Maui Fine-Dining Recs - Dec
I am starting to put together my Maui dining options for mid-December Since we’re playing a bunch of golf, and will only have a full week, there are not that many nights of fine-dining. It’s been 5-6 years, since we were last there, so much has changed. Also, we’re staying in Ka`anapali and since we love wine, do not want long treks around the island. Some of the distant spots will just have to be for lunch, if possible.
I’ve gone over most of the recent Maui posts, and have looked at the reviews, where available for many of these. I’d like to get comments from those, who have dined at these recently, just to make sure we are not missing something really worthwhile.
Spago at Four Seasons Wailea (would love to do dinner, but it’s just too far to drive back)
Hali`imaile General Store (Bev Gannon's, have never done dinner, but again, the distance)
Mama's Fish House (this is a place that we’ve never done, and I have promised CH)
The Banyan Tree Ritz-Carlton
Lahaina Grill (formerly David Paul's, a favorite of ours in years past)
Chez Paul (have dined there in the past and have loved it)
Plantation House (Kapalua Golf Course, new one for us)
Pacific O (have dined there many times and always loved it in the past)
We’ll do a breakfast at The Gazebo, at least once, and maybe twice.
I would imagine that we’ll do a few other lunches, but many of these will be near/at the various golf courses. Still any recs. would be greatly appreciated. The same for some of the smaller restaurants in the West Maui Area. For us, dinners are usually fine-dining and lunches and breakfasts run the full gamut.
Mahalo for any/all recs. and reviews. I know that there are several CH’s on, or going to, Maui now/soon. I’ll be watching for their reports, once back home.
505 Front St, Lahaina, HI
127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761
Haliimaile General Store
900 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, HI 96768
5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Chez Paul French Restaurant
820 Olowalu Village Rd, B Lahaina, HI
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, HI 96753
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI
Mama's Fish House
Paia HI, Paia, HI
Plantation House Restaurant
2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761
Here is the line-up for our dining:
Arrive late and get what we can. We had planned on Pacific`o's, but they have not returned the e-mail. The "better" restaurant will be closed that night, so we'll play it by ear. We'll find something nearby and not worry about it. Since we're flying FC, we *should* have been fed inflight.
Breakfast & lunch close to Westin, as we're playing golf there
Dinner Mala Ocean Tavern
Breakfast The Gazebo
Dinner Merriman's Kapula
Breakfast & luch close to Westin, more golf
Dinner Banyan Tree @ Ritz-Carlton
Lunch Hali`imale General store
Dinner Chez Paul
Lunch Mama's Fish House
Lunch Plantation House w/ golf following on Plantation Course
Dinner Lahaina Grill
Breakfast The Gazebo
Lunch wherever, since flight is late out of OGG
I'll report on these, plus any additions. A big mahalo to all, who replied. Some of these are old favs., and some are new to us. With the exception of Pacific`O, we have managed to hit the high points, that we wanted, given our geographic location, and maybe they will respond before we leave.
re: Bill Hunt
Plantation house for breakfast is my fav..best kept secret in Maui..
Ahi benedict with wasabi hollandaise is outstanding..no wait..stunning views and very reasonable...love gazebo but tire of the wait...
Hula Grill in Whaler's Village on the sand is another fun great place for lunch, app's..drinks or dinner..ts restaurant group.. own Kimo's and Jake's.
The turn at plantation and bay course has great snacks..beyond the usual hot dog...think I had an ahi wrap with a heinken.
Glad you are seeing Bev at the general store.
Have a wonderful time and report back..
Aloha Bill! How great you are planning a trip! Spago is not open for lunch.
You must try Merriman's on the Kapalua side, they have a fabulous wine program
with a really great director he will not steer you wrong. They are open for lunch
and dinner. We also like Pineapple Grill as well on that side. I don't golf but
have liked the Plantation House for lunch when I'm there it overlooks the course.
Lately I've just been hanging out on the Kapalua side for my trips and have
loved the Villas for location and food proximity. Hailiimaile certainly should be
a destination goal for you as well the fall/winter menu should be kicking in and
like each season should shine.
Thanks for the tip on Spago's, as I'd not yet checked the hours of operation. I guess that it will just not make the cut this trip.
I've seen some recs. for the Pineapple Grill, maybe I can fit it into the list.
Since I have not gotten to Merriman's on the Big Island, and promised Chef Wong, that I would, maybe I can make it up with a dinner on Maui.
As we will be playing only on West Maui, I'll have to save Joe's for another trip. My wife likes the idea of the Four Seasons in Wailea. We have always stayed in West Maui, because of offers we could not refuse. It's time to branch out. It seems like we're on Maui only about once per five years. Maybe sooner next time. I'd not feel so strongly about a drive up to Bev Gannon's from there for dinner. It's just too much to ask my wife to abstain from wine, so she can drive back to West Maui. Again, next trip.
