Imari Teppanyaki - Hilton Waikoloa Village
Imari Teppanyaki - Hilton Waikoloa Village

Imari Teppanyaki - Hilton Waikoloa Village

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/dining/imari.cfm
  • Phone: (808) 886-1234
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Wed -Sat 5:30PM - 9:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For a more intimate dining experience, our Tea House is a private dining room surrounded by a serene koi pond. Perfect for a romantic dinners or family gatherings, this beautiful, one of a kind setting will create wonderful memories.
  • Private Party Contact: Jon Hagman 8088861234x2522

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Queen K Hwy & Waikoloa Beach Dr
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet or Self parking is available at the main lobby of the Resort. All parking is validated and free of charge for restaurant guests.
A word from Imari Teppanyaki - Hilton Waikoloa Village
Aloha, thank you for your interest in dining with us at Imari Japanese Steakhouse located in the heart of the Hilton Waikoloa Village. This reservation page is for Teppanyaki style of dining. If you prefer regular dining or sushi bar dining, please make a reservation at Imari - Sushi and Steaks.

Perched above a tranquil Koi pond, Imari offers each diner a unique Japanese culinary experience. Indulge in the only Teppan yaki dining on the Kohala Coast featuring fresh local ingredients from our bountiful ocean waters and local farms.

Whether you are seeking a fun and interactive family dining experience or a quiet romantic dinner for two, Imari awaits.

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Imari Teppanyaki - Hilton Waikoloa Village reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (10)special occasion (5)fit for foodies (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)neighborhood gem (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • greatgrinds
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    good food, chef was entertaining, a little humid due to no tradewinds, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    No air conditioning! Sitting at the teppan table was so hot and uncomfortable we couldn't wait to finish eating and leave,very disappointed!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Teppanyaki was great!
    3furybabiesmama
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Imari is located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. You have the option of taking the boat or tram to the restaurant. Wow, how accommodating is that! Our teppanyaki dinner at Imari was delicious! We ordered the sashimi sampler, fresh slices of fish presented very delicately with salmon, ahi, yellow fin tuna and calamari. We had the rib eye, shrimp and chicken and the scallops and NY steak. With a party of 6, we thought everything was very tasty. We loved it! This is a great place for large groups or an intimate setting. The staff were so accommodating from start to end. They will validate your parking as well. I highly recommend dining at Imari's. Just a quick reminder, they are only open a few days of the week. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland
    lovetwoeat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We did the Teppan yaki meals and the portions were generous. However, each of us was disappointed in the taste of the food. It was bland. I expected more soy or teriyaki taste on the chicken and rice. We paid the extra money to have our rice cooked on the grill. Some soy sauce was added but the rice was still bland and gummy. The chicken had no flavor basically. The prices are high so we had hoped to enjoy this meal more than we did. The staff was nice and the cook was entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Venue
    greatgrinds
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My wife and I enjoy coming to this restaurant. The food is excellent. the service is outstanding. From the Valet employees to the Waitress, we get a excellent and friendly service all the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Expected much more than what was delivered. Prices aside. When one adds in the prices Imari falls short. I would recommend to find a better venue. The food was average at best.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you like Benihana's
    FoodieChapVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Then you should love Imari. They do a great job at cooking the food to your liking. I had steak and lobster and it was done nicely. The service was very attentive and the sake recommendation was spot on. The teppanyaki chef was entertaining and engaging which is what people have come to expect with this kind of meal. On the expensive side so don't go with a light wallet. Take pictures around the grounds if you have a little time before seating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Hiro
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We like japanese food. so these taste fits to our feeling. We satisfied so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the Imari Teppanyaki - Hilton Waikoloa Village reviews archive.
  • Special Night Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    If you want to have a table cooked dinner for a special occasion in a gorgeous setting at the Hilton Waikoloa Village you might try this. The food is not spectacular, the portions a bit small, the time allowed seemed shorter than at other such restaurants, and I feel it was over priced but overall it was a good choice for a celebrative occasion.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the greatest
    Dinerwithkids
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Beautiful ambience, but mediocre food. We ate at the teppanyaki tables and I ordered the New York Steak and Shrimp combo. The steak had fat on a lot of the pieces (not sure why they don't cut off the fat before cutting up each filet on the table) and the extra large shrimp looked great but were totally undercooked. I've eaten at teppanyaki restaurants all over the world and this was the most disappointing as far as the food goes. It was kid friendly though. Plus did have great ambience and good Mai Tai's. Maybe just go to the bar for a drink.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    msperry5
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had the Teppanaki. The grill wasn't clean when he started, there were still visible particles and burned on food on the grill. The order in which the items were served were odd, who wants to eat bean sprouts alone while waiting for all else? The chef didn't do anything impressive, just a few silly moves. Scallops were good, but nothing special. The New York steak was not trimmed and it was really unpleasant to bite into sheer fat and gristle. We were stifling hot by the time we were done and the decor is dated/tired. Overall, expensive and not worth the price. This in no way comes close to Benihana.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect meal
    greatgrinds
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Staff was excellent, food was excellent, setting was excellent, nothing more to say......
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There were four of us and
    SharVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    There were four of us and everyone enjoyed it. I loved sitting at the tepan table. My ribeye was a little overlooked though. I asked for medium rare and it was more medium. Nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant should be ashamed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Diaappointing in almost every way. There was absolutely NO SHOWMANSHIP. The guy did a simple onion volcano and THAT WAS IT. No other "tricks" and and no audience interaction. EVERY other one I've been to, the chef interacts with folks--asks them where they're from, if they're celebrating a special occasion, etc. and does lots of fun stunts--catching an egg in his hat, knife twirls, etc. Not here. And the food was mediocre at best. The steak was so chewy my daughter couldn't eat it. The chicken was blah. And it was miserably hot. Seriously, when it's 85 out, you need to turn on the AC In a place like this. We also rushed, and were horribly cramped--they squeezed 10 people onto a table sized more for 8-9. Terrible experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out on The Big Island
    Honeymooners
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed this restaurant, the atmosphere and food was great. This was our favorite meal on the island. Only small complaint was the temperature in the dining room. It gets a bit hot with all the teppanayki grills going at the same time, so some fans to move the air would have made this a perfect 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teppan grill dining
    Karen
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We had a nice dinner here, with a chef who was friendly. It was fun to watch the dinner get prepared, and the food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience!
    Evey
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Great service, great food. Exactly what we were looking for. For those going without kids, try to go later. We only could get an early reservations and there were a fair number. And get reservations! It fills up! Teppanyaki is the way to go too. The full experience!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • its all about the (paying)customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the beef had a distinct 'old' taste ... not like aged 'old' ... more like old cuts, recut. the chairs have been refinished and re-bound since our last trip, AND they could use a 'lumbar' type pillow like the bar has in their already padded seats. i know this furniture store in kona that has great fabrics and exceptional padding, island collections. after a while you want to be able to just relax. and at 300bux+ for 2 adults and a 6 yr old, from bar thru dinner, i don't think that is out of line. service is always good, and its not benihana ... the 'chefs' need more work dropping spatulas and laughing about it is very hawaiian practicing to really be a 300bux dinner ... again, isn't out of the question.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute spot within the resort
