We had too many recommendations to NOT make a trip to Mama's during our short Maui trip so we worked it into our schedule for lunch and boy are we glad we did!
Mama's is a Maui establishment, very popular, very busy and fairly expensive. It's completely worth it for the food, view and ambiance and if you enjoy ocean front seafood with a great tiki vibe you owe it to yourself to work it into your itinerary.
We opted for lunch given how far it was from our hotel in Wailea and it worked out wonderfully. After a nice leisurely drive we arrived at 12:30 and spent just a few minutes exploring the beautiful grounds and views before being sat. Our table was just inside, on the cusp of the outside/beach area. We had great views. I would highly recommend you request either outdoor seating or a table near the outdoors - I think the experience would be quite a bit different if someone ate during a jam packed dinner service and was sat at a table way in the back, deep inside. Avoid that.
The kids got virgin frozen drinks that they loved and we had to go with two of the specialty cocktails which were delicious and properly garnished with pineapple wedges and an umbrella.
Our kids both got fried shrimp and chips which they enjoyed. I had read enough ahead of time to have my heart set on one single item - the crab and lobster stuffed mahi mahi. Boy was it great. It's rich and heavenly with a nice pineapple based, buttery sauce. I cleaned my plate and loved every bite. My wife got the Ono dish w/ kalu pig fried rice and also loved it.
We were way too full for desert but that was fine as we had a delicious lunch and left stuffed.
The grounds are beautiful - pristine sands, a shaded palm tree forest, rocks and clear ocean waters of various hues of blue. Make sure to get yourself and/or your kids inside the large boat out front for a photo opp. If you've got some extra time, it's worth just lounging at the beach before you leave. The restaurant is decked to the gills in tiki and island décor and has a great vibe. You'll also see some of the most beautiful flowers and floral arrangements you'll see anywhere on the island.
Mama's came through as advertised. It was a delicious meal with great service and an amazing view/vibe.
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