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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 108
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 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
Like stepping back in time...in a good way!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
209Elena
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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205 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Francisco, California
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86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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Boca Raton, Florida
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850 reviews
559 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Was recommended to this place by a well-travelled local. He was right - it was excellent in its class which is Japanese, with home cooking flair. What he I'd not tell me is that not NLT is the food excellent but it emerges from the kitchen at lightning speed. The order was for a side salad, tofu with a ginger,... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We had a meal at Teshima's for a very special anniversary, eschewing fancy expensive restaurants in Kailua for a very lovely meal in this historic restaurant. As seen in the photographs on this site, the food arrives all at once on individual large trays(after appetizer of edamame): wonderful miso soup, tsukemono, salad, rice and entree. Perhaps tempura or teriyaki, or... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We visited Teshima's with four adults and three children ranging in age between 3 and 13 years old. Not only did all the adults find something to love on the menu, but so did all the children. We loved the family atmosphere and the excellent service and we were really made to feel right at home. We enjoyed the tempura,... More 

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Orem, Utah
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We found the review on Trip Advisor and headed down to try their breakfast. Great food, great service, they have been family run forever and had their own coffee from the family farm

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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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