Hilo Bay Cafe

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 21 ratings
$$$Celiac Friendly, Allergen List, Vegetarian Friendly + 3 more
85% of 14 votes say it's Celiac friendly

123 Lihiwai Street, Hilo, HI 96720 Directions

(808) 935-4939
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    5 ratingSeptember 13, 2017

    The staff was very knowledgeable about which items were gluten free or could be made gluten free. I had the Uno special and the mud pie for dessert. Both were excellent!! I definitely recommend this restaurant!

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    5 ratingAugust 15, 2017

    Delicious. Good GF options for lunch.

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    5 ratingJuly 25, 2017

    Had a great dining experience. I have celiac and enjoy the beef carpaccio and had 2 California rolls. They have a dedicated fryer and gluten free soy sauce. I physically made the server bring the commercial size bottle to the table. Clearly marked gluten free and no wheat. I had no reaction at all. The views are amazing.

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    2 ratingMay 11, 2017

    The food is delicious, but I definitely was glutened. I think it was a mushroom appetizer we ordered or I was given the incorrect soy sauce. The waitress wasn't super nice or accommodating so possibly she didn't inform the kitchen to modify for me. I ate here before and was just fine, so just be careful and double check.

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    5 ratingJanuary 10, 2017

    The food here was delicious and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and GF. The Poke was amazing and one of the only places that I've been able to eat it.

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    4 ratingJanuary 07, 2017

    Excellent cocktails and decent food. Clearly marked gluten free options, including most of their sushi. Even more importantly they have a dedicated gluten free fryer, but had a mix up earlier in the day and told me about it subbing my homemade chips for jimica slaw.

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    4 ratingDecember 27, 2016

    The restaurant was in a beautiful locations and they had a great local menu. Everything on the menu was clearly marked as gluten free or not and the servers were very knowledgeable about the food. They warned us about cross contamination issues and even brought us gluten free soy sauce with our sushi. The service was a little slow but this is a good find.

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    4 ratingDecember 27, 2016

    We had the sushi which was marked on the menu as GF and they brought us GF soy sauce with it. Server was knowledgeable and accommodating and even pointed out that one of the specials we asked about likely contained gluten. Cocktails were excellent too. Giving 4 stars instead of 5 as service was a little slow

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    1 ratingNovember 18, 2016

    0/5. Served a "gluten free" dessert garnished with cookie crumbs from a gluten rich cookie. They argued with me for 20+ minutes that the garnish was toasted peanuts even though they were found to be shortbread cookies. They did refund the price of my meal and my dad's but a free lunch doesn't give back the whole day of lost vacation.

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    5 ratingNovember 09, 2016

    Really clean and beautiful restaurant. Hostess was slow, but the server made up for it. Best drinks we had all vacation. Awesome views of the bay. Many GF options including GF soy sauce. I ended up getting the fresh catch for lunch, it was delicious. Highly recommend this place. Fryer has other breaded products in it FYI.

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    5 ratingNovember 07, 2016

    This is my "go to" safe place to eat out in Hilo. The staff is very knowledgeable and will make accomodations. I almost always get the Bleu Bay Burger with brown rice instead of fries (they did try a dedicated fryer, but people kept making mistakes so they gave it up) They recently added a gluten free cheesecake (no crust) which is one of the few desserts in a non dedicated kitchen that I have ever been able to order out. The coconut/pepper popcorn is amazing and gluten free too. Have never had a reaction there in the 15+ times I have eaten there.

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2016

    Menu is marked, knowledgeable wait staff. Had fish tacos, Cobb salad and a fried banana chocolate torte.

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    5 ratingMay 22, 2016

    Awesome meal with lots of gluten free options! We started with the grilled cauliflower with black garlic aioli which was really unique and delicious. Then I had the BBQ ribs for dinner which were also excellent. The watermelon mojito was also very good. Highly recommend but make a reservation as this place seems popular! Our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating.

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    2 ratingMay 12, 2016

    Not many gluten free options. Service was not good. They say us near a windy open door and then the waitress completely forgot our appitizer.

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    5 ratingApril 17, 2016

    This pretty second floor cafe overlooking Hilo Bay has a wide selection of celiac-friendly options. The food was good and beautifully presented and service was fast. There were only a few options that were not celiac friendly. Also, because they use gluten free soy sauce, sushi and poke were options. All the fish dishes we tried were delicious.

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    5 ratingMarch 29, 2016

    Best gluten free meal we've had on the big island! I mean wow!

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    5 ratingNovember 30, 2015

    Amazing pan-asian gf option. They cook with gf soy sauce opening up all sorts of dishes which are normally off the menu, and even offered gf soy sauce to go with our sushi! We thought the food was really nice, and the views from the dining room are spectacular.

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    5 ratingSeptember 23, 2015

    Found this place on the APP as it is a little off the beaten path. The food was tasty and the wait staff was friendly and accommodating. The view of Hilo bay is an added bonus. The botanical gardens are right next to the restaurant.

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    3 ratingDecember 28, 2014

    The food was ok. I am vegan and the vegetarian sushi was quite good. However, the crispy quinoa salad was disappointing. I would say there was less than 20 individual granules in the salad. The lettuce didn't seem that fresh either. there are plenty of GF options on the menu, especially for meat and fish eaters and the atmosphere was clean and nice.

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    3 ratingDecember 11, 2013

    Gorgeous view. So so food. Staff are knowledgeable. Unfortunately for me, hot peppers in almost everything. The limeade with coconut milk is fabulous.

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    5 ratingNovember 16, 2013

    Ask the server and they can tell you what is safest to eat. Quite pricey but the view and the food makes it worth it.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Celiac Friendly


  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
  • Vegetarian Friendly
11 am - 9 pm
11 am - 9 pm
11 am - 9 pm
11 am - 9 pm
11 am - 9:30 pm
11 am - 9:30 pm
Reservations suggested
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