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#10 of 186 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
Closed now
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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 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I always love to go this eatery. When I want good cocktails and delicious pupus, this is the place to satisfy my cravings. Escargot, deep fried mushrooms, clams, calamari, nachos...everything is good. And my favorite is a refreshing sunshine mojito.

Thank Purdigerl
Boynton Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loud single musician was playing so difficult to talk unless far away in corner without view. Decent view of harbor with fish seen swimming in clear water below deck. Service was very slow. Food typical American dinners although with some Hawaiian twist. Portions not large.. There are better places for meals but the location and view is great.

Thank Jeffrey Y
Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to this restaurant from our hotel .The food options were terrific and the food we chose was fresh and well seasoned ! The cocktail options were great and the service was terrific! Will definitely go here again during our stay in Hilo!

Thank Teresa V
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a cab driver here in Hilo recommend Ponds restaurant for some good fish and chips. I took his advice and was glad that I did! I ordered the mixed basket which included 2pieces of lovely fish, tempura scallops, and tempura shrimp. Even though it was deep-fried, the batter was light and fresh and not greasy at all. I... More 

Thank Cindy M
Fort Bragg, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly staff, excellent food and great ambience- got a table at a corner so we could see the fish in the pond and ducks too! Could not have been better!

Thank katiejane485
Soda Springs, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is great place to stop if you coming or going to the airport. We had several different entrees at lunch and dinner and all were excellent. The restaurant derives its name from the adjacent Koi pond.

Thank Linda C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No booking wasn't a problem for two people to get a table on a Saturday night. Service was friendly and prompt. Decor was in keeping with the bayside location. The venue had a guy playing music which was a fraction loud but not intolerable. Food was reasonable but not cordon bleur. I'd eat there again

Thank Rick B
United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Location is very nice, with curious ducks staring at you , bright slow fishes and some local boys playing in the low waters. We had a reservation and were promptly showed to our table – a nice one - overlooking the pond. Very romantic. Now, for the not so good comments: my fish was good ( but nothing to write... More 

Thank LauraDiItaly
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is old style mainland dinner house in the best sense They even serve dinner rolls with your order which believe me is very unusual even at the beat restaurants on the Island. Remember all the great dinner house foods they are all on their menu from T-Bone steak to Mac and cheese. Great salad, soup of the day... More 

Thank HawaiiKailuaKona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place. Right on a pond, the windows open up and the views are lovely. The first visit, we were over the koi pond, the other visits over the large pond watching the fish and ducks. The food was really good. The prime rib was one of the best I had, but perhaps a bit overlooked. The fresh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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?