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Hilo Restaurants

  Hilo flows down the lower slopes of Mauna Kea.  The town straddles a tranquil river with waterfalls and lush vegetation.  Historic Downtown Hilo is alive and bustling.  More laid back from the hustle of more touristy Hawaii, one can find great bargains in this quaint town.  Its diverse shopping opportunities, small scale, and friendliness makes Hilo an enchanting town to visit and explore. 

Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Hilo

Ocean Sushi Deli
239 Keawe St
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-6625

Ocean Sushi Deli has fantastic sushi.  They offer a wide ranging menu with a local Hawaiian twist - don't forget to try the Big Island Roll!  Prices are reasonable and Ocean Sushi is located right downtown in Hilo.

Ayuthaya II Thai Restaurant
804 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 933-2424

For an authentic Thai experience, make sure you dine at Ayuthaya.  Their Thai delicacies are always fresh, spicy on request, and reasonably priced.

Kalbi Express
315 Makaala Street, Suite 106 D
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-7997

This is a Korean lunch-counter restaurant in the Waiakea Food Court Pavilion near Wal-Mart. Food with Island flair, very reasonably priced.

Freddies Manono Mini Mart
454 Manono St
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-0611

Manono Mini Mart is a lunch counter deli that has a great variety of fresh sandwiches.  This is a perfect place to pick up your lunch on the go - on the way to the beach or the volcano.

Cafe Pesto: Hilo
308 Kamehameha Ave # 101
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 969-6640

Hilo is a very old area and Care Pesto is the nicest restaurant around. They offer a variety of italian style dishes, from pasta to salad to chicken. The prices range from approximately $10 to $20 and although the setting is somewhat crowded, the food is very good.

Seaside Restaurant and Aqua Farm
1790 Kalanianaole Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-8825

This is currently the best restaurant in town. It is called "Aqua Farm" because it has its own fishpond where some of the fish offerings are raised. Open only for dinner, and you'd better have reservations. (Closed Mon.) Obviously, features seafood, but also has really great steak. Great salads, as well. Features pasta as the accompanying dish. Portions are very generous, but most important, food is great quality, i.e., really tasty. Located diagonally across the street from the first condo dwelling as you drive to Richardson's. Condo is on the left, restaurant is on the right, i.e., the inland side of the street. Not cheap--most main courses seem to be in the $25-35 range.

Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant
1263 Kilauea Ave Suite 320
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 933-1083

This is Hilo's best Chinese restaurant, and the name "Seafood" is something of a misnomer, since they have a wide selection of all kinds of Chinese food, with emphasis on the fancier Cantonese dishes. Located in the Hilo Shopping Center, which is a local "strip" mall.  

1 Plus 1 Cafe
315 Makaala St. Suite 110
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-6288

This is also located near Wal-Mart and Office Max., but is just outside the food court.  It is a Chinese restaurant--not gourmet Chinese dishes like Happy Valley, but it's the best place in town for Chinese noodle dishes, especially the various noodle soups. Lovely "quay tiao," although they don't call it that.

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