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Hilo Sharks Deli

  2.3 miles from Botanical World Adventures 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the place to hang out in Honomu: great locally grown coffee, outdoor seating, wi-fi, creative sandwiches, refreshing smoothies, homemade chocolate and rock-bottom prices. — Lonely Planet

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What's Shakin'

  5.62 miles from Botanical World Adventures 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

What's Shakin' is a fantastic local food spot located outside of Hilo, on the Big Island, along what is labeled the 'Pepe'ekeo Scenic Drive. — Afar Magazine

Your fondest memory of the Pepeʻekeo 4-Mile Scenic Drive might be this roadside eatery. Just over a mile from the north end, look for the cheerful yellow cottage, which pumps out... — Lonely Planet

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Bears Coffee

  12.28 miles from Botanical World Adventures 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A longtime coffee shop with a funky, old-school vibe (and teddy bears lining the walls), Bears is a laid-back spot for cup of joe and eavesdropping on the local bohemian set. Diner-style... — Lonely Planet

We don't know what's up with the cool collection of stuffed bears in this downtown street-side café, but we know that you'll find superb breakfasts, pastries, hot chocolate and 20... — Gayot

This favorite breakfast spot is much loved for its fresh-fruit waffles and tasty morning coffee. — Fodor's

Hilo’s hippest little place is where locals gather to gossip, read the paper, and enjoy coffee, tasty breakfasts of Belgian waffles, or quick lunches such as a Greek salad or a burrito. — DK Eyewitness

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Moon and Turtle

Burgers   12.31 miles from Botanical World Adventures 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A hit among foodies, this tapas-style restaurant specializes in local seafood, meat and produce prepared in startlingly creative ways. The ever-changing menu is short, but each dish is... — Lonely Planet

This cozy restaurant in a historic bayfront building offers a small menu of American choices like burgers, fish, and steak, but where the eatery stands out is its fresh and tasty... — Fodor's

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Puka Puka Kitchen

Japanese   12.4 miles from Botanical World Adventures 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This little gem serves tasty Japanese-style mains, such as sautéed ahi (yellowfin tuna) and chicken katsu, with a fantastically fresh green salad — Lonely Planet

Served with Hawaii's familiar aloha, the Puka Puka Kitchen cooks up delicious Island food including ahi don, garlic curry, and chicken katsu. It seems like there is a Greek and Indian... — Afar Magazine

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Ocean Sushi Deli

  12.42 miles from Botanical World Adventures 69 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Hilo spot offers fried limpets and octopus salad. Or you may settle for steamed scallop, or udon instead. Indeed, this is not your typical sushi bar, despite its neon lights: you'll... — Gayot

What this restaurant lacks in ambience it certainly makes up for in quality and value. We're talking about light and crispy tempura; tender, moist teriyaki chicken; and about 25 specialty... — Fodor's

Think sushi deli, not sushi bar. — Lonely Planet

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Cafe Pesto

Italian   12.45 miles from Botanical World Adventures 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the sleepy harbor town of Kawaihae, the original Café Pesto ranks as a hidden find. Gourmet, wood-fired pizzas are topped with eclectic goodies like pork and pineapple, chili-grilled... — Fodor's

Located in Hilo Downtown's historic S. Hata building, right on the Bay, this well-established Italian eatery has adopted distinct Asian flavors and fresh island ingredients in a sly menu... — Gayot

Café Pesto is a safe choice, whether for business lunches or dinner with your mother-in-law. — Lonely Planet

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Reuben's Mexican Food

Fast Food   12.46 miles from Botanical World Adventures 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's not the best Mexican food you've ever had, but if you're jonesing for some carne asada or chicken flautas, Reuben's has you pretty well covered — Fodor's

Reuben's does strictly 'OK' Mexican food. It may not wow you, but neither will it disappoint, and when you're in need of a nice big burrito where you can take the kids, it does the job. — Lonely Planet

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Pineapple's Island Fresh Cuisine

Barbecue   12.5 miles from Botanical World Adventures 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From burgers to the catch of the Day, Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine will not disappoint. Locally sourced food including grass fed beef and sustainably caught fish make up some of the... — Afar Magazine

Pineapple's is carving a name for itself as a bastion of locavore, sit-down dining offered at midrange prices. — Lonely Planet

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Hilo Bay Cafe

Cafés   12.62 miles from Botanical World Adventures 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since 2003, this casually sophisticated eatery has wowed critics and put Hilo on the foodie map. — Lonely Planet

It'€™s not easy to characterize this healthy-gourmet bistro, an offshoot of Hilo's Island Natural Market health-food store. — Gayot

