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“Good location, poor food”
Review of Nihon Restaurant & Cultural - CLOSED

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Nihon Restaurant & Cultural
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Hilo, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good location, poor food”
Reviewed May 1, 2012

Good location on Hilo Bay, but the restaurant doesn't take advantage of the views. The quality of food is poor. Mushy noodles, soggy tempura. You can find excellent Japanese fare in Hilo at other place for equivalent or less money. Check around. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to friends.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Linda96720
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31 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Hilo
1 review
“Never back again!”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

This restaurant is overpriced, and the food was average at best (I get better food at a simple lunch wagon for $7). We waited for 55 min until food arrived, and what is worse, the waiter never checked on us during the 55 min wait. I had ask another waiter twice, just to get some tea, the minimum one would expect for letting us wait for so long. The bathrooms are disgusting and they should be ashamed of how dirty this place is. We eat in Hilo all the time but we will never visit this restaurant again!

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank BuechiHilo
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Volcano
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Good food with a pretty view out to Hilo bay. Lots of parking.

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Thank KLVolcano
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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Stop here for Hawaiian sized portions of Japanese food”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

Hilo Nihon has one of the most gorgeous unobstructed views of Hilo Bay and the nearby gorgeously landscaped Liliuokalani park. It is a local favorite! We were first surprised by the prices (a bit on the high side) until we got our food and realized this Japanese restaurant is truly local to the core! The portions are typical Hawaiian style huge and at least for me - was equivalent of 2 meals. The food is very tasty, but if you're looking for high class very authentic Japanese - this is not your place. This is local style Japanese food, accompanied by a live guitar/singer and an amazing view. This is the place to go if you're famished from a day of hiking, are a large eater, or have a hotel/inn with a fridge and microwave and you love eating leftovers (me!). Enjoy!

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank lilhigal
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Keaau, Hawaii
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Average Japanese Restaurant”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

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

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Thank mamainparadise808
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