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Puka Puka Kitchen

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270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
808-933-2121
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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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
A surprise find that was one of the best meals we had in 2 weeks in Hawaii

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
TheBreedFamily
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Bairnsdale, Australia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Bairnsdale, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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171 reviews 171 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Toronto
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Had time before we went zip-lining and asked for a good place to have lunch. They recommended Puka Puka which is a local favorite. The restaurant offers a variety of tasty local dishes. We had the Vegetable Don Plate, which has tempura style fresh vegetables, with fried rice (which was very flavorful) and salad. We also had the Chicken Pita,... More 

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Columbia, Maryland, USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Fabulous special of fried ono and fried oysters, with salad and garlic rice! Attentive and cheerful service. We certainly would have frequented this spot had we been in Hilo longer.

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Las Cruces
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Just as stated in other reviews, dinner here was a treat! Tiny dining room, friendly people, sophisticated food. Enjoy!

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Redondo Beach, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We had the Chicken Katsu and Lamb plates, which both had greens and curry rice. They were both really good (the katsu was better) and the server was really nice.

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Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Puka Puka is my #1 recommendation for friends and family visiting Hilo. Great service and locally sourced ingredients. Great stuff.

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Hilo, Hawaii, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

they have bentos ready to go!! Food is very good, fried foods are NOT oily. It's fresh daily. The place is not called puka puka for nothing, it's really small, only a handfull of seating is available. you will need to get there early 'cause they run out fast.

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nj
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This place looks like hole in the wall eats. But do not get fooled by how it looks from outside. Really tiny place to fit less than 20 at a time. But AMAZING food. Everything here is delicious. We went there for lunch and thought the food was so good that we wanted to eat again. But we were staying... More 

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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: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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