About Kalani's

1001 Heavenly Village Way Ste 26
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Kalani's is located in the beautiful setting of the Marriot Village. Kalani's is one of Tahoe's premier locations serving Hawaiian seafood, ribs, steaks and sushi. Kalani's offers daily happy hour in the Puka lounge from 2:30pm-6pm. We do not take reservations for the Puka Lounge or the Sushi Bar.
Lunch is served daily from 12:00-2:30
Full dinner menu, sushi and full bar served nightly starting at 5:00 pm.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Hawaiian, Californian, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-2:30
Happy Hour: Daily 2:30pm to 6pm in Puka Lounge ONLY
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00-10:00, Friday-Sunday 5:00-11:00

Cross Street:
Park Ave Hwy 50

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 544-6100

Website:
http://kalanis.com/

Executive Chef:
Jimi Nakamatsu

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Kalani's Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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notable wine list (7)
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food5
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We started with the tuna tartar. Then I ...

Dined 4 days ago

We started with the tuna tartar. Then I had the special, sword fish with mashed potatoes, spinach, and mango sauce. My wife ordered the Hawaiian roll and the Hawaiian dragon roll. We finished with the chocolate lava cake. Everything was absolutely delicious. The flavor explodes in my mouth and I wanted more. The service was outstanding. The waitress checked up on us and made sure we were OK. To top it off, the soft music in the background was all island reggae, which is my favorite genre.

food2
ambience3
service3
value2

It was not as good as we anticipated...

Dined on April 23, 2016

We took the waiter's recommendations. The miso sea bass was great, but the ribs were pretty bad, dry and bland...Yelp had really good reviews but I was not impressed.

food4
ambience4
service4

Seabass was amazing, second time, and st ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

Seabass was amazing, second time, and still fabulous!

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

The Seabass is worth ordering! It melts ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

The Seabass is worth ordering! It melts in your tongue...

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A taste of Hawaii in the mountains

vip
Dined on April 11, 2016

The fried ahi tuna alone is worth the drive from San Francisco! We had a great dinner and possibly some of the best sushi I've ever had. We will be back!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Always a stop when in south Lake Tahoe

Dined on March 26, 2016

Their sea bass is a specialty my favorite, sushi and steaks are also really good. Spent 4 hours there eating sushi and drinks and then followed by dinner with friends didn't even know it was 4 hours until we left, it was a great time!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Premium level sushi experience. Jimmy a ...

Dined on March 22, 2016

Premium level sushi experience. Jimmy always takes care of us.

food5
ambience4
service3
value3

Fine dining gem

Dined on March 13, 2016

Kalani is very conveniently located in Heavenly Village, so it was a short walk to our hotel. Food was excellent! Great selection of sushi!! Service was just okay. Our waitress did not check in with us after we were served dinner, and she did not refill our drinks. As far as value, Kalani's is definitely higher priced for entrées than I would normally pay for ($35+ for most entrees) so it is good for special occasions, but wouldn't make it a weekend habit.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

Love the food, happy hour deal and I jus ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Love the food, happy hour deal and I just love the vibe!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Good food!

Dined on March 7, 2016

I would have given this five stars if it's wasn't for two things. The girls at the front were very rude no greeting when you walked in or left just snooty attitudes and the restaurant was pretty empty and we were sat at a tiny table for two and they had another couple come in eight after us and they say them at the table about 12 inches away from us....we were practically at the same table! There were a ton of open tables all of the restaurant but they had to sit them right next to us. Our food was amazing and our waiter was great!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service4

The sea bass was amazing. The crab cakes ...

vip
Dined on March 4, 2016

The sea bass was amazing. The crab cakes and ribs were also very good. Skip the Mai Tai week on liquor.

food5
ambience4
service5

We very much enjoyed our meal and they h ...

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

We very much enjoyed our meal and they have a great wine selection. We shared a salad (if you split it yourself they don't charge you an extra dollar or two for them to do it) and we had the Hawaiian sea bass, which is excellent. And our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine. Definitely recommend this place.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent array of sushi to choose from!

Dined on February 25, 2016

Excellent array of sushi to choose from!

food4
ambience4
service4

Solid Asian Japanese food with Hawaiian ...

vip
Dined on February 17, 2016

Solid Asian Japanese food with Hawaiian influenced. We go here at least once each time we r in the area

food2
ambience3
service3
value1

Disappointing and overpriced

Dined on February 13, 2016

Service was ok but slow; the lettuce wraps and heavenly salad were excellent but the Thai chicken and sea bass were horrible and way overpriced. The chicken was burned and tasted like ash, the Thai curry was watery and had no flavor. Never coming back.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great happy hour

Dined on February 2, 2016

Great happy hour

food4
ambience3
service2

It was a busy night when my husband and ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

It was a busy night when my husband and I ate at Kalani's. Walking in with reservations, we waited about 5 minutes for our table, completely reasonable. Once seated it took our server a bit of time to ask for our drink order or for water and bread to be brought over. By this time we were already set to order without hearing the specials as it had been some time. Our server returned to let us know they were out of our beer selection. We over heard the tables around us receiving similar messages about drinks and side orders. They seemed to run out of a lot of things. Once we received our food, we very much enjoyed our meal. It would have been nice if it was a tad quieter, as it was difficult to hear one another at times. We are not the type to need a silent atmosphere for dinner, but I felt like we were yelling to each other some times. Over all the food was great, the service was ok and we would return.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great for special occasions!

Dined on January 29, 2016

My husband and I are locals. Though we've enjoyed Kalani's happy hour many times, it's the exquisite preparation of their appetizers that compelled us to go there for dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was quite a treat with their entrees being just as good as the appetizers; exceedingly tasty and a delight for the eyes! We lingered, staying for dessert, and it was a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Hawaii in Tahoe

Dined on January 24, 2016

We lucked upon this restaurant a few years back, and have been back many times since. If you love sushi, this is a fantastic place to eat it, always fresh and delicious. They have many other fabulous items on their menu as well if sushi isn't your thing, like coconut shrimp, lobster bisque, and a Karobuta pork chop. It is an interesting menu which reminds me of Hawaii, yet located in the mountains. They also have fabulous drinks, like a Blueberry Cucumber Fizz.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Yum!

vip
Dined on January 24, 2016

We decided to eat here and the food was just delicious! I got the seabass and my fiance got the duck. Both FANTASTIC!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food1
ambience3
service4
value3

Always enjoy this place, we come every y ...

Dined on January 21, 2016

Always enjoy this place, we come every year. Nice hostess, fine server. However, I was shocked when discovered my Rainbow roll was pre-made!! Will not return!

food2
ambience3
service3
value3

Poor greeting

Dined on January 18, 2016

I made a reservation for Kalani's. When we arrived, there were 2 ladies at the front desk, neither of them acknowledged us for 4-5 minutes. When I told them we had a reservation, we were told that they would be cleaning our table shortly. We had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. Why make a reservation if you still have to wait. Seems to me that they went ahead and took walk ins ahead of my reservation. Not cool. Would not go back just based on how we were treated. Spent $300 to be treated poorly...

food5
ambience4
service5

This place quickly becoming one of my g ...

Dined on January 17, 2016

This place quickly becoming one of my go to while I'm in Southlake Tahoe. The food was fantastic and the drinks wonderful.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Highly recommend this restaurant. Great ...

Dined on January 4, 2016

Highly recommend this restaurant. Great experience, great food - sushi, and fish. Went back twice in the same week. Looking forward to going again!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4

I have been to Kalani's numerous times. ...

Dined on December 31, 2015

I have been to Kalani's numerous times. The food is consistently great. The sea bass, sushi rolls and mahi mahi & crab are fantastic. The price is a bit high but the quality is the best around. Kalani's is a nice place for date night or special occasion.

food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Their sushis were subpar.

Dined on December 27, 2015

We tried this restaurant several times, and in general, we like this place although it's rather expensive. Previously, we ordered their steaks and seafoods, which were rather good. This time, however, we decided to order their sushis. Unfortunately, their sushis, especially, nigiri's, were subpar in my opinion. For example, their Assorted Sushi & Sashimi cost $40, but it was not too different from sushi's you get from your local supermarkets. They consisted of just the standard type of sashimi's and nigiri's: regular (not too tasty) maguro, salmon, octopus, hamachi, ebi. Nothing fancy: no ikura; no uni. So, we were quite dissapointed. If you want to have sushi's in South Lake Tahoe, I would recommend The Naked Fish instead.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Hawaiian inspired Tahoe gem

vip
Dined on December 26, 2015

Elegant, comfortable space; superb sushi and seafood, elegantly presented with impeccable service. I'm a picky foodie with a restaurant background and Kalani's exceeded my expectations on all fronts. Waitstaff were welcoming, friendly and also did everything correctly on a very busy night.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Great place in South Tahoe

