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“Warm and good food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ponds

Ponds
135 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-934-7663
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Ranked #8 of 199 restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Vallejo, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Warm and good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We tried to find this place on a previous trip and didn't until it was too late. We stumbled across it this last trip and found the place to be really fun. Warm and friendly staff. Good food with quick service. We were there just as they opened, as we stayed on California time, so a good lunch was about it. The place sits on the edge of a warm water pond. Part salt and part freshwater. It is open to the public for swimming. It was fun to watch the kids across the pond splashing, diving, and giggling. The restaurant has it's own Koi pond just below. Really big ones. We plan to return next time and try some other dishes. If you go, try to get a window table.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Our first visit here. Service was warm and friendly and the food was great. We loved their version of a spicy bloody mary.

Visited November 2012
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“Disappointing, again”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

Last night we thought we'd give The Ponds another chance. The Prime Rib was left under the warming lights too long and not served at an appealing temperature. The restaurant serves Sturgeon which is raised locally. We had it served at the culinary college once and it was delicious. This Sturgeon piccata lacked any flavor resembling the dish of that name. The garlic bread served with it was cold, not crispy and for me as someone who loves and craves almost any kind of bread, to have easily left it on the plate shows how bad it was. This is not our first or even second such assessment of this restaurant. It was disappointing.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“YUM YUM!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This was a suggestion made to us by out hotel...Did not have high expectations walking into the place, but was completely overwhelmed by the food! Best lobster I've EVER had and my husbands teriyaki steak was incredible! Nice touch...the chef came out and greeted and visited with guests ensuring their satisfaction.

Visited October 2012
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“Great ambience and freshest fish you'll find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Had lunch there recently and also went for the fish and chips. My way of testing the kitchen. If they do a good job with the simplest fare, they'll do a great job with the top of the menu. I can only concur with another reviewer . . . best fish and chips I ever had!
Watched the kids swimming in the "ice pond" while their parents picnicked in the park across the pond. Highly recommended.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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