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Nori's Saimin & Snacks

#33 of 190 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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688 Kinoole St, Ste 124, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-3877
+1 808-935-9133
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 12:00 am
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Bellingham, WA
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had lunch here for the first time and will be back. Extensive menu full of local food with variety of saimin and noodles and daily specials. Price is good, large portions and service excellent.

Thank Terry P
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

Not only was the food here amazing, but the service was incredible. We came in late at night on a Sunday after hiking Mauna Kea and we were starving, totally wiped out with altitude sickness, and suffering from low blood sugar. The staff went out of their way to feed us (delicious food => I recommend the spicy ramen or... More 

Thank Andy E
Chicago, Illinois
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107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Lunch time in Hilo brings lots of choices. Noris brings the saimin. Good simple flavors. Service was friendly, sometimes a bit slow. Maybe it was just the end of the lunch rush. Parking can be difficult as the lot is often full.

Thank jim590
Seattle, Washington
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171 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Hidden in an off the street strip mall, Nori's has been around for over 30 years focusing on Hawaiian foods, notably Saimin. We love the Hello Kitty decor and the oddly uncomfortable booths. We ordered Saimin soup, Hilo style and loved it. Go for the small size; the large is like a gallon of Saimin. There's a lot more to... More 

Thank Realtyhank
Seattle, Washington
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158 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Not many places open at 10 pm but we stumbled into Noris--recessed off the street. A large menu of western, Hawaiian and Asian dishes reasonably priced, freshly prepared and served quick enough

Thank syncomm1
Houston, Texas
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

I love noodle soup and the saimin here filled us up. We ordered the small bowl saimin special - which included chicken on sticks and extra nappa cabbage. The broth was flavorful and it was a generous portion of noodles.

Thank May825
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Loved the food. Great place to go for sampling local delicious saimin noodles. The place is very local, so manage your expectations about the atmosphere. It could definitely use a fresh coat of paint and some updating.

Thank Joe S
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I ordered the hilo style saimin, small size and it was delicious, simple and large for a small. My hubs had the same but in the large size, ample portions and delicious flavor. My only wish is that the service wasn't so harried, and they had more spicy options. Do not miss the mochi chocolate cake loaf, so delicious!!

Thank Marissa A
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

Nori's has always cooked up tasty local-ish food. After sampling the Tsukemono Salmon at the Bite of Hilo I had to try it in their restaurant. It is excellent . . . they have combined two seemingly incongruous ingredients into a wonderful entree. The restaurant isn't fancy and it's a bit hole-in-the-wall-ish, but the food is tasty, and I like... More 

Thank Tim D
Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Big servings! Selection to suit everyone's desire. Japanese style like Shoyu butterfish. American like Hamburger Steak coming out on a sizzling cast iron plate.

Thank Aimee Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 688 Kinoole St, Ste 124, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-3877
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-9133

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?