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Verna's III Drive Inn

#30 of 191 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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1765 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4626
+1 808-935-2776
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Boulder, Colorado
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906 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Verna's was never an excellent drive-in, even when it was in Keeau with little competition, and it didn't improve when it moved to Hilo. Maybe time has passed it by

Thank Miriahm D
Honolulu, Hawaii
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

There is a lot to like about our Pidgin communication. But when it comes to Verna's, say "no can". Kens is just across the street and worth the walk.

Thank Keaka_Pono
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

It's a great place to eat healthy if you have the willpower to order the healthy options they offer. This place has a lot of options!

Thank iHealth C
Pahoa, Hawaii, United States
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Gotta eat here. I just love their quantity and quality. The double Teri cheese burger was HUGE! Had to save 1/2 for dinner.

Thank Harriet Nina C
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The outside isn't the most appealing but the food is very good. Pastele plates, loco mocks, Hawaiian food plate, and my usually favorite Gravy Cheeseburger Combo. The burger itself is delicious, then they add really tasty brown gravy and cheese. A must-go for me when I'm in Hilo.

Thank Carlos A
Hilo, Hawaii
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Open 24-7!! Can't get any better than that! Pick a plate lunch, burger, fries etc!!! Hungry at 1am? Not a problem! Try the Li Hing Hui Lemon slush!!!! Used to be the best place to get a pastele plate but they are no longer selling it. Gravy burgers are highly recommended!

Thank Shanel C
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Food is great no doubt about that, it's the service that lacks. If your trying to call in an order to be ahead, don't bother they never pick up. None the less their food is worth the hassle. Also they give a nice size portion. Jumping off the airplane or heading to the beach and your hungry? This is a... More 

Thank Caitlin P
Edmonds, WA
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54 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The price is right. You can take the food home or sit on the benches with the local people. I liked the breakfasts in the morning. There is no ambience, scenery, it's across from a service station, but the food tastes great.

Thank AsianStanley
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184 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We were tired after a long day and a trip to Volcano so we stopped here to get a plate lunch. The shoyu chicken plate was delicious and more than enough for two people. It is good food and one can see why it is popular with those in the area as well as tourists.

Thank Cheryl B
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We searched for authentic Hawaiian BBQ and L and L failed. We were directed here by a local who guaranteed it was authentic. It was and the food was delicious. You can tell by the huge crowd of locals standing G in the rain to order. Big portions of BBQ accompanied by rice and Mac salad. Odd combo but it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food, Hawaiian
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1765 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4626
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-2776

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