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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“opakapaka” (18 reviews)
Closes in 24 min
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You go to Hawaii and dine on the waters edge hoping for fresh food and classic Hawaiian cocktails but this place delivers basic American dinner food with a lack luster taste. Hoping we don't get sick from the crab dip. Don't bother ordering a cocktail-...More

Thank Amber B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant actually sits in the water over a brackish coy pond. They give fish food to the kids and our daughter entertained herself feeding them while we waited for our dinner. Lots of food choices from prime rib to very fresh fish. We will...More

Thank vadavisockis
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate lunch there during our stay in Hilo and enjoyed it. We were seated by the window, which was open so we could watch the koi swim below and watch kids swim in the pond. Watching the scenery is very relaxing. They have very...More

Thank Cindi W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ponds is located on a pond that is fun to swim in & jump off the bridge. Wear water shoes or flip flops (slippers) since it's pretty rocky in places. The water is COLD so it's perfect for a hot summer day. The restaurant has...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the seafood fetucinni and upgraded house salad to a caesar. Enjoyed it. Nice ambience, and relaxing.

Thank Stanley S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner twice here with my Partner during our stay in Hilo. We didn't try much from the menu because we have fallen in love with theseared tuna salad the first night and we came back for it!! Good selection of local beers, staff...More

Thank IllyOz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent meals. We love their special salads, the opakapaka used in many fish and chips or the Cajun wraps. The music is great--and not too loud. We love the ambience and the views. This is a favorite for lunch or dinner.

Thank HLW648
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking for an affordable location for an awards banquet in Hilo and came across Ponds restaurant on Trip Advisor - I was very attracted to the beautiful view shown in the pictures. Owner, Debbie, was every easy to work with long distance (5...More

Thank WiWeezie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent the day in Hilo and were heading back Kona side to our hotel, but needed dinner. Used Google's "restaurants near me" and up popped Ponds. What a lucky find! Even though we didn't have reservstions, we were taken right away (probably wouldnt risk...More

Thank Barbara A
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We were here on Mother's Day. They had a crab stuffed lobster that looked amazing, but we went for some of the other offerings. Very affordable, ample portions and fresh ingredients. There is something for every palate. The window we were seated at had a...More

Thank Von S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Edwin S
Do they have a Sunday brunch here? Is there a brunch menu?
22 January 2017|
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Response from Scott V | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They have a wonderful brunch menu.
Looked at Ponds' menu on line and there are no prices. Would like at least a price range for seafood entrees. Also does anything come with the entrees?
24 January 2016|
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Response from Robert P | Reviewed this property |
Entrees are, as I recall, in the $18-30 range and come with sides, which can be switched around.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7663
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