The ahi poke app was great and the monchang entrees we both ordered were good but not great. Our server was tremendous and could not have been more helpful. We understand that the restaurant will be closing its doors shortly and that is a shame.
We visited Imari on our first night at the Hilton. We knew it would be expensive since it is on the resort, but I expected the quality of the food to be higher than what we got. The sushi was very light on fish and heavy on rice. The tempura shrimp and marinated steak appetizers were the highlight of the night.
We have been there 6 times and each has been a wonderful experience. The food, Asian pear saki, and desserts have always been fantastic. I'm only sad it's so far away from our home in Wisconsin. We look forward to eating there each year when we visit the big island.
Excellent sushi and attentive service in a great setting!
So very sad to see this go. Such an iconic Hilton Place.
Nori-wrapped, teriyaki infused tofu "steak" was excellent. Accompanying stir fried vegetables done just crisp/tender.
Dessert was perfection--tapioca done with cocoanut milk and topped with mango purée.
A selection of Japanese whiskeys and sake available.
Service was informed and personable.
Get there before the end of February...Hilton is doing away with it as part of a re-do of the Waikoloa resort.
Sorry to see this place closed. We were there while on vacation.
Very over priced! Food was good but drinks are outrageous- $20 go a glass of cheap wine! Not worth the money.
Imari was ridiculously, insultingly overpriced, even by Hawaii resort standards. The wine mark-up was at least 4X. The service and food were extremely mediocre. There was no thought given to the pacing of the meal. One person in our party sat with their appetizer for 15 minutes before anyone else was served. Our server was like a gum-cracking diner waitress from Mel's. A truly unpleasant dining experience.
The food was excellent! The tea house was perfect for our romantic dinner. It's a shame the restaurant is closing for good in a month. We're hoping to go one more time before they close.👍❤👍
I never leave bad reviews / just don't go back
BUT this was so astonishingly substandard and mediocre - our entire group could not stop talking about it
Who can't make fried rice? $56 bento box that looked like Swansons TV dinner....
Just to make it sting more it was the most expensive dinner I had in Kona and we were making the rounds - Browns, Canoe, Ruth(Chris), etc - with NO wine ordered!
Clearly their attitude is that they have you captive and can serve you whatever they want and charge you as much as possible
Excellent food, service, ambience. Fast service, healthy ingredients, Imari salad was the best. Topped with Tako delicious!
Very good service....good food somewhat overpriced. Gratuity included for large party at 18%....watch your bill!! One member of our party ordered a Tempura platter which was to include seafood as well as vegetables but there was no shrimp or fish on the plate.....only vegetables. Had to ask for the correct meal which was provided immediately.
Very nice. Good service would have liked to had more time to eat another meal there.
Came with average expectations and left with greatest disappointment. Very poor food quality, tasteless and nothing special at all. Long Wait time despite reservation, terrible smell in the restaurant and outside it, only good thing was our caring waiter Ammy. And of course terrible value for the experience twice what should this meal cost at other restaurants. Very disappointed
This was our 2nd time at Imari. Just as before, the sushi was outstanding. We had the Lava Tube as a starter. I had the butterfish with asparagus and brown. It did not disappoint. My husband had the steak crusted with furikake and he was disappointed. The steak was average and too fatty. The portion was small for the price also. I tried apple sake and pear sake (2 different drinks). The apple was much better than the pear to me. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. If we come back, we won't get the steak again.
Very good food. Expensive... very ... but so is all food in Hawaii and especially at Waikoloa (it's in the Hilton). Very nice ambiance (koi pond surrounds the restaurant) .
We have been coming here for years and this was the worst experience we have had here. The ribeye was half fat and indigestible cartilage pieces. We love paying top dollar for great food, service and ambience and Imari most times doesn't disappoint until this time. The server took so long to come back to take our order and forgot to get my second glass of wine. In general, at any other restaurant, no big deal but if I'm paying $$, I expect the entire package. Poor quality at HIGH price is no bueno.
I was really disappointed with Imari. I figured since we were in Hawaii the sushi would be amazing but it turned out very boring. The decor was lovely, but the restaurant was loud because of the teppanyaki shows. It also didn't help that we were seated next to the busing station and they didn't even paper the divider so it was unnerving to eat while looking at the bright red sanitation bucket. For the money I paid I could have eaten way better sushi in Colorado. I would not recommend this place.
Very nice place for a quiet dinner and lovely food and service. Gail made excellent suggestions from drinks and starters to dessert!