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CanoeHouse

4.7
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124 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Creative Japanese
Welcome to the iconic CanoeHouse. Celebrating Hawaii’s soulful connection between land and sea with seasonal menus highlighting the island’s unique bounty—everything from locally raised abalone and fresh caught opakapaka (snapper) to tart poha berries and tender heart of palm. Led by executive chef Matt Raso and general manager Yuka Raso, the talented husband-and-wife team are honored to pay homage to the past while artfully infusing new island-inspired Japanese cuisine. Try the talented duo's 5-course $85 'MY' menu, or relax and enjoy the full menu, portioned and designed to share. With unparalleled Pacific Ocean views, contemporary indoor-outdoor space, and live music on Thursdays, enjoy the mesmerizing glows of tiki torches and fire pits all evening long. Taste the legacy.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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What 124 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.9
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4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLeeG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner and excellent service. Beautiful sunset..we love that restaurant!

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vipkrill
Denver
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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BetsyD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale comfortable elegance, open-air, fabulous views with outstanding food and service. Pricey, but worth it for a special event, birthday, etc...
We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food , service and ambiance was amazing! We will be back! Mahalo for an amazing evening.

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vipHappy
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, delicious and creative food, pricey but lovely. Great for a special occasion!

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vipCindy
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back since covid. We felt safe and welcome. The service was awesome and the variety of tastes was fantastic. Best meal we had on the island

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DaveS
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always excellent view and service great! A little high priced for what you get- but always delicious!

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PamelaG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Incredible ambience totally oceanfront at sunset!
Wonderful food, really unique good choices!
Great service!
Loved it!

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Ozzie
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the whole evening. Very much appreciated all the Canoe House has done to keep diners save. Good distance between tables, staff all masked and gloved. And of course outstanding food and service. Great special occasion venue.

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KellyV
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time out to the Mauni Lani's Canoe House since the renovations. The food was awesome, very wonderful menu of lusciousness! Lovely ambiance outdoors with the waves crashing, made for a beautiful night out.

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AAKona
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and atmosphere was amazing. Our only negative part of the evening was that we felt like our service wasn’t as spectacular because we were locals. We are hope others don’t have that same experience.

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WendyH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible sunset view, impeccable service and great food, who could ask for anything more?

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ErelO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

BEST PLACE TO ENJOY A DINNER LIKE THE GOOD OLD TIMES BEFORE THE PANDEMIC! I GO THERE REGULARLY AND PRETEND ALL IS OKAY FOR AN EVENING WHICH HELPS!!!!!!!

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HISeekerofdelicious
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reinvented Canoe House offers a delicious and modern menu upgrade of food with a refreshed decor and the same lovely ambiance. This was our second visit since the recent reopening. We like that the menu is broad and ever changing. We were happy to see a few of our favorites remained, and we enjoyed them for a second time. I hope that the potato dish will remain on the menu. I missed the amazing crab, but found delicious alternatives. The Ahi, the Kompachi, the steak...we loved all of the small bites we shared. The wine list is excellent and surprisingly fairly priced.

We enjoyed the live music; however, our only negative was that the musician seemed to be accustomed to playing in an atmosphere with audience engagement, as she talked to the diners. The talking isn't really appropriate for this atmosphere.

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vipDesertrat
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and wine; and ambience is unbeatable!

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JasminB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh Fish, Kauai Shrimp, Lobster, pull apart bread, and edamame were all delicious. Make your reservation for 6ish so you can see the sunset and enjoy the beach/ocean view.

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EmilyR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good! Service was fast and friendly. Great dining experience.

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CheyK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

My daughter and I were looking for A drink with a beautiful sunset view and that’s exactly what we got!😍🌅 Service was wonderful our waitress was very nice. The food was very pricey and not very good at all but we just took it as a $300 sunset.

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vipAnneH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The renovations at the hotel and Canoe House are outstanding!

New menu and service fantastic!

Couldn’t have been a better evening..... all the way round!

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vipFashionableFoodie
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on the Big Island! Also, best restaurant compared to the top restaurants on Maui and Kauai. The food is inventive and perfectly prepared.

