Dining Out On Your Maui Vacation

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Dining Out on Your Maui Vacation

One of the best parts of renting a vacation home in Maui is the convenience of preparing and enjoying your own home-cooked meals.  However, don’t forget that you are on vacation and remember to take a night to enjoy the ambience and delicious local cuisine of Hawaii!  One of our favorite spots is located in Lahaina and provides a diverse menu that has something for all palates.

If you are looking for a delightful array of contemporary cuisine, you and your guests will want to visit Lahaina Grill! We caught up with Lahaina Grill to tell you a little more about this must have eatery!

Lahaina Grill

EEI: Tell us a bit about your menu:

LG: Our menu features innovative New American Cuisine using techniques and flavors from around the world, all perfectly blended with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s farms, dairies and surrounding waters.

EEI: Is there a head Chef behind your menu?

LG: Executive Chef Arnulfo “Arnie” Gonzalez has been with Lahaina Grill for just over 20 years!

EEI: What about local sourcing, do you incorporate locally produced ingredients into your menu?

LG: There are many local ingredients used, vegetables and fruits, fresh fish primarily.

EEI: Is there a signature dish at Lahaina Grill?

LG: There are many long-time favorites; here are a few to mention:

Sautéed mahi-mahi with spinach, herb infused mashed potatoes, gorgonzola, pancetta and chardonnay beurre blanc


maui onion and sesame seed crusted seared ahi with vanilla bean jasmine rice, apple cider-soy butter vinaigrette.

EEI: What can guests expect when dining at Lahaina Grill?

LG: We hope that guests will experience a very memorable evening with world-class food, cocktails, wine and service in a beautiful, fun, lively bistro restaurant.

EEI: What would you say is the average price of a dinner for two adults?

LG: $150  (3-course meal with drinks)

EEI: Tell us a bit more about the ambience at LG:

LG: A contemporary bistro setting, lively and fun, fine dining, top notch service

EEI: We can't help but notice the beautiful art around the dining room, are these Hawaiian artists?

LG: The majority of our artwork is by:

Jan Kasprzycki, Maui Artist


EEI: Who started Lahaina Grill and what has led to your continued success for almost 30 years?

LG: The restaurant was started by founding chef David Paul Johnson as David Paul’s Lahaina Grill, he started off strong and received many honors.

Chef/Owner Jurg Munch came on the scene and ended up changing our name to Lahaina Grill in December of 2007. The majority of our chefs, service staff and management have been here for many years and through this transition.

EEI: Lahaina Grill has received many praise over the years, what are some of the awards you have received?

LG: Most recently we are very proud of the following:

  • Top 100 places to eat in the U.S. 2016 (Yelp)
  • Best Maui restaurant 23 years in a row 1994-2016
  • Honolulu magazine, hale aina readers poll
  • Top 25 Restaurants in the U.S. 2014 & 2015 (Trip Advisor)

EEI: Do you except reservations?

LG: Yes, reservations are highly recommended in advance, however our bar is a great place to walk-in if you don not have a reservation and we serve the complete menu at the bar.

EEI: Do you accommodate large parties/groups and if so, how far in advance to you advise people to reserve?

LG: We have two great areas for semi-private / group dining:

We offer two rooms well-suited for groups: the semi-private New Room (accommodates 30), and our Chef’s Table (accommodates 6-10) in addition to the full restaurant setting which is available for dine-arounds, or full or partial buy-outs (accommodates up to 130). In order to ensure an exceptional experience for everyone, we must carefully plan for the size of your group and the menu to be served.

EEI: Will you create a special menu for an event?

LG: Yes, special tasting menus are available especially for groups.

EEI: Do you cater outside parties and if so, who should folks reach out to?

LG: We do not offer catering at this time.

When you need a break from the kitchen on your next vacation to Maui, take your family or group to an amazing dinner at Lahaina Grill!

Blog Subjects: Maui, Restaurants, Hawaii