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Which of these restaurants on Maui and Kauai do you recommend?

Which of these restaurants on Maui and Kauai do you recommend?

Old Mar 31st, 2005, 09:19 AM
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Which of these restaurants on Maui and Kauai do you recommend?

We are honeymooning in Kauai and Maui and are hoping to save money by not eating out all the time. One of our bridal party members would like to buy us dinner though and we are looking for something with a very Hawaiian feel. We are from a large city, so places like Nicks are within reach at home. We have been thinking about Cafe Hanalei, The Beach House, and Sarento's on the Beach. We are not big seafood eaters, nor are we food snobs, just want a romantic view and great food. Thoughts?
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Old Mar 31st, 2005, 09:20 AM
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Oh - and is Cafe Hanalei a good place to maybe just get drinks and look at the view?
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We live on Kaua`i -- always recommend Cafe Hanalei at the Princeville Hotel for Sunday Brunch or Friday night Seafood Buffet. Their regular dinner menu is nice, too. And the views...ahhhhhhhh, the views! Hanalei Bay, the pali (mountains), the ocean, and -- if you're lucky -- waterfalls galore.

Another option at the hotel is La Cascata -- Italian/Mediterranean, with excellent service and a more upscale menu, and good views.

If you can't do dinner, get there at least one hour before sunset and either sit out on the lanai, or inside in The Living Room. Good (pricey) drinks, with a menu of fresh sushi and other items.

Beach House is getting mixed reviews for their food & service -- but their bar has the nice sunset ocean views, good drinks, and a great pupu menu.

Have a _great_ time!
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Old Mar 31st, 2005, 11:34 AM
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Cafe Hanalei had excellent food and views, but if you're looking for a place simply to get drinks and take in the view I recommend Bali Hai restaurant at the Hanelei Bay Resort. This place had the best view hands down, but the food was only so-so. They also had the best lava flows, so for drinks only it's a winner. My husband and I went back 3 times just to sit back and take in the view while drinking lava flows....
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Old Apr 1st, 2005, 06:34 PM
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The Princeville restaurants aren't quite as classy as the hotel. And the Beach House probably has the best view, but the food is of a poor quality. We thought Tidepools was very romantic and had very good food.
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Agree about Beach House - don't waste your money. Go sit on the lawn and watch the sunset - that is the best part of the place. Tidepools is nice as is the whole Hyatt Regency in Kauai. I ate at another restuarant in the Hyatt which was out in the open but can't emember the name of it. Evenif you don't eat there, Go for a drink at the Hyatt and sit in the lounge area, listen to hawaiian music and watch the ocean - this hotel captures old hawaii.
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While La Cascata and Cafe Hanalei are nice (and expensive!) we found a new place in Kapaa that we fell in love with. If your not against messy food, try Scotty's Beachside BBQ....it's a really cool place with a view of the ocean with palm trees and grass out front. we ate there at about 5:30 pm, it was just us and another couple...Our bill was about 50 bucks and the picture postcard view was worth a million....Not wildly romantic or hawaiian but definitely tropical....even better for view and drinks...(try the gilligans island drink....tasty!!)
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On Maui, Io Restaurant in Lahaina is right at the edge of the beach, with wonderful food in a tropical garden setting.
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