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Hilo Bay Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
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123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a main course each & a dessert, I had French onion soup & my husband had mahi mahi with linguini. The soup was good but didn't have the full flavour you expect with it & my husband loved the fish but said that there was too much linguine. Dessert wasn't that much better, I had donuts which were... More 

Thank Angela C
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Read the reviews and was worried to get a table . No problem, we were welcomed and seated within 10 mins . Pork nachos was excellent. I had the steak which was great . Mac and cheese was great for my son. Friendly service .... Desserts were very good . Waitress was very sweet . Overall great place

Thank Jeanne P
Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Looking for someplace to eat lunch we tried HBC and were pleasantly surprised. HBC is obviously run by professionals because the service was excellent and the food was very good + we had a nice view of the bay. We had the fish and chips, rice bowl with the catch of the day, the taro-quinoa veggie burger and the baby... More 

Thank B L
Haiku, Hawaii
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147 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I tried to eat at this place once before and it was so packed i did not want to wait for one hour......i just went with a group of friends because i was told it was one of the best places to eat in hilo......not very special......first even if a friend went 30min. before to get a table we still... More 

Thank norman m
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 8:10pm on a Saturday night with no reservations. The staff was lovely and fit us in in about 10 minutes. Didn't get a great table, and we didn't expect one. As soon as a better table was available, they moved us. The food was excellent and we hope to get back there, with reservations and a great... More 

Thank Johanna W
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and service was very good. The sushi was good and so was the crab appetizer. Drinks were unique and the view was great.

Thank Medic43
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel concierge recommended that we stop here after our trip to the volcano. We are so glad we did. The service was wonderful and the menu interesting. Definitely worth a stop!

Thank Rubesgirl
Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, excellent service and beautiful setting. It does not look that good from outside but when you enter you discover a modern upscale waterfront restaurant. We set outside watching sunset colors. It was magic! The food was great and they handled our daughter's allergies professionally. One of the best of her meals in Hawaii. Thank you!

Thank Milana K
Kelowna, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was close to the Hotel I stayed at, was recommended by the Hotel, and checked out well on TripAdvisor, so I gave it a shot, and indeed came back again two nights later. I was on my own so sat at the bar. Carpaccio appetizer was perfect (I had that both nights) and had Mahi Mahi one night and... More 

Thank clarkomand
Centennial, Colorado
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hilo Bay Cafe is right next to Liliuokalani Park and an easy drive to the Hilo airport. For those of you taking a late night flight home (ours was about 9 pm), this is a great spot for your dinner. I suggest an outside table by the bay (which is on the upper level). We watched an Hawaiian canoe... More 

Thank BillnDebbi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $40
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view
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

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