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Tina's Gourmet Garden Cafe

#19 of 180 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is another shingle on the block. You might walk past it. The name doesnt even indicate this is a Thai restaurant. The menu posted at the door intrigues and Tina does not dissapoint. Like others said she makes every dish herself. We really didn't wait long. However all of your table wont eat or at least be served at... More 

Thank TheMItraveler
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was outstanding and there was plenty of it. In fact, even as a big man I couldn't finish the soup and entree. I had the Masman curry with with wild mushrooms and the special soup. The ingredients were extraordinarily fresh. The server did inform us that Tiny cooks each dish individually so it takes time. There was only... More 

Thank Bob98036
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Slow service but worth the wait. Caters to all including vegetarian customers. The Spicy Tuna Roll is exactly that SPICY! (yummy). Chicken Tom Yum was loaded with fresh veggies. I loved the heart of palm and sweet potato bits in the soup. The Lava Flow drink was refreshing. To wrap up the evening we had this beautiful mango flower-shaped dessert.

Thank preciadogeli
Lexington, Virginia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The food here is fresh, tasty, and beautiful to look at. My taste buds were in heaven. Service is a little slow because there's only one person doing all the cooking, but be patient. The food is well worth the wait!

Thank shelleyb737
Haiku, Hawaii
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137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

If you like Thai food.....this is GREAT fusion food.....friendly service....tons of food....easy to share because the portions are HUGE......nice relaxed feel

Thank norman m
Glendive, Montana
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Had a very good meal of unique preparations. Atmosphere nicely funky right off the sidewalk in bay front Hilo. Don't be in a rush. We waited an hour to be served after sitting. It was pretty much worth it. Not sure I would do it again unless I was spending time catching up with old friends.

Thank Richard L
Bucharest, Romania
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

My salar were deliciosus, but can' t enjoy it there because the flight. Tina made by herself every dish, so it takes a bit more time than usual. Lot of people for the 7-8 bog tables. Sometime have to wait at the door.. Take your time to enjoy and feel special.

Thank Mire U
Carlsbad, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We were planning to eat lunch at Cafe Pesto but it was close that day but found Tina's just a short walk away. What a great find. My husband still talks about the experience. Plan to stop in for a meal again next year.

1 Thank fun26664
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Best curry I have had in years. Will be back, relax Tina is in the kitchen cooking your meal it takes a while but all things that are good do.

Thank doodlebugCalifornia
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

I've never had such fresh, delicate food at a Thai restaurant. Huge portions, lovely service, going back for a second round right away.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Vegetarian, Fusion, Asian, Thai, Vegan
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 18089351166
It is always good to ask local residents where they would eat. What a treasure. Organic good food, homemade and prepared from scratch.

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