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“THE BEST hotel-restaurant in all west MAUI!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pulehu

Pulehu
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Ranked #40 of 262 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, 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 6-year Maui No Ka 'Oi 'Aipono Award winning restaurant is also known for its vibrant and thoughtful wine list. Complimentary valet parking available.
Kailua, Hawaii
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“THE BEST hotel-restaurant in all west MAUI!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

Do not waste your time in the tourist-ladden mess of chain restaurants on front street, you will not impress your tastebuds or your date!

I have dined here on three occasions in the past few months, and I don't even live on Maui! It is far from your average "hotel-restaurant"

Why?

#1. Location: beautiful hawaiian setting, half indoor/half outdoor overlooking lush tropical foliage with koi ponds, a beautiful bar (with a friendly bartender to go along), great furnishings inside the restaurant with both intimate & communal tables. I love the booths! Plus an initimate post-dinner walk on the beach is about 25 steps away from your table.

#2. Food: majority of their menu features local products that are costly but make up in quality products and support the local farmers of maui (the surfing goat dairy bruschetta!!!) talk about a delicious marriage of flavors in your mouth. Also recommend the chianti braised ribs & ahi pasta.

#3. Wine: for anyone to not order a glass of wine in this establishment would be a crime (excluding most young children and pregnant women). Not only do they offer other Italian wines than the norm (trebbiano or montelpulciano, anyone?) they also provide samplings from other countries, and not just california classics (although they have those too). The sommelier here obviously knows what he's doing, there are continuous innovative wine dinners going on, including a blind wine dinner this month. And I firmly believe that a man is only as good as the wine he chooses.

  • Visited November 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Overpriced, terrible service, tiny portions”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

Overpriced, small portions, terrible service. We waited over 45 minutes for a waitress to take our DRINK order-not including our food. We tried flagging down other servers but we were told ours would be right with us. The place was not busy at all. When the waitress finally came to take our drink order, we attempted to place the entire order, but she told us she would come back and take it in a few minutes. Well those few minutes turned into another 30. A different person brought out our drinks. Anyway, it ended up being a 90 minute wait to get our dinner. The view is beautiful and that is the only positive thing I have to say about this restaurant. I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone-and it takes a lot to get me to complain about business.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank MistyRoe
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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

Nice ambiance overlooking the koi ponds with the tiki torches. Menu has great variations.

Visited December 2010
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Thank wineluver2
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

This is truly the best italian food I have had in Hawaii. My husband and I had the meatballs and the veal parm and both were excellent. The wine list was lengthy and reasonably priced and the sommelier was extremely knowledgable on the wines and a natural storyteller. By the time we had our first sip, we felt like we had picked the grapes ourselves! The service and atmosphere were awesome and overall it was a wonderful dining experience. Thank you Pulehu!

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank 434HollyS
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Just Outside Nashvegas, TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Italian in Maui”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

DH and I had a coupon deal that I purchased on travel zoo. We each had a pupu, soup/salad, entree and shared dessert! This would have normally been 120+ dollars but then again we only order this because that is what the coupon was for. The risotto is to die for!!! DH loved his fish entree as well. The location, the Westin Villas North, is beautiful. You cannot see beach/ sunset but you do look over the killer courtyard and koi ponds. Great Service!

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