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#10 of 186 Restaurants in Hilo
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135 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4703
+1 808-934-7663
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Gillette, Wyoming
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

This was great food and had a very nice view next to a pond. Dinner was well prepared and tasty. Price was between reasonable and expensive.

Thank D and J P
Everett, Washington
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

The best thing about my meal was my glass pinot grigio and I will say that their drink list was fun and reasonably priced. However, the food was nothing special and our waitress did not seem like she wanted to be there. The view of the koi pond and pond were nice and it was fun to watch kids jumping... More 

Thank KirstinMarieJohnson
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has a great location and the food doesn't dissapoint. I had the brie and caramelized pear salad. This was very good! My only criticism is that they used canned pears still very good. The crab melt is good just avoid the potato salad. Come for the view! Well worth it. Service was quick and they payed attention well.

Thank laanmt
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

Ponds is located at the site of the old Harrington's Restaurant in Hilo. The view is incredible; overlooking the Hilo Ice Pond. The lunch menu is very limited. In addition to sandwiches and burgers, they feature fish and chips as their signature entree. Although decent, they could benefit from a more extensive lunch menu.

Thank 96720Traveler
Wollerau, Switzerland
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

We went there during our 2 day stay on both days as many places were closed mondays in Hilo. Many tables will have a direct view of the bay and when it is dark the koi pond is illuminated with 2 small turtles as well. The food is pretty nice, we had seafood pasta the first evening (yummy), mexican on... More 

Thank zuriseetraveler
Honolulu, Hawaii
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150 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

The place is somewhere off the beaten track but worth looking for it. At some ocean water’s edge by a small pond of colorful koi fish. It opens at 11AM. Get there early. When we got there at 11.30 one of two rooms was already full. That one is bright with big windows, the other large one is somewhat dark.... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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437 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

We came here for a couple of drinks and a bite to eat. It was early afternoon and the place wasn't yet busy so we were a given a choice of tables to choose from. I opted for the one next to the fish pond. We ordered the ahi tuna and the artichoke dish with a few drinks to wash... More 

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Oxnard, California
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194 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

After driving up and down a few streets in Hilo, we chose this place for lunch. Decent looking and a nice location on the corner of the pond. The MaiTais are pretty good here. To eat, I tried the BBQ Kalua Pork Sliders...which were pretty good. Other than the fish & chips that my buddy ordered, I can't recall what... More 

Thank Kitman
Vancouver, Canada
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

We came here on our first night in Hilo. We thought this restaurant would be good because it has high ratings on trip advisor. We came here on a Monday evening and it wasn't that busy, we were seated right away. They have a variety on their menu and it was Mexican night on Monday so I decided to get... More 

Thank koolchic101
West Kelowna, Canada
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

We ate at this restaurant while staying at the Hilo Seaside, just across the road. We really liked that it is on a pond and you can watch the fish while you eat. The service and the food were good.

Thank clarkeej9

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?