Well, on Mau’i there are many great restaurants. And the nice thing about dining out on Mau’i is that you don’t have to get dressed up. Not one location requires a jacket and tie, but don’t try to get into the fancier ones wearing beach attire. The have to draw the line somewhere.
I have three favorite restaurants:
Sarentos On The Beach
Located on south Kihei road, just north of the division line between Kihei and Wailea.. It is tucked in behind the Maui Oceanfront Inn and sits right on Keawakapu Beach. The fare is Mediterranean with a Hawai’ian flare. The thing that makes Sarentos so special to me is the service. When you are seated, your server introduces themself. The next time that you are really sure who that individual was is when the wallet, holding the check, is presented at the end of your dining experience. In between those two moments in time, you are under the impression that everyone in Sarentos is waiting on you. This is called “french style” and they have mastered the technique. perfectly. Book your reservation for about 45 minutes before sunset. You don’t want to miss the splendor of the view.
When I have mainland visitors, Sarentos is where we go to be spoiled.
Expect to spend about $55-$65 per person, not including alcohol.
MAMA’S FISH HOUSE
What can I say about Mama’s that hasn’t been said before? It is great! I mean, where else in the world can you get fish that is so fresh that the menu includes the name of the boat and the name of the Captain of the boat that caught each of the fish selections being offered?. All fish served was caught that day. The only way to get it any fresher is to bring your own hibachi and hitch a ride on one of the fishing boats.
Mama’s is located about 15 minutes east of Kahului airport along the infamous “Road To Hana”. The best time to visit is for lunch. The view of windsurfers and kite-boarders from nearby Ho’okipa Beach is extraordinary.
HALI’IMAILE GENERAL STORE
You come here for the food, not the view. And you never know what celebs you might be dining with. Located in the middle of Hali’imaile, you can’t miss it. It is the only thing lit up at night that doesn’t look like a wharehouse. The food here is to die for. Bring your appetite.
Some beautiful sculptures at The Grand Wailea
Front Street, Lahaina, at sunset
A Spectacular Sunrise