Pacific’o

Last updated 05. Apr, 2010 by in Pacific Rim | West Maui

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Rating: ★★★★☆ *how we rate restaurants

Location:   505 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone:   808-667-4341
Website:   www.pacificomaui.com
Menus:   Lunch
Dinner
Group
Wine List
 
Hours:   Daily 11:30am-4pm;5:30-10pm
Price:   Expensive
Credit Cards:   Yes
Views:   Beach, Ocean & Sunset
Outdoor Seating:   Yes
Entertainment:   Yes
Serves Alcohol:   Yes
Reservations:   Recommended

Description:
Pacific'o has earned quite a reputation - unfortunately they suffer a bit from resting on their laurels, and their delivery is a notch below what it once was.

The do have great food and a phenomenal location right on the beach - if you dine here, make a reservation for sunset and don't settle for a table inside.

Now if you're only going to drop this kind of money on dinner once, and 25-50% less of a price-tag is more your speed, I'm afraid this isn't the place to do your vacation splurge.

Oh, you want examples? Well, they're known for many icy staff members with an Aloha deficiency. (Service is typically good, though.) Now if you just landed in Maui and have no Aloha expectations, maybe you won't feel like the haughty stuffiness is out of place with $45 entrees. But go elsewhere, and get showered with Aloha, and then hit this place and it stabs you like a knife when the bill comes. (And, seriously guys, there is no excuse for a lack of Aloha.)

More positive notes - the food is mostly local and organic, (the executive chef has his own farm.) The fish is straight from the sea (although that is expected in this class of Maui restaurant.) The presentation on the plates are truly masterpieces of art.

They have a decent vegetarian selection and they can accommodate special dietary requests (Gluten, vegan, etc.)

The Feast at Lele luau is next door - and you'll be entertained by the soothing Hawaiian music wafting through the air. In fact, Pacific'o is one of a trio of eateries side-by-side under the same ownership. (Feast at Lele & I'o Restaurant are the other two.) Unfortunately Pacific'o is now the lest impressive of the trio.

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2 Responses to “Pacific’o”

  1. Robert

    06. Jan, 2011

    Your review of Pacific’O is pitiful. You should check yourself.
    The meaning of Aloha is “to share breath”, what you are doing is sharing hot air for money. Your reviews are contradictory and way off. I have run this restaurant for three years. We put more time and money back into the community than any of the other “well reviewed” establishments I have run (that you reviewed as well). You have not met my 60 staff members, and I challenge you to walk in here talk to my staff and I about your experience here.

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  2. Mark

    07. Jan, 2011

    Aloha Robert – not a single vendor has paid me for a review. All my reviews of restaurants are derived from interviews with diners and other reviews across the Internet. The words in this review are a aggregate of all of those. -This is shared at the head of the review, and the links to many of those source reviews are at the bottom of your review.

    It is my intent to have as accurate a guidebook as possible. I will dine there anonymously and also be in touch to take you up on your offer and will absolutely adjust my review based on my experience.

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