Cousins Seafood & Bento



Brand new lunch shop on the corner of Kilauea and Lanikaula next to Subway. Very friendly family run place. Menu looks great with focus on fresh home style local cooking.

Pan seared ahi steaks with spicy sauce ($8.50). Really good and fresh fish and very generous portion. Great with their spicy sauce. Loved their potato mac salad with spaghetti noodles. Next time I would request the ahi cooked on the rarer side. It was cooked all the way through… a bit dry but still good.



Large bento ($7.50). This was one big bento. The highlight was the garlic chicken. So ono! Lots of good sushi too.

Mahi fish sandwich w/ fries and soup ($9.00). Yummy sandwich, just wish there was more fish!

Good beef stew ($7.95). Tender meat and seasoned well. Loved that they gave pickled onions as an option on their plates. Nothing too special about the stew though.

Oxtail soup ($10.95) on Fridays! They have different soups on Mondays and Wednesdays too. I loved this soup. Nicely balanced broth. Not too salty. Would order this again. Could use a little more oxtail.


Garlic chicken ($7.50). This plate was so amazing. It’s the same chicken in the bento but much better since it’s fresh! Four huge crispy pieces of chicken smothered on a sweet garlic sauce. On the side I got sweet potato salad and tossed greens. Could not finish this! Highly recommended.



Cousins Seafood & Bento
Corner of Kilauea & Lanikaula St

43 Responses to “Cousins Seafood & Bento”

  1. LJ Says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ll definitely try the oxtail soup when I’m in Hilo later this month!

  2. Marci B Says:

    Recently opened clean, fresh great tasting food. I ordered two items both were fantastic! Both were shrimp plates…one for a friend and one for me. WOW! Delicious! Love how Ken does his seasoning! ONO! The Shrimp were huge…ONO Grinds…I go back plenty! Thanks Ken for the wonderful food.

  3. KR Says:

    After reading your review, I couldn’t wait to check this place out. Finally went by yesterday and it was good. Thanks for sharing your experience!! :)

  4. Kirk Says:

    Looks great James! I think we’ll be in Hilo near the end of the year, so I’m checking this palce out for sure.

  5. Jenn Says:

    We went for lunch based on your review. THANKS for a great recommendation.

    The garlic chicken plate was amazing and such a deal. My husband had the Okinawan pigs foot and daikon soup and loved it. One tip, be sure to check your order before you leave. First they gave us someone else’s mahi sandwiches, but I checked because the boxes couldn’t have held soup or 4 pieces of chicken. When they finally gave us our real order, we headed out. Once we opened the bag at the park, we found out they forgot my hubbie’s potato mac salad! That meant he ate half of mine! NO! I wanted it all! The lady is really nice but they are busy, I guess, so be sure to check your order.

  6. Kehau Warner Says:

    First try….wonderful Garlic Shrimp plate. Now Hilo has an excellent choice, one of many Bento shops, like no other….raising the level of goodness for HILO. Your prices are good hope the economy holds up for you…..we choose you for your rare goodness. Congratulation…I pray for your efforts to be rewarding in everyway.

  7. layne luna Says:

    Awesome healthy food! On a bodybuidling diet and they made my ahi with olive oil at request! Brown rice too!

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    I truly appreciate all the tough labor that you’ve put into keeping this place around. I hope this stays around for a really long time.

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    ALL of their food is ‘ono & they’re very accommodating!

  13. Quinn Says:

    Got the Seared Ahi sandwich and LOVED it- the gourmet bun was nicely toasted and the sandwich came with a generous amount of fries and nice little salad already dressed.
    I did end up wiping off some of the mayo, but it was cooked well- a little more than seared, but I liked it better, and the meal came with a drink for less than $10.00 !!! we will definitely be returning for the sandwiches!
    One note, my co-worker got rice and complained there was too much vinegar in it, maybe put less…

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