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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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American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our hotel concierge recommended this restaurant to us for lunch on our day trip to Hilo. The simple looking restaurant has excellent food and service. It has a perfect view of Hilo bay. We had the reuben, adult grilled cheese, and chicken sandwiched all were...More

Thank apmarek
Reviewed 4 days ago

Everytime we went past this restaurant it seemed busy. We stopped in because it was a short walk from our hotel. The food was as expected and reasonably priced. You may have the choice of the dining room or deck.

Thank Barry A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Of all the places I ate at in Hilo, this was the one that offered quiet elegance. Responsive, alert and unobtrusive service along with a great view made this a very romantic experience. Food was very good and prices are very reasonable given the quality.

Thank David V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our last full day on the Big Island was highlighted by finding this gem. We stopped at off hours between lunch and dinner, but that's how we roll on vacation! We were seated on the balcony overlooking Hilo Bay and were promptly brought menus and...More

Thank Roy L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best Tom Ka Gai I've had in a long time. Flavorful broth and fresh vegetables. It is a quaint and lovely place.

Thank MaryWeidner
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the local poke bowl variation - best dinner I’ve had on the Big Island. Super service and good value.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting on Hilo Bay is spectacular. The menu contains some creative offerings. Even my quinoa burger came with a surprise basil mayo that added a special touch. In the summer it would be better to arrive when the sun is beginning to disappear behind...More

Thank PascoBob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food it's just as good as the view reasonably priced and a great menu. Nightly selections and great beer choices. wait staff is friendly and courteous. it is built on stilts with a great view of the harbor

Thank hockeyhuss
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Great food and good price such a beautiful restaurant. We loved the quinoa burger and iced tea. service top notch, great view.

Thank Dianemjobe
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Our reservation was at 5:30pm and we were seated on the lanai. The restaurant had great views of the bay. It was hot on the lanai even with the sun shades. (Not the restaurant fault). Our server was good but the main course took a...More

Thank JB1111
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
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. *For current menus, please visit our website, as TripAdvisor does not give businesses the capability to update menu content.*
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