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Canoehouse Exteriror - CanoeHouse, Kamuela, HI

CanoeHouse

4.8
4.8
1300 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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Booked 53 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 1,300 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

    Romantic

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  1. J

    John

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best experience ever!!!

  2. S

    Steve

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthdays and graduation

  3. LW

    LarryW

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Felt it was way overpriced and the sauce on the fresh fish and crab leg was way to salty

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  5. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  6. P

    Patrick

    Hawaii

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were outstanding!!!

  9. JF

    JackF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  10. AL

    AdventureLover

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  11. W

    Whokaree

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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! 🥰

  12. s

    sjk1214

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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

  14. DM

    DMarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dining experience in the Big Island

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    11 of us went.

  17. 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. ❤️👍❤️

  18. 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.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Antonio our server was amazing

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant with the best view in the world. Pricey for a reason.

  21. N

    Nycjht123

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    A beautiful spot. Good food, a bit pricey. $148 for the Wagyu steak seems a bit excessive. Good quality. Most of the prix fixe items went with soy based sauces. A little too much raw seafood for my taste. Not a bad price for the fixed menu.

  22. TC

    TraeC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved our dinner there, celebrating our 10 year anniversary. Amazing food, service and views.

  23. RK

    RaniK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was excellent. Catch of the day was perfection

  24. HI

    HIfoodie

    Hawaii

    232 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    232 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Canoe House is a gem on the Kona coast. Their food is a culinary delight. My all time favorite salad is their salmon skin, radish salad - just writing about it makes me crave it! Their fish preparations and the pork belly are must tries for 1st time diners and to enjoy again on repeat visits. I'm already planning my next visit to the Big Island and hoping to be able to get a dinner reservation at Canoe House.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always the food and service were fantastic. The ambiance is something that just can’t be replicated. Fantastic!

  26. F

    Foodie

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Waitress brought out our daughter’s Mac and Cheese with some red meat on top. At a minimum should have comped the entree since we told her up front that we’re vegetarians.

  27. SB

    SusanB

    San Joaquin

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful idyllic setting near the beach. Food is very high quality. Between the 8 of us we had gluten and dairy allergies and a vegetarian; our waitress guided us and our restrictions could be accommodated. Our children are grown now but lots of kids played on the lawn while their parents relaxed. It was a lovely spot to celebrate our anniversary.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unreal experience. Worth every penny!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was incredible, especially our server Ayeshah… she gave us wonderful service and great recommendations throughout the evening!!!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For my honeymoon! The dinner was awesome. Worth to pay

  31. s

    skiergirl

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a spectacular restaurant in every way. We have been coming here since it opened many years ago, for family celebrations of every kind. Since Auberge opened, The Canoe House has exceeded all expectations. The flavors are complex, the presentation artistic, the staff are superb. Just perfect!

  32. AV

    ArtV

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Nice place. Clams were oversalted, but otherwise it was good experience.

  33. W

    Wino

    Denver

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The entire experience was fabulous. Our server, Billy, rocked, he was attentive without being overbearing! He suggested the Chef’s menu , which was a 6 course meal (it was small plates, so it wasn’t really too much food) and all 4 of us ordered. He also suggested that each couple upgrade the steak dish to Wagyu so that each couple could taste the difference, it was only $40 extra and was worth every penny. The ahi appetizer was simply delicious, fresh, and served with a garlic crouton. The mahi-mahi was moist, tender and in a yummy ponzu sauce. The crab was on a lemon arugula and the flavors were perfect. The steak was prepared perfectly and there was a noticeable difference in the Wagyu, as it melted in your mouth, however, both were delicious. Wine list is extensive, and a variety of craft cocktails made the experience fabulous.

  34. LP

    LoniP

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The view was outstanding-the food was sub par and outrageously overpriced. I’d recommend a different venue by the ocean for your special occasion.

  35. KB

    KarenB

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Canoe House is always amazing. The location on the beachfront can’t be beat. Sunsets never disappoint. We had Dustin as our very attentive server and I wish I caught the name of the other server who was filling our waters and taking our plates because he also came down and offered to take our photo at sunset on the grass and did an amazing job. The menu here is over the top expensive but if you know that going in, just enjoy it. Our $20 cocktails were yummy. Their mai tai is the best on the island. We had the bread which is so good and the hearts of palm salad. These are not canned hearts of palm, they are fresh and wonderful. We both had fish. The kampachi is a huge serving and we saved leftovers. The catch of the day was prepared perfectly. The fried rice side dish was truly yummy. We were brought a complimentary dessert for our anniversary and I can’t tell you what it was but it was great. The priciest dinner on our trip but worth it for this special celebration!

  36. MS

    MichelleS

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing views and ambiance. The tasting menu is pricey but some of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. Definitely a treat and a must do for Kona!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding dinner. Everything was incredible. Perfectly prepared dishes and great service

  38. EF

    ElizabethF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good menu, environment. Great service. Very pricey.

  39. s

    saya437

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything from the beachfront setting, warm tropical breeze, impeccable service and food made our dining experience too notch. We got the corn ribs, Alaskan king crab, pull apart bread, Kauai shrimp, grilled Kona kanpachi and the lobster. Every single item was seasoned and cooked to perfection and finger licking delicious! We will always come back to this restaurant every time we visit the big island!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Horrible haughty attitude by server ruined our experience to the point that we left after appetizers, feeling humiliated. No excuse for this anywhere but particularly shocking at the Mauna Lani

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 1300 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 53 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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