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Puka Puka Kitchen

270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
+1 808-933-2121
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (33 reviews)
“garlic rice” (20 reviews)
“falafel” (10 reviews)
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CUISINES
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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LOCATION
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
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1 - 10 of 150 reviews

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Good variety of take out, local plate lunch with variations. Always go there whenever I happen to get to Hilo

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 6 August 2017

As many of the reviewers have said, don't be misled by the look of the place. With just a couple of tables and a super causal feel, the food doesn't disappoint. Take it to go or enjoy it there, either way you'll be glad you...More

Thank slp9700
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Puka Puka Kitchen is about a block away from the Farmers Market and was one reason to have lunch there on a hot day. Whatever you order you gotta have the garlic rice. I won't try to figure out the ingredients but it compliments the...More

Thank JoeBlow88
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is one of those places that looks like nothing but gets it all just right. I actually considered giving up my vacation to volunteer in the kitchen to steal their secrets! They have the best fish, the most wonderful salads and the garlic rice...More

Thank Valerie V
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Puka Puka Kitchen may not look like much, but if you are hungry and lucky enough to see an open table when passing by, grab it. I seem to have been the only one ordering the lamb plate, which I liked. Seafood was more popular...More

1  Thank Huckleberry_Finn_808
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We stopped here because of the high ratings on TripAdvisor. The menu looks interesting, but that was about it. Once is enough.

1  Thank BigIsleFoodie
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Nice portion, great taste, curry fried rice was an unexpected but welcome experience, salad was exceptional, seafood was nicely prepared, ambiance lets you know this is a good local spot and you definitely feel like your next to the beach. Superb and "ono"-licous.

Thank Corey T
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Puka is Hawaiian for a little hole so Puka Puka is a really little hole or, in this case, a hole in the wall. Clearly great things come in small packages and this chef is consistently amazing. Most choices are Japanese influenced and similar to...More

Thank Neil E
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Today was our second meal this year at the Puka Puka Kitchen! We have been waiting 3 years to eat there again. They prepare everything with the freshest of ingredients and the service is great. This is a small restaurant that doesn't have many seats,...More

Thank 1LeslieS1
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped for lunch about 30 minutes before lunch service was over. We had Japanese Curry, Coconut Shrimp, and the sautéed lamb. Everyone was VERY happy and the garlic rice almost steals the show. This was one stop worth every moment!

Thank Laurie W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-933-2121
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