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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Berkeley, California
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40 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The proprietor of our B&B recommended Ponds for its pleasant, low-key ambiance and fresh seafood. It doesn't look like much when you pull up off the road, though you do note that it's next to an inlet of the Bay, once you walk in you have a friendly greeting and are probably seated next to a window overlooking the bay... More 

Thank Meerkat_Mom
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ponds is one of our favorite restaurants when we visit Hilo. Rubin (our waiter) was special. Because of his great service we made reservations for our next dinner. Was a good choice as he was there to greet us on our return and made excellent recommendations for a great Christmas dinner.

Thank Frederick D
Kilchberg, Switzerland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

not more to say, the highlight of the night was the guy at the guitar and the koi's in the pool.....

Thank Barbara H
Niagara Falls, Canada
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162 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant overlooks a pond, but you could probably guess that from the name! It's a large pond where we saw kayaks and boards and people fishing. The restaurant had its own enclosed pond with lots of large koi. Nice for entertainment while waiting for our food. We were there for a late lunch on a Saturday and it was... More 

Thank ru2cold
Keaau, Hawaii
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I went to Ponds it was an outstanding restaurant. When I got there the waitress sat me and my nephew in a two seat against the wall. A waiter came over and asked me would I rather sit by the window no one coming in at that time. We moved to the window my nephew said look there are... More 

Thank ThomasABorawski
Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for dinner on the recommendation of a taxi driver who is also a chef, it did not disappoint at all. For Appetizers I ordered the Taquitos had no idea what they were but saw them on another table's plates & they looked good they tasted even better, then I ordered the Fresh macadamia nut Pesto n Linguine with... More 

Thank Dannielle M
Anthem, Arizona
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255 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great restaurant if you want fish to eat! Food was great and so was our server Jason. Quick and friendly service. Very friendly staff in general as they had great suggestions for meals and also provided directions to other places we wanted to visit. Location might make you think twice about eating there, but the food was awesome and very... More 

Thank Larry W
Hawi, Hawaii, United States
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Charming restaurant, accommodating staff, excellent food. The prime rib (extra rare ) was veal- tender and so flavorful, even after the generous side portions, I was inspired to order the brownie with ice cream for dessert, also excellent!

Thank Cecily D
Cairns, Australia
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here on a drizzly day in Hilo. The food (mainly burgers) we had were all good and tasty. Service was quick and friendly . Nice view. Only negative was the musician playing was a little loud.

Thank jobiks
Eagle, Idaho, USA
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant is a cute little place, by the bay, in Hilo. The waiter was very friendly, the food was reasonable in price, but I was not impressed by our dinner. I ordered what the waiter recommended; the daily catch of Mahi Mahi, with a Teriyaki Glaze. It was mediocre; not a "must have" as the waiter suggested. The garlic... More 

Thank Gloria G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Hawaiian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7663

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