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Ponds

#10 of 191 Restaurants in Hilo
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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Kingston, Tennessee
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 16, 2016

Ponds has a laid back atmosphere with good food. It is a great place to take your special lady and have a quiet romantic dinner. We have never been disappointed with the food or service. Highly recommended!

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Thank Todd F
California
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109 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2016

We had the senior opakapaka selection on the menu and it was very good. The amount of fish served is more than adequate. We chose this option over the special opakapaka because we prefer our fish without a lot of fancy additions. We sat by a window so could see the local boys swimming in the pond. A good dinner... More 

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Brookings
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

After spending some time in Waikiki I flew to Hilo and was just looking for a nice relaxing place to eat on a Sunday night. I decided to try Ponds. What a great decision. They had an acoustic guitarist playing softly in the corner. The whole staff was so attentive I didn't know which one was really my server. I... More 

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Long Beach, California
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115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2016

Granted, there is a view of a pond. But it's just got koi and looks dingy. Also, not the most appetizing smell for when you're eating. We got a corner table which has a panoramic view of the ponds and I was still disappointed. The food was bleh and I can't believe that they charge so much for subpar food.... More 

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Thank TheChar
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2016

very near Hilo Seaside Hotel. Good food. Had feeling of "old Hawaii. No bugs so no need for screens. Good value.

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Thank DOUGLAS A
Anchorage, Alaska
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134 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2016

Husband ordered calamari and side salad for his dinner. Generous amount of calamari with a nice spicy sauce. I also ordered a side salad, and we both had the papaya poi vinaigrette dressing, which was really good. For my main I ordered the eggplant Parmesan, which was passably good. Our B&B hostess suggested trying a lilikoi marguerita at Pond's, which... More 

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Thank AlfalfaAnchorageAK
Waukesha
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308 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed this restaurant. They were willing to accommodate changes to the menu for a couple in our group with dietary restrictions. A bit pricey, but the food was good.

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Thank Rodney B
Hilo, Hawaii
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2016

and it comes with a view! Good food, nice lunch and happy hour prices. Dinner can be a bit on the pricey side compared to other areas restaurants, but the food is worth it! Ask for a table overlooking the koi pond.

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Thank Terri S
Maryland
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2016

I have never had a Caesar salad with Ahi Tuna on top, but it was fabulous!!! The calamari was fresh and delicious as well. Beer reasonably priced, and a mellow atmosphere. I recommend.

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Thank tslims99
Boise, Idaho
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2016

But we thought the service was a little less than friendly. The restaurant is by the back waters of the ocean. It has some nice views and it was fun to watch the kids playing in the water. If you go get a table by the koi and ask for some fish food.

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Thank Brian H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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?