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Surf Break Cafe

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17 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2801
+1 808-934-8844
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun 08:00 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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San Francisco, California
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77 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice cafe, central to downtown Hilo. Stopped in midday for a couple of smoothies. My machado smoothie was good ... mixed berry, apple juice, milk, but my wife's smoothies, the Durian, was rather plain and simple. Didn't try the food. Service was nice at the front and place was half full with a mix of students on laptops and tourists... More 

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Concord, California
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268 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pleasant, "down-home" coffee shop, Hilo-style. Good brew and food to back it up. Excellent wifi and a nice atmosphere to catch up on your email. The staff is helpful and friendly. Great place for families and kids.

Thank N_skier
Ottawa, Canada
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Wandering around downtown Hilo on a round-the-island whirlwind tour we were looking for a quick sandwich and coffee. A helpful local pointed us to the Surf Break Cafe that happened to be right around the corner. The restaurant is a big, open, room with high ceilings in a building I'd estimate to be wartime. Much of the architecture in this... More 

Thank Michael P
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The oatmeal was great and only $5! The coffee was also great. The staff were very friendly. Also enjoyed the local art on the walls.

Thank jennifer h
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12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I've never been to a place with food like this! I've had paninis before but these were delicious! The wraps are even better! They today them just like a panini so your food doesn't fall out of the wrap while you're eating it! And really brings out the flavor! This place is worth a stop although it can get pricey.... More 

Thank Shane S
Hilo, Hawaii
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Surf Break has very good breakfast and lunch! Their stuff is a little pricey if you want a drink with your lunch. But you can't get food like this anywhere else. They have amazing breakfast panini's and great burritos as well. They even grill their burritos like a panini. Good stuff.

1 Thank underwander
Aptos, California
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a breakfast place after visiting the farmers market and stumbled upon this little slice of heaven. Its down a side street from the farmers market about a 4 minute walk. Wonderful breakfast choices. We opted for the French toast and the Danny girl panini. Outstanding with very fresh ingredients. The French toast wash thick and delicious.... More 

1 Thank drjohnrx
Guelph, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We had lunch here (4 adults, 3 children). The atmosphere was comfortable, there was a good variety of food choices and the staff were helpful. I would recommend it as a low-key place to get a quick and easy lunch.

1 Thank suejul
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We ate breakfast here on a Monday. Quick friendly service with a low key vibe that feels a little on the hippie side. Good food. I had a tomato, bacon, and spinach scramble. Very tasty. My wife had oatmeal and a cup of coffee. We shared a cup of acai. Left satisfied and ready for the day. Good value, fast,... More 

1 Thank Hulajim
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102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

This cafe has a great breakfast and lunch. They had a terrific range of sandwiches, wraps and salads. Good coffee as well. A good place to stop, relax and wait out the Hilo rain!

1 Thank megsiep

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2801
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-8844

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?