We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 212 Hilo Restaurants

Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe

Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
8089351166
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 212 Restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: American, Thai
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Description: It is always good to ask local residents where they would eat. What a treasure. Organic good food, homemade and prepared from scratch.
Write a Review

40 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    30
    9
    1
    0
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

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 !

Was this review helpful? Yes
Richland, Washington
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hamilton, New Zealand
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hilo, Hawaii
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
sunnytraveler2
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hilo, Hawaii
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Victoria, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Miami, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Camarillo, CA
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe also viewed

 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe

Address: Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 8089351166
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Cuisine: American, Thai

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?