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Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe

Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
8089351166
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Ranked #3 of 205 restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: American, Thai
Description: It is always good to ask local residents where they would eat. What a treasure. Organic good food, homemade and prepared from scratch.
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Description: It is always good to ask local residents where they would eat. What a treasure. Organic good food, homemade and prepared from scratch.
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English first
Hilo, Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Dined here on a Friday night. They allow you to bring your own alcohol, with the stipulation that you take your empties with you when you leave. The food was divine! We ordered the spicy ahi summer rolls for an appetizer, thom kah soup with chicken, yellow shrimp curry and asparagus salad. We chose "hot" as our spice level, and... More

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Victoria, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We really enjoyed Tina's. Went back twice to try more dishes on the menu. Thai green chicken curry was probably the favourite, but all the dishes we hade were fresh and full of flavour, don't go to Hilo and not go here!!

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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The GPS was taking me to a direction that seamed wrong and when I parked, there it was, the most authentic and delicious thai meal. The service was superb and the food delicious. You HAVE to order the Sticky Rice and Mangoes, or like we say in Spanish "Arroz con Mango". But be aware is big, so order one for... More

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Camarillo, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stumbled upon this restaurant on our first night in Hilo. What a discovery! The food is outstanding, and considerably different from Thai I'm accustomed to. The Tom Kha soup had many more veggies than I've seen other places, and it was a pleasant surprise. However, the spiciness is according to the Thai scale -- our soup was too spicy,... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Everything here is fresh, organic, and bursting with flavor. The Green Papaya salad is absolutely delicious. Very creative menu with friendly staff. Tina is a wonder of a human being, and I would love to go back and eat more of her delightful food!

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Very nice restaurant, good location, amazing food!!! Everything fresh, organic, prepared and served with style. I was very impressed. Try lava flow smoothie with basil - delicious!

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Hilo, Hawaii
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Tina is the driving force in this restaurant. Her fusion of Thai flavors with all kinds of other cuisines makes for dishes that really defy easy categorization. Take, for example, her Thai pizzas -- soft tortilla-style wraps that enfold pumpkin, fish, cheese, greens. It may not sound out of this world, but trust me, it's unbelievable -- and feeds two... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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102 reviews 102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

What lucky find!!!! This restaurant has a Thai theme. Everything was fresh. I had a wrap and once I picked it up, I could not put it down. The wrap was overflowing with veggies, shrimp, and sauce. ummmm good. The wait staff was wonderful. Diane was our primary server and she kept a watchful eye to make sure we were... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stumbled upon this place by (happy) accident for lunch. It's a tiny, cute place with a very friendly waitress and delicious, fresh homemade curries made by Tina herself (I had the avocado curry and my partner had the penang curry - both mouthwateringly yummy and really fresh!). I wish we could have gone back to try more dishes and... More

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Crowsnest Pass, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

We parked our car on a rainy afternoon and this was literally the first place we passed so we ducked in. I'm glad we did. It is such a little hole-in-the-wall that it is easy to miss. Tina is a gem of a woman and her food was great. I thought a few of the dishes seemed pricy until I... More

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