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charlene Jun 19, 2006 11:18 AM

Please let me know where my dear husband and I must eat in Maui! Any cuisine

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    Eileen Jun 19, 2006 05:34 PM

    I have already posted my fvorites on this site and subject. But, here goes again. Mam's Fishhouse is an amazing experience. Food and view will long be remembered after you return home. I can't understand anyone who claims it is fair at best. Thousands and thousands visit it and make it a top priority when going to Maui. O.K., if it is just fair, then Frances Ford Coppola ( who is world know for his cinema work and his love of his own plus great appetites for quality food) must have been misled to Mama's because in 2 trips ago, he was sitting behind us eating lunch there. Go! Also, The Plantaion House,Pinapple Grill for fabulous sunsets and wonderful food. We are trying the new "Lahaina Store" in Lahaina. Got really good reviews and it's Maui's ony rooftop restaurant looking right out and over the water. Google Maui food and you will get the highest rated restaurant and Mauimenues.com (i think this is the site) will even fill in your questions about what is served. I spend hours ech week researching Maui and Kauai for our yearly trip....take advantage of someone else's work and enjoy. Have fun!

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      torta basilica Jun 20, 2006 09:22 AM

      Let us know about 'Lahaina Store' - it would be wonderful to finally have a good restaurant there. We used to love Avalon years ago (they had the most amazing fresh tropical fruits dessert, including the very rare & expensive & delicious baby coconuts, in caramel sauce, but sadly went very far downhill - don't know if it's even there anymore.

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      Eileen Jun 19, 2006 05:34 PM

      I have already posted my fvorites on this site and subject. But, here goes again. Mam's Fishhouse is an amazing experience. Food and view will long be remembered after you return home. I can't understand anyone who claims it is fair at best. Thousands and thousands visit it and make it a top priority when going to Maui. O.K., if it is just fair, then Frances Ford Coppola ( who is world know for his cinema work and his love of his own plus great appetites for quality food) must have been misled to Mama's because in 2 trips ago, he was sitting behind us eating lunch there. Go! Also, The Plantaion House,Pinapple Grill for fabulous sunsets and wonderful food. We are trying the new "Lahaina Store" in Lahaina. Got really good reviews and it's Maui's ony rooftop restaurant looking right out and over the water. Google Maui food and you will get the highest rated restaurant and Mauimenues.com (i think this is the site) will even fill in your questions about what is served. I spend hours ech week researching Maui and Kauai for our yearly trip....take advantage of someone else's work and enjoy. Have fun!

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        Maui Jon Jun 20, 2006 05:32 PM

        My wife and my favorite Maui restaurant is Plantation House in Kapalua. The food is wonderful and the sunset view is unbeatable. Pineapple Grill is a new addition in Kapalua that also has great food, and the view is better than when it used to be Jamisons (because they added large windows instead of shutters that had to be closed when it was windy). Lahaina Store Grille & Oyster Bar on the rooftop in Lahaina has good food and the only 360-degree view of ocean and mountains. Food at Roy's is a favorite of mine, but it has no view.

        Another poster mentioned the former Avalon restaurant in Lahaina. It is long closed, but the owner (Mark Ellman) still serves that Carmel Miranda dessert at his current Lahaina restaurant, Mala, and this new one is right on the ocean.

        Link: http://www.mauihawaii.org

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          torta basilica Jun 21, 2006 04:18 PM

          Thanks - that's worth a trip! How is the new restaurant? Do you agree that Ellman started out strong at Avalon, then it slowly slided downhill?

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            Bill Hunt Jun 22, 2008 07:57 PM

            Do not know about the new spot, but we did Avalon on two previous trips, about four years apart. First visit was very good (just short of great), but the second was only a shell of its former self. Given that experience, we'd likely not return, were it still open.

            I'll keep my eye out for recs. on his new spot, for the December trip. Like I said, the first trip was well worth a re-visit; the second one was not. Maybe he's captured lightening in the bottle, once more.

            Hunt

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          Mike Jun 21, 2006 12:26 PM

          The biggest "Maui Must" is a little breakfast place: The Gazebo Restaurant, in the Napili Bay Resort just south of Kapalua. The omlettes are the best anywhere -- in the world! The banana macadamia nut pancakes are also not to be missed. You will want to eat there more than once. Best to go on your first day, before you have adjusted to the time change, because the line starts to form by 7:30 AM.

          Like many on this board, we also had excellent meals at David Paul's, Sansei, and Mama's.

          Another "Must Have" is the Banana Bread on the side of the road on the North Maui drive (from Kapalua, keep going north), and the Shave Ice stand in the state park in Hana.

