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Hilo Bay Cafe

4.5
4.5
2076 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. WHEN MAKING ONLINE RESERVATIONS, BE ADVISED THAT OPEN TABLES WILL SUGGEST ALTERNATE DAYS/TIMES IF YOUR PREFERRED SLOT IS NOT AVAILABLE. YOU MAY ALSO CALL US (808)935-4939. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR RESERVATION PREFERENCES. 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!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Organic, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 935-4939

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Ketner

  • Catering

    We are currently not offering off-premise catering.

  • Private party facilities

    We are currently not accepting new private event bookings..

  • Neighborhood

    Hawaii

  • Cross street

    Kamehameha Street

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,076 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. SA

    SheilaAhmad1

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful serene setting by the calm Hilo Bay, right opposite Liliuokalani Park. We sat outside for lunch. They have a great drink menu as well. I had a pot pie with chicken curry filling. My husband had the charred shishito peppers. They were both so good! Our server was a lovely young lady. Will definitely recommend it to everyone visiting Hilo. Mahalo for a lovely afternoon!
  2. JB

    JanetB

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best meals I’ve had in a tour of 5 islands, and eating at some highly rated restaurants! I love duck, and this chef prepared it more perfectly than any I’ve had before. For once, the breast wasn’t practically raw, and the sauce was delicious, as was the glaze on the confit! Everything here was top notch, and the service was fast and our waitress so responsive and easy to talk to! Highly recommend!
  3. KM

    KarenM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Mai tai was amazing! We also LOVED the fish (was so fresh) and the Parmesan custard was to die for! Super recommended
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous location and view. We enjoyed the park across the street before having lunch. We were seated outside overlooking the beautiful bay view. The food was excellent. We ordered in somewhat tapa style, savoring the many different flavors of several appetizers. We ended by splitting a crab cake salad. Our server was also awesome. A great experience.
  5. SS

    SandraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience with perfect seating out on the lanai!
  6. PR

    PnRTraveling

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hilo Bay doesn’t disappoint! My husband & I have been there twice, staff is friendly, polite and they don’t rush you. Food is delicious, fresh and makes you want to come back again to try something new. We will definitely be back!
  7. DE

    DEBO

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Outstanding menu additions for Mother’s Day weekend menu.
  8. ES

    EileenS

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, it was a great dining experience! Our Mainland guests loved it.
  9. L

    Laney

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great views! Food was good. Drinks were good. Service was good. I would recommend it, but we did go to another restaurant in Hilo that we liked even more and it was a bit less expensive.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am definetly coming back!
  11. JG

    JoyG

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as always.
  12. DS

    DoreenS

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & great atmosphere! Can't wait to return!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for a date night for you and your other half. Atmosphere is wonderful and the food is delicious. I recommend the garlic bread as an appetizer!
  14. T

    Tony21

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food. Excellent service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Generally everything was fine. My potpie wasn't as good as previous times I have had it. Had some loud patrons so it was hard to have a conversation at our table.
  16. R

    Rrrr

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely food and service. AMAZING setting.
  17. DW

    DaveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best French Onion soup I have ever tasted..The Maui tum BBQ ribs was very tender and delicious..Bread was great and Greek salad was very good..would highly recommend this place.
  18. O

    Oiaio

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We didnt get the great service we normally get
  19. C

    Chic

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always great lovely views of hilo bay from deck.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were a party of four — three in the party were celebrating birthdays. This special occasion was mentioned upon booking the reservation. However there was no acknowledgement of the birthdays by anyone working at Hilo Bay Cafe.
  21. DJ

    DenisJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We love this place. However, last night a reservation at 5 pm was anything but great. Not 1 dish was anything you would like to see. Tasteless, tepid when it should be hot, and a rainbow roll that was without color or flavor. Our waitress Sierra was great, on top of her game but everyone else was confused and without direction. A busier brought the rainbow roll, pushing aside the tostada plates with the rainbow rolls plate, cramping our little table more so. I asked him to remove the 2 plates and without missing a beat he said I'll be right back. He never came back. The lackluster Quinoa burger was just that. An untoasted brioche bun, a tiny dollop of basil Mayo and tepid fries. Damn. What a bummer and waste of good money. Additionally, my review is not to shame the HBC but rather express my total dismay on what went wrong last Saturday evening. The experience left my wife and I confused as to why such a great cafe would allow such poor quality be prevalent even for a brief moment.
  22. H

