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Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine

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88 Kanoelehua Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4670
+1 808-969-9336
Mon - Fri 10:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Seaford, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2015

Sombat was recommend by the owners of the b& b we stayed at..So glad we went,.. Food was so fresh.. Good size portions and very reasonably priced. service was wonderful. She answered all our questions and the spice level we requested were perfect. Great find! Would highly recommend!

Thank Caryl A
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82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2015

Sombat Thai isn't a fancy restaurant, but you soon forget that once you are seated. The service is beyond excellent - they have the hardest working and best waitresses you will find anywhere! The food is fresh, flavorful and just plain good! Their prices are reasonable. Their spicing is a little on the hot side, so one thing they don't... More 

Thank mnhiwa-snapper
Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2015 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Wow. An unexpected surprise of Thai goodness and deliciousness in the small town of Hilo. Food - 4 stars. Authenticity level is approximately 80% when compared to Thailand's local fare. Spice levels however are 100% genuine so take that into consideration when ordering your food. All the dishes we had were delicious, including Som Tum, Pad See Yeow, Chicken Satay... More 

Thank DmcOz
Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2015

If you like Thai food and you are in Hilo...give this a try. Near the Hilo airport in a very small (bit of a challenge to find) strip mall just by the Hilo airport. Small space with only about 8 tables, but big on taste. Can't believe we had one of the best Thai food/flavours away from main land. Maybe... More 

Thank IYN
Portland, Oregon
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

This is truly one of our favorite restaurants in Hilo and upon our return this year, we enjoyed having both lunch and dinner here. The location is a bit of a challenge to find but once inside and seated, you'll be glad you made the journey. Service is always prompt and attentive. We find the entre portions so large that... More 

Thank PDXBayouBoy
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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159 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2015 via mobile

There is nothing flashy about this place. Just freshly prepared thai food, with very quick service and reasonably priced. What more can I say.

Thank nikonos3
Honolulu, Hawaii
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181 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2015

While this charming restaurant is in a less-than appealing strip shopping center, I found Sombat to be mostly the real thing and priced very reasonably. The curries were all fantastic but I will avoid the satay appetizer (its not a Thai dish anyways, but Indonesian) as the chicken had a seasoning which spoiled the taste. The pad thai noodles were... More 

Thank singabob
Traverse City, Michigan
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484 reviews
375 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Excellent food and service. Portions are large and reasonably priced. Curry w/chicken had more chicken and veggies than any Thai curry dish I have ever had. Choice of Jasmine or brown rice at no upcharge. Sweet and sour just as good and not too sweet.Waitress was running (no exaggeration) and yet was cheerful and helpful. Located behind Ken's Pancake house.... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015

Sent here by our B&B hostess and enjoyed our meal there. Like a lot of the restaurants in Hilo, it is located in a stip mall and looks very plain from the outside. But, the interior was cheerful and attractive. Service was very good and the food was great. We shared an order of the fresh rolls and they were... More 

Thank golfnetyme
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2015 via mobile

Our close relatives lived in Hilo so we trusted their recommendation. We were very impressed as it was some of the best Thai food we've ever had. The salad, Beef Mussaman and Pad Thai were fresh, delicious and plentiful. We even took leftovers back to our hotel and ate them cold!

Thank Stephanie O

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Kanoelehua Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4670
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-969-9336

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