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Hilo Bay Cafe

123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #19 of 206 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Got there and had a pretty nice booth. Waitress came and asked if we wanted something to drink. I ordered a special avocado,cilantro margarita, (thinking it was two things I really like)Got it and it was not good! The waitress asked "How is it?" My response was "not good"! She just looked at me and said nothing and picked up... More 

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Seattle, Washington
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Hilo Bay Cafe is my absolute favorite Restaurant on the entire island. The Chef's creations are spot on. The Chicken Cesar Salad is the best presentation I have ever seen. Highly recommend.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Food reviewed: coconut limeade, hamachi and maguro, Bay Burger, fish sandwich, Grown Up Grilled Cheese. When we arrived at 1:45 on a Monday the restaurant was 1/2 full. You enter up a long flight of exterior stairs. There's an elevator available. The restaurant is a modern, slightly cold-feeling space. There was a big discussion between the hostess and a waitress... More 

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I was amazed to find this gem on the outskirts of downtown Hilo. Having moved into a new building a year ago, their new location on the water is exquisite--and so is their food. When I heard the word "cafe," I set my expectations low. Sorely was I mistaken to find this gem serving quality, fresh food that was worthy... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Buffet was deliciously , prepared by Chef Anderson. Hats off to Chef Anderson. Noe did a wonderful job working with my counterpart in Hilo. From table set-up to the end of the party. She replenished the buffet table, made sure her staff waiters were attentive to all our guests. She even packed the leftover for employees to take home,... More 

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Chilliwack, B.C.
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

First off, arrive early and go for a stroll through beautiful Lili'uokalani Gardens, a serene Japanese green space along the waterfront in Hilo. Then you are ready for a fresh and fairly innovative meal at the Hilo Bay Cafe. Local ingredients creatively prepared seem to be the order of the day.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

HBC has the best location in Hilo, a city which could pretty much define the concept 'shabby chic'. We eat there whenever we are in town, and lunch is a great time to enjoy the view of the Bay. The food is simple, fresh, delicious, and affordable.

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Phippsburg, Maine
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This restaurant is in a relatively new building perched about 20 feet above the ground probably due the generous exposure to Tsunamis that occasionally frequent Hilo Bay. It is neat, clean and modern. We have eaten here before and had a satisfactory experience. However, this time was different. The waitress was very pleasant and gave good service. But, when I... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I don't care how hungry you are, you will never finish the breakfasts that come with (as a side) 2 colossal pancakes (that are a meal in themselves). Good food, friendly service, almost always a waiting line because its one of the best breakfasts in Hilo.

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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were only in Hilo the night before our flight off the big island and we came here for dinner. It definitely seemed like the nicest spot in Hilo. Food was good and we were given a great seat by the water. Service could have been better.

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Additional Information about Hilo Bay Cafe

Address: 123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-935-4939
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
Cuisine: American, Japanese, Hawaiian, Contemporary, Bistro

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