CanoeHouse

4.9
819 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 5-course $95 '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.

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
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and delicious food, along with excellent service!

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vipJulieK
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenom food and views and superlative service

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vipcalidiner
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around. We both chose the tasting menu. Each course was fantastic and the service was excellent.

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vipJennifer
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent; friendly, down-to-earth and attentive. We did the tasting menu which was a nice range of flavors and ingredients, albeit mostly fish. Wine list was extensive. Ambience can’t be beat. We experienced a picturesque sunset. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We felt rushed the food came out vary fast. One appetizer came out after my main. It was odd.....they rushed us with food but waited 10 min for s&p and another long wait for our check. Food was good but I won't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Calvin
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding upscale Hawaiian inspired seafood and steaks. Even better ambiance steps from the beach and views of sunset over the ocean right from our table. Highly recommend the chef’s tasting menu. We’d absolutely come here again next time on the Big Island.

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ClareL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu and it was fantastic. We also did the wine pairing which was great. The food was delicious and the sunset views were also amazing.

PR
vipPaulR
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overrated for the price tag.
Expected more ocean dishes/actually more meat then fish on menu.
Food was good, but not exceptional as anticipated.
Desert was the best part of the meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect food&service

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Pook
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pull apart bread, gyoza and the catch of the day, a snapper, we’re excellent. Grilled Kampachi (amberjack) was meh, and the trumpet mushrooms didn’t work. We had a lovely Albariño ($75 per bottle). Poke was fine but not the best we’ve had. The server took a long time to take our enter orders. The front desk/hostesses were terrific and let us linger over drinks way after our table was ready. Know this, you can only get reservations 48 hours in advance (on Open Table) and it fills up fast. Lovely setting on a huge outdoor seaside deck at the upscale Mauna Lani hotel.

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Jesse
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Everything was delicious, and the service was perfect.

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Chrispy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The setting was amazing...very similiar to the ULU Grille at Hualalai.
Food was very good...we did a 6 course special of different items.
I think our server was either just too busy or forgot about us a few times . It was not the service you would expect at a place of this caliber and $$$$.
We have eaten at places like this before and had better more relaxed service. Who knows though...with COVID ...,maybe they were short staffed although other servers around us seemed to be doing a much better job.

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ShellyS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most beautiful settings to enjoy excellent food. Service was impeccable.

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KeithK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. From the like-able knowledgeable bartenders to a very nice server it was a great night. Yuka the owner of the restaurant popped by for a hello. The food and drink was wonderful. We ordered dessert and final drink and walked toward the ocean to sit by the fire pits. Fantastic way to end the night. Even though we had closed our bill the server checked in on us anyway. Just wonderful. Great people, food and experience. Thank you!

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vipvhurteau
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the multiple course dinner and had wonderful wine pairings. Sophisticated and fresh ingredients in a stunning beach front location.

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vipallenb
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was matched only by the superb .quality of dish. Memorable evening.

KT
vipKTJ2988
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Canoehouse for our honeymoon. Heard amazing reviews prior to dining and it did not disappoint! Big food lovers from Los Angeles and we were BLOWN AWAY by the food, ambiance and service. Indi is hands down the best “dinner shaman” and guided us through the menu and created an evening we will never forget. Will be back as much as possible. Bravo to the team at Canoehouse. PS- do yourself a favor and order the milk bread!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fine dining on the Big Island! Dishes were creative and highly recommend the chef tasting menu. Even better the restaurant was accommodating to our dietary restrictions as well- something that many chefs with tasting menus won’t do. Thank you immensely to canoehouse for their fantastic service and giving us a vacation dinner to remember!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind server, nice music and tasty foods!
Made my day(honeymoon)!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal in a beautiful setting.

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Doge
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The appetizers (pepper, oysters, and mushrooms) were very good (flavor, portion, presentation). The main dishes (lobster and catch of the day) were bland and very dry.

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NeilG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a fine dining experience! Our favorite spot on Big Island...

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vipLaFoodie
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a true foodie heaven and our family loved it! We went multiple times and couldn't get enough of the delicious food, beautiful ocean-front ambiance and phenomenal service, starting with lovely Ms Yuka who graciously remembered us from our last trip and seated at our favorite table. They specialize in a variety of delicious sauces featured in every dish and we shared multiple plates including unique tangy edamame, mouth-watering corn ribs, shokupan hot bread (great for cleaning out sauces from plate bottoms), unbelievable fried rice with egg, Kauai shrimp, yummy fingerling potatoes, and citrusy green salad. Don't miss one of the amazing fresh fish selections as your main course (they also have red meat dishes which we didn't try). Loved the cocktails and well-chilled Cotes de Provence rose. Make sure you leave room for dessert - we tried three including chocolate cake with local coffee ice-cream, one goat cheese and another fruit-based, all were outstanding. Can't wait to go back!

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RhettP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was Spectacular!
A must visit on the Big Island

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vipJenfromGeorgia
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu which was phenomenal! We added in the gyoza which were amazing as well. The opaka opaka and the daikon radish salad were the biggest hits. Lovely evening and setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. For 2 people, the ideal scenario would be for 1 person to do the tasting menu, and then add a la carts items that are can’t miss such as the milk bread, corn ribs, and sashimi. A bit pricey but very good and great vibe overlooking the ocean

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for our first anniversary and were impressed with the food, the ambience, and the overall service. The staff was super friendly and welcoming!! It was a lovely evening and I would highly recommend for any occasion!

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TimothyB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the dishes we ordered immensely. However selections were somewhat limited if you don’t appreciate seafood. Very pricey — you pay more for the location than for the meal.

DC
DavidC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner we had on our trip. Delicious creative cuisine that was a truly unique experience.

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vipRegis
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Canoe House continues to impress even during extremely busy Festive season. The care and attention every person at our table of four received by all of the Canoe staff was delivered with Aloha. Our night was a lovely way to enjoy “friendsgiving”!

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Jade
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary views and amazing food! We loved our experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience. Very accommodating for vegans and absolutely delicious. Service was impeccable as was the location. Highly recommend.

NP
vipNenaP
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last day on Island of Hawaii. Delightful though pretty darn humid (even with 7:30 pm reservation). Stsff was terrific and I had THe best G&T ever—trying to recreate it at home. Food wonderful (corn “ribs”, gnocchi and hearts of palm salad) and THE best coffee ice cream we’ve ever had as well. Would return in a heartbeat!

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RonaldS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, the best place near Waikolia to have a great dinner and watch the sunset. The scenery was awesome. Our service and food was outstanding. Not sure how the evening could have been any better…. The architecture of the restaurant and resort is something to see….. Just a fantastic experience…. The fine Japanese cuisine is as good as anything I have had in Japan.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful dining experience, celebrating our anniversary at Canoehouse! Hands down one of the best restaurants we have ever visited. Ian offered exceptional service and knowledge of the menu. He was attentive yet graceful and so kind when we asked him to take photos of us. The ambiance was so beautiful and we felt so lucky to be able to watch the sunset during our meal - it made the experience that much more memorable! I've already recommended Canoehouse to my fellow fine dining family and friends and we will definitely be back the next time we visit the island! Mahalo chef and all the wonderful staff for the experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and amazing service!

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Cher
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, love the food & ambiance. A special place! Thanks to our server Indi for helping make our evening outstanding.

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DavidT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dining experience. My wife had the tasting menu ... and each course was better than the last. My fresh fish had a unique and exquisite combination of flavors. Our server (Sky) was attentive without being intrusive ... exactly what you would expect from a restaurant at this level.

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CanoeHouse is rated 4.9 stars by 819 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.