Kalani's

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$31 to $50
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Hawaiian
Kalani's is located in the beautiful setting of the Heavenly Village. Kalani's is one of Tahoe's premier locations serving Hawaiian seafood, ribs, steaks and sushi. Kalani's offers daily happy hour in the Puka lounge & Raw Bar from 4pm-6pm Mon-Fri and 3pm-6pm Sat/Sun. We do not take reservations for the Puka Lounge or the Sushi Bar.
Full weekend brunch, lunch, dinner menu, sushi, and full bar served daily.
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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

We have been here several times over the years and love the food. The service was great too.
BUT, it was freezing cold in the restaurant. We and the people around us, all had to keep their winter jackets on. I could not enjoy the food and great service that way.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, the Seabass was amazing!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A must when you go South Lake Tahoe. Great food and service, on the expensive side.

KL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to Kalani's for Thanksgiving so the place was pretty full. Unfortunately, we were seated near a door with a nasty draft. While they couldn't move us as the place was full, they were able to find a space heater which helped a lot and gave us a free sampler appetizer. The heater helped a lot and we appreciated the way they handled the whole thing. We enjoyed the sampler and the food in general.

SS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Misty and Kayla really made our night! Fantastic food and staff. We will definitely be returning when we get to South Lake again. Thanks, Kalani’s!

S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have eaten at Kalani’s many times, most days when it is quiet. Generally they have done well with our diner’s dietary needs (cannot eat garlic or onion). This time however, despite having only ten diners, they “mailed it in”. Kalani’s is a place to go for a nice meal ($150 for a couple), they simply didn’t try this time.

s
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

NOT WORTH MONEY MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE HEAVENLY VILLAGE AVERAGE FOOD TRY YOUR LUCK SOMEWHERE ELSE YOU WILL DO BETTER

DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience1

The food was delicious! We had the wedge salad, spicy tuna roll, sea bass, filet and lobster, and the mocha ice cream cake. Everything was amazing except the wedge salad could have been served with more dressing. The tuna and sea bass was fresh and delicious, the filet was a good size and cooked perfectly. The main draw back was the high noise factor and the table seating. The decor and ambience did not match the high cost and value of the food. It was like having a $200 dinner in a diner.

KC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Superior service.. Tastie food...Received drinks... started and meals very timely

J
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had THE BEST table service! My son is on the spectrum so he can be challenging with his food ordering and his order. It was the both of us and dear friends with their son. Our waiter tali/Dali was amazing with my son. He made me not feel uncomfortable and made my son feel comfortable. Our food was served fresh, hot and amazing. Chef nailed his ingredients and was accommodating to our specific requests. Our cocktails had perfect content. We will def be going back. Wish all restaurants had ones like our waiter! He made the night extra special

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our hostess placed us in a draft right next to the end of the bar, when most of the restaurant was empty.😕
We told her we didn’t like the table for those reasons and they let us sit at a table of choice, which was much better.
Also, we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday, (which I included in my reservation) and I expected that our server would tell her about a complementary dessert, but only after she had ordered a creme brûlée and another of our party ordered hula cake , did she mention it. We only would’ve order the one desert instead of two, if we’d had a clear picture of the situation.
I thought it a little uncool to tell us after we ordered that we had a free one coming.
Other that those two oddities, our food and service was overall very good.
Thanks for asking.

T
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed it so much I went back the next night!

PE
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always just a great experience. Service, food, immediate attention.

R
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, from the appetizers to the Mai Tai before dinner! I had the sea bass, based on the reviews I had read about it, and was glad I did; it was excellent!

R
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Traveling across USA celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

SE
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Happy Hour! The bartender was very attentive and friendly. Portion sizes were very ample. Loved the Ahi Tuna plate and they have the best Mai Tai, outside of Hawaii. Ambiance was great and perfect for when you are eating alone, without your spouse :)

OS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The food was incredible and the service was extraordinary! I couldn’t say enough about the restaurant and our amazing waiter, Talis! Thank you for such a memorable dinner!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great dinner :-)

CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An oasis of fine food that is tastefully served. A real find in Heavenly Village.

