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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 #5 of 199 restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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.
Restaurant details
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
Gresham, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The relatively new restaurant offers creative and delicious dishes. Charming atmosphere in downtown Hilo.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We stopped here for iced coffees in the middle of the afternoon, and the staff and patrons were very friendly at the bar. So, we returned in the evening for dinner and were happy to get well-prepared dinners that had flavor! I'd definitely go back here when in Hilo again.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Excellent food prepared by a chef that has some New York experience and it shows. It's not pretentious and they don't try to do too much unlike other restaurants billed as "top end" on the island. The barista Soni has experience from one if the top coffee shops in NY and makes some great espresso and cappuccino from a local... More

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Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We found this wonderful restaurant by wandering off the main street and it was well worth it. Only been open a short time but the food that all four of us ordered for lunch was really good. I had some of the best ceviche I have had in a long time. This staff were very attentive and service was quick.

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Waimea
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144 reviews 144 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is a "new" restaurant with new owners and a new menu. The menu is short, but the items are well prepared and very tasty. I had the fried rice, which was delicious and truly fried--not wet. The poisson cru, served with breadfruit chips, was outstanding. The service was equally good. I highly recommend Full Moon Cafe.

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

A recent change in management has pushed out the Thai focus and replaced it with a Pan-Asian feel focused on local ingredients. The quality, presentation, and creativity are worthy of a beach side restaurant. I would have given it a 5 had the portions been bigger or the price 20% lower. This is Hilo, not the Kohala coast, where I... More

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