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“Forgettable food and high prices!”
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Ranked #42 of 262 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, 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.
San Antonio, Texas
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Forgettable food and high prices!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

What a great setting! Overlooking the koi pond and an open wall that takes advantage of the great views and perfect weather. Kudos to the architects.

Our waitress was friendly and as accommodating as could be expected. The food on the other hand felt like a complete waste of a meal. Our bruschetta felt like it had been sitting in the fridge- the bread, mushrooms, and tomatoes were cold. The calamari was just okay. For entrees we picked off of each others plates. My broiled fish was pretty bland, the pork was good if you scrape off the Cabernet sauce, the prawns were tasty, but nothing special. We drank a bottle of Duckhorn which makes just about everything taste better. We were also disappointed with the tiramisu or more accuarately someone's take on tiramisu. The chocolate cake was good, but pretty basic. My son was even disappointed with the kids root beer float. You would expect a scoop of ice cream and root beer, but its actually a blended drink on ice-that's no fun for a kid.

Again, if youre planning on spending $250+ for dinner there are much better restaurants off property- don't waste it here.

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Thank Joeyavidtraveler
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English first
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was one of the few restaurants that we went to twice during our visit to Maui. The food was really great, with the one exception being the pizza, which was just ok. Service was really great as well. They were very attentive to my mom's food allergy and where very accommodating when I didn't care for the sweet potato in my entree (turns out hawaii sweet potatoes do not taste at all like the ones i'm used to). Would definitely recommend the prawn risotto and the risotto-crusted pesce. Atmosphere was nice as well. One night they charged us a 'guest' surcharge of 4% (or was it 6? don't remember), as we weren't staying at the westin, and the other night they didn't. We didn't mind though as the food was delicious.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Rachel W
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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133 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Price worth it”
Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

Extremely expensive but worth it and there are less expensive items if you wish. View is ok but you are only looking at a pool in a resort. Service was good.

Thank LarryS769
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Kelowna, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Pulehu really nice, if pricey”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Beautiful restaurant, very nice food and average to quite expensive. Great wine menu, friendly service. Pretty garden setting.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Jbfalconer
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Chilliwack, Canada
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting.. Not great food”
Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

The setting is gorgeous and very well done... Overlooking the koi proud at the Westin villas. It is supposed to be italian but they were playing some annoying techno music so that bugged me right away. We started with the calamari and I can honestly say it was the toughest most rubbery calamari we have ever had. We both struggled to eat it and could not finish it We had calamari a couple nights later at Fleetwoods and it was melt in your mouth.. I had pasta with a creamy sauce that was blah and not hot. My husband had a pizza which was on an extremely thin crust (basically a cracker). He liked it The wine list is very expensive and our red merlot was served totally chilled. It felt like this restaurant was trying to be something they are not....

Thank debathome
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