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“Secluded spot by the water”
Review of Seaside Restaurant

Seaside Restaurant
Ranked #48 of 247 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Reservations are recommended here however we were able to just walk in because it was early, before 6p. The inside of the restaurant looks like a mismatch from the outside and the prices however the food was exceptional. We got a table by the water and were able to enjoy the views of the fish farm. If you call ahead, and make reservations, you can request a local catch from them. The food and drinks were good and the service was great. This place is definitely worth a visit, we will be back!!

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Reviewed 23 May 2014

After a week at Waikiki, we flew down to Hilo for a few days. Aside from a very light and early breakfast (fruit), we had nothing to eat for the day except for a small packet of nuts on the supposed "first class" flight with Hawaiian Airlines. So - we were hungry and glad that we had made a reservation from Australia for dinner at 5pm (told on the phone that the only way that we could guarantee a table overlooking the pond was to arrive that early).
Understandably, we were the first in but it didn't take long for the window tables to fill up. There are mainly tables for 4, 6 and bigger but, on a Thursday, there were quite a few couples. The setting is pretty basic from the street but the "pond" is quite beautiful and has a slightly Disneyish quality to it. I half expected to see a pirate ship or paddle steamer come around the bend. It's far more a lake than a pond but that may just be a difference in terminology between countries. Anyway, it's a very pretty outlook and well worth requesting a table with a view.
The welcome was very friendly and our waitress was equally friendly and efficient. The interior is fairly basic but it's comfortable and the tables are reasonably spaced.
We started with a couple of piccolos of Domaine Chandon "champagne" and ordered appetizers of shrimp cocktail (for me) and panko crusted calamari (for her). The cocktail arrived promptly and it soon became obvious that we were expected to eat that first. Once that was finished, the calamari was delivered. The prawns were quite large and very fresh and went very well with the seafood sauce. The calamari was presented in finger-length (and longer) strips and was tender but a little bland. The same seafood sauce accompanied it and a bit of double-dipping was necessary to give it some taste.
The wine we chose was a 2009 Matanzas Creek chardonnay from Sonoma County and it was pretty much at its prime. At $50, I thought it was better than any of the wines we'd had in Waikiki at almost twice that price. For mains, she had the butterfish with teryaki sauce and I asked for my butterfish to be served without any sauce. I'm struggling a bit with the Hawaii preoccupation of serving fish that tastes like the sauce rather than fish. At this restaurant, the mains come with choices of rice or pasta and a salad or soup is also provided. The soup was an onion broth which didn't seem to really go with anything so we opted for the salad. The rice was gluggy but the vegetables which accompanied the fish were good. She enjoyed her butterfish but said that it wasn't as good as the butterfish at Tiki Grill and Bar at Waikiki. Mine was okay.
By the time we left, the place was almost full and one table of four had already been turned over and more were arriving in the carpark. I can see how this restaurant would be popular with families and it may well be one of the better offerings in Hilo. We'll see over the next few days. The bill came to $153 including $70 for drinks.

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1  Thank gwegwy
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

This restaurant is a little out of the way from the usual tourist haunts in Hilo, but is worth the trip. The setting is very nice -- the restaurant has its own fish ponds and there is a lovely beach across the street. We went on the early side since we had a flight to catch and had no trouble getting a table without a reservation. We shared the calamari, warabi (fiddlehead fern) salad, and several sushi rolls. The unagi (eel) was excellent. There is good local beer on tap. Prices are reasonable.

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1  Thank RyanLChicago
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We went for an early dinner at 5pm, got great table by a window overlooking the back pond. We were 2 couples asked the waitress if they would do a chefs table for us and just bring us out whatever they think we should try. Started with calamari and I forget the name but it looks like fiddlehead salad, followed by garden salad or clam chowder. Everyone was raving about the clam chowder and also the delicious hot fresh bread! The entrees was the special - a "Chinese style" fish, Ono with a basil Mac pesto and a garlic sauce, the Mac nut crusted ahi and the phyllo covered shrimp. All quite tasty, I enjoyed the variety. For dessert all I can remember was the bread pudding, mmmm one of the best I've ever had! It Had sweet potato and taro in it covered in a coconut sauce. The wait staff were very attentive and service was quick.
We were one of the first tables for dinner but the place was packed when we were leaving and it was a Tuesday night.
There were so many things on the menu I would have like to try. It's more extensive than what shows up on tripadvisor link.
Would recommend!

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Thank KSorce
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We had an amazing dinner of fresh seafood raised on the property. The owner came out and talked to us for a few minutes - he was very kind and very humble. Amazing.

The prices can be a little steep in comparison to other restuarants in Hilo, but you're not going to get anything like it somewhere else.

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Thank jag_in_the_box
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