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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ponds is located at one inlet on Hilo Bay. The ambience and view were relaxing - - like being on a pond. My wife and I aren't big eaters so we shared a New York steak and each had a salad. The service was...More

Thank BJRSanDiego
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were seated right away--the first time next to the window that overlooked the ponds. We enjoyed watching the ducks, the colorful carp and some young men diving and swimming. The first night was "Wack of Lamb Wednesday" and my friend and I ordered that...More

Thank JanHana
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We saw the reviews on TripAdvisor and decided to give this place a go when in Hilo. Nice location on the water. Our starter was delicious, but for my main, the fish was very undercooked. My partners lobster was overcooked. We also found it quite...More

Thank Gillian467
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Not many fine dining places here in Hilo (I live here) but this is my favorite place for special occasions whether for lunch or dinner. Great selection of foods. Always try to get Travis for our waiter. Try and get a table overlooking the water.

Thank begteb
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My family really enjoyed the visit to Ponds, all the fresh fish, etc. I just wish there were a few more vegetarian options. Great drinks and good people.

Thank HawaiiHawkGal
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Ponds is right for some people, but not for us (from California). The salmon was cooked OK, but ad a very heavy basil sauce slathered all over it. Garlic mashed potatoes were very heavy. And for vegetables - one tiny broccoli floret. Surf and turf...More

Thank ChadH
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Opposite The Seaside Hotel (2 min walk) Excellent menu & service,you can even feed the fishes if a table available..

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Great food, awesome place to people watch even out in the parking lot. So much going on around the restaurant. They catered to my gluten free lifestyle, made sure nothing I ate had shoyu on it.

Thank MissChris808
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Fun setting - restaurant over a pond near Hilo. Kids had fun looking at the koi and turtles in the water - the food was very good, and the service was solid. Overall a very positive experience.

Thank James J
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We came here on our honeymoon and found the beach nearby called Carlsmith to be fantastic and then stumbled across this gem of a restaurant. Great food, great service and great prices. Highly recommend.

Thank Jerry B
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Edwin S
Do they have a Sunday brunch here? Is there a brunch menu?
22 January 2017|
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Response from Scott V | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They have a wonderful brunch menu.
Looked at Ponds' menu on line and there are no prices. Would like at least a price range for seafood entrees. Also does anything come with the entrees?
24 January 2016|
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Response from Robert P | Reviewed this property |
Entrees are, as I recall, in the $18-30 range and come with sides, which can be switched around.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7663
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