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Ponds

#10 of 191 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spent the day in Hilo and were heading back Kona side to our hotel, but needed dinner. Used Google's "restaurants near me" and up popped Ponds. What a lucky find! Even though we didn't have reservstions, we were taken right away (probably wouldnt risk it again, though--use Open Table to be safe) and our seat, the server said, was... More 

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Thank Barbara A
Bend, Oregon
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were here on Mother's Day. They had a crab stuffed lobster that looked amazing, but we went for some of the other offerings. Very affordable, ample portions and fresh ingredients. There is something for every palate. The window we were seated at had a view of the Koi pond below. I am sure some of the Koi were 100... More 

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Thank Von S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great variety of food that was well prepared. The papaya salsa was delightful. The bead pudding is a must try. Live music was enjoyable. Warm n friendly service.

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Thank 615judyb
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

They do serve dinner for lunch. Very friendly & hospitable staff with local knowledge to share. Perfect break from hiking around to get some pampering. The Brie Crostini with shrimp & papaya is very good.

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Thank EWForster
Cincinnati, Ohio
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411 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ice Pond location creates a really nice atmosphere and the food is superb. The staff was both fun and attentive.

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Thank Denny G
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very unassuming looking place from the outside. The interior is another story. A lovely airy hospitable place to relax in the serene setting over a large pond. They have a section immediately below the windows that is stocked with Koi (Please don’t feed the fish by the way) but the main attraction is the food. Great meals,... More 

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Thank Eddie M
Boston, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just had a very nice afternoon meal here. I've double checked the location to be sure it's the same everyone else is talking about! Best I can tell, it is! Maybe it's a geographic thing, but I would not call Ponds " fine dining" or "expensive". IMO, it is an older restaurant with a pleasant location on a pond.... More 

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Thank cc41
Grand Junction, Colorado
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seafood was very good. Thoroughly enjoyed the Hawaiian mojito as well. Pleasant, on-the-water atmosphere with live entertainment the day we were there for dinner. Pricey, but no more than the rest of Hawaii.

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Thank Peggy W
Albuquerque
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76 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose this place based upon ratings onTripadvisor and we weren't disappointed. Smaller restuarant with tables full on happy diners. Food is family style, so ordering selections of the small plates or big plates are meant to be shared. Good presentation and flavors. We tried the pork shoulder and smoked sushimi. We were happy with our choices. Price is mid... More 

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1 Thank Michael N
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popular with locals, this place has plenty of regulars. Great selection, local-style but a little nicer. Cool, old-Hawaii vibe.

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Thank Toni T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7663

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?