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CanoeHouse

4.5
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74 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, 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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 74 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.8
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4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pattie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the staff at this wonderful restaurant. New chef is very creative and his wife is extremely kind and friendly! Completely professional!

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GaryL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Had the tasting menu--great food. Would have been even better if properly coordinated with our drink orders.

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Vick
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CanoeHouse is my favorite fine dining experience, special green flash view at sunset

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the five course dinner special and every item was delectable!

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DavidG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful venue under the stars! So nice to see it open again. Prices are high but the food quality is vert good. With all that is going on, treat yourself to a lovely dinner here.....

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vipPatrick
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Friday, my wife Julie and I had another outstanding meal at Canoe House. I told the manager that currently Canoe House was the best restaurant on the island. She thanked me and expressed concern about repeat local resident business once the other island restaurants re-open. My recommendation would be for the Canoe House to offer locals complimentary dishes and/or the typical 15% kama'aina discount.

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jeremyb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to visit Canoe House since it became an Auberge property. We were very pleased with the ambiance, service & quality of food. Our server was Aulike, a true Hawaiian that knows how to treat her guests with an aloha hospitality. She went out of her way to serve us something that was not on the menu. (whole lobster). The chef prepared it to perfection!!

Cannot wait till the Hotel opens, we will definitely visit.

Thank you

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BellaWS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. We had the tasting menu, which was a real treat. It included lobster, a salad, fish, a filet, and dessert. The portions were perfect and the flavors impeccable. The staff was attentive, but not intrusive. They did a great job making us feel safe with social distancing, disposable and QR code menus, and handling of dishes. The setting of the Canoe house has always been fabulous, and it is even more special with the new remodel. The wine list was pricey, but I expected that for a resort setting. It was a very special meal.

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SherriM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here under the stars and both enjoyed the My Menu set menu option. It was a five course meal and each course was delicious! We will definitely return. Thank you Canoe House, a real treat!

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Lottepotta66
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The ambiance is spectacular. It is very difficult to reach anyone to make a larger party reservation it took me 3 days. Once I reached Lana she couldn’t of been more friendly and accommodating. The service was friendly and they really tried hard to make us happy. The food was good the deserts were amazing! The valet driver/ welcome desk was so welcoming and really he was the best first impression of the restaurant and hotel I give him 5 stars for service and attitude! He was very nice even wished my daughter happy birthday very professional!

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vipHere2stay
Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was wonderful to hear the Canoe House was open. The service was very attentive and excellent. The placement of table was rather odd given the huge area in which tables could be set up. They opted to have an upper and lower row which in the end felt on top of one another and was quite noisy when people were talking. Then way out on the edge of the lanai there would be three more tables closely set to each other. So much wasted open space needs to be reconsidered. The meal for the price left much to be desired. The 8 oz steak Filet was tender but that with a couple of cherry tomatoes cut in half was considered the meal for $56, no starch, no vegetable. When other upscale restaurants are working to retain business with decent portions and revised prices it seems Canoe House is not one of them.

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vipPatrick
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time my wife and I have eaten at the Canoe House since it re-opened. The Japanese inspired cuisine, atmosphere, wine and beverage offerings are truly outstanding. For this meal, we tried the Shokupan Pull Apart Bread and the Roasted Head On Kauai Shrimp. The shrimp were juicy, served in a yuzu soy garlic butter sauce and cooked perfectly. The bread was fresh, hot and served right out of the oven. The bread is soft and the perfect match for soaking up the delicious shrimp sauce. The Canoe House is located ocean-front in the beautiful Mauna Lani Auberge Hotel. Currently, the Canoe House is the best restaurant on the island. Not to be missed!

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Amber
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best dinner and dining experience on island right now

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LesC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much needed gal time with one of my favorite people. We indulged with a trip to Canoe House. The beverages were great and the dishes we tried were each unique, multilevel flavors and delicious. Will be back for sure.

MB
MichelleB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Canoe House is absolutely stunning, views upon views for sunset! It rained and we had to eat inside, but the inside is wide open so airflow was wonderful and views remained! Staff was the nicest, most accommodating staff I have ever encountered at a luxury restaurant. Food was delicious, but they have very small portions for the prices. I definitely recommend the Canoe House for any celebratory or special occasion! It feels very special!

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vipLocalFoodie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most special restaurant in Hawaii Islands. Food is wonderful even during this difficult time. It never disappoints.

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KeithB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at CanoeHouse. Everything was top notch from the service to the food. We will be back.

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DaveS
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location! Service was stellar! An amazing night!

