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Going to Maui and looking for dinner in Wailea

SChalfant Feb 8, 2007 06:55 PM


Husband and I are going to Maui (haven't been in 4 years!!!) and are looking for ideas in Wailea (please don't say Nicks!)... Any recommendations? We'll be there the last week of March.


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    epop RE: SChalfant Feb 10, 2007 11:06 AM

    spago is probably the best there

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      tmil34 RE: SChalfant Feb 10, 2007 11:12 AM

      I like Longhi's for some casual dining. They do a verbal menu however which can be very confusing if you don't have an idea of what you want. It is good however. Have a great trip. It's located in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Ala Nui. Link posted below


      1. alex8alot RE: SChalfant Feb 10, 2007 04:58 PM

        If you are willing to drive, go to Haliimaile. It was amazing. We got there at 11 for lunch and within 20 minutes the place was full.

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          SChalfant RE: SChalfant Feb 11, 2007 06:58 AM

          Thanks everyone! Been to all of the recommended (and will most likely go back)... still looking for the "find"... the little place you wouldn't know about unless you either lived there or met someone cool enough to share the secret!

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            fooddawg RE: SChalfant Feb 19, 2007 09:06 AM

            We loved Sarento's on the Beach (Wailea/Kihei). Great food, beautiful view. The staff was a little "too" attentive bordering on intrusive but we enjoyed it nonetheless. We stayed at the Fairmont and dined at Nick's as well. ugh, though we were entertained by a tablecloth catching on fire (it was windy)! btw, this was in 2005, so a lot may have changed. Enjoy your visit!

            1. TMWeddlle RE: SChalfant Feb 19, 2007 03:11 PM

              Was just at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a at the Grand Wailea - it's a neat place. The ahi traps for appetizers are wonderful. It's a great place for the sunset and it's fun to walk around the grounds of the resort before and after your meal. In Wailea for breakfast - Seawatch at the Wailea Gold Golf Club shouldn't be missed.

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                aquilinus68 RE: SChalfant Feb 19, 2007 03:32 PM

                I know its not in Wailea, but Mama's fish house in Piai was a great find for us. every thing about it was special.

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                  theflytyr RE: aquilinus68 Feb 19, 2007 03:35 PM

                  Mamas is it!!!!!!

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                  aquilinus68 RE: SChalfant Feb 19, 2007 03:41 PM

                  Another rock solid place to get a great fish preperations, although not very romantic is Maalaea Waterfront. They know how to do seafood. again not in Wailea but not too far away.

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                    TMWeddlle RE: aquilinus68 Feb 19, 2007 05:33 PM

                    The Waterfront is excellent and much more romantic than many places - more romantic than crowded Mama's.

                  2. manomin RE: SChalfant Feb 20, 2007 08:58 AM

                    Yes, by all means go to the Waterfront!

                    1. manomin RE: SChalfant Feb 20, 2007 01:33 PM

                      I've said it before and I'll stick with it go to Spago and tell them
                      you want Cameron to cook just for you! You won't be dissapointed
                      I guarantee you. Maybe even if you're lucky you can have Lacey
                      be your server.

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                        StewartsDinDin RE: SChalfant Feb 20, 2007 08:28 PM

                        We're at the Grand Wailea now. Haven't gone to Humuhumu (see TMWeddlle reply above) but we did eat at Kimcha, the sushi restaurant and enjoyed the sashimi and sushi. Fresh. One downside was that the place was like a refrigerator. Apparently is always over airconditioned, so they offer happy coats to anyone who asks to help ward off the cold. (And we did Mama's Fish House today; had a great meal but it's really hard to define as in Wailea, since it's at least 30 and more likely a 45 minute drive.)

                        1. manomin RE: SChalfant Feb 21, 2007 08:17 AM

                          I really liked Kimcha when we've eaten there and you are right, it is cold! I actually had a
                          bad cold when we ate there once and they babied the heck out of me with the happy coat,
                          special tea and specially made miso soup. The architectural history of the building parts
                          and construction is quite interesting as well. I thought their food terrific!

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                            StewartsDinDin RE: SChalfant Feb 22, 2007 10:12 PM

                            Just had dinner at HumuHumu at Grand Wailea. Completely unimpressed. Really poor service: Took 10 minutes to seat us in an empty part of the restaurant. Delivered the wrong dishes on the first try. Waiter showed up every 15 minutes or so, apparently on his own schedule rather than ours. One of those menus that tries to dress up what it really is, like calling Surf & Turf "Spiny Lobster and Mahi Mahi". After a fabulous dinner at Spago at Four Season (right next door) last night, HumuHumu didn't make the cut.

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                              manomin RE: StewartsDinDin Feb 23, 2007 09:04 AM

                              Do tell us about your meal at Spago! Too bad about your exp. at HumuHumu all of the
                              times I've stayed at the Grand Wailea I've never eaten there, this helps decide for
                              next time as well!

                            2. HeatherFL RE: SChalfant Feb 27, 2007 12:40 PM

                              Agree with Spago at the four Seasons for higher end dining and Longhi's at the Shops of Wailea for casual fare.

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