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Narrowing down my choices for one week vacation in Maui

After careful review of many posts and comments I have further narrowed down my selections for our family vacation for one week in Maui. We are looking for all ranges of restaurants, some special occasion, some for the view, some low key but all should have good food. We will be staying in Wailea and this is the itinerary - any comments or changes would be appreciated:

Dinners: Monkey Pod (Christmas evening therefore booked a place near the hotel)
Mamas Fish House
David Paul
Star Noodle
Paia Fish Market
Hula Grill

Lunch: Mamas rib and rotisserie
Geste shrimp truck
Cafe O'lei
Matteos Pizzeria
Five Palms
Maui Tacos

Breakfast: Sea House
Sunrise Cafe
Plantation House
Kihei Caffe

Any comments would be appreciated!

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Plantation House Restaurant
2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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

Kihei Caffe
1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Paia Fish Market
2A Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779

Five Palms Restaurant
2960 S Kihei Rd Ste A, Kihei, HI 96753

Star Noodle
286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761

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  1. From a geographic point you have some far choices from Wailea (Sea House for breakfast as example.) If you do not drink then David Paul's for dinner would be fine yet another good distance from Wailea. You would be better off considering Hailiimaile General Store for lunch or dinner or any of her other restaurants relatively close to your location. Five Palms is close. I think you need to revisit a map and refine your list unless you want to drive a lot and often in traffic as there is only one road b/w Wailea and Lahaina where many of your choices are.

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    Five Palms Restaurant
    2960 S Kihei Rd Ste A, Kihei, HI 96753

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    1. re: manomin

      Manomin - How far is Hailiimaile General Store from Wailea - it looked further from Wailea than Lahaina but obviously I am wrong. Thanks

    2. What I hear is that you are staying at Wailea, and three of your four breakfast places are in West Maui. Have you been to Maui before? The drive from Wailea to Napili Bay (The Sea House) is about an hour with no traffic. Plantation House is even further.

      Other than the hotels, breakfast places to look at in South Maui are 808 Bistro, Cafe @ La Plage, Stella Blues and Mulligan's on the Blue.

      And I wouldn't drive to Lahaina (Ka'anapali) to go to Hula Grill. It is a fair to middling restaurant, great location and setting, but not really Chow worthy for dinner. We eat there for lunch and happy hour with pupus. You would be better served to stay in Wailea and go to DUO, Spago, Ferraros Bar e Ristorante, Nick's Fishmarket or Bev Gannno's Joe's Bar and Grill.

      For a good local lunch I'd consider Da Kitchen and Sam Sato's in Wailuku.

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      Da Kitchen
      2439 S Kihei Rd Ste 107A, Kihei, HI 96753

      Sam Sato's
      1750 Wili PA Loop, Wailuku, HI 96793

      Plantation House Restaurant
      2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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

      Spago
      3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753

      Stella Blues Cafe
      1279 S Kihei Rd Ste 201, Kihei, HI 96753

      Cafe @ La Plage
      2395 S Kihei Rd Ste 115, Kihei, HI 96753

      Nick's Fishmarket
      2070 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

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      1. re: scottca075

        I have never been to Maui before therefore your advice has been VERY helpful. Do you know the driving distance to Hailiimaile General Store from Wailea?

        1. re: mboxermd

          My guess is that it would be a good idea to allow about 45 minutes for that drive. FYI the Plantation House would only be about 5 or 10 minutes longer (if that) than the Sea House. You might also want to consider the Gazebo (which is literally just a stone's throw from the Sea House) for breakfast. It definitely has a more casual vibe and is a local favorite. If the Mama's Ribs you are considering is the one in Napili (I guess there is more than one) you might want to consider driving to the Sea House, the Gazebo, or the Plantation House for breakfast, hanging out at Napili Beach for the morning, and then hitting Mama's Ribs for lunch since they are literally only about 5 minutes apart. There is a Maui Tacos in the same shopping center as Mama's Ribs in Napili, too. Seems like you could make a good day of it. Napili Beach is gorgeous and often rated as one of the top beaches on Maui.

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          Plantation House Restaurant
          2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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

          1. re: Mimi

            Hush! My favorite beach (with the exception of Baldwin) already has too many people : ).

