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Canoehouse Exteriror - CanoeHouse, Kamuela, HI

CanoeHouse

4.8
4.8
1579 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 $155 '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 59 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 1,579 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    Fit for Foodies

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  1. AF

    AnnetteF

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance and service! Delish food and variety, but prices extreme for quality.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live in the Mauna Lani Resort so we have the opportunity to eat at The Canoe House occasionally. It is consistently excellent. The food, ambience, and service can’t be beat. Honestly, every meal we’ve had there has been magical. It is pricey but worth it.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    It was our last night on our honeymoon and we wanted to have a special last meal. The food was absolutely amazing but the service wasn’t great. It took the waitress 3 times to come by until we were able to order drinks. My wife ended up not liking hers at all but we were never asked about our drinks just if we wanted to order food and throughout the night felt pretty ignored. I’m not sure if it was because our table was tucked inside or what. Like I said the food was amazing but for a place like that we thought the experience would have been better.
  4. TN

    TracyN

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose to spend our wedding anniversary at Canoe House. It was a great choice. Staff was welcoming and read the notes that this was our anniversary, and wished us happy anniversary! Dinner was amazing (as it has been every time I have visited). One of the best places to enjoy dinner and watch the sunset hoping to see a green flash. We did the prix fixe meal with the wine pairings and everything was delicious. A wonderful experience right up until we were done done and waited at least 20 minutes for our server to appear with our check. It was so long that we actually went to the hostess desk and waited another 10 minutes before receiving our check. But other than that hiccup it was great! Highly recommended.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary Celebration! The food was excellent with unique flavors. The service was impeccable.
  7. GF

    GlutenFreeGirl93

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had dinner here on the second night of our honeymoon and we could not have been more impressed! The service was impeccable, and the food was unreal. We loved everything, but in particular the king crab leg appetizer, the catch of the day for me, and the pork jowl for my husband. Would highly recommend!
  8. R

    Rose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for our wedding dinner and I must say this is the best dining experience I have ever had. Food was beyond phenomenal. Service was fantastic. Our table was private and romantic. 10/10 recommend if you are looking for an upscale fine dining experience. They even offered us a complimentary dessert as a congratulations. Above and beyond in every way!
  9. RS

    RandyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible dining experience. Service was spectacular. View was spectacular. Food was spectacular.
  10. SB

    ShelleBelle

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from start to finish.
  11. M

    Marco

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 29 th wedding anniversary
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Delicious food. Beautiful sunset.
  13. GF

    GreyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service was amazing, and it was all set to a beautiful backdrop of the ocean and the island of Maui. If you want to spend a good chunk of change for all of the aforementioned, this is the place to go. I will most certainly be going back and sending anyone who can spend the money here too.
  14. JB

    JohnB

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want the meal of your life, we recommend Canoe House! One of top 5 meals of all time and you can't beat the view!
  15. RD

    RobinD

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special dinner. Great service and a wonderful ocean and sunset view. We had the hearts of palm salad, fresh catch and lamb chops with side of potatoes with pork belly. Everything was delicious. What a fun evening!
  16. VI

    VICKIN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing ambiance. Dessert was awesome
  17. JS

    JacqueS

    Phoenix

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Was pretty bummed about this honeymoon/birthday experience. I talked to the manager about this when I was there but she all she did was bring us three plates of dessert which wasn’t what we were looking for. We decided to come here for our first time for my husband birthday and our honeymoon dinner. We were seated outside by a very loud cruise ship DJ that was performing for a big company that was staying at the hotel. The dinner was very loud, not romantic and our server didn’t even know about the birthday or anniversary.
  18. b

    browniegirl

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The price of the food didn’t even come close to what the quality should have been. Overcooked catch of the day is unacceptable….
  19. CK

