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Hilo Bay Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hilo, Hawaii
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Hilo Bay Cafe has been around for many years and moved to its' current location several years ago. They brought the best things they served in the old location and added some of the unique features of the previous tenant such as the sushi bar and created a fine location for an excellent meal. Service is good and presentation... More 

Thank gordoni298
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing views and the food is some of the best on the island. We had the fish tacos for lunch that had blue marlin. We started with mushroom lettuce wraps that were unbelievably tasty.

Thank Fishexpo
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend LOVES Hilo Bay Cafe, especially now that it is actually overlooking Hilo Bay, instead of next to Walmart. It is fancy and the carpaccio is tasty, but what I loved the lavendar mojito and amazing tiramisu. Last time we went, I said I didn't care what we had, as long as I could get the lavendar mojito and... More 

Thank Dexter H
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a warm sunset. In the mood for a light meal, we chanced this place based on prior reviews. What a delight! Great service and a perfect meal. I had super fresh garlicky ahi poke. My partner tried fresh baked bread with curry cauliflower soup. Our bartender/waitress customized a beer flight from exacting instructions. Reservations are needed to get... More 

Thank Suzanne G
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was here 2 years ago on my anniversary and the food was good stop for lunch today and other than the great view the food was as bad as it gets ordered a 1/2 lb burger medium which is still pink inside what I got was a burger so over cooked it was as tough as a shoe my... More 

Thank frank b
East Bay, CA
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Don't let "diner" fool you. This restaurant is no ordinary "diner ". With no reservations we got in for dinner in 20 minutes. Dinner was amazing, presentation, taste, and atmosphere all met - you'd think we were dining at a "very fancy restaurant" vs a "diner". Our kids are quite picky eaters and they were impressed with their dinner choices.... More 

Thank GSP25
Edmonton, Canada
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on our first day in Hilo. Should have had a reservation but staff was accommodating and welcoming to our group which included a 4 year old young boy!!!! Food was excellent, well presented and our waitress was very helpful. Would definitely go back if time permitted. Next time reserve and get a table on the lanai

Thank Marie D
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're near Hilo airport and want some food this is a good place. If the weather is good they and get an outside table as the views over the bay are really nice. Reservations are recommended but we've been twice and didn't, we were happy to hang at the bar until our table was ready. The menu is ok,... More 

Thank joe h
Tacoma, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good views of Hilo Bay. Very good home made bread. Husband's baby back ribs were "fall off the bone good".

Thank April G
East Lansing, Michigan
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great ambiance & views. This is fine dining and the prices show it, except for the sashimi salads. Everything was very finely prepared and presented and the taste was exquisite, but again the sashimi salad is where the "value" is. Get a reservation, they fill up no matter what day of the week it is...

Thank IremK

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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, 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
Families with children, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?