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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, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 35
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  • 19
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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
Window tables are overlooking the pond

During our stay in Hilo, we ate here dinner twice because we liked the views out on the pond, it was very quiet and the food is excellent. We had fish, pasta, shrimps, meat, vegetables and we can recommend it all. We also enjoyed the two drinks for 13$ offer. The staff was very friendly and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
coramr
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Entertaining clients
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

During our stay in Hilo, we ate here dinner twice because we liked the views out on the pond, it was very quiet and the food is excellent. We had fish, pasta, shrimps, meat, vegetables and we can recommend it all. We also enjoyed the two drinks for 13$ offer. The staff was very friendly and attentive and the background... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

underwhelming food but very pleasant location at water's edge. Live music is featured (low key) but the second room is quieter.

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Palm Springs, California
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156 reviews 156 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is our second time there and will always return if in Hilo. The setting is great with the surrounding pond. The food is very good and the prices are reasonable. Try the seared AHI and the BBQ Burger. They do have daily specials which have always been very good. I would recommendend.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Ate here last night. Table next to window and pond, cocktails two for 13 dollars, kona beer and calamari plusses. Live music AAA. Don't order prawns or fish of the day. A smarmy guy brought the bill. He lacked all skills and should not be in the hospitality industry. Will not be back.

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Hilo
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The food here is very good, maybe a little pricey. The staff are friendly and courteous. There is usually live entertainment that is appropriate for the atmosphere, isn't too loud. The specials have gems to try.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The ambiance -- located on a pond with koi fish, turtles and ducks to amuse you -- is the best thing about Ponds. We've been there many times for lunch and a few times for dinner. The service is usually slow, but today was unreasonably slow, at least 40 minutes before our food showed up, and no one came by... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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100 reviews 100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Been here before and this place do not disappoint. Nice, fancy, intimate small place right next to ice pond. Food is good. Service is good. Live music is superb! Place is breezy, quirky and calming. Parking is limited. They accept reservation. Ducks on view are extra!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Fresh fish, incredible sauces, great service with a Yes We Can attitude. This was a top shelf dining experience ranking among the best we have had in The Islands. Gavien Mata was playing some outstanding dinner music. All in all a great evening. In Hilo and looking for superb dining, go to Ponds.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We really enjoyed our meal and would definitely return. Service was very good and the beef dip sandwich good although the star of show were the garlic fries. We had a great table overlooking the ponds and a very good view. Ponds is really useful if you are flying out from Hilo airport being less than 10 minutes from the... More 

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Sydney
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a cute little restaurant in an old building above a pond. The waiters were friendly, food was delicious and the background Hawaiian music gave the restaurant a great relaxed atmosphere. The seafood dishes were a highlight.

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