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“Good food attentive service beautiful view” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hilo Bay Cafe

Hilo Bay Cafe
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Ranked #5 of 237 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.*
Sydney
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good food attentive service beautiful view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

We went there for lunch today and ordered the curried mushroom and chicken pie, teriyaki chicken burger, cucumber sushi and fish. The service was quick the decor is clean and contemporary and the dish sizes were ample. Shoestring fries were too salty and the mushroom and chicken pie was overpowered by the curry that you couldn't taste anything else. All the other meals were great.

Visited May 2014
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Sisters, Oregon
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great dinner on the bay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

Wonderful food, excellent presentation and great attentive service. Eggplant "custard" appetizer a burst of freshness and flavor, fresh homemade bread to enjoy sauces with gusto. Pasta plates and salad with salmon all fresh, excellent in taste and perfectly proportioned sizes.

  • Visited May 2014
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West Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great little restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2014

We had just arrived in Hilo and since HBC was close to our hotel we decided to try it for lunch. We were seated on the lanai -- the view of the bay is fabulous! The servers were more than friendly and efficient and the cocktails and our lunches were wonderful.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Waimea, Hawaii
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great new location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

Was there last week while visiting Hilo .
Did not have a lunch reservation but was able to get a table outside on the front lanai …
Finally you can actually see the Hilo Bay.
Best place for a good classy tasty meal in Hilo

  • Visited April 2014
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Boylston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Meh”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

We visited for lunch and needed reservations but we were able to get a seat at the bar. I got the fish and chips which was supposed to have garlic salted fries however mine were flavorless along with my salad and the fish needed a bit of liquid to wash it down. My husband's salad on the other hand was tasty and his curry potpie the same. Mixed reviews.

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