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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 174
    Excellent
  • 158
    Very good
  • 52
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  • 20
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  • 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
Enjoyable dinner

Husband ordered calamari and side salad for his dinner. Generous amount of calamari with a nice spicy sauce. I also ordered a side salad, and we both had the papaya poi vinaigrette dressing, which was really good. For my main I ordered the eggplant Parmesan, which was passably good. Our B&B hostess... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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105 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Husband ordered calamari and side salad for his dinner. Generous amount of calamari with a nice spicy sauce. I also ordered a side salad, and we both had the papaya poi vinaigrette dressing, which was really good. For my main I ordered the eggplant Parmesan, which was passably good. Our B&B hostess suggested trying a lilikoi marguerita at Pond's, which... More 

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Thank AlfalfaAnchorageAK
Waukesha
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this restaurant. They were willing to accommodate changes to the menu for a couple in our group with dietary restrictions. A bit pricey, but the food was good.

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Thank Rodney B
Hilo, Hawaii
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

and it comes with a view! Good food, nice lunch and happy hour prices. Dinner can be a bit on the pricey side compared to other areas restaurants, but the food is worth it! Ask for a table overlooking the koi pond.

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Thank Terri S
Silver Spring, Maryland
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never had a Caesar salad with Ahi Tuna on top, but it was fabulous!!! The calamari was fresh and delicious as well. Beer reasonably priced, and a mellow atmosphere. I recommend.

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Thank tslims99
Boise, Idaho
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

But we thought the service was a little less than friendly. The restaurant is by the back waters of the ocean. It has some nice views and it was fun to watch the kids playing in the water. If you go get a table by the koi and ask for some fish food.

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Thank Brian H
Los Angeles, CA
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The biggest attraction here is the amazing koi pond. Do your best to get a seat overlooking it. The food is competent and service solid. The highlight is the opakapaka fish and chips. The iced tea is terrible--don't bother ordering it. A good spot for lunch on the east side of the island. Next to a park where you can... More 

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Thank oxman78
Winnipeg, Canada
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123 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for dining & viewing, built right over a small lagoon. Hang out the window to see fish & turtles swimming around, watch local kids jumping off the bank wall. The food & service is very good, portions large but a little pricey. You do get what you pay for

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Thank Denis2727
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch while in Hilo on a day trip, drawn by the reviews and the comments about the setting. It was more fun watching the koi and the birds in the pond than it was eating the food. The caesar salad was warm, limp and very small for $10.98! The usual gummy, bottled dressing so many places serve.... More 

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Thank Kathy C
Portland, Oregon
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83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We detected Pond's by the number of people in the Pond's when we walked past. We decided to try it. Because of the popularity, we had dinks and dinner in the bar. Great food, Great Atmosphere, Fun time. We met a couple from Hilo who invited us to their home the next day. Very Fun.

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Thank stevemarilyn2013
Bilbao, Spain
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good meal, better than expected. From drinks to desert was a nice experience. Would recommend to anyone.

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Thank Jerry S

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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, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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?