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Hilo Bay Cafe

#21 of 212 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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Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 343
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    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 35
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  • 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
Slow service, but excellent food

We had a brilliant, meandering meal here watching the Sun set over Hilo bay. Every course was great, the drinks were super and I was pleasantly surprised that were price wasn't overly expensive. I'll definitely be back, but not on a day when I'm in a rush. Our drinks took nearly an hour to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
tomthered
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Leicester
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Ashland, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We had a delicious meal in a beautiful setting. I had a creative and tasty mushroom curry pot pie with chicken (the chicken came on a skewer on the side). Outstanding! Just the right amount of curry. The dishes that the other three in our party had were also deemed excellent.

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Apex, North Carolina
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81 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

we recently had dinner there. we truly loved our meal. We both had the traditional chirashizushi (see attached photo). Great sushi meal.

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Leicester
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37 reviews 37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We had a brilliant, meandering meal here watching the Sun set over Hilo bay. Every course was great, the drinks were super and I was pleasantly surprised that were price wasn't overly expensive. I'll definitely be back, but not on a day when I'm in a rush. Our drinks took nearly an hour to arrive, one starter took until we'd... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Got a reservation on open table on a Sunday when most of the town was closed, soooo glad we picked this place! Beautiful, serene location overlooking the bay was perfect. I cannot say enough about our wonderful server Josie. She was probably the most genuinely happy server we've ever met. Best wine selection I've seen in Hilo. Poke and pork... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Expect fusion - Asian, Hawaiian, and American preparations. We had a tough time getting a reservation, so we hit the bar. Serving sizes on appetizers seemed a little small; we ordered 4 apps, an order of sushi and two cocktails. The passion fruit old fashioned cocktail was amazing.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Arrived at 5pm on a Saturday without a reservation, but thought it would be OK as I needed a table for 1. Ended up waiting 45 mins!!! Food made up for the long wait. The Kona coffee ice cream for dessert was gorgeous.

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honolulu
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41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Had dinner with friends on our last night in Hilo after the merrie monarch hula festival. I have never been to this restaurant and have been to Hilo numerous times. The ambience is nice and quiet, with appropriate lighting. We had poke for appetizer, a mushroom mixture on lettuce which were quite good. I ordered the chirashi for my entree... More 

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North Canton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Stopped here after reading about it before our trip and then recommended by the owner of our B& B. Situated by Banyon Drive, with amazing trees and right on the Bay, this unique, trendy restaurant is worth a stop! Very modern, upscale dining with lovely outdoor seating on a balcony above the water. Food was delicious! Really enjoyed everything from... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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189 reviews 189 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Nice restaurant for a good, high quality meal. The chef has a nice range of offerings from grass-fed local beef to catch of the day to chicken. I ate here twice on one trip. Both meals were excellent - Salad Nicious with catch of the day, and grass-fed rib-eye. Both paired nicely with the suggested wines. A delightful meal.

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Palm Desert
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This restaurant is on the second floor of a building overlooking Hilo Bay. We went there for St. Patrick's Day because they had Guinness on tap for the occasion - yay! Dining on the balcony overlooking the bay makes for a lovely evening. Service and food were both very good.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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