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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 #11 of 199 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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Hilo, Hawaii
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Houston, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

What a great place. Not hard to find although maybe what confused the earlier reviewer was that the bigger sign doesn't include the word "Tina's" but the sign on the window does. We ordered what our waitress recommended and loved everything we tried. As others have mentioned, the portions are massive - we ordered three items take out and this... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Not sure if this place is still open. But we looked for a while and asked a few people. No one knew of the place. Also, no one answered the phone.

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Seattle
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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We were not sure where to eat in Hilo. It was late afternoon, kind of between lunch and dinnertime and yet, we were very hungry. We walked around old Hilo. Everytime we passed this place, there were quite a few people in it so we thought we would give it a try. The food was great. Relaxing atmosphere. Never had... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Excellent variety and use of local fruits and veggies. The food was an explosion of taste and texture. Well done.

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New York City, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

By far, the best meal I've had since I arrived to Hawaii. I usually stay away from "Thai" cuisine outside of Thailand. It's usually a big variation of the real thing and a big disappointment but this was the REAL deal!! Wow, the ingredients are legit. I wanted to try my Thai staples, Papaya salad, green curry, and Tom yum.... More

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Oyama, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe is superb! Tina, the owner/cook comes from Thailand and creates masterpieces from her motherland's traditional cuisine . I had Thai pizza, made from red curry sauce, shrimp, fresh Hawaiian herbs and vegetables, and local cheese, tucked into a crisp thin crust. Absolutely wonderful! Portions are very generous, and dishes are made individually so that there is... More

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