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All reviews thai food pizza curry soup mango rice summer rolls wraps shrimp tortillas burrito cara cara unique dishes worth the wait portions are huge vegetarian options nothing fancy make reservations
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Reviewed 10 January 2021

Drove 2 hrs to Hilo and found this gem. Amazing pizza filled with fresh foods from Thailand. So good we returned 5 days later. Simply best pizza west of NY city.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 2 September 2020

OMG! We drove two hours to Hilo from Kona for a doctor's appointment and came across the absolute gem of a restaurant. I am now looking for ANY excuse to drive back to Hilo to eat here again. Being take-out only right now is a...bit difficult, trying to find a place to eat the food. Luckily there was a nice park just a five minute drive away. The food is super fresh and cooked individually to order. The prices are very fair, considering how much food you get. We ordered the Green Papaya Salad and it was easily big enough for two people to eat as a stand alone entree. It is probably the best papaya salad I have had anywhere. The real star was the Thai pizza. Red curry, chicken, Kombucho pumpkin, and other interesting things on a folded over tortilla. It was so large, they served it in two boxes. A person would easily be satisfied with one-half of the pizza. The two orders came to $25, but would have easily served four instead of stuffing the two of us. Can't wait to get back to Hilo.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 17 April 2020

Tina's Garden Cafe is one of the best Asian / Thai restaurants we visited in Hawaii. Excellent fine food, affordable price, lucky to find a table for lunch or dinner. Very polite personnel, Very clean location. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 10 March 2020

We shared the Thai pumpkin pizza and the shrimp and apple salad. Both were super fresh and delicious. We just spent 5 weeks in Thailand and never found a Thai pizza there. Very large portions, had to take some home. Very nice atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 10 March 2020 via mobile

Passing through HILO we stumbled upon Tina’s cafe (Thai) and so glad we did! Nothing fancy from the street view but once inside it’s a nicely decorated place. The menu had some unique dishes with a Thai twist. I had the green curry and my...wife had a wrap, both were excellent. We also enjoyed a smoothie (green peace) that was very refreshing. Highly recommended and I give it a 10 out of 10 on my scale.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

The perfect definition of Homemade food! The food is really great! Be patient because Tina prepares carefully every plate one by one but it really worth’s every penny! Btw: portions are huge!!!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 16 February 2020 via mobile

Small Thai cafe in downtown Hilo. Very popular with locals and very unique dishes slowly prepared by the owner. We were delighted.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch here. The burrito with tofu was awesome. My partner had the summer foll and steamed vegetables. It was good.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 5 February 2020 via mobile

Second time visiting this restaurant in one week and both dining experiences were so good. The menu has a great selection of fresh food carefully prepared and presented in such a beautiful manner. Service was very good. I highly recommend.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 1 February 2020

Tina's Garden Cafe is my favorite restaurant in Hilo. The quirky eclectic vibe of this cute little place is reflective in her delectably-healthy home-cooked food. It's Thai with a fusion-twist that you will only find at Tina's. A perfect example of our little Hilo Town...itself. Our favorites: her Tom Yum soup, turmeric chicken wraps, avocado summer rolls, mango rice dessert, and of course any of her drinks. Tom Yum soup is our go-to when my family is sick (and it works wonders). I call it "healing soup" because not only is it a yummy spicy broth full of healthy healing ingredients like chunks of fresh ginger and veggies, Tina always adds in a knotted leaf that we see as a little blessing. Get "spicy" if you can handle it because it's excellent for circulation. We often take out but we've also eaten in for little dates, and it's always a special treat either way. Be prepared to wait a bit because everything is made fresh. If there's a cruise ship in town then prepare to wait longer because the secret is out, which is a good thing because we want Tina's Garden Cafe to stick around forever.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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  • Yes, Tina's Garden Cafe offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, Tina's Garden Cafe offers delivery services.

  • Tina's Garden Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4