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Mama's Fish House or Nick's In Maui?

Oceans1 Dec 29, 2013 12:52 PM

Hi All,

My husband and I will be staying 4 nights at the Four Seasons Wailea in Early January. Our reservations so far are as follows:


Our dilemma is regarding our last night. Should we go to Mama's or Nick's. I've heard very conflicting reports about Mama's but the ambience/setting look great and whilst that's important to us I don't want to sacrifice it for a great meal. So what's the general consensus out there on these two establishments - which one will provide the best food along with great atmosphere? I'm being swayed at the moment towards Nicks as it's in the Wailea area and we would need to get a taxi to Mama's - any idea of how long that would take/cost?

Thanks in advance!

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    kellyds RE: Oceans1 Dec 29, 2013 01:03 PM

    Nick's is fine, but Mama's is better in terms of both food and ambiance. A cab to Mama's from Wailea is probably at least $75 each way including tip and would take about 40-45 minutes I think. If you prefer to stay in Wailea, I'd suggest going to Capische? over Nick's. Better food, better cocktails and a nicer atmosphere at a similar price point. Ask for a table on the lanai and book at a time that you can watch the sunset!

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      Oceans1 RE: kellyds Dec 29, 2013 02:21 PM

      Hi Kellyds, Thanks for the response. Wow, I'm glad I asked the question re distance and cost from FS to Mama's. Definitely not willing to pay that much to get there so that's narrowed down the choice nicely. I'd never heard of Capische - just jumped onto their website and it looks great! Thanks for the rec!

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        Bill Hunt RE: Oceans1 Jan 1, 2014 04:17 PM

        I completely understand your decision on a cab - I think that the comment might actually be a bit short on the actual cost - then there is the return trip.

        While this board is about evenly split between the Mama's lovers, and the Mama's haters (few in between... ?), I am a fan. On last trip to Maui, we turned down two more free nights at the Ritz-Carlton (lovely 2800 sq ft condo), to pay for The Inn At Mama's Fish House, just so that we could do dinner, and not have to drive afterward. The Inn was cool, not that expensive, so friendly and I was about 18' from the front door to the restaurant. We did our lunches there, and then dinner (one night to Bev Gannon's), and I would do that again, in a heartbeat. Now, the Inn is more like a B&B, but we turned our backs on total luxury (and for free), just to do it.

        Travel safely, and enjoy greatly.


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      roro808 RE: Oceans1 Dec 30, 2013 08:33 PM

      I have never been to either one in Maui... but my BFF swears by Mama's. Maybe worth a try and compare?

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        kathryn RE: Oceans1 Dec 30, 2013 09:25 PM

        Do Mama's on the way to or from the airport. It's far too expensive a cab ride to justify going there from Wailea round trip.

        1. DriverPhil RE: Oceans1 Jan 1, 2014 02:01 PM

          We like Mama's for lunch, go for a later seating. It will be more relaxed and the view and food are worth every penny.

          1. Bill Hunt RE: Oceans1 Jan 1, 2014 04:12 PM

            This is a good question.

            Considering your location, I would lean toward Nick's.

            Mama's is up in Pa`ia, and as we like our wines, the drive back, while not difficult, is not what we enjoy.

            When we dined there (Mama's) we were most often staying in Kapalua, so only did lunch. Then, just to have dinners, stayed at The Inn At Mama's, and that was perfect.

            We have the same issue with Bev Gannon's Hali`imale General Store - just too far from where we normally stay, so lunch is the order of the day.



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              Oceans1 RE: Oceans1 Jan 1, 2014 06:28 PM

              Thanks all for your comments and Hunt I think the Inn at Mama's definitely sounds like the way to go - so next trip to Maui we're going to include that on the itinerary. Looks like we'll hit Nick's this time but is there anywhere else in Wailea that I should consider over that and not miss?

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                Bill Hunt RE: Oceans1 Jan 2, 2014 09:18 PM

                I am first sorry, that I might have tempered your trip up to Pa`ia, BUT I have wrestled with driving up/back, especially after an evening of fine wines. It IS worth the miles, IMHO, but only for lunch, or by staying there.

                We normally do Maui about every five years, and are about due to return. We will do the Inn, as the food is that important to us. Many others, on this board, feel just the opposite, but those are their tastes, and there can be no argument.

                We plan on doing the Grand Wailea, and then move up to the North Shore for a few days - just to safely dine there.

                Enjoy, and travel safely,


              2. letsindulge RE: Oceans1 Jan 1, 2014 08:29 PM

                This September we celebrated our wedding anniversary dinner at Spago's and I would not return there anytime soon. The entrees we had were insipid, and unimaginative. Not worth the $$$ at all. I would skip it, and plug in Mama's if you can figure out the logistics.

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                  Oceans1 RE: letsindulge Jan 2, 2014 09:45 AM

                  That's really disappointing to hear. This is our first trip to Maui and as we're staying at the FS we thought we would try it out. My Husband is keen to give it a go as he's heard some good reviews and the setting looks nice. I'll cross fingers that our experience is better.

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                  kathryn RE: Oceans1 Jan 30, 2014 09:21 AM

                  Oceans1, how was your trip? Any report back?

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                    Oceans1 RE: kathryn Jan 30, 2014 11:31 AM

                    Hi Kathryn, I'm afraid to say that we changed our plans at the very last minute, and I mean last minute. Our itinerary was to spend 4 nights at the Four Seasons Hualalai on the big Island and then 4 nights at the FS Maui. However upon arriving at Hualalai we fell in love with the place and knew that we wouldn't want to leave after 4 nights so we cancelled Maui and extended our time at Hualalai. It's a truly magical place but we are definitely going to include Maui on our next trip.

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                      kathryn RE: Oceans1 Jan 30, 2014 01:58 PM

                      Well I can't say that I blame you, I've heard nothing but amazing things about the FS on the Big Island!

                  2. sal_acid RE: Oceans1 Feb 2, 2014 04:40 PM

                    Nicks is good. I've never been to Mama's

                    Spago usually disappoints me with their service. Its inattentive and slow. Well-prepared meals come out cool. Steak knives don't appear on time etc etc. At these prices one expects competence.

                    I think you will like Amasia. Might want to repeat it in place of spago.

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