CanoeHouse - Signature Restaurant Serving Farm-to-Table Cuisine With Stunning Sunsets
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The CanoeHouse is beside the Mauna Lani Resort and serves fresh farm-to-table meals inspired by Japanese cuisine. The CanoeHouse is a popular dining spot for sunsets and romantic dinners with ocean views and an open-air concept. 

- The Local Expert Team

As you approach the CanoeHouse restaurant, the setting tells you that you’re in for an amazing evening! Located next to the Mauna Lani resort in Hawaii, the CanoeHouse serves farm-to-table cuisine in its oceanfront restaurant. A well-manicured lawn and sparse palms grace this oasis of culinary delight, making it idyllic for romantic dinners and watching the sun slide over the horizon. 

Inside the CanoeHouse, you’ll discover a contemporary yet casual manner. Wood beams crisscross the ceiling, and the seating is comfortable. Trade winds flow through the open-air restaurant, and guests have unhampered ocean views. Even sitting at the horseshoe-shaped bar, you’ll marvel at the spectacular seascape and the palms swaying in the breeze. Once the sun sets, tiki torches and fire pits warm the night and light the soul as you enjoy your evening with family or friends. You can also dine outside. The tables are perfectly spaced, so you don’t overhear other conversations. 

Naturally, if the food and service aren’t up to par, this Hawaiian setting means nothing. At the helm of CanoeHouse are Executive Chef Matt Raso and General Manager Yuka Raso. This dynamic duo pairs excellence in dining with the essential accouterments necessary to operate a signature restaurant like CanoeHouse. 

Diners praise the waitstaff at CanoeHouse, stating how servers are courteous and knowledgeable about the menu. Other guests added that their server enhanced the dining experience. 

Based on diners’ reviews on social media, CanoeHouse is ranked highly, and some list it as their favorite restaurant in Hawaii. Expect a hefty price tag for such quality food in a posh oceanfront setting. Some guests even said it was the most expensive meal while vacationing in Hawaii. Even the menu is void of prices. And as the adage goes, “If you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it.”

Let’s explore some Japanese-inspired cuisines served at CanoeHouse. Remember, all ingredients are locally sourced and fresh. 

Shokupan Pull-Apart Bread
This fresh-backed square of deliciousness is buttered and salted, and diners rave about how delicious it tastes.

Locally sourced edamame with sea salt, schimi, and lemon.

Hay-smoked and seared, wasabi soy, mustard miso with tuna, Kona Kampachi, or Wagyu.

24oz Prime Ribeye Steak
A mouth-watering steak with roasted vegetables and dipping sauce.

Ahi Tatake Kale Salad
The Ahi is combined with Kombu, tosazu, purple cabbage, crispy chili garlic. 

Grilled Big Island Hearts of Palm
This vegetarian plate features tomatillo, roasted jalapeno, avocado, and cilantro.

‘MY’ Menu
Every night, Chef Matt and General Manager Yuka create a six-course tasting meal featuring savory dishes served at the CanoeHouse. 

Pineapple Cake
Make sure you save room for dessert! You’ll want to bite into this mouth-watering treat!

The CanoeHouse may not fit every traveler’s budget. But for those that can afford it, we think it’s worth the money. With stellar service, spectacular sunsets, and fresh, original cuisine, you’ll have a dining experience you’ll take about for years to come. 

Insider Tip:
Because the sunsets at CanoeHouse are out-of-this-world, reservations are booked well in advance. Be sure you call ahead of your vacation in Hawaii to ensure you book a reservation.