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Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe

#10 of 190 Restaurants in Hilo
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Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
8089351166
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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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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
A Great Lunch Spot

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Candiac
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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75 helpful votes 75 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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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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33 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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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