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“New Chefs Make a Big Impression!”
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Casa de Luna
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Casa de Luna is closed...Pineapples Island fresh Cuisine at the same great location..New Management...New Menu...Amazing Food !
Reviewed August 11, 2012

This is a beautiful open air restaurant with tiled tables and local island art on the walls. It is described as 'Spanish Mexican Island Fusion' and they recently hired two new chefs: Jay Johnson we all know (and loved "Jay's") and MJ who has experience at both Mauna Kea and Parker Broiler. We are not big on Mexican food so we were attracted to this restaurant purely for the Tapas and they did not disappoint. Lunch on a Saturday afternoon is not crowded and the service (thanks to Jake) was excellent. The menu had 12 tapas, 9 entrees plus daily specials and the prices were very reasonable. The Championes al Ajillo (mushrooms with garlic, house wine and cilantro) had amazing flavor and the mushrooms were so fresh. The sauce was a perfect balance of wine and garlic and so good I asked for more toast to soak up every drop! The Ceviche was very fresh and tender with fish, shrimp, tomato, green and red peppers, green onion and a touch of jalapeno for a little kick. Our third dish was the La Mantra Cheese Puffs made with Manchego cheese and pancetta bacon shredded, seasoned with cayenne, deep fried and served up with a chipotle sour cream dipping sauce. Okay, these were just to die for! The outside was crispy, the cheese creamy, the pancetta savory and the dipping sauce was a perfect complement of cool and spicy. We can't wait to go back and try some of the other dishes (although it will be hard not to order these three again). Also, the chardonnay was excellent. We consider ourselves foodies and after eating in San Francisco Bay area restaurants for over ten years have felt restaurant challenged in Hilo. This is a very welcome addition.

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2  Thank PMcKinsey
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

I visited Hilo in May, stopped in for drinks and tapas, we had a great time, what beautiful place, food, drinks and fun can't go wrong. On my return trip we went back, I don't know what happen but things were not fun, food was too salty and greasy, yuk! Will not go back! Take the drive to Kalapana on a Wednesday you'll love it out there. Good Luck Foodies

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1  Thank kamaile
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We arrived at 6:30pm and did not get our so-so drinks until 7:10pm after reminding the overwhelmed waitress twice. She forgot to tell the bartender about the drinks the first time and then the bartender forgot after she told him. The drinks appeared after we threatened to walk if not delivered withing two minutes of second reminder. The mediocre fish tacos also took forever and magically appeared after complaining to the owners who happened to walk by our table. The taco shells were borderline stale, the fish on the dry side and I got pinto beans instead of the refried beans I ordered 45 minutes before. To boot, the change was miscalculated when we tried to pay our bill, but to their credit they did not charge us for our drinks after we complained about the long wait. Never again.

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1  Thank Arizona_Pete
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

The Best Mexican Latin cuisin in Hilo. Service is great and the mushroom Appetizer so delicious - should give more bread. We will definitely go back.

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2  Thank toots808
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Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Great atmosphere, drinks and service. Food is always tasty but lacks consistency still. Definitly a must try when your in Hilo, it's the only open air bar in town.

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2  Thank Hungry F
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