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“Lived up to its reputation”
Review of Mama's Fish House

Mama's Fish House
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Ranked #1 of 41 Restaurants in Paia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hana Highway - Turn Left at the fishing boat
Elgin, Illinois
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lived up to its reputation”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

It can be a little hard to get into the parking lot, but it is a fabulous experience from then on. The restaurant opens onto its own beautiful private beach. It is charming, with efficient, personal service. The food was excellent, from salads to show-stopping dessert. Unlike some cookie-cutter up-scale restaurants on the islands, it's completely unique. The names of the fishermen who caught the various fish available are listed on the menu! I had read that both Mama's and Sonz at Swans were considered "most romantic" and "must visit" on Maui. We went to both, and while we enjoyed Sonz, Mama's took the titles!

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank Leann_R_11_11
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 4, 2011

Mama's Fish House was excellent. My daughter has a lot of food allergies and they were very accommodating. They made sure all dishes that she ate had none of the items that she is allergic to.

I'm not a big fish person so I had the beef short ribs and it was awesome. The meat just fell apart..was very tender. My wife had the bouilliabase which was excellent and mother in law had the fish (can't remember which type) but it was excellent. The restaurant is pricey but worth it .

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Thank marker70
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Long Valley, New Jersey
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unbelieveable meal...would go back in a heartbeat”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

Amazing food, great location, terrific service...Mama's can't be beat. Best seafood dinner we've had. We ordered the specials which were outstanding and the desserts are killer. It's a pricey meal, but so worth it.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank cmichnj
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Woodinville, Washington
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Could it be better? I don't think so...”
Reviewed September 2, 2011

This is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. My friends and i ate there every day, lunch and dinner, for 4 days. Every single meal was a treat, perfectly cooked, perfect service, perfect setting (the view is spectacular), I could go on and on...

The fish is amazingly fresh, but everything on the menu is every bit as good. It's pricey, but well worth it.

Enjoy, enjoy...

  • Visited April 2011
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Thank cbtravel
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Valencia, CA
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“2nd time's charm”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

1st time we tried Mama's was 1990, didn't see what all the hype about this place was, we were disappointed. Decided to try it again, 21 years later , this time for lunch, glad we did. The food & service were great! This restaurant has so much ambiance I couldn't stop taking pictures, inside & out. It is a bit pricey though. We had the crab cakes with macadamia nuts appetizer, I had a seared ahi tuna sandwich w/purple Molokai fries & my husband had the sashimi Ahi tuna salad w/wasabi goat cheese, both delicious. No cocktails, just ice tea the tab was $100, so if you go for dinner w/cocktails expect to spend well over that. It was worth it though & worth the drive. You will need a reservation & they have valet parking. We'll go back but sooner than another 21 years. The dress is casual for lunch & dinner although you would not feel uncomfortable a little dressier for dinner.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank auntiki
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