We made a last minute decision
We made a last minute decision to stop here for sushi. While it was not the best we've ever had, it was very good. They have a wide selection of choices plus many other menu items. We decided to sit in the bar and our service was outstanding. I believe it was Melissa who took care of us and she was great. The drinks were also outstanding. The banana spring roll dessert was a solid choice.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
1st time kamaaina visitor
Our family has been visiting the Heavenly gondola location yearly since it was built, annual+ visitor to lake tahoe for over 20 years, yet we have never visited this restaurant for a meal. We decided to try only new locations this season. Kalani's was a pleasant surprise. Early dinner accomodating reservations, friendly staff, and the food was excellent. We plan to add this to our last of regular stops to future visits.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place was 3.5 out of
This place was 3.5 out of 5, but I am giving it 4 because of the excellent service, thank you Tara. I found the prices a bit on the high side, especially for Tahoe. I understand it caters to the tourists and Heavenly crowd, so it's much more of a "special occasion" restaurant for the locals.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Up and Down
My wife and I and a friend dined here on a Saturday evening. The place was busy but not overly so. We were warmly greeted and seated promptly. Our server was pleasant and interacted with us quite well. Based on her recommendations, my wife and her girlfriend split the chicken breast entree. I opted for the Opah (fish) entree.
My wife's chicken breast was really undercooked. We had an issue with the time it took to get her a new plate and the fact that we were made to feel like it was our fault. The cost of the entree was removed from the bill as expected. If our server or the manager had been a little more diligent in stopping by our table it would have mitigated the situation.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
love this place!!
I love this place so much we are having our wedding dinner here. So excited!!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had shushi & shashimi -
We had shushi & shashimi - they were delicious and since we are from Florida, where fresh fish abounds, that is saying a LOT !
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very innovative approach to the food, outstanding service. Unfortunately very empty which was surprising.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Chef' de Cuisine's time
The Chef' de Cuisine's time spent at some of San Francisco's finest restaurants is reflected in the cooking at Kalani. The recommended trio of pork appetizer, the sea bass and coconut shrimp dishes were all excellent. Ditto the recommended Laguna Vineyard chardonnay. Our expectations were exceeded---a bit of Hawaii at Lake Tahoe.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would've received 5 stars, but...
my Sea Bass was only above average (maybe the reviewer who suspected it isn't the real thing was right?). Spouse and I shared a spicy salmon sushi dish as an appetizer and it was outstanding.... we asked to make sure they knew we like spicy though. Spouse's Duck was also excellent and our martinis were also. It (the restaurant) was worth the priciness to us but for the Sea Bass. We chose Kalani's because we had enjoyed it in the past and it was within walking distance to a concert we were attending later. I will say that when we go to an expensive restaurant up at the lake we usually chose one with a view also, so we only go here very occasionally. Service was fast but not pushy. The waiter Matt was always around at the right moment.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice end to a vacation
For our last dinner in the south Tahoe area we wanted a nice outdoor casual dining place and this was the perfect place. It was a great ending to a perfect vacation for our small family reunion vacation. Both the food and the views were great !
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around fine dining experience.
All around fine dining experience. Features fish. but everything is excellent.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice place to dine
Kalani's is a great place to dine, especially, for special occasions. Food and drinks were delicious and service was great. They had great menu variety from steaks and fish dishes to sushi and sashimi, along, with a full bar. Dessert was fantastic. My only downside was that the entree's seems to be overpriced. I ordered the ribeye with blue cheese butter. Very delicious meal but priced at $36. I think a more reasonable price would be $10 cheaper. Good steak, but, not sure if it's worth $36, I would return.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kalanis is our favorite Restaurant
Kalanis is our favorite Restaurant in the South Tahoe area. Great Happy Hour drinks and small plates. Dinner is exceptional with a wide selection of Fresh Fish and Sushi. lOVE THIS PLACE
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in South Tahoe!!!
I am a loyal Open Table user and Kalani's is one of the best restaurants I have ever dined at on Open Table. The chef, Jimi Nakamatsu, is a true artist. His dishes are beautiful to the eye and absolutely delicious! You will taste things you have never tasted before in your dining. He combines his ingredients in such a way that every bite is a visceral experience. We had lunch and the Kalua Pork sandwich was off the hook. Better than any I had tasted in the Open Table restaurants we dined at in Kona when we were there a few weeks back. I really loved the service that our waiter gave as well. The employees understand the value of great customer service. I will dine there anytime and every time I visit the South Tahoe area!!!!!!!!!!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kalani's, for dinner!!! 5 stars!!!
This was the second time I dined at Kalani's during my vacation in a three day period. The first time I went for lunch with my daughter and I was so impressed with the chef, I had to bring the entire family back for dinner!
Kalani's is superior fine dining with a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Their prices are reasonable considering you will be eating actual meals that have been featured in magazines like "Bon Appetite". This restaurant is for serious food critics. You will not be disappointed!!!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Tahoe treat!
We always come here when on Tahoe! Superb fish. Fun eg any atmosphere!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food, and great service - our favorite restaurant in Lake Tahoe!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sea bass was excellent
The sea bass was excellent and our server was friendly and accommodating.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice asian food..nice spot
We went during the week at lunch...heavenly village like tourist towns of colorado...new and clean.
Very good food..especially for Tahoe..great indonisian style ribs..ok pokey..excellent lumpia...nice calamari too!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Touch of Pacific in "Smoky Town"
Kalani's high quality in food and friendly service as well a well selected vine line made the horrible weather conditions (wildfire smoke) a little bit easier to endure...
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Sushi chef
Jimmy is the best Sushi Chef ever?
We love Sushi and we have been for sushi two days in a row and planning togo back.
Besides being the best chef he is very kind
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
we were pleasantly surprised.
we were pleasantly surprised. went there before a concert with low expectations and thought it wa really good. will go back again in the future.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic All Around!
We loved that Kalani's was within easy walking distance of our accommodations & everything about the restaurant was very, very good! I had the sea bass & loved it! Definitely recommend anyone looking for some great seafood in Heavenly, to check out Kalani's. You won't be disappointed.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Polynesian meets Lake Tahoe
Throughly enjoyed the tastiest dungeness crab cakes ever. And carrot and ginger soup was divine.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the Ahi Poke and the large mixed seafood platter appetizer. Great service, friendly without hovering. Didn't care for the brownie with the jalapenos, way to spicy hot. Good wine selection and nice interior; quite deceptive when looking from the outside and coming from the pizza/bar place next door. Great location for all the timeshare people in the vicinity.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Deep Fried Oso Bucco
Nuff Said...(it's a side for the pork chop with pistachio crust, also pretty damn good!)
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM