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“Its name should definitely be included in all guidebooks”

Shimaichi sushi kona
Ranked #37 of 307 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi
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Reviewed 18 August 2018

You can sit right outside in a sort of open-air anteroom, or enter through the doors and sit in the actual anteroom, or open the inner doors and head to the counter where there is no seating. The place has a plucky, rustic, charm to its decor as if the eatery is bravely holding onto its principles of excellence. Indeed it is. As the menu notes, this is a family run establishment with a dedication to providing good food, your meal is prepared with care, and you might need to wait for fifteen or more minutes for your order to be fulfilled. And the offerings are good but very reasonably priced -- much lower priced than on the mainland. The large samplers are a great way to get started and you can supplement them with one of the house specialties. They do not take reservations for seating after 7:45 p.m. as the restaurant closes at 8:30; but nobody rushes you while you are there. The service is smiling and accommodating. Parking is tight and for-pay, so they will credit you for two hours' worth. One couldn't ask for more.

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Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Combo plates that are great to start, then add a specialty roll or two. Compliment with hot saki or Kirin Ichiban and you have a very reasonable, very delicious meal. Uni is very good, as is the Kona Sunset roll. Parking behind the building is paid parking but you get the first 2 hours free. We didn’t need more than that on a Sunday @6:00. $2/ hr after the free 2 hours. In a little strip mall on the corner of Kuakina Hwy and Hualalai Rd, right in front of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. EXCELLENT friendly service!

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This sushi is seriously good (and we're sushi snobs) - especially their specialty rolls. The prices are unreal and we expected subpar fish but were encouraged by all the reviews. We couldn't believe how good it was. As others have mentioned, there can be a wait. Just go with it. The wait is because they only have 2 sushi chefs who make every order completely from scratch and a lot of people who want their sushi. The first time we waited 45 minutes (after they warned us it would be an hour) and the second time we had our meals within about 20 minutes. However you look at it, it's worth the wait!

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

The sushi is very good, the staff very friendly. We payed around 40$ for two persons incl. drinks and miso soup + edamame as starters.

Thank Jan H
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We were on our way back to Kona from a day in Hilo. We wanted something tasty to take back to the condo with minimal fuss. My wife found this place on her phone so we ordered for pick up as we drove through town. We had a couple of things we ordered & then for a couple of items my wife said "Give us whatever is fresh". Well - that was a great choice - we had some great sushi. Being from California I really liked that they used avocado in the mix, but the fresh fish was the highlight of the meal. I'd make a beeline to the place if I wanted sushi next time I'm in Kona.

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Thank Bob D
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