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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, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 138
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  • 116
    Very good
  • 34
    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
Good Food with a view overlooking a natural pond

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Hilo
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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316 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hobart, Australia
2 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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
1 review
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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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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43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Food and location were perfect. Got taken here for lunch and had the Burger Ole' - a burger with guacamole, jalapeños, onions and cheese - and garlic fries. Totally delicious. We sat next to the pond too, very beautiful. Wait staff were very pleasant.

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Kent, Washington
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147 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We spent the day driving across the island, sightseeing along the way. So by the time we got settled in our B&B, we were hungry and happy to find a well-rated restaurant close to our B&B. We made a reservation, and were happy to score a window table just above the koi pond. Our server was cheerful and efficient, always... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

the service and the food the location on the pond was delightful when ever we are in hilo we dine there

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