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Lahaina Grill

A Restaurant in Maui

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Exceptional Food, Outstanding Service: A Must for Anyone Visiting the Island of Maui

  • Nov 30, 2009
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The best restaurant on Maui! Recommended by just about everyone who had ever been to Maui and knows good food, there was no leaving without dining at the Lahaina Grill. Nestled in the tiny little town of Lahaina, the restaurant is quaint, charming and quite cozy. It lived up to its praise and was by far our favorite meal on the Island. Although the menu can get a little pricey at the Lahaina Grill (averaging at $100/person with a glass of wine) the food and service were exceptional, and I can’t recommend the place enough.
With 8 of us dining, it was a great chance to try a little bit of everything on the menu ...from their amazing appetizers and dinner specials to their specially prepared desserts, created by executive chef, Arnulfo Gonzalez.                                            
The Service: From the host to the server to the managers who checked in on us, the entire staff was extremely accommodating. Our server was relaxed and attentive, making you feel right at home. He was also extremely knowledgeable about the menu and any specials the chef was preparing for the evening. From start to finish, they couldn't have made us feel more welcome.                                         

The Menu: Creative. Delicious. Beautifully prepared.The menu offers a tempting range of appetizers, soups and salads from Kona Lobster Crab Cake, Steamed Manila Clams and Crispy Shanghai Spring Rolls to Eggplant Napolean and Bufala Tomato Salad. Their Maui Onion soup was INCREDIBLE, the best french Onion soup I've ever had, by a long shot. They also have a wonderful wine list, offering an extremely reasonable range of options from extremely affordable to a bit pricey. Entrees are a diverse mix of land, sea and veggie options with something great for everyone. The Steak Jolene, Kona Coffee Roasted Rack of Lamb and Sauteed Mahi Mahi topped our list of favorites. Check out the dessert corner while you're there, and DO NOT leave without trying the sinfully delicious Lahaina grill sampler, which includes the best creme brulee around.
 We loved everything they set down at the table, which seems to be impossible to find in a restaurant these days. Here's a tempting sneak peak of the menu :)                              

Filled with Hawaiian Big Island prawns, scallops and Monterey jack cheese, served on roasted sweet Kula corn relish with Fuerte avocados and red tomato salsa


Dungeness crab salad, avocado, sweet rice and cilantro-ginger vinaigrette


Hana tomatoes, bufala mozzarella, truffle oil, aged balsamic vinaigrette, seasoned with black Kilauea sea salt

Light coffee-Cabernet demi-glace, herb infused mashed potatoes           


STEAK JOLENE A 7 oz. Prime Center Cut Certified Angus beef filet, topped with a potato wrapped prawn, herb infused mashed potatoes, whole grain mustard port wine demi- glace                                                                                                                        

MAUI ONION SESAME SEED CRUSTED SEARED AHI Vanilla bean Jasmine rice, apple cider-soy butter vinaigrette                                                       


 LAHAINA GRILL SAMPLER: Sunken chocolate cake, vanilla bean creme brulee, triple berry pie                                            

ROAD TO HANA, MAUI: Layers of Hawaiian vintage chocolate cake, chocolate sour cream mousse, and macadamia nut caramel

This restaurant certainly lived up to the hype and was an overall amazing dining experience. The service was spot on, the atmosphere was wonderful and relaxing, and most importantly, we loved everything the menu had to offer. There's no doubt I'll be back to Maui soon, and no visit will be complete without a trip back to Lahaina Grill. 

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December 03, 2009
*drooling* Oh wow.....this place looks and sounds like it's to die for! If I ever get over to the islands, I'll be sure to hit up this place, first thing! BTW- how are you, love? Give me a call when you get a chance, we should get together for some happy hour or something!
November 30, 2009
You owe me a new laptop from drooling all over the keyboard. I'll private message you my requirements and address! :)

Great review!  I'm a little ashamed to say that I didn't eat here when I was in Maui.  I'm so ashamed in fact, that I might have to  make a return trip there.

Hey LUNCH (@jrjohnson) ya wanna pick up the tab and I'll write tons of reviews about the limo to LAX, United First Class, my hotel suite.
December 01, 2009
haha, let me get myself a new laptop first and then I'll work on one for you too ;) Maui is awesome, so I'm sure you'll be making your way over there again soon! And this time, you better make some room for Lahaina Grill!
November 30, 2009
hey Lisa!! great review. you guys are all SO TAN in that picture. really makes me want to go to Maui. The restaurant looks great and the food looks soooooo good. it's 11:30 right now so i'm ready for lunch and reading this review is kind of a buzzkill because i won't be able to find anything good around here. :( i hope you're doing well!
December 01, 2009
Thanks J.R. - I still owe Mama's Fish House in Maui a visit next time I'm there but I'm not too sure if it'll come out on top of this place. I'm missing their food + my tan :)
November 30, 2009
omg Lisa, it's too early in the day for me to see a review like this!  The pictures look amazing and I love the diversity and combination of ingredients.  Oh, and I love the sound of that Maui onion soup and creme brulee.  Must make my way to Maui.  Thanks for sharing, Lisa! :)
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Inspired by her two rescued kitties Maxwell & Oliver, Lisa has spent the last 5 years devoted to animal welfare; volunteering for LA based animal rescue organizations, fostering dogs & cats in … more
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Lahaina Grill is located at the historic Lahaina Inn just off Front Street in Lahaina Town on the Island of Maui, and offers legendary dining service in a refined yet comfortable atmosphere.

Featuring innovative, New American cuisine, Lahaina Grill uses techniques and flavors from around the world, all perfectly blended with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui's local farms, dairies and surrounding waters.

Among the signature favorites are the Warm Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese & Baby Arugula Salad, and The Cake Walk - a sampler of Kona Lobster Crab Cake, Seared Ahi Cake, and Sweet Louisiana Rock Shrimp Cake. Entrée selections encompass meat, seafood, and pasta, and vegetarian menu options are available. Experience the hailed Kona Coffee Roasted Rack of Lamb, Maui Onion Crusted Seared Ahi (considered by many as the best Ahi dish on Maui!), or the executive chef's nightly seafood design.

To finish the meal, guests enjoy a slice of the famous Triple Berry Pie or Road to Hana - a chocolate cake topped with hazelnut liqueur, chewy macadamia nut caramel, and sour cream mousse, all enrobed in silky chocolate ganache. Lahaina Grill sends guests home feeling satisfied and wanting more the next evening!

Complementing the cuisine at Lahaina Grill is a wine list that features over 350 selections from notable wineries and boutique vineyards from around the globe. Wine by the glass is plentiful and can be enjoyed at the bar, commonly referred to as the most popular bar in ...

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