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“Nice Surprise!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ponds

Ponds
135 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-934-7663
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Ranked #16 of 203 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
Hilo, Hawaii
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Nice Surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Can be a bit pricey, but worth it. Quality food. Aloha presentation. Great drinks. Looks can be deceiving...so give it a try!

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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“You can't go wrong with the "shrimp and chips"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

These guys have such a quaint little shack on the pond. I mean, it looks like a shack from outside, and then you feel like you were seated at home. The staff was so friendly and the food was excellent! My family loves seafood and they ordered the fish and chips and the "shrimp" and chips. The shrimp were more like giant prawns and this place knows how to fry! The beer selection was good and the food was great! We even got to feed the koi right outside the window from our table. They come when the dinner bell is rung! Ha! Great place to visit in Hilo!

  • Visited December 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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Los Angeles
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75 reviews 75 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Lovely Window Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

A local restaurant with lovely views over the pond. Very pleasant atmosphere. I had fish and it was very nice. Service good. So, not your top gourmet experience, but if you want something that is not too expensive, in a pleasant atmosphere, with good food, off the 'Hilo strip' and not in the 'Hilo mall' this might be your place.

Visited November 2012
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, but can't cook a steak”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Seriously, if you can't cook a sirloin steak medium rare after three attempts, take it off the menu.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Sacramento, California
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, good service, lousy food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Had leg of lamb. It was like shoe leather and tasteless. I couldn't eat it. Luckily my wife had a chicken dish that I could share. I wasn't impressed with the dinner salad, raw veggies or the garlic mashed potatoes, either. After the meal the chef made his rounds. When he asked about my meal I told him the lamb was tough and tasteless. He said sorry we couldn't get the right cut of lamb. This was shoulder. I said maybe he shouldn't have served it. He said people liked it like that. Bad answer...

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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