Dining Guide Fall 2011

dining guide

Restaurants are chosen for this dining guide because of their emphasis on using local, seasonal ingredients in their menus, creating a distinctly Hawaiian Islands Experience. — Let them know we sent you. Aloha!


Honu When I thought about a new restaurant in Maui I thought what does not exist on Maui, and now It does now. Oysters, Live Dungeness Crab, Lobster Rolls, Fried Clams, Brick Oven Pizzas, Kale Salads, Crab & Shrimp Louis Salads, Crab Mac Cheese, 4 different fresh fish daily. Vegan & Gluten Free Menu. 60 beers from around the world Wine Spectator Awarded Wine list. An Unparalleled Sunset View. 1295 Front Street, Lahaina Hi 96761, (808) 667-9390, www.honumaui.com

Lahaina Grill features innovative New American cuisine that uses the freshest ingredients from Maui’s local farms, dairies and surrounding waters. Voted “Best Maui Restaurant” for eighteen consecutive years by HONOLULU Magazine readers’ poll (1994-2011), Lahaina Grill delivers impeccable service and a delicious meal. Open nightly from 6pm, 127 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, www.lahainagrill.com, reservations recommended (808) 667-5117

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop features casual family style dining in a comfortable plantation era atmosphere. Our glorified comfort food menu includes an assortment of handcrafted sandwiches, pizzas, and salads, daily specials and of course, sweet and savory pies. Located at 820 Olowalu Village Road off of Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina.  Open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Call us at (808) 662-3600 or visit us online at www.leodas.com.

Mala Ocean Tavern: Fantastic Ocean View. Chef Mark Ellman and his wife Judy, and daughters, Michelle & Ariana make Mala a family business. Farm fresh organic foods, Mark has been delighting Maui for 25+ years along with his other restaurants, Avalon, Maui Tacos, & Penne Pasta Cafe. Remember to Practice Aloha. 834 Front Street Lahaina (808) 667-9394 M-F 11am-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-9pm

Pineapple Grill Take inspiration from West Maui’s sunsets, Pacific Island cuisine, and the lush landscape at Kapalua Resort’s Pineapple Grill. Enjoy casual fine dining where being comfortable is as much a priority as delivering the finest service. 200 Kapalua Drive, Kapalua HI 96761; (808) 669-9600; Dinner Nightly at 5:30pm; Lunch 11am – 2:30pm; Brunch 8:00am – 2:30pm; Grille Menu: Daily 2:30pm – 5:30pm; www.pineapplegrill.com

Star Noodle, an intimate restaurant blending many flavors across Asia. Specializing in a variety of house made noodles and inventive Asian share plates served in a contemporary stylish setting. Open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner at the top of Lahaina Business Park at 286 Kupuohi Street in Lahaina. (808)667-5400


Bar Acuda: Kaua’i’s coolest place to relax with friends and share a tapas menu filled with locally sourced ingredients. You know it’s going to be a fun evening as soon as you walk in the door.The atmosphere is welcoming. The bar area is cool, with a large-screen TV showing anything from Blue Planet series to old B&W movies. In Hanalei Town 808-826-7081

The Hanalei Dolphin has greeted visitor and local alike as they enter the town of Hanalei. Both the restaurant and fishmarket are known for the freshest fish caught by local fisherman, produce grown by local farmers and a second-to-none ambiance; one can enjoy a peaceful riverside lunch on umbrella shaded tables, outstanding dinner fare in a nostalgic tropical setting or just hang out in the stylish, world class sushi lounge. 5-5015 Kuhio Hwy, at the entrance of Hanalei 808-826-6113 www.hanaleidolphin.com

At Hukilau Lanai we love our local farmers & fishermen!  Being in business for nine years, we can’t imagine life without them. We strive to use the finest ingredients & products from Kaua‘i and the neighbor islands. Join us for dinner Tuesday – Sunday, from 5-9pm for casual, ocean view dining.  We offer a 5 course tasting menu from 5-5:45 daily. 822-0600

Living Foods Market and Café’ — The market’s cafe’-style restaurant offers a simple European-style menu; from poached eggs, grilled panini, pizzettas & crepes to Nicoise salads, and roasted chicken to enjoy on a 1,000+-sq ft open air deck. The cafe’ also roasts their own coffee on-site, with beans from each of the Hawaiian islands, and fresh fruit agua fresca throughout the day. Daily 8am to 8pm. In Kukui‘ula Village 808-742-2323

Postcards Café’ — Casual/ Fine Dining in Hanalei We’re big on buying locally for our seafood and vegetarian restaurant. But we also grow our own organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, like garlic chives and basil. Our fresh, delectable dinners have made us one of Kaua‘i’s top restaurants – for 15 years!  Open nightly from 6:00. Entering Hanalei, we’re first on the left. Reservations for 4 or more: 826.1191.

The Garden at Common Ground on Kaua‘i’s north shore, provides fresh, healthy and locally acquired organic and natural foods that are prepared daily into delicious meals with all recipes from scratch at a great value. The dining environment is quaint and beautiful providing views of the fields where the daily harvest comes from for your meals. Open for breakfast and lunch daily. Weekend brunch 4900 Kuawa Rd, Kilauea Hi 96754, 808-828-1041 www.commongroundkauai.net

Tidepools Open-air bungalows seemingly floating over tropical lagoons at the base of a waterfall provide Kauai’s most distinctive dining setting. With contemporary Hawaiian fare inspired by the rich traditions and natural ingredients of Hawaii, tantalizing selections pay homage to the classics while creating fresh new taste sensations. The exceptional service, atmosphere and delicacies will wow you. Located at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Call 808.240.6456 for reservations.

Hawai`i Island

Dine, dance and romance under the palms and stars at the Blue Dragon in Kawaihae! Our creative dinner menu features fine, fresh, festive flavors. We are dedicated to the use of locally caught fish and sustainable, GMO-free, organic and island farmed produce. Featuring live music with a wide array of musical styles. Reservations recommended. Open Thurs-Sun. 5pm – 10pm 808-882-7731 www.bluedragonhawaii.com

Cafe Pesto – Experience the charm of Old Hawai‘i at Cafe Pesto, Hilo Bay or a wonderful alternative to the resorts at Kawaihae. A family restaurant with a reputation for fresh, creative, affordable cuisine featuring local seafood and beef, exotic pizzas, eclectic salads, Asian inspired pastas and risottos. Open daily from 11:00AM to 9:00PM. Ph: (808)882-1071 in Kawaihae or (808) 969-6640 in Hilo. www.cafepesto.com


12th Ave Grill An Award Winning Neighborhood Gem offering the Ripeness of the Season and the Best of Hawai‘i’s farms and ranches. Wine list, unique microbrew beers and scratch bar cocktails are the perfect pairings for any palate. Warm service in a Bistro style complement this serious Contemporary American Cooking. Reservations 732.9469. www.12thavegrill.com. Follow us on Twitter @12thavenuegrillnow

EAT Honolulu Chef David Passanisi serves up Hawaiian Regional Cuisine in his own fantastic Rustic Gourmet way. Our unique private dining concept includes EAT-ATE-TAE, a 24 course Seasonal Deconstruction and EATnPrivate, which seats up to 14 people, available by reservations only. We incorporate as much locally made and produced items as possible and work with all styles of cuisines. www.EATHonolulu.com

V Lounge keeps the craft of the pizzaiolo alive. We adhere to the principles of any great pizzaiolo; “Never take shortcuts and make the pizza the way that it is supposed to be made.” The final product is the same type of pizza and flavors that you would get in Naples. Open Mon-Sat, 5pm-4am. 808-953-0007 www.vloungehawaii.com