Kaana Kitchen

Ka’ana Kitchen – Serving Award-Winning Farm-to-Table Cuisine Right Off Mokapu Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When nothing else will do but farm-to-table cuisine in a swanky setting, set your sights on Ka’ana Kitchen. Located at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort near Mokapu Beach, this upscale eatery rolls out the red carpet for every guest plus boasts incredible sunset views on the terrace. Their family-style spread encourages sharing, although you’re not required to relinquish your favorite bites.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to enjoy the finest meal around, you cannot go wrong with a trip over to Ka’ana Kitchen. To get there, you just have to waltz on over to the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort near Mokapu Beach. Reservations are an absolute must, however, because their restaurant fills up quickly for both their breakfast and dinner service. So, go on their website or give them a call to book a table for the desired date and time.

On the big day, warm welcomes will come your way as you walk through the doors. The host will check your reservation, and then lead you to your table. Depending on how busy the restaurant is, you’ll likely get to choose between their indoor tables and seats on the terrace. If you’d like the full sunset views, the terrace is the only way to go. Otherwise, just go with the flow and you’ll undoubtedly love the upscale atmosphere no matter where you land in the dining room.

Once you’re settled in, take plenty of time to pour over the menu from beginning to end. Although it’s not all that long, every dish deserves your full consideration. Everything on their menu shows off their farm-to-table approach, imaginative recipes, and unmatched culinary talents. Their artistic plating prowess becomes readily apparent, too, as soon as your orders start landing on the table.

Unlike their limited dinner menu, their drink menu goes on and on. You have tons of signature cocktails to consider, like their ever-popular Lilikoi Daquiri. On top of that, they have all the finest wines available by the glass or the bottle. A select few of their wines even come by the half bottle, including a truly decadent 2017 Bonneau du Martray.

Come by for a taste of these items from Ka’ana Kitchen:

Grilled Octopus Salad
A definite fan favorite at Ka’ana Kitchen, the Grilled Octopus Salad is always a great way to kickstart your dining experience. Although it’s a rather difficult feat, they perfectly grill up the octopus until tender and delicious. Then, they put it over a bed of fresh, local greens along with lemon oil and Big Island chevre. Garlic bread comes alongside to bring it all together. 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
The Buttermilk Fried Chicken takes comfort food to the next level, promising to tantalize your tastebuds from the very start. They create this main entrée by soaking chicken in buttermilk until tender, and then breading and frying it to a rich golden brown. After that, they put it on the plate with warm brassica salad, jalapeno-cheddar cornbread, and fresh sliced pineapple.

Mushroom Risotto
When you want a simple, yet elegant entrée that leaves you wholly impressed, go with the Mushroom Risotto at Ka’ana Kitchen. They cook this dish low and slow using the finest island ingredients and a whole lot of love. The risotto boasts big mushroom flavor and goes perfectly with the corn, arugula, and 62 degree egg on the side. 

If you can manage to save room in your belly for dessert, you won’t regret it. You have your choice of a decadent Rum Cream Chocolate Cake, Kula Strawberry Cake, or Coconut Ice Cream Sundae. If you want to keep it simple, you can just get a scoop of vanilla, chocolate, or coconut ice cream – or their fantastic strawberry guava sorbet. Want to take your dessert experience to the next level? Pair your selections with their dessert wine available by the glass.

Insider Tips:
-Ka’ana Kitchen does not accept cash, so plan to pay for your meal and drinks with a debit or credit card.
-Their per-person no-show fee can add up quickly. To avoid the charge, let them know well ahead of time if you need to cancel your reservations.
-Are you dining with a large party? If so, ask about their special pre-fixe menu when you book your table.