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#10 of 191 Restaurants in Hilo
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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are not many choices to in this area of Hilo. Had lunch there and it was just ok. Would not go out of my way to eat there.

Thank Debits2000
San Diego, California
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59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend the grilled salmon salad. This was just what I had been looking for. Even had avocados and apple slivers in it. The calamari was great too.

Thank 99Linda99
Lyndon Station, Wisconsin
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159 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We showed up on a week night without a reservation. We were lucky enough to get a pond side table. The underwater lighting makes watching the koi fish easier. Each entree was prepared perfectly and was nicely presented. The gentleman playing guitar was very good, we enjoyed listening to him.

Thank 2CAPs
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service good. Server was very patient with a child customer. Ono special was overcooked. Such a disappointment for a truly delicious fish. Calamari was tough. Not worth the price. I would not go back.

Thank Penny O
Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for lunch with friends at the Ponds in Hilo. Great variety of fresh food and fresh fish. Enjoyed being near the water and watching the local kids play in the inlet. Service was spot on! I liked the super clean cozy atmosphere and the open air nature of the restaurant. Bottom line ..... service and food was good. Must... More 

Thank GuyW56003
El Sobrante, California
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253 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Still searching for great seafood on the Big Island. Shrimp or-devours were from frozen (Costco?). Seafood soup, bland, salty, but with big chunks of clams. Good garden salad. Bread stale and came late. Sturgeon was gamey - like catfish. Baked Scallops were good. Pesto pasta very tasty.

Thank yvonne p
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Felt welcomed here. The bartender was friendly, looked a little like Woody Harrelson, LOL(first time I've heard that in the last hour he said)LOL. Quaint little place on the water. friendly good food.

Thank Mason C
Wenatchee, Washington
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a fun place. The waitstaff is very friendly and efficient. The casual seating over the actual fish pond and near swimming area was delightful. Live Hawaiian music during lunch by a local Uke master really sealed the deal. Passion Fruit Iced tea and a Red Snapper entree made us happy travelers!

Thank dognaldo101
San Francisco, California, United States
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The happy hour drinks and pupus are great, and the bartender we had was very friendly, and kept everything straight, which was a miracle, as about 20 of us drifted in and out!

Thank Carolyn N
Hilo, Hawaii
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was busy. We were seated promptly and service was great. Food excellent. Steak, fish and fettuccine.

Thank Miriam P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7663

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?