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Puka Puka Kitchen

#18 of 192 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
+1 808-933-2121
11:00 - 14:30
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Waimea, Hawaii
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572 reviews
376 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here because of the high ratings on TripAdvisor. The menu looks interesting, but that was about it. Once is enough.

Thank BigIsleFoodie
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice portion, great taste, curry fried rice was an unexpected but welcome experience, salad was exceptional, seafood was nicely prepared, ambiance lets you know this is a good local spot and you definitely feel like your next to the beach. Superb and "ono"-licous.

Thank Corey T
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Puka is Hawaiian for a little hole so Puka Puka is a really little hole or, in this case, a hole in the wall. Clearly great things come in small packages and this chef is consistently amazing. Most choices are Japanese influenced and similar to Miyo's Resaurant is quality and presentation. Lately the addition of Curry and Flafel add some... More 

Thank Neil E
Manning, Canada
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Today was our second meal this year at the Puka Puka Kitchen! We have been waiting 3 years to eat there again. They prepare everything with the freshest of ingredients and the service is great. This is a small restaurant that doesn't have many seats, but the take out lines just keep coming! If you want absolutely the freshest and... More 

Thank 1LeslieS1
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5 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped for lunch about 30 minutes before lunch service was over. We had Japanese Curry, Coconut Shrimp, and the sautéed lamb. Everyone was VERY happy and the garlic rice almost steals the show. This was one stop worth every moment!

Thank Laurie W
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This was a suggestion from our BnB host. No real surprises, all good ordinary meals. Pleasant staff and no waiting. BYO alcohol. Maybe a little $$$ for what it is.

Thank jonathan c
Kansas City, MO
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I had the lamb pita made with local lamb. My husband had the Japanese curry. Both were excellent choices!!

Thank KelliKansasCity
Bend, Oregon
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403 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Puka Puka is located in a small unassuming place on the front street of Hilo facing the ocean. Their business seems to be split equally between prepared lunch boxes you can grab to go and a small dining area of perhaps 12 seats. Everything is surprising good and prepared with skill especially the fried foods which are made to order.... More 

Thank DoctorM
Fort Myers, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were traveling around the island and decided we would stop in Hilo for lunch. We read the reviews on this place and they sounded good. The photos helped make the decision. We were pleased with our meal. The place is pretty small but we got a table pretty quickly. Lots of good choices. We had falafel,... More 

Thank ALL1357
Ahwahnee, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great lunch here. Chicken Katsu, Garlic Rice (Rice Pilaf), and a salad. It was the perfect size. The Katsu was made to order. The rest of the group had Chicken Pita, and Shrimp. No complaints. I would eat here again!

Thank snimon

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-933-2121

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