Sorry to hear about the wine prices at Lahina Grill. Back when it was under the name David Paul's, I found the wine program to be really good. Yes, the prices were at "resort level," but not any more than I'd expect in Del Mar, or Las Vegas. Still, I think I can tough it out for one meal. I wonder how the decline in most currancies and the dearth of non-convention tourist traffic might soon affect such pricing. We do business meetings in LV about five times per year, and the "specials" are really coming in from any/all properties, that we have ever stayed at. Do not see a decline in food/wine prices, but rooms are practically being given away - and neither of us even gambles.
Wish that I had not booked my UAL flights so early, but then fuel prices were shooting up daily. Now, I could have saved enough for a nice bottle, or two, of wine. Oh well, such is life. A little "island time," will cure my ills.
Thanks for the responses. These are just what I am looking for, before I start making tee-times and restaurant reservations. Also, it's never too early to start planning the next trip to the Islands, right?
I'll report, when we return. Just wanted to make sure that I was not missing a new "gem," or heading to an old haunt that had fallen on very hard-times.
re: Bill Hunt
re: Bill Hunt
The wine list at the Lahaina Grill isn't outrageously over priced (especially when compared to several places in Las Vegas), I think your "resort level" comment is right on target.
We were there last February and found the list full of lovely wines (MacPhail Pinot Noir and a stellar Miner Chardonnay, to mention just two) and the sommelier, Richard, was great. We'll be back in February (hooray!) and we plan on having Mr CF's birthday dinner there.
Have you heard anything regarding David Paul opening a new restaurant? There was a post on this board earlier in the year from someone who had received an email from David Paul, but I haven't seen anything further.
I recall that thread, but it died, before I got any real info. I'll check around and see, but will probably make all reservations very soon, and from the Mainland, as usual. Still, I can poke around. I guess that most of our days will be breakfast, then golf, then a glass of wine on the lanai and then dinner. That is the way that it usually goes, so we do miss a lot of local lunch places. Still, we have two, that I will find a way to work in, on non-golf days.
When at a resort, I do stretch my wine budget to accommodate the pricing.
I'll be interested to see how this progresses as the various economies of the globe change. Going back some decades, I watched the prices fall everywhere, when the Oriental markets crashed. On one trip, we were persona non grata, and on the next, everyone could not do too much for us. One day, my wife could not get waited on in high-end stores - totally ignored. Next time, these same salespeople were hawking the stores out on the walk, like carnival barkers. Things change. Like the UAL fares to Hawai`i, but then I booked, when the price of fuel was headed into the stratosphere. OK, so I missed it. If I live until next year, I'll try to make up for my anxiety.
I'll report in, when we return.
re: Bill Hunt
Please do report back Bill - your posts are very informative and enjoyable.
Our days will spent much like yours - breakfast, golf, sunning and some shopping, wine on the pool deck watching the sun set and then dinner - all with good friends. I can't think of a more relaxing vacation, we are very lucky.
If you plan on cooking at all, check out Prime. It's an upscale grocery with lovely fish and the owner is more than happy to talk to you regarding the preparation of that lovely fish. ;-)
Our room will be a resort, not a condo. I wil pass this info on to other friends, who have two condos in the area and spend about 2 mos. there.
For us, it is projected to be a real vacation. However, I will do my best to keep the reviews coming.
Thank you for the "aloha," my young wife needs it about now. I've also just found out that I get to sweep her off for our anniversary to Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN. I am one happy camper.
We were just on Maui. The new David Paul restaurant is a no-show. We drove by the proposed location and nothing was going on as far as remodeling, etc. Our conclusion was that the financing had disappeared with the economic downturn.
Another fine dining location is Gerard's, which we enjoyed immensely.
174 Lahainaluna Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Yes. The location as you know is fabulous for ocean front dining. The food was excellent
when I was there in July. The chef is George Gomes Jr. formerly executive corporate
chef for A Pacific Cafe and later Tri-Star. The wine program is top notch as well. Jason "Cass"
Castle came over from Oahu (Du Vin) and heads a strong offering. They do serve lunch
The only thing I can add to your itinerary is lunch at Joe's if you're playing any of the Wailea courses. We always stay on the South Side or Upcountry, so the West Side is kind of terra incognita.
As far as the places on your list, Spago is Spago; always good, but you can find it elsewhere. Mama's is overpriced and overrun with tourists, but it's very, very good; you need to do it at least once. And Lahaina Grill has confiscatory wine prices but great food.
Seriously, though, you have to find a way to hit the Hali'imaile General Store for dinner. It's simply the best food on the island. At the risk of overselling the place, an hour at lunchtime just doesn't do it justice.