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Naung Mai Thai Kitchen

#15 of 198 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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
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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
Good straight up Thai

Great lunch specials with plenty of fresh ingredients. Tasty and spicy - just the way I like it. Good location - but smallish place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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307 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great lunch specials with plenty of fresh ingredients. Tasty and spicy - just the way I like it. Good location - but smallish place.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love thai food, you have to go here. It is pretty small place but the food is awesome. The lady who runs the place is a character - shes straight forward, polite, and fast.

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Thank Vishal P
Kea'au
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

In downtown Hilo there are several good restaurants that we regularly go to. We love Thai food and you can't go wrong at Naung Mai or Tina's. Both have excellent Thom Kah soup and the Pumpkin Curry at Naung Mai is excellent. The place is simple, don't go there if you are looking for luxury and they don't serve alcohol.... More 

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Thank Tim B
Saratoga Springs, New York
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84 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Fast, good and reasonable! Parking difficult but worth the effort. Great service and good menu. No alcohol, but you can bring your own!

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Thank Rinej
Nanaimo, Canada
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Not sure how we found out about this place but I am sure glad we did!! The food was fantastic and service was very speedy as well! It's a little off the beaten path but well worth taking the time to find it in down town Hilo!!

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Thank Darren G
Hood River, OR
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This small restaurant is big on flavor and value. We ordered curry, pineapple fried rice and a noodle dish, all delicious. We also ordered a coconut, deep fried calamari which was the most tender calamari I have ever had. You may have a few minutes wait to get a table but it is worth it.

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Thank DarleneHoodRiver_OR
Santa Barbara, California
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167 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Long long wait for meals even more than island time dictates The food was ok, it was nice a spicy at the high level without just drowning the flavours but there was something missing in every meal that left me feeling lackluster The reviews made me think I was going to be on a winner, but my experience was not... More 

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Thank aussiesb
Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Intimate and best Thai food in Hilo. There are many Thai food places in Hilo but this one has to be the best. It has been run by Thai people since its inception. The new owner is "A" and makes sure the customer is always right.Open kitchen and consistency in cooking make the eating experence here just WONDERFULL

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Thank number1TMK
Honolulu, Hawaii
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117 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

I have been waiting to get back to this place for 6 years. After a late lunch, I was wishing I had tried another of the Thai options in Hilo. Did ownership change? The curry tasted like it was thickened. Cornstarch? The papaya salad and Pad Thai were basic, not to bad and certainly not that good. Service was adequate... More 

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Thank TEGKDD
Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, Spain
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Very good "home made" Thai food for a very reasonable price. The place is small and friendly. Highly recommended!

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Thank Josep G

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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: Asian, Thai, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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