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IMILOA Sky Garden Restaurant

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600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
09:00 - 17:00
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Montgomery, Texas
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135 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

For $17.00 pp, this buffet is typical for locals. The place is usually packed with small tour groups which is good cause then the food is fresh and refilled frequently. Having been there a couple of times, it appears that the garlic pandora shrimp, and the mapo tofu are standard, but they also serve fish, chicken, baked ham and pork... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Restaurant is located in the Imiloa Astronomy Center and Planetarium. The buffet was a real surprise. A good selection of meats and fish as well as salads and deserts. No waiting to be seated.

Thank BocaBobOutdoors
Clinton, Washington
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We wanted a fast meal in order to see the planetarium show. The buffet lunch offered very good food (for a buffet). Great selection and variety, and good quality. I'm sorry we didn't have more time to do it justice. Service was excellent, helping us get out in time to catch the show (not to be missed shows!).

Thank aderidl
Austin, Texas, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

$14 for a poor sandwich made with processed meats and a side of fries you'd buy at a grocery store. The view is fine as there are large windows overlooking a nice garden but I'd rather eat gas station food! Don't waste your money.

Thank kayetal
Portland, Oregon
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370 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were visiting the IMILOA Space Center and when we were finished came here for lunch on premises. Its a good sized restaurant with big windows and lots of light. Nice views of the gardens outside. I had the buffet (kids 3 and under eat free - so that was nice). The salad bar tasted fresh and had some nice... More 

Thank travelinpdx
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128 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We are here after a visit to the attached museum. The loco moco was really good, and my family enjoyed the lunch buffet. Nice and attentive service.

Thank Westchestertravel
Northville, Michigan
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126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to the lava tours and Hawaii national park. The service was nice and food was good. My kids liked the kids meals. The rest of us didn't care for the entrees much. If we were hungrier then it might have been better.

Thank Zafar39525
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

When we walked in, my son-in-law said "Looks like a hospital cafeteria." Well, the food made up for the rather basic setting - and there is a lovely view of the garden. There were many items to choose from; my favorite was the salt-and-pepper shrimp. Everything I tasted was excellent, from the salad bar to the dessert. My three teen-age... More 

Thank HIroamer
Naalehu, Hawaii
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

I can tell you that on Friday nights, they have a prime rib buffet with a great variety of items on the buffet, as well as a salad bar. The place was crowded with locals who appeared to be celebrating family events. They also have a varied menu if you don't want to do the buffet.

Thank NaalehuGal
Waimea, Hawaii
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570 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Sky Garden is located inside Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. The food here is good--especially the omelettes and fried rice. Service is excellent and polite. Imiloa also has a planetarium that shows IMAX films about the Mauna Kea observatory discoveries. Great resource that showcases why Mauna Kea Summit is the world's best scientific platform for astrophysics research.

Thank BigIsleFoodie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 18089699753

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?