The restaurant scene in Hilo has been improving consistently in the past year, and there are now many good places to eat. Most restaurants are concentrated in downtown Hilo at the bay front park.
Our favorite Hilo Restaurants:
We use this page to list our favorite places to eat in Hilo. Please note that the list is not ordered in any way, and that we count all these restaurants among our favorites!
Puka Puka Kitchen
Puka Puka Kitchen is a small diner and offers a healthy, fresh and tasty menu. If you are early enough you can also pick up a lunch box for on the road. You can find them at 270 Kamehameha Avenue. (Puka Puka kitchen on facebook).
Ken’s House of Pancakes
Ken’s House of Pancakes is our local favorite for breakfast. This is *the* place if you need a good foundation for a day filled with outdoor activities. You can find them at 1730 Kamehameha Avenue (website).
Pineapples is a restaurant with occasional live music with good food and great drinks/cocktails. You can find them at 332 Keawe Street (website).
Cafe 100 is *the* place to try out a local favorite: the Loco Moco.
A loco moco is a hearty plate filled with steamed rice, a hamburger patty, fried egg and brown gravy (read more about local Hawaiian food). You can also pick up plate lunches here to have some food for on the road. You can find Cafe 100 at 969 Kilauea Avenue (website).
Hilo Bay Cafe
Hilo Bay Cafe is one of the local favorites, especially since they moved to their new location overlooking Hilo bay and downtown Hilo.
You can find the Hilo Bay cafe at 123 Lihiwai Street in Hilo. Reservations are recommended and can be made on their website.
Ocean sushi on 235 Keawe Street is a japanese restaurant where you can have good sushi and bento boxes at a fair price.
Call ahead if you want to order to-go because service here can at times be slow. More information on their website.
Hawaiian Style Cafe
Hawaiian style cafe has restaurants in Hilo and Waimea. The one in Hilo is located at 681 Manono Street.
Hawaiian style cafe serves homemade Hawaiian food in large portions so make sure that you are hungry before walking through their doors. One of our favorite dishes are their poke bowls (poke is marinated raw fish, delicious!).
Note that they close between lunch at dinner. More information can be found at their website.
Ponds in Hilo
Ponds is a historic local dining restaurant located on the edge of a scenic Koi ponds (hence the name). They use ingredients from local farmers and have live music almost every night.
Great atmosphere and price/quality ration for the food. More information at their website.
Hula Hulas (Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo)
The Hula Hulas restaurant in the Grand Naniloa has perhaps the best views over Hilo Bay of the whole of Hilo. Good locally sourced food for a fair price. More information at the Hula Hulas website.
Suisan Fish Market
OK, this is not really a place where you stay for dinner but a GREAT place to pick some food for a picnic (try Coconut Island around the corner) or a road trip. Our recommendation: try the Poke Bowls! More information at the Suisan Fish Market website.
Kum Yo’s Okazuya (Korean)
Unpretentious Korean restaurant close to the Hilo airport opened for breakfast and lunch. Like the Suisan Fish Market this is a good place to pick up food for on the road. We like Kum Yo’s for their tasty and good value Bentos (a Bento is a single-portion take-out meal with rice or noodles, fish or meat, and pickled and cooked vegetables).
Kum Yo’s Okazuya has no website, so for more information you should have a look at e.g. their Yelp listing.
Map of Hilo Restaurants
All these restaurants are also marked on our map of Hilo. Below the map you can find more details such as address and website for each restaurant.