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Moon and Turtle

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Seafood, International, Asian fusion
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51 Kalakaua Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-961-0599
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: An international menu with a pacific emphasis and a strong focus on fresh...
An international menu with a pacific emphasis and a strong focus on fresh and raw fish
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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Over the Moon!!

The great reviews in trip advisor prompted me to go to this small restaurant in Hilo. What a great experience it was! From the moment I walked in the young woman behind the bar made me welcome and had a terrific IPA on the counter before I could blink ! The food was superb with local fish sliders... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Kevin S
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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85 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lanai City, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We enjoyed our first visit to Moon and Turtle. I would have rated it higher if there were more options on the menu, it seemed a bit limited. The service was great and ambiance pleasant (we sat in the back enclosed terrace area which had more room and a nice flow of fresh air. The food was good but not... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

The great reviews in trip advisor prompted me to go to this small restaurant in Hilo. What a great experience it was! From the moment I walked in the young woman behind the bar made me welcome and had a terrific IPA on the counter before I could blink ! The food was superb with local fish sliders as a... More 

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Tarrytown, New York
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We visited the restaurant twice with friends in February. The restaurant itself is clean, relatively quiet with lots of space between tables, and has a nice modern, laid back decor. Service was very good and attentive both when it was crowded the first time, and when it was fairly empty the second visit. Some of the dishes merit five stars,... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The several times I've dined here, the service was average, the surroundings clean and comfortable, the food yummy.

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hilo
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Been there several times and the menu changes. The food is always good when we go and the staff there is really nice and attentive.

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Lancaster,PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Fresh local seafood and produce prepared well, with a unique twist – and it is just fabulous! The menu can change daily based on what’s available. App of Smokey Sashimi – Local Ahi, Kiawe smoked soy, Hawaiian chili pepper water, with extra virgin olive oil; and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts – Mom’s citrus with garlic fish sauce and crunchy baby... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Once in a blue moon will you find such fine dining in an out-of-the-way storefront. The only thing café about this establishment is the entrance and the seating. The food was spectacular. It's been a year since we visited Hawaii and of all the excellent restaurants that we enjoyed - this is the one we keep remembering.

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Fruitland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is now called the Moon and Turtle. We were told it is still the same owner and menu as the Full Moon Cafe. The owner apparently decided to rebrand his establishment in keeping with the upscale and inventive menu offerings. The explanation wasn't clear. Whatever the reason, is is clearly not a cafe. It's a bit hard to... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

The name has changed to Moon & Turtle cafe. Our server explained the new name is based on an old Japanese saying that means going from the simple & earthy (turtle) to the sublime and elevated (moon). The name fits this place perfectly. The food is made from fresh, local ingredients that are in season. The menu only has four... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We were looking for a place to park in Hilo and found one in front of this small restaurant. What luck as we were looking for a place to have lunch. There were four items on the lunch menu and four of us. So we ordered one of each; A small club sandwich, Pork bellies on skewers, stuffed dumplings and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Kalakaua Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-961-0599

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

An international menu with a pacific emphasis and a strong focus on fresh and raw fish
Open Hours
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?