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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
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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
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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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138 reviews 138 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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104 reviews 104 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Keaau, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The restaurant is upstairs. Had asked for a outside table. The views are spectacular. While eating enjoying the bay view, the kayaks in the water.. A nice breeze coming off the bay. The food is great. Had gone there for dinner an again fort lunch. Both times great foods and great service. I will be going back there again.

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Benicia, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Hilo Bay Cafe has wonderful panoramic views across Hilo Bay to the mountains. We enjoyed lunch there with a family member who lives locally. She says it is consistently very good food, and Hilo Bay Cafe did not disappoint. The family ordered a variety of dishes, and all of it was very good. The spiced edamame were a tasty opening... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I love to travel and eat. Unfortunately, I don't have many restaurants near my home that I can rave about. I have found this restaurant to be consistently good. Quality ingredients, well prepared, and since their move to the new location, many more offerings. The only time I've been disappointed is with respect to coming in when they said I... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were surprised to find this type of place in Hilo - and it did not disappoint. Great view and cool location near the water. The service staff was very friendly and prompt in their service (despite some reviews to the contrary). High quality sushi and a good selection of drinks make this a great spot for a night out.

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