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In a nutshell: Among the top romantic dining experiences on Maui.
Minuses: Not for the value conscious.
Sound-bite: “Capische has given us such wonderful memories. I cannot wait to go back!”
An all-around spectacular dining experience. Impressive culinary artistry, extensive wine selection, romantic ambiance, spectacular views, and stand-out service - on every one of these points, Capische stands tall among the very best restaurants on Maui.
Northern Italian fare with Southern French influence. Prepared with the freshest locally-sourced food; award-winning Owner/Chef Brian Etheredge's creations absolutely stand out. Etheredge is both an artist and a craftsman; foodies consistently appreciate every bite.
The appetizers here shine. In fact, it's impossible to pick just one stand-out. Mushroom truffle risotto is definitely the the most talked about - but the pumpkin gnocchi, quail saltimboca, carpaccio, and ahi bruschetta are all equally worthy of special mention.
The most notable entree is the Capische Cioppino (Kona lobster tail, shrimp, scallops, clams, local fish, saffron tomato broth, & capellini.) The herb crusted opakapaka is also a spectacular choice among a menu full of winners.
Wines: Multiple wine spectator awards and a decent cellar mean that you're guaranteed a knowledgeable staff capable of delivering perfect pairings.
Definitely save room for desert - and the ordering is simple: one of you orders the creme brulee, the other the tiramisu (just trust me on this one!)
Location & Ambiance:
Capische sits on the mountainside overlooking Wailea and the deep blue Pacific Ocean. The views are expansive and breathtaking. The sun sets dramatically over the island of Lana'i accompanied by the islands of Kaho'olawe, Molokini and leaping whales (in season.) After the sun sets, the lighting is dim, and the seating intimate.
Capische is not a large restaurant and seating is intimate. Since sunset is the most dramatic time to be here, be sure to make your reservation well ahead of time. Your best choice is to make reservations timed to coincide with sunset. 17 tables are on the lanai, which provides unobstructed panoramic views of Wailea and the sun setting over the Pacific - what a backdrop for a romantic dinner!
If you prefer to dine later in the evening, forget the balcony and ask to be seated in the garden - the eight tables there are private and even more romantic after the view has faded.
Capische is located in the Hotel Wailea (previously Diamond Resort), an all-suite garden-villa-style resort originally focused on Japanese clientele. The Diamond Resort was built around impressive koi ponds, streams and waterfalls. One pond sits in front, flowing into a waterfall that cascades beneath the raised restaurant to emerge as a stream on the other side. Extend your romantic evening by taking a stroll around the manicured tropical grounds.
Service here is in line with the more leisurely island attitude, but most definitely attentive; Ample and knowledgeable waitstaff deliver well paced service throughout your meal.
Capische also offers a private dining experience where the chef will cook exclusively for your party. Seating for up to 20 is available in Il Teatro. See the photo above for a peek.(I'm just going to have to imagine how awesome this is!)
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