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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
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Bellingham, Washington
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our friends who live on the island took us to this gem of a restaurant in Hilo, right on the water. The fresh catch of the day was mahi mahi, and all 4 of us ordered the fresh catch fish tacos. Not only was the fish not fried (a pet peeve of mine at many Mexican restaurants) but it was... More 

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Sierra Madre, California
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200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here for dinner with friends. Had a drink at the nice bar where you can also get food if you want. Bartender was very warm and friendly, had an interesting Margarita with coconut milk in it. We ordered and shared a large number of dishes. The dishes that were in some way fried are very tasty some of the... More 

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los angeles
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ate in their old location years ago. It was 5 star. We ate at the new location yesterday 3:30 and at that time, their menu is smaller. The food was as before first class, and I would recommend the experience. As most people know finding great food in paradise can be difficult. Hilo Bay has a nice balance of price... More 

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West Sacramento, California
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This year we had the most wonderful last night on the island of Hawaii. We got to spend relaxing last day at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Banyon Dr. instead of rushing around cleaning our rental house the last morning (still had to clean up the cottage, but only had to get to Hilo by 3 PM for hotel check-in... More 

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Kent, Washington
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent lunch menu. Food was great and so was the service. View of the bay in Hilo, Hawaii was excellent too. I had a very nice salad.

Thank clancy556
Koh Tao, Thailand
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Hilo Bay cafe three times in the last 2 months. It simply does not disappoint here. Fantastic food, very high quality. Young, friendly, professional staff. Obviously great view of Hilo Bay. Would definitely recommend to any one for any type of occasion.

Thank misa w
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here after a day of hiking in the Volcanoes National Park; we were very tired from being outdoors all day and just needed some indoor civilization. Great service, decor and scenery (on the water). Lovely menu… nice salads, yummy sushi, interesting entrées, great appetizers with eclectic ingredients. We had: hibiscus martini, lime coconut drink (with vodka added), grilled... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably one of the swankier spots in Hilo and very popular. The restaurant has great elevated views over the bay from the terrace and inside tables by the huge floor to ceiling windows. The food is an interesting fusion of mainland, Hawaiian and Asian flavours, beautifully presented and really delicious, and complemented by some great cocktails, local and... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Hilo twice on our vacation and loved this quaint town of Hilo. This restaurant was recommended by the hotel .We were staying in Hilo Hawaiian. We so loved this place we came for lunch, dinner and our night cap for my birthday.. what a way to finish off my day. Asked the bartender to make me something light... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely dinner for 6, with a range of choices. The food was excellent, with choices for vegetarians and of seafood to meats. Great appetizers, terrific options from the bar. Everyone was quite happy with their food and the service was terrific. The restaurant tables outside overlook Hilo Bay, as do some of the ones inside.

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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, 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
Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, 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

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