Japengo - Maui
Japengo - Maui

Japengo - Maui

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.japengomaui.com/
  • Phone: 8086674796x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Lounge 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Restaurant Chef Gevin Utrillo/Sushi Chef Il Yuk “KAZ” Kim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We specialize in intimate private parties up to 50 people
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Natalie Murphy 8086674796x
  • Entertainment: 7 nights per week from 5:30pm-7:30pm located in the bar/cocktail lounge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kaanapali Parkway
  • Public Transit: Take the Maui Public Bus to Whaler's Village and then a short walk along the boardwalk, to the Hyatt Regency Maui.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary self-parking and validated valet parking is available at the hotel entrance
A word from Japengo - Maui
A sophisticated dining experience, Japengo draws on Hawaii’s freshest, locally grown products coupled with exotic ingredients from Pacific Rim countries. Located lobby level, guests can enjoy Japengo’s indoor and outdoor patio seating overlooking resorts waterfalls and famed Ka’anapali Beach, or watch as creative sushi is rolled to order in the chic Sushi Lounge.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Japengo - Maui reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (76)great for outdoor dining (69)romantic (66)special occasion (59)fit for foodies (50)hot spot (19)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (12)neighborhood gem (8)notable wine list (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Food was good, but not memorable
    JimSJVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wines by the glass were limited, and middle of the road
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic View,Food ,Service
    DebraVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was great we had the Hamachi Kama, the Swat Roll, the Dragon Roll ( Huge) , the Special for the night and dessert all was great the service was great the view the drinks. In face it was so good I went again another night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset Maui dining at its best!
    KSM1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We first visited Japengo several years ago, and had excellent sushi. Since we were staying nearby, we decided to walk along the beach and have a sunset dining experience. We had reservations for 5:45 pm and literally got the best table in the house...or I should say on the outdoor patio overlooking the ocean. The sun took its time setting, and we took our time dining. The Korean seafood pancake was a delightful surprise, full of calamari, shrimp, green onions and a slight spicy kick. Really too much for 2 people as an appetizer, but we wanted to try new flavors. The sushi was fresh, tasty and visually stunning. The servers were patient, and didn't rush us. We finished with an amazing dessert of Portuguese donuts with 3 sauces! Incredible!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner with a view
    MLE9111VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Japengo was a fantastic experience! The sushi was unbelievable and the service was outstanding. We had a table right on the edge of the restaurant overlooking the ocean. I would come back here in a heartbeat, even if I wasn't staying at the Hyatt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    foodbliss
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The staff was amazing! The ambience was fantastic. I wasn't fond of the country music playing in a Sushi restaurant a bit too loud but the staff was willing to adjust to make the dining area happy. The food was excellent. The appetizers are to die for. Nice presentation for sure! Comfortable atmosphere and beautiful view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & View, Terrible Service
    carson6768
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing. The sushi was so fresh it practically melted in our mouths like butter. The view was fantastic right by the ocean. The service was awful. She took 20 minutes to come back every time between greeting us, taking our drink order, taking the order for appetizers, taking our order for the entrees. Then, she forgot part of the order. Then she asked if I wanted a second of the drink I was having and brought me the wrong one. The only positive for the service was that she gave us that extra drink I didn't order for free and gave us the food she forgot free without me saying anything. I'd come back, but only because the food was so good and the view was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kanoelehua
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excited to try here after a few friends said this restaurant was good. Food was good but felt it was too pricey. Even the drinks. We sat in the corner which had a very nice view but felt forgotten because we had to wave our server down. Wanted a great dessert but was let down from the small choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Sunset Dinners
    Comingbackforsure
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great menu variety - we used the many small plates approach and were fortunate and impressed by all except the duck meatballs which were just too heavy for the rest of the light/fresh veggie/seafood items we ordered and the environment (warm outside sunset dinner on Maui). The sushi and rolls were top notch and, relatively, well priced for hand cut in a hotel restaurant in Hawaii (where everything can be expensive) If you're hungry, stick with the rolls, very generous 8 piece cuts. Many items are available as half orders and we be recommended for couples looking to explore new food. Overall worthwhile experience. We were not staying at the Hyatt and used the valet (complimentary if you validate at restaurant). We will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing view and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food, service and view were amazing here! We had the blackened ahi roll, eel and avocado roll and rainbow roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The dinner was very good and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi with a view
    oregonVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great outside dining along with very good selection of fresh fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing restaurant!
    HappyFIshVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were seated in the front row, over-looking the ocean and sunset. It was a beautiful setting to start things off. Then we were treated great by our server, Joey. He explained the menu well and helped us pick some amazing sushi rolls and entrees. This was the best meal we had on our 6 week trip. The sushi is the most fresh you can find and the fish entrees (mahi-mahi and salmon) were amazing. We chose to get the smaller portions and order more items, which was the way to go as we had to get dessert as well. Desserts were just as good as the first and second courses. The lavender scone shortcake was perfect! The guava cheesecake and Kaanapali pie were delicious as well. You MUST try this restaurant next time you are on Maui.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful sunset
    AsI415VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had to try this place while visiting Maui since the reviews were good. We arrived at 6pm and was seated with an ocean view. We were able to watch the sunset. The service here is great! Now on to the food... not sure what everyone was raving about. Everything was just ok and really overpriced. Then again it is located at the Hyatt Hotel.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch
    Onvacation
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Everything from the moment we walked in was perfect. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and were sat a one of the best tables for the sunset and told to feel free to walk around for pictures. We were never rushed. Our server, Wayne, was excellent. He had a sense of humor and personality yet was professional. He recommended out appetizer and both of our entrees. They were excellent (as I am sure everything else is as well). We both only ate half of our meals and took the rest for the next night (prices were up there, but they didn't skimp on portions-well worth every penny).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing sunset view
    PowayL4
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The view was great. The service was good. The food was ok. We have eaten here in the past and the food was much better then. The ribs didn't have much flavor. The salad was good. The tengu was good, not great. For the price of the food we expect much better food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NinailicVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I loved it and went back the evening after. Great food, fresh and light, unique wonderful flavors. Beautiful views and modern design. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great view
    alkoiv24VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Dinner here was very good and the sunset from the table was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Sushi and entrees
    Costa
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed fresh sushi along with drinks at the bar one night - delicious. Another visit we did the pre - fixed 4 course dinner. Great value and perfect portions. Not bad for a restaurant in the Hyatt. We tend to prefer locally owned restaurants and unique menus, but this did not disappoint. It does not stay open later either, like most restaurants in Maui.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Suki
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food, setting & service. Will go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, good service, meh sushi
    BrianS
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The view is breathtaking and the service is very good. My fiancé and I were celebrating our honeymoon. Thus, we wanted a romantic table at sunset. The Japengo staff did an awesome job of finding us a great table. We wanted to love Japengo; however, the sushi list lacked variety. Also, the choices included a lot of fried seafood. We would possibly go again, but only for the view and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MauiIibbyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always a pleasure, Japango is one of the best dining spots in Maui...service is superb, the food is excellent with many items offered with a lesser price on smaller portions that are ideal for sharing. High five to Japengo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rolls are perfect
    Shadow
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The California roll and spicy tuna roll are on par to any of the best Japanese restaurants in Seattle. I hope Japengo opens a restaurant in Bellevue WA. Thanks for the perfect evening and dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overlooked Sushi Bar
    DenverTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    While the crowds go up the road to Sansei, treat yourself to this super friendly sushi bar. The Itamae here can serve up the traditional sashimi or nigiri with the best, or make something very tasty and unusual for the more adventurous. Just say "Omakase" and enjoy the ride!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Japengo Fun
    luvfood22
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time here an was already stunned by the amazing view from the table. The service was decent, water was always filled. In regards to the sushi, the rolls were pretty good. Shrimp tempura was fine had plenty of that in California. The dragon roll was very filling and tasty. Spicy tuna roll was the star because it ha enough heat that didnt overpower the taste of the tuna. Sashimi was amazing. The salmon and ahi ahi were fresh and melts in your mouth. For dessert we got the malasadas. It was ok. Denser than the ones you would get from Yipee's but the yuzu sauce and the Kona chocolate sauce were tasty. Overall it was a great meal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience lost with H'cane Iselle
    RodneyfromNJ
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Meal may have been better if not for storm closing in, so restaurant that is normally an open space was closed off, that is half the experience. Food was okay - short rib was somewhat over cooked and dry.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful dining experience
    visitor
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    What a find! The atmosphere, the service and the food is all top notch. We enjoyed the assorted sushi rolls,with great suggestions from our server. We are going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi ever
    Zeusylocks11
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Definitely the best sushi we have ever had. It literally melts in your mouth. We both agreed that we would come back on our next trip even if we were staying an hour away. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable!
    UTFoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great Food! Great Service! Unforgettable Sunset! Amazing place to celebrate a special night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There is a wide variety of Asian dishes offered here. The staff is very friendly. The bar is lively and friendly too. This is a very popular restaurant and is located in the Hyatt hotel. Definitely make a reservation before you go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, quality presentation
    Alwayshungry
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Awesome staff! The fantastic, elevated beach scenery for sunset viewing (while having a glass of wine) was amazing. The pork was a little too salty so that's why 4 stars but still edible.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    Mauidining
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food, the sushi roll was delicious and our server was very friendly and knowledgable. Would definitely go again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend Japengo
    Celeste
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My family & I were in Maui for almost 2 weeks. Since we stayed at the Mariott along the boardwalk we enjoyed walking to dinner every night. Early on in the trip we heard that Japengo was the top rated restaurant for sushi. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed the food so much that we went back 2 more times. Twice we had Dave as our server and he was efficient and knew about everything on the menu. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hands down, best dinner in Maui.
    JennyDVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We tried Japengo after reading the OT reviews, all positive and decided to give it a try even though we weren't sure about a hotel restaurant. We need not have been concerned, Japengo is gorgeous. The decor and views are spectacular, particurlarly at sunset and the entire staff so friendly. Live music and cocktails were amazing and the sushi could not have been more fresh. My husband had the Manilla Clams to start and the broth was so good we wanted to drink it. The Pho was some of the best we have had and our server, Bobby was impeccable. We loved our dinner so much we are going back tonight, which we almost never do when on vacation. Best dinner we had in Maui, by far and happy to enjoy our last dinner on the island there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food! Joey is the man
    DakineRaul
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you love sushi, this place is awesome. It's got an open view to the ocean and beautiful Maui sunsets. Joey was our server and was able to provide exceptional service. He was also able to make great recommendations. The Alaskan Cod appetizer was to die for. There was also an appetizer with hamachi, watermelon and lychee fruit pearls that was super tasty. Presentation was fantastic, I had to take pictures. We loved it! Thanks Joey!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Another Day in Paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Having always been a major sushi fan, I was hoping that the offerings would not disappoint. They didn't. As fabulous as the sushi (and presentation) was, the icing on the cake was the beautiful oceanside view and the exceptional, friendly service. Fine dining al fresco, beachside in Maui at sunset. All-in-all, this was an exceptional dining experience on all levels.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi restaurant
    Californiaof5
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Looking for a great sushi restaurant in the area of our resort and we were pointed in this direction. We were not disappointed and will return during our next visit to maui.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely dining
    tessatwo
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We enjoyed our visit and the food was excellent. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    PHcoupleVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had sushi selections with family, several had cooked selections, all superb, fresh, innovative. Plus a beautiful setting by the ocean
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is a fantastic restaurant if you are in the mood for sushi. The sushi is one of the best I've had. Great view of the sunset and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gorgeous views!
    GoToMauiVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    If you're staying in Kaanapali, take the time to enjoy the walk down to the Hyatt. Begin by having a cocktail and enjoying the view. That alone is enough for 5 stars. The service is excellent-- friendly and attentive. My husband had the filet which he liked a lot, and my son and I had sushi (dragon, rainbow and tengu rolls and eel sushi). The soft shell crab inside the dragon roll was burnt, so that ruined that roll for me, but the other rolls were good. We finished with a choc chip martini for my husband (delicious!) and Kaanapali pie. The dining experience was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.