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Nori's Saimin & Snacks

#32 of 186 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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688 Kinoole St, Ste 124, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-3877
+1 808-935-9133
10:30 - 00:00
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Sun 10:30 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 10:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 00:00
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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I love noodle soup and the saimin here filled us up. We ordered the small bowl saimin special - which included chicken on sticks and extra nappa cabbage. The broth was flavorful and it was a generous portion of noodles.

Thank May825
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Loved the food. Great place to go for sampling local delicious saimin noodles. The place is very local, so manage your expectations about the atmosphere. It could definitely use a fresh coat of paint and some updating.

Thank Joe S
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I ordered the hilo style saimin, small size and it was delicious, simple and large for a small. My hubs had the same but in the large size, ample portions and delicious flavor. My only wish is that the service wasn't so harried, and they had more spicy options. Do not miss the mochi chocolate cake loaf, so delicious!!

Thank Marissa A
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Nori's has always cooked up tasty local-ish food. After sampling the Tsukemono Salmon at the Bite of Hilo I had to try it in their restaurant. It is excellent . . . they have combined two seemingly incongruous ingredients into a wonderful entree. The restaurant isn't fancy and it's a bit hole-in-the-wall-ish, but the food is tasty, and I like... More 

Thank Tim D
Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Big servings! Selection to suit everyone's desire. Japanese style like Shoyu butterfish. American like Hamburger Steak coming out on a sizzling cast iron plate.

Thank Aimee Y
Bellingham, Washington
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

This is a true Hawaiian restaurant. It took me back to my childhood on Oahu. The food was over the top. Atmosphere is not going to win any awards but the food and the low prices make up for it.

Thank TimeIVFamily
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by a local lady in Lyman museum for best saimin in Hilo. The restaurant did not disappoint. We loved Hilo style saimin, and came back the next night. This time, we tried something different: Korean hot pots with Unagi and bibimbop. Great, hearty home style food. I can compare it to Manago on Kona side... More 

Thank Max R
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

This is your classic old fashioned local food restaurant. They sell chocolate mochi and other goodies at the counter and Hello Kitty stuff everywhere. I love the candy machines at the booths. They serve Japanese, Korean, Hawaiian ol' skool fusion....before fusion was a 'thing'. My favorite item is the Nori burger and small saimin combo. It's a teriyaki hamburger with... More 

Thank webwahine
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

I was visiting family in Hilo and were deciding on where to have lunch. Kaleo suggested Nori's. I had the large Saimin with "Hilo" style noodles. Wow! Very, very good. I almost could not finish it..... Almost. The food, the atmosphere, the patrons, the hospitality all reminded me of my childhood on Maui. A very different time in Hawaii. The... More 

Thank Micah A
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

I choked and another person I was with, started to have a runny nose. Both were historical reactions to too much MSG.

Thank Pohaku

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 688 Kinoole St, Ste 124, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-3877
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-935-9133

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?