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“Hilo's Place for Foodies”
Review of Moon and Turtle

Moon and Turtle
Ranked #4 of 255 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$25
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: We feature a frequently changing international menu with a pacific emphasis and focus on locally sourced ingredients.
Reviewed 14 June 2014

The Full Moon Cafe is a surprising gem. The restaurant is in a quiet, slightly offbeat location, a block from the main drag in downtown Hilo. We found the interior to be bright and charming, and the service was very good. The food would best be described as Hawaiian-Asian fusion, with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. The menu is relatively limited (on this day we had a choice of four appetizers and four main courses, but it changes daily). The food was outstanding and the flavors really popped! Our appetizer (aka "small") choice was Crispy Brussels - the best brussel sprouts any of us have ever tasted. They were accompanied by very crisp baby anchovies, which were delectable even to the non-anchovy lovers in our party. We chose three different main courses; all featured very different flavors, and all were delicious. The market Mahi was fresh and perfectly cooked, and the accompanying spaetzle and local vegetables were mouth watering. The twice cooked beef was crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and well seasoned with a good use of brussel sprouts and arugula. The oyster sauce sauté was also delicious and featured very fresh local vegetables. We appreciated a table-side greeting by the chef, who brings his expertise to Hilo from NYC. One opportunity for improvement was the wine list, which was sufficient but fairly limited.

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5  Thank REEF_Surfer_8
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

No doubt about it. This very cool, clean, cozy restaurant is a wonderful addition for downtown Hilo. The staff is superb. Depending on what is fresh that day, the menu can change. Don't let that deter you. Widen your horizons, try something different. You will no be disappointed. Everything is delicious. Love this place.

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1  Thank HiloKine
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

A bit pricey but well worth the food quality and service. Do make a reservation because people are waiting on the sidewalk for a table.

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1  Thank Bill77Oregon
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We loved the variety of the menu and shared each dish with our group. The service was quick and the food was delicious

Thank Phylis H
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Are you fans of Portlandia? We feel many parts of Hilo are a bit Portlandia-ish! Laid back, but kitschy enough to attract the new age organic, eco folk.
Full Moon Cafe is a bit like that. Very limited menu, and in fact since they had run out of the pork on a Friday night, we opted for the only other meat/fish dish offered - mahi mahi.
And so glad we did - absolutely different and delicious. Who thought mahi mahi over spatzel would work?? Served in a bowl, in a light broth over fresh gr beans and zucchini it was fabulous.
Great service, pleasant setting. Really worth trying.
I reserve giving it 5 stars because they ran out of the pork!

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1  Thank pennymasae
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