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Full Moon Cafe

51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
+1 808-961-0599
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Ranked #9 of 204 restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood, International, Asian fusion
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: An international menu with a pacific emphasis and a strong focus on fresh and raw fish.
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Good for: Local cuisine
Description: An international menu with a pacific emphasis and a strong focus on fresh and raw fish.
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English first
Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Full Moon Cafe was a surprising treat during our visit to Hawaii - the food was delicious and flavorful and the service was good. Although I ended up ordering fish, it was great to see a vegetarian option that looked amazing as well.

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Tokyo, Japan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Had the fried Marlin over couscous; very flavorful dish--Marlin was cooked perfect and melded together just right with the couscous, vegetables, and sauce. My wife had the Larb with Ono and couldn't stop talking about how good it was. A must visit restaurant if you are in Hilo!

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hawaii
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had two lunches here. We were greeted warmly both times and even chatted with the chef one day when he was visiting tables. We had a three meat small plate that was delicious - had a pumpkin sauce and great smoked meatball. The sashimi plate with the smoked shoyu was perfect! We also had the marlin with noodles and... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I heard a lot of great things about this place, so my husband and I decided to try it on our weekly date night. We started with wine- a Chardonnay which was served in chilled glasses, however the wine itself was warm. There were only 2 choices for a main dish. Mahimahi for $25 or fried rice for $13. Fried... More

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Ft Walton Beach FL
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The Full Moon Cafe is a surprising gem. The restaurant is in a quiet, slightly offbeat location, a block from the main drag in downtown Hilo. We found the interior to be bright and charming, and the service was very good. The food would best be described as Hawaiian-Asian fusion, with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. The menu is... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

No doubt about it. This very cool, clean, cozy restaurant is a wonderful addition for downtown Hilo. The staff is superb. Depending on what is fresh that day, the menu can change. Don't let that deter you. Widen your horizons, try something different. You will no be disappointed. Everything is delicious. Love this place.

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Gresham, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

A bit pricey but well worth the food quality and service. Do make a reservation because people are waiting on the sidewalk for a table.

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Fleming, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We loved the variety of the menu and shared each dish with our group. The service was quick and the food was delicious

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North Vancouver, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Are you fans of Portlandia? We feel many parts of Hilo are a bit Portlandia-ish! Laid back, but kitschy enough to attract the new age organic, eco folk. Full Moon Cafe is a bit like that. Very limited menu, and in fact since they had run out of the pork on a Friday night, we opted for the only other... More

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New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were so pleased with our meal at Full Moon Cafe. All in all, it was just the kind of place we love. We were greeted by Soni, the hostess/owner, who was attentive but not at all obsequious. Our server was likewise there when we needed her, but not intrusive. The decor was understated and tasteful, particularly the inventive string... More

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