    Hardy

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Aloha, This was our 4th visit. Drove over from Kona on a pouring rain day. Food has always been consistently excellent...My fish and chips were sadly overcooked.. In consequence, fish was dried out. But we will be back ! 2nd and 3rd chances for everyone this year !!!! Mahalos
  23. MK

    MichaelK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Hilo Bay Cafe was recommended in a guide book we purchased. We made reservations and hoped for the best. The food was excellent and service was really good, despite staffing shortages in all restaurants. We sat outside overlooking the bay and just had a great evening!
  24. H

    Hopey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food looks good but it’s not tasty. The server never took any dirty dishes away from the table instead they stacked the plates in the middle of the table and left them until we payed for our food.
  25. g

    gloro

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eveything was excellent. Of course it comes with a price, but worth it for a special occasion.
  26. h

    heidic

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad sevice! I made reservations one month ago. I still waiting take table! It took too long bring beverage and main dishes. The food was terrible. Sushi taste no good either!!.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Underwhelming. Food was not amazing and restaurant seems over rated. We arrived 30 minutes early and had to wait until after reservation time even with open tables. There was a wait list to even get a drink at the bar while no one was sitting at the bar.
  28. SM

    SherryM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Frequently bring out of town guests here. View of Hilo bay is quite nice. Food is great and cocktails are well made.
  29. LJ

    LisaJ

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and ambience. We'll definitely be back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visitor. Absolutely thrilled with the food and service. Crab cakes were spectacular. Duck Duck Dim was perfectly cooked. Leg confit was melt in you mouth. Seasonal fruit crumble (pineapple/peach) was unbelievable, enough for two. I sent my wife’s spoon back! She can get her own next time, maybe tomorrow!
  31. NC

    NancyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have celebrated two anniversaries here and never disappointed. We appreciated HBC's attention to detail, friendliness, and professionalism. Such a lovely experience and we so enjoy the view from the balcony. Mahalo for making our 16th anniversary a decadent day to remember.
  32. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate at Hilo Bay Cafe as a recommendation from friends and our "Big Island Revealed Book" and cannot say we were disappointed. The ambiance was more toward a romantic date feel, and we felt a bit underdressed, but that's ok. We came for the delicious food! My husband and dad ordered the Curry Chicken Pot pie and it was just tasty. My mom ordered the fresh catch of the day.. which I believe was Mahi Mahi and I ordered the Miso Garlic Buttered noodles and it was beyond flavorful! We would definitely recommend this place and would definitely visit again when we come to the BI.
  33. PG

    PuaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall best experience I’ve had at a restaurant. Definitely will be back.
  34. B

    Becka

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This was by far the best food we ate in Hawaii during our week-long stay. The sushi was unique, flavorful, and high quality. The side dishes and ribs were as well. Fabulous view, and a welcoming environment. Thank you for a great experience!
  35. HF

    HawaiianFoodExpert

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Best drinks in this island. Food was pretty good too.
  36. b

    busygal

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Hilo Bay Café has an excellent menu with diverse cuisine. The presentation is very clean, not pretentious or fussy. The flavor profiles meticulous. There's no particular ambience and would be nice if tables have cloths at dinner. The same cannot be said for most of the patrons, beyond casually dressed as if they're going to a Beach bar. That's a shame, it feels disrespectful to the food and service. And of course practically everyone was on a cell phone completely immune to the views of Hilo Bay. We didn't get the playlist music, seems random, annoying, adding nothing to the ambience, Island culture or contemporary mood. But the culinary experience is excellent, one of the very best in town.
  37. AC

    AnaC

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and consistently good food. Chef always keeps menu fresh and delicious. Our server Keith was very professional and courteous. Beets’me salad with carpaccio on the side was delicious. Best restaurant in Hilo!
  38. LB

    LenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has a very unique menu with varied choices and everything we ordered from the crab cakes, entrees and skillet chocolate chip cookie was delicious. Our server, Cayenne, only added to our enjoyable evening. She was helpful and attentive and delightful.
  39. SD

    SylviaD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places to eat in Hilo. Fabulous food, friendly service, fun & relaxing ambiance for both locals & visitors alike. Everything on the menu is fresh, with an eye towards locally sourced veggies and fish - the sushi is exquisite. Highly recommend the signature cocktails and the catch of the day - and save room for dessert.
  40. E

    Ellie

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was amazing. The food was delicious, the waiter was very observant and took great care of us.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Hilo Bay Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 2076 OpenTable diners.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kamehameha Street

  • Neighborhood

    Hawaii

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Organic, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Ketner

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 935-4939

  • Catering

    We are currently not offering off-premise catering.

  • Private party facilities

    We are currently not accepting new private event bookings..

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