Nestled in an unassuming strip mall in central Hilo on the east side of the Big Island, Hilo Bay is a hidden gem providing sleek modern decor and gourmet food. An ideal place for a first date or a family celebration, Hilo Bay Cafe is definitely one of the classier places to dine in Hilo.
With a changing menu working with the available harvest from the island and the ocean, you'll always be surprised to find a refreshing menu revamp just about any time you go. Even the beer selection changes with the seasons depending on what's available from local breweries like the Kona Brewing Company.
Class and comfort — Photo courtesy of Hilo Bay Cafe
With a creative and gourmet take on many traditional comfort foods, you may find items on the menu like a pot-pie or truly new and creative dishes such as sesame-crusted mahi-mahi with steamed rice, sauteed bok choy and king crab with sake miso cream. Appetizers may include an artichoke spinach parmesan bisque.
Great beers on tap — Photo courtesy of Hilo Bay Cafe
A full bar also offers wine, and is a place you'll find friendly chatter at night. Attire is casual, but it's a good idea to step it up a little, at least for dinner. A night at this cafe is when the locals will put on their favorite dress or button-up shirt, and enjoy a nice night out on the town.