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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Seafood Restaurant
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“Great stop for a delicious lunch in Hilo. Eclectic mix of island and continental cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Try the fresh catch, pulled pork sandwich or their creative and tasty wood-fired pizzas. Also open for dinner but prices get a little crazy after 6pm.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Beautiful view of the Hilo Bay. Japanese, Hawaiian and Local variety of ala cart food. Table Service and Bar.”
  • 57 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great little spot that offers a variety of food from seafood to bbq. Well known for their cocktails :-) ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Huge portions and great local fare. Locals suggest you purchase a small side dish and share a plate ---- your waitress will explain. If you share a plate there may still be enough left to take home a bit and have room for a dessert of quava cheesecake. EXPECT A WAIT”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“No trip to Hawaii is complete without at least one really great poke bowl. This delightful fresh fish specialty has been a staple in the islands as long as anyone can remember but more recently has been stealing the show at hip eateries across the globe. Suisan Fish Market offers an array simple, fresh and authentic varieties in an extremely laid-back setting, right in the heart of historic Hilo town. Make your selection at the counter, then grab a table outside or do like the locals do and walk down to one of the picnic tables or benches at Liliuokalani Park. A delicious an unmistakably local experience!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Legit Mexican food place! Reminds me of Gordito’s in Seattle and that is why I am drawn to it! They said you have to try their Liliko’i Margarita! Serving sizes are HUGE! ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
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“Live bands and DJs quite often. Pool tables and an art gallery in the back featuring local artists. Worth a stop for a drink and perhaps some dancing. 2-blocks from the Loft.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Craving a little bit of sushi....this is the best sushi restaurant in town. However they not only specialize in sushi they also have a number of different bento and oriental cuisine. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“This is a local favorite for Japanese food! And therefore, usually always busy so be sure to make reservations. But it you like Japanese food, this is great place to eat in Hilo.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“The mixologist here is unreal, very small but amazing place. Call ahead to make sure they have room for you. If you get in try a little bit of everything, the flavors are amazing.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“I haven’t eaten here much but I know it’s fabulous. Voted best seafood for 16 years in a row, their menu is stocked straight from the 30-acre aqua farm surrounding the restaurant. Open only for dinner, and reservations recommended.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“After arriving in Hilo (before heading to Volcano), go to Sombat’s Fresh Thai Cuisine close by the airport to eat in or take out so that you don’t have to cook while on vacation. Sombat prepares the freshest and most flavorful Thai food in town and has been voted Best Cuisine for a number of years”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“They have a wide selection of drinks and often live entertainment. Their burgers are delicious and if itʻs your birthday, you can get a free burger!”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Beautiful location on the ice ponds in Hilo, Reed's Bay. Call ahead to make reservations & request window seating to see & feed the koi! Live music every night & weekends, there are always weekly specials & Happy Hour is from 2-5pm daily.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Tiny restaurant on the Hilo Bayfront offering delicious fresh local Thai influenced food”
  • 13 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Local comfort food breakfast diner with Moco Locos, Omelets, and Macadamian Nut Pancakes and Ken's famous coconut, passion fruit, and Guava syrup assortment. They have everything here, but if you're hungry and looking for good breakfast this is the place. Typical american diner (Denny's, iHop) atmosphere. They are open 24/7 and serve lunch and dinner as well. Parking can be tricky and waits can be long during peak hrs. ”
  • 20 locals recommend