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Hilo Bay Cafe

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123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
+1 808-935-4939
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very busy and popular place, but every time I've eaten here, there's no host at the front desk to take your name or tell you how long a table will be. Also, what's with the complimentary popcorn appitizer? I can see this served at the bar, but at the table?

Thank Steve R
San Diego
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168 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 450 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a very pleasant dinner there. My wife and I are not big eaters so we ordered a Caesar salad and an order of scallops and split them. The amount of food was perfect. We were given an extra plate so that we could split the food. The location is right on a quiet end of the bay. It... More 

Thank BJRSanDiego
Clayton, North Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are so many wonderful dishes to choose from on the menu-- it was difficult to make a choice. We can highly recommend the Hawaiian Ahi Poke and the Mushroom and Chicken Pot Pie-- yummy!!!

Thank Jen P
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The new location is lovely and it is a nice restaurant, but the interior has lost the character it possessed when it was near Walmart. The stunning lunches served in the former location seem also to have been left behind. We had a very nice lunch and the service was all right, but it was not the special experience it... More 

Thank T T
Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is open for lunch and dinner only and sits right on the bay with the seating facing it in some areas. The view is a beautiful sight while you dine. The service was excellent and the food was magnificent. The steak was cooked to perfection, the loaded potato was the best I've ever had and the ribs were... More 

Thank Arema W
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Take advantage of the view at this restaurant. You have an incredible view of Hilo bay and get to be outside near nature when you eat. Make a reservation because it fills up fast. The food is good, and the wine list is good. It used to be a Japanese place, but when they closed down, this popular restaurant moved... More 

Thank Matt J
Spokane, Washington
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276 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a drive over Saddle road from Kona, with a check out of observity visitor center at 9200 ft on Mona Kea, we steamed into Hilo. The small park on the harbor was so inviting then a wonderful lunch. The "slider" special has a beef patty and a Ahi tuna pair, with a generous green salad. Delicious, filling and delicious.... More 

Thank Jeffery S
San Diego
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate dinner here twice in three days and may go back. The food is terrific. Ahi sashimi was great (although we each only got two pieces of ahi). Chicken pot pie - the mushroom curry sauce makes it great. Awesome "luau" roll, which was quite large. Crab cake salad featured three small crab cakes, which were excellent, surrounding a... More 

Thank ChadH
Clarkston, Michigan
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner here on a Monday night, which is when many other restaurants are closed in Hilo. Was very busy, but we had reservation and were seated promptly upon arrival with a seat looking over the bay. Not the fastest in getting our drink order, but then was fine after that. The Caesar salad was very good and had crisp... More 

Thank WolverineJoe1981
La Quinta, California
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has outdoor balcony seating although partly in the shade. The view is fabulous of the bay and downtown Hilo. We all had great food for lunch and the restaurant was quiet. The service was excellent as well.

Thank Linda D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-4939
Contemporary restaurant with emphasis on innovative cuisine using fresh, local, and organic ingredients--a Hilo town favorite gathering place. Full food and beverage service with indoor and outdoor lanai seating and large room for special events. Much of the restaurant has expansive views of Hilo bay, Mauna Kea, and Hilo town. Full bar, original recipes, artisan sushi, and keiki menu. Large parties are welcome. Come as you are or come as your best dressed self--we appreciate both! Reservations recommended.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?