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Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine

#11 of 184 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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88 Kanoelehua Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4670
808 969 9336
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Washington State
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Sombat's on the recommendation of the owner of a VRBO we stayed at in Hilo. We love Thai food and have a favorite Thai restaurant we go to at home, so we naturally compare any other Thai we eat to that one. Sombat's did not disappoint! We started by ordering the basil salad rolls with tofu, bean... More 

Thank Geekgirl512
Paauilo, Hawaii
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

we pretty much order the same thing: green papaya salad, a curry, sticky rice, pad thai. we like spicy food, but medium does it for us. the dinner portions are huge. we had leftovers for dinner the next night and then some left over. the food is very flavorful, the curries always have a full flavor - lots of peanuts,... More 

Thank paauilojo
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant's flavors brought back memories of eating in Thailand. The spices are all there. I only ate there once and only tried 3 dishes (spring roll, green curry, & chicken soup). To write a real review, I need to go back and try more, but what I had was authentic without cutting corners. Medium hot = hot in other... More 

Thank bedbug1001
Camberley, United Kingdom
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166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

In the middle of an industrial area and look carefully for the car park signs in the side road off the highway - you will find it! Once inside you will find a small cafe with 7-8 tables and very friendly staff. It seems to be busy with takeaway as well as the fact that nearly all the tables were... More 

Thank TrevB56
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

they have a daily special, or you can go off the menu. We had curry chicken - it was fabulous! they are true to their heat level chart, however. Medium is a good, solid heat. The spring rolls(rice paper w/ shrimp) were maybe not the best we have had, but were certainly large!

Thank ttmayes
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

With my wife we went there twice in 3 days it was so delicious. During you meal you can hear the grinder coming from the kitchen as everything is made fresh and from scratch, so you won't find curry paste from a tube or a pot here. We have traveled to Thailand and I can tell you it's better than... More 

Thank Benjamin L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

This restuarant is in an odd spot. Semi industrial in a quite run down building. Inside is a different story. It is clean, bright and cheery and the tables were full. The food was good, the serves huge. Worth a visit.

Thank megsiep
Montgomery, Texas
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Our friends had been here 4 yrs ago and were hoping to enjoy another meal here. My wife and I just do not choose Thai restaurants when we dine out. We split chicken pad thai, pork fried rice, pineapple fried rice and garlic black pepper beef. We ordered 2 plates medium and 2 mild; medium was not too hot. Based... More 

Thank CSchlembach
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food with friendly staff. Reservations recommended. Pineapple fried rice is wonderful. Kid friendly. Follow the signs to get into the parking lot

Thank Brandi1970
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

We spent the day in Waipi'o and Akaka and decided to head for Hilo for dinner. Sombat's was recommended on Trip Adviser so we tried it. A little hard to find, you can see it from the main road but have to drive around the back to park. It's located in a little industrial park but don't let that out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Kanoelehua Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4670
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808 969 9336

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?