CHEESEBURGER GRILLE & TAP ROOM American with Hawaiian Influence. Cheeseburger Grille & Tap Room satisfies your guilty pleasures while paying tribute to the Islands’ unique mix of flavors. Pau hana-ready at night while slipper-happy during the day, Cheeseburger Grille & Tap Room effortlessly attracts locals and tourists alike with its specialty beers and mouth-watering “five napkin” hamburgers and cheeseburgers. cheeseburgernation.com/ locations/cheeseburger-grille-and-taproom-wailea. The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., 808.874.8990.
HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A Regional. Named after the multi-syllabic official state fish of Hawaii, this oceanside restaurant features a Polynesian thatch roof décor. Select your own lobster from a saltwater lagoon or enjoy island fish and meat entrées with Polynesian/ Hawaiian influences. Dinner daily. wailearesortdining.com. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Open 5:30-9 pm, daily 808.875.1234.
KA’ANA KITCHEN Hawaii Regional. Executive chef Isaac Bancaco welcomes guests to his “house,” where he prepares some of Maui’s best dishes family-style. Gather family and friends and share a farm-to-table cuisine that will stimulate your taste buds. maui.andaz.hyatt.com. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., 808.573.1234.
KO Regional. Meaning “sugarcane” in Hawaiian, KO serves “plantation inspired-cuisine,” drawing culinary inspiration from the various immigrant groups who migrated to Hawaii 200 years ago to work on the sugar plantations. Try the Paniolo Rib-Eye Steak, featuring beef from cattle raised on Maui, Lobster Tempura and fresh ahi seared atop a hot lava stone. fairmont. com/kea-lani-maui/dining/ko/. Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Open daily, lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm, dinner 5:30-9 pm 808.875.2210.
LONGHI’S ITALIAN SEAFOOD RESTAU RANT Italian & Mediterranean. Take one step on the signature checkered floors and you’ll see how fabulous Longhi’s restaurant has become in Maui. Born in the Wailea location more than 37 years ago, this family-owned restaurant has grown into an empire reputable for
its impeccable service, robust portion sizes and elegant atmosphere. Specializing in Italian cuisine, let Longhi’s spoil you and your date with fresh island fish, prime steaks and huge lobsters, all readily paired with an extensive wine list and satisfying desserts. longhis.com/wailea. The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., 808.891.8883.
PINT & CORK Regional. Executive chef Maka Kwan calls the food here gourmet “gastropub” fare with an island touch. Specialties include kalua pork sliders, pork-belly banh mi sandwich, Parmesan garlic handcut fries and deviled eggs thepintandcork.com. 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., 808.727.2038.
PITA PARADISE Mediterranean. This award-winning casual bistro offers Greek and Italian cuisine featuring daily fresh fish specials and free-range lamb gyros. pitaparadisehawaii.com. Wailea Gateway Center, 34 Wailea Ike Dr., 808.879.7177.
RUTH’S CHRIS American. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will satisfy you with classic American cuisine in the comfort of the beautiful Wailea ambiance. Whether you’re craving a tender filet mignon or a fresh seafood catch, allow the knowledgeable waitstaff and first-class chefs to prepare your dish to the utmost perfection. Finish with the apple crumb tart, baked with tangy Granny Smith apples in a flaky, deep-dish crust. ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/wailea-maui. The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., 808.874.8880.
SHEARWATER TAVERN Regional. Famed chef D.K. Kodoma’s answer to the gastropub trend. Casual comfort fare elevated to gourmet levels. shearwatermaui.com. 1279 South Kihei Rd., 808.793.2324.
TOMMY BAHAMA American Regional. Befitting the luxurious resort brand, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar serves up a menu that’s sure to get your taste buds in vacation mode. With meticulously handpicked farm-to-table ingredients presented beautifully, Tommy Bahama doesn’t hold back with its opulence. tommybahama.com/ restaurants/wailea. The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., 808.875.9983.