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“Gourmet Japanese Cuisine on the Big Island”
Review of Imari

Imari
Ranked #34 of 69 Restaurants in Waikoloa
Price range: US$20 - US$40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Queen K Hwy & Waikoloa Beach Dr
Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Gourmet Japanese Cuisine on the Big Island”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Tried this restaurant with friends after being highly recommended. It was one of those meals that turned into a true culinary experience, I think partly because I have never eaten authentic Japanese food before. Atmosphere was inspiring without being intrusive. Service was excellent. Everyone loved their dishes. I tried the Teryaki chicken bentos which included a chef’s choice of appetizer, sashimi, zaru soba, miso soup, shrimp and vegetable tempura, tsukemono, steamed rice, and a dragon fruit sorbet, all for $40. I did not know what half the stuff was that I was eating but it was all delicious. Also had sake with our meal. Overall not a cheap place to dine but very worth it. Highly recommended!

  • Visited June 2013
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Los Altos, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good teppan-yaki dinner”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

We had an excellent shrimp, scallops, and fresh fish dinner. Conveniently located in our hotel. Good service as well.

Visited July 2013
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Palm Harbor, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Teppanyaki Chef bored!”
Reviewed 7 July 2013

The table-side cooking experience is made by your chef. Ours could not have been more bland. It was evident that he was merely "going through the motions".

The other chef on the other table was great! It was a good thing we had a coupon for this meal, as it would have been really poor value for the price.

For the location, setting and the price, they need to pick a better chef!

Visited July 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“open flame law kills many dishes”
Reviewed 6 July 2013

Imari is one of the best restaurants on the big island. Sadly because of the new open flame law insurance companies will no longer insure the restaurants for have an open flame at their table. one can no longer order Shabu Shabu or Sukiyaki which were outstanding. Their fish is always fresh and the service is a 10.

  • Visited June 2013
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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

This is a typical resort middle of the road restaurant with massively inflated prices and mediocre food.
Choose another restaurant is my recommendation or pay top dollar for average to below average food.

  • Visited June 2013
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