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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 #2 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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Just had dinner there and it was great. Shared on appetizer and one main and we are full! Simple menu for simple delicious food, and lots of it. Friendly wait staff. The food isn't instant which is good - you can't supply food instantly if it is made from scratch and this is! Tonight (Saturday) they had a couple playing... More

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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Tina's was one of the highlights of my trip to the big island. I ordered the "Thai Pizza," which is really more like a Thai quesadilla but who cares what it's called, it's delicious and a 100% original item to this restaurant alone. I was not expecting to taste something so unique and so wonderfully executed. This restaurant is a... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Wow is all I have to say! Tina's food is so delicious, so fresh, so authentically thai... we just can't get enough!! The Heart of Palm Salad is my absolute favorite (though it's so hard to choose) and my boyfriend loves all her curries. The service is also fantastic, but get there early, because she fills up fast.

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sunnytraveler2
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Thai food has always been a favorite of mine. I don't live in Hilo but the best Thai food I've had is there. Plenty, with variety, of the freshest vegetables are used. Hilo is a natural garden area and the farmers market is practically next door. The chef takes fullest advantage of this. The seafood was ample and fresh as... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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