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Restaurants around Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

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What's Shakin'

  0.93 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 74 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

Just over a mile from the north end, look for the cheerful yellow cottage, which pumps out fantastic homemade food and killer smoothies (all fruit, no filler). — Lonely Planet

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Bears Coffee

  5.91 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

We love the light, fluffy steamed eggs (made with the jet of steam from the espresso machine) and crisp-on-the-outside waffles with fruit. — Gayot

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Moon and Turtle

Burgers   5.94 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Puka Puka Kitchen

Japanese   6.02 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Puka means “hole” in the Hawaiian language, which is how locals describe this “hole in the wall” plate lunch establishment. This quaint establishment consistently serves up classics like... — Where

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

  6.04 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Cafe Pesto

Italian   6.06 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 77 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

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

This well-established Italian eatery has adopted distinct Asian flavors and fresh island ingredients in a sly menu of gourmet pizzas and seafood specials. — Gayot

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Reuben's Mexican Food

Fast Food   6.08 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Located in Downtown Hilo, this authentic, no-frills Mexican spot is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Authentic family recipes give the food a homey feel. The double margarita... — Where

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

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Pineapple's Island Fresh Cuisine

Barbecue   6.12 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 72 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   6.16 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A perfect blend of European cuisine with a local twist. Here you’ll find Hamakua mushroom pot pie next to the praline-macadamia nut crusted scallops on the menu. Open from Lunch Monday... — Where

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

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

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

Two Ladies Kitchen

Japanese   6.24 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Magnificent Japanese confections, such as mochi and manju, are sold in a rainbow of colors and flavors. — Where

A hole-in-the-wall it may be, but it's a hole that makes superlatively good Japanese mochi (sticky rice dessert). — Lonely Planet

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Ponds

Seafood   6.42 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 72 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   6.45 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A popular, 24-hour eatery since 1971. This place features nearly 180 breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night items on its menu. — Where

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

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

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Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine

Thai   6.5 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

“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

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Cafe 100

Fast Food   6.78 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Invented in Hilo, the Loco Moco is a very local breakfast item with its own following. Most restaurants put their own little twist on the meal. Cafe 100 in Hilo serves theirs in more than... — Afar Magazine

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

A Hilo institution, this is where the Loco Moco—a dish found throughout Hawaii featuring hamburger steak and a fried egg served atop white rice and covered in gravy—was invented. This... — Where

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

Seaside Restaurant

  6.97 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 73 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

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

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

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Miyo's

Japanese   6.98 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Hawaiian Style Cafe

  6.99 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 76 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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Restaurant Miwa

  7.06 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Kuhio Grille

  7.79 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Maui Tacos Hilo

  8.14 miles from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The burritos are huge at Maui Tacos, where the Mexican fare is island-style healthy. The salsas and beans are prepared fresh daily, trans-fat-free oil replaces lard, and fresh veggies and... — Lonely Planet

A restaurant fusing traditional Mexican fare with the exotic flavors from the Hawaiian Islands. — Where

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