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Vana Paia, Paia, HI

Vana Paia

4.5
4.5
585 Reviews
$50 and over
Creative Japanese
Located in the heart of charming Paia Town, Vana is nestled in a relaxing outdoor-indoor oasis just behind the Paia Inn, a beach town boutique inn. Vana offers Japanese-inspired dishes featuring small plates, seafood, vegetarian options, and the best sushi on Maui!

Check out our Instagram @VanaPaia

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Creative Japanese, Japanese, Sushi
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 579-6002
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Tadashi Yoshino
  • Private party facilities
    CONTACT US FOR LARGE GROUPS OR SPECIAL EVENTS ADMIN@VANAPAIA.COM 808-579-6002
  • Neighborhood
    Paia
  • Cross street
    93 Hana Hwy
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 585 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Best Food

  • Hawaii

    Neighborhood gem

  • Maui

    Best Overall

  • Maui

    Best Food

  • Maui

    Best Ambiance

  • Maui

    Best Value

  • Maui

    Neighborhood gem

585 Reviews
  1. JenniferC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vana was excellent. The food and service were great. It’s not cheap, but we didn’t feel we overpaid due to the quality. Nice ambiance and we enjoyed the live music too.

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  2. LWel

    Atlanta Metro

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vana created a special atmosphere perfect for Valentines Day. The dumplings were light and flavorful. Sushi rolls presented an amazing variety and fabulous combination of flavors. The dragon roll (the special) was particularly memorable. Mahalo!

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  3. BridgelandBrad

    Calgary

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We normally sit in the patio but this visit we were in the new front facing seating area. the ambience is ok but is a bit sterile when compared with the outdoor patio seating. Our food was good, but not to the same level of great taste we have had in the past.. our order of the miso cod never appeared so we cancelled it, and left the restaurant disappointed by our experience. It seems like the menu has changed, and the flavors that we enjoyed in past visits has suffered.

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  4. JustinP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vana never disappoints. It’s always a super cool vibe and the food is fantastic.

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  5. MichaelO

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall lack of professionalism (and care) exhibited by the hostess, wait staff, and bus staff was inexcusable. It was incongruent and incompatible with the quality of the food and the romantic ambience/vibe of the restaurant, in general. This is the primary reason we will not be returning nor recommending the restaurant to others.

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  6. MichaelS

    Coastal Georgia

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent sushi and sashimi and rolls. Unique additions like toasted garlic slices that enhanced the overall flavor profile. Wait staff was excellent and had superb advice and recommendations. Very fresh ingredients, texture smooth as butter. Delicious unique cocktails. Only slight detriment was how fast all the courses/ selections were served. The table quickly became congested with plates. We were asked if we had a preference and we didn’t, so partly our own fault. We just didn’t expect such fast service. Still an excellent experience. We will definitely go here again.

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  7. NatB

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this place was outstanding! We were quite pleased to find this gem away from the crowds. The ambiance was both sexy & romantic; the sushi, salads, scallops and fish incredibly fresh and best of all, Amber, our server went above and beyond by answering all our questions and even recommending fun mocktails for us non-drinkers. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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  8. Patrick

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t imagine a better start to our stay. Fresh sushi and fantastic service

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner in an awesome ambiance. The live music was outstanding. Solo guitarist singer “Lo Wolf”? Sp? ..Amazing voice and vibe was perfect for the venue. The food was on point! Compliments to the chef!! Annie the GM… brilliant!!

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  10. MauiMama

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WOW! Our party of 4 foodies were blown-away by VP - we couldn't believe how generous the portions were and how DELICIOUS everything was. We had the Hamachi Kama which we were fortunate enough to get because they sell out early, and all 4 of us agreed that it was THE BEST HK we've ever had, even better than ones we've had at traditional Japanese restaurants, and twice the size as well. The California Sushi and Tekka rolls were also much larger than we expected, and we loved how there was more filling than rice! The special Beef Short Ribs was a big hit - tender, flavorful and plated with tasty Asparagus and Pureed Purple Sweet Potatoes (one of us literally wanted to lick the plate!) and the Mushrooms and BBQ Pork Ribs were SO GOOD, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! The quality of the food was only surpassed by the Amazing Service we received - smiles, attentiveness, YES to every request! The GM Annie even came and chatted with us about her vision for VP... this place is a HIDDEN GEM that needs to be experienced by all!

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  11. StephanieP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a very Wonderful little place. Tucked away and unique.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food service was great vibe was awesome. Realistically they need to double down and open a brunch spot at the same location

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  13. DennisS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVED it here. The space felt like a secret garden, and the food and service phenomenal! Can’t wait to go back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have never had a bad meal at Vana! From steak and lobster to sushi to blackened tofu, everything is always perfection.

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  15. Magic

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely the best restaurant on the island. Great service great staff, innovative Sushi excellent Ramen, and love the tenderloin.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They are always out of dishes, even were out of rice last time I was there (it’s a sushi restaurant…) and service sucks. Used to be much better a couple years ago.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    salad with fried leeks and something that added truffle flavor and cheese was so good. Meant for sharing but I ate it myself. I’d go back for that alone.

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  18. Magic

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great amazing steak and sushi Ambiance best on Maui Fav date night spot

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  19. Magic

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent sushi Great ribs and Wagyu. Love the setting

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  20. KVilla

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Be sure to ask questions about their menu specials. You may end up paying the same rate as a roll for something decribed as a roll yet only receive one peice your unable to share with everyone. Wouldve gladly paid our $173 tab elsewhere without feeling like i was jipped. I wish the server was more informative and didnt forget my drink. Had to remind her half way into our appetizers.

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  21. SusanRW

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved Vana! Sushi was really fresh. Great California rolls. The outdoor under the tree setting very Maui. Service was good and prompt but it took awhile for someone to start serving us. One criticism, the automatic tipping breakdown on the check puts the percentage of tip on the total including the sales tax. Tip should be calculated on the cost of the food only. I recommend you put a custom tip on. Also I think recommended tips percentge should include 15% also, as in the past. We always tip 20% but on food, not sales tax and food.

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  22. KevinW

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vana was such a quaint sushi place. The red snapper carpaccio as well as the spicy tuna roll were fantastic! So incredibly fresh.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Let me begin by being clear...the food was amazing and excellent! However, the waitress was rude and we felt rushed and unwelcomed. Insult to injury was they were out of ALL beers except for 2. We were technically 6 human beings at the table but I specifically made a reservation for 5 because my youngest doesn't eat. She did not order any food. When we received the bill, the waitress hit us with an automatic 20% gratuity for parties of 6. At the very least this should have been disclosed to us. Sensing we were frustrated with her, she must have hit us with the 20% knowing we weren't going to give it (she didn't deserve it). Very uncool policy. She may have gotten the tip. But the restaurant gets my frustrated review.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the first steps inside, it was magical! We felt like we were eating in a tree house, an elegant tree house to be more specific! The ambiance was amazing, the staff was kind and efficient. The bartender actually stepped out to come take our drink orders when he could see the servers were a bit overwhelmed. He recommended a “mocktail” for my daughter and she was hooked! The food was amazing, don’t miss the Vana Citrus Roll- unlike anything I’ve ever eaten and to die for! If you missed making reservations at Mama’s four months in advance, try Vana instead! They are happy to take day of reservations and will treat you like kings and queens!

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  25. CarolineM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing cocktails, delicious fresh fish, great ambiance outside, and amazing service!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are looking for an excellent sushi restaurant look no further. The staff was so nice, the sushi was too notch, rolls were delish and the small plates were just a topper!

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  27. DeborahF

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Vana is very good. It is small plates and sushi. My family loved all the dishes they were served, especially the chocolate creme brulee. The service was good.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    SPECTACULAR!!! From the hostess, to the waitstaff/bar staff to management, the sushi chef and the musician! We cannot say enough about this restaurant. We started with gyoza, some nigiri (otoro and salmon) and 2 recommended cocktails. Then we ordered the omakase and the steak with a larger bottle of unfiltered sake (our favorite). Every bite was better than the last. We were in heaven. It's expensive but isn't everything in Maui? We splurged and it was worth every penny. We're even considering going back for more tonight. I let them know it was our anniversary when I booked through open table and the hostess greeted us by saying happy anniversary! The music and atmosphere was Devine. I’d give 6 stars if I could. Thanks to everyone who makes this place run. We can't wait to come back (again, possibly tonight) and recommend to everyone we know. Don't go anywhere. You're perfect

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  29. AaronF

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fresh fresh and chill ambience make for a nice delectable place to eat. Hidden gem of Maui for sure.

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  30. That1girl79

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Is place IS the VIBE! From the amazing chefs whipping up the best cuts, to Teddy the Bar Manager concocting some crazy Mezcal drinks. Michael, the front of house Manager was so warm and welcoming. You need to go here! It is so cool, laid back and BEAUTIFUL inside. I wish I could go back daily. Pro tip- GET THE PORK BELLY AND TORO!!

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  31. DianeG

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very quaint atmosphere under a big tree. Food was great staff was friendly obvious family owned business which was wonderful to support. Would highly recommend

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  32. MauiLove85

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Raw fish/sushi quality is ok, however the male manager at the restaurant is rude towards customers and has a bad attitude. He tried to overcharge me for a dish I did not order and I spent around $200. Never received an apology when he realized it was their mistake. If you dine here carefully watch your bill! Unfortunately will not return again. I would recommend going to Mama's Fishhouse in Paia, Spago at Four Seasons Maui Wailea, Ko Restaurant at the Fairmont in Wailea, Ritz Carlton Kapalua for a phenomenal dining experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere were great! Service could have been better. Our server seemed to be in over her head with waiting on our group of four and training another server. We had to wave her down a few times. A little disappointing but don’t regret going.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing! The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect! Highly recommend. On a side note, they had live music, it was good! We sat very close, it made it impossible for conversation, but it was a an overall great experience! If it bothers you, ask to sit in the area away from the live music.

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  35. OwenW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were anticipating a fine establishment, but this far exceeded expectations and was definitely our finest culinary experience in the Hawaiian islands. The food was stunning -- a meat dish (a special that evening) was simply the finest I've ever tasted, and with a large plate of mushrooms perfectly done to accompany it, I couldn't wish for anything more. But I did have desert and that was great. Exceptional.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great place for a date or fun dinner with friends

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  37. LoJo

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Thursday night on the patio with Sunny Kalama playing was fantastic. A bit loud but there was a quieter indoor option. Great food and drinks. We would return. The music made the experience,

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! The live music and ambiance was great.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an amazing little spot. Definitely a great mood setter especially for a date night. Live music was a huge bonus. Sushi is super tasty & drinks were to die for. They’re specials are a must try as well! Highly recommend this place!

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  40. LvdE

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best sushi and sashimi we’ve had anywhere (until the rice ran out) Excellent, friendly and professional service Can’t wait to go back

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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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Vana Paia is rated 4.5 stars by 585 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Vana Paia

93 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    93 Hana Hwy
  • Neighborhood
    Paia
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Creative Japanese, Japanese, Sushi
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tadashi Yoshino
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 579-6002
  • Private party facilities
    CONTACT US FOR LARGE GROUPS OR SPECIAL EVENTS ADMIN@VANAPAIA.COM 808-579-6002
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