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About Kenichi Pacific
Kenichi Pacific will "wow" you with its highly praised Japanese Pan-Asian cuisine and sushi, and its contemporary ambiance. In a relaxed, elegant setting, Kenichi offers unforgettable original dishes, such as the Duck Confit, a Chinese five-spice cured duck leg served with russett potatoes and wild mushrooms in a delicious balsamic reduction sauce. The Ono Tataki grilled rare, stands out as well, with mashed yams, green beans, japanese mushrooms and a ponzu emulsion. Another "must try" is the Dynamite Shrimp, tempura shrimp baked with smelt aioli and teriyaki sauce.
The presentation and the flavors are equally superb. Of course, only the freshest fish and seafood are used, so the sushi is impeccable. The molten flourless chocolate cake is achieving legendary status, so save room for a delicious finish!
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Japanese, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
4:30pm - 9:00pm Tuesday-Sunday
CLOSED on MONDAYS
Happy Hour between: 4:30-6:00 PM daily except some major Holidays, up to 50% off all house sushi rolls in bar & lounge area only
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Full sushi station with your private Chef Kenichi Kanada
Sushi, food/pupus & more
At least a week notice for smaller groups.
We are located in Keauhou Shopping Center. We do have plenty of parking space.
It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type
shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town
eight times aday.
Private Party Facilities:
Small Diningroom hold up to 14 people.
also we have Two out side patio(Covered) hold up to 20 and 30people.
Private Party Contact:
Ken Kanada: (808) 322-6400
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Kenichi Pacific Ratings and Reviews
The experience at Kinichi’s was excellent and we really enjoyed our evening. This was our wedding anniversary so we chose this restaurant as we knew it would be a success. The restaurant offers a great menu for all but the seafood and steak are our favorite. The appetizers and drinks were all good as well, especially the sake. We will come back again soon.
We came for happy hour dinner with my mother who uses a walker due to hip surgery. The happy hour area was full and the only seating available was high stools or standing at the bar...which would not work for someone using a walker. The dining area only had one table occupied...but they would not extend the happy hour specials to the dining area..despite it being empty and the bar full with a 15 min wait...and my mom unable to sit on the high stools. Other wis ethe food was certainly good..although their appeared to be a bit light on wait staff and service was spotty and slow. I would have hoped Kenichis would have extended the courtesy of happy hour specials to the dining room...as teh bar was beyond full with a 20 minute waiting list..that would have been “customer service”..but that was not the case.
Excellent food and service. Nice modern setting. We enjoyed the miso black cod, tuna sushi rolls, duck and ono tataki. All were excellent and we finished with bananas foster. Good cocktails and wine choices as well. All made for a very enjoyable evening. Similarly priced to the place up the hill in Keauhou but MUCH BETTER food and service here!
Creative special sushi rolls, very fresh sashimi, a calamari appetizer that is luscious and a molten chocolate cake that's a "destination" dessert make this a wonderful hidden gem in Keauhou. We go 2 or 3 times during our 2-week vacation every year. Our night's (Friday Dec 1) special was a sushi roll combined carpaccio, tempura shrimp, avocado and a few other ingredients. The favor combination was wonderfully harmonious! Enjoy!
The food was a little better than I expected. Serving size, portions are small. Had the Toro nigiri and it wasn’t to my expectations.
The Chirashi had a little of everything with very small slices. Glad that I ordered some pupus/appetizers with the meal.
It’s a place that I’d say been there, done that.
We booked this reservation for 9pm 1hour earlier.,last Saturday & the booking was confirmed via Opentable.
However when we arrived at the Restaurant at 8.55pm, we were told that the Restaurant was closed at 9pm.I stated I had a booking confirmation for 9pm.The Front of House seemed Shocked & when she checked her System she realised that the booking was on the System.
She apologised profusely & made every effort to ensure the Chef & waiting Sttaff waited on,so we could have had our meal.
That is exactly what happened.We were very conscious of the situation & ordereed Swiftly, whilst it was a little bit hurried,we didn't mind cos we were acutely aware of the Staff waiting back for us. We had wanted to eat here 'cos for about 2 hours earlier I had researched heavily on Trip Advisor to investigate ,which restaurant to choose & We were really looking forward to eating here.
