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#11 of 180 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They had a great selection to chose from whether it was food or drinks. The atmosphere was warm and relaxing. They also had live music to listen to while you sat and enjoyed your stay in Hawaii

Thank James J
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ponds a well established restaurant and we have been their a number of times, normally it's been Okay to good but this time it was really poor. We sat on a corner table which was in a quieter part of the restaurant. Unfortunately we had a family of 6 on a table next to us who where either unable or... More 

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Seattle, Wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing little spot, sitting atop a private koi pond with a view of the water and local kids cool off spot. Bartender was on point, super funny and attentive. The food was expertly prepared and AMAZING! Don't forget to treat yourself to a cocktail, because these are definitely worth it! Love this spot and plan on coming back here soon!

Thank SweetCyanide
Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my Husband stopped by here for dinner after hiking all day. We were sat right by a window where we could see the pond filled with ducks and local swimmers. The part of the restaurant we were seated at seemed kind of bare. We both ordered a cup of soup which was pretty good and for dinner we... More 

Thank Whitney B
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just got to the big island and this was my first dinner. I was out all day hiking and swimming so i had the appetite to eat a cow but after sitting down and giving me a menu and water no server came for the next 20 minutes, didnt even get to order. Worst of all i walked out without... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

We dinned here twice, and I would return, especially if staying again on Banyan. The open windows over the water, the warm peaceful relaxed setting, little birds flying in on occasion, great service and menu.

Thank Landfall_Joy
Lakewood, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Wonderful last night dinner at this out of the way place off the main road in Hilo. The atmosphere with the soothing live music provided a great setting at this fine dining experience. One of our better meals of the week.

Thank AndyLong_FirstLight
Lexington, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We went based on a recommendation from our hotel, big mistake. It was a neat setting, but the food was overpriced and nothing special. My husbands steak was very dry. Wish we had went somewhere else.

Thank C_Ky_Traveller_
Anchorage, AK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Great service and great meal. Live tasteful music and a great waterfront (ok, pond-front) views. Menu had lots of interesting choices. Fresh salad very appetizing. Daily chef specials are a treat. Excellent dessert choices also. Really enjoyed our meal. Not a fancy place but solid food, comfortable setting and friendly, attentive staff. We will return.

Thank akbear
Hilo, Hawaii
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93 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

While it is not "haut-cuisine" the food here is quite decent. The french fries are about the best in town. It is a pleasant "on the water" setting that always attracts us back to Pond's. The salads are really good and all of the items on the menu are solidly prepared. There is a wide selection of entrees. Different days... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
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: 808-934-7663

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?