We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Raw bar on weekends plus sushi”
Review of Cafe O'Lei Kihei

Cafe O'Lei Kihei
Ranked #15 of 185 Restaurants in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Hawaiian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed January 1, 2014

The food was good and service was excellent. Make a reservation if you want to eat post-sunset. We went on a Thursday and were disappointed that the raw bar was not open but we had good sushi. We went again on a Sunday when the raw bar was open (but there were no oysters available!) and the sushi bar was closed. I guess to get both sushi and ceviche/oysters you have to go on Friday or Saturday. It would have helped if that information was more clear.

Thank schwebels
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (2,799)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

1,702 - 1,706 of 2,799 reviews

Reviewed January 1, 2014

Our first attempt without a reservation was unsuccessful so we booked for NY Eve -got a 5:30 time slot ehich suited us as we had a toddler in our group. Service was very efficient, staff pleasant, food good, price quite reasonable. The vegetable appetiser was delicious - I should have had ths for myself as a main. As a vegetarian there was limited choices but that is not uncommon in most restaurants. Everyone else in our group enjoyed their meals. it was very busy and maybe felt a little rushed - so not what I'd call a romantic or quiet setting if that's what you are looking for. However it was NY so generally a busy time anywhere.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Gblyn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 31, 2013

Our large group tumbled into Cafe O'lei on Christmas Eve, with a late reservation, as the restaurant was starting to wind down. Even though the staff had a big day under their belts, they rose to the occasion and delivered a fun and festive night that we all enjoyed.

The layout of the restaurant has an open and community like feel to it. The bar commands the middle of the space and there is a separate sushi bar/counter in the back.

The menu had the full range of seafood options, along with local fare, and then the separate sushi menu. They run two kitchens there, the regular one and sushi, and they did a great job coordinating the two. The wine list was solid, the seafood fantastic. Drinks were on time and the service was very attentive.

We are big fans of Mama's Fish House, Nick's Fishmarket, etc, but those places charge nearly 3x what dinner at Cafe O'lei cost us, and the difference wasn't nearly that large. This is a great place to change it up a bit if you want to get out of the mega resorts.

The night capped off with the staff juding our Hawaiian shirt contest and sharing a laugh with us as we wrapped up Christmas Eve. A great night!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Socalicouple
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 31, 2013

Very very noisy restaurant located on the 2nd floor of a run down shopping center. The food was decent, but just way too much noise with no elbow room. Not our taste and would not return.

1  Thank Gary B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 29, 2013

This little gem is located in Kihei. It's a wonderful restaurant with great food and superb service! I would definitely recommend this place!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank YukonGnat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Cafe O'Lei Kihei also viewed

 

Been to Cafe O'Lei Kihei? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing