Lahaina Grill, Maui Restaurant Review
Posted by Foodnut.com
Why did we dine here? – Lahaina Grill is one of the most popular high end restaurants in the touristy part of Lahaina, Maui. It definitely has a great repuation, and is situated in the midst of a ton of tourist traps. Foodies regularly recommend this restaurant, so we had high hopes. This place fills up fast, so you need to make reservations ahead of time or have to sit at the bar.
Insider Tip – Make reservations or sit at the bar. Stick to the top items we list.
Cuisine – American
Location – Lahaina, Maui
Opened – 1990
Service – Lahaina Grill has well dressed waitress, who was very professional and knew the menu well. She wasn’t as present as we would expect in a high end place.
Verdict – While Lahaina Grill does serve up very good food, we were not wow’d enough to enthusiastically recommend the place. This is a touristy spot for sure.
Prices are on the high side too. If you are visiting from a city that lacks high end cuisine, you would probably love this place.They are a bit behind the time with modern cuisine and we didn’t feel that the food had enough Hawaiian influence. We could see getting a lot of this food in San Francisco. Other places like Ko and Monkeypod Kitchen are a bit more contemporary in our view.
Alot less price is nearby Star Noodle.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Lahaina Grill Signature Dishes – Cake Walk, Wagyu Ravioli, Bufalo Mozzerella, Kona Lamb, maui onion and sesame seed crusted seared ahi, Triple Berry Pie.
Lahaina Grill’s Menu is fairly wide ranging with lots of appetizers, salads, and entrees. Items range everywhere.
Lahaina Grill Food Picks:
maui onion soup ($15) sweet maui onions simmered in a rich beef and chicken stock, sherry, baked with a gruyère and provolone cheese crouton was solid. Average flavor profile with decent cheese.
wagyu beef ravioli ($22) black truffle, porcini, portobello, braised apple and morel mushroom-brandy cream sauce was a standout dish. Decadent and worth ordering.
Special Kona Lobster with Sauteed Foie Gras ($86) had a local Kona lobster that initially started in Maine. Expensive but it allowed us to forgoe ordering the Foie appetizer. The 2lb lobster was cooked just right and the foie was very smooth.
Keiki Caesar Salad ($5) hit the mark. Not very local but..
Keiki Mahi Mahi ($14) had very fresh fish and was cooked well. We have no doubt the adult dish should be great.
Keiki Corn Dog ($10) was enough deep fried goodness to satisfy any kid.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
the cake walk ($25) lobster, pacific rock crab and diver scallop cake with avocado relish and mustard cream, seared ahi tuna cake with avocado relish, sushi rice, nori, tamari ginger vinaigrette, white shrimp cake with hoisin, crème fraiche. This dish looks great but we felt it was a bit old school. Could have used more fish eggs and the crab could have been smaller.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Pau Hana Cocktail ($14) was not very sweet. Tasted a bit weak.
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