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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
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STARTERS AND BITES‏
hand cut fries
skin-on with‏ truffle aioli and balsamic ketchup
$7.5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
onion rings
oahu onions,‏ guinness beer batter, panko, balsamic ketchup
$10
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
ahi poke
hawaiian chili‏ pepper oil, onion, shoyu, purple sweet potato chips
$14
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
peppered beef carpaccio
fried capers, horseradish cream, shallots, red hawaiian salt
$14
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
spicy tuna nachos
creamy sriracha‏ tuna, tobiko, wontons, wasabi creme fraiche, cilantro
$11
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
chilled edamame
sesame, garlic, hawaiian sea salt
$3.5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
eggplant parmesan custard
roasted red peppers, tomato sauce, pesto, rosemary bread
$12.5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
hamakua mushroom lettuce cups
sticky garlic shoyu, heart of palm, peanuts, cilantro, baby romaine
$12
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
grilled cauliflower
black garlic‏ mayo, hawaiian lava salt, parmesan, olive oil
$10
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
roasted beets
bleu cheese crema, balsamic reduction, toasted mac nuts, local greens
$9
warm bread and balsamic olive oil whole order $+5
warm bread and balsamic olive oil half order $+3
CLASSIC SUSHI ROLLS CUT/HAND ROLL
spicy tuna
tobiko
cut roll $10
hand roll $8
california
crab, masago
cut roll $9
hand roll $7
tekka maki
tuna
cut roll $6
kappa maki
cucumber
cut roll $4
SPECIALTY SUSHI ROLLS‏
rainbow
crab, tuna, smoked salmon, cucumber, avocado
$12
spicy lava
hamachi belly, jalapeno, tobiko
$13
anuanu
sake-poached scallops, heart of palm, cucumber, sesame, mint-chili sauce
$12
hilo surf
shrimp, tempura crisps, tempura sauce
$10
makai
unagi, avocado, tempura crisps, teriyaki aioli
$12
spider
tempura soft-shell crab, mayo, cucumber, tobiko
$13
warabi
local fiddle fern, avocado, cucumber, crispy quinoa, teriyaki aioli
$10
NIGIRI AND SASHIMI
tamago
egg
$7
masago
smelt roe
$7
saba
pickled mackerel
$7
ebi
shrimp
$7
uni
sea urchin
$16
unagi
freshwater eel
$8
maguro
ahi tuna
$8
hamachi
yellowtail
$8
tobiko
flying fish roe
$7
shake
salmon
$8
SALADS‏
crab cake
organic mixed greens, heart of palm, cherry tomato, sweet chili aioli, honey-sesame vinaigrette, wonton chips
$16.5
sashimi salad
local catch, organic mixed greens, shaved radish, nasturtium petals, cucumber,citrus-ponzu vinaigrette
$16
summer chop
organic greens, quinoa, green beans, cucumber, charred peppers, lemon vinaigrette
$12
chicken $16
fish $18
mountain view strawberry
organic baby romaine, puna goat cheese, toasted mac nuts, cilantro-lime vinaigrette
$10
knife and fork caesar
organic baby romaine, focaccia crostini, caesar dressing, shaved parmesan cheese
petite $8
full $10
organic mixed greens
lemon-tarragon, bleu cheese, creamy garlic, green flax, balsamic, or honey-sesame dressing
$7
MAINS
local fish and chips
kona longboard beer batter, hand cut fries, organic greens, lemon-caper tartar sauce
$16.5
hamakua mushroom curry pot pie
$14
chicken $15
shrimp $17
rice bowl
white or brown rice, pickled bean sprouts, bulgogi sauce, sauteed kale, fried egg
$14
sake-soy pork belly
crispy tofu
fish tacos
fresh catch, corn tortillas, kau corn, purple cabbage, cilantro-lime vinaigrette, grilled scallion crema, warm white beans
$15
SANDWICHES‏
choose hand cut fries, jicama-lilikoi slaw, white or brown rice; substitute organic mixed greens add 3.5
mauka and makai sliders
grass-fed beef slider, white cheddar cheese, truffle mayo; hawaiian fresh catch slider, purple cabbage, lemon vinaigrette
$14
organic mixed greens $+3.5
hawaiian fresh catch sandwich
brioche bun, tomato relish, basil mayo
$15
organic mixed greens $+3.5
bleu bay burger
grilled local grass-fed beef, brioche bun, gorgonzola cheese
$13
organic mixed greens $+3.5
grilled pastrami
sour dough, havarti cheese, brown mustard, sauerkraut
$14.5
organic mixed greens $+3.5
huli chicken
brioche bun, cilantro, pickled cucumber and heart of palm
$13
organic mixed greens $+3.5
big kid grilled cheese
mac nut-kale pesto, smoked mozzarella, oven roasted heirloom tomato
$14
organic mixed greens $+3.5
taro-quinoa veggie burger
basil mayo, pickled beets, cucumber
$13
organic mixed greens $+3.5
CHIRASHIZUSHI
traditional
sushi rice, assorted seafood, nori, egg, masago, ocean salad
$26
petite salmon
sushi rice, salmon, salmon roe, nori, ocean salad
$14
About
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.*
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, 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, Table Service
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Reviewed March 26, 2020 via mobile

Delicious drinks friendly bar tender super nice environment ! We sat down at the bar over view of Hilo bay it was our 36 year anniversary and it was lovely! Recommend to everyone!!

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 16, 2020 via mobile

I was in the mood for fresh fish and a green salad and wanted to eat in my hotel room. I walked here from my hotel and the service was incredible. They were very helpful in customizing my order for my needs. Then I was...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Food is always great. Wonderful to take your guest to view our side of island. Awesome when you can see the top of Maunakea

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

We wished that we had reservations because when we arrived, we learned that it would be 45 minutes. We came back and I'm glad that we did. We had very good service and yummy popcorn is served when you are seated that has a hint...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 4, 2020

We had spent the day hiking at Volcanoes National Park and returned to Hilo ravenous. We arrived for the HBC Afternoon Menu (in between lunch and dinner). We ordered a California Twist Sushi roll with tempura-style soft-shell crab as an appetizer, and two orders of...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

We were looking for a nice restaurant and saw this one on Yelp and we tried and had a great night. The atmosphere was good. It is always full, so better if you book a table if you don't want to wait. We wanted to...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

A long wait, missing order not the best experience. We sat at the bar as there was a wait for a table. Restaurant didn’t appear to be that busy but I guess because of slow service it took extra time to turn tables around. My...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

The view.over the bay is great and the food is good. Service was quick and efficient. The ambiance is more important than the food. We watched fishermen netting fish from the rocks in front of the deck and war canoes.ptacticing on the bay.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020

Perfect view of Hilo Bay, great bartender but $22 of inedible fish and chips. Soggy, greasy fries and tempura battered AHI???? YUCK. Too dark and oily. ONO is the right choice. If you are a fish and chips fan, head to Cronies instead. Always Ono...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

Great food choices. Came here for Valentine’s Day last minute but still found a place at the bar. Clean good experience.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Maryj2047
January 14, 2016|
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Response from dancingbelle47 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They open every day at 11. Close at 9 on weekdays, 930 on weekends. Closed on subdays.
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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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