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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%
Travelers talk about
“pot pie” (33 reviews)
“lava cake” (12 reviews)
“sushi” (78 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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21 - 30 of 1,147 reviews

Reviewed September 30, 2017

Settled overlooking the bay, this is a great place for a nice meal. The fish and chips were amazing, with thick pieces of ahi. Cocktails were great too. The outdoor seating was very pleasant and the staff was very attentive. Probably the best dinner location...More

Thank hikingnut
Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

Went for drinks on our first night in Hilo- excellent service so thought we would go for dinner- fabulous food

Thank vivoceanvillage
Reviewed September 24, 2017

My family and I had dinner at this restaurant. The food was good and of a high standard, however the service was not good. The Waiter was very arrogant and was unhelpfully when ask to explain the menu. Listening and watching his service to other...More

Thank Brad O
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

The view of the bay is an important part of the experience so do your darnedest to get seating on the balcony. We had an outstanding lunch: two sliders (They come one beef and one catch of the day) with a side of jicama slaw...More

Thank lionel77
Reviewed September 21, 2017

The crab cake salad is excellent as is the sushi. We ate here twice because the food is just that good. We got lucky the night we arrived and they were able to seat us, but we made reservations for another night before we left....More

Thank OBX-Girl60
Reviewed September 18, 2017

After travelling from San Fran, we were finally delighted to find service and food that was first class! Friendly, attentive, helpful....thanks Heather you have restored our faith! Food does not disappoint the French onion soup was as good as any French restaurant we have been...More

Thank Angie T
Reviewed September 16, 2017

Poor poor service, our waiter was aloof, and seemed too busy to engage, I am vegan and my husband is on a FOB diet. This makes things difficult but every other restaurant has accomadated our needs very well. I ordered the veggie burger without the...More

Thank brendamct1
Reviewed September 13, 2017

Imaginative food well-prepared in a lovely oceanside setting.The sushi and sashimi choices are excellent. Salads are fresh and delightfully dressed. The bartender is creative, and the tropical drinks are great without being too sweet or heavy. The service is variable.

Thank Cleo L
Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

After spending three days on Big Island feeling like we were paying too much for relatively unspectacular food, our experience in HBC more than made up. Reasonably priced, excellent service, superb location and really good, delicious food that I am so happy to say was...More

Thank Subi P
Reviewed September 11, 2017

What a great view and a really nice restaurant. We had a nice view of the water and enjoyed our lunch. They have a smaller menu but my sushi roll was wonderful and we loved the popcorn at the table, it was a nice touch....More

Thank Gracie27
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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
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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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings
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.

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