Roy's Ka'anapali – Enjoy Hawaiian Fusion Fare from the One and Only Roy Yamaguchi
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

An award-winning Roy Yamaguchi production, Roy’s Ka’anapali is the place to go for the finest Hawaiian fusion fare in Lahaina. Now located in the Kaanapali Resort, this contemporary eatery lets you overlook the 18th hole while you dine, setting the stage for an amazing meal. From there, the friendly service and exquisite food and drinks bring it all together beautifully.

- The Local Expert Team

Sophisticated Hawaiian fusion fare is the name of the game at Roy’s Ka’anapali. Although they’ve served as a fan favorite in Maui for over 30 years, their recent move now puts them at the heart of the Kaanapali Resort.

Despite that change, their award-winning approach remains the same as the one and only Roy Yamaguchi leads the way to greatness. In honor of his roots, Roy elevates fresh local ingredients with European culinary techniques while infusing them with tantalizingly delicious Asian flavors. All throughout the year, he changes up the menu with the seasons and whenever the mood strikes him.

What doesn’t ever change is The Yamaguchi Way of doing things. The team always rolls out the red carpet for every guest, ensuring everyone feels right at home in their contemporary dining room. You can count on every visit to start with warm greetings and big smiles as a result. Then, you’ll get attentive service throughout every stage of your meal.

You can come by for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or just to enjoy dessert and drinks. But you need to have a reservation to get through the doors. No matter when you plan to come by, you’ll have a chance to choose between seating at the bar or in the dining room. If you choose the dining room, you can watch the golfers finish off their games at the 18th hole while the bar offers great conversation and a steady flow of drinks on demand.

Don’t miss the chance to try:

Blackened Island Ahi
Always perfectly prepared, the Blackened Island Ahi never fails to delight. To create this appetizer, the chef quickly cooks the ultra-fresh ahi until perfectly rare. Then, he slices it thin and fans out the fish over a rich butter sauce and puts spicy soy mustard alongside.

Misoyaki Butterfish
The Misoyaki Butterfish brings people in from far and wide on a regular basis. This popular entrée begins with a thick filet of fresh butterfish marinated in a misoyaki sauce. After that, the marinated fish lands on the grill until light and flaky. Once that’s done, it goes on a bed of green tea soba, baby bok choy, and lomi tomato before sizzling soy vinaigrette gets poured over top.  

Honey Mustard Glazed Beef Short Rib
The Honey Mustard Glazed Beef Short Rib serves as a wonderful treat whenever you want beefy deliciousness in every bite. This dish starts out low and slow as the honey mustard glazed short ribs cook to perfection. Once they’re fork tender, the ribs go on the plate alongside Yukon Gold gratin potatoes and garden vegetables. The natural braising jus decorates the plate while adding even more flavor to the mix.

When it comes time for dessert, get ready for the decision of a lifetime. They only have three dessert options on the menu, but they’re all equally scrumptious.

If you like to keep it simple, get the Cheesecake, which features a delectable lilikoi curd. Chocolate lovers rejoice in the Melting Dark Chocolate Souffle that’s served up with vanilla bean ice cream and raspberry coulis.

When only the best island flavors will do, there’s the Maui Gold Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Although the bright pineapple flavors promise to win you over instantly, the vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce take it all to the next level.

Insider Tips:
-Plan to make your reservations weeks in advance, especially during the tourist season.
-If you cannot get a reservation, get takeout and head on over to Kaanapali Beach to dine in style while enjoying the view.
-Want to keep things simple? Arrive at 4 pm to enjoy their sunset prix fixe dinner.
-Let your server know if you’re celebrating your anniversary or other special occasion and they’ll bring out a dessert on the house.
-For discounts on apps and drinks, swing by for happy hour from 2 pm to 3 pm every day.