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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The seafood chowder was cold and disgusting. Pesto pasta greasy and didn't even taste like macadamia nut. The spinach salad was disgusting and dull. She forgot my salad and didn't even acknowledge it. When I ordered the tofu off the menu she said, "We don't serve that any more, I'm not sure how you got your menu". Well, I wonder... More 

Thank photoseattle206
Burlington, North Carolina
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful location over looking "the water" (local swimming hole). Great live music ( not loud) and great service with smiles. Food was very good. Mostly American fare.

Thank Taylor W
Eugene, OR
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The menu was very dated. Nothing fresh. The staff took forever to get to us. The place was very full and everyone seemed to be pretty happy with their meals, but we were looking for more fresh, non-fried options.

Thank BlueCatGardener
Atlanta, GA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Loved the open windows overlooking the koi pond and big lagoon. Great guitar player. Super nice staff. Food...decent, not amazing. But the atmosphere is great and chill.

Thank marysharry
Nacogdoches, Texas
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by after a long day of touring the island. Food was very good. Try the Poi (daily special that day). We did not have a reservation, but were seated quickly. Live music in the main dining room. We sat in the back, but enjoyed over looking the pond and fish swimming below.

Thank TravelingTexans_10
Guerneville, California
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144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an interesting meal but not up to a 5* rating, especially considering the prices. We would probably have tried it again had we stayed longer in Hilo. Decor and atmosphere are very nice. We asked for a table some distance from the live music so it would be quieter. Dishes: Escargot appears to be their own creation with... More 

Thank IQ140
Palos Verdes Estates, California
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They went out of their way to make our dinner special. We sat at atable where we could see the Koi Fish. The food was outstanding. Have the Salmon or the Duck. The plates are full of food. The price is $$ & the value & tast are. $$$$. It is a must when in HILO !!!

Canmore, Canada
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice small quaint restaurant located right on the water. Food & service are excellent. One of the good restaurants in Hilo.

Thank Connie M
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121 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been finding it difficult to find really good food in Hawaii without busting the budget, but this was one of the best meals we've had. Our service was perfect and we had a table with a view out the window overlooking the nice pond. Fortunately we got there a little early for dinner and didn't have to wait, but... More 

Thank traveling_monster_me
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on Thanksgiving Day after spending the morning in Hilo. I tried the Thanksgiving seafood special and the rest of my family tried assorted other dishes, including a vegetarian option that was not on the menu that they made for my wife. Everything was delicious and the service was great! The restaurant is nestled next to... More 

Thank James H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Hawaiian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7663

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