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About Hilo Bay Cafe

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. From nearly every seat, the restaurant has expansive views of Hilo bay, Mauna Kea, Hilo town, and the ocean. 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.

123 Lihiwai Street
Hilo, HI 96720
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Organic, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Thursday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 9:30 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Cross Street:
Kamehameha Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 935-4939

Website:
http://www.hilobaycafe.com/

Catering:
We are currently not offering off-premise catering.

Parking Details:
Our private parking offers quick, comfortable access to the restaurant. Covered handicap stalls available only a short distance from elevator.

Public Transit:
Banyan Drive pick-up and drop-off site for public transportation. Available Monday through Saturday from early morning until 4 pm.

Executive Chef:
Mark Sadang

Private Party Facilities:
Our bay front location offers a private dining space for hosting special occasions, luncheons, business meetings, family gatherings, receptions, reunions, holiday celebrations, and more. The space has a private lanai with ocean, mountain, and bay views. Full food and beverage services are available for cocktail and pupu parties, buffet service, banquets, fully plated meals, and more. Choose from our Event menus or request special accommodations to match your budget and preferences.

Private Party Contact:
Noe Martin: (808) 756-0132

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We would love to help you plan a unique event that suits your budget, needs, and expectations. Our award-winning cuisine, attentive staff, and spectacular backdrop have proven to be great ingredients for special occasions. For more information, please contact our Events Coordinator, Noe Martin, at (808) 756-0132 or events@hilobaycafe.com.

Hilo Bay Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.4

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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Local Ingredients (36)
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Good for a Date (32)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
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Healthy (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Romantic (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Business Meals (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Notable Wine List (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious dinner at a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean. We had blackened ahi with coffee ice cream for dessert and both were delicious!

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·Dined 6 days ago

The lanai patio seating and water/Hilo view was the best thing about this restaurant. There are so few waterside dining spots in East Hawaii, so it's nice to have one now that they moved to this location. It was a lovely evening as the lights of Hilo came on across the bay.

Service was good, BUT the waitress was SO unfriendly. She NEVER smiled, never said hello nor engaged in any conversation. We were a quiet, undemanding party of six adults. Her expression was always as if she was annoyed, angry, bothered, hates her job. None of the staff was particularly friendly. Does this attitude come from the top down, with perhaps a high opinion of themselves and the restaurant? (we dined at another high end spot across town a few days later and it was TOTALLY the opposite, big friendly smiles from all of the staff, happy that we were there, great service and food!)

We had three sushi rolls and three salads to start. Sushi was good, but I did have an old fish-fishy taste in a couple of the bites. Not super fresh fish for sushi. The side salad was good. Two salads with crab cakes were okay. The crab cakes were tiny-tiny-tiny small and mostly filler, very little crab. Entrees were two pot pies which were very good. Two seafood pastas which were okay, not sure worth the $30 price. A chicken dish was good. One entree was one of the night's specials, a risotto. It was the worst risotto ever, like lumpy rice with little flavor, not a creamy risotto that was craved. It was SO disappointing.

The prices are high for food that is less than good and somewhat small portioned. After the waitress received our $50 TIP in spite of her angry face (our bill was $250), we never saw her again. Or anyone. It would have been nice to have had our waters filled as we ended our evening in conversation.

Hilo Bay Cafe, please get it together. Get friendly. Get rid of the staff that is not happy. Enlarge your portions or adjust your prices. We are locals and would like to rave instead of be unhappy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent creative and delicious fusion restaurant. Sushi is great but the best stuff is the more creative. Service was also tops. Great break from the standard Hilo beachfood joints.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was very good. The service and conversation was great. Just a very pleasant dinner with family.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great service. Very busy. Menu a bit confusing. Good food

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Exceptionally warm and attentive service. Delicious food. Fantastic waiter who was very knowledgeable of the menu offerings. We drove all the way from the other side of the island and loved it. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was overpriced for what you get. Poorly cooked food. Bad sushi. No one came by to refill water or checked on us till we were already leaving. Should have went anywhere else because this was a huge disapointment.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

For Hilo where it is difficult to find nice places to eat, Hilo Bay Cafe is very nice. Nice ambiance, good service and food. My wife had the veggie burger and I had the chicken. Chicken was good and the veggie burger suprisingly good as well. I am not a veggie burger type but I found it to be very good. I would recommend this place.

