The Plantation House
2000 Plantation Club Dr
Lahaina, HI 96761
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.
The Plantation House Food Picks:
House Colada ($11) was well done. Smooth and creamy with all its strength hidden away.
Excellent homemade bread and butter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?