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Thai Smile Restaurant

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804 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome food, friendly staff... Highly recommended!

We found this place here on tripadvisor and it didn't disappoint. The food is great and the staff is super friendly. I highly recommend it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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English first
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great Thai dishes are a blend of unique flavors which unfold with every bite. This is not the case here. In a town with more good Thai restaurants than in most states, this restaurant may place in the top ten. But no more. Dishes are uninspired and bland. Although many reviews exclaim otherwise, I think the problem with this review... More 

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We found this place here on tripadvisor and it didn't disappoint. The food is great and the staff is super friendly. I highly recommend it.

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Spring Hill, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I came here for lunch and were blown away by how incredibly tasty the food was! We had summer rolls, the chicken pad Thai, and the pineapple fried rice. It's a definite place to stop and support the local cuisine.

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Tacoma WA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Wonderful food with great service! Would go there every day if it were closer. It was especially great to meet the chef/owner who told us she had picked the basil from her garden that morning.

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Los Alamitos, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We arrived just before closing on a Friday. and found this tiny place crammed with diners finishing their meals. There was one available table. These lovely people stayed open so that we could enjoy their excellent food. Everything we tasted was hot, freshly made, and delicious. During the meal, we decided that the food was the best we'd had on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Pad thai was the best one I've ever had! Red curry was also excellent but little more spicy that i wanted. Their shrimps are so tasty!

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Tacoma WA
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It was a pleasure to meet the owner/chef who was delightful. Being a Thai food connoisseur since 1985, I would put Thai Smile into the top three and # 1 in value. Modest decor in a small space but superb food.

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Sonora, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I lived in Thailand for years and have to say this is the best Thai food I have had in years. We were lucky to be the only three people there,knowing this place is always crowded. We got to spend time with owner,chef. A beautiful Thai lady from Bangkok,who learned to cook from her mother. The food was prepared by... More 

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Seoul
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91 reviews 91 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

When we walked into the restaurant, we had dire apprehensions. The waiter appeared to be the busboy (wearing a rubber apron) doing double duty because he spoke English. We were so spooked we thought of getting up and leaving. The menu is very Spartan. You pick a dish (e.g., pad thai, fried rice), and then pick the filling (e.g., beef,... More 

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Whatever you do, have the green papaya salad. I know, this is common but this version is uncommon with a dressing that will have you licking your plate. While you're at it, also try the steak salad with a fish sauce/lime based dressing that is the best on record. This is small place with parking in the rear of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 804 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai

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