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Hilo Bay Cafe

#17 of 190 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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    Very good
  • 66
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  • 36
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  • 20
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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
Great view and service

We had lunch at Hilo Bay Café and they are located right on the water. We sat on the lanai which was fantastic and our waitress was very friendly. The food and drinks were good too. My pineapple margarita was great and so was my sushi roll. They serve coconut popcorn as a starter and it smells... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
kshelby123
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Brisbane, Australia
2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was the first place we stopped into after we arrived in Hilo and it made a great first impression! The food and services was wonderful and the view was absolutely stunning. So glad we decided to stop in!

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Magnolia, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great view over looking the bay. Wonderful flavored food with multiple items to chose from. The Ono was ono.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

We went at Hilo bay cafe for dinner (we had fried chicken and grilled tofu ) and it was so amazing that we got back for lunch the day after. You dont want to miss this place if youre in Hilo !

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was my second visit to Hilo Bay Cafe. The first time, in their former location, was unimpressive because the restaurant was so cramped. My lunch visit with friends at their current locations was wonderful. The crab cake salad was so tasty that I will order it again on future visits. We ate on the lanai overlooking the bay so... More 

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Bryn Mawr, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We were fortunate to dine here before flying out of Hilo on the late plane. Everything was superb. The eggplant parmesan custard appetizer was fantastic, the Awapuhi ginger cocktail was delicious, and the service was first-rate. It was difficult to choose what to have as everything sounded so good. We settled on the Traditional Chirashizuchi, a huge bowl of sashimi... More 

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Vacaville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We had the fish and chips with ahi and the special ravioli with pork cheeks (nearly the last they had left). Both were very good. The view of Hilo Bay made for a nice setting. The service was good. Prices were a little high, but not bad for Hawaii.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Went for an early dinner and had a great view of the bay! The food was delicious and the service was also great. Very good and fresh seafood! Would love to go back one day!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We had lunch at Hilo Bay Café and they are located right on the water. We sat on the lanai which was fantastic and our waitress was very friendly. The food and drinks were good too. My pineapple margarita was great and so was my sushi roll. They serve coconut popcorn as a starter and it smells like coconut when... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

We love this place for lunch, we always order the blue burger with side of truffle mayo!!! I LOVE THE TRUFFLE MAYO with my fries! One night my 4 friends and I went to dinner on a Saturday and the service was horrible! We ordered our food and waiting about 25 mins for our food, then waited about 20 mins... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I have been to Hilo Bay Cafe several times twice at their old location in WalMart Plaza and three times at the new location on Hilo Bay by Liliuokalani Gardens. I loved the old place but expansion has not worked well for them. All three times at the new site, I found the welcome cold, the service slow and sometimes... 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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business
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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