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Hilo Bay Cafe

123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-935-4939
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Ranked #17 of 205 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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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
Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful setting on Hilo Bay. The wine list was decent and the food was creative and very good. The restaurant was comfortable and airy with views of the city. The service we had was excellent and we were well taken care of. The dessert was very good, and since I was the only one to order dessert... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We read the reviews and were excited to try it but couldn't find it! The address listed in tripadvisor took us to the Ross parking lot!! Tried putting address in GPS and still ended up at Ross!!

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went here on the way back to Hapuna Beach after visiting the Volcanoes National Park. They used to be in a shopping center near Walmart, but moved to a location actually by the bay. The restaurant decor was modern and nice but it was a little hot as they seemed to rely on windows/fans for cooling. Overall, it wasn't... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Decided early last week to celebrate daughter's achievement with dinner at Hilo Bay. Made a reservation on Tues. Friday night we arrived a few minutes ahead of time, only to be kept waiting for our table 25 minutes. Yes, the place was busy, but we did have a reservation. Then we were seated outside on the lanai. It was raining,... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My wife & I took family from out of town to HBC last Saturday night. We have always highly recommended HBC as the best resturant in Hilo. Sat. night we were advised that they've changed their menu but we've survived these changes before. A few of us ordered entrees that included french fries. A change we were not informed of... More

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High Point, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We greatly enjoyed our sunset dinner at the Hilo Bay Cafe. We split a large salad, a wonderfully prepared fish with fresh, crispy vegetables and a wonderful dessert. The waitress (wish I could recall her name) was extremely friendly, prompt and helpful in guiding us through our food selections. At the conclusion of the meal we had a chance to... More

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Pahoa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

What a great lunch we had with some picky friend form out of town! Thay love it! Food made to order! Great view of hilo bay. Great staff.

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I ordered the seafood chowder which was excellent and a salad which was a bit small but had great garlic dressing. My husband ordered the pot pie which he devoured. Service was friendly and attentive to my gluten allergy. I wish there were more options for people with a gluten allergy although I was pleased that all of their soups... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Despite the word "cafe" in the title... this is an upscale, trendy, dress-up restaurant. I was glad I had changed out of my bathing suit top before we got there. The food was amazing - maybe just a little more salt and pepper added (there was none on the table) to give it a little more zing. The wait staff... More

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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My family of five visited Hilo Bay Cafe for the first time on Sept. 22. We had reservations for 5:30 and arrived about 5 minutes early. Upon arrival, we asked the hostess if it would be too much trouble to refrigerate a perishable food item we bought from a neighboring business (we had just arrived in Hilo and made one... More

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