Kenichi Pacific

4.6
731 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 731 people are saying
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vipNaitoson
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Drinks were very good.

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Meet2eat
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. Loved the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!!

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HISeekerofdelicious
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding!!! To start, we ordered the New Style sashimi to go with the signature cocktails. They paired perfectly, but the New Style Sashimi is not for those that can’t handle heat. We loved it. It’s delicious!

The special of the evening was a fabulous roll. We also ordered a couple warm items. The miso black cod was perfect!

This is a great choice for anyone that lives sushi and fir those that don’t! There are great delicious cooked food choices too!

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Billy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food choices excellent. Great specials. Attentive Server.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the great variety of the menu. The service is attentive and efficient. This is always a great choice for dining in Kailua

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu variety is good

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SherriM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi was outstanding! We had a wide assortment and it was all great. Will definitely be back for more!

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vipPatG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a great sushi place and were not disappointed! The ahi sashimi was so incredibly fresh and a nice sized portion to share.

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vipLornaP
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.... service is great even when they are extremely busy.

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LynnC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Those in our party who had Sushi loved it. My steak was excellent. A little noisy but not too noisy to talk. We were seated immediately with our reservation.

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RazzinAz
Phoenix
74 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It began well but became very average after disinterested service, fresh but strange sushi specials and what tasted like ranch dressing on my ahi. Red wine was warm. I rejected one by the glass option and was presented with another with no introduction nor view of the bottle. I’ll go back to disinterested for the whole experience.

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vipLauraG
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal - it was just what we hoped for!

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Coffeepicka
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was my second visit to this establishment. After a 5-star first visit, I went again but was not very satisfied with my food. I ordered a filet mignon medium rare and arrived at my table well done. Also, the steak was 1/2 thick, not characteristic to a fine cut of filet meat. My friend ordered teriyaki chicken to which I found very good. Next time, I will order rolls which they are known for.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our family who’s visiting here. We LOVE THIS PLACE. 11/10

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Kuuipo808
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Easy to make reservations a few hours before. Service is great and the food is amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wait staff made the dinner!! Loved them and food too!

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vipJenn
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not worth the money! The food was mediocre and too expensive for what we got. Don’t order the seafood trio!! You get 2 medium size shrimps, 2 baby scallops , tons of onions and quarter size calamari steak for $32.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was our second visit in as many weeks. As in our first visit again we found they were out of a food item. I did not mention in the first review they were out of the appetizer Upside-down Dimsum, again they were out. I find this curious as we had relatively early reservations both times, 7:00PM. As far as the food goes, after being asked and then requesting my lamb medium rare, it came out well done. My wife’s fillet was also over cooked. She requested medium and it came out well done. The accompanying vegetable with the fillet was asparagus, 3 skinny spears. Mashed potatoes with both dinners were very bland. I do not particularly like complaining about food feeling fortunate at being able to enjoy the dining experience. However, Kinichi’s is not particularly cheap. They charge a top dollar and therefore should be held to a high standard.
The service is definitely lacking in all areas. Attention given by the waiter was intermittent. Getting drinks when ordered could take between 10 and 15 minutes. “The bar tender was extremely busy according to the waiter. They can use more wait staff and another bartender. To their credit they do have a help wanted sign posted at the front door, which should tell you something about the service.
The sauces are very flavorful and if the food preparation had been as requested perhaps I may have had a better experience but left as is I would recommend looking elsewhere especially at these prices.

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NovaN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food is always amazing, though I was disappointed they were out of the item I wanted to order. There was a very loud party on the opposite side of the restaurant throughout the entire meal. Sushi arrived well-before the appetizer. Service was ok, but not very helpful in alternative options to item that was out of stock. I'll still dine here again - probably earlier in the evening next time.

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terib
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

7pm reservation - ran out of special after offering it. 3 of 4 orders came out together, 4th was forgotten. for the price, food was okay. we understand it's hard to staff right now, but this was a mistake and rather than owning it, excuses were made, turning what started out as a good experience to meh.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maverick was awesome! Gave great recommendations and was very personable. I had the lamb for my entree, which he recommended, and it was DELICIOUS. We shared the chocolate lava cake for dessert which was perfect. Going back tonight!

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JoyceL
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening from starters to dessert. Service was excellent. Entrees were delish.

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KyleJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good! The quality of the fish was excellent and the dining room was very calming and relaxing. Love it!

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SUSANM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal!!! The lamb was best we've ever eaten. We each had something different and enjoyed every bite!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a hard one. No oysters, although on menu. Firecracker Shrimp appetizer was so/so, not very tasty. Ordered the Mahi Mahi special for the entree, after a few minutes waiter came back and said they were out, this with early dinner reservations. Couldn’t figure out why they were out of the evenings special so early. Ended up with the lamb chops. Excellent!! So you probably will not be disappointed in what you order, if you can get it.

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KunaM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waayyyy better than expected. Our first time trying it and it is now going to be a regular spot for us. 15/10 recommended. Great food superrr fast service couldn’t complain about anything

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vipValerieC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a birthday party and sit outside!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been a frequent customer for years I miss their smaller sesame salad The California roll was just so so The lamb was great maybe could ise some mint. The Black Cod rating 4 but could have been seared better Rice and miso soup very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service great food

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PatriciaC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations are definitely recommended. With limited seating due to COVID and a new influx of visitors, you need to think ahead. Our reserved table was ready on time and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food was outstanding. We ordered a range of items and each dish was beautifully presented and cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, expertly prepared dishes. The authentic flavor profiles gave my wife a deep feeling of nostalgia for the tastes of her (hawaiian/chinese) childhood. Our server, Maverick, was knowledgeable, personable, and timely. Great food and experience.

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Glenn
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the restaurant 2 days in a row. The first day was trying sashimi and sushi at the bar. Great experience and attentive bar tender. Second day we ate in the restaurant. The macadamia nut crusted lamb chops and filet mignon we're so delicious! This is a must visit if you are visiting in Kailua-Kona.

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vipDuckfans
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hit this place everytime we come to Kona - usually more than once. High quality nigiri and sashimi and fresh wasabi as an option. Alwasy fantastic.

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ChristineF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible service...waited for servicer to help us order after having our appetizers. Ended up leaving after waiting and left for another restaurant for dinner.
Very disappointed because this was recommended as the best sushi restaurant on the island...not the case.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fresh sushi, excellent service but give desert a pass

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KayP
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Took us 20 minutes for someone to take our order. Sushi was sliced thin & fell apart.
Served a tiny amount of wasabi & ginger so asked when served for more which never came.
Not going back

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vipKrisM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and informative staff.
Great drinks. Sushi was really interesting, wanted to try yuzu...Amazing dessert.
I think I must not like 5 spices so the duck was not for me. Lamb was very good.

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DavidD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had excellent service!!! Our waitress was accommodating and attentive. The food was a 4/5. We didn’t order the higher price entrees, and instead stuck to the sushi rolls, udon soup, salads and other yummy appetizers. That way we all enjoyed it fully without breaking the bank. Mahalo Kenichi Pacifica!

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Kenichi Pacific is rated 4.6 stars by 731 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.