The Big Island has restaurants that cater to all tastes and budgets, so whether you’ve spent the day relaxing at the beach or daytripping in the mountains, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the dinner meal. Here are some of our favorite options in Hilo.
But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes.
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Looking for the perfect grill near Turtle Ponds, Coconut Grill is your spot. Open seven days a week, this welcoming restaurant has a dish for everyone with gourmet options from Pork Sliders to Furikaki Chicken Katsu and a mean Mahi Mahi sandwich. Stop for brunch, a post beach drink, and sunset dinner.
Hana Hou Restaurant
Whether you are on your way to Haleokane lookout or need a quick bite to eat before setting down for the day, make sure to stop by Hana Hou Restaurant. Cooking up some of the best dishes on the Big Island since 1940, this restaurant offers locally fresh ingredients, from grass-fed beef to fresh fish. Try their famous Hunter’s chops or their Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo. After your meal, Hana Hou offers Big Island lodging, where you can immerse yourself in live music and unforgettable nightlife. At the Hana Hou Restaurant, they “strive to feed your body and soul.”
Hilo Bay Cafe
Hilo Bay Cafe’s second-floor deck is a wonderful place to enjoy a dinner of contemporary comfort food. The hamakua mushroom pot pie is a good choice to follow a bowl of the French onion soup and bread du jour. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well. Hilo Bay also has a sushi bar with a master sushi chef. Open daily for lunch from 11am to 2:30pm and for dinner 5pm to 8:30pm.
Peppercorn Spice House
Open seven days a week, Peppercorn Spice House offers a variety of options. Enjoy their Drunken Noodles or Katsu Curry. Peppercorn Spice House has it all. Located on Volcano road, this restaurant is the place for a get together with friends or a quick bite to eat.
Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine
Searching for the ideal outside dinner? Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine is just your place. Offering Happy Hour from 3pm to 5pm, Pineapples Island is the perfect stop to lay back and relax with your friends. They also serve a variety of options for the whole family, from Hurricane Furikake Shrimp to their Vegan Kabocha Pumpkin Curry. Hilos’s only open-air restaurant downtown is just the meetup spot.
Moon and Turtle
Open by a husband and wife team in 2013, this stylish neighborhood spot in Hilo uses locally sourced ingredients to create an internationally inspired and continually changing menu. Reservations recommended. Moon and Turtle is open Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm to 9pm.
Searching for a bite to eat or heading back from Hilo Harbor, don’t forget to stop by WSW Steakhouse. With a gorgeous atmosphere and breathtaking views of Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea, don’t forget to stop by this welcoming steakhouse that will uplift your tastebuds. Their Prime Rib Poke or Main Lobster tail makes this restaurant the perfect spot to gather with family and friends.