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“Superior sushi, the REAL DEAL!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Takenoko sushi

Takenoko sushi
Ranked #40 of 239 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hilo, Hawaii
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211 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Superior sushi, the REAL DEAL!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had the tasting menu ($38 per person) which was a superb way to get familiar with some of the offerings. This is excellent fresh sushi, not the fancy combo rolls (like 'spider' or "volcano") This is pure, quality, raw fish on rice. They offer some rolled options also. If raw fish is not for you, this place is not a good choice but if it is, well, you cannot do better than this place on this island. Simply the highest quality sushi, expertly prepared and served.
It is nearly impossible to get in without a reservation as the restaurant holds only 8-10 people. The green tea is also of exceptional quality.
Note, I believe that if items on the tasting menu were ordered individually, it is less than the $38 charged as most pieces of sushi are $2 or $2.50 per piece. On the tasting menu you get 9 pieces and one 6 pc roll ($5-6). So my calculation is that the tasting menu would have been a maximum of $28 rather than $38...but then we would not have known what to order. Next time we'll do it by the piece.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank HLW648
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  • English first
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English first
Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic 寿司”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

日本語でも、最後に少々。
My wife and I walked in, by chance, on our last day on the Big Island about a couple hours before leaving.
Turned out to be the best choice made during our 10 days in Hawai'i!

Small space counter enough to seat 10 or so, plus a small corner table for two -- enough space for the chef to be able to see what's going on and to be able to service customers.

Much of the fish are flown in from Tsukiji, and local catches are nicely prepared as well.

Make a reservation, if possible. Remember, limited seating.

ネタは申し分なく、横浜出身の大将も良い人柄で、非常に過ごしやすい。オープンから半年未満とのことだったが、長く続くお店になると思う。
注文につき、一貫ずつの提供なので、ネタも色々と楽しめる。築地直送ネタが大半をしめていて、まさかヒロでまともな寿司に出会うとは… と言ったところ。
シャリも丁度良い量なので、ネタをきちんと楽しめる。
スダチやカボスの代わりにライムを使うあたりが、ローカル感があり嬉しかったりもする。

日本食が恋しくなった方には、確実にお勧め。
席が少ないので、要予約。
お財布にも、超優しい、最高の偶然て、見つけた店でした。

  • Visited September 2013
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4 Thank Takuo N
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Hilo
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74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Imported from Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

After a couple of tries, we were finally able to get a reservation at Takenoko. The place is small (only about 10 seats), but amazing. My favorite was Toro and Hamachi, both of which were imported from Japan. So good! The prices are a little higher than other sushi places in town, but the quality makes it worth it. Unlike most sushi restaurants where you get sushi on a place, each place setting has a block where the chef puts the ginger, wasabi & sushi. You can either order each sushi you want or get the chef's choice. This is a place to get quality sushi, not quantity (unless you are willing to pay for it).

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Peanuts_Gallery
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Broadlands
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A gem!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

The quality of the fish is amazing! This looks to be in a class of its own in this town. Toro and uni were spectacular! Some of the best sushi you will find anywhere.

  • Visited April 2013
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3 Thank Normtf
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Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“High Quality fish w/o the high price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

I had a awesome sushi lunch at Takenoko!!Finally a place in hilo with good high quality fish with out the high prices..I had couple pieces of Toro(Fatty tuna),Sake(Salmon),Hamachi,unagi,scallop,clam and tamago..Also had a salmon skin and negitoro handroll which all was fantastic melt in your mouth!!Reservations highly recommended because it sits only 8 people..And u can bring your own alchohol drinks too!

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Lydell B
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