At its two tropically decorated locations, Back Home in Lahaina channels beach-shack traditions into sizable helpings of sit-down cuisine. The Daily Breeze recognizes the menu's Hawaiian roots, claiming that "if you want a taste of the Islands, you can't go wrong" with its char siu chicken. Spam and teriyaki-glazed meats are served alongside classic fixings, including ramen noodles mixed with cabbage. Other dishes derive inspiration from the islands to improve on mainland plates—for example, the hawaiian nachos stack wonton chips with grilled pork.
The festive, casual ambiance carries over to the venue's party-size servings, which earned it a spot on Citysearch's Top 7 SoCal Restaurants for Big Portions. The catering staff can furnish parties and luaus with these signature platters, though live hula dances and ukulele performances on weekend nights bring consistent celebration to the dining room.
Each of the two eateries' decor evokes different Hawaiian sights. At the Manhattan Beach location, rainforest vines stem from a tree centerpiece to crawl over the walls, bordering a seaside sunset mural. The Carson restaurant's interior mirrors the main street of an island town, complete with lampposts, a train-station window, and a thatched-roof marketplace where guests can purchase snacks or laid-back vibes to take home.