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Japengo - Maui
Japengo - Maui

Japengo - Maui Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Maui.Hyatt.Com
  • Phone: (808) 667-4796
  • 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: Seafood, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Restaurant Chef Gevin Utrillo/Sushi Chef Jay Ledee
  • 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: Mitch McDonald (808) 667-4796
  • Entertainment: 7 nights per week from 6:30pm-8:30pm 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Had sushi selections with family, several had cooked selections, all superb, fresh, innovative. Plus a beautiful setting by the ocean"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "First let me say that the restaurant was very attractive with terrific views of the ocean. The service was good. The problem was the food was overpriced and left a lot to be desired. For the price and view I would go to Mama's Fish House. The food there doesn't fall short of expectations."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We came here twice during our stay, we tried the Blackened Ahi roll, Lahaina roll, Spicy tuna roll, & we were addicted to the Maguro(thick slices of Ahi) We also ordered the Korean Seafood Pancake, Ribeye & the surf & turf was a special for one of the nights, NO complaints on the food, everything was delicious!!! Strawberry Shortcake & malasadas were good desserts too! Service was great!!! We will def. be back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "beautiful open air restaurant overlooking the pacific with sunsets. Food was delicious, amazing sushi,wonderful service. I found this to be excellent in every way"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Best dinner, ambiance and service. We dined outdoors with a breathtaking view of the sunset. Had the 1/2 portion of Miso Glazed New Zealand Salmon with stir fry vegetables and white rice. Every bite was moist and rich in flavor. Also had a 1/2 portion of the Japengo fried rice with pork, shrimp, egg and veggies which was delicious. Had the Tengu Ka'anapali Pie which was amazing for chocolate lovers with a brownie crust, brownie crust, banana, macadamia nut ice cream, whipped cream, caramel and chocolate. The service was excellent and our waiter very attentive which made for a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Based on the reviews fom other diners I expected a phenomenal dinner. Great view although a bit of noise from the hotel pool below. The miso soup was subpar, ribs were solid and the sushi good. I am from California so the standards for sushi are high. But for the price, even for Maui I thought it wasn't worth it. Service was very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We never tire of Japengo when we come to the island. This time we apparently weren't starving because we ordered a starter, Korean Seafood Pancakes, and were almost full when we were done. It was delicious and filling. I ordered dinner, but some dinners come in full and half orders and I asked for a half order of China Town Chow Fun, ate half of it and took the rest home for a great lunch the next day. We left completely satiated and the tab was less than $50, including something from the bar. Incredible. All the while the view is incredible, no matter the location of the table and our waiter, Bobby, was great."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This time we didn't go for the sushi. We ate the clams (delicious!) and then shared the seafood curry dish... Outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The ambiance of the location was great! The Korean Seafood Pancake was truly outstanding! We had various types of rolled sushi, which were all excellent. I'll be back again!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We dined last night at Japengo Maui Hyatt in a romantic table on the patio. So beautiful the 180 degree view for sunset. Sashimi devine, ribs and seafood noodles delicious. My Husband loves the malsades with dipping sauces because they are amazing. Service was great by Bobby and crew. Another evening to remember in Maui."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had the Hamachi Kama, Hamachi and watermelon, mango shrimp salad, clams, dragon roll, and char su fried rice. All were great."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The view was beautiful but other than that we won't be going back to Japengo. We live on Maui and were staying at the Hyatt for a getaway weekend. We wanted a nice, romantic dinner with different flavors of food-since Maui doesn't have a whole lot to offer in this department. After being seated we weren't greeted by the server for probably 10 mins and the food was very mediocre. $39 for chow fun that was greasy, over cooked fried rice-we felt like we could have gone to any Chinese restaurant for this quality of food but for a 1/4 of the price. What a shame. Next time we will stick to Merrimans!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Japengo offers excellent food in a relaxed, romantic atmosphere. It is located near the pool and the ocean so in addition to music (sometimes live), the sounds of waterfalls and the surf rolling up on the beach will add to the ambience. The restaurant is laid out very well and can accommodate whatever type of dining experience you are looking for whether it's drinks and snacks, full meal, social interaction or quiet romance. The service staff are friendly and take good care of you. The food and drinks are excellent and offer both unique and traditional fare. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was great! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Not a great sushi bar but cocktails were good. Fish was fresh but selection was very limited. Very small number of sakes. The sushi chef did not seem to be classically trained because we wer served sashimi where he had unknowingly sliced right into some bones so there were sharp pieces of bone at the end of each piece. Kai Sushi in the Ritz Carlton is much better."