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Kai Wailea - Maui
Kai Wailea - Maui

Kai Wailea - Maui Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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"."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great FRESH sushi and the best steak teriyaki we have had. No atmosphere but great food!!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Top notch Sushi - staff/owners were great. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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. ."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Food was great! Need more advertising. Didn't know it was there"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "the sushi was yummy, the service was great do not get the edamame you should definitely try this restaurant :)"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. The food was very average and way overpriced, even for a resort."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/29/2013
  • "Best Miso Soup! Garlic Rock Shrimp Appetizer & the spicy tuna with Shrimp Roll were awesome."
    Dined on 4/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2013
  • "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)."
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2013
  • "priced way too high for the quality of food and service."
    Dined on 1/29/2013
  • "Very unique sushi rolls including a very different and flavorful vegetarian kula roll that was delicious."
    Dined on 1/19/2013
  • "Very good sushi rolls. Miso soup and edamame also good. Waitress quite busy but gave good service. Will likely go back."
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "While the food was good, the menu selection was very limited for lunch. The dinner menu, while a bit larger, was still rather limited. The service was very good, but there were very few customers, which may be reason it was so quiet. The decor was slick and clean and very Asian, which was nice."
    Dined on 1/6/2013
  • "Sushi was very fresh. We decided to cancel an earlier reservation at a higher rated Sushi restaurant. This was a last minute booking through Open Table. We were pleasantly surprised and happy with choice."
    Dined on 12/27/2012
  • "My family of 6 had a very nice meal. We had an outstanding server who paid particular attention to my 11, 9 and 6 year old granddaughters. We would return to the restaurant."
    Dined on 12/24/2012
  • "very pricey for the amount of food you get. the robata-yaki was especially bad. don't bother with it. the wailea roll, while very tasty, didn't live up to the portion size they advertized. they told us a california roll was in the center of the structure but there was nothing but lettuce in the center.. right.. lettuce. not going back."
    Dined on 12/22/2012