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#10 of 191 Restaurants in Hilo
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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Popular with locals, this place has plenty of regulars. Great selection, local-style but a little nicer. Cool, old-Hawaii vibe.

Thank Toni T
Waimea, Hawaii
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572 reviews
376 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The menu here is not exotic--except for the peanut-butter-and-jelly hamburger. Our waiter confirmed that I should not order it. Ruben very patiently explained our questions and was always friendly. Ponds is next to a clear water lagoon, and it was fun to watch the swimmers and kayakers. The guitarist playing at lunch was very good.

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San Diego
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168 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 450 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Ponds is located at one inlet on Hilo Bay. The ambience and view were relaxing - - like being on a pond. My wife and I aren't big eaters so we shared a New York steak and each had a salad. The service was good. The food was good. The prices were about what we expected for a higher... More 

Thank BJRSanDiego
Honolulu, Hawaii
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80 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were seated right away--the first time next to the window that overlooked the ponds. We enjoyed watching the ducks, the colorful carp and some young men diving and swimming. The first night was "Wack of Lamb Wednesday" and my friend and I ordered that special. The waiter, Reuben, was fantastic! He described the meal and made us salivate--his descriptions... More 

Thank JanHana
Belfast, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw the reviews on TripAdvisor and decided to give this place a go when in Hilo. Nice location on the water. Our starter was delicious, but for my main, the fish was very undercooked. My partners lobster was overcooked. We also found it quite expensive.

Thank Gillian467
Hilo, Hawaii
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not many fine dining places here in Hilo (I live here) but this is my favorite place for special occasions whether for lunch or dinner. Great selection of foods. Always try to get Travis for our waiter. Try and get a table overlooking the water.

Thank begteb
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family really enjoyed the visit to Ponds, all the fresh fish, etc. I just wish there were a few more vegetarian options. Great drinks and good people.

Thank HawaiiHawkGal
San Diego
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ponds is right for some people, but not for us (from California). The salmon was cooked OK, but ad a very heavy basil sauce slathered all over it. Garlic mashed potatoes were very heavy. And for vegetables - one tiny broccoli floret. Surf and turf was also generally poor. Deep-fried shrimp had a very dense batter. The steak was flavorful,... More 

Thank ChadH
Coromandel, New Zealand
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103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Opposite The Seaside Hotel (2 min walk) Excellent menu & service,you can even feed the fishes if a table available..

Thank Phil P
Hilo, Hawaii
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, awesome place to people watch even out in the parking lot. So much going on around the restaurant. They catered to my gluten free lifestyle, made sure nothing I ate had shoyu on it.

Thank MissChris808

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7663

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?