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“very fresh”

Wasabi's Japanese Cuisine
Ranked #123 of 287 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“very fresh”
Reviewed 4 July 2013

Intimate, very fresh fish, attentive service. It's off the main road so it's quiet. A little hard to find, but worth seeking out.

Visited June 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
San Diego
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Consistently GOOD”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

We have been to Kona-Kailua for a number of years. Our last visit was in 2010. Back then we came to this place twice. It is tucked away from the hussle bustle and a nice reprieve in a simple yet casually elegant Japanese restaurant. We have always had GREAT service and GOOD food. The prices seem reasonable too.

This year we wanted to maybe try a different place but low and behold it was NOT open when we wanted to eat, around 4:00pm..after the beach and before going back to the time share. Yes, we were the only ones there at that time but then I got my favorite spot. The menu has changed some. They now have a live grill service for dinner but we opted for what we normally get, chicken terriyaki and tempura. This time we tried the crab california rolls as well and it had real crab, not the fake stuff. Yum, yum. The service was great, the food yummy and the ambiance, home-y. Others started to come too after 5:00pm. It is suggested to do reservations if you want the live cooking experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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SLC, UT
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205 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Underwhelming”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

We had dinner around 8 pm on a Monday night and while it was not busy, there were a few other couples and a couple of people at the bar. There was only one server and she seemed to be having trouble keeping up. We waited for a table to be cleaned for us and then waited some more for menus and then waited even longer for water. She was polite but certainly not friendly. We started with a couple of beef and fish skewers which were delicious. The sushi rolls were large and fresh. They were good but nothing special. We decided to skip dessert since we'd had to wait so long for everything else. Overall it was good food but the service left something to be desired. Maybe it was just a bad night.

  • Visited May 2013
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dallas, tx
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164 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great sushi place in Kona”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Very fresh sushi in downtown Kona. It is a very tiny place but it's big on flavor. Try their fresh wasabi--way better than the green paste at other places! Casual place for sushi lovers.

  • Visited May 2013
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seattle
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114 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Small Treasure”
Reviewed 23 May 2013

There are a few sushi restaurants in Kailua-Kona, but this one is a gem. Always fresh sushi, they don't use the junk cuts for their rolls, their California Rolls are made with excellent crab....not the fake stuff, and one nit we even got incredible fresh marlin sushi, fresh from the ocean!

It's small, but we like that. No waiting, good service, fun atmosphere.

Try the guava juice with lime. Yummy.

  • Visited May 2013
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