    Janorin
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    A fun spot when vacationing in Hawaii and looking for a different type of dining experience with or without kids. The “show” was enjoyable and the food had lots of flavor.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice ambience but over priced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We went there on our last day on the big island, we really wanted something special. I love Japanese steakhouses, and visit them frequently back home. Normally when you go to these types of places the chefs put on a show and make it fun. Our chef did only one else trick, the volcano. He tried 6 times to build it, and kept knocking it over. He finally got it, but that was the only thing he did. When it comes to the food, it was average. I got the steak and lobster, the steak had a lot of fat on it. You get about 5 pieces and I couldn't eat 3 of them because there was so much fat. The prices are above average too. Overall I would not go back, its just to expensive for what you actually get.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Standard tepanyaki
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Nothing really to differentiate it from the many other tepanyaki/hibachi restaurants I've eaten at, except for the prices being "Island"-level.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Imari is AMAZING!!!
    theServiceGeek
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Top knotch food and service!!! Best place on this planet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Always a good time. A bit on the pricey side but a favorite in Waikoloa. We go every trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didnt have teppanyaaki feel
    mish
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Didnt have teppanyaaki feel as chef did no tricks at all which is so much a delight when u go for teppanyaaki.Portions are small compared to pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find
    MIkeG
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Went there with the family on Xmas Eve with my wife and three daughters. Been to other tepanyakis before that were more fun but the food was great though a bit pricey if you ask for steak. Good selection for kids that really helps. Good service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wait staff and food.
    Bud2566
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Great wait staff and food. The manager checked on us and gave a discount because the steak had a small strip of gristle. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time
    Dena
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    We stayed at the hilton on the last leg of our 2 week Hawaiian vacation for our 25 th anniversary. My husband loves Benihana's and was hoping for something close and he wasn't disappointed. The food was was wonderful and the service was great. We had fun people at our table and all really enjoyed the night
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an excellent experience,
    RrLlCc
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We had an excellent experience, fast service and very friendly staff. We will return next year for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but no time
    bina
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    The food was really delicious but we couldn't really enjoy it because everything happened too fast. It was like having to eat all the time due to one course directly followed by the other. It felt like the resataurant wanted to have as many guests as possible and therefore quickliy prepared the food. All in all the location is beautiful but we weren't able to enjoy the evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We do a lot of Japanese restaurants
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    We do a lot of Japanese restaurants as well as a lot of Tepenyaki style (cooking meal in front of you). This was not good in either category. Would not recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    winendine
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We've been going to the Waikoloa for years and every time we go we eat at Imari. The food is great and the Teppan chefs are always top notch. It's perfect for our whole family. We can't wait to go back again. It's been getting expensive since our family has expanded, but it's always worth saving a few extra pennies for.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed plate
    CusogolfVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    My sister visiting from Az took my husband and I out to thank us. I had a special request for low sodium, no salt. My request was handled beautifully and my food was great. I really felt catered to. However, my husband who was reluctant to recommend this place was again disappointed with his steak which was very gristly and the lobster was hardly noticeable. Very small portion. My sister said her filet was the best she had ever had except lacked seasoning. The service was great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    figgy99
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Good average food. Not a "must" eat at, but food was good. Service was good. Good for family dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!!
    JessiebVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Second time dining here And once again we had a wonderful experience. Service was perfect and the food was delicious and fresh. Pricey but still worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food .Always good
    Rockey2b
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Fabulous food .Always good .great entertainment as well
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually the experience at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Usually the experience at this type of restaurant is a fun and enjoyable evening - especially for our children who love the interaction with, and showmanship of, the chef. unfortunately, our visit to Imari fell far short of expectations. In short the chef was no showman and of the standard fare for such chefs only performed an onion volcano and hardly interacted with us. Then, the steak served (modest portions) was full of gristle and fat - which is odd since the chef had a pretty sharp knife to cut it off - even after cooking if he wanted! Would never go back there again and feel that we were cheated out of some serious cash. Plus, we were kept waiting far past reservation time even though the place was pretty empty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was great, service was great.
    live2eat
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    overall experience was great and my date enjoyed the food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great romantic dinner
    ThreeGuysOnBizVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Upon request we had a great romantic dinner away from the happy folks around the Teppanyaki grills. They opened the doors to the koi pond, loaned us reading glasses (!), and treated us to on of the best meals of our travels,,,
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We celebrated my brother's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    We celebrated my brother's 60th birthday, group of 9 people. We were treated like royalty. The manager was very accommodating to our needs and the requests. The server was very professional and had a good sense of humor too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor value for money. Go for sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Not a good value for money. Sushi is great, though. Teppanyaki is a real downer for the place, the chef just did his job (cooked food) and left - no entertainment, and I believe that was the thought behind the creation of this style. Food was not tasty, as there was a distinct smell of oil and cookware. I ended up ordering sushi, and sake (very good selection). Service is very good, friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall