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“Good Food in a strange location”
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: Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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.*
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good Food in a strange location”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We were recommeded to this place by the girls at our hotel and were not disappointed the food is excellent, The problem seems to be parking which is a bit difficult and its always very busy.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank jilloutlaw
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Grass Fed Beef”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

After visiting the Volcanoes National Park, we stopped in Hilo for a late lunch. We had eaten at this restaurant a few years ago. It is located in the largest shopping area in Hilo on Hwy. 11 between Office Max and Walmart next to a food court. Parking is a nightmare and may require several passes thru the lot to find a spot. We hit the somewhat abbreviated afternoon menu available from 2:30 - 5:00 pm. The restaurant was fairly full even at 2:30 pm. I ordered the Blue Bay Burger for $12, which is a local grass fed beef burger and gorgonzola cheese. I ordered Asian Slaw as an accompaniment. The beef, though ordered medium rare, was rare but ok with me. It was very good, but I found the amount of gorgonzola overwhelming, so I removed a lot of it. The Asian Slaw was very good also, especially the dressing. Our waitress was professional, sociable and efficient.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Ewalina
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Billings, Montana
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Is not the best”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Service was horrible, lots of running around and not paying attention to customers, a couple came in after us wanting a table, none were available, so they settled on the bar. Other customers told them that the two open seats were taken by their friends who will be here in 20 minutes, the waitress tried to make the incoming couple go out side and wait on the bench. BTW there were tables open.
False advertising on the organic thing, it's more of a Sysco and Costco place. They try to be fancy, which will fool some people, the place is smoke and mirrors.

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank Irljr_13
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good food, would have been better if we drank”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Small, but elegant restaurant. Made the mistake of stopping in before 5 pm to the limited food menu. One side food, the other side drinks. Looks like a great variety of alcoholic drinks. Ordered fish and chips and barbecue ribs in the party. It was good, good portions, but not great. The service was top notch, quick and attentive, and understanding when we explained we were in a hurry. I am told the after 5 menu is much better with many more food choices.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Greg B
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Brandon, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great recommendation”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Garvin at Goodies B+B recommended we try this restraunt for dinner.We didn't make reservations, and should have, but they got us seated with little wait. The service was prompt, the staff pleasant and the food remarkable.I had the ono , chef recommended it medium rare and what a delight.The kids said make sure to get the fries and truffle dip.

Visited January 2013
Thank Deachne
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