Kobe Japanese Steak House, Maui
Kobe Japanese Steak House, Maui

Kobe Japanese Steak House, Maui

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kobemaui.com/
  • Phone: 8086675555
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Sushi Bar: Daily 5:00pm-11:00pm
    RESERVATIONS FOR TEPPANYAKI
    DINING ONLY!!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Felamor Simon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Join Auntie Toddy Lilikoi and the Kobe Ohana (family) for Karaoke and dancing every Friday and Saturday night from 9:30 PM until closing. Customers be 21 years with a valid I. D.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Luakini
  • Public Transit: The Maui Bus stops at the Wharf Shopping center 1/2 block from the restuarant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is behind the restaurant. We offer a $5.00 parking reimbursement at the Lahaina Restoration or Republic Parking lots located across the street.
A word from Kobe Japanese Steak House, Maui
Enjoy the exciting art of Japanese Teppanyaki dining. Our talented chefs will prepare delicious steak, chicken, and seafood entrees right at your table. Complete dinners include soup, shrimp appetizer, teppan vegetables, rice, and hot tea. Vegetarian and keiki (kids) menus are available. Sunset dinner specials offered daily at our 5:30 and 6:00 PM seatings. Oku"s fabulous sushi will complete your Japanese dining experience! RESERVATIONS FOR TEPPANYAKI DINING ONLY!!
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Kobe Japanese Steak House, Maui reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (34)kid-friendly (27)special occasion (22)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)fit for foodies (5)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Kobe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Everything was amazing. The food, the cooker. The servixe was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Budget friendly
    DiscountdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    They have a $10 off coupon on an order of 2 entrees readily available. In fact they ask you up front. Quantity and quality of food very good, chef entertains and makes sure you have plenty of sauce and water. We usually have leftovers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was delicious as always. The chef is amazing. Had a wonderful dinner
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many add-ons and no gluten free
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The local advertisements make you believe they are reasonably priced, beware there are many add ons. As an example, most hibachi style restaurants provide fried rice, at Kobe the entree is served with white steam rice if you want it fried they charge you an extra $4. They also do not cater to anyone that is gluten free you must bring your on Tamari. This restaurant is not very flexible I believe there are better choices available if you are looking for Hibachi dinning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time to upgrade
    DiningVibes
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was what to be expected. Our chef was great!! The restaurant seem very outdated and drab. It needs some upgrading. It appeared very musty. The two dudes in front appeared as the restaurant did. Needs new energy!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Birthday Dinner
    BadBirthday
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We specifically scheduled this dinner for my 11 year olds birthday. They rushed us in and out and forgot to sing happy birthday to my son. We had to remind them after we paid the bill. Then due to feeling obligated, they gave him a scope of ice cream and candle and one person sang to him! I would never recommend. Not worth the $150 spent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Japanese steak house
    HuehueVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was good and the food was even better. The prices are about the same as in my local area so no extra dollars for just being on Maui which is great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good Benihana style place
    Dabakeman
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was very good...chef was outstanding. The place was hopping on a Tuesday.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waited way too long for chef
    R1048
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was really tasty but even though we were seated at 7:30- our chef didn't start cooking until after 9:00. At that point anything will taste good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The wait for the food to even start cooking was so long. Our reservation was at 7:00pm and they didn't start cooking until 7:45pm. (But the food was delicious!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgetful service
    Ventura101
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Server forgot our teas and son's birthday-despite reminding her. Food very good and so was table chef-despite long delay for chef to arrive at table.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ask for Scotty!
    CLP5
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our 10 yo son LOVES this place, and we have never been disappointed. The sushi is really great (try the butter fish!!!!), and a good appetizer while you watch them prepare the main course. This time we had Chef Scotty who is friendly and entertaining. Steak was tender and perfectly prepared, as was the shrimp and chicken. We like the garlic fried rice, but they also have regular fried rice. The two standard spicy mustard and sweet ginger sauces are always available and refilled if you want more. This place is very comfortable for families with small kids. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kobe's July 2014
    LoveMaui
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Every visit to west Maui should include a dinner at Kobe's. Food is good and chef entertaining. Early bird specials will save some money.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience and great meal
    Acmarna
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We took a group of 16 people to Kobe's during our trip to Maui. We were accommodated very well; we basically had 2 tables facing each other in a semi-private section of the restaurant. The service was excellent, the food was excellent, and we had lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hot mess
    21forthewinVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The hibachi table show was entertaining and the food prepared by the chef was good, when we finally got it. However, several orders at our table were taken wrong, thus, the chef did not have the proper ingredients when he arrived at our table to prepare the meal. This resulted in delays in getting served after what had already been a long night waiting to be seated (even with a reservation) and more time waiting at the table for the chef. We had to leave our table to find a waitress to correct drink orders and bring forks for those who were not comfortable with chopsticks. The place needs much better A/C, ventilation and deep cleaning. (Tables and carpet feel sticky) There are better dining experiences on Maui than this.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Upgrade to the filet
    ChristySVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The filet and the vegetables were delicious. The shrimp and soup and sauces were just okay. The company at our table was good too. I did feel like we were rushed a bit, but we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgotten - Not Good
    blessedfamily3
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We waited 1 hour & 30 minutes before the teppan yaki cook finally came to our table. We were there celebrating my mom's 60th bday & was so disappointed with the long wait. We knew that the restaurant would be busy which is why we booked any early reservation. There was a table that came in after us that was seated next to us & their cook arrived shortly after. They were eating & almost done with there dinner before our cook came to our table. We were so upset because we were forgotten! My mom took it upon herself to go & complain to the hostess & her reply was that the cooks were on there way. This was unacceptable & I will not go back there again nor will I recommend it to anyone (considering I am a Concierge). Very disappointed!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost good enough to be perfect!
    murrayjs48
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    As usual, while visiting Maui, we made the trek to Lahaina for a dinner a Kobe's. After being seated the person who came to take our order was very outgoing and kind of condescending. We order the steak and lobster which he told us we could share. When we offered a coupon, for an amount off the price, after we had eaten and he brought the bill he asked why we had not given the coupon to him at the start and that the item we had purchased was a single item that we shared and did not qualify for the discount. We were very disappointed at how he handled the situation, almost belittling us. The food was excellent and the chef that cooked our meal in front of us was very adept at what he did and had a very good sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had reservation, waited almost an hour to be seated, then another 30 mins for chef. Food good but service and management sucked. Had to ask 3 times for check. Wont be back...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • False advertising and loud
    Doclt
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The Kobe was ok, we were seated quickly only to find that it took quite some time to get service. I could barely carry on a conversation with my family seated next to me due to the noise level. It was expensive. Worse of all afterwards the Kobe wouldn't reimburse me for the amount of my parking as advertised. They acted as if it was just what they always do - which seems shady and almost false advertising like. I'd recommend going elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very dissapointing and we live here
    Diverdave
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    They got most of our orders wrong and the service was so bad that the manager gave the entire table 50% off. The cook burned all the garlic for the garlic fried rice and my wife's shrimp were burned on one side and raw on the other.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We have lived on maui for 3 years and it was our first time at Kobe's, it was our first date night alone since we had our baby. It was a little loud and smoky from the grills, but I absolutely loved the experience our chef was funny kept us entertained the food was fabulous. Its not the best choice if your looking for a more private romantic place. But a great place to bring your family or group of friends. The price is pretty good especially for all the food you get. We will most definitely be back. Thanks for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the stop.
