Kenichi Pacific

4.4
391 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Season Hours;

Open 7 days/week, 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour between: 4:30-6:00 PM except some major Holidays, up to 50% off all house sushi rolls in bar & lounge area only
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Phone number
(808) 322-6400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kenichi Kanada
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Private party facilities
Small Diningroom hold up to 14 people.
also we have Two out side patio(Covered) hold up to 20 and 30people.
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Private party contact
Ken Kanada: (808) 322-6400
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Catering
Offers:

Full sushi station with your private Chef Kenichi Kanada
Bar station
Sushi, food/pupus & more

At least a week notice for smaller groups.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kamehameha III
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Parking details
We are located in Keauhou Shopping Center. We do have plenty of parking space.
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Public transit
Keauhou shuttle
It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type
shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town
eight times aday.
Additional
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
Reviews from verified diners
391 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
60%
Very Good
27%
Good
11%
Fair
0%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were looking for a nice sushi restaurant and found this special place. Interesting drinks on the menu. The food was fresh and quite good. Those who didn't want sushi found food to their liking. The waitress was friendly and polite. Even though the outdoor area was "mainly for happy hour," they were willing to set us up to sit outside even though we were eating much later than happy hour. It was a great experience.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Best place to eat in Keauhou. Visited numerous times and food and service is always good.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Nice sushi menu, plus a special roll. Decent sake list. Good value. Excellent service and coursing of our order, including dim sum.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The sushi was very fresh and the menu large. It was pretty pricey (and I am from SF, so that is saying a lot). Our bill was over $300 for two adults and three kids which includes 2 bottles of sake. The service was excellent and the ambience is nice.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Dinner was very good of course! Though the seared fish dish was a bit too raw for our friend's taste. Also, our waitress was not very friendly nor accomodating. Unfortunately tip was already included. If not for the food, this would have been a great meal!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Wonderful seafood, with flavorful sauces and beautiful presentations.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This place is outstanding! Great service, fabulous and fresh sushi. The only down side is that it’s in a mall, rather than an ocean view.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great pupus and service! I got the lamb chops and they were cooked perfectly.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Disappointing. Want variety choices not 6 pieces of same sushi. Entrees cold, sort of greasy. Seemed expensive for what we got. And....hot sake was just warm! This was an anniversary, wanted it to be special. Won't choose this venue again. Bar /happy hour very loud...we chose not to sit there because of that.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

This was our honeymoon dinner choice while on Hawaii. It was a truly memorable evening with amazing food and excellent service! Highly recommend checking this place out.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Horrible space and shopping center. Deserve better.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Definitely not a great meal here. The rolls were mediocre - the smoked "ahi" tasted worse than spam and the rainbow roll was just ok but took much mayo in the crab salad. The ribeye was dry and a very small portion for the price. We'll skip this place on our next visit.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Love love love Kenichis!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Always fresh and tasty

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food, ordered both off menu and evening specials. Good drinks. Excellent service from Pahoi (sp.)

Prices are a bit steep but not unusual for good food on the Island so within local range. Second time we have eaten here and we will go back again

Thank you

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We opted to order many different dishes from the appetizers and small plates. we were not disappointed. Everything was well seasoned and tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We have eaten sushi all over the world and Kenichi was on par with others. I wish we had been able to attend the happy hour as it was nearly half price. Try this place.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Kenichi's is our favorite restaurant in Kona. The service is always wonderful. The staff is very knowledgeable of menu items and their preparation. The food is amazing. We always try something new and we have never been disappointed. Kenichi's is always our first choice when dining with friends or recommending a place to visitors.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Chose to return here to celebrate three birthdays (2 girls turning 11) after a great meal earlier in the week. Food did not disappoint, truly great food and drink selection. Unfortunately, the servers ruined the meal. Quick to add 18% ($56) "TIP" to party of 4 adults and 3 children but somehow, despite notes on Open Table reservation AND a DIRECT request to the servers upon arrival, they never brought birthday dessert/candles to two VERY DISAPPOINTED young girls. Did not seem to show the slightest remorse or concern. Real shame to ruin a couple of young girls' birthday dinner because of laziness due to an automatic gratuity. That's why it's called a TIP, it's for good service not just for showing up.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food here is really tasty and the service is great. We've been here a few times on different visits to the island, and it's been a very consistent experience. I'd say it's quite reasonably priced for the quality.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A bit loud, otherwise loved it!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Good. Would have liked a wider range of specialty rolls. Should have featured Hawaiian influence about more. Throw in some pineapple in to the recipes. Mango in the rolls. Etc.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Would have been great except for the surly waitress!!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great creative fresh sushi. Mac nut crusted lamb chops are incredible. Expensive but worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Delicious Bananas Foster after a tasty meal.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The food is good but used to be better. Very poor beer selection for a bar. The Mai Tai was small and not very good. Service was just OK. No server when we wanted to order more drinks. The server did not check on us after the first round of drinks. We ordered drinks when dinner came. We were then almost through with dinner when the drinks came. It is quiet if sitting outside. We were basically happy with the food.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Simply delish and our server, Heather was excellent.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We thought the vegetable tempura was mediocre and expensive. The sushi rolls were small and tasteless.

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1.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Service was very slow waited 15-20 mins before anyone came to the table to give us water. Food is good here but the service was extremely slow. I would not come back to this place.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We had a delightful family dinner at Kenichi Pacific! All of our adult kids and son-in-law love sushi and they do sushi really really well! Kids were in hog heaven! Little of this, little of that, sharing back & forth, ooooing and aaaahhhhing! My wife, who is not a fan of sushi, had the duck confit and loved it! I did appetizers, the dynamite shrimp (simply Wowsville! Best shrimp I've ever had) and the pork & shrimp dim sum (which were also awesome & reminded me of the dumplings in Hong Kong).

Besides the outstanding food, the service was exceptional! Our server was Mele & she was vivacious, helpful, entertaining, and timely!

Everybody kept saying, "Why haven't we ever been here before?" We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We've been to this outstanding restaurant at least a dozen times. Doesn't that say it all?
The sushi rolls are creative and delicious, with a special one each night. Try the kakiyagi roll.
The ono main dish is amazing.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Really good food, kind of funny service.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Lobster sushi roll was a wonderful appetizer. Lamb was tender and flavorful. Mac crust on lamb was a delight!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day. Keniche was excellent, as it always is!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was nice
Music would have also been but there was none.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

This was my second time there and I loved it just as much as the first time. Comforting atmosphere! Staff are friendly!!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Always a great experience!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Pleasant find in the Keauhou Shopping Center. The waiter was great, very informative. The Sashimi and entrees were both flavorful and a delight to look at.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent in every way!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Our group ordered a variety of dishes to share including the black cod, dynamite shrimp, ribs, pork belly buns. The ribs and cod were especially tasty. The ribs were fall off the bone tender. We also had the avocado macadamia salad, some sushi and the duck confit. The duck confit was seasoned with 5 spice powder and was a winner. We had the fried ice cream for desert. I would skip that. Overall great dinner. Would go back.

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