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Puka Puka Kitchen

#17 of 180 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
808-933-2121
Today
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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323 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has some of the most tasty meat dishes. My friend and I shared two different lunch items. The food was prepared fresh and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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Thank TravelRobs
Kauai, Hawaii
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the ahi lunch plate. The salad was the freshest while on the island and lived the saffron/curry rice with the fish!

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Thank krberkshires
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do not be deterred by the size of this place--there are only a handful of tables inside, so several people had to stand around and wait to eat in the restaurant, but it looks like they do a lot of take-out for the lunch crowd. Our family of five sat at the only table that could have comfortably fit us,... More 

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Thank Alicia L
Oakland, California
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This proved to be a great find. The staff was friendly and the varied menu very good. I especially enjoyed the locally raised lamb. The place is small, perhaps one of the reasons the prepared box lunches are so popular. b. Locally raised lamb was excellent. c. Box lunches are very popular.

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Thank Mark A
CA
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I got the chicken tonkatsu not realizing it was breaded. My hubby got the BBQ chicken which was delicious. Mom got the lamb gyro which said it was local lamb and very tender but it was tough. The fries were good.... I thought the bento boxes looked like the best and wished I had grabbed one instead. (On a table... More 

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Thank GeekSiliconValley
Orchards, Washington
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55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled in after a long travel day and was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful food. The garlic chicken was very tasty and the service was exceptional. Place is tiny and can get crowded.

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Thank Mark D
Naalehu, Hawaii
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Reasonable prices, good food. Very small place, but they also have "bento" boxes to go if you are on the run. I had the lamb pita and the lamb was good, but the fried potatoes were awesome. Thick cut, plentiful, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We will definitely go there again.

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Thank NaalehuGal
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Went for lunch. The menu is eclectic and appealing. The service was fast and friendly, the prices were reasonable and the food was really delicious. It's small in there so it's a little warm but definitely worth it. There was a table in the center with pre packaged bentos and people were buying them like crazy.

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Santa Barbara, California
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Good food, nice staff. You get plenty of food. You won't live hungry. The fries are fantastic! Made there, not frozen.

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Thank CatDLN
Westlake Village, California
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164 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

puka puka got a 4 star on YELP!!! The food is horrible. I ordered the lamb pita. The waitress came back and said there's no more lamb, so I ordered the chicken curry. First there is hardly any chicken in it. They don't know what CURRY is -- there is absolutely NO CURRY flavor in this dish. The pork adobo... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808-933-2121

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