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“A gem in the middle of Hilo ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moon and Turtle

Moon and Turtle
Ranked #9 of 237 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We feature a frequently changing international menu with a pacific emphasis and focus on locally sourced ingredients.
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A gem in the middle of Hilo ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

Excellent food prepared by a chef that has some New York experience and it shows. It's not pretentious and they don't try to do too much unlike other restaurants billed as "top end" on the island. The barista Soni has experience from one if the top coffee shops in NY and makes some great espresso and cappuccino from a local coffee blend. How I learned all this? Soni was so friendly, we ended up talking for a while...

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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
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English first
Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Fresh well presented”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

We found this wonderful restaurant by wandering off the main street and it was well worth it. Only been open a short time but the food that all four of us ordered for lunch was really good. I had some of the best ceviche I have had in a long time. This staff were very attentive and service was quick.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Waimea, Hawaii
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562 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

This is a "new" restaurant with new owners and a new menu. The menu is short, but the items are well prepared and very tasty. I had the fried rice, which was delicious and truly fried--not wet. The poisson cru, served with breadfruit chips, was outstanding.

The service was equally good. I highly recommend Full Moon Cafe.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Very tasty but over-price or under portioned”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

A recent change in management has pushed out the Thai focus and replaced it with a Pan-Asian feel focused on local ingredients. The quality, presentation, and creativity are worthy of a beach side restaurant. I would have given it a 5 had the portions been bigger or the price 20% lower. This is Hilo, not the Kohala coast, where I believe it would thrive.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“great food and lovely service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

my husband and I went there last week and had a lovely yummy experience. we tried the ceviche and the fried rice - both delicious! the menu had so many things i wanted to try.... our server told us that the menu changes pretty much daily as it depends on what fresh fish and produce they get at the farmers market on the same day. and we could definitely tell from the ceviche. sooooo good! the service was also lovely and the atmosphere relaxed and sophisticated (without being snotty). definitely worth a try and so much bettter than other options we saw around, which were quite generic.

Visited October 2013
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