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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“pot pie” (40 reviews)
“sushi” (110 reviews)
“lava cake” (15 reviews)
Opens in 21 min
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Definitely one of the nicer places in Hilo, the view while having lunch is stunning. Make sure you have reservations as it gets full quickly. Drinks were awesome, and I really liked the edamame. Tried a couple different sushi plates, the rainbow & the one...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank emilykatex3
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was very good here. Excellent quality and well presented. Portions were good sized as well. Staff were friendly and professional which added to the experience. The place is a step up from most of the dinning in Hilo, so if you like a better...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank robertdX4400QY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fish and chips, onion rings, French fry’s and tuna poke were excellent. Sushi was average as quality of tuna was middle of the road (surprising because the poke was so good and better quality). Good location and very nice view of the bay at sunset....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank nodoor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great meal at Hilo Bay Cafe. We sat in the outdoor patio overlooking the bay. It was within walking distance of Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. The sushi was great and our family is very picky about sushi. The french onion soup was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank takoh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the shrimp spaetzle $18- and the french onion soup $7- Fresh, tasty, perfect serving sizes. Service was attentive. When you arrive there is a small bowl of popcorn on your table. Water was tasty/fresh.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We sat on the outdoor patio overlooking the bay! Beautiful serene atmosphere, excellent food (we had grilled cauliflower as an appetizer, excellent!), quinoa burger with an awesome crunchy jicama coleslaw, and chicken spaetzle for my husband!! Will definitely go back if we are on this...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank pragatic2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the town of Hilo, this spot is great. There aren't a lot of option, and especially if you come at sunset you'll be treated so some fabulous bay views. Tbh the cocktails were incredibly delicious. None of the food items that we ordered were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank wildernikki
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed Food from appetizers to dessert tremendously. Service excellent. Also Enjoyed sitting On lanai watching the boats go by or the Canoe regattas.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JH316
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the vibe the whole restaurant had. The food was amazing and staff was friendly and attentive. We made reservations and were seated quickly but the place was definitely busy for a Monday night. So my guess is that may get even more busy on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JyasmineCameo
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

This place was delicious! I had the crab cake salad which was awesome and one of their signature homemade limeades which was nice and refreshing for a pregnant woman on vacation who can’t indluge in the fruity drinks :-). Gorgeous view, Great staff, would highly...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Marcy R
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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
Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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