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Sunlight Cafe

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1263 Kilauea Ave Ste 280B, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
+1 808-934-8833
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Hilo, Hawaii
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

intimate place for quiet and peaceful dining! Looks to be family owned and operated with cordial service, extensive menu and excellent quality. Bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy a great dinner experience. Has both japanese style entres as well and traditional american items. I thought the rack of lamb was excellent. I hope this does not bring too... More 

Thank gordoni298
Hilo, Hawaii
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I have read the reviews, and agree with everyone except Hilo food critic! This is a great little restaurant with excellent food and service. After several visits I asked to see the kitchen, very clean and organized! I am going to continue to be a satisfied customer at Sunlight Cafe!!!

1 Thank amacentee
Hilo, Hawaii
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

This restaurant never fails every time I eat there. I go at least once a month. Their food is fast, fresh, delicious and worth the price!

Thank kisan719
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Sunlight Cafe is one of Hilo's best kept secrets. Tucked away in the old Hilo Shopping Center, the restaurant offers top quality food at very reasonable prices. The teishoku combinations allow you to choose from dishes such as shrimp and vegetable tempura, tonkatsu, chicken katsu, sashimi, beef teriyaki, and other classic Japanese dishes. The restaurant is quaint and very clean.... More 

1 Thank 96720Traveler
Volcano, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

My son treated my lady friend Kersten and me to a meal at the Sunlight to celebrate renting his first apartment. It proved a wonderful choice. The Sunlight is a small Japanese-style restaurant that practices the Japanese aesthetic to perfection. My Ozen-style meal started with a fragrant and tasty bowl of Miso soup, and only got better from there. My... More 

Thank Alan M
Hilo, Hawaii
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

I took my wife there for an anniversary lunch. There were only 2 or 3 tables that had customers. At one table there was a 10 year old girl doing her homework, when she saw us she went into the back to get somebody. When that person finally came out it seemed like all she did was motioned for us... More 

Thank CalebJames
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

If you see the kitchen where they prepare the food, that will make you want to throw up. Food was greasy, bland, and looked like a hot mess. Makes Panda Express look like a gourmet! Expensive for the quality of food. Very unsanitary! Rude staff. Did not refill my water! Needless to say a penny tip was given for her... More 

2 Thank Foodcritichilo
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

Stopped by for lunch break and the food is good. We ordered the steak and shrimp and loco moco. Next time we go, we will try whats on ala cart. We got our food fast, and enjoyed our lunch break. I've heard that the quality and service of their food is pretty good, but the food usually runs out by... More 

Thank HawaiiMiaFrank
Hilo, Hawaii
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

Food runs out by 2 pm. The best dish is LONG RICE, A CARRYOVER FROM the Korean restaurant that retired elsewhere in the mall. Menu needs work, hungry eaters like to order VAlue meals. We ordered the 12 oz steak, another popular dish. This too was overdone and salty. Not everyone loves salt. And bloody rare means undercooked. Give the... More 

1 Thank Jenny C
Hilo, Hawaii
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

I had a nice dinner here. The menu is continental. Japanese and steaks, chops, fish. I was quite surprised. I ordered the lamb chops sons was very good and reasonable. Byob.

Thank halekawehi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Japanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1263 Kilauea Ave Ste 280B, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-8833

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