Kenichi Pacific

4.6
954 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 954 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful dinner once again! Kenichi never disappoints. Brilliant food, wonderful service and amazing food. Would highly recommend.

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JulieP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, and always good service. The menu is extensive, so take your time ordering. We try to order something different everytime.

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TravelinMan
London
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really enjoyed this “shopping center” Japanese restaurant. We ate here twice in the week we were in this part of the Big Island. The special roll was different and delicious. Both sashimi and sushi combinations were fresh and tasty. It appears that whatever one orders, it will be prepared authentically.

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MrTrw66
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

While outside is more precautious for the coronavirus, inside definitely would have more ambiance.

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Beebs
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very poor service, burnt edamame? Entree before starter. Good salad and hamachi. Main fish dry, cold and nothing else on plate. Scallops not good. Rolls passable.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal! My albacore dish was full of delicious flavors, and our server was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great server. Very knowledgeable and gave excellent recommendations. Overall wonderful dining experience that didn’t break the bank!

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vipDelighted1
Dallas
153 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Miranda was awesome! Food was delish and we thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you and God bless

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The best duck I have had in quite some time. Would definitely go back if I visit the island again

JB
JohnB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our special occasion was noted by the chef! thanks

AY
AmYP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was wonderful. I have a life threatening allergy they were careful of which was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

At the beginning, service was subpar. Over 20 mins to get 2 cups of water.

They could tell we were not pleased.

Service was picked up, apologetic after making us wait.

Most of the food was salty. Dessert was good though

JK
vipJohnK
Vancouver
115 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another annual Kenichi experience - from conversations with manager Bebelyn , and having the pleasure of being served by our favorite and best server Maverick, we enjoyed the chef’s special kampachi entree, great wine and the to die for molten Lava Cake we throughly enjoyed our new years Eve experience

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Tom69
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love Kenichi’s. They have made a few cut backs that lessen the dinning experience. The Ono Tataki has been replaced with Ahi Tataki. I’d recommend going back to Ono. There is really no comparison. Also, the very delightful Dim Sum that use to be presented in bamboo steam bowls has been replaced with Up Side Down Dim Sum. I’ve tried the current item, and had trouble finishing the dish. It’s too heavy and lacks flavor. Initially, they removed the “fire cracker shrimp”, a signature dish, but it is back on the menu. It’s excellent. For New Year’s Eve, I had the Black Cod and Fire Cracker Shrimp. Both were amazing. My wife had the trio and miso soup. She said they were amazing. I ordered an excellent Chandon Sparkling split that was very nice. My wife ordered sparkling water with a twist of lime. The sparkling water tasted moldy. The fountain hoses probably need to be cleaned. Overall an excellent evening and food. We dine at Kenichi’s often and will definitely return. We’re just hoping they bring back the Ono Tataki and the steamed Dim Sum with the pork and shrimp. The service was excellent. Mahalo!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went to celebrate New Year’s Eve dinner. Overall good experience.

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dawg
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the sushi. It was very fresh and tasty !

RK
RobertK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Hostesses were a little rude but server was very nice. Sushi was mediocre but the desserts were excellent.

CC
CawCaw
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Slow service but good food

DS
DanS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Asian Fusion is nothing new these days but Kenichi's spin is a delight. The flavor of the sauces is where this restaurant shines.

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ChrisH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service. Delicious sushi.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I keep coming back every time I visit Kona.
I have food allergies but the staff and kitchen are 100% on it. I feel safe to eat here.
Number one for the best service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Sent my steak back too over cooked no worries - I hate doing that but Lindsey immediately corrected it and gave her most genuine apologizes and a delicious steak, Love this place will never stop going back.

MA
vipMARIAP
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We tried different dishes witch non of them was good as we expected! It was just uneventful… my cocktail was also very watery.. did not test good either!

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BarryG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good quality food, dessert, and even had fresh wasabi! Our server, Marisa was excellent! And this was during the busiest time of year, after Christmas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Family Reunion

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!!! Service was great! Food took forever to come out and when it did the mash potatoes in which the food was served was cold. Service was really good everyone was very friendly. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had a reservation for a large group; service was game and friendly, but a bit overwhelmed: our waitress was trying hard and did a good job with us given the circumstances. The starters (yellowtail sashimi and serrano, Kenichi Manapua, kara’age chicken, poke salad) were all excellent. Ribeye was delicious. Sushi rolls lacked a little balance (a little too much serrano pepper, for example) for several of us at the table. As a result of short staffing, people’s dishes arrived from the kitchen at different times, and one special sushi roll never arrived.

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vipBecky
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to make sure we had a nice place to enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner. Thus we wanted a reservation. Not the easiest thing to get in holiday Kona. We found Kenichi Pacific on line and obtained a 5:30 reservation. It was a bit of a cab ride from our condo but more than well worth it. The best food we’ve had thus far on our Christmas trip to paradise. It is a Japanese Fusion restaurant. Outstanding. I had the seafood trio (jumbo shrimp, scallops, and calamari) cooked to perfection. My wife hit the jackpot—Blue fin Tuna. Avail only twice a year and we hit one of them. The best sushi/sashimi EVER. It was so good we ordered another to take with us. It was just as good the next day. Kenichi Pacific should be a must on your next trip to lovely Kona.
Aloha

TJ
TJamesP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Miso black cod amazing. Little pricey for quality of food and location. Told no substitutions allowed before we even told them what we wanted.

JM
vipJanM
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service food was very good!

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EricS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was especially hospitable, knowledgeable, and efficient. Everything was exquisite, but the standout was the appetizer special, a salmon "collar." Desserts left us reeling (the good kind of reeling).

MB
MichaelB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and nicely presented. Our server was friendly and helpful. Food and drink was delivered in a timely manner.

MF
MatthewF
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic!! We started with a sampling of sushi shows California rolls and some shrimp on floor rolls. Both were wonderful but the California rolls were so good we got another serving of those. For dinner we had the ribeye which was one of the most flavorful steaks I've had in a long time. Cooked to perfection, presented beautifully, and bursting with flavor.

What a fantastic evening!

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AnneW
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jasmine was wonderful - the hostess -

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I's most favorite place for all occasions

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vipMemo
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great sushi, salads and seafood plate. Tempura was heavy.

Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again one of the best meals I have had to date. This is the place you go for consistency. They are incredible every time! So blessed to live in Kona and come here often. Sushi chef special always a hit and the special sashimi appetizer a staple. Love the molten lava cake too. You can’t go wrong eating here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoyed everything we ordered, all served quickly and well presented.

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chuckt
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

FAQs

Kenichi Pacific is rated 4.6 stars by 954 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.