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Kalbi Express

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315 E Makaala St, Ste 106, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-5127
+1 808-935-8900
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

The kids eat at hot dog on a stick, and daddy eats Kalbi ribs! Located inside the Mall this spot serves tasty Kalbi. Plate lunch around $10 bucks.

Thank DjVinyljunke
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

Hilo doesn't have any truly authentic Korean restaurants. That aside, the Korean restaurants are geared to local tastes, thus offer namool (salad sides) accordingly. This is off a cold tray, if you order Kalbi, you get to pick four namools, for example. The food is fast enough, and very tasty for food-court restaurant. The staff is friendly and helpful. It... More 

Thank donnaspeaks
Volcano, Hawaii
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

Bibim Pap is a dish that has a layer of rice on the bottom. It is then covered with different vegetables, barbeque meat, kim chee, and a fried egg. The best is at Kalbi Express. Make sure that you ask for kochujang sauce to go with the meal. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and meat and stir everything around.... More 

Thank Mrl84
Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Quick Service, good food, excellent price. Food Court atmosphere of course - because it is on a food court in a shopping mall.

1 Thank Norm-in-Hilo
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

The food is great, but it's in a food court, but generally this food court isn't very crowded. Prices are very reasonable, I have a hard time deciding what side dishes to order, because they're all really ono!

Thank Volcano09
Yokohama, Japan
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

They have good amount of food, and nice staff which make you come back to the place. Korean chickens are my favorite.

Thank s0phiai
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

Kalbi has a wide variety of meats on their menu. They have a very good assortment of Korean vegetables to go with your meat. It's very refreshing to get away from the mac salad! They do serve items with the white rice, but their generous servings of vegetables makes it a really good meal. The restaurant is located inside a... More 

1 Thank Tudie54
Millington, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

This take out counter has yummy korean barbeque, spicy soup and lots of pickled vegtables.

Thank GeekGhoddess
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2009

Kalbi Express smelled so good throughout the shopping center parking lot at about 1600h, when they were BBQing their beef. Yum! This is a little plate lunch restaurant in a small food court of the Prince Kuhio Plaza shopping center. Foodies may snub their nose at this place since you choose your veggie sides and the server scoops them from... More 

Thank SFOFlyingTiger

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 315 E Makaala St, Ste 106, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-5127
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-8900

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?