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Wilson's by the Bay

141 Mamo St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
(808) 969-9191
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Ranked #28 of 205 Restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: Dessert
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It is small place but the attendant was cheery and friendly! Had three different flavours in one shaved ice. I think I chose the smallest size available as we got there right after our lunch, but it was still huge!! Must visit place for travellers and tourists visiting Hilo. Excellent experience all around!!!

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Eldridge, Iowa
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53 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed my coconut flavored shave ice with ice cream in the middle and coconut cream on top. Small size was good sized. We drove by three different times on our visit to Hilo, finally got lucky on a Saturday afternoon. Four shave ices came to just under $12. I would return and get another. A cool and tasty treat!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wilson's by the Bay in downtown Hilo is a small "hole in the wall" that serves only shaved ice. After sampling shaved ice on 3 Hawaiian islands, this is the best. The ice is smooth, almost the consistency of ice cream. the syrups are great - not too sweet with great flavor. You get your choice of 3 flavors for... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Seriously the best. Have to get it "with cream" which is a sweetened condensed milk on top. Went to Kona side a few days later, have tried others, and wish we were at Wilson's! None compare

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Seattle, Washington
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19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We had a child size cone here. It was nit that great. The syrup taste was so strong it mass it not so refreshing. It also made the ice treat feel heavy. I don't think we will go back.

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familylovestotravel
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Don't be put off by the look of the building. Great shave ice and very friendly people. Get it with cream on top. This is how shave ice is suppose to be!

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Hilo, Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Got to try Shave Ice when you are hot in Hawaii. Wilson's has the BEST (most generous, friendly service, lots of flavor choices). I like Lilikoi, and coconut, sometimes w/ lihing mui sprinkles. Want something different? Have it w/ cream on top or get a delux w/ Ice cream and azuki bean inside. On Mamo St., next to a nice... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

They grow orchids too and make their own vanilla shave ice flavor. They will reopen at a new location.

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Volcano, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

It's just a little hole in the wall, and you might have to hone in on it or miss it. BUT, they have the best Shaved Ice ever! No matter what flavor, you "must" order cream on top. With or without the cream, the ice is shaved light and fluffy. Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!

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Dover, New Hampshire
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41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

From everything I've read, THIS is what shave ice is supposed to be. We had stopped by another place on Oahu earlier in our trip and got shave ice from a food truck. Turned out to be just a snow cone. But Wilson's - not much to look at either inside or out - does ONLY shave ice and does... More

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