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“Mediocre Japanese Food”

Kenichi Pacific Sushi & Pacific Rim
Ranked #66 of 299 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Kamehameha III
Transit: Keauhou shuttle It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town eight times aday.
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We were recommended to go there by staffs on snorkeling trip. Having been to many excellent Japanese restaurants in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, we didn't have very high expectation, but thought it should be decent, given all staffs said it was "amazing". The overall assessment is that it is a mediocre Japanese restaurant. We don't regret for going, but won't be keen to go back.

- Food
We ordered four different rolls. It feels like someone has tried rolls before, not quite sure how exactly they are made, but go ahead to make it anyway. It does look like rolls. Taste-wise has some spicy source and other ingredients which are not typically in rolls, but would appeal to general Americans. The rolls are also not tightly wrapped and the fillings would easily fall out. I won't say it is bad, but very average. Anyone who has been to a decent Japanese restaurant probably won't be impressed, more a take-away sushi place standard.

- Price
We went during the 5:30-6:30pm happy hour and sat at the bar, so all rolls were half-price. Four kinds of rolls and two non-alcoholic drinks came out around US$50. We were happy that we didn't pay full price for the rolls as they honestly don't worth US$100.

- Service
The staffs were very friendly and the services was fast and attentive. A pleasant experience on this front.

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Thank annie1421
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

One would think that great sushi should be a no-brainer on the Big Island. This place had all the promise but underdelivered. Sushi rolls were fresh, but just OK. I would give it a 3 rating if not for the fast service and great deserts.

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Ordered calamari for an app, ahi peppered steak had big pieces of tuna, and my friend had the sushi dinner. All the food was amazing, best we had in all our time in Hawaii. The bill came in just under $100, but the was two meals, an appetizer and a couple drinks. Well worth the money in my opinion. They have happy hour from 4-6 that can save a bit of money!

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Thank Unknowntravelle
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

It was our final evening on the Big Island of Hawaii. We'd already had fast food, Thai cuisine, Hawaiian food etc. It was time for something else. Kenichi was chosen because it was Japanese and because it boasted its fusion cuisine. As we entered, we walked past a bar area which was serving it's Happy Hour special of lower priced drinks and sushi rolls at 20 to 40% less than regular price. My daughter wanted to eat from the menu, so we were taken to dining area. Passing the sushi bar and being greeted by the two sushi chefs was pretty neat. Looking over the menu, my wife noted that the prices were a bit more than she felt comfortable spending but then, it was less than the popular restaurant on the hill above us, Sam Choi. I thought that the prices were reasonable for fine dining in Hawaii. I chose something simple: a mixed vegetable tempura and boneless fried chicken dish with six pieces of chicken and a delicious salad. This was so good. My wife ordered the same thing, but my daughter had Miso soup and two kinds of sushi. We entered at around 5:30 PM with no waiting. This was a wonderful way to finish off a lovely stay on the island of Hawaii. Kenichi also has restaurants in Dallas, TX, Austin, TX, and Aspen, CO. They take all credit cards.

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Thank Charles P
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Go from 5-6:30 and sushi is cheaper! The crab cakes are exquisite and are about 10 dollars but worth it. The lichitinis are wonderful and are 8 dollars at happy hour. My son likes the dynamite shrimp. Great place with couches in the happy hour area.

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Thank cherylavocado
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