Sitting here enjoying the magnificent view of Maalaea harbor, I found myself at a table dwarfed by the extra-large menu place before me. Being large both in size and selection of menu items available, I figured I would be sure to find something here to please my palate. My dh was excited to discover Caesar salads being prepared tableside at the Waterfront though it requires that two or more people order to enjoy this service display so he missed out on that since salads don't love me. His behind the kitchen Caesar was mild in flavor and contained grated parmesan. He chose the short ribs and though he polished his plate out of sheer hunger he wasn't thrilled about them and rated them a 2.5/of 5. I opted for the surf and turf/Mahi and was disappointed by both the incorrect temperature serving of my Fillet and by the very off fishy taste of the Mahimahi. Apart from that the sauce and prep on it was yummy and the mashed potatoes were the best thing on my plate. Sadly things don't improve much from there. Our server and neither the hostess failed to promptly greet my mother who joined us for dinner and my mother was rather put off by this. My dh had to get up himself to fetch her a menu. At last there was redemption when her Opaka arrived scrumptiously delicate and moist. We ordered the mango upside down pie with praline crust which was the primary item from the menu online and still on printed table side menu to have caught my eye. To my dismay it had been discontinued so we settled for the apple pie replacement. This pie was full of ripe and well done apples though the crust left me wanting to throw it back in the oven. The specialty Mac nuts didn't really add that much in flavor or crunch to the pie. Our favorite thing about the experience, ..and that's not saying accolades.. was the finely tender brioche appetizer and the perfectly served strawberry-mango daiquiri. Points given for the bartender and a kind server’s attendant clearing our plates that was the most showing of genuine care we received in his two sentences of conversation with us. "How are you doing this evening" “did you enjoy your dessert?" he said and that was all it took to make us feel like someone actually cared. Though our server went thru the general motions we overheard other tables with much more conversant and pleasant service. Best thing is she was kind enough to offer ahead of time to remove the unappealing item from our bill and offered complementary coffee when the espresso I requested was unavailable due to 'machine not getting turned on in time for dinner service'. Other points withheld were for the lack of viewing pleasure in the open style kitchen depicting sloppy attired cooks and general lack of order observable, bus stations mid-dining room. I did not care for the presentation of the bread loaf on a board. This causes quite a table mess with the requirement that the guest should cut the whole thing themselves. You should also realize that being an open air restaurant naturally puts hot food at a cold air disadvantage and a bread basket would be best suited. The question remains. Would I return? Probably. For a fresh fish entree, wonderful ambiance and some quality cocktails I would give the Waterfront another chance.. If the hostess can get off the phone long enough to greet and seat us. They do tend to get busy.
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