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Pricey; but great value in light of the quality and artistry from the Sushi Bar. Great, friendly and very creative chefs on the Sushi line. Service 100% and on Sunday night they have the most incredible smooth jazz duet featuring Missy on vocals and Gilbert on keyboard playing the most danceable smooth jazz on the island. We are repeat visitors to this spot for many years and have never had anything but the best of experiences. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Japengo. I am not a sushi fan, but my wife loved the spicy tuna roll and California roll. I loved the crunchy roll! Great times and great memories made here!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "It was amazing with great service and food. We asked to be reseated to a special table for my girl friends birthday. We were give the same table as last year. I will be going back every time I am in town. Oh and save room for desert!! It is so good we went back the next day too!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We loved this place!! Wonderful service, wonderful food.. We had drinks and food at the bar. John was wonderful bartender.. We ate here 2 nights in a row.. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Been to japengo Waikiki. It was so awesome that we looked forward to trying maui japengo. Food was completely different. Sashimi platter was disappointing. Korean pancake was disappointing too. Curry calamari was great. Staff very friendly."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Japengo would be a suggestion whenever we're looking for a place to go. Since I live in Kihei, I hardly venture out to the Lahaina/Kaanapali side for dinner. Since our guests was staying in the Kaanapali area, we decided to do something different so we ventured outtside of the Kihei/Wailea area. I'm glad we did. Making the reservation through open table was very convenient and super fast. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Loved Japengo. The atmosphere and view are excellent. The food and drinks were great, especially the Mahi Mahi and the Pineapple martini. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Our first experience was memorable so we decided to try it on our last night in Maui. We chose wisely because our food, service and experience was top-notch "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Avoid Japengo at all cost if you like eve just mediocre food and the basics of service. My ice in my drink had melted for the most part when it was finally served, the corn was cold and the sushi was somewhat bland. Our server was somewhat "too busy" to check in on us, or serve our food nor drinks together. Even though there is a great view and relaxed ambience with the rest of the clientele, in the end we felt unwelcomed and somewhat hassled. First time in years I didn't leave a full tip."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had a great view, great ambience. However, service was sub-par at best. Our server was kind, but that's the extent of her compliments. After initially greeting us, she disappeared for quite awhile before finally taking our order. Appetizers arrived rather quickly. After that, there was a very long waiting period (35+min) before our main courses arrived, which was just 2 rolls. The frustrating thing about it was that there was a couple beside us who sat down after us, and was already having dessert. Additionally, our server came by once to apologize for the delay and never bothered to ask if we needed anything else in the meantime - pretty standard thing to ask, right? In short, lovely views, decent food, poor service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent experience!!! Food was perfect---Service was perfect and the sunset view was PERFECT!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Stellar location, great food, but the servers in the lounge where we ate twice really need to find a different line of work where they don't work with customers if you know what mean. We ate here last year and found the servers in the main restaurant much better. It really felt as if the host pressured us to sit in the lounge both times oddly. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I had the hand rolled California roll as an appetizer - tons of fresh crab and delicious -- and miso salmon with lemon grass sauce for the entrée. Absolutely fabulous!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food is only matched by the majesty of the setting. Super-friendly with a wide variety of flavor profiles across different cuisine. And the freshness of the fish . . . booyah!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Food quality and service were superb. The Mahi Mahi was exquisite and so was our daughter's Teriyaki Beef on Skewer - the steamed rice delicius! And the veggie roll was one of the best I've had. Excellent service and food with unmatched setting overlooking the Pacific and Lenai. Julie treated us like family. Wayne was excelent following night, so we returned everyday of our stay. Kathleen was great as well. Jimmy and Suzie accomodated our requests to for dinner times with no hazzle and a very friendly attitude. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Hands down the best locals recommendation. Be prepared to wait for a table but it's worth it."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The wait for some simple dishes was so long that made all of us starving. The food was nothing special and not worth the price we paid for."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We've been to Maui over a dozen times.... Usually don't venture to too many hotel restaurants but wanted to try another sushi option on the Westside besides Sansei. Japengo was wonderful! Great bar.... Although more than one Maui tai and I think I would have been under the table! It's a cocktail with fortitude. :) Duck potstickers and the calamari were wonderful and interesting starts, we also had a Honolulu roll and a Tootsie roll. Honolulu was one of the best I've had ever....tootsie was delicious but it's huge! Lovely location and enjoyable evening. Definitely will put Japengo in my restaurant rotation!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014