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Hilo Bay Cafe

$$ - $$$American, , Fusion
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped here really because it was raining and thought it was just a cafe as didn’t look much from the outside. It is a lovely surprise when you walk up the stairs into a lovely tastefully decorated restaurant. Our meal was delicious, I had Sicilian...More

Thank Joannejoiner
Reviewed 6 days ago

Food quality is good, service so so. Ask to sit outside on the patio since it is quite warm inside without AC.

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant sits on the edge of Liliuokalani Gardens, a japanese themed garden. Their food is great and the staff are really friendly. Their crab cakes are out of this world. The view on the lanai overlooks Hilo Bay. Enjoy life in Paradise.

Thank pualani4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just stopped in for a drink, so can't speak for the food. The location sits nicely overlooking the bay and is elevated for great view of you choose to sit outside. The Island Elixir was a great choice and well-balanced. Excellent negroni, highly recommended!

Thank ghart83181
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friends had gift cards so we made a get together night out. It is such a nice, clean and bustling place. Atmosphere and scenery is great. Seeing the sunset behind Mauna Kea is a sight to see. Great service and good was terrific. Started off...More

Thank joslyn62
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As local residents we dine at Hilo Bay Cafe every few months and have done so since their old location. The food has always been consistently delicious. The wait staff is usually excellent. The view of Hilo Bay is relaxing. The overall setting, inside or...More

Thank LRRabbits
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had heard a lot about this place and was stoked to try it. Liked it but did not live up to the hype. Fish was fresh but limited and I get better in California. Cauliflower was totally amazing and worth the visit. Wife had "surf...More

Thank hcconsultant
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Settled overlooking the bay, this is a great place for a nice meal. The fish and chips were amazing, with thick pieces of ahi. Cocktails were great too. The outdoor seating was very pleasant and the staff was very attentive. Probably the best dinner location...More

Thank hikingnut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for drinks on our first night in Hilo- excellent service so thought we would go for dinner- fabulous food

Thank vivoceanvillage
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I had dinner at this restaurant. The food was good and of a high standard, however the service was not good. The Waiter was very arrogant and was unhelpfully when ask to explain the menu. Listening and watching his service to other...More

Thank Brad O
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Questions & Answers
15 January 2016|
Response from dancingbelle47 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They open every day at 11. Close at 9 on weekdays, 930 on weekends. Closed on subdays.
19 December 2014|
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Response from Kim S | Property representative |
This is the first time I've received an email from Trip Adviser. I'm told that a customer has a question, but I'm not quite sure what is the question, except maybe the customer is wondering whether or not Hilo Bay Cafe... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-4939
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Contemporary restaurant with emphasis on innovative cuisine using fresh, local, and organic ingredients--a Hilo town favorite gathering place. Full food and beverage service with indoor and outdoor lanai seating and large room for special events. Much of the restaurant has expansive views of Hilo bay, Mauna Kea, and Hilo town. Full bar, original recipes, artisan sushi, and keiki menu. Large parties are welcome. Come as you are or come as your best dressed self--we appreciate both! Reservations recommended. *For current menus, please visit our website, as TripAdvisor does not give businesses the capability to update menu content.*
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