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Naung Mai Thai Kitchen

#14 of 186 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
+1 808-934-7540
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

LOVE Naung Mai. All the curries are delicious but I favor the green curry over all others. Tons of flavor (and spicy if you like it that way)! The salads are great! I recommend papaya, herb and cucumber salads. They are all very tasty! The cashew dish is one of my favorites too. My partner loves the noodle dishes and... More 

Thank Berker88
Papaikou, Hawaii
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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Great eats in a fun atmosphere. The best Thai in Hilo in my opinion. The curry is very authentic and full of veggies and meat. Rich creamy sauces and choice of rice, sticky, or jasmine if I remember. Speedy service with a smile, just take a smell and you will know the food is fantastic....good good good. The place is... More 

Thank gardengirl54
Arlington, Virginia
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Naung Mai Thai was close to our accommodations, so we came by one evening. It's a fairly small place with cozy seating, friendly staff, and tasty Thai food. Was it **mind-blowing** good? No, but it certainly was leaps and bounds over other venues. Can't go wrong with that!

Thank The_B2
Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

I have been going to Naung Mai with my family since I was a kid and it has always been extraordinary. They offer a very vegetarian friendly menu and I have never been disappointed with the food or the service. Their coconut soup is the best i've ever had because of its incredible flavor. They have an amazing variety of... More 

Thank Noe-lion
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

This has quickly become one of me favorite places in Hilo. It really is top notch. The different curry dishes are all i have had so far but, i doubt any of it is bad.

Thank cbcheatham
Kapolei, Hawaii
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015

We actually just stumbled upon this gem of a Thai restaurant. We were looking for a different style restaurant, and as GPS works some days...we couldn't find it! And then we saw their sign and decided to stop in. The restaurant is not on the main drag and is more of a side street. When we walked in, we were... More 

Thank MFD4502
Waimea, Hawaii
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2015

We have been going to this restaurant since we've lived on Hawaii Island (15 years) and it has always been a treat. It is difficult to find even if you've been there before--we don't live in Hilo so geography can be a challenge. The service is fast and pleasant, the menu varied and the prices good. I like that while... More 

Thank corisline
Vancouver, Canada
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

We'v been visiting Naung Mai for several years and have never been disappointed. The food, ambience and staff are all bang on....not an easy feat in Old Hilo! It is easy to transport the imagination to a small Cafe in Chiang Mai with the colourful walls, large wooden chairs and wood tables. The cooks and servers are always friendly and... More 

Thank cchatten
Leavenworth, Washington
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

We ended up here after we left another unfriendly Thai restaurant just a few blocks away. This was a radical change and a welcome one. The owner was very friendly and informative about gluten free, dairy free options (at the other place we tried they were rude about this). The produce is so fresh, you can see it was freshly... More 

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Storrs, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

We read the reviews and were doing a trip to Rainbow Falls, so it made sense for us to give Naung Mai a shot, being located nearby. We ate at another Thai restaurant on the other side of the island two night previous, so had a good comparison. The spring rolls were decent, but had an odd taste to them,... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$17
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2906
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-934-7540
Naung Mai Thai Kitchen has a long standing reputation for serving the best Thai food in Hilo. This quintessential "hole in the wall" has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Located just blocks from the Hilo Farmer's Market, the chefs gather the freshest ingredients, choosing organic and local products whenever possible; the results are simply delicious!

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