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Hilo Bay Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Fusion
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pot pie” (32 reviews)
“custard” (16 reviews)
“fish and chips” (64 reviews)
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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 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to try this restaurant. We didn’t have reservations and were told that we might be waiting for 25 minutes. We only waited a little over 10 minutes. I ordered the crab cake salad- Wow- absolutely the best crab cakes I...More

Thank travelsnearandfar
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I celebrated our 21 anniversary with a helicopter ride over the volcano followed later that day with dinner at the Hilo Bay Cafe. Everything was perfect. We made reservations for a quite table with a nice view. When seated outside as most...More

Thank Juliacita
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited this cafe yesterday expecting a nice meal and service. Arrived about 11.50 and advised that there wS a 5 to 10 minute wait. That was ok so we sat down and waited. 12.15 came and I got up to walk out when the receptionist...More

Thank Rob G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Cafe is located right on Hilo Bay providing a great view of the bay, ocean and downtown Hilo. We had lunch here on a really windy day so the bay had white caps which added to its interest. Luckily our table, though outside, was...More

Thank mikexyz22
Reviewed 6 days ago

A nice restaurant with great food, and there are options on the menu that are not terribly expensive. Try to get a table on the balcony for a nice view of Hilo Bay and town.

Thank Winston L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Came for dinner during our stay in Hilo. It is a bit weird when you walk in and they need to take down your name and party number before they sit you. Even when they are not busy. Food was average. Pork chop lacking salt....More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice selection throughout the day. At dinner, you will have choices of basic stuff like burgers up to full entrees with fresh fish. The sushi was quite good here as well.

Thank Phoenixroby
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place, great food, fresh fish, incredible drinks and friendly people running it. Try the hibiscus drink, it is delicious, also try and get a table outside, especially if it is warm outside. Do make reservations, because it can be crowded. You can dress...More

Thank KatmaiKate
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great 1st time visit to HBC. The food is fabulous and it has a view of the bay. Good wine selection as well as spirits. So very glad we came here. Tomato bisque yummy, chicken pot pie delicious as well as fish and chips. Great...More

Thank CarolKemnitz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has lovely views of Hilo bay, but the food was pretty meh. The beet tartine app was over salted and presented in hard-to-eat towering piles. Ribs were falling off the bone but super dry. And the pot pie was obviously premade and reheated,...More

Thank Chris C
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Questions & Answers
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.
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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
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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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