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Hilo Bay Cafe

$$ - $$$American, , Fusion
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The view of the bay is an important part of the experience so do your darnedest to get seating on the balcony. We had an outstanding lunch: two sliders (They come one beef and one catch of the day) with a side of jicama slaw...More

Thank lionel77
Reviewed 2 days ago

The crab cake salad is excellent as is the sushi. We ate here twice because the food is just that good. We got lucky the night we arrived and they were able to seat us, but we made reservations for another night before we left....More

Thank OBX-Girl60
Reviewed 5 days ago

After travelling from San Fran, we were finally delighted to find service and food that was first class! Friendly, attentive, helpful....thanks Heather you have restored our faith! Food does not disappoint the French onion soup was as good as any French restaurant we have been...More

Thank Angie T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Poor poor service, our waiter was aloof, and seemed too busy to engage, I am vegan and my husband is on a FOB diet. This makes things difficult but every other restaurant has accomadated our needs very well. I ordered the veggie burger without the...More

Thank brendamct1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Imaginative food well-prepared in a lovely oceanside setting.The sushi and sashimi choices are excellent. Salads are fresh and delightfully dressed. The bartender is creative, and the tropical drinks are great without being too sweet or heavy. The service is variable.

Thank Cleo L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After spending three days on Big Island feeling like we were paying too much for relatively unspectacular food, our experience in HBC more than made up. Reasonably priced, excellent service, superb location and really good, delicious food that I am so happy to say was...More

Thank Subi P
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great view and a really nice restaurant. We had a nice view of the water and enjoyed our lunch. They have a smaller menu but my sushi roll was wonderful and we loved the popcorn at the table, it was a nice touch....More

Thank Gracie27
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here at an off time due to road trip delays, so we were between lunch and dinner when restaurant wasn't very busy. The food was very good and the server friendly. Service was quite slow....especially considering there weren't too many people there at that...More

Thank Amy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, clean establishment to visit. Right on the shore of Hilo marina and beautiful park across the street.

Thank Dionissio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I ate here twice while on the Big Island for vacation in August 2017. It has a lovely location right on the Bay with excellent views and a great covered patio with lots of their seating outside. There is also a park...More

Thank Linda D
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Questions & Answers
15 January 2016|
Response from dancingbelle47 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They open every day at 11. Close at 9 on weekdays, 930 on weekends. Closed on subdays.
19 December 2014|
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Response from Kim S | Property representative |
This is the first time I've received an email from Trip Adviser. I'm told that a customer has a question, but I'm not quite sure what is the question, except maybe the customer is wondering whether or not Hilo Bay Cafe... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-4939
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Contemporary restaurant with emphasis on innovative cuisine using fresh, local, and organic ingredients--a Hilo town favorite gathering place. Full food and beverage service with indoor and outdoor lanai seating and large room for special events. Much of the restaurant has expansive views of Hilo bay, Mauna Kea, and Hilo town. Full bar, original recipes, artisan sushi, and keiki menu. Large parties are welcome. Come as you are or come as your best dressed self--we appreciate both! Reservations recommended. *For current menus, please visit our website, as TripAdvisor does not give businesses the capability to update menu content.*
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