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Canoehouse Exteriror - CanoeHouse, Kamuela, HI

CanoeHouse

4.8
4.8
1232 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

May 2022
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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

Popular dishes

Menu

$135 per person; six course dinner. Menu prices and items are subject to change without prior notice

Course #1

  • Edamame$10.00

    maldon sea salt, shichimi, lemon

    • Kahuku Corn "Ribs"$14.00

      soy, shichimi, white truffle oil

      • Blistered Shishito Peppers$14.00

        maldon sea salt

        Course #2

        • Oysters*

          sweet onion tosazu, chili pepper water

          • each$6.00
        • Poke Style Sashimi

          cucumber, white onion, crispy garlic, alaea salt, ogo

          • Tuna$32.00
          • Kona Kampachi$32.00
        • Warayaki

          hay smoked & seared, wasabi soy, mustard miso

          • Tuna$32.00
          • Kona Kampachi$32.00
          • Wagyu$56.00
        • Roasted Head on Kauai Shrimp$38.00

          garlic butter, yuzu soy, shichimi

          • Alaskan King Crab Leg$72.00

            black truffle crust, scallion

            • Shokupan Pull Apart Bread$16.00

              buttered and salted

              • Local Beef and Foie Gras Gyoza$24.00

                chili ponzu

                • Steamed Clam Nabe$36.00

                  dashi soy, oyster mushroom, smoked pork belly

                  Course #3

                  • Tomatoes and Eggplant$28.00

                    dashi, soy, bonito

                    • Kekela Farms Mixed Greens$24.00

                      yuzu truffle dressing, parmesan, black pepper

                      • Grilled Big Island Hearts of Palm$31.00

                        tomatillo, roasted jalapeno, avocado, cilantro

                        • Radish Salad with Crispy Salmon Skin$32.00

                          roasted nori, wasabi mayonnaise, sweet vinegar

                          • Ahi Tataki Kale Salad$42.00

                            kombu, tosazu, purple cabbage, crispy chili garlic

                            Course #4

                            • Local Fresh Catch$44.00

                              tosazu, scallion relish, blistered tomatoes

                              • Grilled Kona Kampachi$58.00

                                yuzu kosho, dashi, lime, mitsuba, ali'i mushroom

                                • Grilled Whole Keahole Lobster$82.00

                                  lobster miso butter, finger lime

                                  • Koji Marinated Big Island Chicken$46.00

                                    balsamic teriyaki

                                    Course #5

                                    • Smoked Pork Belly$56.00

                                      cabbage, mustard miso

                                      • Colorado Lamb Chops$72.00

                                        fresh chevre, rosemary miso vinaigrette, roasted root vegetables

                                        • 8oz Prime Tenderloin Steak$86.00

                                          truffle butter, roasted root vegetables

                                          • 24oz Prime Ribeye Steak$148.00

                                            roasted vegetables, dipping sauces

                                            • 16oz Dry Rubbed New York Steak$92.00

                                              braised rainbow chard, hawaiian sea salt

                                              • Wagyu Rib Eye

                                                Roasted vegetables, dipping sauces. $40 supplement for my menu

                                                • per oz$30.00

                                              Sides

                                              • Roasted Vegetables$16.00

                                                olive oil, salt, pepper

                                                • Whole Maitake Mushrooms$16.00

                                                  olive oil, salt, pepper

                                                  • Roasted Potatoes$24.00

                                                    slow cooked egg, smoked pork jowl, mustard miso, scallions

                                                    • Tatsoi and Oyster Mushroom$16.00

                                                      dashi, sake, garlic

                                                      Last updated: March 11, 2022

                                                      What 1,232 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                      4.8
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                                                      • 4.8Food
                                                      • 4.8Service
                                                      • 4.9Ambience
                                                      • 4.1Value

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                                                      1. JC

                                                        JohnC

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Excellent food. Top wine list. Tremendous view and vibe. Wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Perfect.

                                                      2. LM

                                                        LisaM

                                                        1 review

                                                        3.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                        overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                        Extremely expensive, new menu, not the same canoe house we expected

                                                      3. J

                                                        Jordi

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Excellent meal and ambiance!

                                                      4. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        New York Area

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        graduation and bday! it was awesome

                                                      5. PM

                                                        PeterM

                                                        New England

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        Location is 5 star!!! Service amazing and food very good but portions extremely small for the price.