Dined on December 15, 2015

The food here is very consistent and tasty. It has become our go to place every time we are in town. They have great selections of quality meals. A bit pricey but has nice ambiance.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service5
value3

Great South Lake Tahoe Spot

vip
Dined on December 13, 2015

Kahalini's is one of a kind. The happy hour is terrific, the food fabulous, and the staff is outstanding. We enjoyed the duck lumpia and vegetable sushi roll in the bar and then had fish entrees in the main dining room. We would definitely recommend it to others and the place was quite popular.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience5
service4

An ok thanksgiving dinner

Dined on November 27, 2015

I picked this restaurant to have our thanksgiving dinner because it looked interesting. The decor and ambiance were great! It is a nice place. They had a special traditional dinner: a crab chowder or salad (both very good), turkey with all the trimmings and a choice of dessert. You were not given a choice between white and dark meat, which I would have liked and the mashed potatoes were too garlicky. The gravy was pretty bland. We did the wine pairing and it was great. I would go back. I would just order a la carte.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Very Happy!

Dined on November 7, 2015

We have dined at this restaurant before but at this visit the food was exceptional! The service was excellent and the whole experience was very enjoyable!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Outstanding experience .

Dined on November 6, 2015

Maybe the best dinner place in South Lake Tahoe. Every thing was perfect on a quiet Thursday night. All sea food dishes are creative and delicious. Service was impeccable and the dining room was quiet and beautiful. Was hard to find, buried in the huge shopping plaza - but, asking around the Hyatt Residence got directions to the parking garage and into the mall.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4

Dined here twice during a business trip. ...

Dined on October 15, 2015

Dined here twice during a business trip. Delicious food. Looking forward to visiting again!

food5
ambience4
service5

Our server was very good.

Dined on October 12, 2015

Great for lunch or dinner. Something for everyone. I really enjoy the sushi. I've been here with big groups and small groups and each person in the group had a good experience.

Tags: great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service3

Came back for the duck, this time was no ...

Dined on October 4, 2015

Came back for the duck, this time was not as good, too rare! Duck sushi is not something I'm into. #sampler appetizer was NOT worth $33. $20 at the most.

food5
ambience5
service5

Ono!

Dined on September 13, 2015

Pork belly lettuce wrap appetizer and misoyaki sea bass were so ono! A Hawaiian gem in Tahoe...loved it.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Always Spot On

vip
Dined on September 12, 2015

Love this place for many reasons, we usually sit at the Sushi Bar and let the chefs select for us. We have never been disappointed!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

All around a great experience

Dined on September 8, 2015

The food and drinks were above average in taste and preperation. Beautiful night. Great service. We stayed while they were removing the linens from the tables after closing and was told that we were more than welcome to continue sitting and enjoying our evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4

Loved it. Varied menu. Nice sushi and ...

vip
Dined on September 6, 2015

Loved it. Varied menu. Nice sushi and rolls. Fabulous seabass and soft shell crab. Impressive wine list. The chef doesn't over play the Hawaiian aspect of the cuisine - seems to strike a great fusion balance of island fruit with classic, mostly seafood dishes. Very nicely done. Professional waitstaff. Definitely worth a try.

food5
ambience5
service5

Simply excellent all around

Dined on September 5, 2015

i went here with my girlfriend on my birthday. We got salmon, tuna, eel, and crab nigiri sushi and they were all fantastic, particularly the crab and eel. The fish was so fresh that it melted in your mouth, the rice was cooked perfectly, and the ginger and wasabi were fresh. We only got sushi so I can't speak to other food in the menu, but if it's even close to as good as th sushi it will be a great meal. We also got a bottle of wine and our server let us taste a couple different wines before buying a bottle, which was very nice of him. Our server (don't remember his name, started with a T?) was great. He was accommodating yet confident and knowledgable enough to make recommendations that were suited for what we told him we were looking for. Loves it so much I went back for lunch th next day. Overall it was an excellent place to have dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion

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