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vipPatrick
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The original Canoe House closed when the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel was sold and closed. The hotel and restaurant has since been thoroughly remodeled. The new hotel is the Auberge Mauna Lani. Unfortunately, the new hotel and restaurant had to close again because of the pandemic. But thankfully, even though the hotel is still officially closed, the Canoe House restaurant has re-opened for dinner Wednesday through Sunday. The restaurant is staffed by Ben (the hotel beverage manager), Matt (the chef) and Yuka (manager and Matt's wife). The cuisine is Japanese. Matt trained at the prestigious Nobu restaurant in Honolulu. The restaurant is situated ocean front and the views are spectacular. The food and service are outstanding. Presently, with all of the hotels closed because of the pandemic, the Canoe House is the only hotel restaurant that has re-opened. Also, every effort is made to ensure your complete safety during the pandemic. All customers temperatures are taken, the staff wear masks and gloves, and the tables are separated far apart. Customers are required to make reservations and wear masks. Canoe House offers the best romantic, fine-dining experience on the Big Island!

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vipFashionableFoodie
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They take the safety pre-cautions very seriously at Canoe House. We had an amazing and safe experience. The food was inventive. The service staff was top notched. We will be coming back on a regular basis!

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vipClaudiaF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinning experience.
Food was superb, service outstanding and service exemplary. We celebrated our anniversary and Canoe House made it extra special.
We also felt good about their safety measures.
Highly recommend.

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saradev
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An amazing view, great staff! What a magical night, thank you!

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vipDonS
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special occasion for my wife and I on the occasion of our 33rd wedding anniversary. We are locals and were very impressed with our dining experience. (Our grown daughter enjoyed the experience as well)

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vipcoliwobbles
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters and Kona Kampachi. Great wine selection. Wonderful desserts.

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vipbhak
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were seated at 6:15 and did not leave until 9:00, too long for dinner. Took 35-40 minutes to get drinks.

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BrittneyW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always relaxing to sit on the lanai and enjoy a nice dinner with the ocean view and sea breeze. The culinary experience is delightful and the service is friendly and unpretentious.

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KananiK
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were excited to go out and celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was our first time dining at Canoe House since it’s reopening (under new management). We realize that they have been open only a few days since the COVID shutdown however service could have been better. There seemed to be a lack of attention and disorganization by the staff and floor manager. The food runners were sloppy in their delivery and floor management seemed non-existent. The food was tasty and well prepared. There were maybe 10 tables and we noticed the chef greet all but our table during our visit. It was obvious that noting on Opentable that it was our anniversary was overlooked and not acknowledged by the staff or manager. We weren’t expecting anything extra but a “Happy Anniversary” would have been nice if not why put it as an option while making reservations. The floor manager carried on a lengthy conversation with the table next to us which was very loud and ruined the ambiance of the dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every course served with the set menu. It was great being back at the Canoe House.

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ErelO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

BEST LOCATION FOR A LOVELY DINNER ON THIS ISLAND!! TO UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT GO AND MAKE A RESERVATION!

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DennisS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! We are so glad that the Canoe House is open again. It is truly one of the finest restaurants on the Big Island.

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ConnieH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Children at home and enjoyed a romantic special evening out. Fabulous service, incredible view and experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I proposed to my now fiancé right outside. A dinner I’ll never forget.

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I think the tapas format is passe. You should serve regular entres.
I am a frequent dinner and have polled my friends who also agree.
This will be an infrequent venue for me.

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MarkS
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The small plate experience was fun. Everyone at the table could sample the same thing. We ordered two or three plates at a time to pace ourselves. The bread, tuna poke, corn tempura, red snapper catch of the day, and filet mignon were all excellent.
When finished we sat by the bonfire and listened to the waves roll in. The setting is beautiful,

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BrentS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The CanoeHouse was a great experience. They had a good variety of options as well as some unique dishes. The food was very good and I recommend the pull apart bread to complement your meal. I thought the price was much higher than it needed to be, but I knew based upon recommendations that it was a higher priced restaurant.

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Derialbaba
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Appetizer overspiced
Expensive
Limited menu
Casual service
Gorgeous setting and decor

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JAbuds
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Wonderful location and restaurant setup on a beautiful terrace. Great attentive service. Although We love Japanese food, it was not that good and definitely overpriced. The chicken skewer texture was spongy and not appetizing. The hearts of Palm salad had minimal flavor and the king crab was quite salty. The home made bread is very very buttery and not original in flavor or texture. Unfortunately, overall the food was overrated.

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vipDavidR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

If you don’t mind spending over $300.00 for two on basically appetizers then you may like this place. It’s a tasting menu and an expensive one at that., twenty four dollars for some kernels of corn battered and fried.??? Never again, at least not with this menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Look over the menu carefully. Very high prices but amazing location. Try to arrive before dark.

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CanoeHouse is rated 4.5 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

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