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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%
Travellers talk about
“pot pie” (38 reviews)
“sushi” (94 reviews)
“lava cake” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went for dinner at the Hilo Bay Café (HBC) based on a recommendation from our B&B. We made a reservation earlier in the day, which was great as others who arrived without a reservation were told there was a 40 minute wait. Unfortunately, we were...More

Thank VGTravelGirl
Reviewed 5 days ago

Four of us went for dinner. We were seated out on the deck and had the full sunset while we ate. Our server was excellent, food was excellent. The facility is beautiful. They have quite a variety of food to choose from, so everyone should...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped at this restaurant because of the Tripadvisor and ratings in the "Hawaii Revealed" book. The hostess let us know that we could wait 20-30 minutes for a window table. We asked if we could walk in the park while we were waiting and...More

Thank traveltips621
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went in without a reservation. Staff were very friendly. The menu was great. We ordered 3 kids meals, the mushroom salad and the beef burger. The food was fresh and flavoursome. Great views over Hilo Bay. Highly recommend.

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called ahead for reservations and alerted them of a birthday in our party. Hostess said “that will be fun!” Food not that great compared to past few visits. When time to order desserts I ask waitress about birthday and she replied “When she orders her...More

Thank Olabob45
Reviewed 1 week ago

Used to go to the original location for this Avant-Garde restaurant located infamously next to WalMart in Hilo, and about 3years ago they moved to a location perfectly suited to their name, right on Hilo Bay! Two story building with parking underneath, and an elevator...More

Thank Gunner M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn’t have dinner, just cocktails at the bar. Ian was our bartender, he mixed an excellent Old Fashion Passion for my husband. Drinks are reasonably priced, service spot-on and friendly. Ian has excellent people skills. We witnessed him working with a grumpy customer, whom...More

Thank Crbmtb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for lunch today. Walked up to the hostess and waited for her attention. After waiting several minutes directly in front of her station another person came in and walked up beside me. She greeted him and he deferred to me since I was obviously...More

1  Thank mjbBuffalo_NewYork
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here at the end of a day trip. Good meal, but not great. The food may have been better had the service been up to par. One of those meals where the food arrival is disjointed and out of order. Apathy reined from...More

Thank x2bate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Typically, I eschew this title, for it usually appeals to the older midwesterner who wishes a couple of shrimp with his gargantuan T-bone. Not so HBC's surf and turf: Excellent ahi poke atop sushi rice with avocado and seaweed salad accompanied by a skewer of...More

Thank madqdog
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
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.

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