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“Very disappointed”

Hayama Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #133 of 293 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 15, 2012

Food was very average, service questionable at best. Wife had teriaki chicken small piece with sauce pored over the top. I order butter fish maybe a three ounce piece just ok. Difficult to find, do not bother looking.

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Reviewed August 26, 2011

We have gone to every Japanese restaurant in Kong and waikoloa and Hayamas is the best

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Reviewed March 25, 2011

We come from the West Coast of Canada where there are more Sushi restaurants than Starbucks stores, and are used to fresh and innovative food. We headed to Mayama based on recommendations from our lodging hosts and were not disappointed. My wife tried to call and make a reservation for us, and the subsequent phone conversation was quite entertaining in itself due to the lack of English spoken by the person who answered the phone.

We tried a lot of different dishes and found that they were easily as good as and in a couple of cases better than what we have at home. The Sashimi itself is excellent, the various rolls are good and the Tempura was excellent - not oily at all and very crisp and light. Teriyaki beef and chicken were very good, and presentation of all dishes was very nice.

We were pleasantly suprised to find ourselves in a Japanese restaurant run by Japanese (a lot of our restaurants at home are run by the very able Korean community), so was able to use the smattering of my Japanese language skills to communicate effectively with our server.

The food is not inexpensive - they advertised a roll on their board inside the restaurant called Oh My God for $25 that I would have loved to have seeen - but is worth the outlay, Anytime you find a restaurant where the locals eat, it's usually a good sign of quality as it's a tough business to survive in and only the good ones make it.

Well worth the effort of finding it, we will most certainly go back when we return to the Big Island.

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Reviewed December 7, 2010

This restaurant was just ok for us. I come from a land of All u Can Eat Sushi in Mississauga/Toronto, where you can eat for $20/pp with great quality, so it's hard to compete with that anywhere on the Big Island. The maki rolls were tasty and it all was all good quality food at an expected price for Hawaii. See attached pictures & menus to help you decide. Service was good but spoke little english.

This restaurant is tucked in the plaza down below from Long's Drugs/Bank of Hawaii. They close at 9pm, and take the last order at 8:45pm, so it's not a late night kinda of place.

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Reviewed April 17, 2012
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