                                                      6. JM

                                                        JennaM

                                                        Chicago

                                                        1 review

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Incredible food and atmosphere!

                                                      7. AL

                                                        AdventureLover

                                                        Los Angeles

                                                        30 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        30 reviews

                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        First time dining at CanoeHouse and my experience was amazing. The best ocean front view, attentive and friendly service, delicious flavors and libations and overall wonderful.

                                                      8. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Baltimore

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Absolutely superb!!

                                                      9. AC

                                                        AmyC

                                                        Central Coast

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Our special dinner was spectacular, broke the bank, but totally worth it!

                                                      10. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        New York Area

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great meal. Solid service. Even good for vegans!

                                                      11. D

                                                        Darpave

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        59 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        59 reviews

                                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                        What a location! Canoe is on the grounds of the Mauna Lani resort which is a really swanky joint. It's an architecturally stunning complex right on the beach with beautiful design and elegant finishes throughout, and the sunset views can't be beat. The restaurant is also stunning and the food was delicious. Our server was great as was the assistant server (?!). We started with what they styed as a poke appetizer which was essentially a dressed and garnished plate of very fresh ahi. The dressing was light and didn't overpower the fish. Also some lovely seaweed, sesame, all of which paired beautifully for a special appetizer. We chose the radish salad next. It was huge! Fortunately we planned to share and it was so delicious we actually finished it. Julienned radish and a few slices of what I call the rainbow radish for addition crunch and color with another stellar dressing. Our server recommended the rice special which included fried garlic and an egg on top with a lovely slightly creamy texture, and again a generous serving. Quite good but I was filling up. Then there was a miso glazed mahi that was absolutely delicious but over salted to my taste. Not sure why they felt that much salt was needed, but the underlying flavor was wonderful and the fish was perfectly cooked. Overall a memorable experience and the only reason I don't give 5 stars was the saltiness of the fish, but that won't stop me from returning...after my crypto goes ballistic and I can afford to go again.

                                                      12. r

                                                        relax

                                                        Seattle

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We can't say enough about the world class meal served at the Canoe House. The chef (Rossi) reached well beyond our expectations. Our server, Ian, was excellent. In addition, the music, lighting, furnishings, and crashing surf in the background all contributed to the perfect ambiance. A memorable meal in every way possible.

                                                      13. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Wedding honeymoon

                                                      14. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        13 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        13 reviews

                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        No place better on Earth! Seriously!

                                                      15. ZH

                                                        ZakH315741900000

                                                        Portland

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        CanoeHouse was spectacular in every aspect from the ambience to the exceptional quality of the food they served. Our server was great as was all of the wait staff that helped us. We even got a visit from one of the managers a few times during our evening. We will definitely come back the next time we are in town. Thank you CanoeHouse for making our Silver anniversary a special one.

                                                      16. K

                                                        Kent

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Fantastic evening - everything was wonderful. We did the tasting menu and it was perfect.

                                                      17. DB

                                                        DaveinBend

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Outstanding location and view matched by fabulous food from the Chef's Tasting Menu.

                                                      18. LL

                                                        LynnieLew

                                                        San Diego

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This was a wonderful experience all around. We had an excellent wait staff and delicious fresh food prepared meticulously. Very tasty, unique, and filling. We shared some sashimi with delicious drinks to start. We shared the yellow tail, garlic fried rice, hearts of palm salad and the not to be missed pre buttered and salted pull-apart fresh made bread all for our main course. We finished with the panne cotta with frozen fruit. Delicious all. A special place with a spectacular view close to the ocean.

                                                      19. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        3.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                        overall3food5service2ambience4

                                                        For a reservation for a birthday in advance I should have made clear I wanted nice seating not inside the restaurant. We were put without a view by a speaker inside. Waiter took better care of the larger tables than ours bringing their food explained etc. guessing because of ticket size for more people despite us ordering pre fix and bottles of wine, courses etc For the amount of money and fine dining the experience did not match the price tag. Yea the food is good…

                                                      20. NC

                                                        NancyC

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Expensive but exceptional food and wonderful service. The location and ambiance are the best!

                                                      21. C

                                                        Chelsea

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Beyond delicious, so accommodating with an inventive vegan menu in addition to traditional. Staff was so kind and made our 13th anniversary truly special.

                                                      22. MP

                                                        MarkP

                                                        New York Area

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Very Expensive but excellent, food, service, ambiance. We both had the 6 course tasting menu for $135. This did not include drinks and the Waygu beef was an additional $40. Not cheap by any means but excellent. We also had the box bread which was additional cost but how they made the inside of the bread buttery I don't know. This is a great place for a special occasion.

                                                      23. HM

                                                        HeidiM

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Our server Chris was wonderful and laid back, a perfect compliment to the hip smooth jazz vibes of the restaurant. The wagyu beef smoked table side was an inspired dish that will stay with us forever! The sunset and views were so gorgeous and the ambiance on the patio was super relaxing and pleasant. We had high expectations for the evening and they were exceeded.

                                                      24. M

                                                        Mitch

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        3.0

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                        overall3food4service2ambience5

                                                        The service was very lackluster.

                                                      25. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Seattle

                                                        1 review

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        It was an amazing dining experience! The restaurant and our server went above and beyond to make it a very special evening for my dad’s 70th birthday celebration!

                                                      26. MF

                                                        ManForAllFood

                                                        London

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        3.0

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                        overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                        Beautiful restaurant, great service, first course dishes were great. But both entrees were slightly overcooked which at these prices shouldn’t happen. I also emailed Auberge Resorts about this and no response. Oh well, another high priced island restaurant with mediocre food.

                                                      27. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Diego

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        Beautiful setting. Sunset is spectacular. Service was great. Food was fantastic. Our table ordered lobster, shrimp, oysters, fried rice, fresh catch, wagyu flown in from Japan and pull apart bread. Everything was exceptional, except the oysters (they came dressed with onions and sauce and I prefer them undressed) and the shrimp was a bit over cooked and under seasoned. Best meal on Hawaii by a mile. Even the kids’ meals were high quality. Nice wine list, too! Ian was our server and he was wonderful.

                                                      28. PA

                                                        PATRICKV

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        Fabulous ambience…but way too expensive. We are in the liquor industry,,,and their prices are outrageous….$36.00 for a glass of red wine! I don,t mind being charged,,,but they are like wounded bulls…didn’t even offer us a Kamina discount as so many other fabulous island restaurants do. Wil not go back…and that’s a shame….the service was outstanding and the view out of this world. There.s a lot of shoreline on our island with wonderful views however

                                                      29. JM

                                                        JennaM

                                                        Orlando

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Food , service, ambiance… Spectacular across the board! The best dining experience of my life. Truly.

                                                      30. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Hawaii

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 19, 2022

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        Beautiful location, little overpriced!

                                                      31. DF

                                                        DavidF

                                                        Palm Springs

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We went here to celebrate our anniversary. Amazing romantic atmosphere, food, and service. One of the best meals of our lives! Expensive, but worth it for a special occasion!

                                                      32. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Diego

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Beautiful setting, delicious food. A little pricey though.

                                                      33. SB

                                                        SamB

                                                        St. Louis

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This was our second trip in 25 years to the Canoe House and it remains legendary. Service and food are outstanding.

                                                      34. JS

                                                        JonathanS

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 17, 2022

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        Excellent overall restaurant with good food and great ambience

                                                      35. S

                                                        Soomi

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 16, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We enjoyed a lovely dinner for Mother’s Day, we will be back!!

                                                      36. GD

                                                        GabrielleD

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 16, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great food and service, overall atmosphere and experience was 5 stars. Food was expensive (as expected), but would definitely return for another meal regardless.

                                                      37. AM

                                                        AllisonM

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Canoe House came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint.! Had my birthday dinner- we did the tasting menu and it was beyond excellent!!

                                                      38. TK

                                                        TomKHarris

                                                        Seattle

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We enjoyed a glorious meal. The food (both ala carte and the Tasting Menu) was superb, and our server, Billy, was a consummate. professional

                                                      39. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service2ambience5

                                                        We loved every thing- but wish our server had explained the my menu. We overheard other servers explaining about the course menu’s.

                                                      40. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Las Vegas

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                        overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                        The ambience speaks for its self, this place has the most amazing beachfront view. We watched the sun set and it was absolutely beautiful. The food is a bit pricey so expect that but overall well worth the cost. One of the best dinners we had on the Island the entire week.

                                                      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 1232 OpenTable diners.

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                                                      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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