MT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My filet was tough, my husbands 12oz ribeye was 8oz fat. No one asked us how our food was. Had to wave the waitress down for a drink. Vegetables were bland and had no flavor. Not worth the price we paid.

P
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It gets 4 stars overall, but the mash under their signature seabass dish was to salty.

CF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Three of us ladies went to Kalani's because of the great reviews. I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. The ambiance and service was great but I wasn't impressed with the food. The presentation was lovely but I just didn't care for the taste of the food. I tasted the scallops but didn't like the sauce and accompaniments. Same with the sea bass. My sushi roll was minimal and overcooked of the tempura flakes. We did love our waiter.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was our 40th anniversary. It is my wife’s favorite. The Mai Tais were outstanding. The Sushi was great. The Sea Bass is their speciality and it did not disappoint.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is great! We went there for my husbands 40th birthday and he was pleasantly pleased with my restaurant pick. The food was great.

LL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food delicious. Selection always great. Service friendly and attentive. I eat here on every stay in South Lake Tahoe.

AS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was lovely and very accommodating. Food was excellent. We were comped a birthday dessert

C
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal always and feels like you are eating in Hawaii 🌴

GI
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner last Sunday and came back on Wednesday for the Happy Hour. My wife and I love the food and service at Kalani's.

S
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and good service. Nice quiet atmosphere

GI
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our experience for dinner and drinks. Our Server, Curtis, was wonderful.
Hawaiian style fish dishes are exceptional. Try the Fried Ahi and the Rib appetizers. You will not be sorry!

WP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food took a while to arrive after we ordered

WC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Kalani’s based on reading about its Hawaiian theme, and were very happy with our choice. Food is creative and well executed, and among many other interesting dishes they offer fish that I have never been able to find outside the Islands. Good mai-tais, excellent service, and a very attractive dining room, too. We will definitely go back next time we are in the area.

D
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I must say dinner was Fantastic. Made reservations the night before. Showed up and was seated promptly. We had sushi rolls, pork belly, fish and steak. Service was superb. My parents enjoyed it as well. Adult beverages we're good also. Thank you for a great evening dinner

AB
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Every was amazing! The filet mignon was the best I’ve ever had!!

s
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience during a Saturday brunch. We made reservations for 11:15 and showed at 11:00. We had our dog with us and they welcomed her warmly and were accommodating in finding a table on their patio in the shade and offered to bring our dog water.

We enjoyed their pig Benedict and bottomless mimosas. Our waiter ensured we did not see the bottom of our glasses. The Benedict was so delicious that we both decided it was one of the best breakfasts we've had in a long time. The hollandaise was particularly creamy and the poached eggs perfectly prepared. The accompanying fingerling potatoes were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Our total tab was $68.

This has become one of our new favorite Tahoe spots and we highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Everyone loves their drinks, appetizers, and entrees. Both seafood and steaks were outstanding. Ahi poke was amazing.

i
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Several of our friends had visited Kalani's on the weekend and raved about it. We were very excited to try it and went on a Tuesday evening. The menu was fantastic! All of our apps were absolutely delicious but then our entrees came and our steaks were rare when asked for medium rare. We had to send them back. Everyone was done eating at the table by the time our steaks were returned to us. Then our server forgot to order a few of our cocktails. Then our creme brulee was cold and not crisp on top at all. Overall, I would still recommend Kalani's but maybe go on the weekend when they have their top tier servers and kitchen staff on duty.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much Curtis was our server and he was so nice! We are going back tomorrow for our last night in Tahoe!

WM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went there for dinner and had one of the most amazing meals of our lives! The cocktails were incredible, and the food was exceptional. We were there on our honeymoon, and it was the perfect place to celebrate.