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Naung Mai Thai Kitchen

86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
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Ranked #27 of 199 restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Asian, Thai
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76% Recommend
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English first
Fort Collins, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The decor was bright and clean, and the staff was all smiles. It is off the main strip which made the prices good. Best of all was the great food, we shared the green curry and a cucumber salad. We got both at medium spicy, which was perfect for us but we like hot so... More

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Portland, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Good service and variety of menu items enhanced the high quality of food. We tried the summer rolls with shrimp, which were on the large side, crunchy, flavorful, with a good sweet/sour dipping sauce. The pumpkin curry was outstanding, served with "cargo" rice--a nutty, red rice that complimented the curry seasonings nicely. It also made a very fine breakfast the... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a must try Thai restaurant. Yes it's a hole but what a find. You will be pleased with the specials for lunch, the curries, beef salad, and especially their brown rice. They use the red cargo rice which has a great texture. The prices are extremely good.

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Hakalau, Hawaii
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Wow - talk about finding a gem in a hole in the wall place! Doesn't look impressive on the outside - very hard to find for someone who doesn't know the town. But SO worth the hunt. We had heard from one of the locals that they had some great food and my oh my they weren't kidding! Service was... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This small restaurant on a side street is not the easiest to find (I found it walking out the back door of the Garden Center) but it is a very good Thai restaurant. The waitress was very friendly but we asked for suggestions and she must not have understood as we were not given any help. The menu is well... More

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Los Angeles, California
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187 reviews 187 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Had a hankering for Thai and based on excellent Yelp ratings, ended our day touring Volanoes National Park at this packing/cannery/industrial Hilo location. We showed up relatively late for a Monday night apparently, after 7 pm and the multi generational ladies( same family?) running the establishment were clearly planning to close soon. The adjacent dining room alrady smelled of disinfectant,... More

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Georgetown, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Years ago this place was a jewel serving fresh, fresh wonderful food . On our recent visit, we could find nothing to praise in the food or service. Very generic.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I'm a Hilo resident so some of my Hilo-based reviews might be slightly biased. (Full disclosure out of the way). There are a couple of Thai restaurants "hidden" in Hilo. This is one of them. As a visitor, unless you happened to turn down a wrong road, you would never find this place. But if you're looking for Thai food... More

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Some of the best Thai food we've had. Loved the broccoli and chicken stir-fry. My husband had the pumpkin curry and ordered it hot. He said it was the perfect amount of hot. The summer rolls were amazingly fresh with lots of herb. The service was ok. Attentive but not really friendly. It's located in kind of an alley behind... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a little hole in the wall right in back of McDonald's I've been eating at for years.Very professional and personable. I would recommend getting green papaya salad, pad thai, spring or summer rolls, and red, yellow or green curry with either jasmine or sticky rice. Select heat level with caution. The four choices are mild, medium, hot, and... More

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