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68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, KOHALA COAST, Shops at Mauna Lani, Upper Level No. 111, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9704 (Kaniku Drive)
+1 808-887-2711
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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175 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent business trip to the Kohala Coast area of the Big Island, I thought I should find a good Japanese restaurant - away from the hotels. I expect to be here more often in the upcoming year. This spot seems to fit the bill. While neither of the sushi chefs are Japanese, they've had good training and seem... More 

Thank JimmyMc
San Francisco, California
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177 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very busy joint during the night time Food is average at its best but services need to be improved The server will not attend you unless you grab them

Thank Eric J
San Francisco, California
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94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always come here for Thanksgiving. I know it sounds weird, but we don't want to eat at a GIANT BUFFET at one of the hotels. (The person who poured our water told us it was weird, too.). Usually we find the atmosphere warm and the food delicious. This time we were seated outside (it was beautiful weather) and it... More 

Thank kbs2001
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a casual business dinner and certainly enjoyed the food. The service was friendly if a bit disorganized. Just a little more attention to the dinner experience would make a big difference

Thank Tony C
Camarillo, CA
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96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined here as a party of 4 on a Friday night, our arrival night for a 5 day visit on the Big Island. Walked up without a reservation (knew we were rolling dice with that). Had about a 30 minute wait for a table (highly recommend reservations). Once seated service was superb. 3 in our party are vegetarians, and we... More 

Thank Randyhol
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were here on our honeymoon. Since we had been exploring the Island all day, we were late returning to the hotel and showering for dinner. I researched some sushi places still open on the Island (the majority of restaurants and places close at 9) and I used Open Table to make a reservation at Monstera. Because... More 

Thank Sydney B
Holladay, UT
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything was so fresh, and delicious. We started with some edamame, but the food came out quickly. My wife got the Yaki Soba, which were warm noodles that just hit the spot in between rolls. Spicy tuna with crunches, a Volcano Roll, and Spicy Hamachi Roll, were not too spicy, which was perfect for me.

Thank Eric R
Newport Beach, California
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So we were looking forward to dining here has we were at this restaurant in 2014 and couldn't wait to come back on our next visit. Well, this was our much awaited visit and it wasn't anything like we remembered. We wondered if it changed ownership, but we were told no. Food was fine but we just remembered it being... More 

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110 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great family meal here. No reservations, but got seated quickly. Steak was on the small side ( and already copped up for you ) for the price, but the Miso butterfish made up for that. Fresh sashimi, and sushi. ( kampachi ) was killer. Miso soup is a must, as well as the spicy salmon roll.

Thank DjVinyljunke
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow what a really nice little sushi /Japanese restaurant really close to the Fairmont orchid. My husband and I just flew in and wanted something small. We got the yakisoba and spider roll with miso soup. Food is spot on with a very nice presentation. Awesome service. Will likely be back but I would recommend reservations.

Thank Melissa H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, KOHALA COAST, Shops at Mauna Lani, Upper Level No. 111, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9704
    (Kaniku Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 808-887-2711

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?