We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Moon and Turtle

51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
+1 808-961-0599
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sashimi” (40 reviews)
“fried rice” (29 reviews)
“spaetzle” (10 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Japanese, Seafood, Asian, Hawaiian, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (240)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 235 reviews

Reviewed 5 July 2017

This is a difficult review to score. I liked Moon & Turtle, but the food did not suit my wife. The restaurant is an unassuming 30-ish seat restaurant on a side street not for from the water. Plain and pleasant inside. All of the staff...More

Thank BlackhawkWarren
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We struggled to find this restaurant, there was little street signage, we had to search for the number, it's a very unassuming shop front and we were doing a search during the day when it was closed. It was worth it, simple fresh menu, changes...More

Thank Scotty66
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

I am never disappointed with whats on the menu. No matter what new dishes ill try I always order the smoked sashimi first. Its family style local cuisine, you wont find ordinary dishes like you would in every other restaurant. Everything is so fresh and...More

Thank bfeki
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Lychee we're just in season and I may have been more excited about my trip to Hawaii island because of the lychee than the beaches or waterfalls. Moon and turtle featured these sweet fruits, because they were in season, in a cocktail and it was...More

Thank travelingteacher808
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

We've been coming to Hilo regularly for years. Creative, high quality restaurants have always been scarce. Moon & Turtle is a fabulous addition. I was skeptical based on the menu and descriptions, but every dish was absolutely first rate. Fresh ingredients, perfectly prepared, interestingly combined,...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I have been twice to Moon and Turtle, and am looking forward to dining there again. The first time, we had a large group and ate in the private room. Every bite was perfect. Each morsel was cooked just to perfection, sauces were delicate, and...More

Thank HulaRider
Reviewed 20 May 2017

The food was very good & great service but the timing was way off. We had two small plates & two large. The waitress said that they would come out when ready. Take your time. We had the marlin sashimi (excellent! vert fresh). Then the...More

1  Thank Lyle C
Reviewed 12 May 2017

The few times I've eaten there have all been positive experiences. This is the only eatery in Hilo where i have not had any bad orders. Use of fresh, local produce was a plus. Their mojito was a 2-thumbs up.

Thank Waiyee808
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I discovered Moon and Turtle several years ago by accident and I have been a fan ever since. The philosophy of "Keep it simple" and keep it fresh and local serves them well. But "simple" does NOT mean tasteless or plain: Mark Pomaski ( chef/owner)...More

Thank jack b
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I had seen a local article ranking Moon and Turtle The Best Restaurant in Hilo, and they are spot on! It's not very big (so strongly recommend reservations), and almost hidden on the side street, but it's worth the search and wait! The staff is...More

Thank bearecub
Nearby Restaurants
Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill Hilo
112 reviews
.10 km away
Cronies Bar & Grill
332 reviews
.12 km away
Conscious Culture Cafe & Big Island Booch Kombucha
85 reviews
.05 km away
Nearby Attractions
Pacific Tsunami Museum
435 reviews
.09 km away
Mokupapapa Discovery Center
59 reviews
.15 km away
Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery
39 reviews
.16 km away
Sugar Coast Candy
24 reviews
.20 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Moon and Turtle staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-961-0599
  • E-mail
We feature a frequently changing international menu with a pacific emphasis and focus on locally sourced ingredients.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing