Kai Wailea - Maui
Kai Wailea - Maui

Kai Wailea - Maui

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kai-wailea.com/
  • Phone: (808) 875-1955
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:pm (1:45pm last call)

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm (last call 9:00pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steak, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Katsu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alanui Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: You can use parking for the shopping center where our restaurant is located.
A word from Kai Wailea - Maui
Only Japanese restaurant in Wailea!

We serve sushi,steak,udon noodle soup and also Japanese tapas dishes in the Japanese Izakaya style. Whenever possible, we use locally grown and organic ingredients. These carefully selected ingredients are then prepared for you with subtlety and skill. To compliment these extraordinary dishes, we have over 20 premium sake from various regions of Japan. We are ready to deliver a uniquely exquisite dining experience to you, your family and your friends.

Go Kai!!
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Kai Wailea - Maui reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating2.1
  • Food2.2
    Service2.1
  • Ambiance2
    Noise LevelModerate
22% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (2)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • CLOSED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    take this place off your system. business is closed.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It's CLOSED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    There is a notice on the front door everything has been removed from the establishment
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • open table-your company sucks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We made reservation and the resturant is closed! Out of business. Thank you for wasting our time! We are currently relaying this little experience to all the social media people we know. Never use you again, The Amadors San Diego CA
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Closed
    Bobby
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant is closed. This restaurant is closed. This restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Decent Sushis - Slightly Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a decent evening at Kai restaurant but ended up with a bill close to the one we had a few nights before at Morimoto's (world-class sushi). I definitively am willing to pay a small premium to get great service and food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only average
    GregS
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was nothing to write home about. There was a large group that resulted in our food being delayed for over one hour. and our order was not overly complicated. Then, the food was not above and beyond, simply average. Truly disappointed, especially knowing we paid "Hawaii prices".
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  • Excellent every time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Kai Wailea has been excellent every time we have been there! Food is excellent, service is very good as well. The menu seems extensive though we mostly have ordered sashimi and sushi items, the others look good as well. Fish has been excellent every time, and is served in creative ways. Even the kids plate is a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating2.5
    • Food2.5
    • Ambiance2
    • Service2.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Kai Wailea - Maui reviews archive.
  • Great quality!
    lovesushiVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had sushi and the quality of the sushi was GREAT! The sushi is Japanese style so the rice is overbearing and authentic. Definitely going again! They also have a sushi lunch special for $20! GREAT DEAL!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Little Place
    Ryan
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    It isn't the fanciest place ever built, but it was surprisingly good. The service was exceptional, and the food was surprisingly good. One thing I would recommend against is the house red - it really was awful and I would pick something else for sure. I am not a wine snob, and I can barely tell any wines apart -- so if I am telling that this wine is bad please take heed! The restaurant was great however, and the service was top-notch!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kai has never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    For the past couple of years we make sure we go to Kai while we are in Maui. Great sushi and a relaxed setting! Great take out too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the sashimi was very good
    Phil
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    the sashimi was very good but the rest was poor: sushi rolls only ok, vegetable robata platter under cooked, beef robata shewers overcooked. We sat outside which was a bad choice: bright lights and terrible decor
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  • Yuk!
    Suzy
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    While the food here was pretty good, every other aspect of this place was awful. No ambiance, no customers, really strange hostess and waitress (same woman). Food all came at once except one dish that arrived pretty much while we were leaving - so bad prep time there, as if they forgot about it. Had read reviews before going, which were sort of half good half bad. DO NOT GO HERE. Instead choose Morimoto or others nearby.
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  • wailea mall sushi place
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The food while good did not knock one's socks off. Felt like a strip mall sushi place. Service was prompt. Generally a good experience on two visits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Yum1975VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Great FRESH sushi and the best steak teriyaki we have had. No atmosphere but great food!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our booth was cozy and our
    Weavers082199
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Our booth was cozy and our food came out quick. However, 2 larger parties arrived and then we got put on a slow wait for a additional order and we canceled it cause it took way too long.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of this world
    donna
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Best Japanese restaurant we've dined at in a while. Sashimi was outstanding and so were the sushi rolls. We also had the feature fish. Everything was prepared to perfection. We have already made arrangements to come back. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Wailea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Moimoi
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Hostess was less than welcoming, and could not prioritize nor smile, but once past that, it was all good from there. Food selection was amazing, and tastes even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    throbVIP
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    Whenever visiting Maui, Kai is a stop for us. The fish is always incredibly fresh and the service is excellent as well. I can't say what was the best because everything was really delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch Sushi - staff/owners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Top notch Sushi - staff/owners were great. Highly recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome food service needs a tweek
    guest
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food was awesome, the only thing that I could see that needs some work is the timing of food, my appetizer came out had a few bits, then my salad, didn't finsh my salad then my dinner came out. Tables are small needed to constantly make room for everything to fit. Other than that great service. .
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    himnme
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    The food was great! My 2nd trip in one week and the food was very consistent and very delicious. The service was ok but they had two very large groups and people kept coming in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great! Need more
    himnme
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Food was great! Need more advertising. Didn't know it was there
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sushi
    AfroditiVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    the sushi was yummy, the service was great do not get the edamame you should definitely try this restaurant :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kai Wailea - A Dream Experience
    ATBsterVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    This is an absolutely outstanding gem, tucked into a small shopping center amid the hotels along the Wailea coastline. (There is no view of the ocean.) The service and food were phenomenal, and this restaurant is now on my 'must do' list every time I return to Maui - often as it turns out. The wait staff was just terrific. The only upgrade needed is a sushi bar, where one can chat with the chefs, if that is something you like to do (I do), but this in no way detracts from the fantastic meal and experience. The fresh seafood and awesome attention make Kai Wailea one of the best sushi meals I've had ever -including Tokyo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Lunch Place at Wailea Shops
    Ready2ChowNowVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    We enjoyed the really crispy onion rings; had to ordered another plate. Also recommend the Japanese Buffalo Wings (crispy and spicy) and the Teriyaki Beef.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum! Yum! Yum!
    CatherineVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    The food here is DELICICIOUS! I was quite surprised because it's quite a small looking restaurant compared to some of the other, more expensive, places on the Shops @ Wailea plaza. It is tapas style dining and so my husband and I tried many different dishes. The Robata-Yaki plate was so flavorsome and all of the food was beautifully presented. We will definitely dine here again if we are back in the area. Thanks Kai!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Japanese Food!
    98765a
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    We were so delighted when we ate at Kai. Living in the San Francisco bay area, we're pretty spoiled with excellent Japanese food. At Kai, we found the sashimi extremely fresh, the best miso soup we've ever had and the kids had delicious agedashi tofu, udon and yakitori. They also had my favorite cold sake, which rounded out the meal perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The fish here was very fresh and the staff was very friendly. They have a good selection for kids too. A very good place to get away from the hotel and have a good quality meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and not very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. The food was very average and way overpriced, even for a resort.
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  • Average Japanese Dining
    HighwaymanVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Average Japanese food. Had the California Roll, pickled Japanese vegetables, seaweed salad and the teriyaki beef. Only the teriyaki beef stood out. Service wasn't bad for me as I was the second to be seated for lunch. Others who came in after me had longer waits as there was only one server.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but felt rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We enjoyed our meal here- but the service felt rushed. All of our food came out at once, and then our waiter was on to the next table. If you're looking for good quick sushi this place is good, if you are looking for a romantic meal out like we were this is not it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we loved it
    justusVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    staying @ wailea marriott, and this great japanese place was walking distance. the food was great, staff was super nice and fast, when in maui, we would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Miso Soup! Garlic Rock
    Mic14
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Best Miso Soup! Garlic Rock Shrimp Appetizer & the spicy tuna with Shrimp Roll were awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was quite good. There
    waidras
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    The food was quite good. There was a problem in the kitchen, however, and it took about one hour for the food to arrive. Also, this Japanese restaurant was "out of" Miso soup--which seemed unusual at 8:30 pm. The server was very polite and apologetic but this did not really compensate for the restaurant's troubles. Your server was excellent and apologetic but would not return.
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  • The owner was very nice and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    The owner was very nice and the decor looked great for an authentic Japanese meal. Unfortunately, the food didn't live up to the rest. The sushi was mushy with little fish. The skewers were overlooked and dry.
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  • Good food, very expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Great food, nice atmosphere, but reeeeeally expensive, like $20 rainbow roll and $61 Saki expensive. I think they could draw more customers at a lower price point (the place never had more than 10 tables seated that I saw).
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  • Average taste and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Not great. Overpriced average sushi. The host was very nice and our server was adequate, food arrived quickly. But it was quite flavorless, and for those prices, it should be the best sushi I've ever had, and it wasn't.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • priced way too high for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    priced way too high for the quality of food and service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very unique sushi rolls including
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Very unique sushi rolls including a very different and flavorful vegetarian kula roll that was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good sushi rolls. Miso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Very good sushi rolls. Miso soup and edamame also good. Waitress quite busy but gave good service. Will likely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate