Very good burgers, using local great fresh meat. Beer selection is not impressive. I had to drink my Mehana beer out of a Coor’s glas, that tells you a lot about the beer culture this place has. However the service is very friendly and the food outstanding, so come here not for the beer but for the burgers.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
(Visited 12/2010): Visited Hilo Burger during a stop on the big island on our cruise vacation. It is located in Hilo near the state park on Kilauea. Street parking is pretty accessible in the area.
The interior is laid out with the bar on the left side and table seating on the right. We sat at a booth at a window looking out at the street, mostly because the place was pretty dimly lit for lunch. The bar boasts an ornate mirror and the beer list is located on the far back wall. There is also a stage.
Hilo’s advertising boasted 21 taps but in reality there are only about 6, and only a couple of those are craft beers, Hawai’i Nui and Long Hammer. The twelve or so bottled options are pretty much all macros. Not sure if they are deliberately getting away from microbrews or if we just visited at a bad time but either way the selection is a letdown.
Service however was courteous and efficient on a slow weekday lunch. There honestly was not much to talk about beer-wise but outside of that we were treated well.
Hilo Burger does have good burgers though. Both of our burgers were cooked correctly and had flavorful toppings.
Overall I would not recommend this place solely on beer. However if you want a decent burger and are happy with maybe one or two craft beer options it is worth checking out.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20