As it was 9pm,there was very little options available to us,so we did press hard for the Reservation to be honoured..
So we just want to acknowledge all the Staff that waited & cooked our food .It was delicious, We got the Rib Eye Terriyachi steaks with a Grerns dish.It was all fabulous.So a big Thank you to all at Kenichi Pacific for Sttaying Back.it was very much appreciated by two very Hungry Irish Tourist.Thanks again....The Food was delicious and this Rp
0estaurant totally lived up to its reviews for service,Friendliest & off Course Great Taste & Value.We would Highly recommended it,our Best food on The Big Island
The overall experience was great, we will return when back in Kona. My main complaint was the service was very slow. Short staffed? Extra busy? Not sure but it took a long time to be served, receive beverages, main courses, etc.
My filet, although very tender, was way over cooked.
All in all, I do recommend Kenichi's
Four of us had a delicious meal. We went because of the recommendation in HAWAII THE BIG ISLAND REVEALED guidebook. The book did say that the service was slow, but to the contrary, the service was fast and efficient. We ordered the Bananas Foster because we were feeling celebratory. It was good, but next time I'd go home and eat a banana and save a couple of $$.
The food is decent, but overpriced even by local standards. The sashimi dinner is okay; the rice seemed to be reheated. We paid $200 for 4 entrees, 1 sushi roll, and 3 desserts (no drinks, no appetizers). Service was very good, but dinner was definitely nothing special, especially for the price. Then again, I haven't had sushi elsewhere on the Big Island, so am not sure how it compares.
I ordered chirashi sushi, and the rice under neath all that fish fillet (sashimi) was not seasoned at all. Sushi rice has to be seasoned with vinegar and sugar. I didn't taste any vinegar and sugar. Did the sushi chef forgot? I am still scratching my head about this. My wife ordered a couple of rolls, and her sushi rice was not seasoned to much, either. As a person grew up in Japan, I found it unbelievable that the sushi chef didn't season the sushi rice.
Excellent sushi. Every roll was fresh and delicious. Ribeye steak was cooked exactly as ordered but could have been better with more salt. Molten lava cake and ice cream was outstanding. Server was a bit quirky. Best restaurant we ate at while visiting Kona.
Get the kenichi manapua (like a pork belly bao bun) that was my favorite. The Die hard was the best sushi roll. The dim sum was pretty good, we ordered a second serving bc there are only four. The sizzling teriyaki plates were also pretty good, I liked adding the onions from that onto other things.
Excellent food in Kona! It's hard to find truly good food in Kona, but Kenichi has it! We shared 3 appetizers: the avocado-mac nut salad, ribs and coconut shrimp. The food was wonderfully seasoned, although the portion sizes were in the small side. We shared the evening seafood special: grilled ono with tempura asparagus...highly recommended.
The staff is friendly and welcoming. The only negative is that it was hard to find. It's in a shopping center by Long Drugs. Don't let that deter you. It's worth the hunt!
The food was fabulous and the wait staff are great! What was not fabulous or great was getting my steak 20 minutes after my sister got her entree. That was a huge disappointment! I hope your sushi and kitchen staff can coordinate better in the future. I was a bit embarrassed after bragging about how fantastic you are to my mother and sister visiting from Washington. At least the food was great and the wait staff fun and professional.
nice relaxed setting with comfy booths, an extensive menu and attentive waitress- but not overly so. We went at 5 pm and everything was ready. try the clamari and the tempura hors d'oeuvres. We had a birthday and they brought out a really delicious flourless chocolate "cake" with a candle. We'll go back.
We have eaten here at least a half dozen times during past visits to Kona. We've enjoyed it and it is close to where we stay during our time on Big Island. While there is no view, occasionally there are live music or hula performances outside that can be viewed from the small lanai.
We tried to call for a reservation but the phone number listed on the door would not accept messages and no one answers the phone, Inconvenient and irrating. Ok, so we made a reservation online.
On arrival we were seated quickly and served a drink in a rather timely manner. Our order was taken, served and delicious as we expected. However, once served we were ignored from then on. We had to struggle to get anyone's attention to order a second drink. Our waiter was terse and seemed annoyed to have been called to our table once food arrived.
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