Best Restaurants in Hilo

Seven Special Places to Eat in Hilo

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One of the best parts of vacationing is the chance to experience many different kinds of cuisine. Staying in vacation rentals as opposed to other types of lodgings allows you to store and prepare food in your place so you can eat snacks and small meals there while saving your dollars and excitement for dining out at the places that really appeal to you. When vacationing in Hilo, Hawaii, you have many great options. Try these places out, and you will be sure to make Hilo a place you will return to again and again.

1. Ponds
For a lively evening out with a group of friends or an intimate, cozy night together as a couple, Ponds should be your first consideration. It is comfortable and relaxing with low-key, live music setting its pleasant ambience. The staff members pride themselves on their outstanding and courteous service and the chef is known for his culinary brilliance as well as his easy and fun table-side manner. This is a place where you will want to spend awhile drinking, eating and enjoying good company. Reservations are recommended due to Ponds’s overwhelming popularity.

2. Hilo Bay Café
Hilo Bay Café is a surprising charmer that is revered for its terrific service and excellent food. Make sure you order their famous coconut limeade to start your meal off on the right foot. People have been known to plan repeat vacations to Hilo simply for their crab cake salads! Consider making a reservation as they have been known to fill up quickly.

3. Restaurant Miwa
There is a huge Asian influence in Hawaiian culture and cuisine, and Japanese may be the most influential Asian culture there. There are a lot of Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants to be found around Hawaii but Restaurant Miwa is among the best. Restaurant Miwa is casually themed but has extraordinarily fresh sushi. Try their specials and treat yourself to the chef’s creativity using the freshest catches.

4. Puff City
When your sweet tooth attacks, Puff City is the place to soothe it. Whether you want a special breakfast pastry to start your day off in a sweet way or need a decadent dessert to follow a terrific dinner, head over to Puff City.

5. Cronies
This unassuming little burger joint is perfect for couples looking for an icy drink and a satisfying bite to eat after a walk on the beach or for families looking for tasty food that the whole gang will gobble right up. Start off with a cold cocktail and then check out the menu. Their freshly caught fish is among the best they offer, particularly their seafood burger.

6. Café Concerto
This demure little treasure serves outstanding Italian food that is lovingly crafted by the chef who is also the owner. If you eat here, you will experience his stellar hospitality first hand. The menu is limited, but every item on it is superb. It is nestled a bit out of view, but it is most definitely worth finding.

7. Kuhio Grille
When staying in the Hawaiian Islands, it is recommended that you experience real Hawaiian food at least once, whether dining out or at an authentic luau. If you can’t get to a luau, Kuhio Grille is the place to stop to scratch that itch for real Hawaiian fare. The staff will make you feel like a guest in their own home. Locals wanting real Hawaiian food are found eating here and the prices are geared to locals instead of the pricey tourist traps found elsewhere. Their laulau is one of their highly recommended dishes.

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