Best Restaurants in Hilo

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Going out for a night in Hilo and don’t know where to eat? Hang on, because we have scoured all of Hilo town so you don’t have to. Hilo is a melting pot of so many different restaurants, below are a few of our favorite restaurants that bring us happiness and full stomachs. The best restaurants in Hilo are listed in no particular order.

Hilo Bay Cafe

The food menu at HBC has rich, fresh, flavorful food that is perfect for a date night, celebration, or relaxing lunch. HBC takes pride in serving delicious ingredients, only sourcing the freshest and finest for its patrons. A few of our favorites include the Parmesan Custard and tender Adobo Pork Lettuce Cups (two servings) for starters. The flavorful and perfectly executed Tiger Roll, and the savory Torched Hamachi with tangy mouth watering ponzu sauce. Sit back and enjoy a fresh, delicious meal and take in the beauty of Hilo Bay. Reservations for lunch and dinner are highly recommended.

Cafe Pesto

Cafe Pesto is a must try. A few of our favorite dishes include the Half Moon Shrimp Nachos, Milolii sandwich, Smoked Salmon Alfredo, Hibachi Chicken Risotto, Thai Chili Shrimp Pizza, and Volcano Mist Salad. The Smoked Salmon Alfredo consists of hamakua mushrooms, fresh spinach, smoked salmon, salty capers, over a bed of tender fettuccine Alfredo. This dish will leave you feeling full and happy, with a little room left for dessert.

If you feel like indulging in dessert, we highly recommend the Keanakolu Hot Apple Crisp with Macadamia Crumble, ala mode of course. Wash it down with a cup of hot, homegrown Big Island coffee from Kukui Coffee Farm.

Reservations for this popular restaurant are highly recommended for lunch and dinner.

Moon and Turtle

This popular intimate restaurant will always keep you coming back for more of Moon and Turtle’s signature dishes and drinks which change daily. If you like yummy delightful surprises, this local family owned establishment will not disappoint. Reservations are highly recommended.

Pineapples Fresh Island Cuisine

At Pineapples Fresh Island Cuisine the Nui Nachos consists of homemade corn tortillas layered with cheddar jack cheese, black olives, sour cream, guacamole and pineapple salsa! Customize this appetizer with your choice of veggies, chicken, or Kalua pork, fresh catch fish or sauteed shrimp. Our personal favorite is adding the tender, mouthwatering Kalua pork. The Teriyaki Flank Steak is so flavorful due to it being marinated then drizzled with beurre blanc. It is served with crispy curly onions and house made pineapple salsa.

Being that we enjoy the Kalua pork so much at Pineapples, we highly recommend the BBQ Kalua Pork Sandwich, served with a generous portion of Kalua pork, pineapple BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and topped with their signature house slaw and pineapple salsa. Each sandwich comes with your choice of steak fries or sweet potato fries, or you can substitute for another side.

If you get lucky enough and see the Salmon Avocado Salad on the specials board, order it! This salad is one of the best salads we have ever had, served with lettuce, tomato, dried cherries, carrot, cucumber, feta, sunflower seeds, and a red wine vinaigrette. The piece of grilled salmon was enormous, perfectly cooked and seasoned.

Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill

The menu at Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill features locally caught seafood, seasonal vegetables, and only the freshest ingredients!

Happy hour at Jackie Rey’s is a must, with reasonably priced pupus and drinks. A few popular dishes at Jackie Rey’s include the Seafood Trio, the Grilled Chicken and Mushroom Risotto, and the Pork Chop.

On Thursday’s they feature a 12 oz Cut of Prime Rib, Au Jus & Creamy Horseradish, Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Vegetables which is always a fan favorite!

Do not forget to ask for their dessert menu before leaving; they have a decadent crème brulee (flavors vary), triple fudge brownie roll for 2, and life-changing lilikoi cheesecake that will keep you coming back time and time again.

The Temple Bar

The Temple Bar serves up some of the most flavorful food we have had in Hilo. Stop in and try the fried rice, or flatbreads. The fried rice is so savory and flavorful with your choice of meat. The flatbreads always amaze us with how creative and tasty they are. If you happen to look at the specials board, do yourself a favor and order everything on it. The staff here genuinely care about creating a friendly relaxed atmosphere with delicious food.

The Booch Bar

The Booch Bar serves fresh, organic, nutritious and packed with flavor, every meal has been nothing but absolutely satisfying!

If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere to wind down with friends, then we couldn’t recommend a better place.

It doesn’t matter if you are vegetarian, vegan or a carnivore, this local restaurant has something for everyone! Helpful tips to ensure you have a great experience, this is a mostly self-serve restaurant. Order your food and drinks at the bar and the server will bring it out your table.

There are no reservations required, but seating is limited.

New Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine

New Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine uplifts their unique Thai flavors to another level! When visiting, try their fried rice dishes or Pad Thai! The Basil Fried Rice has such a rich and amazing flavor profile, served with your choice of meat, fresh thai basil, garlic, egg, onions and broccoli. The dish is topped with green onion and fragrant cilantro, and is a rather large portion so you’ll either have to share or ask for a to-go container.

The Pineapple Fried Rice is equally as delicious. The Pad Thai Noodles dish hits the spot every time, garnished with crushed roasted peanuts and cilantro. This fan-favorite dish is centered around a meld of sweet-savory flavors. The Pad Thai selection makes for a great lunch or dinner if you don’t feel like cooking and want a yummy meal.

If you are a curry lover like us, then we highly encourage you to try their Panang Curry! This scrumptious meal contains your choice of meat that is simmered in coconut milk with panang curry paste to give it that nutty, mellow flavor and texture of roasted peanuts. The curry also contains fresh veggies such as zucchini, green beans, carrots, onion, broccoli, baby corn and of course Thai basil. This meal is served with a side of fluffy white rice that makes this hearty meal stick to your stomach and quench your cravings for top-notch Thai food!

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