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421 Kalanikoa St Ste 6, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4577
(808) 934-9490
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Authentic Vietnamese eatery Hilo

My wife and I are Asian tourists visiting Hawaii and one night we craved some authentic Vietnamese food before leaving for home. We have eaten true Vietnamese cuisine often in Southeast Asia, and I can vouch this humble joint in Hilo is the real deal. It is WAY off the tourist path near the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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Grimsby, Ontario CANADA
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Pahoa, Hawaii
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I only sampled one dish, the Bo Kho, a French inspired Vietnamese Beef stew similar to Pho but definitely with a more French flair. I usually have it at another local Pho place and was hoping for something comparable. It was disappointing. Way too much tomato paste, the meat tasted of poor quality and I didn't finish my bowl, which... More 

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Grimsby, Ontario CANADA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My wife and I are Asian tourists visiting Hawaii and one night we craved some authentic Vietnamese food before leaving for home. We have eaten true Vietnamese cuisine often in Southeast Asia, and I can vouch this humble joint in Hilo is the real deal. It is WAY off the tourist path near the airport, and the restaurant is extremely... More 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Humble but neat and welcoming; and not bursting with tourists. I had Pho Tai and a Vietnamese iced coffee. Both were excellent. Veg were fresh and flavorful. Service was good, too. I wish they were closer to me -- I'd be in there several times a week. One of the best things I ate during my stay in Hawaii.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I found this place while walking to The Ponds to look at the lunch menu. Never made it to the Ponds! Ordered their garlic shrimp and got a hefty plate of delicious rice and green beans with four shrimp. I would have liked more shrimp but the meal was delicious and nicely priced. In Hilo there aren't many places with... More 

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In the soft green seas of the Pacific Ocean
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Walk in and find a table in the dining room that feels like a big kitchen in a private home. A very small boy will likely walk over to your table and try to talk to you in his baby talk with his very pregnant mother (the waitress and daughter in law of the owners) following close behind. The dish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I had a great bowl of Pho here. One of the best I've ever had, even edging out my own mother. My boyfriend ordered the only non-Vietnamese thing on the menu and he loved it too. He got pad thai and he loved it.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have been there a few times since moving to Hilo two months ago, and the Pho is excellent, as were the other dishes I had there. A very small place so it pays to get there a little before the lunch ruch. Service is fast and friendly.

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Chonburi, Thailand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is one of the places that I have visited that I have a hard time reviewing. I don't want to let everyone how good this place is because I don't want to be standing in line behind you! The service is fast and the food is great. It's not a place you want to go if your looking for... More 

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New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We spent 8 days in Hawaii and have not gotten a decent meal. Finally a decent and hearty meal. The pho and soup was great. It is not fine dining but the food was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

If you like pho and other Vietnamese dishes, then this is the place to go to in Hilo. My partner and I regretted that we didn't head to this place the night before. We went to Ken's House of Pancakes, although they had a huge variety of food on the menu, the quality was not there because I ordered their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 421 Kalanikoa St Ste 6, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4577
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: (808) 934-9490

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

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