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RodgerM
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spouses birthday.

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vipPatrick
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Currently, Canoe House offers the best fine-dining experience on the Big Island. The location is ocean-front. The food, beverages and service are consistently outstanding. The executive chef, Matt, is a true culinary master. All of the dishes coming out of his kitchen are fantastic.

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JenniferO
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful sunset views. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will be back!

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ScottL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic cocktails and an awesome staff. Expensive (for a normal person), but that's to be expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside in a beautiful location couldn’t be better anywhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great experience... will return

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vipJDP50
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good attentive. Food was excellent. Very nice and my favorite high end restaurant!

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dianam
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, excellent service and beyond amazing food! I tried the pre fix menu for the evening and it was so delicious. I can’t wait to go back

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garyc
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely, rare tropical treat! Very special and romantic.

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Foodie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love inn beach restaurant. It is so nice to sit and relax and feel the luxury and sounds of the ocean. The special meals make your tastebuds tingle. The staff are so professional and you feel wanted and treasured as a guest. Thank you

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vipPatrick
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday evening, my wife and I had another awesome experience at Canoe House. I ordered the absolutely delicious five course tasting menu: oysters, radish salad, prawns, steak, dessert. The Canoe House offers the best ocean-front fine dining experience on the island. The food, atmosphere, service, cocktails and wine list are exceptional!

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vipcoliwobbles
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu for Canoe House is not posted on the Auberge Mauna Lani website but we found one on OpenTable and it matched the menu from our previous two visits to the Canoe House. I was looking forward to the roasted tenderloin of beef and was very disappointed when on arrival and getting the menu finding that the menu had changed and it was no longer on the menu. We will probably not return until they have an accurate menu posted on the website. I had the Kona Kampachi (3rd time now) and my wife had the shrimp and both were excellent. Many of the items on the menu come with no or minimal vegetables, or rice or potatoes, and there is nothing listed on the menu to get them as a side dish, but if you ask you can get rice and fingerling potatoes. I understand that restaurants are doing their best during the COVID-19 but I would expect better from this very high end restaurant. I would however highly recommend the Canoe House for its excellent cuisine. To get into the hotel to gain access to the restaurant there is a set of barriers. Press the button on the intercom on the set closest to the hotel and security will let you into the parking lot. Proceed to the hotel entrance for a temperature check and wrist band before going to the restaurant.

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vipDesertrat
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous meal and setting!

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DavidA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view and great staff. loved the presentation

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Willy
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might be the best place for dinner on the coast!!

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vipLawrenceG
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Chris our server was terrific. The limited menu provided oversalted food and an uninteresting selection. The bread was not worth the salted calories. . Please bring back your old menu. As important, please bring back the old Mai Tai’s. The new recipe is virtually undrinkable. The Canoe House used to have the best Mai Tais on the. island. Music was awful and like fingers on a chalkboard.

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BellaWS
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great setting with very good service. The food was outstanding. It is great to have such a good fine dining restaurant available during this trying time with so many places closed.

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Surlatable
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Setting can’t be beat. First time dining there since the change by Auberge Hotels. Service began well but there was a long lapse between salad and main meal, maybe 25-30 minutes. There was no touchback to the table to check on us while waiting for our entrees. Food arrived lukewarm so we assumed waitstaff got distracted or forgot to check the readiness of the order. More specifically the Roasted Hearts of Palm salad was bland in seasoning, Hanger Steak was served closer to rare than medium rare, and Pot au creme dessert was odd in presentation with a very liquid layer under a foam top, topping a small amount of custard on the bottom of the cup.
I had the 5
Course Matt and Yuka’s Menu , which I enjoyed and would give 5 stars,
But each of my 3 guests did not get a 5 star dining experience in one or more aspects of the entire meal.

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vipAmber
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this dinner - the food, drinks, service and view!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Staff (especially support staff) is amazing, great COVID regulations in place. We will be back super soon!!

FAQs

CanoeHouse is rated 4.7 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.