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Tamari Japanese Lunch Shop

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22 Furneaux Ln, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2828
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Hilo, Hawaii
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very nice man from Japan serving home made Japanese plate lunch specialties. Every day something home made.

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Thank lippoldfineart
Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

I eat here almost every day, and have tried almost all the menu items. I've loved every dish I've tried! Can't beat the super reasonable prices either.

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Thank Kristin L
Seattle, Washington
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97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

The owner works the counter and cooks the food. He cooks small batches, so nothing sits for very long. We came after the lunch rush, and the specials (as well as most lunch selections) were gone. No big deal - the owner whipped up something yummy for us fresh and hot. When he learned that one in our party was... More 

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Thank jag_in_the_box
Hilo, Hawaii
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2015

Although it's a small take out place with difficult to find parking place, it has the best vegetarian lasagne, best everything. And you can't beat the prices. If I could, I'd go back everyday to have lunch.

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Thank Europe02
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015 via mobile

One guy who does everything. Cooked my ten-don bowl right there infront of me, so fresh, tasty, not oily at all!!! Very polite owner, i did not have to wait long for my food. Loved the sushi! So fresh & ono!!!

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Thank Leimomi Bronson... K
Carmichael, California
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

This place is very small -- only three tables. We had sushi one day there and it was delicious! Also, the small space assures you will talk with any other patrons while you are there. We were so impressed with the quality that the next day we returned, selected a different set of rolls, and took them home for dinner... More 

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Thank Kitty4805
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is a small inexpensive take-out only lunch shop that opens for a few hours. I ordered the ten don bowl which was made fresh as I watched. The shrimp and vegetables had a light batter and were perfectly cooked; not oily at all. It was served on a bed of rice, choice of brown or white, with tsukemono and... More 

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Thank CM808CM
Waimea, Hawaii
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

They do not have tables or chairs for dining in, but their food is of restaurant quality. Fresh and detail oriented. The only problem is the "owner chef" can have this place open only for 4 hours a day (between 10 and 2)! If you are around the famous Hilo farmer market between 10 and 2, remember to take out... More 

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San Jose, California
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101 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Tamari's is a little hole in the wall place with outstanding home style food. lunch take out only. we found it by asking a local where they liked to eat. tips: get there early, as he makes his sushi wraps ahead of time and puts them out ready to go. we arrived a little after 11 am and the sushi... More 

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Thank daveb914
CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

A tiny lunch take out place with carefully crafted bento, handrolls, and other cook-to-order items. Price is extremely reasonable. Many locals patrons. No tables and chairs, just a small counter top. I wish there is one in my hometown.

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Thank gd2know

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese
Meals
Lunch
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Furneaux Ln, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2828
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo

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