While there’s no need to hunt out romance in Maui, plate lunches and pineapple for every meal may not do the trick. Instead, check out these RESTAURANTS for a heart-pumping view, good food and a perfect place to FEED THE FLAME:
Located on the ground fl oor of the historic LAHAINA INN , this CONTEMPORARY BISTRO features a menu of innovative NEW AMERICAN CUISINE made using techniques and fl avors from around the world, all perfectly blended with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s local farms, dairies and surrounding waters. Widely CONSIDERED MAUI’S TOP RESTAURANT , Lahaina Grill also off ers an EXTENSIVE WINE LIST of more than 350 selections from notable wineries and boutique vineyards from around the globe. Find more: Lahaina Inn, 127 Lahainaluna Road, 808-667-5117, lahainagrill.com.
Pass A SECLUDED WHITE-SAND BEACH , enter a GIANT TIKI HUT, and you’ve arrived. Located on the North Shore in Pā‘ia, this restaurant’s staff tells you not only where your fi sh was caught but also who caught it, all in an ambiance of aloha. Call or visit the website to see if there is availability. Visit: 799 Poho Place, 808-579-8488, mamasfi shhouse.com.
Located at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua under a covered terrace, this restaurant off ers a CREATIVE MENU highlighting the best of Hawaiian catches and harvests. With DRAMATIC VIEWS OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN, MOLOKA‘I AND THE PAILOLO CHANNEL, the atmosphere whispers romance. Find more: The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, 808-699-6200, banyantreekapalua.com.
If indulgent romance is what you’re after, then SON’Z STEAKHOUSE is the place to be. This AWARD- WINNING RESTAURANT has it all: a grand staircase, soaring ceilings, marble fl oor, chandelier and a lagoon complete with swans, waterfalls and tropical gardens. Named “Best Steak” at Maui’s ‘Aipono Awards, this restaurant serves up USDA Prime cuts, including Tomahawk and Porterhouse. The contemporary menu also features fresh fi sh and seafood. Each off ering can be paired with a selection from its extensive wine cellar that’s consistently won an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Dine: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, 808-667-4506, sonzsteakhouse.com.