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Naung Mai Thai Kitchen

#14 of 187 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
+1 808-934-7540
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

If you love thai food, you have to go here. It is pretty small place but the food is awesome. The lady who runs the place is a character - shes straight forward, polite, and fast.

Thank Vishal P
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

In downtown Hilo there are several good restaurants that we regularly go to. We love Thai food and you can't go wrong at Naung Mai or Tina's. Both have excellent Thom Kah soup and the Pumpkin Curry at Naung Mai is excellent. The place is simple, don't go there if you are looking for luxury and they don't serve alcohol.... More 

Thank Tim B
Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

Fast, good and reasonable! Parking difficult but worth the effort. Great service and good menu. No alcohol, but you can bring your own!

Thank Rinej
Nanaimo, Canada
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Not sure how we found out about this place but I am sure glad we did!! The food was fantastic and service was very speedy as well! It's a little off the beaten path but well worth taking the time to find it in down town Hilo!!

Thank Darren G
Hood River, OR
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

This small restaurant is big on flavor and value. We ordered curry, pineapple fried rice and a noodle dish, all delicious. We also ordered a coconut, deep fried calamari which was the most tender calamari I have ever had. You may have a few minutes wait to get a table but it is worth it.

Thank DarleneHoodRiver_OR
Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

Long long wait for meals even more than island time dictates The food was ok, it was nice a spicy at the high level without just drowning the flavours but there was something missing in every meal that left me feeling lackluster The reviews made me think I was going to be on a winner, but my experience was not... More 

Thank aussiesb
Hilo, Hawaii
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Intimate and best Thai food in Hilo. There are many Thai food places in Hilo but this one has to be the best. It has been run by Thai people since its inception. The new owner is "A" and makes sure the customer is always right.Open kitchen and consistency in cooking make the eating experence here just WONDERFULL

Thank number1TMK
Honolulu, Hawaii
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

I have been waiting to get back to this place for 6 years. After a late lunch, I was wishing I had tried another of the Thai options in Hilo. Did ownership change? The curry tasted like it was thickened. Cornstarch? The papaya salad and Pad Thai were basic, not to bad and certainly not that good. Service was adequate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

Very good "home made" Thai food for a very reasonable price. The place is small and friendly. Highly recommended!

Thank Josep G
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

A+! Most delicious Chicken Satay and Freshest Suumer Rolls I've had, even in Thailand! Tuuk Lae Aroi Ka. Compliments to the ladies and gentleman at Naung Mai Thai Kitchen😊👍🏽

Thank Marta L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 17
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7540
Naung Mai Thai Kitchen has a long standing reputation for serving the best Thai food in Hilo. This quintessential "hole in the wall" has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Located just blocks from the Hilo Farmer's Market, the chefs gather the freshest ingredients, choosing organic and local products whenever possible; the results are simply delicious!

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