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Very good food and fun place with family. Chef was funny and the kids loved all the fire and excitement.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Friendly Restaurant
    CarlVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is the second time we have been to Kobe's in Maui and was happy with our visit both times. It is always fun to have your meal cooked right in front of you, and both the quality and quantity is very satisfying at this restaurant. The only complaint I had with this visit was the service was a little slow as it took almost an hour to have our chef come to our table. As we understand it, one of the chef's had to leave creating a short staff problem. Otherwise, everything was as expected and we enjoyed our meal here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I made a reservation and waited
    Abitdisappointed
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My family and I were on vacation and wanted to have a memorable dinner. We chose this place because we had seen some coupons in magazines and thought that it might be a fun time. The staff was able to use the coupons, which we were grateful for. When we arrived we had to wait a half an hour... Then when we were seated we had to wAit another 20 minutes or so. The chef came and was amazing with his tools, unfortunately, it was hard to understand him:( he had a heavy accent. The food was not very tasty... It was a bit flavorless. Overall, it was a nice experience at the table, but the beforehand kind of put a bad memory and the food was nothing to write how about.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SkipVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Good, but not as good an experience as all the other times we've been there... plus I notice the reviews have gone down.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait
    diddy2
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We have been to Kobe on numerous occasions and find this visit was lacking. We have a 7 month old and booked the earliest sitting in order to eat first. We waited 40 minutes before our meal was started, staff appeared very flustered and unorganized. This is not acceptable with young children.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's okay
    Dotc
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A lot of food. Food is just okay. The chef was funny but what they do with the onions i.e. light them on fire is very predictable.. It's like that in every similar Japanese restaurant. I guess it's okay for kids if they have never seen it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kobe Steak House
    anteVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always a fun atmospher - food cooked table side - very well prepared
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Food was just OK... Cheaper than Benihana but Benihana food is better, cook was funny, but the ventilation above the grill is very weak, smoke was blowing in people's faces on one side of the table, then had to move....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wailuku
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Everything from reservations to leaving was great! We had a group of 17 including 6 children age 12 & under.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Always enjoy eating at Kobe!! The chefs put on a show
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 89 reviews are from the Kobe Japanese Steak House, Maui reviews archive.
  • Dinner and a Show
    HiloEats
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Fun place to take kids to dine. Good good too, it's all fresh and prepare right in front of you on a large cooking grill/table. We always enjoy this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must when visiting Maui
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great eating place in Lahaina. Don't doget to order the garlic fried rice!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OnoMaui
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The chef was entertaining and made the whole experience fun for the family. Not to mention, the food was awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This Place Needs Some TLC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It's time for Kobe Maui to get an overhaul. It's too dirty to continue to be on our must visit list. What a shame.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    Ditzeemand
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Kobe's is a fun entertaining atmosphere. The chefs are the ones who make it fun, but you have to cross your fingers you get the right ones!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Another Dinner at Kobe
    Elinorina
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We have been visiting Maui for years (and years), and have been eating at Kobe every trip. It's close to Ka'anapali (where we stay), parking at night is easy, and the prices for dinners are decent -- good value for the money. We enjoy the group eating experience, and always meet someone fun! The food is good and reliable, and the chef's cooking "show" is always a hoot. This year, we went on an extraordinarily hot night, and found out that there is no A/C in the restaurant! (Be warned.) Otherwise, we recommend Kobe!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MauiIibbyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    While there is no view from this restaurant, and sometimes you have to wait in the bar before being seated ( seems like a ploy to get you to buy more alcohol), once you get to your table, the fun is on. The chef at your table is always entertaining and prepares tasty food right in front of you. We went early and enjoyed very reasonable prices for a shrimp and steak combo ( other parties at our shared table had fish and chicken and beef). A fun place for a birthday or anniversary celebration, while the chef prepares a mini Kileaua volcano eruption to delight the eyes...made from stacked onion rings and fueled with oil and fire!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overbooked reservation meaningless
    elisabethVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My kids love the experience & food at this type of place so we go. The food is tasty and the prices, for Maui, are reasonable. The hostess staff is terrible, however, and the building itself quite unappealing. During our recent trip to Maui we went here twice (for the kids). The first time we were seated relatively quickly but the seemingly clueless waitress brought us up a narrow staircase to the upper level, looked around and said, "uh...wait here." So we stood there for 10 minutes or so unsure what to do until she finally came back and told us to sit down. The 2nd visit was awful - 40 minute wait in the dingy lounge - 15 minute further wait at the table. They overbook & do not care how long you wait. RUDE hostess doesn't care.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate