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“Most Authentic Seafood in Hawaii”
Review of Seaside Restaurant

Seaside Restaurant
Ranked #48 of 250 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 9, 2012

At the Seaside Restaurant you can get Hawaii fish served gourmet style, seafood that possibly no other restaurant in the state offers. Some examples include moi, which in pre-contact Hawaii was reserved for the alii or royalty; mullet grown in the restaurant's ponds, and mempachi. You can also get more conventional fare such as mahimahi or ahi, cooked in your choice of at least three styles. You can even get poultry or meat, but why would you order that at a restaurant called Seaside? This restaurant has an incredible history. For decades the choices were mullet or chicken served with rice and corn. But for the past 15 years Colin Nakagawa has elevated this to one of the top restaurants in the state.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Really enjoyed our dinner at this family owned restaurant in Hilo -- fishponds with trees full of snowy egrets right outside the window. Great food; really enjoyed it. Nice staff. I enjoyed the scallops; husband had the madadamia nut mahi mahi ; both were great! We were a large group of 7 and the waitress couldn't have been nicer. We did not have reservations and she accomodated us. An older gentleman on the parking lot kind of yelled at us about where we parked but after that the experience improved! It was listed as not being a fancy place but I thought it was very nice. It was the nicest place we ate while in Hawaii on the Big Island. You should try it. Excellent desserts too -- we went out of the way to find this place because I had read about it in my tour book --- it delivered. Try it!

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1  Thank ellenkay
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

WOW!! This place has it all; beautiful views, great menu and daily specials. AND its own fish ponds with a wide variety of fresh fish. I ordered the steamed moi Chinese style and was delighted at the size of the portion and pleased by the preparation and presentation, the fish just melted in my mouth. 5 star service a clean and charming dining area make this a must on anyones dinner schedule. HENCE, the drawback this eatery is only open for dinner service and reservations are recommended, but its definetly worth it!! After you meal you can enjoy a walk alomg the fish ponds, very charmiing!!!

Thank food000
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Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

This is still one of my favorite restaurants on Hilo. The atmosphere is great and so is their service! The food is good....highly recommend the butterfish with teriyaki sauce, the veggie pasta, escargot appetizer, and prime rib. The other fish dishes are great as well!

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Thank mamaral808
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

Seaside serves the freshest safood in Hilo. They have fish ponds surrounding the restaurant. The atmosphere is a little above a fish house (it is in a house) but is short of being elegant. Fish is fresh and prepared perfectly. The best seafood in Hilo.

Thank Michael R
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