anniversary dinner near Kea Lani
Would like some suggestions for an anniversary dinner at or near the Kea Lani. Will have just flown in from Chicago, so driving a long way probably not an option. My family and I are all first timers to Hawaii, so suggestions for local lunches/ dinners would also be great. From reading the reports, planning on getting to Mama'a a must- Reservations required? Thanks Mooses
I can only talk of Mama's. Though this board is heavily polarized on it, we had a most wonderful meal there, and will stay in their little inn next time, so we can have dinner, and not just lunch, as we were staying in Lahaina.
We consider it a "must-do." I would go with reservations. Though large, they can get filled up. I'd mention that you are first-time visitors to Hawai`i and are looking forward to dining with them. Depending on the party's size, with a reservation sometime out, you should be able to request a table at the edge of the building. You will be looking across a large yard, so it will not be "ocean-side" dining, but you'll have a lovely view. Now, you will not have much of a real sunset, but might get some illuminated clouds on the northern horizon.
Here is my last review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598400 with some photographs.
For dinner at or near Kea Lani, the best by far is Nick's Fishmarket, which is the fine-dining restaurant in the Kea Lani. It has great food and fabulous service. It is not ocean-front and does not have a great view. There are both inside and outside tables, but I recommend dining outside, under the beautiful trellis. This page has a list of menu items and some photos of the food:
I am not a fan of Mama's. In my opinion, other restaurants on Maui have just as good food, larger portions, and better views, at lower prices. Other top restaurants on Maui include Plantation House, Hula Grill, Haliimaile General Store, Lahaina Grill, Merriman's, Roy's, and Pineapple Grill.
You may want to try Ferraro's at the Four Seasons. The view is amazing, the food is very good, and the duo that play the music provide a nice ambiance. The sunsets are almost always spectacular from this particular vantage point. Nick's is also great, I second that recommendation. And I am on the pro-Mama's side, I've always had wonderful meals there and it's another fantastic sunset spot. And this past Mother's Day, Mama was actually greeting guests throughout the room, which was quite a treat.