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“Definitely fresh. And tasty” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pineapple's Island Fresh Cuisine

Pineapple's Island Fresh Cuisine
332 Kiawe St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
(808)238-5324
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Ranked #5 of 206 Restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
College Station, Texas
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146 restaurant reviews
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“Definitely fresh. And tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We came across this place almost by accident after we learned that the Vietnamese place around the corner did not have a single vegetarian dish (really?).

Service was very friendly. Food was excellent. The appetizer with tofu was perfectly seasoned. I had the fresh catch ahi tuna burger with sweet potato fries. Delicious. Usually I do not touch dipping sauces. Do not miss these. The spicy one is amazing, the white one perfectly seasoned with dill pickles. Combined with a local brew, this was the perfect al fresco corner lunch.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minamiuonuma, Japan
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Worth the walk!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Hilo is not a place with an overabundance of evening choices, but Pineapples, located after a decent stroll around the downtown area, was a real find. The food and service were great, but we found ourselves at a table right in front of the in-house entertainer (who was quite good) which cramped the meal time conversation with my wife - a bit further away would have been better, but it WAS a busy Friday evening, and they sat us quickly. Within a week we were in Oahu watching the news and the station's traveling weather forecaster was broadcasting from the same restaurant, reassuring us we'd made the right choice. We also had to chuckle when the forecaster, late in the broadcast, said they were 'rolling up the streets in Hilo' - his depiction is accurate but doesn't take away from the charm of the city. If you're in Hilo for at least an evening, put Pineapples top on your list of restaurants.

Visited May 2014
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Sun City West, Arizona
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Al Fresco Fusion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Loved the open air atmosphere of Pineapple's which was enhanced by very attentive service from drinks to dessert. The overhead fans help to circulate the perfect temperature air. The bar seemed to be full of a mixture of locals and tourists all looking happy. For our last evening in Hawaii, we choose the coconut crusted monchong on pineapple served with jasmine rice and stir fry veggies. The huge portions were delicious. We shall return again when in Hilo.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Uppermill, United Kingdom
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“Great Tuna”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Had lunch, the fresh Tuna was delicious as was the side dishes. Service was good and prices reasonable.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Homer, Alaska
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“Really Glad for Second Chances”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

My wife and I live near Hilo and tried Pineapples 2 years ago and vowed we would never go back, service less than acceptable, over-cooked meal etc. Two days ago we found our favorite outdoor dining restaurant closed and could not stand the thought of being inside. We were passing Pineapples and decided whot-the-hell and gave in to the breezy open atmosphere. We were so very glad we did. The food was outstanding and reasonably priced (for Hilo). I had a burger done to my exacting medium rare desire and my honey had the chicken taco salad. Wonderful and generous. The owner even brought an unasked for shrimp and pepper "pupus" (appetizer) to us saying that she thought we had to try this! No charge of course. EXCELLENT! We are so glad to have this place back on our potential places to go to eat roster. Especially for those days when it is unbearable to dine inside.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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