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“Could live without it.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Norio's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Norio's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
1 North Kaniku Drive, The Fairmont Orchard, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
8088852000
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Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Puako
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Asian fusion, Hawaiian
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Norio’s Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Featuring authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine and stellar sushi. Our Sushi team brings a level of experience and quality to the Big Island normally associated with the better restaurants in Tokyo. Our 14-seat custom sushi bar provides an 'up close and personal' culinary experience. Chef Darren Ogasawara's menu reflects a reverence for traditional Japanese delicacies, especially the exceptionally fresh seafood that he hand-selects daily. Our philosophy is simple -- use the freshest products of the highest quality and prepare them simply to highlight their unique flavors and characteristics. Located near The Orchid Court restaurant on the Garden Level beneath the Lobby, main dining area and private dining room overlooking a serene koi pond. Evening dining. Complimentary self and valet parking. HOURS: 6:00 – 9:00 PM THURSDAY-MONDAY ATTIRE: CASUAL RESORT ATTIRE SUGGESTED
San Francisco, California
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Could live without it.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Overpriced. Mundane atmosphere. Sushi was fine but unimaginative. The place had no energy. We ate there because we were tired and didn't want to leave the hotel.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best Sushi in Kohala”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is the best Japanese restaurant I have tried on the Big Island. The service is quick and polite, the artistry of the presentation and freshness of the fish is way above any of the other resorts in the area. The ambience is not too formal either; I felt that my Hawaiian shirt and sandals were not out of place.

My wife loved the unagi.

This is the place to go for a real Japanese meal has a fancy exterior but tastes home cooked and is warm and welcoming.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Bad Service - Sushi was OK”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Service was extremely slow. Our empty plates sat on our table forever. We were ignored by our waitress. Which all would have been fine if the food had been great - which it wasn't. I've had better sushi at Narita waiting for a flight.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Excellent Sushi and Asian Cuisine in a great resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Norio's is a special place. The sushi is excellent and it is prepared by chefs from Asia with experience. The staff is quite knowledgeable and the advice given turned out to be excellent. We were all satisfied with the food and with our choice to dine there.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alberta
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Fantastic Sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We had a great dinner here during our stay on the Big Island. Haven't had much better Sushi anywhere. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the service and food is excellent. Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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