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Hilo Bay Cafe

123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-935-4939
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Ranked #19 of 212 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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Mission Viejo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Each trip to the Hilo side of the Big Island, we make a point of stopping at the Hilo Bay Cafe for lunch. A sure thing for excellent food and service. We knew the directions but used the GPS (local food search) for backup. We arrived at the strip shopping center by the Walmart off Route 11 just east of... More 

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Nevada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Good view ok food service on the slow side even for Hawaii time...... Recommended by hotels close by. Dinner menu similar to lunch menu with 3-4 added items Easy parking

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I had lunch at Hilo Bay Cafe with my wife last week. The restaurant has a great location near Banyan Drive with a view of Hilo Bay. Sit outside on the deck if you can. Our meal was great, but I can't give five stars because our waitress was unfamiliar with which menu items contained wheat ingredients. My wife has... More 

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Rochester
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had dinner here on our last night on the Big Island. The popcorn was very tasty, they put it on your table instead of giving you bread. I had a white bean Gorgonzola soup that was delicious, with nicely balanced flavors. The potato wedges that came with my steak were cooked and seasoned perfectly as was the onion ring... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had lunch at the Hilo Bay Cafe in Dec '14. The location is brilliant, nice decor and a great view on a sunny day. The food is good and has highlights. We had four meals, and they were all nice, but not spectacular. Perhaps given the reviews we had very high hopes. Certainly it was worth going. The popcorn... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A local sent us here .. We were expecting large portions but turn out it wasn't at all .. It's a more gourmet feel ... Not really our thing. However the view was beautiful... One thing that bothered us the most was the waiter pretty much tip himself out with our change expecting us not to know ... And we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Always love to go here with my parents. They go regularly. Mom and I went for lunch. Mom had a opakapaka tostada with superb rice and beans and I had the shrimp and crab wrap. Large portions and tasty food all around. Service great especially since we were there during busy lunchtime.

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Kamuela, Hawaii
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134 reviews 134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This casual restaurant has great food and a great view of Hilo Bay over looking the water. It is located next to Suisan's Fish Market on the loop where Hilo's major hotels are. I highly recommend eating here.

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Lanai City, Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Hilo Bay Cafe was once the Nihon Restaurant. The building was nicely renovated on the interior and offers great outdoor seating. Heaters or pull down screens may be something they may want to think about for nights when it's windy or cold. Our server was great. She was friendly and knowledgable. There was a significant delay between our appetizers and... More 

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Rochester, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My wife and I were staying in Volcano and looking for a good place to have our final meal at for our stay. We came across this place and decided to give it a shot, and were pleasantly surprised. They have lanai seating and some nice views of Hilo Bay to enjoy while you're eating. A plus is that they... More 

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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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