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Nori's Saimin & Snacks

688 Kinoole St, Ste 124, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
(808) 935-9133
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Ranked #66 of 203 restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: Late Night
Most recent review
- Jun 28, 2014
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
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102 reviews 102 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I ordered out their Saimin burger combo $10. It comes with a small Saimin and a nori burger. I love this deal and never can eat it all, I share it with someone else. They give lots of noodles. Just ask for the soup to be separate so that the noodles don't get soggy. The burger is like a teriyaki... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Nori's is a bit hard to find, tucked away in a 'strip' of other businesses but worth it. The food is quite good, the atmosphere is typical mom and pop 'noodle joint', the tables and booths are stark and basic but I think add to the local charm. The menu is diverse, the food is tasty and fresh. This is... More

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New York City, New York
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79 reviews 79 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

It's not bad but it's not excellent. I'm all for "hole in the wall" great food kind of place but this was really just a hole in the wall kind of place with passable food. I ordered a won ton udon noodle soup and it was ok. Nothing to write home about. I looked at what the other people ordered... More

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88 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

The food is tasty as always, but their service has been the worst I've ever seen it. we never got refills on our water and we waited ten minutes until someone came to the register do that we could pay for our bill. Then when we pay, the waitress tells us so charged us the wrong bill.

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hilo
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I love kim chi. I love fried saimin. When I saw kim Chi Fried Saimin on Nori's menu, it was a done deal for me! For hubby, kalbi lunch plate with toss salad. Nori's is really local, never disappoints. This was no exception. Today was a really hot day, we didn't feel like leaving our house, so I visited Hilo... More

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Anaheim, California
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139 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Weekend Special: Garlic Prawns served with 2 scoops rice and your choice of mac or tossed salad. The prawns were cooked to perfection, tender like lobster meat. Cooking it in the shell with the head-on is the best way to impart more of the natural flavor of the prawn. The shells were cooked just right so you can eat them,... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Yesterday we decided to once again visit Nori's Saimin and was very dissatisfied as it was loud and the waitress did not make a point to ask the patrons to keep it down considering there are other patrons that prefer to have a quiet dinner . Remember we are paid customers too. Too bad

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Tracy, CA
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69 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We had a saimin special, fried noodles, fish sandwich, and a hamburger. The service was quick and the place was clean. All of the food tasted good, but wasn't out of this world. The prices were good and there were a lot of choices. The best item was the chicken stick, that was divine!

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Salem, Oregon
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45 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Definitely will return to this family-run restaurant next time I'm in Hilo. I asked the lady who took our order the difference between small and large saimin bowls. She smilingly said, "The small is sufficient." True! I couldn't finish the generous portion of traditional saimin topped with house-grilled char siu, wontons, egg strips, fish cake, & bok choy served in... More

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Bristol
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10 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Nori's has got some of the best saimin in the islands. Old style. Local style. The kind of saimin I remember from the 1960s, when I was growing up. It's getting trickier and trickier to find virtually unchanged local saimin these days. We have the popular and ubiquitous ramen -- which is not saimin. And we have pho from Vietnam... More

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