Tags: Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I love this place! It is on my to-do list every time I visit. There is nothing on the menu that isn't scrumptious, (although I will admit their fish tacos are just good in my book.....but even just good is great)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The Hilo Bay Cafe totally exceeded my expectations! Drinks were great- try the Hibiscus! And the food exceptional. Fresh catch special absolutely wonderful, good sushi and incredible service. Everything on point. My favorite resturaunt on this vacation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Organic, Romantic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was my second dining experience at Hilo Bay Cafe. I ordered the seafood special the last time, and it was outstanding. Our waitress was knowledgeable about both the menu options and the wine. I will go there every chance I get when I am visiting Hilo.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This is a great place. Beware of the nasty hostess though. All of the waiters are terrific and the bartenders too. Food is always very good.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We live in Kailua Kona & came over to the Hilo side of the island to spend some time at the hot springs & tide pools. This restaurant was recommended to us & it was a great experience. My favorite was the fish & chips.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The family had a great New Years Dinner at the Hilo Bay Cafe! The food was great with great quality and value. We really enjoyed our time there and recommend it to other families!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had NYE dinner here. Food was great! Bartenders/bar area great. Beautiful restaurant. Very slow for table seating - maybe they were short on the holiday. Would go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great location for a view of Hilo Bay, but can get cold on the deck when the wind is blowing.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My daughter and I were able to enjoy our New Years eve dinner here. Excellent service in a beautiful setting.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for our New Year’s Eve dinner. We had a wonderful time. The young man who waited on us so so excellent. The food was very good. Great experience! We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic food and great service in a lovely setting.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dining outdoors on the covered lanai with a view across Hilo Bay makes it one of the most scenic dining experiences in Hilo. Food, Service and ambience is among the best on the Big Island.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The best thing about this restaurant was the view.
We had made a reservation for 7:45pm and weren't seated until about 8:05pm. What's the point of a reservation if you have to wait 20 minutes? To be fair, the host did apologize. But I felt, for good customer service, he should have offered a free appetizer or dessert or discount.
The waitress was not very friendly and spilled water.
I got the seafood pasta for $30 but the clams were "fishy," it was very salty and they could have given more pasta. Overall, the servings were small. My husband got the crabcake salad and he said they were very tasty but they were about 2 inches by 2 inches. My oldest son got the gazpacho which was delicious and a good size. My other son wasn't impressed by his salad. Good thing we got the fries as an appetizer or we would need to go out to eat afterwards.

Tags: Organic, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Some of the best food I've had so far on Oahu and the Big Island. Fancy delicious drinks and really tasty food amid a lovely ocean side setting.
Restaurant is lovely as well with really hip, nice decor. Only drawback for me was the wait staff in general seems apathetic. Our server was acceptable but seemed a little too cool for school attitude and then i noticed the other waiter behaving the same way :(. Nothing monumental but the experience could have been A LOT better if the folks were into it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had to wait for ten minutes after our reservation time. Nice dining option with a good water view. Interior is really nice, cocktail was good, food was good. My wife had the orange chicken (wasn't that great according to her), I had the surf and turf which was pretty good, especially the beef.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

As a New York City resident, I have dealt with all types of people who operate the “front of the house” in restaurants. The young man working on December 23, 2017 ranks as the rudest and most unprofessional. My husband I left after 45 minutes waiting for our reserved table.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Awesome food and service. Had an an enjoyable time!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Good sushi rolls. Beautiful view of the bay! Definitely stop by if you’re in Hilo!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We went at 3 when they had a limited afternoon menu. It was tasty enough that we came back the next night to try the full dinner menu.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

All three of us have dined at Hilo Bay Cafe before, from the time of it's previous location through the move to this fabulous site. We are so grateful for comfortable seats and very fine food to make a friends gathering into a real occasion.
Service is top notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Been looking for good food on the big Island; found it.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 20, 2017

All staff were kind and worm. Foods were delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Business Meals, Great Beer, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

It was fairly pricey. We planned on spending about $70 and our bill came out to $100 (not including tip)

I was glad the waitress told us the size of one of the dishes because it was small for the price and I wouldn't have been happy had I ordered it.

The best thing to get there is the Fish & Chips. That's the most delicious item on the menu. My other half drank root beer and I had a coke. We both got refills. He was charged for his second drink because it came in a bottle.

We requested to sit outside. The staff was friendly however the wait time to be served took a while. All in all we were there for 2 hours. Multiple employees came to our table so they were accidentally doubling us up on utensils. We waited about half an hour just to order and then receive our dessert.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had the ribs. They were a little salty.
Also had the surf & turf chirashizushi. It was excellent. You can't go wrong with anything on the sushi menu.

Tags: Scenic View, Spicy, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Awesome. Ingredients are so fresh and good quority. Good selections of drink and food menus. Little too busy and waiting one hour to eat first dish but it’s nice if you have good conversation with companies. Recommend to make resevation always.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious and sophisticated food and varied beverage selection makes for an awesome foodie experience. Gorgeous romantic ambience for outdoor dining. Unbeatable service - even when the waiter brought the wrong dish, they comp'ed it and brought out our order immediately. So impressed with the friendly staff, impressive food, enjoyable atmosphere - tops!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing fresh food, solid value. Very nice service.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 5, 2017

It would be nice when pressed for time that when you make a reservation and arrive 5 minutes early that you not be seated 15 mins after your reserved time, made it rushed for the rest of my afternoon appointments.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The service was great, the only thing was we waited 20 min for drinks (cocktails). I understand that it was a busy night and the dinner was great, but I would prefer to get drinks earlier than 20 min. Waiting for a dinner is fine as long as we enjoy at the table with drinks.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 3, 2017

we were there for our daughterʻs birthday dinner and again, had a wonderful experience. our server Hiinae was excellent with her patience and hospitality. food was spot on. environment is festive. beautiful view of the bay too.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Noisy families seated adjacent after us. Food was cold.

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