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Hilo Bay Cafe

123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-935-4939
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Ranked #15 of 205 restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Japanese, Hawaiian, Contemporary, Bistro
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Keaau, Hawaii
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The restaurant is upstairs. Had asked for a outside table. The views are spectacular. While eating enjoying the bay view, the kayaks in the water.. A nice breeze coming off the bay. The food is great. Had gone there for dinner an again fort lunch. Both times great foods and great service. I will be going back there again.

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Benicia, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hilo Bay Cafe has wonderful panoramic views across Hilo Bay to the mountains. We enjoyed lunch there with a family member who lives locally. She says it is consistently very good food, and Hilo Bay Cafe did not disappoint. The family ordered a variety of dishes, and all of it was very good. The spiced edamame were a tasty opening... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I love to travel and eat. Unfortunately, I don't have many restaurants near my home that I can rave about. I have found this restaurant to be consistently good. Quality ingredients, well prepared, and since their move to the new location, many more offerings. The only time I've been disappointed is with respect to coming in when they said I... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were surprised to find this type of place in Hilo - and it did not disappoint. Great view and cool location near the water. The service staff was very friendly and prompt in their service (despite some reviews to the contrary). High quality sushi and a good selection of drinks make this a great spot for a night out.

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Newbury Park, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Had a very nice dinner here with my daughters. The view over the bay is very pretty and the staff was very friendly and service was great. My steak was cooked perfectly to medium rare. I don't recall what my daughters ordered but I do know we did not take home any left overs. I wish I had found this... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The quality of foods is comparable to the ones in San Francisco Bay area. Service is up to par, way above the norm in Hilo. Prices are bit high for Hilo. But it was worth it. Most of the restaurants or eatery in Hilo are not good enough for what they charge for the food and service.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had a beautiful meal here once we found the restaurant as it has moved locations. Food presented nicely and staff very friendly. Definitely visit if you are in Hilo.

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Volcano, Hawaii
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

As kamaaina, my wife and I have eaten at Hilo Bay Cafe for a few years. their menu is always onolicious. Since they have moved away from the Walmart area, to the splendid location on Hilo Bay, their menu is even larger and better. They have a wonderful dedicated sushi bar. The views, especially near sunset, are memorable, as the... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It is difficult to find a fancy restaurant in Hilo and on the surface, the Hilo Bay Cafe appears to fit the bill. The location is excellent overlooking the bay. The food on the other hand was only so-so. We had a large party. Those who ordered sushi were greatly disappointed as it was not as fresh as it should... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Reserve a table by the window, great views of Hilo Bay. We have sat in other places as a larger group, my husband and I eat at the bar since that is easier sometimes. Have had their burgers (yum), their curry pot pie which can be made for vegetarians or with fish or meat. Salads I like are the BLT... More

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