About Kenichi Pacific

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!

78-6831 Ali'i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Season Hours;
4:30pm - 9:00pm 7 days/week
Happy Hour between: 4:30-6:00 PM daily except some major Holidays, up to 50% off all house sushi rolls in bar & lounge area only

Cross Street:
Kamehameha III

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 322-6400

Website:
http://www.kenichipacific.com/

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.

Parking Details:
We are located in Keauhou Shopping Center. We do have plenty of parking space.

Public Transit:
Keauhou shuttle
It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type
shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town
eight times aday.

Executive Chef:
Kenichi Kanada

Private Party Facilities:
Small Diningroom hold up to 14 people.
also we have Two out side patio(Covered) hold up to 20 and 30people.

Private Party Contact:
Ken Kanada: (808) 322-6400

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

Kenichi Pacific Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

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86% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (9)
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Happy Hour (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Romantic (7)
Healthy (6)
Cozy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Spicy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 2 days ago

Really good food, kind of funny service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always a great experience!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 4, 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.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent in every way!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Ok, so-so--other fusion words. Nothing too splendific in about Japanese spaghetti. So-so rolls--but I repeat myself.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a mix of favorites and chef's special dishes. The miso black cod, dynamite shrimp and avo-mac salad are old favorites that were as tasty as ever. The two specials, grilled fish and barely cooked ono were spectacularly flavored and a wonderful contrast. We have never had a disappointing meal here!

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We had such a lovely anniversary dinner. We have been to Kenichi many times even for our anniversary but this was the bst ever. The service was lovely and the food was so delicious.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server Cori made our evening extra special - and our meals were spectacular as always - service was a bit slow however that gave us a chance to enjoy our last night in Kona

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We drove for an hour and it was worth it. Great food and great service from Heather.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went here on vacation and enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Awesome, beautiful and the best! Thank you:)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We love Kenichi! They have a great happy hour. Regular prices are good for the location and quality of the food.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Another amazing experience - our server Bebelyn made our New Year’s Eve dinner spectacular- thanks again Kenichi

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We spent the New Year dining at Kenichi Pacific. We have been to the restaurant in the past and it is one of the hidden gems that most are unfamiliar with. Don't let the location (strip mall) fool you. If you like sushi, Pacific-themed food, or just a nice experience, I certainly recommend it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Decent sushi not the best I’ve ever had. It’s good for a quick casual bite.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A Merry Christmas to me dinner - as always sensational - I enjoyed the Ono Tataki, my server Ali’s personal favorite - highly recommended local favorite

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food, outstanding service, well worth the price. Next trip back to the Big Island, we will be going back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was not a pleasant experience. The food was salty. And we waited an hour for our fried rice to come. We didnt get any attention in the waiting time. We dont recommend people to go to this restaurant if you are in a hurry. Come only if you think it is worth to wait about an hour for some "just ok"food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very delicious sashimi, the appetizers lack volume- beef carpaccio was 6 slices for $18....a little pricey.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent food and service, yes it's pricey but for a special occasion it is well worth it. Extensive menu. We went for sushi (and have been there before) which was wonderful. Sat at the sushi bar and watched the chefs make it.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was excellent, sushi rolls were on a diet, so need to order lots of extra rolls. Option to order side dishes made it possible to try different things.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The experience at Kinichi’s was excellent and we really enjoyed our evening. This was our wedding anniversary so we chose this restaurant as we knew it would be a success. The restaurant offers a great menu for all but the seafood and steak are our favorite. The appetizers and drinks were all good as well, especially the sake. We will come back again soon.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We came for happy hour dinner with my mother who uses a walker due to hip surgery. The happy hour area was full and the only seating available was high stools or standing at the bar...which would not work for someone using a walker. The dining area only had one table occupied...but they would not extend the happy hour specials to the dining area..despite it being empty and the bar full with a 15 min wait...and my mom unable to sit on the high stools. Other wis ethe food was certainly good..although their appeared to be a bit light on wait staff and service was spotty and slow. I would have hoped Kenichis would have extended the courtesy of happy hour specials to the dining room...as teh bar was beyond full with a 20 minute waiting list..that would have been “customer service”..but that was not the case.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our meal was very good. Too bad our server was so unfriendly. We noticed every other server was happy and friendly. Maybe she was having a bad night, but it put a damper on our meal.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and service. Nice modern setting. We enjoyed the miso black cod, tuna sushi rolls, duck and ono tataki. All were excellent and we finished with bananas foster. Good cocktails and wine choices as well. All made for a very enjoyable evening. Similarly priced to the place up the hill in Keauhou but MUCH BETTER food and service here!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Creative special sushi rolls, very fresh sashimi, a calamari appetizer that is luscious and a molten chocolate cake that's a "destination" dessert make this a wonderful hidden gem in Keauhou. We go 2 or 3 times during our 2-week vacation every year. Our night's (Friday Dec 1) special was a sushi roll combined carpaccio, tempura shrimp, avocado and a few other ingredients. The favor combination was wonderfully harmonious! Enjoy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service was much to be desired but the food was good.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service was fantastic, wide variety of sake. Fish special was presented well, sushi was done well.

Teriyaki salmon tasted good, but a little well done. Presentation could have been tidier.

Dessert was good as well. (mochi and deep fried ice cream)

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Organic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had an excellent dinner at Kenichi Pacific. The food was very fresh and tasty, and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return again.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was a little better than I expected. Serving size, portions are small. Had the Toro nigiri and it wasn’t to my expectations.
The Chirashi had a little of everything with very small slices. Glad that I ordered some pupus/appetizers with the meal.
It’s a place that I’d say been there, done that.

Tags: Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Was difficult to find even with GPS, but we found it! Fantastic menu & great service. Would suggest better signage for night customers unfamiliar with area.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Salmon was over cooked and chicken was dry. Waitress was great. I was a bit disappointed. We have been there before and expected better

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We booked this reservation for 9pm 1hour earlier.,last Saturday & the booking was confirmed via Opentable.
However when we arrived at the Restaurant at 8.55pm, we were told that the Restaurant was closed at 9pm.I stated I had a booking confirmation for 9pm.The Front of House seemed Shocked & when she checked her System she realised that the booking was on the System.
She apologised profusely & made every effort to ensure the Chef & waiting Sttaff waited on,so we could have had our meal.
That is exactly what happened.We were very conscious of the situation & ordereed Swiftly, whilst it was a little bit hurried,we didn't mind cos we were acutely aware of the Staff waiting back for us. We had wanted to eat here 'cos for about 2 hours earlier I had researched heavily on Trip Advisor to investigate ,which restaurant to choose & We were really looking forward to eating here.
As it was 9pm,there was very little options available to us,so we did press hard for the Reservation to be honoured..
So we just want to acknowledge all the Staff that waited & cooked our food .It was delicious, We got the Rib Eye Terriyachi steaks with a Grerns dish.It was all fabulous.So a big Thank you to all at Kenichi Pacific for Sttaying Back.it was very much appreciated by two very Hungry Irish Tourist.Thanks again....The Food was delicious and this Rp
0estaurant totally lived up to its reviews for service,Friendliest & off Course Great Taste & Value.We would Highly recommended it,our Best food on The Big Island

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The overall experience was great, we will return when back in Kona. My main complaint was the service was very slow. Short staffed? Extra busy? Not sure but it took a long time to be served, receive beverages, main courses, etc.
My filet, although very tender, was way over cooked.

All in all, I do recommend Kenichi's

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

A truly impressive meal. Creative fresh food, excellent service and great array of choices.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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