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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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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Pillar of tradition

This is an iconic institution, a Japanese restaurant that is modest but with great food. I remember coming here on a visit as a little kid. This time my cousin, her husband and mother (my aunt) brought me here. I ate my relatives' recommendation--the sakura teishoku, a lovely assortment of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Sharon I
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Pearl City, Hawaii
via mobile
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Pearl City, Hawaii
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

This is an iconic institution, a Japanese restaurant that is modest but with great food. I remember coming here on a visit as a little kid. This time my cousin, her husband and mother (my aunt) brought me here. I ate my relatives' recommendation--the sakura teishoku, a lovely assortment of various dishes and very delicious. We had a warm family... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great local Japanese food served in a family friendly atmosphere. The tempura was excellent and the steak was huge. The miso butterfish was absolutely delicious and my personal recommendation.

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London, UK
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Teshima's has been around for a number of generations and is still run by the same family. There are a lot of photos of the family all over the restaurant and they even made a film about the matriarch of the family who lived beyond 100 years old. The focus is definitely the food, the decor is very 70s. Service... More 

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New York, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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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 6 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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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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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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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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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?