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“Gotta Look to Find This Place”

Hilo Rice Noodles Soup
Ranked #110 of 243 Restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
In the soft green seas of the Pacific Ocean
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Gotta Look to Find This Place”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

HRNS is a bit hard to find since it's off the beaten path on the outskirts of Hilo town. They serve Vietnamese and Chinese foods that are, when at their best, divine. Using mostly local ingredients the kitchen turns out excellent Pho (my favorite is the Pho Ga, or Chicken Noodle Soup) and garlic spinach, among other specialities.
The ambience and service is local, which in Hilo means nothing to write home about, but it is serviceable.
The problem is that the things the kitchen turns out are not consistent in size, quality and sometimes, flavor. They have the ability to cook great dishes, but do not always do so.
They are usually very busy at lunchtime, so get there during off-hours for best experience.

  • Visited June 2012
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Kapaau, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great service...Average pho.”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

It is not easy to find this "locals favorite" Hilo institution, even after arriving at the correct address. We saw no sign, other than "open". It appears to be only a sidewalk take-out place, but there is also a spacious, air conditioned dining room inside. (Also easy to miss this.) We loved the warm, friendly and attentive staff. The menu, however, is a bit ambitious with pages of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, and it is difficult to be all things to all people. Please note: THE SAME BUSINESS IS ALSO LISTED ON TRIPADVISOR AS "HILO RICE NOODLE SHOP" (not SOUP).

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank KD4ML
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Hilo
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Pho”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

Go for the Pho and the minced chicken with lettuce cups The price isnt the best but the service has always been good and the tastes authentic. They offer a hot bar togo outside and have inside table service that can easily get packed at lunch hour. You really cant go wrong with any choices here and the Rice plates are an affordable option if you dont wanna spend alot.

Visited May 2012
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Thank Lopaka S
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Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food and good prices”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

Great staff, good food and the prices are pretty good. You have the option of eating in the restaurant side, outside for a more informal setting or you can take your food to go. Food is awesome! Try the salt and pepper squid!

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Bangor, Me
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Simple oriental food”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

This is a restaurant with no name at the end of a non-descript mini-mall. The food is Chinese-Korean or something like that. Order your food at the window and they serve it at your picnic table. It's great.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Boblgal
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