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Hilo Bay Cafe

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123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
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11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was here 2 years ago on my anniversary and the food was good stop for lunch today and other than the great view the food was as bad as it gets ordered a 1/2 lb burger medium which is still pink inside what I got was a burger so over cooked it was as tough as a shoe my... More 

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East Bay, CA
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't let "diner" fool you. This restaurant is no ordinary "diner ". With no reservations we got in for dinner in 20 minutes. Dinner was amazing, presentation, taste, and atmosphere all met - you'd think we were dining at a "very fancy restaurant" vs a "diner". Our kids are quite picky eaters and they were impressed with their dinner choices.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited here on our first day in Hilo. Should have had a reservation but staff was accommodating and welcoming to our group which included a 4 year old young boy!!!! Food was excellent, well presented and our waitress was very helpful. Would definitely go back if time permitted. Next time reserve and get a table on the lanai

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Thank Marie D
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're near Hilo airport and want some food this is a good place. If the weather is good they and get an outside table as the views over the bay are really nice. Reservations are recommended but we've been twice and didn't, we were happy to hang at the bar until our table was ready. The menu is ok,... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good views of Hilo Bay. Very good home made bread. Husband's baby back ribs were "fall off the bone good".

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Thank April G
East Lansing, Michigan
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great ambiance & views. This is fine dining and the prices show it, except for the sashimi salads. Everything was very finely prepared and presented and the taste was exquisite, but again the sashimi salad is where the "value" is. Get a reservation, they fill up no matter what day of the week it is...

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Thank IremK
Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu here is eclectic and fabulous and the staff is professional and quick. Eat at the bar if you don't make a reservation - it is also very fun to watch the ultra-competent bar staff do their thing!

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Thank Mnty
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our experience greatly. The sushi was delicious, and fairly priced. Lots of great cocktails. The drop doughnuts for dessert were fabulous!! Great atmosphere, inside and on the outside deck.

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West Bay, Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic meal on our first visit tonight. Beef carpaccio with fried capers was divine, Ono special delicious. Cocktail also delicious. Great service, good attention to six year old in our party. We will be back!

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The view over Hilo bay was very nice. The food was a bit disappointing. I had fish and chips which was average...had better elsewhere. The pork chop my partner had was good though, the jalapeno mashed potatoes were unique and delicious the salsa with as a sauce was spicy but great as well. I would give it another go...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 40
Cuisine
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:30
Saturday
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-4939
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?