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Rated #1 High-End Contemporary W.
In a nutshell: A romantic setting with fantastic Mediterranean influenced island cuisine.
Sound-bite: “so romantic, we were seated at a table for two right next to the lake.”
Located at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Ka'anapali, this romantic open-air restaurant sits at the edge of a swan pond complete with flowing waterfalls, lush gardens, and a dramatic staircase entry that looks like it's been transported out of an elegant 50's movie set.
Normally I shy away from resort restaurants, because, in Maui more than most places, an on-the-ground understanding of what makes our island unique is key. Otherwise, you're sitting at a formula restaurant that really could be dropped on any resort beach in the world with the same result - and I don't believe that is what draws people to Maui.
The key to success here is that Son'z doesn't belong to Hyatt. Son'z is part of a Hawaii based group of high-end restaurants, the ownership and on-site management team are fine-tuned from decades of presence in Hawaii, and quite literally, have also been an active part of defining contemporary fine dining in the islands.
Like virtually all high-end restaurants in Maui, the dress is "resort casual", and in line with the tropical ambiance and relaxed atmosphere. The waitstaff is equally relaxed, though professional, well informed and attentive - just as you would expect when dining in a restaurant of this caliber.
The cuisine consists of delicious interpretations of "Mediterranean meets Hawaii" - plus a few exquisite renditions of classic comfort foods (Kobe beef meatloaf is a favorite.)
Much of the produce at Son'z comes from local farms, fish come from the surrounding waters - and even the goat cheese is local. In fact, a favorite appetizer is the Surfing Goat Dairy cheese ravioli - which incorporates local award-winning cheese, Maui's Kula corn and Big Island Hamakua mushrooms.
Both meat and fish lovers will come away equally satisfied by the "Mediterranean Rim" interpretations (a name given by the owners to describe the mix of Pacific Rim and Mediterranean influences.) Ahi prime rib, grilled Maui Cattle Company beef tenderloin, and Hawaiian opakapaka picatta, are among the stars of the show.
To top it all off, Swan Court also boasts the largest wine cellar in Hawaii.
(PS, the breakfast buffet here is also ranked among the best in Maui!)
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