Kenichi Pacific

4.5
898 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 898 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after wedding. Amazing food! Lovely service. Thank you very much!

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vipMKMN
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - a fun experience.

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vipCarolVM
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The sashimi is so fresh and beautifully presented. If you enjoy calamari, you will be delighted by Kenichi’s. I finally tried the duck confit this visit, and thought it was a fabulous asian-french fusion.

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Brian
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th visit to this restaurant over a span of 15 yrs. First of all, have to give recognition to the fact that it is still there. Has always been in the same easy access location, same as always excellent food, same as always great environment. After all of the years I’ve come out to Kona and with all of the change I’ve seen occur this place is a diamond, a gem that always shows its value and delivers on it.

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NJEW
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Firecracker shrimp appetizer is always my favorite so glad to see it back? I enjoyed the filet enormously - three kinds of mushrooms, asparagus and mash. Steak was tender and perfectly cooked. My friend had the special sushi roll of the evening - black tuna and an asparagus roll. Our waitress was so friendly and sweet and the service was very fast.

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Brock
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi created by those who know the craft. Dispite Americanized rolls there are still some traditional sushi and negeri on the menu which were superb. Cocktails were delishous and creative.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visitors from mainland.

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vipPamelaH
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Went for a birthday celebration. Total Disaster! Everything we ordered got messed up. Wrong beer, wrong size hot saki, forgot other cocktail orders, didn’t get the right sushi rolls, forgot other sushi rolls, wouldn’t add side dishes we wanted and waitress slopped juice from finished appetizer as she removed dish from the table. Almost got sauce all over our clothes! Service was very messed up, slow, negligent and not experienced. Way overpriced. We were all extremely dissatisfied. And no birthday celebration either.

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LindaM
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We are always happy with the food and service at Kenichi's.

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Steve
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh fish, expertly prepared. Nice selection of non-sushi dishes. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. A treat!

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vipHISeekerofdelicious
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We go out of our way to eat dinner here! It was once again worth the effort! The raw as better than the cooked items we ordered.

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Christina711
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just visiting our daughter who lives in Captain Cook

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

In Kona. Excellent service and delicious food.

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Mermaid
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to go for. Nice dinner with great service

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KathryneK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the most wonderful time! Kenichi is so gracious and hospitable and makes sure everything is to our liking. The food is super excellent quality - honestly what a treat. Our waiter Maverick is the best wine glass filler ever :) We had a special and memorable birthday dinner. Thank you Kenichi and staff!

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Brock
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dry friendly, professional staff. Food is great every time we visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was fabulous

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vipJohnK
Vancouver
109 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

once again a lovely evening with great food, great service (and a special thank you to our server Maverick)

we enjoyed the albacore tataki, and seafood trio, and great wines

Thank you again Kenichi for the great dining experience

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vipHappyCamper
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service. Great experience.

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SherriM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I visit the Big Island, I make Kenichi Pacific a must do. The sushi and sashimi are divine and the service is always top notch. My friend always orders the lamb and loves it!

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Tom69
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We’ve eaten several times over the years and think Kenichi’s is one of the best restaurants in Kona. I hope they bring back the “fire cracker” shrimp and the dim sum in the bamboo steam containers. The menu has changed slightly and with everything going on that’s understandable. I ordered the filet medium rare, but it was served medium well. My wife ordered the Ono Tataki, but ended up being tuna. It was good, but better with Ono. BBQ Ribs were superb. Miso Cod was excellent. Service was perfect. Attentive but not overbearing. Overall an excellent evening. We will return often.

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KonaGrrl
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
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
99 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
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
6 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
195 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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Kenichi Pacific is rated 4.5 stars by 898 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.