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“Great food okay wait staff” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hilo Burger Joint

Hilo Burger Joint
Ranked #15 of 237 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pahoa, Hawaii, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great food okay wait staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband has heard about this place for years, (we're locals) but had never gone. We went for lunch during the week because we were in the area running errands.. The parking is non- existent and we had to park across the street in the parking lot for the court house. The atmosphere is dark and the kind of place where two people who don't want to be seen together can get a booth and have some privacy. The waitress came and took our order but did not write anything down. I ordered the caprese burger and loved it. It was the most delicious burger I have ever eaten. I ordered a glass of wine and never received it. The food took at little longer than normal and it would have been nice to sip some wine while waiting. The only thing this place has going for it during the day is the delicious food. Other than that it would be a dive.

Visited March 2013
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English first
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Hilo Burger Joint had one of the most interesting burger menus I've ever seen. They offer a happy hour from 3-6pm daily (half off pints) which go nicely with their burgers. They allow you to substitute salmon, turkey and veggie burgers for the beef patties as well. You get full reign over creativeness. Service was friendly and great.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ryan C
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Libertyville, Illinois
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159 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great choice of burgers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

This restaurant offers a wide variety of burgers and draft beers at reasonable prices. We ordered a Big Island Burger, 2 Blue Cheese Burgers, & 2 Basic Burgers. We were asked how we liked our hamburger cooked and they were delivered as ordered. We loved the beef. It almost didn't need the condiments that went with each sandwich. The Blue Cheese Burgers could have used more blue cheese and the Pepper Jack Cheese on the Island Burger was lost with everything else. Probably could have left off the cheese and saved the calories. But in spite of that they were good. I ordered sweet potato fries and they would have been better if they'd been hot. Service was good. The restaurant was a little dark for my tastes due to a lack of windows.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“good burgerts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

really good burgers, lots of food options, get creative, good selection of beer, but parking is a big problem.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Just decent, at best.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

Once you get past the stickiness that comes with diners and dives, the flies buzzing around the booths, and just the overall dark demeanor of this place, the food isn't bad. I had the smothered BBQ burger (which wasn't really smothered, in fact had very little BBQ sauce), and classic fries, which were both good, not great.

They do have wagyu beef patty on their menu, but the waitress said they rarely have it. The service was good and friendly.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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