Found in the unlikely spot of the Waiakea Center strip mall between Walmart and Office Max is Hilo Bay Cafe, which offers American Nouveau cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

This popular restaurant, previously located in a Walmart strip mall, now overlooks Hilo Bay from its towering perch on the waterfront. — Fodor's

Hidden in a strip mall for years, this ambitious restaurant now lives up to its name. — Frommer's

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Ponds

Seafood   12.88 miles from Botanical World Adventures 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visitors to Hilo will find a delightful restaurant on Reed’s Pond. — DK Eyewitness

This steak/seafood/pasta restaurant will suit those hankering for familiar American food with an island twist. A big plus is the airy dining room overlooking 'Ice Pond.'. — Lonely Planet

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Ken's House of Pancakes

Burgers   12.91 miles from Botanical World Adventures 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For years, this 24-hour diner on Banyan Drive between the airport and the hotels has been a gathering place for Hilo residents and visitors. — Fodor's

One of Hilo's favorites, Ken's has been going for 30-plus years and is one of the few places on the island where you can eat around the clock. — Gayot

There's something comforting about a 24-hour diner with a mile-long menu. — Lonely Planet

This 24-hour 1950s-style diner is best known for its incredible all-day breakfasts – exceptional omelets, potent coffee, and warm, friendly service. — DK Eyewitness

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Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine

Thai   12.96 miles from Botanical World Adventures 69 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Fresh” is the key word here; Sombat grows a lot of the ingredients used in her flavorful dishes. Choose your heat level – mild, medium hot, or Thai hot – and enjoy traditional Thai... — DK Eyewitness

There's a reason why locals flock to this hideaway for the best Thai cuisine in Hilo, and the name says it all. — Fodor's

Eat healthy Thai classics made with local produce and fresh herbs (grown by the chef without pesticides). — Lonely Planet

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Cafe 100

Fast Food   13.2 miles from Botanical World Adventures 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This friendly family operation is where local residents go for a quick, good meal at a low price. — Gayot

Named for an all-Japanese fighting battalion that became famous during World War II, Café 100 has been serving Hilo folk at outdoor picnic-style tables for more than 50 years. — DK Eyewitness

Locals love this drive-in for its generous plate lunches and 20 rib-sticking varieties of loco moco, including fish and veggie burger options. — Lonely Planet

An "institution" in Hilo, this "family favorite" is reputed to be the "home of the original loco moco", claiming to have "invented" this "cholesterol bomb of ground-beef patty. — Zagat

Established in 1948, this family-owned restaurant is famous for its tasty loco moco, prepared in more than three dozen ways, and its dirt-cheap breakfast and lunch specials. — Fodor's

Seaside Restaurant

  13.24 miles from Botanical World Adventures 69 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Nakagawa family has been running this eatery since the early 1920s. — Fodor's

This old-school seafood restaurant specializes in fresh fish, from locally caught mahimahi to pan-size aholehole (flagtail fish) raised in on-site Hawaiian-style fishponds. — Lonely Planet

The Nakagawa family has run this Hilo institution for more than 70 years. — DK Eyewitness

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Miyo's

Japanese   13.43 miles from Botanical World Adventures 69 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is one of Hilo's greatest culinary secrets. The small, unpretentious, authentic Japanese restaurant on the second floor of a condominium development building is packed with locals,... — Gayot

A longtime local favorite, Miyo's is known for homestyle Japanese meals and nightly crowds. — Lonely Planet

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Hawaiian Style Cafe

  13.44 miles from Botanical World Adventures 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hawaiian Style Cafe is a locals’ favorite tucked into a nondescript strip mall. Hungry crowds assemble for breakfast and lunch so get there early to grab a seat at the counter or one of... — Gayot

Think you can eat a lot? If the portions at this local favorite greasy spoon don't satisfy you, we nod our heads in awe (and maybe a little in disgust). — Lonely Planet

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Island Naturals

  13.47 miles from Botanical World Adventures 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Large, well-stocked Big Island chain with a smoothie counter and a gourmet deli. — Lonely Planet

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Restaurant Miwa

  13.48 miles from Botanical World Adventures 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tucked away in a mall, Miwa is a low-key local favorite for traditional Japanese cuisine, including sushi. — Lonely Planet

This neighborhood Japanese restaurant in the Hilo Shopping Center is stark and clean, with light-wood tables and a sushi bar. — DK Eyewitness

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Kuhio Grille

  13.68 miles from Botanical World Adventures 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There's no atmosphere to speak of and water is served in unbreakable plastic, but if you're searching for local fare—that undefinable fusion of ethnic cuisines—this the place. — Fodor's

When in Hilo, eat as the Hiloans eat – at this unanimous-favorite, family-run diner. — Lonely Planet

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