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            Eileen Jun 21, 2006 11:20 PM

            Every day or so I read a review about the Gazebo restaurant. They actually serve great Kona coffee to the people who are waiting for breakfast. Thanks for the reply...we will be eating at the Gazebo this fall!

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              dkawai Jul 7, 2006 08:16 PM

              Killer fried rice (chock full of portuguese sausage, bacon, onions and eggs) were very satisfying as well!

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              kersie Jun 26, 2006 05:23 PM

              We LOVED the Haliimaile General Store. Plantation House was overrated in our book. It's got great views, but so does A LOT in Maui.

              If you've never been to a Roy's in Hawaii, I would also say that's a can't miss, certainly not for ambiance, but dependable and really GOOD food.

              http://www.bevgannonrestaurants.com/h...

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                Bubble Jul 18, 2007 08:32 PM

                F.Y.I Matteos has recently cut their food portions in half and raised their prices a couple dollars per entree. I guess since they have been so sucessful they thought they could get away with it. Unless you want to feel ripped off, Matteos is no longer a great resturant.

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                  bluecheesewiz Sep 5, 2007 01:11 PM

                  A strong YES to Mama's if you want a special dinner. My wife and I ate there last Sat for the 3rd time. We weren't disappointed. It was our anniversary and they comped three glasses of wine that were great pours. The service is fabulous. I had the Ono which was cooked perfectly, very moist.

                  My wife had the Kalua Duck. The breast was perfect, but the leg and thigh may have been keep a day too long in the refrig. The flavors were nevertheless unique and well worth the visit and price.

                  Also recommended is Da Kitchen for lots of food for the price. It's very much a local place with incredible food. You won't believe how much they give you. Try the fish tempura or the Kalua pork.

                  Mala's is also a great local place right on the water without the tourist masses. Food is top notch. The hamburger is made with KOBE beef. The fries are perfect with a hint of garlic and parsley.

                  Happy hour is 3 to 4:30 every day prices are $2 off the regular price.

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                    Juji Sep 6, 2007 04:36 PM

                    I heartily agree about Mama's and Hali'imaile General Store (you must try the crab pizza). Other favorites in the Ma'a laea Harbor are Buzz's Wharf (the best sweet Tahitian prawns you'll ever have) and the Waterfront, Nick's Fishmarket at the Kea Lani in Wailea, Duo and Ferraro's at the Four Season's in Wailea, SeaWatch on the Gold Course in Wailea and Humu Humu at the Grand Wailea.

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                      jmtoconnor Mar 17, 2008 05:53 PM

                      Spent a recent week (3/08) in Wailea, left a lot poorer, but didn't find any musts. Seawatch on the golf course has great views, but was not impressive...almost catering hall feel to the service. Longhi's serves a great veal chop and filet mignon, but everything is a la carte ($12 for steamed veggies) and overpriced mediocre salad pushed tab into stratosphere.

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                        Beach Chick Mar 17, 2008 06:03 PM

                        Old post but here are my fav's..

                        Plantation house at Kapalua
                        Hula Grill
                        Mama's Fish house
                        Kimo's
                        Gazebo
                        Sansei
                        Roy's
                        Chez Paul

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                          omaopio Jun 11, 2008 03:50 PM

                          Surprised to read in this post that the little Wailea gem, Matteo's, raised its prices. I will have to check that out. Bummer.

                          Here's a good resource for Maui musts:
                          http://www.nokaoimagazine.com/aipono....

                          Each year Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine hosts readers' choice restaurant awards. I more or less agree with most of the winners, though my current Maui Must is Il Teatro, the chef's demo table at Capische in Wailea. It's an amazing experience--a handful of guests sit around a renovated Teppanyaki table and watch the chef whip up the most delicious treats. It's a cooking lesson and feast all in one!

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                            jennifermcc Jul 7, 2008 02:11 PM

                            Lahaina Grill is an absolute MUST, (we have eaten there for many years, used to be known as David Paul's Lahaina Grill) -- food is amazing, and although it is a bistro with no view, the service and wine list are tops...

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                              omaopio May 23, 2009 06:38 PM

                              Lahaina Grill is still great, and a new "must" is David Paul's new place down the street: David Paul's Island Grill. You can sit inside in plush booths, outside with an oceanview, or in the cozy back "sky lounge." Prices are reasonable--cheaper than most fine dining on the West Side. (For now, anyway..) Plus you can order "taste" portions of nearly every entree.

                          2. Bill Hunt Jun 22, 2008 07:59 PM

                            My Maui-must would be Bev Gannon's Hali'imaile General Store. It's upcountry, but well worth the drive.

                            Hunt

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                            900 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, HI 96768

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