Cinnabon

111 E Puainako St,Ste 432
Hilo, 96720
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Best buns ever!!!! Located inside mall...enter at cinema.

(808) 959-7634

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Kaai Cafe

277 Keawe St
Hilo, 96720
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Wow, Eggplant Parm is the reason I'll be back, strawberry salad is the other excuse. Soo good!
Kaai Cafe recently opened in downtown Hilo with a new local owner, Danny. The cafe features affordable sandwiches, frozen yogurt, and free wifi. I really enjoyed the expresso frozen yogurt, which was savory and refreshing. The cafe also boasts some beautiful Hawaiian art from drawings to carvings. I plan to go to Kaai Cafe for meetings. Please support this new locally owned restaurant!
Cafe Kaai... just what Hilo needs! Great menu. I had the Hawaiian surf and turf (Kalua pig and lomi salmon slaw) sandwich, a smoothie and my wife had the amazing grilled cheese. definitely coming back again.

(808) 315-7278

Coffee & Tea, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Thai Smile Restaurant

804 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, 96720
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By my count this is the 3rd thai place that pop'd up in this location. I came here a lot 2 thai places ago, a few times 1 thai place ago, and now I'm coming here. Never really understood why they kept closing, because the food was always solid; the same goes for this place. One thing I did notice changed is the decor. It has definitely freshened up quite a bit from the hole in the wall that it used to be. The pad thai I had was pretty killer. I like how they cook their noodles with the peanuts because it gave it that great roasted flavor. I also like the gravy noodles which are thick pad see ew style noodles with plenty of sauce, veges, and meat. Also if you are into spicy food, try their Thai Hot. They throw in some voodoo chili powder that really bumps up the heat. The only down side is the wait time. There is only one lady and a one dude working there. The lady cooks, the guy handles the orders. Seems like a nice family business but it also means that it took 20 minutes for me to get my food to go. This can be remedied by calling in; which I will do in the future. One other minor downside is the cost, roughly $10 a dish; but I don't mind it as much since I think the food rivals sombat's which still costs a bit more
Great Thai restaurant in Hilo. It is a smallish establishment but excellent food and service. We were here for dinner on a weekday (and I couldn't wait to come back). Ordered the pad kee Mao and gravy noodles. Arrived quickly, huge huge portions and really fresh. The flavors were great. We're back here today, ordering some curry and the same noodles again. Oh and the guy already remembers my order from yesterday :) he's great to talk to! We paid 20$ for a meal for two and lots left to be boxed. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
:) delish fresh flavorful Thai food. Ordered the red curry w/ tofu & a huge green papaya salad- that was perfect spicy tangy sweet! Thai is my favorite kind of food, and I am very picky about it and this place is fresh, which is SO important! Very nice family owns it, owner also has a truck she is at Sunday market. Go here and smile:)

(808) 933-2424

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Shipman House Bed & Breakfast

131 Kaiulani St
Hilo, 96720
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We have stayed at many bed and breakfasts in the Central Coast area of California and the Shipman House experience beats any bed and breakfast we've ever seen. Barbara and Gary (the hosts) have done an outstanding job of renovating the historic house and recreate a bit of a magical experience of a different time. I was in 'hog heaven" as a former history teacher! We stayed in the guest house the first night since all the rooms in the main house were reserved. The room was quite comfortable and had an attached bathroom. The next two nights we stayed in Auntie Clara's Shell Room in the main house. The "shell room" had a private bath across the hall with a privacy robe for each guest.. The house is located a short distance from downtown Hilo and is situated on Reed's Island, between two rivers. Check out the pictures on Yelp, of the house, the furnishings and the incredible continental breakfast. Most of the fruit is grown on the property and we must have tried 8-10 fruits that we've never experienced before. Toast and breads, fresh home made muffins and a great Macadamia Nut Granola were included with cups of the most outstanding coffee we have ever had. We toured the house with the help of a self guided notebook and really sensed the history of the rooms. How many times does one experience sitting down at a grand piano that the Queen of Hawaii played? The list of notable visitors from former years goes on and on. Jack London, Amelia Earhart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr,, Cecil B. deMille, Lauritz Melchior, Cole Porter, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Newman, Janet Gaynor along with many others. The Andersons gave us excellent advice and recommendations for dining and touring the Hilo area, including the amazing volcano experiences. We couldn't have been happier with all aspects of our stay.
Beautiful historical house with lovely, old grand piano in front room and wrap around porch (where an eclectic, exotic, delicious breakfast with a view awaits each morning). Our hosts were very friendly and were extremely helpful with recommendations for local food and attractions. Our room in the guesthouse was spacious and comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend to others :)
The beautiful Shipman House in Hilo is one of my favorite places to stay in all of the Hawaiian islands! I dream about the fresh, juicy papayas, with a scoop of passion fruit and a squeeze of lime. I'm in love with the homemade lilikoi butter, which they make with fresh passion fruit and butter. I toast my slice of homemade Portuguese sweet bread, and smother it in delicious lilikoi butter at breakfast. The owners grow over 20 varieties of tropical fruit trees on their property. Breakfast doesn't get any fresher than that! (-; I've stayed at Shipman House on "Reed's Island" in Hilo on 2 separate trips to the Big Island. We've slept in 3 different rooms, and enjoyed all of them. We slept in the cottage which faces the main house, and in 2 rooms in the main house: Auntie Clara's shell room, and Auntie Carrie's room. Which room is best? I dunno I seriously liked them all! Every day after breakfast, the owners helped us plan our day, marked places on the map, and gave us the inside scoop! Barbara is very organized, and her inner kindness unfolds like a Hawaiian flower the longer you know her. For example, one guest had recently developed an allergy to dairy. When Barbara heard this, the very next morning she provided homemade, scrumptious, moist gingerbread muffins which were dairy free, and everybody enjoyed them! Breakfast: The fresh tropical fruit platter is a work of art! There is also oatmeal or quinoa (hot cereal); yogurt; homemade granola; homemade Portuguese sweet bread, breads for the toaster, hardboiled eggs, cheese, juices, coffee, tea... On this trip in January 2014, we slept in Auntie Clara's shell room near the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor, which has a queen bed and 4 small windows with lovely views of the "rainforest" and a distant peek at Hilo bay. The private bathroom for this room is actually in the hallway outside of the room, and we were provided with robes. Hilo is on the greener, wetter side of the Big Island, and we love the "rainforest" atmosphere, where a warm, tropical rain might start up for a few minutes, and then the sun comes popping out. We love the "jungle" feel of the location of Shipman House. Hilo has a local feel, and there are great dining choices for reasonable prices. Hilo makes an excellent base for the east side of the island. From Shipman House, it's an hour or less to the major sites, such as Waipi'o Valley, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, and Hawaii Volcanoes National park. I wouldn't want to sleep in Volcano, because there aren't enough dining choices in Volcano, and the air is better in Hilo. We prefer to do the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as a day-trip from Shipman House in Hilo. Shipman House is an authentic historic Victorian building, and has many antique furnishings, including furnishings made from special native Hawaiian woods. Barbara is a Shipman descendant, and she has some rules for guests to follow to protect the house, which is on the National Registry. The rules: --No shoes in the house. Remove shoes at the door. (Exceptions are made for guests who must wear orthotics with soft-soled shoes.) --No smoking in the house --No rolling luggage over the floors. Luggage must be carried. The county of Hawaii is still working on the wooden bridge as of January 2014, therefore you have to take a longer detour between Shipman House and Hilo, which makes it a trip of about 1.7 miles or so. (You can easily WALK into Hilo in under 15 minutes when the bridge is fixed.) I highly recommend Shipman House bed and breakfast in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii! I'm already dreaming about my 3rd visit to Shipman House someday.

(808) 934-8002

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Dragon Kitchen Sushi

330 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, 96720
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Yum! If you're downtown and the sushi craving hits don't hesitate to check out this place. Sushi is made to order with brown rice, with all the fixings that's sure to satisfy you. Try it with their spicy sauce!
Very good deal on the sushi! Nice owners.
Out of this world fresh sushi! Kids asked for shave ice while at the Hilo Farmers Market, so we headed into this unassuming food court after vendors told us this was the only place open nearby. The shave ice was good, but then my daughter spotted sushi (with brown rice) and we hesitantly gave it a try as it didn't look like much (served in plastic containers with the splintery chopsticks you have to split apart like at the grocery store). We were blown away by the fresh ahi flavor--it was among the best sushi I've tried and made me think of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the documentary on Netflix where so much emphasis is placed on the sous-sushi-chefs choosing from the catch of the day. It really makes a difference!

(808) 386-9153

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The Bay House

42 Pukihae St
Hilo, 96720
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The Bay House is as cozy and comfortable as it is inviting! It is perfectly situated for exploring Hilo and their breakfast is awesome! From free parking, to free wifi & free umbrellas--everything about this establishment is amazing! If you're thinking of staying in Hilo, you can't go wrong with The Bay House!
We had a great time here. Our room was great, and the breakfast we were served was better than other BnBs that I've stayed at. It was a great way to start the day, eating breakfast on the patio overlooking the bay. The owner is super friendly and made us feel right at home. There are lots of little touches around the property that set it apart from other places I've stayed, like the high-end shampoo products in the bathroom. The only thing that I'd advise people to be wary of is that the pictures on the website don't really show how close together the rooms are. Our room, while very private on the inside, was right next to the common room/kitchen area, so we could hear people getting their breakfasts in the morning. If you want to sleep in, this probably isn't the best place to do it. That being said, if you're up early then this is a great option.
My wife and I really enjoyed The Bay House and would return in a heartbeat. This was our first visit to Hilo, where we spent a few gloriously relaxing days, taking in the sites and enjoying our time in paradise. The Bay House view is perfect. It overlooks the bay and, honestly, is about as picturesque as it gets. We loved the sounds of the waves crashing outside our window--it felt like we were sleeping on the beach. The breakfast each morning was quite good (i.e. mixed meat/eggs, fresh papaya, banana bread, cereal etc.) and the room was very clean. We enjoyed some time in the hot tub, especially after a cooler day 4-wheeling around Waipio, and the parking was good too. Overall, a fantastic first-time visit to Hilo and The Bay House. We were glad we decided on the B&B experience--good times.

(808) 961-6311

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Hale Kai Hawaii Bed & Breakfast

111 Honolii Pl
Hilo, 96720
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Hale Kai is a GREAT little b&b in beautiful Hilo. Try to reserve the Bamboo room; it's the most private and nothing short of absolutely charming. Service is personalized (by name) since the max. capacity is only a few accomodations at a time. This intimate number of guests, in turn, yields more respect for the property (i.e. you're probably not going to be blasting music at 3 am or leaving trash around the pool because everyone already knows who you are and which room you are staying in--insert evil eyes--) This is definitely a win-win for the guests and b&b owners alike :p Sunrise and bay views can only be captured in photos not words. Breakfast is entertaining because you're seated at a communal table and encouraged to share stories with those of different backgrounds. Also, spray a little repellant (only if you're concerned, because I left Hale Kai bite-free) and leave a couple windows open. The sounds at night are so amazing when you're getting into bed at the end of an exhausting, adventurous day...frogs croaking, crickets chirpring, waves splish splashing, pretty much a spa soundtrack..ahhh... I wished we could have stayed longer. P.s.- If you're new to east-side Big Island, take the tips that Rick & Maria have printed on a suggested itinerary for you. We followed it almost to a T and had amazing day-trips because of it. Hiking Waipio Valley is a must!
Lovely bed and breakfast overlooking the bay. Ric and Maria were great hosts. B&B is close to everything in Hilo and very peaceful. We stayed in the bamboo room which was on the end of the house, which gave us more privacy than the other rooms since other guests did not have to walk by our room to get to theirs. Large room led to the common area with a fridge and coffee maker. Delicious breakfast which included a generous spread of fruit was served at 8am. Would definitely go back.
This is a fantastic bed & breakfast! I was traveling and found myself unable to find a hotel. I stumbled upon this B & B and feel so lucky I did. The hosts Maria & Ricardo are very nice people and they have a lovely property. I would recommend staying here to anyone traveling on the East side of the Big Island.

