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Naung Mai Thai Kitchen

#11 of 190 Restaurants in Hilo
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86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
+1 808-934-7540
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Naung Mai Thai Kitchen has a long standing reputation for serving the best...
Naung Mai Thai Kitchen has a long standing reputation for serving the best Thai food in Hilo. This quintessential "hole in the wall" has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Located just blocks from the Hilo Farmer's Market, the chefs gather the freshest ingredients, choosing organic and local products whenever possible; the results are simply delicious!
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  • 35
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  • 29
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food...excellent price!

We actually just stumbled upon this gem of a Thai restaurant. We were looking for a different style restaurant, and as GPS works some days...we couldn't find it! And then we saw their sign and decided to stop in. The restaurant is not on the main drag and is more of a side street. When we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Kapolei, Hawaii
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Kapolei, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We actually just stumbled upon this gem of a Thai restaurant. We were looking for a different style restaurant, and as GPS works some days...we couldn't find it! And then we saw their sign and decided to stop in. The restaurant is not on the main drag and is more of a side street. When we walked in, we were... More 

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Waimea, Hawaii
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant since we've lived on Hawaii Island (15 years) and it has always been a treat. It is difficult to find even if you've been there before--we don't live in Hilo so geography can be a challenge. The service is fast and pleasant, the menu varied and the prices good. I like that while... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We'v been visiting Naung Mai for several years and have never been disappointed. The food, ambience and staff are all bang on....not an easy feat in Old Hilo! It is easy to transport the imagination to a small Cafe in Chiang Mai with the colourful walls, large wooden chairs and wood tables. The cooks and servers are always friendly and... More 

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Leavenworth, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We ended up here after we left another unfriendly Thai restaurant just a few blocks away. This was a radical change and a welcome one. The owner was very friendly and informative about gluten free, dairy free options (at the other place we tried they were rude about this). The produce is so fresh, you can see it was freshly... More 

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Storrs, Connecticut
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88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We read the reviews and were doing a trip to Rainbow Falls, so it made sense for us to give Naung Mai a shot, being located nearby. We ate at another Thai restaurant on the other side of the island two night previous, so had a good comparison. The spring rolls were decent, but had an odd taste to them,... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I live in Bangkok Thailand, so I know my Thai food. The food here is as good as anywhere in Bangkok, but of course not the same prices. The lady that owns the place is cordial and professional, and works hard to maintain the good standards it possesses. Prices are average for Thai food outside of Thailand. Wait time was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Food was terrific and made fresh for each customer. The curry and fresh spring rolls were excellent and spiced to order.

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High Prairie, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We had been told about this Thai Restaurant, but almost missed finding it. It is tucked away on a street behind the Pineapple Restaurant. Small, cozy setting with a few tables. Our lunch here was fantastic. Good service and great Thai food. We were glad that we didn't give up looking for it and would definitely love the chance to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Great food. Reasonable price. Bring your own beverage (wine/beer). Will be back and will bring friends. Highly recommend.

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Nanaimo
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Quaint little restaurant with excellent food, service and ambiance. Pricing reasonable, good parking in immediate area. Alcohol not available. Located in Old Hilo town core so building is very old yet well maintained and small. Tables, chairs, etc. clean.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7540

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 17
  • Cuisine: American, Asian, Thai

Description

Naung Mai Thai Kitchen has a long standing reputation for serving the best Thai food in Hilo. This quintessential "hole in the wall" has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Located just blocks from the Hilo Farmer's Market, the chefs gather the freshest ingredients, choosing organic and local products whenever possible; the results are simply delicious!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?