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“Average Japanese Restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
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Nihon Restaurant & Cultural
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680
808-969-1133
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Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Keaau, Hawaii
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Average Japanese Restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

It's an okay place for Japanese food. Nothing really special.

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Hilo, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Nice setting, average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

I like the feel of the place. Although there is a great view if you sit outside, it give me a grungy feeling because the carpet is moldy and you are exposed to the wind and rain (Hilo is so unpredictable). The food is good, the typical local Japanese kind.

Visited February 2011
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Mount Airy, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Solid Japanese Food, But Slow Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

We dined at Nihon for a family get-together. The restaurant is located in a building built on tall columns due to the proximity to Hilo Bay, but there is an elevator available for patrons unable to climb the tall flight of entrance stairs. The dining area is airy and open and has an appropriately Asian atmosphere. The menu is quite extensive and includes sushi, meat dishes, noodle dishes, etc. The service was polite, but not particularly attentive. Also, the evening we visited the restaurant was quite busy. As a result, the wait for our food was quite long and bordered on annoying. Our party ordered a variety of different combination entrees and the quality of the food was very good. However, the delay in receiving our meals had a marked impact on our evening and our party's mood suffered accordingly. Overally, I can recommend the food but be prepared for a long wait if the kitchen is busy.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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hilo, hi
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“one of my favorite restaurants in Hilo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

I always enjoy the food here, although I have never tried their sushi. Portions are generous and the food is tasty. Service can be slow sometimes but the waitresses are nice, except for the cocktail waitress who was somewhat "cold".

One of the best "local" restaurants in Hilo.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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USA
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Japanese combo meals like you find in Tokyo but at Hilo prices.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

Great value, great views although it appeared that customers were seated on the park side automatically rather then on the bay side. Atmosphere is sort of like a social club for locals that also serves the public.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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