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Tina's Garden Gourmet Cafe

#21 of 186 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-935-1166
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 16:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 20:30
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San Francisco, California
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77 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for what we thought was going to be a light dinner, but the portions are very generous and left pretty full and took leftovers with us back to our B&B. The place only has 8 tables or so, so recommend getting there early or call ahead for reservations. Healthy, quality ingredients. Tom Kha soup was outstanding. The broth was... More 

Thank atwoodexplores
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm so sad. Really wanted to like this restaurant. We came here just for the Opakapaka. Called ahead to make sure they had it. Ordered both the black beans steamed Opakapaka and the grilled Opakapaka on Noni Salad. Marked Market Price on the menu. But they both tasted like frozen Basa or Swai fish. Extremely soft with no bounce. Maybe... More 

Thank Daniel T
Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

My wife and I went in for lunch. I had the Thai spaghetti and she had the Thai pizza (shrimp). I thought the spaghetti had too much sauce on it, but it's unique and I'm glad I tried it once. The Thai pizza was something I've never seen before and kind of a weird combination, but it was really good.... More 

Thank kjreed
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

had a horrible experience in volcano last night so went with this trip advisor recommendation tonight. really wanted to like it...her story is great and she obviously has a strong following. i ordered somtam. one of my favs from Thailand. their medium is no spice at all. texture was good and it had all the ingredients but no zing. bigger... More 

Thank Mari L
Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

It smelled so good from the outside we HAD to get lunch here. The menu is Thai/fusion-y. I got a great and HUGE Thai iced coffee. The portions are family style - so if you order a few dished you will be bringing back leftovers. We got the jammin salmon and the masman curry. I would highly recommend both! Great... More 

Thank kowalbear
San Diego
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This lovely small Thai restaurant is run by a wonderful family that grows the vegetables for the delicious dishes it serves. You can taste the subtle flavors and freshness of the food. We liked it so much we ate here twice. The early closing hours are the only drawback - the last order is taken at 4.30 p.m. so Tina's... More 

1 Thank 2travelight
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

So good. Huge fresh and yummy. Beware the spiciness and different dishes use different peppers. The spicy of the burrito is way hotter than spicy of massaman curry and the medium of yellow curry isn't hot at all. But with that said, the flavor of all these is delicious. We were in Hilo 8 nights & had Tina's 4 of... More 

1 Thank Jackson G
Taylorsville, Utah
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Big portions. Good food, & many choices. We really enjoyed the food here. We had mild & spicy, and all was tasty.

Thank Diana G
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Very laid back. Food comes out as it's made and it's family style. The wait staff is not great. Just seem like they're upset or bored or fed up... The food was excellent, though!

Thank Texjann O
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Flavoursome, fresh Thai food that caters for meat and vegetarians. A small cafe, a longish wait as everything is cooked fresh by Tina. Well worth the wait!!! We had the soup and it was a large cup size, full of goodness!!!! Strongly recommend you eat the food here, or order a takeaway - you will not regret!

Thank napierstreet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Fusion, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-1166
It is always good to ask local residents where they would eat. What a treasure. Organic good food, homemade and prepared from scratch.

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