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Hilo Bay Cafe

#17 of 191 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Contemporary, Fusion
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123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-935-4939
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely interior, friendly staff and good food

Was pleasantly surprised by the sleek and modern interior. The wait staff were efficent and friendly. I had onion rings and artisan bread for starters, followed by a fresh and ample chicken cobb salad followed by ice-cream. For four of us it came to $145 with drinks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
SusieqSM
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West Yorkshire
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We thought this was a little pricey for what you got. The food was good but nothing spectacular, and the service was so-so. Waiter forgot our dessert. For a special meal I think I would choose another restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Was pleasantly surprised by the sleek and modern interior. The wait staff were efficent and friendly. I had onion rings and artisan bread for starters, followed by a fresh and ample chicken cobb salad followed by ice-cream. For four of us it came to $145 with drinks.

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Sitting at a table outside looking out over the bay is the most lovely way to dine. There is indoor seating as well and the decor is sleek and clean with a bar that is inviting. I found all of the wait staff to be friendly and efficient. Instead of the standard basket of bread at the table they offer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Called in on the off chance with no reservation. This was not a problem and they found us a table even though they were v busy. Food was amazing. Staff were very helpful and polite. Decor was modern/minimalistic and well done. Good choice of veggie and normal food, def go back if we had another night here.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We needed a place to eat, and this popped to the top. There was a baby shower in the restaurant, so a bit loud. Food was fusion french and asian. A little odd. It was just ok. Had the strawberry salad with goat cheese. The goat cheese and the strawberries were very sparse, and the salad had the "heads" of... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We used the online reviews to pick this place, and they didn't lie. The ambiance is wonderful, the food is farm-to-table and chef-inspired sumptuous. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a nice restaurant on the bay and great for drinks but food is just ok and doesn't justify the high prices. This used to be the only game in town for good food but Hilo has stepped the bar up a bit higher these days. Also I think the original Chef left and it isn't the same. Come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great food, PHENOMENAL service with a smile, fantastic views! Had the sushi during lunch and it was fresh and delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Scallops were delicious and perfectly cooked.Daughter had the Pork Burger special which she raved about.The Grey Goose Vodka coccktail was yummo. Staff friendly and topped up drinks regularly. approx $120 plus tip

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Loved the view over the Bay. We arrived for our reservation and waited 10 minutes before we were seated, even though there seemed to be empty tables everywhere. Once seated we we were greeted by salty popcorn on the table. Which was a conversation piece if you are coming for a good meal. We ordered the lunch special (ahi and... More 

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Additional Information about Hilo Bay Cafe

Address: 123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-935-4939
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
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 - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Fusion

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-4939

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
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 - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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