Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 4 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Thai food restaurant with 7-item vegetarian menu. Some other menu items can be made vegan by request, by removing animal ingredients such as meat, eggs, and fish sauce and substituting tofu. Price: Moderate more-less
Ovo, Thai, Take-out, Non-veg
88 Kanoelehua Ave (Big Island)
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

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First Review by groovyvegan
  • vegan

Excellent Thai

Posted on 04 / 29 / 2014

We had a fantastic lunch at Sombat's. We had a small wait because there aren't many tables, but it was well worth it. We ordered the delicious spring rolls and Pad See Ew with tofu and no egg. We forgot to order it without the fish sauce, but the waiter actually asked us about it. Nice! We ordered it spicy and it was actually pretty spicy (usually it's never as hot as we like it). It was some of the best Thai food I've had in a long time. Highly recommended!

Pros: vegan options, delicious, veg-friendly service
Cons: a bit pricey, limited seating
  • vegetarian


Posted on 05 / 08 / 2012

We live in the area and through the years have tried most of the Hilo restaurants. Sombat's is one of our favorites for dinner. EXCELLENT food and service.
The restaruant is small, so if you are a crowd make a reservation. We usually choose Sombat's for a special family dinner when everyone is visiting...often have 12 or more in our party. They'll push tables together for you and make your visit memorable.
We often order srping rolls to start (yum!) a selection of their vegetarian dinners, mildly spiced. Then we pass it around the table so we can all sample some of everything. Those who like it hot and spicy can add sauce. Even mildly spiced the food is wonderfully tasty--even my youngest grandchild loves it.
Not inexpensive, but worth the price for a special treat.

Pros: healthy, fresh , large portions
Cons: small space, sometimes have to wait for table
John Kevin
John Kevin
  • vegan

Friendly Atmosphere

Posted on 08 / 27 / 2011

Skip popular Ken's House of Pancakes, and visit Sombat's (right behind Ken's) instead! So glad I found Sombat's (from happycow)during my week in Hilo. The vegetable curry and the hot mamaki tea were excellent. My server explained mamaki to me and even took me to the little garden to show me a mamaki tree on premises. The owner visited my table and told me she used to be vegan, and fully understood and answered my questions about the menu. One night during my stay, I tried the cold beanthread noodles -- also very good -- and it was such a large portion I had leftovers (nominal charge for take-out container, but it's Hawaii!).

Pros: Atmosphere, Friendly staff, Diverse menu
Cons: Occasional wait (but it's worth it)

  • vegan

Awesome vegan-friendly Thai food!

Posted on 12 / 25 / 2010

My husband, our friend who ate with us, and I agree that Sombat's is one of the best Thai restaurants we have ever eaten at. Unlike Thai restaurants that used canned coconut milk and other canned and frozen ingredients, Sombat grows some of the foods she uses (all organically), and obtains the rest locally. Combine this with the fact that her recipes are awesome, and we have a delicious "do not miss if you're in Hilo" restaurant.

We ordered the pineapple fried rice (made vegan) and the yellow curry, and another dish which I don't remember--all delicious. In addition to the tasty food, I appreciate that a vegan can choose from such a wide variety of Thai food by requesting other dishes be prepared vegan with tofu substituted for meat. Also it's helpful that they have ample parking at this restaurant.

Pros: Delicious, organic food., Vegan-friendly., Ample parking.
Cons: Not open Sundays.


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Last updated: 2014/07/02


Added: 2010/12/21


Added by: groovyvegan