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Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
8089351166
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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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Tina's is the best, freshest Thai fusion food, hands down in Hilo! So much love in every bite of her special creations!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Murphy
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

Tina's is the best, freshest Thai fusion food, hands down in Hilo! So much love in every bite of her special creations!

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Thai restaurant with dishes we had never heard of. The cook is amazing and creative. Most unusual dishes and delicious.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Honestly dont know where to start.. Food came out veryy slow and only average at best. I understand they have a small kitchen and probably one or two cooks hence they cannot cope with large orders? However each dish had almost 15 minutes of waiting time in between and if we were to share the food with a bowl of... More 

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Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Love it all, funky cool place, a wonderful exceptional chef w/ a great spice touch...perfect ! Totally fresh take on Thai in a towne w/ tons of Thai dining establishments A must go foodie destination <<>> Soups ruled Chinese "hot pot" but now this speciality seems to be AWOL sadly !

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Richland, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

it is good Thai restaurant but not exception and overrated here. To balance I rate Average. Tina is very friendly. Food taste is slightly different than usual Thai. Service is slightly slow. Price is more expensive for Thai food. Bottom line - I will prefer another Thai restaurant.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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91 reviews 91 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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: 8089351166

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: 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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