Fodor's Expert Review Kenichi Pacific

$$$ Kailua-Kona Japanese

With black-lacquer tables and lipstick-red banquettes, Kenichi offers a more sophisticated dining atmosphere than what's normally found in Kona. This is where residents go when they feel like splurging on top-notch sushi, sashimi, steak, and Asian-fusion cuisine. The signature rolls are creative, especially the always-popular Dynamite Shrimp. To save a buck or two, go early for happy hour (4:40 to 6:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday), when sushi rolls are half-price, or hang out in the cocktail lounge, where menu items average $6. Its shopping center location feels like a secret, but it's worth seeking out.

Japanese Intimate Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

78-6831 Alii Dr.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii  96740, USA

808-322–6400

www.kenichipacific.com

Known For:
  • Upscale dining at much less than resort prices
  • Happy hour discounts on sushi
  • Cheaper lounge menu of small plates
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch

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