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American Fine Dining in West Maui
In a nutshell: A Lahaina fine-dining landmark for 20 years.
Minuses: No outside seating.
Sound-bite: “The service was only bested by the food.”
Fine dining in the Historic Lahaina Inn. Formerly known as David Paul's, the Lahaina Grill is on everyone's list of top Maui restaurants for good reason.
This place is top-dollar (expect to drop ~$100/person), but they certainly deliver the goods.
The impeccable wait staff is attentive, highly knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu (including preparation, sourcing and wine pairing) and clearly like what they do.
While the dining room has many of the nicer touches of fine dining, the Lahaina Grill is certainly not formal. The staff is full of Aloha, and nothing is stuffy or overdone. Bright, colorful artwork adorns the walls, and dress is resort casual.
The ambiance is cozy, even romantic - but this isn't an intimate hush-hush kind of place. Lahaina Grill can get quite lively; diners are welcomed to enjoy themselves (if your the old crotchety guy that complained about the noise on Tripadvisor, may I suggest the library?)
Lahaina Grill has eight salads (and a couple soups) to choose from. Fresh local produce and greens aplenty. The bufala tomato salad has been raved about by many diners, with more than one calling the tomatoes melt in your mouth delicious.
Favorite appetizers: baked escargots (in a unique light curry, herb and garlic butter), the cake walk (petite Kona lobster crab cake, sweet Louisiana rock shrimp cake and seared ahi cake) and the seared ahi and foie gras (sweet and sour fresh fig compote, Maui onion duck demi-glace.)
Entrees: Chef Arnie's home-made-meatballs (blended veil, pork and beef over Penne pasta & fresh tomato-basil sauce), Kona coffee roasted rack of lamb (coffee-Cabernet demi-glace & herb mashed potatoes), and the center cut veal chop (Pommery mustard, sauteed wild mushrooms, herbed truffle risotto) are all highly recommended.
Lahaina Grill also has an impressive award-winning wine list to select from (link to list above.)
Favorites aside, this is one restaurant where you can order anything you want from the menu, because virtually the entire menu is remarkable. And if you can't make up your mind, just sit down and order the Chef's tasting menu - a combination of all the best the chef has to offer for about the same price as your a la carte choices will cost you.
Voted "Best Maui Restaurant" 17 years running by Honolulu Magazine (among other awards.) Lahaina Grill is a must for anyone who appreciates fine food.
Other Reviews: #ordered by accuracy
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