Vana Paia

Vana Paia

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Hours
Tue
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wed
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thu
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Japanese
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
features
Does this restaurant offer highchairs for toddlers?
About
Located in the hip surf town of Paia on the north shore of Maui, VANA celebrates the flavors of Hawaii and showcases locally grown ingredients and Japanese inspired dishes. Our menus feature farm fresh salads, local seafood, vegetarian items, sushi, steak and desserts. Our chefs carefully created our brunch and dinner menus while Danny, our mixologist developed prohibition-inspired cocktails. Wine aficionados will appreciate having our sommelier, Vanessa to assist with pairing recommendations. Tucked behind the historic Paia Inn, guests can enjoy three different dining experiences at VANA; our main dining area, the Raw Bar where our sushi chef can be seen in action and our Green Bar where the cocktail magic happens. Come, and enjoy a cool island breeze as you dine under swaying trees and white string lights. Sharing is encouraged and our dishes are always best enjoyed with family and friends.
CUISINES
Japanese
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Table Service, Non-smoking restaurants
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles111 reviews
Excellent
85
Very good
14
Average
4
Poor
4
Terrible
4
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Piero C
Annapolis641 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
Reservations are a must, as is a fat wallet. But if you score a dinner reservation for sevenish, you can treat yourself to a sunset at the nearby beach (Paia Bay) and a short stroll to the restaurant, which provides delectable sushi at the outrageous prices demanded by fashionability. Your order will be beautifully plated for Instagram, and taste freshly of the foamy brine. Sit in the "outdoor" patio to enjoy some of the local Paia scene. Splurge here or at Mama's down the road for your highlight meal on Maui.
Written May 12, 2021
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Jennverd
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
We visited Vana on our last night of our vacation and we were able to score a last minute reservation online. Our server was friendly and offered some great recommendations, our sushi was fresh and wonderfully tasty. They were very accommodating to my preference for non-spicy. I loved the garden dining atmosphere and mood lighting. We found prices to be on par with other places we dined while in Hawaii (actually, our bill was the same as our lunch in Lahaina that day).
Written November 9, 2021
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Chris J
Sammamish939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 couples
Relatively new (within 3 to 4 years) restaurant to hit so we put a pin in it... orgasmically yummy for the sushi lovers in us. Sitting in a pretty backyard atmosphere with the gusty trade winds blowing the palms above, Vana celebrates the flavors of Hawaii and showcases locally grown ingredients and Japanese inspired dishes -- locally sourced sushi, tapas, and cocktails. Started with Kushi Gold oysters done three ways (which they promptly sold out on so we felt thankful), the sushi sampler, some spicy rolls, and the OMG moment was the uni and scallop with ikura, tobiko, and shiso. I couldn't stop talking about the taste explosion on that one. Dynamite. Ended the sushi exploration with some kushiyaki skewers... sampling the gamut. Pairing cocktails started with the palette cleansing Empress indigo gin, agave and lemon... then their spicy lillikoi mezcalita with habenero. Ended with a Hibiki cocktail to pair with the A5 wagyu which blew my wife's mind 😍
Written April 23, 2021
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traveler 969130
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Overpriced and underwhelming. Don’t come here hungry! Portions are very small and will leave you needing more food, even after spending over $100 like we did (no drinks). Two scallops will cost you $32 and it’s $24 for two ounces of salmon. There are many restaurants on the island. My recommendation is to spend your money somewhere that will provide more value for your dollar.
Written February 13, 2020
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Road Warrior
Maui2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
Just off the Hana Highway and 100 steps from the beach. Small, attractive restaurant and bar with Balinese decor. Cocktail selection was inspired and excellent. Big bummer was mini-martinet of a hostess who viewed a reservation-less couple walking into a nearly empty establishment as an imposition rather than treating them as welcomed guests. Fortunately, a friendly and attentive server took care of us from there. Best part of meal was a selection of Kushiyaki (skewers of vegetables and meats). Tried sashimi and an ahi roll, which looked like it was made by a fourth grader. Although fish was advertised as “local”, you’ve had better at your local 7-11.
