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Hilo Bay Cafe

) #6 of 191 Restaurants in Hilo ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Contemporary, Fusion
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited this place for dinner one night and it was so good we were back the next night as well. Reservations can be made (recommended) on OpenTable. We had sushi/sake one night and entrees the other night...both were excellent. Cocktails were also excellent. Service...More

Thank brianray83
Reviewed 6 days ago

Thanks to our B&B host who recommended a few choices for lunch or dinner, we selected her first choice. A modernistic elevated structure over looking Hilo Bay and Mona Kea with a snow covered peak. Ah, what a wonderful romantic setting and a great lunch...More

Thank richardbV738CH
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm a big fan of Hilo Bay Cafe and go often. Lunch is light and fresh with good menu choices. Dinner is elegant often with innovative specials and new sushi for starters. The cocktails are also great! Dine inside or outside, both are lovely. My...More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great food and a view to die for. The cafe sits on stilts looking back over Hilo bay. lots of sushi, but the crab cake salad and fresh catch special were both excellent.

Thank dbgannon
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lunch menu had a good variety Hawaiian and western fare; seafood was excellent, particularly the fish (lightly battered, mostly fish) and home made chips. The popcorn on the table was unexpected and seasoned with coconut, yum. The view from our table was excellent of...More

Thank RNoonan
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a restaurant that is near a ??Japenese Park?? and several hotels are also in walking distance.. Went here twice and did find out it is a much better deal at lunch ..dinner can be a little pricey.. The food is good and seafood...More

Thank Zelda911
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though it was a rainy day in Hilo, the outdoor seating was dry and view was great. Food was delicious, and fresh. A good mix of offerings from Hawaiian to American fare. The cocktail menu was not too bad, just a bit small. Looked...More

Thank Barry M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in this restaurant around 530 on a Tuesday pm, fairly early for dinner. The hostess asked if we had a reservation. We did not, but, were seated quickly. When I asked abut gluten free /dairy free options, the server told me about icons...More

Thank ssullivans
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been to this establishment twice. Very busy and hard to get reservations. Food is very good and focuses on local fusion. Very nice sushi bar. Location overlooking Hilo Bay is very picturesque with outside seating.

Thank Vtmd73
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here about 6 times since they moved to this new location. If you get a good view table it is just wonderful looking out on our beautiful Hilo bay and the slopes of Mauna Kea. The outdoor tables are our choice if...More

Thank UkePlayer
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Are you open at noon
15 January 2016|
Response from dancingbelle47 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They open every day at 11. Close at 9 on weekdays, 930 on weekends. Closed on subdays.
I don't think that the restaurant serves breakfast. This review sounds more like the Hawaiian Cafe in Waimea where the breakfasts are huge as are the pancakes. Suggest that the writer check on this or please let me know that they do serve breakfast. In any event, other reviews, like ours suggest that diners should be very careful here. I smell a rat on the management side of this nice location and building, though it is a bit sterile.
19 December 2014|
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Response from Kim S | Property representative |
This is the first time I've received an email from Trip Adviser. I'm told that a customer has a question, but I'm not quite sure what is the question, except maybe the customer is wondering whether or not Hilo Bay Cafe... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 40
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
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
  • E-mail
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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