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Tina's Garden Gourmet Cafe

#19 of 186 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-935-1166
12:00 - 20:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 16:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 20:30
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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

had a horrible experience in volcano last night so went with this trip advisor recommendation tonight. really wanted to like it...her story is great and she obviously has a strong following. i ordered somtam. one of my favs from Thailand. their medium is no spice at all. texture was good and it had all the ingredients but no zing. bigger... More 

Thank Mari L
Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It smelled so good from the outside we HAD to get lunch here. The menu is Thai/fusion-y. I got a great and HUGE Thai iced coffee. The portions are family style - so if you order a few dished you will be bringing back leftovers. We got the jammin salmon and the masman curry. I would highly recommend both! Great... More 

Thank kowalbear
San Diego
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lovely small Thai restaurant is run by a wonderful family that grows the vegetables for the delicious dishes it serves. You can taste the subtle flavors and freshness of the food. We liked it so much we ate here twice. The early closing hours are the only drawback - the last order is taken at 4.30 p.m. so Tina's... More 

1 Thank 2travelight
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

So good. Huge fresh and yummy. Beware the spiciness and different dishes use different peppers. The spicy of the burrito is way hotter than spicy of massaman curry and the medium of yellow curry isn't hot at all. But with that said, the flavor of all these is delicious. We were in Hilo 8 nights & had Tina's 4 of... More 

1 Thank Jackson G
Taylorsville, Utah
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Big portions. Good food, & many choices. We really enjoyed the food here. We had mild & spicy, and all was tasty.

Thank Diana G
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Very laid back. Food comes out as it's made and it's family style. The wait staff is not great. Just seem like they're upset or bored or fed up... The food was excellent, though!

Thank Texjann O
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Flavoursome, fresh Thai food that caters for meat and vegetarians. A small cafe, a longish wait as everything is cooked fresh by Tina. Well worth the wait!!! We had the soup and it was a large cup size, full of goodness!!!! Strongly recommend you eat the food here, or order a takeaway - you will not regret!

Thank napierstreet
Sonora, Texas
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Tina's was highly recommended by the locals. We were a little disalusioned by the wait staff at first but once we were seated and got our food it made up for the wait. Outstanding taste and way too much food.

Thank Hillbillies947
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

really nice Thai flavors, big helpings and some great choices on the menu. Loved the food. One chef who does an exceptional job. Papaya Salad was yummy and so were their special pizzas

Thank Anoop G
Collegeville, PA
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Stopped here for a late lunch and left our phone number as we were told there was a 20 minute wait but they would call us a soon as a table was available. We looked into some of the local shops until we received the call. The food was amazingly good and well worth the wait.

Thank PhilaTraveller

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Fusion, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bay Front Hilo, 168 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-1166
It is always good to ask local residents where they would eat. What a treasure. Organic good food, homemade and prepared from scratch.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?