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Surf Break Cafe

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17 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2801
+1 808-934-8844
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun 08:00 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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Crown Point, Indiana
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's hard to find places open early enough for us when we are still on our time back home. This place has good food, great local art hanging, and a very friendly staff. I went once with my kids and once with my hubby. Both times great experiences.

Thank JanisN123
Fort Worth, Texas
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Pleasant, helpful staff. Easy to find. Had a panini made on their pesto bread, very yummy. Iced coffee was very refreshing.

Thank TxPetals72
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,309 reviews
1,380 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,894 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great spot to pick up a smoothie! Wish we'd known about it at breakfast or lunch time; the whole place smelled amazing!

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Clearwater, Florida
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481 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Stopped for lunch with family. I had a great turkey and cranberry wrap. The scones and smoothies were also good. We would stop here again. It was popular with the locals and had WIFI.

Thank Jim S
malissa t, Owner at Surf Break Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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463 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Stopped in for brunch on our arrival in Hilo. The best dish was the french toast. The Tom Tom and breakfast burrito were both missing some flavor. You can probably find better.

Thank 2Travel-4funNow
malissa t, Owner at Surf Break Cafe, responded to this review

Aloha, Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Wishing all the best in your travels here in Hawaii. More 

Big Island, Hawaii
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258 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

I haven't had a full real meal here yet, but I really really like their berry smoothies! The lemon cranberry scone was really good too.

Thank wannago2
malissa t, Owner at Surf Break Cafe, responded to this review

Aloha and thank-you so much for stopping by! We really appreciate the support and hope you can come back and visit the next time you're in town. More 

Edmonton, Canada
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

On a long day of exploring the Hilo area, we stumbled across the Surf Break Cafe. It was a very pleasant surprise. The cafe is clean and quaint...in the older area of downtown Hilo. My wife and I both had the grilled panini's....with iced coffees both. The food was quick, hot and very tasty. The cafe served the sandwiches on... More 

Thank Sami5809
malissa t, Owner at Surf Break Cafe, responded to this review

Aloha and thank you so very much for your kind words and support! It means the world to us. We hope you continue to have an amazing adventure here on the Big Island. A hui hou. More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Laid back atmosphere and good different kinds of coffee with the possibility to have something to eat/snack. We've walked through Hilo for 20 minutes and this was one of the few coffee bars we saw. Definitely a place to check out if you want to go to a coffee bar.

1 Thank JasperdK
San Francisco, California
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78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Nice cafe, central to downtown Hilo. Stopped in midday for a couple of smoothies. My machado smoothie was good ... mixed berry, apple juice, milk, but my wife's smoothies, the Durian, was rather plain and simple. Didn't try the food. Service was nice at the front and place was half full with a mix of students on laptops and tourists... More 

Thank atwoodexplores
Concord, California
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281 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is a pleasant, "down-home" coffee shop, Hilo-style. Good brew and food to back it up. Excellent wifi and a nice atmosphere to catch up on your email. The staff is helpful and friendly. Great place for families and kids.

Thank N_skier
malissa t, Owner at Surf Break Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we really appreciate the support and hope you come back and visit us soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2801
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-8844

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