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Canoehouse Exteriror - CanoeHouse, Kamuela, HI

CanoeHouse

4.8
4.8
1323 Reviews
$50 and over
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 6-course $135 'MY' menu, or relax and enjoy the full menu, portioned and designed to share. Unparalleled Pacific Ocean views and contemporary indoor-outdoor space. Enjoy the mesmerizing glows of tiki torches and fire pits all evening long, and taste the legacy.

Please kindly note that CanoeHouse accepts reservations 24 hours in advance.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Creative Japanese, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 885-6622

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matt Raso

  • Neighborhood

    Kamuela

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,323 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii

    Best Ambiance

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Overall

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Food

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Service

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hawaii / Big Island

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  1. a

    adiner

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As other reviewers have said, the food is salty. We didn’t find it too much (we asked for less). We liked everything we had. The roasted potatoes and the flourless chocolate cake were highlights. Service was very good. Our indoor table was great for shade and we could see the sunset - the music blaring from the speakers above is detracted from the experience (music okay, volume a lot). We’d return.
  2. CC

    CortneyC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Food was great. Service, table, and overall value were not great.
  3. h

    henryj

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our extended family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We could not have chosen a better place. The staff was outstanding. When the menu items chosen by our grandchildren were not to there liking (too spicy) they were quickly replaced with the spices on the side. The adults all decided to do the tasting menu and everyone was delighted. The setting was beautiful. A bit pricey but for a special occasion like this, well worth it.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Beautiful spot, right on the beach
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AWESOME!!! We booked again before we left!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service5ambience3
    If you are used to Hawaiian hotel/resort type of fine dining this place is nothing special - still high quality of food but overpriced compared to other hotel/resort restaurants I’ve been to. Service was exceptional. Ambiance was just a OK and the amount of bugs we had to deal with throughout the dinner was enough for me to decide not to ever return to the place. If you really want to check it out then ask for indoor seating.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner in the Big Island
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a lovely evening out at the Canoe House. The ambiance was perfect, the service was incredible and offered their personal suggestions, and food was amazing! Highly recommend and will be back!
  9. s

    skiergirl

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service are impeccable. If you go early, wear sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen and light clothing. Their solution to sun shade for diners is to hand out umbrellas that you have to hold. Not a perfect solution, but certainly wouldn't want a roof over the place! If you are sensitive to sun, ask to be seated inside.
  10. B

    Basummergirl

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I came to celebrate our birthdays, and what a magical birthday it was! The staff are incredibly attentive and top notch for a restaurant. They recommend the 6 course meal, which is an absolute must try if you are a first-time guest. Each plate was incredibly well thought out, unique between each other, and the perfect amount of food (we did not come starved). To top it off, the views are breathtaking. We would gladly come back the next time we visit the big island.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Food was good. Service could have been better. IMO you go there for the setting.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Service was great Food was amazing
  13. W

    Whitnie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Dean was fantastic and knew the whole menu in detail.
  14. CD

    CourtneyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was superb. The view, the excellent service, the delicious food. Highly recommend the pork belly and the panna cotta - so refreshing even if you think you can't eat another bite!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. Surprisingly so…in that I prefer the Four Seasons accommodations, but Canoe House blew the FS food away…so inventive and delicious. We will definitely be back!!
  16. KN

    KrisN

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our last dinner on the island and a special meal for our family. It is very expensive but given the quality of the experience overall and the relative cost of much lesser quality dining options, we’d do it again in a heartbeat the next time we visit The Big Island. This was perhaps the best meal we’ve ever had here!
  17. H

    Howard

    Los Angeles

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steamed clams are about as good as I have ever had. All of their food is very good and the service is just as good but the prices are in orbit.
  18. MP

    MarkP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was the best food we ate on the West side of the big Island. Great place for a sunset dinner date. Expect to spend about $100 per plate, but totally worth it.
  19. J

    Josh

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I don’t know why people rave about this place. It’s very expensive for food that’s just “good”, but not great. Service was acceptable - nothing more, nothing less. Two of us got the Kona Kampachi and it was a nice presentation, cooked well, but very salty and little other flavor. The Grilled Hearts of Palm salad was very good, but way over-priced. The table, ambiance and view were very nice. The corn ribs were good, but just basically an ear of corn cut in 4 (lengthwise). A neat gimmick, but nothing special. 4 of the cocktails were ordered were good. The house Mai Tai was terrible, and is the first craft cocktail listed, and also the most expensive. I do not mind paying for great food, great service, and special presentation but this place charges very high prices and overall was just “meh”.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It would be nice to have some shade outside. The food was overall a bit salty. The service was good. The potatoes were the highlight of the meal. The lava flow wasn’t great, really watery no pineapple flavor . The beef tenderloin is served without sauce so pretty plain and a couple pieces of vegetables. It would be nice to have some juice or sauce. The desert was delicious but the ice cream was so tiny a bit one bite tease.. I’m sure if you like seafood you would love this place but for me not so great. Still I give it four stars because the setting , service and some dishes were very good tasting.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Chef’s tasting menu was exquisite. New Big Island favorite!
  22. J

