Restaurants

Top Choice Hawaii Regional Cuisine in Hilo

Hilo Bay Cafe

With sweeping bay views and great Hawaii Regional Cuisine, this casually sophisticated restaurant could be stuffy. But it's not. Here you'll find a diverse crowd feasting on an eclectic omnivorous menu, including go…
Top Choice Sushi in Hilo

Takenoko Sushi

Reserve a spot at this superb eight-seat sushi bar a year in advance. For the long wait, you're treated to the upper echelon of Japanese cuisine, with top-quality fish (mostly flown fresh from Japan), a spotlessly c…
Top Choice Sweets in Hilo

Two Ladies Kitchen

This hole-in-the-wall is famous statewide for outstanding Japanese mochi (sticky rice cake) in both traditional and island-inspired flavors such as liliko‘i (passion fruit) and poha (gooseberry). They're sold in box…
Top Choice Sweets in Hilo

Big Island Candies

Once a mom-and-pop shop, this wildly successful confectioner is now a full-fledged destination. In an immaculate showroom-factory, enjoy generous samples, fantastic displays and beautifully packaged candies and cook…
Top Choice Japanese in Hilo

Restaurant Kenichi

For delicious, untouristy dining, Kenichi has it all: Japanese comfort food, high-volume flavor, cheerful staff and a simple dining room crowded with locals. Favorites include steaming ramen bowls made with house da…
Top Choice Hawaii Regional Cuisine in Hilo

Pineapples

On any given day, Pineapples' open-air dining room is jammed with a convivial crowd, mostly visitors but locals too. The food features island-sourced ingredients and caters to all palates: island tacos stuffed with …
Top Choice Hawaii Regional Cuisine in Hilo

Moon & Turtle

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 meticulously sourced and prepa…
Top Choice Sweets in Hilo

Hawaiian Crown Plantation & Chocolate Factory

Locally grown and locally made, these chocolate bars and 'turtles' (up to 80% cocoa) make a perfect gift or treat for yourself. Cacao fans can also buy nibs, either unsweetened or agave sweetened, and learn about th…
Top Choice Health Food in Hilo

Sweet Cane Cafe

Everything is fresh, locally sourced and vegetarian at this casual cafe. Sandwiches are stuffed with roasted veggies or an ulu jalapeno patty, while the Pesto Zoodles (raw zucchini noodles) are perfectly textured an…
Top Choice Supermarket in Hilo

KTA Super Store – Puainako

An outstanding family-owned company, KTA's flagship store includes a bakery, pharmacy and deli, and a fantastic selection of fresh poke (arguably the best in Hilo). Look for the Mountain Apple house label for locall…