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The Isles Cafe

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93 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4611
05:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Tue 05:30 - 14:30
Wed 17:30 - 14:30
Thu - Fri 05:30 - 14:30
Sat 06:30 - 13:00
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Asheville, North Carolina
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48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We ate here because we were at the Suisan fish market. VERY generous portions, my partner had the grilled ahi and I had the mixed plate with beef teriyaki/hamburger/chicken fingers. Lots of rice included, we had the leftovers for lunch the next day. Lovely outdoor shaded seating, very quiet, and a view of the Banyan gardens.

Thank fibersong
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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106 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Visiting Suisan was a special stop in our Hurried Schedule. We found a local Takeout right next door to Suisan. Very local crowd. Delicious plates that you would expect from local takeout. This place is exceptional! Fried Poke fried rice is a kicked up version of local fried rice. Exceptionally good katsu cooked perfect. Home style Potato Mac Salad with... More 

Thank Sandy W
Tucson, Arizona
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171 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Do not expect fancy food here! Just join in with mostly locals for breakfast and lunch plates!! They even take credit cards!!!

Thank mjt520
Kennewick, Washington
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325 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

Hash brown were not browned, just heated. Wanted to have fish and eggs and they didn't have any fish? What the heck? They are next to the fish market, which you really should check out. The food is on the cheap side but the picnic tables are filthy. Someone needs to give them a good scrubbing. I ran a wet... More 

Thank juliebug52
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164 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

Located next to the Suisan fish market, the place is humble, small and no frills but just order the food. Try the amazing Saimin soup, try their new Spicy Poke cone, try Ahi with your eggs, oxtail soup, or a loco plate lunch. Then sit at one of their picnic tables and enjoy your food and the locals. I love... More 

Thank Realtyhank
Hilo, Hawaii
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

The $5 breakfast... Can't get better than that! Pure heaven! Worth a try!!!! The whole place is affordable, friendly, and very simple! Simplicity is what makes great meals!

Thank Longo808
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Went there for lunch and the food was awesome. Would go there again most definitely. I had the seafood combo with deep fried fish and shrimp and loved it.

Thank Purdigerl
Hilo, Hawaii
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Real home cooking, open for breakfast and lunch. Best oxtail soup in town on Wednesdays, a must see!

Thank Harvey I
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

This restaurant was recommended by long-time Hilo residents who are Japanese. They swear by the breakfasts but I'm never in Hilo that early in the morning. (I live in Puna). I've had lunch at the The Isles 5 or 6 times and will definitely keep going back. I always order one of the specials of the day. My favorites are... More 

Thank brinklaw
Alcoa, Tennessee
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101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

If you like raw fish, this is your place. As for me, I went next door and ordered the cooked items from the Grind.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
05:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 93 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4611
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 969-3434

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