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Aug 18, 2011 06:02 PM

Maui and Kauai honeymoon restaurant recommendations - HELP!

I wll be in (Kaanapali)Maui and (Poipu)Kauai on my honeymoon. HELP - need restaurant suggestions!

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  1. Aloha and Congrat's..

    Mama's Fish House
    Hula Grill happy hour
    Duke's happy hour
    Plantation house at Kapalua for breakfast
    Gazebo breakfast

    Beach House
    Red Salt
    Dondero's & Stevenson Library at Grand Hyatt
    Keoki's Paradise
    Duke's drinks
    Hamura Samin

    We spent over a week at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and renewed our vows and this is one of the prettiest resorts in the world and if your not staying there..make sure you go for drinks.
    Aloha to you both..

    3 Replies
    1. re: Beach Chick

      Awesome. If you have any recs of what you loved to do in the area)Grand Hyatt), we would welcome the information!

      1. re: hockeyhasdays

        Look at the Friday night art event in Hanapepe, the Wednesday Culinary Market at the Kukui'ula VIllage, a trip to Waimea Canyon, a trip to the north shore with lunch at the St. Regis at the Terrace Restaurant and bum around Hanalei.

      2. re: Beach Chick

        Good list but I'd skip Mama's on Maui and look at Merriman's Restaurant at Kapalua instead. Mama's is a long ways away and more expensive than the quality warrants. If the Gazebo is too busy, walk across Napili beach to the Sea House.

        On Kauai, Dondero's has better food, but we like the setting at Tidepools better. Keokis, Like Duke's and Hula Grill is best for lunch or Happy Hour.

        The Merriman's in Poipu is nice as well and the Plantation Gardens is a romantic setting.

        Duke's at the Kauai Marriott is nice for lunch.

        Plantation Gardens Restaurant
        2253 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756

        Sea House Restaurant
        5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

      3. If you want a specal occasion place the best restaurants in Maui in my opinion are the Lahaina Grill and David Paul's Island Grill. We also really like Roy's Kahana Bar & Grill. Merriman's at Kapalua is also very good and has great views. The down side is that all three of these are quite expensive, but have great food.

        My wife and I like to eat at places with a sunset view. Some places with great views that are a bit less expensive include Leilani's and Hula Grill at Whaler's Village and Kimo's in Lahaina. Pacific'O in Lahaina is another place with great sunset views.

        On Kauai, our favorite place for sunset views in Beach House. Our favorite restaurant is Roy's at Poipu Village. We also like Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt, Merriman's (upstairs restaurant) and Keoki's Paradise.

        Lahaina Grill
        127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761

        David Paul's Island Grill
        900 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761

        Beach House Restaurant
        5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

        Keoki's Paradise
        Poipu Shopping Vlg, Koloa, HI 96756

        1. For romantic dinners, here is my short list:

          Merriman's Kapalua
          Gerard's Lahaina
          I`O Lahaina
          Mama's Fish House

          Dondero's Grand Hyatt
          Tidepool's Grand Hyatt*
          Merriman's Fish House, Poipu

          * Both Dondero's and Tidepools are romantic, I had better food at Dondero's, but my wife did not. Tidepools was more even, though at less than my excellent dish.



          Mama's Fish House
          Paia HI, Paia, HI

          Merriman's Kapalua
          , Lahaina, HI 96761

          4 Replies
          1. re: Bill Hunt

            I wish the food was better at Tidepools..great setting though..
            They re-did the restaurant recently..maybe it's better.
            Dondero's has an excellent 4-5 course meal for $69 pp.
            Keoki's Paradise has one of the best chicken stir fry with tons of veggies..

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Those were my exact feelings, though many have stated that THEIR food measured up. I assumed that it was what we ordered. Also, that was a rather odd trip, with some real "hits," but also major "misses." It would be hard for me to really critique everything there, based on that trip.

              Still, I felt that the potential was there, but just not realized for us.

              Dondero's was 100% on one entree, but about 50% on what should have been a "standard." Go figure. Maybe just a corporate thing?



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Aloha Bill..
                Wanted to wish you and your wife a wonderful trip in the islands..
                We'll catch up when you get back!
                Beach Chicka

      're staying at the Grand Hyatt?

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Mahalo, Beach Chick,

                  We will be on O`ahu only this trip. Hope to get back to Kaua`i next trip, and then to the Big Island, next time. We did two Maui trips, back-to-back, and that is usually at about 4 years between them.

                  Regardless of the "other Islands," that we do, we almost always add a few nights on O`ahu, just for dining. We WILL make something happen, either in the Islands, or on the Mainland.



          2. I was born and raised on Kaua'i. Here are my personal favorites I would recommend for honeymooners:

            - The Beach House Restaurant on Prince Kuhi'o Beach (rated in top ten for best sunset dining in the USA, also where my parents met)

            - Roy's Bar & Grill in Kiahuna Shopping Center

            - Keoki's Paradise in Kiahuna Shopping Center

            - Duke's Barefoot Bar & Grill at the Kaua'i Marriott (try their HULA PIE!), live music/entertainment every Friday night.

            - JJ's Broiler at the Anchor Cove Shopping Center

            - Kalaheo Steakhouse

            - Wahoo's in Kapa'a Town (great seafood)

            Congratulations and Enjoy!


            Beach House Restaurant
            5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

            Keoki's Paradise
            Poipu Shopping Vlg, Koloa, HI 96756

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            1. re: HungryHawaiian

              Good call (IMHO) on Beach House. I had just not thought of it. I was concentrating on the Grand Hyatt too closely.

              We had a wonderful meal there, and the wine service was great. The food was excellent, and the service matched. Wine service was near the top (other than comp'ing me a bottle of Corton-Charlemagne, could not be better). Some here do not like Beach House, but I found nothing to support their contentions. Maybe we were lucky, but on that trip, I highly doubt it.

              Good call, and mahalo,


              Beach House Restaurant
              5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756