    John

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best experience ever!!!
  23. DD

    DonnaD

    Austin

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I tried the My Menu, and our waiter suggested a couple of great wines, ESPECIALLY enjoyed the O'Shaunessy cab, the King salmon sashimi with ikira, lobster tempura, and Monchong. Favorite salad is the radish salad. Onolicious! Lovely food, service, and setting if you are looking for a high end experience where casual attire is OK.
  24. S

    Steve

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthdays and graduation
  25. LW

    LarryW

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Felt it was way overpriced and the sauce on the fresh fish and crab leg was way to salty
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Canoehouse was a gorgeous venue, perfect for a celebration. The staff were friendly and warm, the food exceptional. Especially the flourless chocolate cake with Kona coffee ice cream. Best of all was the sunset over the water and the sound of the waves-the open air design is perfect.
  27. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was incredible. Ashley was very knowledgeable and helpful and her server assistant was very attractive and friendly as well. We will definitely be back.
  28. P

    Patrick

    Hawaii

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I dine at Canoe House frequently. We also dine at the other fine-dining restaurants on the Big Island. Canoe House is definitely the best restaurant on the Big Island in all categories: food quality, food creativity, service and ambiance! Matt is the executive chef and creates some of the best food you will ever taste!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding!!!
  31. JF

    JackF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service from the time we walked in until the time we walked out. Excellent meal
  32. AL

    AdventureLover

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time dining at CanoeHouse and it’s yet again, AMAZING. We enjoy the MY Menu, which is a six course tasting menu. Ian and Jhumar were friendly, personable and attentive. The food is beyond delicious. And ambiance is wonderful. The view can’t get better than oceanfront.
  33. W

    Whokaree

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were looking someplace special for a Saturday night. So we picked The Canoe House. We had been there before — about 31 years ago! My wife had a lovely glass of Prosecco and I had Mai-Tai. The waiter explain the 2 fish dishes. We passed on the fish. (Prices are very expensive) So we together ordered Special Teriyaki Chicken. Marvelous delicious sweet teriyaki sauce and perfect chicken—moist and tender. (We took home chicken) For dessert we shared flourless rich chocolate and it was delicious! 🥰
  34. s

    sjk1214

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had the prefixe menu. Food was fresh and decent portion but flavors were somewhat lacking. The appeal of the restaurant though isn't just the food but the view which was awesome as the sunset with the cool breeze.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful place and delicious food! Our waiter, Antonio, gave us great recommendations. Delicious corn ribs and green salad with a light, scrumptious dressing. We had lobster and beef tenderloin and finished with a light, yummy goat cheese dessert. Highly recommend - especially around sunset
  36. DM

    DMarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Antonio our server was the best! Be knew every item on the menu and answered any questions we had. He told us that he just moved to the island 5 months ago but he already knew so much about everything. He was kind, attentive, patient, funny, and created a very welcoming atmosphere. We will 100% be returning!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience in the Big Island
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    11 of us went.
  39. AO

    AnnO

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome from start to finish. We were treated like celebrities and we are not! Janeth made sure we had the perfect table and Aulike made our night special. Very aware of our gluten allergies. We had shoshitos, pull apart bread, potatoes, haystack with ahi, mahi, teriyaki chicken, kampachi, flourless cake, wine and port. What a night. Going back on our 38 th anniversary on June 30. Fabulous night. Thank you. ❤️👍❤️
  40. J

    Jessica

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Although we could enjoy nice sunset and ocean breezes, the service was shockingly poor for its high-price and reputation. Our sever didn't introduce himself and almost NEVER came to our table to check on us how the dinner was going on. It was clear that he was far too busy with all other neighboring tables, making all cheerful conversations, which we couldn't get from him throughout the evening. We felt left alone. I'm not sure whether it was because we were only Asian guests he had or we spent less than other tables, but we paid nearly +350$ for 2, so may be we could have expected more...It was our honeymoon, which was also unacknowledged as he has never asked what to celeberate despite we specifically noted in advance in the opentable app. I didn't expect anything particular, but simple "happy honeymoon" would be nice. What was worse, because he wasn't around, I had to find and ask him if the chef could do anything with my fish - which was too salty to eat - and then he just picked up the plate and walked away, said nothing. We were like, "what was that...?" Although we expected nothing but making the sauce less salty, if possible, but simple "sorry that you didn't like the dish" would be nice, again, considering the price. Food was okay, so we would have ordered so much more if we had different server other than him. Food runners were cheerful and polite, the only problem was that they were not my server. I was so excited to finally get into this place and (because I had the best dinner at ulu the other night) I expected the dinner at canoe house would be impeccable, but it was just painful. Never had this experience from the server in any fine dining restaurant in anywhere in the world. If you are an asian, go to ulu. If you have a deep pocket, go to ulu twice. I try to think it was just off night and I know that there are good reviews, but beware your experience can be varied and largely depends on which server you can get.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

CanoeHouse is rated 4.8 stars by 1323 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today
Google Map for CanoeHouse

68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr Kamuela, HI 96743

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kamuela

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Creative Japanese, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Raso

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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