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Hilo Bay Cafe

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123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hartford, ct
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50 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Perhaps the best meal we had over 1 week on the big island. Excellent sushi in particular, and very good service.

Visalia, CA
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140 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great, fresh and local food prepared well. Agree with reviews below - had a really tasty late lunch. Cool view of Hilo Bay - must be even better at night!

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New York City, New York
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93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I fell in love with Hilo thanks to Hilo Bay Cafe. We were visiting from NY and stopped at this non descript place at night after a long day of volcano watching and could not have been more enchanted by the service, food and beautiful energy in the restaurant. Ribs were good. The food is interesting, some Hawaiian flavors sweeten... More 

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Beijing, China
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok, the view is spectacular, but that doesn't justify overcharging your customers. I ordered the poke stack. It was very good but not $25 good. Things are expensive in Hawaii, I get that, but tuna is one of the few things they *don't* have to import from the mainland... staff was nice if not a little aloof. The beer was... More 

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195 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a late lunch here and were very well pleased. We shared our orders of sushi and fish & chips. Both were excellent; the sushi was especially good. The server was friendly and efficient and the view of Hilo Bay from the deck is soothing and pleasant. The cafe is comfortable and elegant. We'd definitely dine here again.

Thank bap2015
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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266 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been here since they moved to this new location , right on Hilo Bay, with a breath taking view of Mauna Kea over the water. Excellent, friendly service, with very tasty, well prepared meals. A great place to have a company metting, a romantic dinner, or just a friendly meal. You can't go wrong !

Thank Muadib84
Surrey, Bc
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this place during a day trip and decided to pop in. It looked very elegant, so we were a little concerned that we were under dressed but once we got in, it had a really comfortable vibe. My wife and I split the Ahi Poke and the Alii Mushroom Poke, both were delicious. We decided to get... More 

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Eastern Washington
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91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Family lunch by the bay, wonderful views, and really good food. The waitstaff is well trained, and left us to enjoy our family time unhurried. Food is good, prices are about what you'd expect. Easy to find. Walk in the park after.

Thank Rezgirl
Woodstock, New York
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and ambiance are top notch in this on-the-water, fine dining restaurant, tucked away just off Banyan Drive. Walking distance from several hotels, it's both convenient and excellent. Although we came without a reservation and were asked to wait in the "lobby" because there was no room at the bar (a bit odd, but oh well), we were seated... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been in Kona for a week, before moving over to the Hilo side of the island. During our time in Kona, not once did I find a restaurant that served good food/healthy food. Enter the Hilo Bay Cafe. In a pleasant atmosphere, with a lovely view, I found delicious food. I had a rice bowl with tofu that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $40
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-4939
Contemporary restaurant with emphasis on innovative cuisine using fresh, local, and organic ingredients--a Hilo town favorite gathering place. Full food and beverage service with indoor and outdoor lanai seating and large room for special events. Much of the restaurant has expansive views of Hilo bay, Mauna Kea, and Hilo town. Full bar, original recipes, artisan sushi, and keiki menu. Large parties are welcome. Come as you are or come as your best dressed self--we appreciate both! Reservations recommended.

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