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Moon and Turtle

51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
+1 808-961-0599
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sashimi” (36 reviews)
“fried rice” (26 reviews)
“spaetzle” (10 reviews)
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Japanese, Seafood, Asian, Hawaiian, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
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11 - 20 of 227 reviews

Reviewed 9 May 2017

I discovered Moon and Turtle several years ago by accident and I have been a fan ever since. The philosophy of "Keep it simple" and keep it fresh and local serves them well. But "simple" does NOT mean tasteless or plain: Mark Pomaski ( chef/owner)...More

Thank jack b
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I had seen a local article ranking Moon and Turtle The Best Restaurant in Hilo, and they are spot on! It's not very big (so strongly recommend reservations), and almost hidden on the side street, but it's worth the search and wait! The staff is...More

Thank bearecub
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Good food for fair price. Use local products and cook nicely. The menu is limited but over all good healthy food. For Hilo, i will recommend this restaurant.

Thank emichan2016
Reviewed 13 April 2017

The place was packed on a Wednesday evening, so we sat up at the bar. Chatted with the owners (husband, wife), sipped on mid-tier wine and ordered and shared an appetizer and one meal. The appe was super tasty, the wine decent and not expensive,...More

Thank Entiat
Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you are in Hilo and get the chance - please stop by the Moon and the Turtle. They do have a limited daily menu, but usually there is something for everyone. Down home Hilo style unpretentious place with fresh food. You may need a...More

Thank HawaiiHawkGal
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Loved the food, loved the environment! Great drinks, interesting small and large plates. Try the brussels sprouts as a small plate. Ono cheeks were amazing. Salty fish and rice bowl for dinner was great. VERY reasonable prices- especially considering the very high quality of the...More

Thank mseghers
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Have been here a few times. Owners are friendly & food is incredible. Always something new. The Smokey sashimi was the BEST I have ever had. Great place

Thank Rod G
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Finally got to try this restaurant that everyone said was so wonderful. Pros - fast service -food comes out quickly -friendly staff -nice small quiet place to enjoy dinner -nice ambiance -smaller parties Pro nor Con Family size serving and Dinning Menu always changes Big...More

1  Thank mamaral808
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Moon and Turtle has a menu that may not be for everyone's taste. Check online before you go. If you like what is presented, you will probably love this place. Food is served "family style" and sharing is strongly encouraged. Thus it is better to...More

Thank HLW648
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Food and drinks were great, owner came out to chat. Will recommend to others🖒. Thank you to our waitress Taylor!!

Thank KapekaE
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Kalakaua St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2805
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-961-0599
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We feature a frequently changing international menu with a pacific emphasis and focus on locally sourced ingredients.
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