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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
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
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
Pahoa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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
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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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Honolulu, Hawaii
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This restaurant is in a good location with lots of parking. The atmosphere is nice and pleasant... it of course overlooks Hilo Bay. The menu is quite pricey, and the food is pretty good. I had a nice pasta and my husband ordered a burger. We also ordered sushi. The service is good.

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Wellington
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143 reviews 143 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We chose to dine here based on proximity to our hotel, but it's well worth making the journey for. Lovely views, modern fit out and knowledgable friendly staff. It's obviously well known amongst the locals. Great focus on seafood and Japanese menu and a mean cocktail. We couldn't ask for anything more, but we got it with a very reasonable... More

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Haiku, Hawaii
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The food was really good but the view is excellent. It is a lovely, very clean restaurant perched above Hilo Bay. I would recommend it to anyone. Truffle french fries were a stand-out.

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Melbourne, Australia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place was packed when we got there so expected to wait. We were offered a place at the bar and accepted that. All the staff really pleasant and helpful in assisting us to make that decision. The food was the best we had at Hilo. The Sushi special was brilliant and the other dishes we tried wile not up... More

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Streamwood
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Came here to dinner on our very first night in Hilo. Drinks, sushi and salad. Just the right choice to wind down after a long day of traveling. Spicy tuna rolls were tasty and not too spicy, beet salad was just delicious - arugula, cubed beets, cheese...yum, and drinks were perfect, served with cheerful, helpful servers. Pretty view of Hilo... More

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Howick, Auckland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A very nondescript building but cafe excellent. Good coffee, superb sushi, recommend the asparagus salad, nice view, park location, good parking. 5 minute walk from Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and others, we struggled to find anywhere in Hilo with good reasonably priced food. Hilo Bay cafe was exactly what we were looking for. Staff and service excellent. Even if you... More

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