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Puka Puka Kitchen

270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
+1 808-933-2121
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (30 reviews)
“lamb” (27 reviews)
“garlic rice” (18 reviews)
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CUISINES
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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LOCATION
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
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1 - 10 of 176 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Puka Puka Kitchen may not look like much, but if you are hungry and lucky enough to see an open table when passing by, grab it. I seem to have been the only one ordering the lamb plate, which I liked. Seafood was more popular...More

Thank Huckleberry_Finn_808
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We stopped here because of the high ratings on TripAdvisor. The menu looks interesting, but that was about it. Once is enough.

1  Thank BigIsleFoodie
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Nice portion, great taste, curry fried rice was an unexpected but welcome experience, salad was exceptional, seafood was nicely prepared, ambiance lets you know this is a good local spot and you definitely feel like your next to the beach. Superb and "ono"-licous.

Thank Corey T
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Puka is Hawaiian for a little hole so Puka Puka is a really little hole or, in this case, a hole in the wall. Clearly great things come in small packages and this chef is consistently amazing. Most choices are Japanese influenced and similar to...More

Thank Neil E
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Today was our second meal this year at the Puka Puka Kitchen! We have been waiting 3 years to eat there again. They prepare everything with the freshest of ingredients and the service is great. This is a small restaurant that doesn't have many seats,...More

Thank 1LeslieS1
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped for lunch about 30 minutes before lunch service was over. We had Japanese Curry, Coconut Shrimp, and the sautéed lamb. Everyone was VERY happy and the garlic rice almost steals the show. This was one stop worth every moment!

Thank Laurie W
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This was a suggestion from our BnB host. No real surprises, all good ordinary meals. Pleasant staff and no waiting. BYO alcohol. Maybe a little $$$ for what it is.

Thank jonathan c
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I had the lamb pita made with local lamb. My husband had the Japanese curry. Both were excellent choices!!

Thank KelliKansasCity
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Puka Puka is located in a small unassuming place on the front street of Hilo facing the ocean. Their business seems to be split equally between prepared lunch boxes you can grab to go and a small dining area of perhaps 12 seats. Everything is...More

Thank DoctorM
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were traveling around the island and decided we would stop in Hilo for lunch. We read the reviews on this place and they sounded good. The photos helped make the decision. We were pleased with our meal. The place is pretty...More

Thank ALL1357
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:30
Monday
11:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-933-2121
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