Written May 18, 2021
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Michael C
Washington2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
I stayed at the attached hotel and wandered into the bar for dinner. The sushi was fantastic, the quality if fish is high and the cuts are proportioned well. Definitely not the oversized low quality cuts you often see these days. Don't ignore the specials! The bartenders can pour you a beer or a neat whiskey if you want but if you let them mix a cocktail your mouth will thank you. Speaking of bartenders, pull up to the bar and they will make you feel welcome and at home and before you know it you'll have forgotten your troubles. The staff makes the place.
Written April 17, 2022
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deltasig21
El Dorado Hills381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 couples
This was our first time at Vana Paia and hopefully will not be our last. The restaurant is located within the Paia Inn in the small downtown area of Paia. The menu may look small but everything they offer is ridiculously fresh, if you love rolls there are amazing options to choose from my wife enjoyed the spicy tuna and the dragon roll. I highly recommend the dragon roll which has delicious eel on top of it. I ordered the sushi dinner special which gave me broad options of the nigiri, 7 pieces in total. I also ordered an additional local tuna nigiri to quell my hunger. I have had sushi all over the United States but Vana’s is by far the best. The nigiri melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. It’s an exceptional restaurant with fantastic food and amazing service. Our server Samantha was attentive, funny, complimented my eyes lol and even suggested their tuna sashimi appetizer which was mind blowing. I don’t when we will be back in the Paia area if ever but this restaurant deserves recognition for what they bring to the community. Thank you so much for a great experience.
Written June 4, 2022
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stockdale83
London284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 couples
There's no denying that the food was very good and fresh, and well prepared. Service was also very friendly. It is expensive though. We ended up spending $220+ for a dinner for two people, which even by Maui's standards I feel was a lot.
Written September 3, 2022
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PK100
Dallas5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 couples
Interesting decor and ambiance but poor service almost ruined the evening. Server must have been brand new. "Forgot" to place app order, forgot to come back for dinner order, never offered second drinks, and never came back to check on us after a different server (I think the manager) set down our entree plates. She offered checks before asking if we wanted dessert, which we did as entrees were kinda small.
Written February 25, 2023
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Javierrios1
Anaheim58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 solo
It’s a humble place with a humble entrance. It is full of beautiful people, most of them travelers. It is not a fine dining but the prices are similar to one. It is worth to visit but if your are a sushi expert do not have high expectation. We experienced a good service from the staff and we would like to comeback in our next trip
Written August 8, 2021
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Mark M
El Dorado Hills770 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
We had a special family get-together at Vana Paia on our last night. Everything was as good as we had hoped! Outdoor tables were delightful. Service was great - attentive without being overbearing. Craft cocktails were creative and delicious. The food (I particularly enjoyed the wagyu beef skewers) was excellent. Prices - well, this is a fine dining restaurant in Maui, so I knew what to expect. No bargains here. 2 enthusiastic thumbs up!
Written June 18, 2021
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Ed R
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
We thought this was a good place for my birthday dinner. Positives- The drinks were excellent. I look for good Lilikoi-based drinks, and the bartender made a killer one. The rest of the meal was a disappointment. Mediocre sushi (I can get better at Safeway), and the cooked menu was a disappointment. I wanted to try the ribs, but they "were out today". We wanted a nice quality place, but it's hard to get that atmosphere when the other patrons are wandering thru in their bikinis and swim coverups. If you're a tourist staying in Paia, go for it. If you are a local, try somewhere else.
Written November 4, 2022
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DWong
Scottsdale212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 business
The food was excellent and fresh. Ordered the seat salmon roll and the sushi sampler. Happy hour knocked down cocktails to ten bucks. That could save you $4-8 depending on the cocktail. There was no food discounts for happy hour. Everything plated and presented wonderfully. Make sure to have reservations.
Written June 6, 2021
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jacquieo404
St. Petersburg28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Wonderful dinner, great service, and the music was very good, but too loud in that room. We asked to be seated in another room and they were able to do that. Very enjoyable evening and we would certainly go back again.
Written July 23, 2023
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Marco
Kihei25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
Good drinks, great tasting food all around! The service was solid and the live music on Saturday evening is fantastic! Definitely worth the effort to go to Paia.
Written February 17, 2024
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