We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hilo Bay Cafe

#16 of 193 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Contemporary, Fusion
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-935-4939
Website
Improve this listing
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 697 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 369
    Excellent
  • 200
    Very good
  • 71
    Average
  • 37
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious but pricey

The food tasted great and we had a very friendly waitress. However, it was very sticky and hot inside! It was actually cooler when we walked out of the restaurant so it was a bit uncomfortable. We had a very long wait time for our desert and I didn't care for the custard, but the main course didn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Candice C
,
Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

697 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Any
English first
Ponte Vedra, FL
Level Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful food, delicate, savory taste, great ambiance: who could ask for more? I returned twice to this Café and found exceptional dishes every time. Hilo is a place time has forgotten and this Café is in the heart of this charming, Oceanside town. Laid back, this restaurant does not rush customers. They take time to perfect what they do best:... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York, United States
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We were delighted to find this gem. The food is unique and delicious. You cannot beat the atmosphere. The service was great - we particularly liked Ian. They have an interesting drink selection. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Also, the prices were very reasonable! We went twice and would go again if we were in Hilo again.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The food tasted great and we had a very friendly waitress. However, it was very sticky and hot inside! It was actually cooler when we walked out of the restaurant so it was a bit uncomfortable. We had a very long wait time for our desert and I didn't care for the custard, but the main course didn't take that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethesda, Maryland
Level Contributor
93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very good place for Lunch .. sashimi was PERFECT .. Had a business lunch with my customer : had sashimi as an appetizer , salads for the main course .. Good , fresh good , nice view by the bay . Worth the visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pahoa, Hawaii
Level Contributor
35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This restaurant used to be in a shopping mall. It was smaller but always packed with people eating there because the food was so good. Now that they have moved to a gorgeous location with a view of the bay and elegant furnishings, it seems that the attention to the food has taken a back seat to the fancy front.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canada
Level Contributor
32 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Yorkshire
Level Contributor
212 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manhattan Beach, CA
Level Contributor
126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Hilo Bay Cafe also viewed

Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Hilo Bay Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hilo Bay Cafe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Hilo Bay Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?