Restaurants

Top Choice Sushi in Hilo

Takenoko Sushi

Reserve a spot at this superb eight-seat sushi bar a year in advance. For the long wait, you're treated to the upper echelon of Japanese cuisine, with top-quality fish (mostly flown fresh from Japan), a spotlessly c…
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Restaurant Kenichi

For delicious, untouristy dining, Kenichi has it all: Japanese comfort food, high-volume flavor, cheerful staff and a simple dining room crowded with locals. Favorites include steaming ramen bowls made with house da…
Japanese in Hilo

Kanpai

Hip Kanpai looks slick enough for Brooklyn, but it is mellowed with Hilo's small-town camaraderie, easygoing attitude and Pacific fusion soul. The specialties are ramen, sushi and sake. With Japanese and Korean infl…
Japanese in Hilo

Miyo's

A longtime local favorite, Miyo's is known for delicious home-style Japanese meals and nightly crowds. Try classics such as grilled ahi or saba (mackerel), crispy tempura and tonkatsu (breaded and fried pork cutlets…
Sushi in Hilo

Ocean Sushi Deli

For cheap sushi in a sit-down space, you'll do OK at this longtime joint. For variety, try the special rolls, such as Poke Macnut or the Banzai Natto with natto (fermented soybean), ahi and ume (pickled plum). Full …
Sushi in Hilo

Dragon Kitchen Sushi

For fresh, inexpensive sushi to go, don't miss this little counter near the downtown farmers market. Rolls and nigiri are made to order with brown rice only. Expect standard rolls such as spicy ahi and salmon avocad…
Japanese in Hilo

Tamari Japanese Lunch Shop

Seeking value-priced, home-style Japanese takeout? This tidy little shop turns out yummy bento in three sizes, a welcome option for light eaters or kids. The Japanese owner-cook-server focuses on comfort food, such …
Sushi in Hilo

Sushi Ebisuya

For inexpensive sushi in a cozy setting, this hole-in-the-wall is sure to please. Order rolls and nigiri sushi à la carte or in generous combos (up to 30 pieces) for two. Focus on locally caught fish such as ahi and…
Japanese in Hilo

Restaurant Miwa

Hidden in a mall, Miwa is a low-key standby for Japanese cuisine and sushi. Sadly, the food is hit or miss (and rather pricey), so stick to the reliably fresh sushi and sashimi or hot-pot dishes, such as yosenabe (s…