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Puka Puka Kitchen

#11 of 193 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
808-933-2121
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 58
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Small place in the historic district. Food was prepared and served quickly by a friendly waitress. We ordered the Special which was a Katsu Burger and the Katsu Curry plate lunch. There are pre-prepared meals which many locals came in for. Seems that there is a different selection each day... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Dushi-NY
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NY, NY
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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English first
NY, NY
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287 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Small place in the historic district. Food was prepared and served quickly by a friendly waitress. We ordered the Special which was a Katsu Burger and the Katsu Curry plate lunch. There are pre-prepared meals which many locals came in for. Seems that there is a different selection each day. We bought a Spam musubi to go. Restroom is in... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Even though we were the last customers for the day (arrived just before 8pm...restaurant closed at 8:30) the food was EXCELLENT! The staff was friendly and laid back. The server rightly convinced the husband to try the Ahi Don for dinner - I got the scallop plate special. The fish was cooked perfectly, with a fresh and crisp salad, and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We went here while in Hilo for a late dinner. The place is small, but the people are very friendly. We ordered a salad (small) and a special of the day (ahi tuna and scallop bento). The portion sizes were enormous and the salad dressing was delicious. My wife couldn't stop eating it! The ahi tuna was well flavoured and... More 

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Honolulu
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Fast service and tasty food top the list here - this is a small restaurant with limited seating so do not be surprised if no tables are available. This place is very popular with local residents as well, but they do offer take out and 'bento' options for lunch! We had the Ahi Katsu Don and the Pita sandwich, both... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My wife and I had the lamb dish and the ahi pita for lunch. The waitress was very kind to help us select a dish without garlic for my wife. The service was very quick and the price was reasonable. Make sure you arrive in time because this is a popular place with not not too many tables. (They also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My wife and I hit town and after looking at Tripadvisor we decided to try this place for a quick lunch. The Ahi was great and the staff was delightful.

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Redlands, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Great little treasure. Best Ahi steak I have ever had, accompanied by a fresh salad and garlic rice. A lot of seafood freshly battered and deep fried to order. It is small (maybe 4-5 tables) but worth a visit if you are visiting Hilo.

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Bairnsdale, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

very small place, and certainly does not look 5 star.........but the best food we've had out in a long time including where we went for dinner tonight at twice the price. I had local fish dish and my wife had coconut prawn (whoops, forgot they are called shrimp in the u.s.) and both came with a beautiful tasty rice and... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Amazing little place - the queue out the door says it all! Beautiful fresh food, cooked to order. I particularly liked the chicken pitta with salad. Service friendly and efficient. A must visit when in Hilo.

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Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My son had veggie Don and I has tried oysters. We were both very pleased with our lunch. The oysters were everything, not the frozen preface stuff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808-933-2121

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 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?