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“Food is okay location convenience really”
Review of Kuhio Grille

Kuhio Grille
Ranked #27 of 244 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Diner, Japanese, Hawaiian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Food is okay location convenience really”
Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Welcoming staff :)

Pros....wide variety of food. Depending on the cook food can sometimes be great! Staff is very freindly and quick. Wide variety of desserts as well. They also have a little fresh sushi menu, pretty good for a none sushi bar. Drinks are very large and free refills. Overall for me...average :)

Cons.....food isn't consistant, one day delicious the next no taste at all. One bathroom not well kept and its really cold inside. If you don't eat your food fast enough your food gets cold and you can see either the fat start to harden or your gravy start to curdle, yikes!

Hope this helps all you viewers!

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  • English first
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  • Japanese first
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English first
Keaau, Hawaii
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Twice Disappointed”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I tried this place several years ago because it was listed for having the best fried rice. It wasn't by far. In fact, it made me vow not to eat there again it was so disappointing. I tried again because I needed a fast lunch. A $9 patti melt was a tiny (think McD bargain burger size) on rye with a slice of that fake Swiss cheese (really just American processed cheese without the yellow and orange dye). with literally nothing else on it. The sides were disappointing too. Twice disappointed. I won't be back.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank TedinHawaii
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Hilo, Hawaii
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Traditional foods”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

You can get a plate of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino or even (gasp) American here. It's really popular with us locals, but I'd stick to the non-American foods. Be bold, try some laulau, for instance.

The ambiance isn't all that, but the food is great.

Visited October 2012
Thank Dave G
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Laughlin, Nevada
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247 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2012

We stopped in on Thanksgiving Day, so they had a limited menu, but they bent over backward to get us some great local food. We had the kahlua pig (pork) and the lau lau. The lau lau is beef and pork with seasonings stuffed inside cooked taro leaves. The taro plant is infamously known as the source of poi, which the native hawaiians eat like crazy (paste from the root), but the taro leaves are incredibly tasty (texture like spinach, but much tastier and not bitter at all). Owned by a family, we were served by their daughter, who was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and very patient with us "touristas". The kahlua pig (pork) was very tasty but a tad salty. Both dishes were served with white rice and a local macaroni salad that contained diced potatoes. For dessert we had homemade blueberry mousse with a tender macadamia nut crust, and a light macadamia nut pie. Both were fresh and very tasty. We would have tried the saimin, but it was not available because of the holiday. Not much atmosphere, but why pay for atmosphere when you can get great-tasting local eats! It's in the back of the shopping center, while Hilo Hatties is in the front by the main street. If you get some free time while in Hilo, check out this eatery, you'll be glad you did! For Hawaii, the prices were very reasonable.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank whopper65
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“Tastes like mom cooked food”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Native style food. Well portioned, good price. They know cooking for heart.
The pork dishes are to die for. The fried rice there is unique. Try the LauLau, pork or chicken both are good.

Visited November 2012
Thank sza65
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