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“Strange location...great food”
Review of Hilo Bay Cafe

Hilo Bay Cafe
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Ranked #7 of 239 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Contemporary restaurant with emphasis on innovative cuisine using fresh, local, and organic ingredients--a Hilo town favorite gathering place. Full food and beverage service with indoor and outdoor lanai seating and large room for special events. Much of the restaurant has expansive views of Hilo bay, Mauna Kea, and Hilo town. Full bar, original recipes, artisan sushi, and keiki menu. Large parties are welcome. Come as you are or come as your best dressed self--we appreciate both! Reservations recommended. *For current menus, please visit our website, as TripAdvisor does not give businesses the capability to update menu content.*
San Diego, California
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3 restaurant reviews
“Strange location...great food”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stopped by this 'restaurant by the food court' as much out of curiosity as the reviews we were told by locals on the other side of the Big Island. The food was fantastic and everything was fresh. In fact, the final menu does not get printed until right before the restaurant opens--it all depends upon what the chef found best that day. Outstanding!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Peter G
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Hilo, Hawaii
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Could be the best fine dinning in Hilo”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

My wife and I dine here about once a month. When friends or family visit it is our first choose for a fine dinning experience. It is also our first choice for a romantic dinner. Everything we have tried has been very good to excellent. When they have been busy and we have not made reservations we have choosen to be seated at the bar and enjoyed watching the bartender make the many specialty drinks that are ordered.I am more of a beer drinker and they have a, not large, but good selection of tap and bottled beers.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank wantabephotog
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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An Amazing Surprise”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

The Hilo Bay Café is in a busy shopping center and next door to an ordinary eatery that is more traditional for its location. Step through the door of the Hilo Bay Cafe, and you find yourself in an outstandingly elegant little neighborhood café reminiscent of neighborhood restaurants in France. Everything from the ambience to the food is exceptional. Absolutely worth the hunt for a parking place near the Wal-Mart.

Visited December 2012
Thank James W
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Keaau, Hawaii
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135 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“convenient lunch spot”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Friendly personnel, talented chefs work with local farmers to provide a great local eating experience.

Visited November 2012
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Still my #1 go to restaurant in Hilo!”
Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

Haven't been here in a while have been hearing about the new items on the menu, here goes...

Other than the menu change everything is still awesome!

I tried their new tofu stuffed in filo on ratatuolli (not sure how that's spelt) ...... I give it a 2 thumbs up, it was absolutley delicious! I've also posted a picture of it. Serving is LARGE for only $17. Awesome price for quality and serving in Hilo!

My husband had the eggplant Napoleon which we also give 2 thumbs up.....we'd give it a 3 thumbs if we had another, LOL :) check out the picture on that as well .......price $17 you really cant go wrong at Hilo Bay Cafe!

We were to full for dessert but there's 2 new desserts calling my name ....... lemon cheesecake and banana cake! Not sure how long it'll last so anyone going try it and let us know what you think!

Hope this makes your mouth water, till my next outing have an awesome trip and good eats!

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Thank mamaral808
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