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Ken's House of Pancakes

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1730 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4639
+1 808-935-8711
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00:00 - 23:59
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Porter, United States
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4 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ate at Ken's on April 26, 2017. I lost my appetite after my husband found a live bug crawling on his rice. The waitress said the bug might have been attracted by the fan. Although she was mortified and had the food replaced, it still bothered me. I question the cleaniness of this restaurant.

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Thank Byron B
Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was in walking distance from our hotel. The is a nice atmosphere (diner style), there is great service and the food is delicious. They have the best Loco Moco (Hawaiis' signature dish) and their buttermilk pancakes are very good. They have eggs Benedict traditional style or you can get it with another meat; we chose corned beef hash,... More 

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Thank Arema W
San Diego
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168 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 450 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had been told by hotel staff that this was a great place to eat breakfast. We arrived around 10 am and the parking lot was full with cars waiting to park. So I took that as a real positive. They must have great food. To be fair though - - we didn't eat there. We wanted to but from... More 

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Thank BJRSanDiego
Honolulu, Hawaii
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80 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The restaurant we wanted to eat at was closed during certain hours, so we headed for Ken's House of Pancakes because we knew it would be open since it is a 24 hour restaurant and the food would be good. It's an icon restaurant for the locals because you know you can get a good meal at decent prices. I... More 

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Thank JanHana
Richmond, Virginia
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed nearby and found Ken's to be a pretty good option for breakfast, regardless of sleeping in on vacation or getting up with the trees to go see sunrise. The portions are, well, Hawaiian - in a word, really big. If you're a member of the Clean Plate club you cannot possibly leave here without being full. There's sufficient... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A local style Hilo no frills diner. Great breakfasts and good lunch and dinners. Over 60 be sure and ask for your Senior Discount. Always get the french fries here - they are excellent. The Ken's Burger Delux is my lunch and dinner favorite. Their Won Ton bowls are also very good. Living here in Hilo eat here quite often!

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Thank begteb
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

They charged me multiple times for my meal and refuse to correct it because I was tourist. Don't go!

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Thank xx77777
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love going to Ken's; it is like a ritual when I am in Hilo. Always something on that huge menu for everyone and for everyone's mood. My picky relatives even like it. Great service, great people, great dining experience. Must do in Hilo!!

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Thank HawaiiHawkGal
San Diego
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place for lunch - the saimin (actually had the won ton min) is terrific, among the best ever! The cheeseburger and fries, on the other hand, were completely ordinary. Very large menu. Figure on about $16 per person.

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Thank ChadH
Vancouver, BC
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180 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is open 24 hours and is very popular. We stayed at the Grand Naniloa and passed by and it was busy at all hours. Lots of locals eat here. Try to get a table in the main dining area instead of the smaller side room. The #12 Sumo(?) Big stack came with 3 huge pancakes, bacon, ham and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 12
Cuisine
American, Diner, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1730 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4639
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-8711

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