Kenichi Pacific

4.5
877 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 877 people are saying
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KonaGrrl
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been to this restaurant many times. This time we went with friends. We all ordered different things. The flavors, as always, were excellent, but my husband felt that he didn't really get much value for his order of ahi sashimi. There are other restaurants that we go to that serve a larger portion.

On the other hand, my fried tofu taster was excellent and they were able to change out the smelt aioli on the Austin roll to regular aioli to make it vegetarian without any problems. Our friends each had the miso bass taster and we had pickled vegetables for the table (yummy!) The server recommended a wonderful bottle of sake for the table, which we very much enjoyed.

Because of COVID, we chose to eat outside. Not the best ambiance, but acceptable.

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vipPetey
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service, ambiance and food were excellent. We enjoyed the chirashi and tempura udon. The sashimi was so fresh and delicious. We enjoyed a special order of blue fin toro nigiri sushi and our friends never had enjoyed it before.
The tempura was fried to perfection with a very light batter snd the dashing and udon were outstanding as well.
We drove from Waikoloa to eat there and it definitely was worth the drive.
I highly recommend the restaurant if you want fresh fish!

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JJJJJJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointed in the quality of food. Also the number of scallops in the scallop dish was minimal. Play me a steak was very average possibly blowers because it was not that tasty and was well cooked on the outside. Also mashed potatoes on the side or somewhat cool and not satisfactory

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience, from the time we arrived to the time we left was very splendid. We were tended to in a very timely manner and the service was beyond excellent. The food was amazing to say the least, we're already planning our next visit there with a good idea of what we're going to order. The staff were kind and friendly. We highly recommend and rate our experience 1000/10!!

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WendyG
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, attentive and kind service, clean, would definitely recommend.

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vipMarilynB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hostess was really rude so we left without

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Brock
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenichi Pacific is one of our favorite Resturaunts on the Big Island. Always a first class experience. The staff are knowledgeable, professional and helpful. The facility is clean. The food and service is predictably great!

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DaveB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A don’t miss when on the Big Island. Great food, good value & friendly service. Lots of close parking too. We’re foodies with over fifty years of Islands experience.

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BillH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony, is the Best sushi chef on the island. Servers were great, and we picked the right time for dinner before it got to busy. We have always had a great experience

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vipCraigY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Made a reservation weeks in advance for my wife’s birthday. We arrived a few minutes early and patiently waited outside the front door as the instructions on the glass entry door requests. It was hot and humid and, even after the hostess finished helping a customer, she never invited us in. So, we went in ourselves and one of the servers rudely cut in front of us to say “hi” to someone and then shut the door before my daughter could enter the restaurant. Once we safely got inside, the hostess said she could only accommodate us outside due to COVID restrictions. Yet, the restaurant booths were all filled with people sitting back to back and there were empty tables in the middle of the restaurant and she refused to accommodate us on those tables. Since it was my wife’s birthday (which we made clear in our reservation), we were dressed nicely (easily the best dressed in the restaurant) she said either we sit outside or we cannot eat there. She then left us and, I’m assuming went to speak to someone, then when she returned, she said they can arrange the tables to accommodate us but it could be a 15-30 minute wait but she couldn’t guarantee anything. At this point, we decided to leave and eat somewhere else. Others may have had a wonderful experience here but ours was a disaster and, personally, I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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GMRjr
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have eaten at Kenichis many times and never been really disappointed. The sushi is superb and the dinners very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great japanese food

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waitress was not too polite. She split soup on table in front of him n didn’t even apologetic. Just mopped it up n did not ask if he was ok

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DougE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only thing missing is an ocean view, but the food and service are excellent and more than make up for it

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vipCrew
Los Angeles
194 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic evening with the family while on vacation. So many choices, several rolls and some "regular" meals were shared by all. The food was very good, paired with great condiments, lovely service, andan overall fun evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with plenty of tasty options. Service staff was fantastic. In addition to enjoying the daily specials, the rest of the food was perfectly prepared and really enjoyable. We will happily return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenichi’s is our favorite local restaurant!

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vipdininginPDX
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always order the specials because they are always fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenichi’s best dish is the New Way Sashimi. The citrus, chiles and tuna are so good together, its like magic.😊

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Debi
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service! We are never disappointed.

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sushi was good, but not world class. Service was excellent. Ambiance was ok - it’s in a shopping plaza so not much they can do in the outdoor area. Overall very nice sushi restaurant that will meet most expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and friendly staff. Would definitely dine here again.

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AMYT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh flavorful sushi, tasty rolls, fabulous roasted edaname.

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vipBos2288
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Kenichi Pacific is amazing. We are willing to drive 40 minutes to get to the restaurant when on Hawaii and we were rewarded once again with great Japanese cuisine and beautiful sushi. Totally worth extra effort to dine at Kenichi Pacific.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food here never disappoints! Always delicious. Service was not great this time. But usually service is on point with food. This is a must stop for me and my family when in Kona!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible sushi, good menu, great service. 10/10

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Overpriced, tempura fair, entree overcooked . Lettuce subpar on salad (iceberg).

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Berna
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service excellent. Good Food. Late for reservations, but restaraunt very accomodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenichi’s is our favorite local restaurant!

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NancyB
Tucson
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was very tasty & service was excellent! We didn't feel rushed at all & had time to rest & digest between courses. We decided on sushi special to start & seafood trio & ono for mains then ice cream & sorbet for dessert. All quite nice.

Our cocktails were yummy as well 😋

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josiah
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great food and on every trip ive been there so far have had an excellent server.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was mom's birthday..but they didn't mention about it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Smaller portions. Perfect for me, I know my husband could've eaten more

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vipKenjiH
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall very good.







Overall very good. The sushi rice was a little on the wet/heavy side but acceptable. The sashimi was properly fresh and presented well. My wife had their signature duck confit and was pleased. I ordered the chirashi which had a nice variety of sashimi . Highly recommend the molten cake-delicious!








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Rickyt
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Nice patio but no view. Very nice experience overall

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

I was disappointed to see our server didn’t have a real mask on. It was perforated to where I could see her lips. Which means it’s not effective in blocking germs… which is the key purpose of masks.

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vipBKSpaceman
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I’m sure this restaurant was once legendary, but the glory has faded. The famed duck confit was a bone dry, gristle mess with barely a hint of seasoning. The miso cod was overcooked. And the sushi was terrible. The toro was a little bit slimey, and the mackerel was absolutely on the verge of spoiling. The uni was served nearly room temperature and the nori was chewy and toothsome. But let’s discuss the terrible rice. No vinegar, not warm enough, brittle and falling apart under the nigiri. There is no excuse for bad rice at a reputable sushi restaurant. Shame on the cooks in the kitchen and behind the sushi bar; they should know better. The staff is very well-intentioned but the pandemic has definitely left them a little short. Patience is key for your experience here as everything takes awhile. I imagine Kenichi being fine under normal conditions, but currently it’s a hard pass. I won’t be back for another go. Life is too short for such an expensive yet mediocre meal.

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RodneyP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We unfortunately left a bag, they actually called us, wow it was amazing, we went back to pick it up

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dining experience. Outstanding service, food and atmosphere. The sushi was fresh and done perfectly. The molten lava cake was delicious.

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vipTheRaven
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi - fresh and delicious. Great saki selection.

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Kenichi Pacific is rated 4.5 stars by 877 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.