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Puka Puka Kitchen

#16 of 185 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
+1 808-933-2121
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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White Rock
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203 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant will blow your mind. From the outside and even after you step inside you might think what kind of place is this. It looks like something out of a 1950's movie but don't be fooled by the look of the place. The food is first rate and very reasonable. I don't look at Hilo as a place to... More 

Thank cammer10
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a great lunch here--I had a falafel pita and my husband had a don plate with tempura vegetables and rice. Yes, they have both! The food was tasty and fresh (best salad I've had since we've been here), the server was great (just found out she's going to be a grandma and shared the great news with... More 

Thank pharrisslo
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in and ordered the lunch special-- Japanese chicken curry. The price seemed good, but after we got our food the price seemed great!!! The first part was a huge salad with a homemade dressing that was to die for. There were several kinds of veggies in the salad, plus chick peas and sprouts... all extremely fresh. Then we... More 

Thank Judy R
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is in a little strip mall/touristy type of are in Hilo and it was so tiny. We walked past it and then turned around decided to go in. We had such a good meal. The salad tasted nice and fresh, and the service was good. We had katsu chicken, fried shrimp, and teriyaki chicken plates. Don't let this place's... More 

Thank lizzy S
Negaunee, Michigan
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The Ahi Don was great. An unassuming place right on the main drag in downtown Hilo. We were looking for a good lunch and had no idea. Googled local place to have lunch and Paku Paku came up. Saw a few of the dishes and said that looks really good. Looked like the locals went there so we parked and... More 

Thank NegauneeTraveler
Scituate, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

This is a little walk in restaurant recommended by a local. My $12 lunch was out of sight. I had a lamb pita with a side salad. I could have licked my plate. My companions agreed. This place has no atmosphere, but I would go there again in a second.

Thank annabelle020
Corona del Mar, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

This restaurant is a small hole in the wall with only a few tables. We were a party of 6 and they were going to separate our party into a table for 4 and another for 2. We insisted that we could all fit comfortably around the one larger table they have and it worked just fine! The service was... More 

Thank RBelove
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

I love it at Puka. I reccomend it to anyone who is willing to try something different. It's like a little whole in the wall with the best food that tastes fresh! I love Tuesdays with their chicken katsu burger special. I can't get enough of it. Plus the bentos to go are amazing.

Thank Victoria M
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391 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We dropped in out of the blue, looking for a place for lunch. We refused to eat at any chains on this trip and never the same place twice and tried this place on a lark. It looks like a hole in the wall. The food on the other hand, is just north of outstanding. I had their Ahi Pita,... More 

Thank AvWriter
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325 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 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.

Thank TravelRobs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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: +1 808-933-2121

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