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Hilo Bay Cafe

$$ - $$$American, , Fusion
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pot pie” (38 reviews)
“sushi” (98 reviews)
“lava cake” (15 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came here on a Thursday evening at 6pm. We had to wait over 30min for seating cus apparently they were short staff. Our group ordered a variety of sushi rolls, hamburger and pot pies. All the food including the pot pies were just ok. Our...More

Thank Hawaiidreamer1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our family of 7 met local friends for a nice lunch. First of all, the view of Hilo Bay is unparalleled. With sailboats whisking by, it’s a scenic spot. The food was quite good. Sushi was great, seafood was great, and the drinks were good...More

Thank Eugene E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our family of five enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Hilo Bay Cafe. Molly was our server and she couldn’t have been any friendlier or more helpful. Four of us have food allergies due to colitis and celiacs disease and she was the most considerate...More

Thank gonefeising
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to this restaurant many times, and I will keep returning. Their menu has something for everyone, from basic fish and chips and burgers to exotic sushi. The crab cake salad is excellent. They also make THE BEST mojito. I wish they would...More

Thank kayleen t
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate lunch here because we wanted to be able to look out at Hilo Bay. We made reservations and requested an outside table. Plan to go on the early side! We had a great table and a fantastic meal, but they were busy and...More

Thank D W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there for lunch on a Thursday around 1pm and clearly did not need reservations. Their specialty bar drinks were good. I had their version of a Moscow mule and it was refreshing. We split the crab cake salad which was delicious with 3...More

Thank kareninaz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointed. After a lovely meal 2 nights ago we reserved a table outside for sunset. We arrived on time and were seated 15 minutes later at the back of the restaurant with no view and it was extremely hot. Staff were not helpful or...More

Thank Steph_traveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you into fresh, amazing food, this is your place! Lots of healthy, gourmet choices! The sushi was amazing, they have fish, and steak too. Make a reservation if you want to enjoy the view. One of the best restaurants in Hilo! Highly recommended~

Thank Ledesa B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and service-reservations recommended. An earlier reservation would allow a view. I’m just glad we were able to get in as this was our last evening and it ended perfectly ~ Mahalo

Thank Fayecs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly recommended, we were happy to try this place. Hostess very nice and seated us in short order. But experience was downhill from there.....as a matter of fact, after we were given water and a menu, we were totally forgotten! The restaurant was not busy...More

Thank Kate O
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January 14, 2016|
Response from dancingbelle47 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They open every day at 11. Close at 9 on weekdays, 930 on weekends. Closed on subdays.
December 18, 2014|
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Response from Kim S | Property representative |
This is the first time I've received an email from Trip Adviser. I'm told that a customer has a question, but I'm not quite sure what is the question, except maybe the customer is wondering whether or not Hilo Bay Cafe... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $40
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
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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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. *For current menus, please visit our website, as TripAdvisor does not give businesses the capability to update menu content.*
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