we stopped. It was a hidden treasure. Great ambiance and lots of fun. Definitely will go back.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I ordered from the happy hour menu and I selected the escargot and calamari tempura and both were excellent. Other family members ordered the taquitos, seared ahi, and prime rib steaks and were satisfied.

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Honokaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

They don't need me to brag on them but we eat hear often. There are not a lot of choices in Hilo for good service, good staff, and good food!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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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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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: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
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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