          2. re: mboxermd

            Hailiimaile General Store is about 45 minutes with no traffic and well worth the effort, but I wouldn't do Hailiimaile General Store and Paia Fish Market, they are both about 45 minutes away.

            They are two very different experiences. Hailiimaile General Store is an upscale experience, wonderful food and service with great ambiance. Pai'a Fish Market is a low key local place also with a great setting too, just very different from HGS.

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            Paia Fish Market
            2A Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779

        2. As others have mentioned, drive time can be a rather big issue.

          We often "keep it close to home," but then we love our wines, and do not plan on doing much driving, after a great meal.

          Going back a year, we passed on two additional free nights at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, to stay at the Inn At Mama's Fish House, just to dine there, and partake of their wine list. That is how important dining there, plus the wine list, was to us.

          Enjoy, dine well, and drive safely,

          Hunt

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          Mama's Fish House
          Paia HI, Paia, HI

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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            I have changed Hula Grill to Bev Gannons Joe's Bar and Grill closer to Wailea and good reviews by the chowhounds. I have taken off Plantation House, Sea House on the breakfast list and added Cafe @ LaPlage and 808 Bistro again based upon driving time and proximity to Wailea. Can we make it to part of the road to Hana before eating at Paia Fish Market on the northern part?

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            Paia Fish Market
            100 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779

            Plantation House Restaurant
            2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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

            1. re: mboxermd

              Now, and not to affect your decisions, but both Plantation House at the Kapalua Plantation course, and also Sea House, have served us well for breakfasts. Normally, we will do one morning at The Gazebo, and just stand in the little line, but last trip, we did not make it.

              Not familiar with Cafe @ LaPlage, so cannot offer anything about it. Please do a review, as I will likely learn something from that.

              Mahalo,

              Hunt

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              Plantation House Restaurant
              2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                i agree Bill with Sea House and Plantation House being great for breakfast done both many times but their distance from Wailea seems just too long for that meal!
                Lunch maybe if they are in the area. I'm not going to Maui until next June or so.

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                Plantation House Restaurant
                2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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

                1. re: manomin

                  I cannot argue about the drive time/distance, and have mentioned that relative to other restaurants in this thread.

                  We tend to stick "close to home," with the exceptions of lunches, where we are much more willing to drive for a great meal.

                  Hunt

                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Totally agree if your staying in Wailea that going up to West Maui is a haul just for breakfast...we stay up in Napili or Kapalua so its a 10 minute drive.
                    I love Gazebo but the line is sometimes too long..I always swim for about an hour while I have my name on the list..
                    Need to go back to Sea House..it's been too long but always enjoyed it and a great location.

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      Yes, last two trips, the line was way, way too long for us, so we went elsewhere. That does not reflect negatively on how we feel about The Gazebo, just about our time. Maybe if we had consumed less wine, the night before, we'd have been in line, before dawn?

                      Because they were but a short walk for us, we did Sea House three times on two trips, and I was impressed. We had never dined there before, but they did a great job. Have never done anything BUT breakfast/brunch, so cannot comment on other meals.

                      Hunt

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

                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        Aloha Bill..
                        In the islands, I drink a little more...so breakfast is something that I don't want to wait for..
                        ; )

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Yes, we rather felt the same way too.

                          Even with the liquor/wine laws in Maui County, we still enjoy our wines, so "breakfast" can run into "brunch," at least for us.

                          Aloha,

                          Hunt

                2. re: Bill Hunt

                  Sea House is a great spot for breakfast especially when staying at Napili Kai, like we do, or the Ritz, like Bill H does. I agree with manomin though that it isn't worth a trip up from Wailea. I've yet to make it up to Plantation House for breakfast.

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                  Plantation House Restaurant
                  2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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

            2. Depending on your flight times, it might be worth considering hitting Mama's or HGS after you arrive or before you depart since they are relatively close to the airport. A nice day trip that I have enjoyed is doing some sightseeing upcountry (Kula Lodge and Marketplace, lavendar farm, botanical gardens, Surfing Goat, etc.), heading down to Makawao for some shopping (prices are typically cheaper than in the more touristy areas) and then ending up at HGS for an early dinner right when they open. You can also do Paia shopping as well if you have time to kill. One place I have yet to get to when they are open is the Komodo Bakery for their famous cream puffs in Makawao.

              I would definitely plan one or two trips to other parts of the island, but you will want to take advantage of the nice beaches and great snorkeling (try Ulua Beach) in the Wailea area. And the dining options in the area are top notch.

              One other place we enjoy is Buzz's Wharf in the Maalaea harbor, they have delicious sweet Tahitian prawns. I know it gets some mixed reviews, but I love it.

              And consider Tommy Bahama Cafe in the shops at Wailea for lunch or dinner. The crab bisque is terrific and the food is very good. I especially like the curry shrimp and scallops.

              You can't go wrong with the restaurants at the Four Seasons, especially Ferraro's and Duo. And Nick's at the Kea Lani is excellent.

              Gannon's will be nice for any meal (I like their loco moco for breakfast) and Five Palms is also good for breakfast.

              Enjoy!

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              Buzz's Wharf Restaurant
              Maalaea Hbr, Haiku, HI 96708

              Five Palms Restaurant
              2960 S Kihei Rd Ste A, Kihei, HI 96753

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              1. re: Juji

                I did forget Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar, one of my mother's favorites for lunch.

                We usually do Mama's, if we do it, on the way to the airport.

                As to combining Pai'a Fish Market and the RTH, it might be tough to make the timing work. I am also not sure Pai'a Fish Market is worth a trip just on its own. We go to Pai'a Fish Market as part of a half day in the area enjoying the town and beaches out that way.

              2. We just got back from 2 weeks in Maui. Had some great dishes and some not-so-great. Loved Roys in Kahana - I had the Macadamia Nut Crusted Opah with Lobster Essence Sauce and it was fantastic. The chef (Joey) even e-mailed me the recipe! And I do like their chocolate lava cake. :-) Another is in Lahaina called Kimos which has fantastic prime rib and fish dishes. Maui Brewing Co. in Kahana is OK. Great for beer but food is only so-so. Dollies has good pizza. Lunch in Kihei was a little outside noodle shop which was good as well. If you see the China Bowl in the mall in Lahaina, avoid at all costs. Just my 2 cents. Oh, and the Gazebo - fair. Nothing I would write home about. I had an omelet that had WAY too much processed cheese on top, but their pancakes were good (per hubby).

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                Maui Brewing Co
                4405 Honoapiilani Hwy Ste 217, Lahaina, HI 96761

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                1. re: boyzoma

                  We had the worst meal of our trip to Maui at Maui Brewing Company. We didn' t like the beer either.

                  1. re: Mimi

                    We tried it twice - pizza and fish & chips. Both were awful. DH liked their Bikini Blonde beer (I don't drink beer). Besides, we had to at least try it. His boss recommended it. lol

                2. We were just there a few weeks ago for our first time. We were also in Wailea, and because we were scuba diving early a few mornings we wanted to stay 'close to home' for dinners. We had a FABULOUS dinner at Ferraro's at the Four Seasons. It's on the patio overlooking the ocean and the view is amazing. Try to get a reservation about 15-30 minutes before sunset so you are settled with a drink. This is an Italian restaurant, and the food was delicious. There was also a classical duo (playing modern music) that really enhanced the dining experience.

                  We also went to Nick's Fish Market at the Fairmont. The oysters were amazing! The food was also very good and again, a nice patio. However, no view from this restaurant.

                  Another restaurant we tried was Hamahamanukunukuapaii (sp?) at the Grand Wailea. Another restaurant with a beautiful view. And we loved their appetizers, and their sashimi dinner. Both plentiful, delicious and reasonably priced.

                  Have a wonderful time. I did reviews of the restaurants on tripadvisor, with photos, if you are interested. http://www.tripadvisor.com/members/Na...

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                  1. re: Just One Bite

                    That sounds like a fantastic vacation. Mahalo for sharing.

                    Hunt

                  2. COPY CATTER :O) lol. Im thinking you got some great pics from my list .. Sounds like you got a great list going but your going to be travelling if your staying south.