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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 #8 of 204 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
Camarillo, CA
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
78 helpful votes 78 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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