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79-7251 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
808 322 9140
Today
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 97
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Most recent review
Horrible Experience

Our last evening on the Big Island we decided to try Teshimas. If this is authentic Japanese then I'll never eat Japanese again. We had a reservation. As we arrived there was a line at the entrance and no host or hostess. We waited several minutes before someone arrived to seat us. Once seated it... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
JCTraveler
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Medina, Ohio
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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185 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Medina, Ohio
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Our last evening on the Big Island we decided to try Teshimas. If this is authentic Japanese then I'll never eat Japanese again. We had a reservation. As we arrived there was a line at the entrance and no host or hostess. We waited several minutes before someone arrived to seat us. Once seated it took several more minutes before... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Though I've visited the Kona coast many times, this was my first visit to Teshima's. We went with some local island friends to this gem of a restaurant. We started with ahi sashimi which was the best on the island. We ordered a variety of plates sampling many dishes. Here I ate the best tempura in my entire life. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
200 reviews 200 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

After a long dive from Pahoa to Kona, we found this place from TripAdvisor. I didn't realize this restaurant is pretty big. The inside is not fancy, just plain, relaxed and quaint. The staff is very welcoming and friendly. We were seated right away. We ordered a couple of combination meal with chicken teriyaki and tempura. The serving is big... More 

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Napa, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

....one of our regular stops when in town...old building...nice clean basic Japanese restaurant...lots of locals...good service..daily specials...hubby & I shared the day's special of fish & spare ribs with rice & veggie tempura & pickled veggies & a bowl of miso soup...all good. Relaxing atmosphere with time to talk story.

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Any trip to,this area should include a visit to this resturant ! Open for lunch , breakfast or dinner this restaurant reminds me of the rare resturant dinners of my childhood . The menu reflects an interesting mix of Japanese , Island and just plain retro food! Every day of the week has a different lunch special - which looked... More 

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Austin, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Wonderful local food choices. Long time family owned and operated. Personal attention. Many locals in to eat.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Teshima's has been around longer than I have, it's great old style Japanese dining in a well lived and well loved building. Not the place to go if you are seeking something upscale, but for local food, it can't be beat.

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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We always eat here for breakfast when on the BIg Island. The ambiance is local; chrome dinette sets and vinyl booths. The restaurant is family-run and the staff is friendly and welcoming. The Japanese breakfast is served on a lacquer tray and includes miso, rice, fish, eggs, toast, and condiments. Parking can be tricky and the restaurant is a little... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The tiny restaurant may not look like much, but boy, can they do tempura. My husband has been to Japan and he thought it was one of the best Japanese meals he's had. His words about the miso soup: "this is heaven." We both got tempura of some kind. I got the veggie. I can't describe to you how delicious... More 

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Kailua Kona, Hi
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Place has been around for decades and decades. Try it and you will know why. Only wish Grandma was still around to chat with.

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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: Sushi, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?