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“Good food, but could be spectacular if....”
Review of Seaside Restaurant

Seaside Restaurant
Ranked #44 of 262 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed June 25, 2012

First with the GOOD: the food was delicious! Everyone loved their meal. But, the portions were huge!!! I know that shouldn't be a complaint, because we got our money's worth. But, instead of an enormous portion for $25, we cold have done with about half the fish portion for $15-18, especially since the meal came with salad, bread and was served with vegetables and rice. None of us came close to finishing our fish, so I felt like we were wasting food (we couldn't take it home because we were in a hotel without anywhere to store the leftovers). Service was good too. The waitress accidentally put our son's keiki order in as a full order, but they only charged us the keiki price.

Now for the areas we didn't think we're as good. The location is pretty far out of Hilo. They need to take advantage of this location and the fact they are on a little lagoon and light the exterior better so you can see something. It could give the place some nice ambiance and turn their location into a unique destination worth driving out of town to see. The layout of the restaurant is extremely odd. Guests basically have to walk between two kitchens to get to the dining room. Diners don't want to walk through the kitchen!! Recommend locating an entrance adjacent to the dining area instead. It would allow patrons to walk along the lagoon (if lighted properly) and appreciate the property more.

This restaurant has loads of potential. The food is great, they just need to tweak the portion size and some other details on the property, and it could be spectacular.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We had a great family dinner at Seaside Restaurant last night. The food quality was excellent for Hilo and the entree portion sizes were large enough that we actually brought food home! That doesn't often happen here in Hilo since the pricier restaurants here seem to give small portion sizes to control their costs so we were pleasantly surprised (while we recognize that smaller portions sizes are healthier!). The only reason we gave a 4/5 rating for our experience last night was because the service took a really long time. They were busy with a lot of large groups so we think that's why it took longer than expected for our water glasses to get filled and for our food to be served, but the food was excellent for Hilo. We recommend this restaurant would return.

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

The food was good but the place needs a major makeover, it's dirty and worn down

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

The food was good. The portions were enormous. But the place is not celan or well cared for. Needs a major makeover

Thank Stephane G
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

We celebrated my son's graduation from UH Hilo here with a party of 24, and the food and service were outstanding, as usual. With 24 people, we ordered a variety of entree's, including fish, meat, and pasta, and all were delicious and perfectly prepared! The food portions are generous, so you won't leave hungry. The Seaside may be a little out of the way, but it is definitely worth finding if you're looking for a five-star quality meal in Hilo.

Thank Erik W
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