The Plantation House Restaurant Review, Kapalua, Maui

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

The Plantation House

2000 Plantation Club Dr

Lahaina, HI 96761

(808) 669-6299

The Plantation House Website

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui interior decor

Why did we dine here? – The Plantation House is a fine dining restaurant next to a golf course on Maui in the posh Kapalua area, not far from the Ritz Carlton. Chef Jojo uses local food whenever possible and tries to serve modern interpretations of classic island inspired cuisine. He used to cook at Banyan Tree and Morimoto Waikiki.

Insider Tip – Breakfast is far more economical than dinner

Cuisine – Hawaiian
Location – Kapalua, Maui
Opened – 2009

Service – The Plantation House had very good service with a professional waiter. Things were a bit laid back, but he helped us with ordering and any requests quickly. We were a bit put off because we arrived early and still had to wait for our table, even though the restaurant was 50% full.

Verdict – The Plantation House is a special occasion restaurant, it is expensive but you have a great view and very good food. The Mahi Mahi here was the best we had on the trip. If you’re in the area, give them a try for breakfast at least.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.

The Plantation House Signature Dishes – Kampachi tartare, Hudson valley foie gras, Fresh island catch, Maui pineapple cake

The Plantation House’s Menu includes many classic dishes with several options for vegetarians. The menu is more American than most of the Pan Pacific restaurants we visited.

Website The Plantation House Menu

The Plantation House Food Picks:

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui House colada

House Colada ($11) was well done. Smooth and creamy with all its strength hidden away.

Excellent homemade bread and butter.

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui caesar salad

Classic Caesar ($11) crisp romaine, red onion, anchovies, Pecorino-Romano was a classic salad implemented correctly. Large chunks of romaine along with a nice dressing.

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui foie gras

Hudson Valley Foie Gras ($18) grand marnier french toast, Simpli-Fresh Farms white kadota figs, red wine vanilla reduction was a must order for those affected by California’s ban. A large hunk of rich foie along with crisp toast and some strawberries.

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui beet salad

Roasted Kula Beets ($12) pomegranate syrup, dill-feta, arugula, toasted pistachio was another nicely done salad with enormous cubes of local beets and lots of cheese.

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui mac nut mahi mahi

Fresh Island Catch Mahi Mahi Mac-Nut crusted, Bercy sauce ($38) Ho’opono Farms baby carrots, lemon-herb orzo with preparation is a must order. Local fish cooked perfectly. The best version we had on this trip. The combination of super fresh fish, a chef who knows how to cook fish, equals the best dish.

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui hapa special fish

Hapu ($40) was very good. If not for the Mahi Mahi, we would have raved a lot more. Rolled oats farro was a nice accompaniment.

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui duck confit

Duck Confit L’ Orange ($35) spiced lentils, arugula salad included two large pieces of duck and a ton of lentils. A solid entree, but clearly overshadowed by the fish.

The Plantation House Kapalua Maui filet bento box

Kids 3 ounce Filet Bento Box ($16) looked great and was perfect for well-heeled kids on vacation.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

The Plantation House Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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