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Hilo Bay Cafe

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££ - £££
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123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Chehalis, Washington
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were staying down the street our last night in Hilo and after 2 week in Hawaii we just wanted a mid-priced place to eat with decent food.Read some reviews and this one seemed to fit the bill.It was a very nice setting on the deck overlooking the ocean...and service was great.Cant say too much about the food,since the 3... More 

Thank ricoman1
Kaneohe, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My college daughter brought us to the Hilo Bay Café and recommended several items all of which were stellar. Everyone ordered something different so I would have trouble naming each item but none disappointed. I had something creamy into which I dipped a seasoned toast - I embarrassingly got every single speck out of the dish - nothing was left... More 

Thank islandmaggie
Little Britain
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Diamond in the rough you could say. Hilo Bay has appeared to have seen better days but this modern restaurant sure knows what it's doing. Great bar list, Asian fusion cuisine and fantastically friendly staff!!! Would go back again!

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Montreal, Canada
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107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful location just off Banyan Drive with a good view of Hilo Bay. The decor was simple and probably intentionally so to show off the view. It is impressive how open windows and fans provide such consistent natural ventilation on a warm evening. We shared the starter of crab cake with salad, which was totally amazing. The mains tried were... More 

Thank hurlp
San Diego, California
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Luckily made reservations for the night, special menu available, but had the full slab of ribs with loaded potatoes and veggies-plenty of food. service was excellent in spite of a very busy night, Adequate wine list, but opted for Mai Tai special

Thank GWarner9411
Pahoa, Hawaii
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223 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh my, the dishes at the Hilo Bay are all perfectly done, the service is leisurely and the view is outstanding. While the entrees are totally satisfying, anyone not ordering a dessert is shortchanging their Hilo Bay visit. Enjoy the view longer and let yourself be tempted.

Thank Gabriele S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had spicy tuna and rainbow sushi. Both delicious. They also have Guinness on tap. Service was prompt and she kept our drinks filled.

Thank Jim T
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was tasty. The patio gets a bit warm during the day. Staff friendly. Nice location away from the crowds.

Thank Maresa P
Morelia, Mexico
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is just amazing. You have a wonderful view of the sea while eating delicious food from sushi until french food. The onion soup is great and the cocktails are delicious. Thats a place to stay for a while, enjoying with a good company. The service was really fast and our waitress was so nice. I would love to... More 

Thank carolatoledo
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food. I had the bacon wrapped fillet and lobster Valentine special. Great ambience. Delightful desserts. Homemade donuts with rich heavenly dipping sauces. A Valentine special evening.

Thank Robert S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
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
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?