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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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