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Teshima's

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Japanese, Sushi, Hawaiian
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79-7251 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
808 322 9140
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6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 68
    Very good
  • 18
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  • 8
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great option on Big Island

You don't go to Hawaii for the food, and the Big Island is replete with some extremely mediocre options. But Teshima's is a standout for an affordable, actually delicious meal. We showed up towards the end of lunchtime and were graciously served by the staff, even though they were closing. Also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
yaneh
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New York, NY
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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New York, NY
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

You don't go to Hawaii for the food, and the Big Island is replete with some extremely mediocre options. But Teshima's is a standout for an affordable, actually delicious meal. We showed up towards the end of lunchtime and were graciously served by the staff, even though they were closing. Also, the interior is pretty neat and old-timey.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A local mom and pop with wonderful food. Very local and not at all upscale. Love coming here when I visit Kona

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Ate here for the first time for my nephew wedding dinner. Food was great but they were cold. It was suppose to be buffet dinner style but that was not the case. They had one server for a large party. Again great food but poor service.

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Clackamas, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

When we first tried to head to Teshima's on the weekend, its parking lot was packed. We took this as a good sign. Returning the next day, we didn't realize that it was close to their 1:45 closing time (take note!). But they seated us instantly. Each of us ordered different dishes, including saimin, and everything was awesome! My meal... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 371 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Very traditional Japanese restaurant. It feels like you step into last century when Hawaii had a significant immigrants ' wave from Japan. They are also playing a video showing that period, and Mss Tashima herself talking about this time . Its cute, and homy. I like that they serve you hot green tea. Now, about the food. It was just... More 

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The whole experience is an awesome look back into Hawaii's past. The food has a Japanese accent, and a local touch. Everything was great. Enjoy.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Fourth-generation Hawaiian Japanese roadside casual wonderful ness. Great value, great tastes for the grow ups, burgers if the kids are timid. #3 is a great sampler tray for newcomers. No socks needed. Not fine dining, but worth the trip 30 min south of Kona on route 11 for the experience.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Teshima's has been around since the turn of the last century when it was a trading post. Still run by third generation Teshima family, focus is on the food. My wife and I shared a lunch platter that included fresh sashimi, teriyaki beef, tempura veggies and delicious miso soup. I ordered a wonderful fish entree, (although I didn't notice on... More 

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I love this place! The food is great. The prices are reasonable. The drive to Kainaliu is very well worth it. It is a historical mainstay and not to be missed. We drive from Waimea and Waikoloa just to go eat there. It fills up fast so get there early as they open at 5pm for dinner.

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Carbondale, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

A lot of history here. The owner was reknown locally for both her restaurant and her personality. They made a documentary about her! The food was fresh and delicious - not a sushi place, but more of a Japanese traditional restaurant (sashimi is on the menu - at least as part of a dinner combination with noodles, fresh fish, sunnamono... More 

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Additional Information about Teshima's

Address: 79-7251 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
Phone Number: 808 322 9140
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kealakekua
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Hawaiian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 79-7251 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kealakekua
  • Phone Number: 808 322 9140

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?