We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kow's Restaurant

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
87 W Kawailani St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-5678
+1 808-959-3766
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
75

8 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 8: English reviews
Pahoa, Hawaii
Level Contributor
31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I have never eaten inside the large, cafeteria like dinning room, have always gotten take out. They have some combination meals where the portions are large enough to get two full meals from--- so share or have lunch the next day.

Helpful?
Thank alohagirl61
Portland Oregon
Level Contributor
164 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

This place is a cost effective Chinese style dinner joint w some Hawaiian dishes. The ambience is a retro Chinese with huge red lanterns hanging on the ceiling. The food quality is decent. However not as good as one would find in a average Chinatown place.

Helpful?
Thank WestsideChuck
Hawaii
Level Contributor
182 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2014

I have driven past Kow's chinese food place hundreds of times, but today remembered that we needed to stop in and try it out. It is decorated real nice, like restaurants used to be. The waitress was very friendly and seated us promptly. I had the Vegetarian chow mien with tofu. It was great. I would have liked more chow... More 

Helpful?
Thank capncusp
Boise, Idaho
Level Contributor
42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2014 via mobile

Good Chinese food lots of locals so u know that the food is good. Service fine. Prices reasonable. Probably would not eat here again though.

Helpful?
Thank Rebecca4133
Keaau, Hawaii
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

This review is only for the combination lunch. The restaurant was very clean, there was plenty of parking, the service was fast and the food was great. The price was about $20.00 for two and included combination plates with three items and hot tea to drink.

Helpful?
Thank fly7kayak
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

the owner didnt care about customers or even talk to them. the food is sloppy and gross. attention all onliner do not eat at kow!! tell the owner that he sucks and the food sucks.

Helpful?
Thank Neil N
Hilo, HI
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2008

Stick with the crab rolls. Everything else is cheaply and sloppily slapped together, and overpriced. And even the crabrolls take FOREVER to come out.

Helpful?
Thank popekorky1
San Diego
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2007

I actually couldn't believe that any Chinese restaurant could be that bad. We were in Hilo for eleven days, and this place stands out as the worst meal of our trip. We ordered several pork dishes and they were nearly all fat and gristle and completely inedible. The gravy on the noodles tasted like it came out of a package.... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank GilTee

Travellers who viewed Kow's Restaurant also viewed

 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Kow's Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
75
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 W Kawailani St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-5678
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-959-3766

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kow's Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?