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“Exceptional” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pulehu, an Italian Grill

Pulehu, an Italian Grill
6 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
+1 808-667-3200
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Ranked #40 of 203 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Pulehu, an Italian Grill, presents traditional Italian cuisine with a local sustainable twist. Overlooking the koi pond gardens of The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, the resort's talented team of chefs partner with local farmers and growers to offer only the freshest ingredients that Maui has to offer. This multi-year Maui No Ka 'Oi 'Aipono Award winning restaurant (Gold Award for Best Italian two years running) is also known for its vibrant and thoughtful wine list (Silver Award for Best Wine List two years running.) Free self-parking available.
Modesto, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We feel like family every time we dine here. From the hostess Lyn to the servers Cynthia & Kristen. All of the servers are wonderful and food is yum!

Visited December 2013
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Simi Valley, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We had dinner at Pulehu and it was exceptional. Our server was Benji and he was an excellent and efficient representative of the restaurant. Informative and attentive and we want to publicly thank him for his kind service. My husband had the short rib and I had the scallops and both dishes were exceptional. Beautiful restaurant in a tropical setting with excellent food. Give yourself a treat and try it!

Visited December 2013
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Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful experience..great food, ambience and excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We had never eaten here and were a bit worried becauseof some of the reviews. Last night we had a wonderful dinner with excellent service in a beautiful setting. We had a calamari appetizer followed by a caprese salad made with local tomatoes which was fabulous. We split our entree which was fish of the day prepared with a risotto crust and it also was very good.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary
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28 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A very pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We had been to Pulehu in the past and had not been impressed and had no intentions of going back until we talked to a concierge and a some others who had been and said they enjoyed it. With a new chef and a commitment to locally sourced ingredients where possible we decided to give them a try and were glad we did.
The 2 of us shared some starters; the anti-pasti plate, crab dip and flat-iron bread. All 3 were excellent with a choice of 5 different selection of meat/salamis on the anti-pasti plate. The crab dip was excellent and the flat iron bread I thought was one of the best breads I have had in a while.
My wife had a gnocchi appetizer as her main course and I had the seppia tagliatelle. the purple color of both dishes was interesting but both were delicious. Our server was excellent and the whole experience was enough to ensure that we will go back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jackson, New Jersey
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“Dissapointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We made a reservation for 12 they had a table for 9. The service was fair at best and the restaurant was almost empty. Six in our party liked their food six did not. Items were not bought out until asked for, very difficult to get a refill on any drinks. Fried calamari came out in a tall silver cone shaped dish and looked and tasted like chicken fingers, not calamari like any of us had ever seen. The experience went down from the time we had to wait for a new table to be arranged for our party, I would stay away from this one.

Visited November 2013
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markgleason, Manager at Pulehu, an Italian Grill, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Aloha Spinenthus08,

Mahalo for taking the time to write in and send your feedback from your visit at Pulehu. I apologize for the percieved lack in service and attention to your party. Thank you for being patient while we adjusted your table in the private dining room, unfortunately there was a miscommunication from the reservation notes. I am sorry that you did not find your dishes to your liking, and I will discuss these observations with the restaurant team and ensure superior service in the future. Again, thank you for joining us at Pulehu and staying at the Westin Villas, I look forward to seeing you again and welcoming you back to Pulehu as my guest.
Mahalo lui noa,
Mark
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