After 25 Years, Maui’s Lahaina Grill Still Serves Award-Winning New American Cuisine

After 25 Years, Maui’s Lahaina Grill Still Serves Award-Winning New American Cuisine

Shaena Engle

Homemade meatballs are one of the menu highlights at Lahaina Grill in Maui.

Located in downtown Lahaina, Lahaina Grill opened 25 years ago as a small 55-seat bistro off of Front Street. Over the years, the restaurant expanded and now houses 155 seats in two dining areas with eclectic décor comprising local artwork, a pressed tin ceiling, and tiled floors.

Local ingredients are integrated into dishes throughout the menu, including the Cake Walk Trio of appetizers consisting of a lobster, rock crab, and scallop cake with avocado relish and mustard cream; a seared ahi tuna cake with rick and a tamari ginger vinaigrette; and a white shrimp cake with hoisin and crème fraiche. Other dishes include cornmeal dusted fried oysters, seared tuna and foie gras, blue corn chile relleno, boneless short ribs, homemade meatballs, Kono coffee roasted rack of lamb, tequila shrimp and firecracker rice, local mahi mahi, and lobster with truffle champagne beurre blanc.

Desserts options are a triple berry pie, a vintage Hawaiian chocolate cake with chocolate sour cream mousse, Kula lime tart, and an Oreo crusted Kona coffee ice cream pie.

Parties of six or more can request the 5-course chef’s menu in a semi-private dining space. When we visited, we were served truffle scallops, ahi and foie gras, goat cheese and arugula salad, herb and asiago crusted opakapaka, filet mignon, and a dessert sampler.

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