Kalani's
Kalani's

Kalani's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kalanis.com/
  • Phone: 5305446100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Daily 4pm to 6pm in Puka Lounge ONLY
    Dinner: Daily Starting at 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Californian, Hawaiian
  • Executive Chef: Jimi Nakamatsu
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Ave Hwy 50
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Kalani's
Kalani's is located in the beautiful setting of the Marriot Village. Kalani's is one of Tahoe's premier locations serving Hawaiian seafood, ribs, steaks and sushi. Kalani's offers nightly happy hour in the Puka lounge from 4pm-6pm. We do not take reservations for the Puka Lounge or the Sushi Bar.
Full dinner menu, sushi and full bar served nightly starting at 5:00 pm.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Kalani's reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)fit for foodies (22)romantic (11)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (9)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Nice menu & service
    MauipeachVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Really enjoyed the selection of Hawaiian offerings - everything was fresh and presented well - sushi was excellent & service was nice as well
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dinner Place
    Gardenlover
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I come to Timberlodge every year, usually in the fall. The last evening we always go to Kalani's for dinner. Always have great food. I noticed this time that the wine list, at least the white wines, has not changed.. Time to change it up, folks. Service was excellent, ambiance always really nice.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average
    Campbellkm3
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Convenient in the heavenly village but not worth the convenience. Food was average and not worth the hefty prices, service was subpar, asked for pepper (simple request) and didn't even get that! Would not recommend this place again.
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  • Always a Tahoe Favorite
    AshlandroseVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A must-dine experience at Tahoe. Imaginative cocktails, fabulous dishes well-prepared high quality ingredients from fish to steak to veggie dishes, presented beautifully, all in a romantic low-key setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    cgbrennanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My family had dinner at Kalani's on August 23. Their signature dish did not disappoint. What made our experience outstanding was the great service we received from Sapphire. There was an issue with my entree and she took care of it promptly and professionally. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to expectations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Having been raised in Hawaii, I had high expectations. We were seated immediately. The atmosphere was pleasant and conducive to conversation/romantic evening. The cocktail menu was just right; the MaiTai delicious. I found the menu to be representative of Hawaiian dishes. I ordered the sampler plate. Kahlua pork was tasty with a done just right smokey flavor; pork ribs were divine with a touch of crispness and moist, flavorful meat. I haven't had coconut shrimp this good ever, anywhere. They were divine. The tuna tartar was made just right. For dessert, we were served the lava cake. It was moist and delicious. I found the food and drinks priced right. Our server was attentive but not overly so. Excellent experience! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coleen's great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were looking for a decent fish restaurant in South Lake Tahoe and found Kalani's. The food and menu choices were great but the service provided by Coleen our server was fabulous! She recommend the sea bass dish and we loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Dinner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Kalani's was a really memorable and tasty experience!! We went to Kalani's for our honeymoon dinner and the food was outstanding and paired really well with a lovely bottle of wine!! The staff was friendly and expedient.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Parshuuter
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday and were treated to a fine experience. The food was excellent. My wife had the sea bass and I had one of the specials which was shark. The shark was excellent and accompanied by just as excellent mashed potatoes and julienne vegetables. The quantity o food was just right as I was comfortably full (not still hungry as some other small portion/high priced restaurants and not uncomfortably full). Service from our waiter (Curtis?) was excellent as he constantly checked back with us throughout the dinner but as not intrusive. When I'm in South Lake Tahoe again, we'll come to Kalani's again to try some of their other offerings.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Audrey
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The menu was wonderful. Food great, large servings, good prices, would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My fish was quite greasy and it is to expensive for what you get.
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  • Great Entree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great entree, sides had little to no taste. Service was fast and on spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • playful drinks, avoid the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Have a meal here for the convenient location and drink selections. Avoid the food, it's overly sweet and is similar in quality to those you find in restaurant chains but at a higher price point. If you're from a big foodie city, you'll be disappointed.
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  • Great Experience at Kalani's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food, attentive service, easy going island-style atmosphere in South Lake Tahoe. I had the sushi lunch and my husband had the mahi mahi fish tacos with the pork quesadilla. Everything was excellent. If you like Roy's you will love Kalani's!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice surprise
    CleanyourplateVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    A friend recommended Kalani's for our short trip to South Lake Tahoe. It was a good call. The menu seems a bit pricey, but the portions are huge. The food is very good. Our server was friendly and pleasant -- she didn't hover, but she checked how we were doing just enough. I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad drinks,good food,great service
    sausab
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We went on our one year dating anniversary and they asked us what are we celebrating at the time we were seated. We were disappointed with cocktails. Not as tasty and watered down. We ordered poke, sushi roll and chirashi and it was good but nothing great. But then something unexpected happened which was a game changer. They brought us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary which was delicious :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Dottie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had heard kalanis was a great place to eat. We were quite disappointed. We were seated and it took apx 15 before we asked if we could have a drink. Only 1 person in a group of 6 thought their food was good. Food dry, bland and not tasty. We expected fine dining knowing the price and menu. We have steaks and seafood. The service was worse. We had to keep asking for what we wanted.
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  • Great dining experience
    Captgt
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We are never disappointed when dining at Kalani's. Friday night was no exception, we enjoyed an exceptional dining experience. The food and service were excellent. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Gluten Free
    FoodAllergyGirl
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    They have a dedicated GF menu. Try the GF calamari. Sooo good!
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  • Great food, good server, host awful
    MerLeighVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We waited 30 minutes for our reservation, and nothing was offered to us to compensate for the inconvenience. The hostesses' (all 3 of them) could not have been less interested in making sure we were comfortable or taken care of while we waited, they didn't offer us seats in the bar, drinks, nothing. I was with friends visiting from abroad so this was embarrassing to say the least. However, once we were seated it was a different experience. the waiter was good, the food is DIVINE! The sushi is really top notch and the grilled yellowtail "collar" is to DIE FOR. As good as any fish I've ever had in SF or even Hawaii. Unfortunately, I guess its hard to get good help in Tahoe.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 73 reviews are from the Kalani's reviews archive.
  • Great Diners
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I had two great dinners! One in the restaurant - great fish!! One at the sushi bar - awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food for bachelors!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was delicious and the ambiance was great for our bachelor party group. The wine suggestions were also delicious.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The food was really good but the service was painfully slow. It took a while to get served as well as get the food and clear the table. We had other plans for the evening but this took a big chunk of our time. From beginning to end it was almost 2.5 hours and we skipped desert because we were there way too long.
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  • Nice change to the standard
    craigVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Nice change to the standard fare you find in Tahoe with a Hawaiin menu. Love the pork, fresh
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of great selection for
    hmbterriVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Lots of great selection for sushi. We ordered 3 rolls and the seaweed salad for 2 of us and it was more than enough food. There were lots of kids in the restaurant. We really liked the family friendly atmosphere but if you are looking for a quiet romantic evening you may want to try someplace else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kalanis
    jdob
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    There were no "out of the park" moments. The service could have been better, but the food was reasonable and the wine list had a couple of gems at good prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can be skipped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The food was okay, although over-priced. Not a great wine list. The waiter did not get a good recommendation for us. All in all, the meal was fine but not outstanding.
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  • Kid friendly
    NweaverVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We were very happy to find an upscale dinner pace in the Village that was kid friendly. Food and service were wonderful. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • Awesome meal!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Awesome meal with exceptional service. If there was anything negative to say about this place would be that menu options are quite pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience to spare
    Dhunter
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We have a wonderful dining experience . I would highly recommend dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavenly Sushi
    CatamountVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Interesting mix of sushi and more traditional menu items. Recommend the mahi mahi and other tropical fish dishes. Perfect location in Heavenly Village.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great surprise
    ErnestoVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    In Tahoe there are not many options but after eating pizza and burgers we went to this restaurant as one of the few options on Open Table. It was a nice surprise. Nice decoration. Friendly staff and two menus, a traditional and sushi. The sushi is not Japanese, but more of a mix having great ideas and flavors. The traditional menu the Sea Bass and the scallops outstanding. A definite go, and in a budget. A group of 6 adults and 3 kids with wine for dinner was 400 tip included. So after a good day of skiing why not a good dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent year after year
    Freja3VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We ve been dining here for years as we make our annual 2 week ski trip. Love the bar for happy hour, dining room for both lunch and dinners. Food is always High quality, creative and serviced with a smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    They have a good location in the middle of the heavenly village and a huge menu. All items are a little above average in quality but the prices are through the roof. Go next door to base camp, or go any where else in town. Exaggerated, very exaggerated prices. I do not recommend.
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  • A total gem!
    Foodielover2
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Great food and service and a total gem to find this place in the Tahoe area! My teenage kids also loved their sushi and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome sushi
    vdaylovers
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We sat at the sushi bar and had great service from both the chief and server. Food was dynmite! It was pricey but very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Might have been an off night?
    Sushilover408VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Having been to Kalani's before I was anticipating a top notch meal for Valentine's dinner. Booked the reservation and everything was a go, thank you OpenTable. Arrived a couple minutes early, not a big deal as the hostess was pleasant and once seated our server was awesome, hence the 4 stars for service. Moving on to the food, this is where it kind of went down hill. We started off with an order of UNI (amazing) and the mussels as an appetizer (also amazing). On to the main coarse in which we were intrigued by one of the specials. To get the best of both worlds we chose the beef cheek special and the sea bass. Beef was not really presented well at all and the sea bass was over cooked / tough. I think next time we will stick to sushi.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Probably the best food in Tahoe
    TahoeJenay
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    For years we have been wanting to go to Kalanis. However, the price point is a bit high for it to be a random dinner out. I booked reservations for my husband and I over the Valentine's Day weekend. The food was awesome. The noise, not so awesome. Although we had seats that were bit more private, the fact that there were tons of visitors with children in the restaurant was a bit of a turn-off. The food, the drinks, the suishi - all AMAZING! I highly recommend going there. I would suggest hitting it up mid-week, later in the evening, if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were in Tahoe for a birthday
    ElizabethVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were in Tahoe for a birthday and decided that this was the proper way to spend Valentine's Day. The drinks were delicious, though slightly pricey. The tuna tartar was by far our favorite, and I could not believe how delicious the sea bass was. My husband enjoyed his Hawaiian roll and scallops. Definitely someplace we would go to again if we're town for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific meal
    SAPPSMOM
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We had a terrific meal at a great restaurant close to our hotel. The ambiance was wonderful as was the service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet