Kenichi Pacific

4.3
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538 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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!
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OT
Vancouver
85 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another awesome dining experience at the end of a busy day - nice to be welcomed by Manager Bebelyn and again have Maverick take care of our service - we enjoyed the calamari appetizer and spicy tuna sushi and Kenichi roll as our main course

We will be back - thanks again Kenichi for keeping our special place extra special

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food was great, the service was pretty good but what wasn’t good was the reservation time. We had wanted something around 6:15 but were told (by
open table) we could only get 5:45 or 7:00. We took 5:45 and were there for about 1 1/2 hours. The whole time the place was half empty so I’m not sure why we were not given the option of a later booking.

GS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and the lamb was one of the best I’ve had!!😊

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our bartender server was awesome! She was so accommodating for our large group with three noisy kids. Mahalo!

UL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

we will not return, service was lousy, hair in food, miso soup was late and lukewarm, took 45 minutes for dessert to come, managers' response was tepid, like the soup, will not return...

U
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful experience thanks to our server Bebelyn. We have been here before but this time her energetic and fun personality made the difference. We so appreciate when someone clearly enjoys their job and it shows through.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good sushi. A little expensive

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was very accommodating regarding the seating. Food was excellent: very flavorful and perfect portions!

K
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We sat at the high top tables in the bar area. Service staff was friendly. Husband had special Mahi Mahi pan seared with mashed potatoes. The fish smelled strongly and he was not happy with it. I had salad and sushi special roll. Salad was fresh with excellent dressing and the sushi was very good. This restaurant is located in a strip area.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We’ve enjoyed excellent food at Kenichi’s happy hour in the past, so it seemed a natural choice for a festive birthday dinner, but wow, what a disappointment.

For these prices — and pretensions — there’s no excuse for having to sit at a table without menus or water for 15 minutes, or to have conversation rendered impossible by patrons drinking and shouting sports bar style throughout the restaurant.

The miso black cod is exceptional and the lamb chops were good, but at nearly $40 a sushi dinner was haphazardly assembled and deeply unsatisfying — heavy-handed wasabi layered on by the chef rendered delicate fish inedible, some fish was lackluster and carelessly assembled tumbling off the rice, the vegetable tempura was heavy and lacked flavor. We’ve eaten sushi throughout Japan and have a sense of what to expect, it’s a mystery how the team of serious-looking sushi chefs at Kenichi could miss the mark in a town filled with excellent fresh fish.

The birthday guest left over most of the sushi dinner, and we left without ordering dessert. The wait staff was so un-present there was no realistic way to get the meal back on track.

We’ll return for the tasty small plates during happy hour at Kenichi, when there’s no pretense of fine dining and the half-price cost matches the experience. But sadly, we would not attempt another special occasion meal at Kenichi’s.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I sat at the sushi bar, the service and food were extraordinary!! This is our 3rd time at this restaurant and it never disappointed us. Highly recomendad

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food5service4ambience4

Service was atrocious

OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We come every year for our anniversary. Food is consistent and delicious!!

D
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was incredible. The service was not. Had a reservation. Shown to our table after 10 minute wait. Then no one returned to table for 30 minutes. The waitress never returned. We then were assisted by a manager, a runner, bus boy - who finally also took our dessert order and provided check. It was not that busy.

OT
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Really disappointing experience. Food just so mediocre noise inside unbelievable. Outside is much better. Would look for other places in Kailua-Kona

K
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent last night in Hawai’i here. It is a very modern space tucked into a strip mall. Staff was superb; very friendly and definitely on top of it even though it was very busy. Sushi/sashimi we had was delicious. The beef carpaccio will melt in your mouth. They also accommodated special requests from the kids without a thought. Definitely make a reservation! We would absolutely return next time we are in Kona.

OT
Vancouver
86 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with a busy New Years Eve crowd, Kenichi staff provided exemplary service - our server Maverick was quick on the suggestions and always right there to make sure we were never left waiting for anything - dinner selections and preparations were perfect to make our New Years Eve dinner special. Special thanks to manager Bebelyn and of corse Kenichi himself who successfully kept all moving smoothly

We will be back soon

KB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have been going to Kenichi’s for at least the last 10 years and this is the first “off” experience we’ve had there. We were a party of 6 and 3 of us ordered the “surf and turf” which had been described as the special of the night. The filet mignon was ok but the “firecracker” lobster was definitely a big disappointment. We questioned whether the pieces were made from lobster or a mystery fish. My wife ordered the “trio”, which is her “go to” meal at Kenichi. Even thought we had an early 6 PM seating it looked like the kitchen was parsing our food to get through the big night. In any event the “trio” was about half the serving it usually is.
From start to finish the service was exemplary and that really helped overcome the disappointment with the entrees.
One other point of concern: we started the meal with a bottle of domestic sparkling wine and were very disappointed to learn that there were no flutes available so we had to drink the sparkling wine using the ubiquitous wine glasses used for both white and red wines at Kenechi.

OT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We made a reservation outside, which was unfortunately not available. Service blamed open table for that problem☹️

B
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

probably the best japanese food I have ever had

FF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too loud to talk. Customers shouting over the noise. Food and service great, though. Place needs sound absorbing ceilings.

CB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of the ordinary - quirky and tasty. A warm welcome and knowledgeable server. Make it a priority when ever we visit the island. Great food thoughtfully prepared.

TF
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi and service! We really enjoyed our meal!

M
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We have gone here quite a few times over the past 5 years and I can say this was our worst experience and part of an ongoing difficulty to get a table in the area we want to be in and request far in advance when making a booking. We did get a table after some shuffling with the explanation that some people had come in earlier with a promise to leave where we were booked to sit by the time we arrived. But instead of just having drinks and leaving as they said they would, they arrived late and ordered dinner and were just about to be served when we arrived. What's a restaurant owner to do? I would comp somethings and make sure my customers got great service. But I'm not the owner and this didn't happen. My wife and I ordered a dinner to split(not sushi which can be easily shared) and it came with only one plate and not split in the kitchen and with not enough sauce on it for even one diner. By the time the extra plate and some extra sauce arrived our companions had almost finished 1/2 of their meals. The food was excellent! I have absolutely no criticism of the quality or preparation of food. Kenichi Pacific is excellent in this regard and always consistent. We will return but not for a while. We have tried booking in person, over the phone and via Open Table and have had some trouble along these lines before so I don't know the solution to this. It's hit and miss. This was just the worst experience we've had. I do still recommend Kenichi's.

S
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On this solo Hawaii trip I chose Kenichi as my Japanese food experience on Island of Hawai’i. The nigiris didn’t disappoint on freshness of seafood, only the rice fragrance could be better with more vinegar. Lastly I highly recommend the miso black cod.

D
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If we’d been a little earlier we would have been able to enjoy the great Hawaiian music and hula just outside their outdoor dining. Food was ono . Service great. We loved it.

AV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place for sushi! Also, always great service ! Thanks

r
Seattle
85 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A wonderful collection of eclectic dishes, sushi and sashimi. Service was great, a very attentive waiter with good command of the menu and excellent suggestions. The miso black cod was phenomenal, as was the specials with very fresh ahi - both a roll and sashimi. They also offered real japanese wasabi; I'm assuming authentic because much more flavorful with depth then the usual. It wasn't an inexpensive dinner but very satisfying. The ambiance in the middle of a mall is meh, and we ate outside in part because of a raucous bunch of ladies at the bar.

JI
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem, top notch, delicate food offerings. we sat in the outside breezeway. Food was remarkably fresh. Service was prompt.

HB
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Good sushi, both the nigiri and the roll were very good. Service was not good. Waitress didn’t know what she was doing. Served tables that were seated after us before returning to take our dinner order, probably waited 20 minutes for her to return after appetizers, during which she visited every other table at least once before coming back. We almost left. Sushi was very good but pricey. Ribs appetizer not as good as others we had in Hilo or Volcano. Tempura was so so. Won’t go back. Would not recommend.

CA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Took the family for my husbands Birthday. The bar was full, but the restaurant at that time was not as busy. We waited 10 minutes before the hostess stopped running drinks and food to get seated. Our table was ready which was nice. Ordered appetizers, drinks and dinner at a reasonable time, but after that everything changes. It seemed like there was only one server. The bartender was serving drinks and the hostess was still serving food. Everyone but my son got his meal, we were all done eating by the time he got his sushi roll and udon. Also, water and ice tea sat empty, had to ask for more.
Overall, I think they were extremely under staffed that night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the birthday dinner I wanted my husband to have, not even a happy birthday with the dessert he ordered, and yes, I told the hostess before she sat us, that it was his birthday.
It will be awhile before we celebrate an occasion there again.
On the plus side, food is always good!

AE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good sushi, straightforward rolls, excellent nigiri, outstanding udon... what is not to love?

DW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service with excellent quality steak and sushi. Will always come back for more.

P
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The decor is one of the better in Kona, upscale feeling.

OT
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been to the Kenichi Aspen location more than a dozen times, and the quality of food and service is much worse at the Kona location.

R
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , customer service outstanding. The owner Mr Kanada is very pleasant, personable, I like him

T
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice here and helpful. Our waitress was funny and helpful in helping choose our items on the menu.

L
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love dining at Kenichi Pacific, we are always pleased with the food, the service and the ambiance. Jean and Larry Hull

KD
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As it always is. Kenichi was wonderful. The food, the amazing staff... just a terrific place for any occasion.