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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Bar Scene
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. *For current menus, please visit our website, as TripAdvisor does not give businesses the capability to update menu content.*
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Contemporary, Fusion, Sushi
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews pot pie sushi fish and chips salad ribs burger ahi bread chicken the french onion soup the big island make reservations nice restaurant sat at the bar an appetizer hbc popcorn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We toured the whole island this week and landed at the HBC. We didn’t have reservations but barely got in. Make reservations!!! Excellent food. Kind staff. The food was terrific! Beautiful presentations. Fantastic

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 30 March 2021

Enjoyed our dinner at this place with an eclectic menu. Crab cakes were delicious so was the ono pasta. Interesting cocktails too

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 27 January 2021

Hilo Bay Cafe was recommended by the folks at the hotel we were staying at, so we decided to give them a try. We went for dinner and were seated right by the bar with peek-a-boo views of the water (though I did go out...to the veranda and look around). It is right on the bay and has great views. I had the crab cake salad, which were some of the best crab cakes I have ever had. (And the sauce that tops them, I could eat with a spoon.) My husband had the Blue Bay Burger; he loved the burger, but did not realize that gorgonzola is a type of blue cheese. Being from Wisconsin, if he had been given any other cheese options (which there were), it would have put it over the top. Other than that, our waitress was great, the food was great, and the restaurant is in a beautiful spot. Would definitely come here again.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2020

We were here in Aug 2020, so they were limited in the menu and number of tables. It was a good experience, try the fries with truffel mayo....delicious. Also great was the parmesan custard. Both are excellent and the latter a new experience for us....The venue was ok, muted but still pleasant. The view over the bay was very nice. Worth the time, maybe just not a good choice for local cuisine.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 26 March 2020 via mobile

Delicious drinks friendly bar tender super nice environment ! We sat down at the bar over view of Hilo bay it was our 36 year anniversary and it was lovely! Recommend to everyone!!

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 16 March 2020 via mobile

I was in the mood for fresh fish and a green salad and wanted to eat in my hotel room. I walked here from my hotel and the service was incredible. They were very helpful in customizing my order for my needs. Then I was...allowed to wait on a bench with an incredible view of the ocean. A Very classy place in Hilo. Fish and salad were fresh and delicious.More

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

Food is always great. Wonderful to take your guest to view our side of island. Awesome when you can see the top of Maunakea

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 5 March 2020

We wished that we had reservations because when we arrived, we learned that it would be 45 minutes. We came back and I'm glad that we did. We had very good service and yummy popcorn is served when you are seated that has a hint...of coconut and spicy. Two of us ordered hamburgers medium and mine was overcooked (no pink) and my friend's was cooked medium (with pink). The fries were the best! My husband ordered the chicken sandwich with apple and bacon. He had a hard time eating it all together so had to eat the apple separately.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 5 March 2020

We had spent the day hiking at Volcanoes National Park and returned to Hilo ravenous. We arrived for the HBC Afternoon Menu (in between lunch and dinner). We ordered a California Twist Sushi roll with tempura-style soft-shell crab as an appetizer, and two orders of...fish and chips. The fish of the day was swordfish and surprisingly, the fish N chips were moist. Along with the Cock N Bull Ginger Beer, the tab came to $64.93 including tax for the two of us. Good thing we arrived before the start of the dinner hour because there was already a line of people waiting to be seated for dinner. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 3 March 2020

We were looking for a nice restaurant and saw this one on Yelp and we tried and had a great night. The atmosphere was good. It is always full, so better if you book a table if you don't want to wait. We wanted to...be sited inside so we didn't have to wait much, around 10 min. The waitress help us with the menu and we ordered Edamame, hand cut fries (the portion was huge), and 3 different rolls californian twist rool, kilauea and makai. Although it isn't the best place were I have tried sushi, the food was great. Our favorite roll was the kilauea roll. The fries were fresh and hand cut and the dip was nice. Also the edamame were different, chilled with garlic and sesame and the combination was great, not the conventional stuff.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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14 January 2016|
Response from dancingbelle47 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They open every day at 11. Close at 9 on weekdays, 930 on weekends. Closed on subdays.
18 December 2014|
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Response from Kim S | Property representative |
This is the first time I've received an email from Trip Adviser. I'm told that a customer has a question, but I'm not quite sure what is the question, except maybe the customer is wondering whether or not Hilo Bay Cafe... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hilo Bay Cafe

  • Yes, Hilo Bay Cafe offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, Hilo Bay Cafe offers delivery services.

  • Hilo Bay Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4