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All 205 Hilo Restaurants

Full Moon Cafe

51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
+1 808-961-0599
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Ranked #7 of 205 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $25
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, International, Asian fusion
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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
west linn, OR
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

Started our meal with succotash with vegan save coconut creme. I am still dreaming of the fresh vegetables nestled in lovely creamy sauce. The mahi mahi was expertly prepared, delicate and flavorable. The decor is unremarkable but with food like they served it truly doesn't matter

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Santa Barbara, California
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225 reviews 225 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Wow. Fusion of Hawaiian and Pacific and Asian I guess. Really excellent ingredients that were very nicely prepared with a few twists on some of my favorites. Started with the Big Isle Succotash - excellent. Also tried the Kaui Prawn Soup - very nice broth and noodles. Had the Market Mahi with house made spaetzle (outstanding). Rice noodle soup was... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very small Asian influenced menu but really nice balance of flavours in the dishes. The staff were really good and helpful. This is a top notch restaurant.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled across this place on my boyfriends 30th birthday and what a celebration we had! The food was to die for! We had tuna sashimi served several ways - seared with Asian condiments, with olive oil, quails yoke, tomatos and watercress and smoked but not cooked at all. Then we had some pork belly sliders, vegan samosas and my... More

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Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Additional Information about Full Moon Cafe

Address: 51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
Phone Number: +1 808-961-0599
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Seafood, International, Asian fusion

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