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Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe

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Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
18089351166
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: It is always good to ask local residents where they would eat. What a...
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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  • 1
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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
AMAZING!

Oh my gosh, I would eat here every single day, every single meal if I could. Intimate environment and very basic. Phenomenal food and service. Very "homey." Ocean was a great waitress. Tina even came out to say hi to us. Whatever you do, order the Mango Sticky Rice. It is to die for.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Oh my gosh, I would eat here every single day, every single meal if I could. Intimate environment and very basic. Phenomenal food and service. Very "homey." Ocean was a great waitress. Tina even came out to say hi to us. Whatever you do, order the Mango Sticky Rice. It is to die for.

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What comes to mind first is how relaxing it was to be in a restaurant with most tables filled where the gentle hum of conversation combined with the inventive guitar music created both a peaceful and creative ambiance. The waitress was attentive and available. Initially I tried one of the smoothies (called garden, I think), unique to Tina's, with several... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Whenever I am in need of good nutritious food, I think of Tina's. Over many years now, whenever I am sick I stop by for the Thom Yum soup, made Thai hot. That will cure what ails you! I am vegetarian and prefer local ingredients and between the soup and the local wild mushroom curry with fresh tofu, this place... More 

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Honolulu
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place has food unlike any other restaurant I have ever been too. Tina, the head chef, has a strong background in Thai food but blends local Hawaiian concepts with it. Just a heads up - do not eat here if you are in a rush, good food takes time! But if you want a meal that tastes and feels... More 

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verrierdale
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A very special thank you to Tina and her lovely staff. The fare is Thai fusion with abundant authentic flavours due to this Thai trained master chef. We had one of Tina's Special Thai pizzas. The best meal we have enjoyed on our two week long Holiday in the Hawaiin Islands. We would dine here all of the time if... More 

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montreal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Really great food and the portions were large! Great flavour and beautiful presentation. My family and myself so enjoyed the different twist and the ingredients used were so fresh!!

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Candiac
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We were walking along looking for a place for lunch, almost didn't go in, but someone came out raving about the food so we went in... The service is friendly, you can tell our waitress is happy about working there, she was very enthusiastic about the food and very helpful... We had a Tom Kah soup, a broth soup with... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We loved our lunch here. The service was good and the food even better. The Penang Curry was excellent with fresh, healthy ingredients. Would also recommend the smoothies which are uniquely flavoured and healthy. It's not always easy to find well-priced and healthy food - highly recommended!

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Dropped in on a whim for lunch & really glad we did. Decor is eclectic; nothing fancy. Food is really honest & full of flavour. Summer roll was beautifully presented & delicious, salads were crisp. Smoothies, while small portions, were both excellent. And all served with great, gentle service. We'll be back.

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Murphy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

After a trip to local gardens and waterfalls near Hilo, My wife and I used tripadviser to find a late lunch. She picked Tina's because she thought it looked healthy and tasty. We arrived around three and the place was not crowded. Service was slow and the food slower. My wife got a Thai soup and pizza while I got... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 18089351166

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Fusion, 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.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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