(808) 935-6330

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Aloha Bayfront Cafe

116 Kamehameha,Ste 1
Hilo, 96720
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Muffuletta sandwich is good, but waayyy overpriced! Couple slices of salami, one-two slices of ham, and a bunch of different cheeses. That's not worth $14.58! I could've gone to Puka Puka Kitchen and got a huge plate that would serve me twice. Maybe if they put more than one or two slices of ham and salami I'd give a better review. A true Muffuletta sandwich should have layers of meat. Not sure if I'll go back. Only reason I tried was because this place looked like they have something different.
Great ambiance mixed with great food. The midnight Cuban w/the lilikoi mustard was amazing. The onomea bay sandwich got rave reviews from my friend. The lunch was capped with the delicious homemade banana bread pudding. All ingredients are organic and local, which makes it pricey for a soup/sandwich place, but if don't mind the price and want a tasty lunch, I would recommend this place. The location is amongst the downtown shops and gives you an ocean view.
Super cute, colorful little lunch cafe with friendly service. I ordered the Bayfront Club with chips & appreciated the fresh veggies used in the sandwich. The mango butter & herb cream cheese added a nice flavor as well. The Muffuletta sandwich was deliciously rich & cheesy -- loved the focaccia bread they used. Both sandwiches tasted great with a douse of the Big Island Peppers chili pepper water too! We went home with a bottle of our own. We finished our lunch with the warm bread pudding dessert -- so sweet topped with Tahitian vanilla bean Hilo homemade ice cream & condensed milk. Amazing. I'd highly recommend this dessert. Prices are a little high for the portion sizes but for interesting sandwich, wraps & salad combinations featuring fresh local ingredients, it's worth it.

(808) 935-8935

Salad, Soup, Sandwiches

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Kamana Kitchen

1235 Kilauea Ave,Ste 180
Hilo, 96720
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So sad that this place isn't on Oahu. Great food for a good price (for Hawaii). Lunch special is the way to go. Had the lamb curry and it was super tender at just the right spiciness. Hubby got the chicken tikka masala which was also super delicious. If you are in Hilo and want to get your fix for Indian, come here!!!
Words cannot describe how happy I am that Hilo finally has a good Indian Restaurant. I am heads deep with infatuation, and I don't think there's any chance of saving me. For $12.95 I got the lamb curry special. The naan was heavenly and the extra sides were everything and more, especially the yellow dahl. My friend had the $11.95 chickan tikka masala. We ate everything so fast we didn't even bother to ask one another if they wanted to try. It was that good.
Awesome food! This has become one of our go to places for take-our dinner. Everything is delicious and we always get an order or two of their delicious garlic naan. Friday's are great because you can also swing by Island Naturals next door to pick a bottle of wine or beer which is 10% off on Fridays.

(808) 933-8570

Indian

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Lanky’s Pastries

1263 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, 96720
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We were doing our early Saturday morning Farmers market runs and decided to drop in at Lanky's. The ONLY reason we go there is for the Glazed Fuji Apple Monkey Bread, 5 words, 8 syllables, lol! Being that's their most popular item, it's a good thing we went at that particular time because they only had one left. I was kinda iffy about getting it because it was lop-sided and really didn't appeal to my eyes. But then again I wasn't wearing my prescription glasses, lol! I ended up buying it because it's that damn good. They had other types of monkey bread in the display case like the plain and cinnamon varieties. The one I got is around $12, so worth it! They have donuts and enough pastries to satisfy anyone's sweet cravings. Lanky's Pastries are open from 5 am everyday for your convenience. Make sure to have some "green backs" on hand though they don't accept credit cards. If you're ever in the area and happen to end up at Hilo Shopping Center, drop by Lanky's and get their Fuji Apple Monkey Bread!
Two words: Monkey Bread If you're ever in Hilo, you need to make a stop at Lanky's! The monkey bread is so addicting! It probably has boatloads of butter and sugar, but who cares!! Once you start eating, you'll find that it's hard to stop! This family owned bakery has other delightful desserts such as long johns and cream snails, all of which are delicious, but my heart belongs to the monkey bread.
This little dive bakery gets the full stars from me. CASH ONLY be prepared the last thing you want is to have to limit your purchase. Like everyone else has indicated that Monkey Bread is awesome. I chose the glazed, extra butter, extra cinnamon ....think of the sound Homer Simpson makes eating a donut ..... I arrived too late this morning for a bacon donut, but so far everything I've sampled has been wonderful.

(808) 935-6381

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