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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“escargot” (13 reviews)
“opakapaka” (20 reviews)
“steak” (43 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

We just had appetizers. The coconut shrimp were huge and good. Maybe a little overcooked, but that didn’t stop us from eating all 5 of them. Brie was good too

Thank highflyerSanDiego
Reviewed 18 January 2018

I stopped by Ponds for an early lunch because I read their menu and saw they had Opakapaka. The restaurant was in a small space - but the tables did not seem packed together. I was a solo diner, and was shown to a table...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Nothing fancy but better than fancy. It's got the feel of going back in time, a green shack with open windows to enjoy the soft, fragrant Hawaiian breezes. Located on Hilo Lagoon, it's very picturesque with views of swimmers and families enjoying the sun and...More

Thank canoers
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

My family and I (from Italy) really appreciated the dinner, the food was good and tasty, the staff really professional! The location is absolutely amazing

Thank Ilaria M
Reviewed 13 January 2018

I recommend making reservations because this is a very busy place. Not a lot of parking, but there are spots on the street. There was live entertainment, which can hinder conversations at times, but the guys we saw were talented! It is also quite dark!...More

Thank lisel445
Reviewed 12 January 2018

During a two-week stay in Hilo, Ponds became our favorite destination for happy hour and dinner. We asked for window seats and were able to look into the Koi enclosure and watch children swimming in other parts of the pond. The waiters were always friendly...More

Thank PplusG
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We have eaten there three times in the last month, the last time being Jan 4 for lunch. Service was very slow, and when the meal was delivered, it was dumped on the table by a hostess that never said a word, just displayed a...More

Thank fred r
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Great service and the food was excellent and a great value for the price. Recommend making a reservation if going for dinner. It's a busy place but we never felt rushed. Great aloha vibe!

Thank RoomPlease
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Great location. A bit overpriced for the food. Menu selection not very imaginative. Limited choices for those allergic to seafood or for vegetarians and gluten sensitive people.

Thank firstlady2017
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We have enjoyed this restaurant on 2 separate trips. This time since it was dinner, they had a live performer singing classic rock tunes, Hawaiian style of course. The food is wonderful!

Thank Bob L
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Edwin S
22 January 2017|
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Response from Scott V | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They have a wonderful brunch menu.
24 January 2016|
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Response from Robert P | Reviewed this property |
Entrees are, as I recall, in the $18-30 range and come with sides, which can be switched around.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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