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Kalani's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kalanis.com/
  • Phone: (530) 544-6100
  • 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: Hawaiian, Californian, Sushi
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The menu was wonderful. Food great, large servings, good prices, would go again."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My fish was quite greasy and it is to expensive for what you get."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great entree, sides had little to no taste. Service was fast and on spot."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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 :)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "They have a dedicated GF menu. Try the GF calamari. Sooo good!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had two great dinners! One in the restaurant - great fish!! One at the sushi bar - awesome."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the ambiance was great for our bachelor party group. The wine suggestions were also delicious. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Nice change to the standard fare you find in Tahoe with a Hawaiin menu. Love the pork, fresh"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Awesome meal with exceptional service. If there was anything negative to say about this place would be that menu options are quite pricey."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We have a wonderful dining experience . I would highly recommend dining here."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Interesting mix of sushi and more traditional menu items. Recommend the mahi mahi and other tropical fish dishes. Perfect location in Heavenly Village."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a terrific meal at a great restaurant close to our hotel. The ambiance was wonderful as was the service."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "What a great place for a double birthday celebration! The food was so delicious, drinks are yummy and the service was great! Will come back definitely."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I have to say - we had a great dinner and enjoyed ourselves, but it is very overpriced! The food was yummy and the service was excellent.... Not sure if we would go back, purely because of the cost...."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Very tasty restaurant! It's a little pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. There is notable wine list as well. All of the food was delicious with no complaints. The service was also great. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice place to eat in the Tahoe area."
    Dined on 1/3/2014