    CindyinKona

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere and vibe at Canoe House. Great views, good food and good service. Our waiter was knowledgeable and gave great advice. I don't mind paying for fine dining when the food is great!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We did 6 course tasting menu and it didn’t wow us at all. The sunset was phenomenal
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent, the setting beautiful. We were disappointed to find we were given a table by a pillar that blocked the view of the sunset when others were being seated at clear view tables. We did have a reservation and a fifty dollar deposit. Also we’re told by the waitstaff that the catch of the day was swordfish, only to have them come back fifteen minutes later to inform us that there was a mistake, and the fresh catch was actually mahi-mahi. The food was exceptional, but for the price would expect the overall experience to be perfect.
  22. JO

    JoeO

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food service and view. We would recommend but it’s not cheap
  23. AC

    AnneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sky is an amazing and personable server. Great everything!
  24. MM

    MamabearM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved our dinner! The waiter was amazing and was so helpful. He really knew the menu and was friendly! If you are in Kona, it’s a must!!
  25. JA

    JohnathonA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was really good and the restaurant was absolutely beautiful! However, bring your wallet! Not just for food but the drinks were very pricey. The view was great but there are plenty of great restaurants with beautiful views and great food on the island.
  26. PF

    PatF

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good and service exceptional . Price was very high- even for Hawaii. Initially, we were 15 mins early and placed at the bar even though there were many open tables. That’s probably ok as they were likely trying to get service “cadence” lined up with guests. After waiting at the bar for exactly the amount of time we were “early” we were offered a table behind the bar with absolutely no view. We politely asked if we could wait for a table with a better view and were immediately moved to one of the tables with the best view of the ocean. This begs the question- why offer customers a no view table when you have tables with a view available? They obviously were not singling us out as they put the woman in front of us at one of the “behind the bar” tables. Not sure a “give them the worst table unless they complain” strategy makes sense at such a high end restaurant. So again- food very good, waiter and busboy exceptional. Seating policy and high price ( even by Hawaii standards) results in only 4 stars.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything about the Canoehouse experience. The atmosphere, service, quality of food were all superb.
  28. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The waiter, Dustin, gave us good good suggestions. The Kampachi and Garlic Fried Rice was outstanding.
  29. GR

    GaryR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful family dinner …. With excellent food, wine, cocktails prepared to individual tastes, with fabulous service . We were celebrating two birthdays on a family vacation, which included two grandchildren. This is a very special place. … and the sunset ambiences are incredible and gives us cherished memories. Thank you.
  30. 4

    425mom

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner- it did not disappoint. The view was amazing for the sunset, our waiter, Sam was great. The food was all so good, I didn’t care for the oysters- they were from Washington - where we are from- and I didn’t live the preparation, but other than that it was a great evening. We would for sure go back for a special occasion.
  31. MB

    MarleneB

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything very good. All food and service wonderful but the price of the small lobster dinner should be lower.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for a fancy celebratory dinner. Staff was awesome and food was incredible. Spendy but memorable.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I honestly think this ranks among the best meals I’ve ever had in my life, and to boot the service was excellent and the ambiance was also incredible. We had corn “ribs” as an appetizer, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. The flavor was just unreal. For our main dishes, I had wagyu beef and my wife had truffle parmesan Alaskan king crab leg…just wow, I barely have the words to describe how delicious both were. We also had garlic fried rice on the side which was also unbelievable. I’ve run out of adjectives to describe this amazing food. Again the service was also impeccable, and we were even brought an extra dessert as a little celebration of our honeymoon - nice touch!
  34. DM

    DMill

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please is great.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous, artful cuisine. Responsive and attentive servers. One of the top restaurants in the world.
  36. AG

    AndyG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    70 th bday for my friend
  37. RT

    RappiToma

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Third time dining here. This was great- the food was very well done and service was good but not quite the same level as our first visit - none the less excellent nine out of ten
  38. TO

    TracyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect tasting menu dinner for our last night in the big island - loved everything about it: food, atmosphere, service……
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricy but delicious food and ambiance
  40. LM

    LaurenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best meal of our life! We would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone

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 1579 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 59 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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