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“Local and always changing menu”
Review of Moon and Turtle

Moon and Turtle
Ranked #4 of 263 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$25
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: We feature a frequently changing international menu with a pacific emphasis and focus on locally sourced ingredients.
Reviewed 29 July 2018

When we asked where to eat in Hilo, everyone mentioned Moon and Turtle. I would recommend calling ahead for reservations. We walked in and had to wait 45 minutes. But it wasn't bad. We walked a few blocks to the grocery store to buy a few things. The chefs use mostly locally sourced ingredients, seafood, etc. And the menu changes daily, depending on what they get in. They are also very adventurous in their menu, not afraid to try new recipes. In fact, our waitress said one of her favorite dishes hadn't been on the menu for awhile and she was looking forward to it coming back. The wait staff was very helpful too. Both waiters/waitress that served us were genuinely concerned about our experience there.
A bit on the pricey side, especially with two kids. But the food was superior quality to most other seafood restaurants we've tried in Hawaii. It might be the best thing going in Hilo!

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Thank Arminius1
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

I LOVE Moon and Turtle! We go there rather often. Owners and staff are all genuinely and consistently nice and gracious. Chef is creative and standard is consistent. Menu rotates but not as big as some other restaurants. However, we much prefer having quality than quantity! Price is very reasonable. You can tell the owners want to make it possible for many to enjoy! Believe me, their food would be at least double the price if it's in New York or SFO! A MUST for both locals and visitors!

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

We had an amazing dinner at Moon and Turtle. The two owners are fabulous people who like to tell you more about the place and their special way of preparing the food. It is great value for money too.

Thanks for hosting us, we had a great time at your place!

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Thank MK_DenHaag
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary with a nice dinner out. From the time we arrived for our reservation to the time we left, we were treated like special guests by all the staff. From the hostess who seated us congratulating us, to our waiter treating us to a split of sparkling wine and finally the chef coming out to congratulate us as well, the service was as exemplary as the meal.
Selecting a combination of small and large plates to share allowed us to tailor make a fantastic gourmet dinner that met our tastes while at the same time letting us try things we weren’t familiar with. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented.
It is a smaller restaurant, and reservations are all but a necessity. Every time we have gone, numerous people have walked in, only to be turned away because all the tables are reserved. So plan ahead, and make a reservation. You won’t regret it!

Thank ChristopherB5174
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

This was our last night in Hawaii and the Moon & Turtle was our best dining experience on the island. Each dish that was presented was more amazing then the last.

We ordered 2 small plates (Tuna Melt & Garlic Butter Belly) and 2 large plates (Chicken Kelaguin & Crispy Chow Fun) and shared them between the two of us. Our waitress was friendly & attentive.

I would highly recommend the restaurant and only wish we lived closer to it, making it a reason in itself to return to the Big Island.

Thank 39karlf
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