The restaurant celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020
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Looking for restaurants on Maui? Look no further than Lahaina Grill! HI Now host Jobeth Devera is on the Valley Isle to see why it was voted one of the best fine dining restaurants across the U.S.
Lahaina Grill opened in 1990 as a little bistro off Front Street. 30 years later, Lahaina Grill has garnered international-acclaim as a culinary Mecca. Considered by many to be Maui’s prettiest, freestanding restaurant, the soft tones are accented by a gorgeous, pressed tin ceiling. The tabletops are set with fine china, flatware and crystal. The artwork hanging throughout the restaurant is by Maui’s premier colorist, Jan Kasprzycki. His big, bountiful paintings are the perfect complement to the distinctive flavors found in the food.
Serious accolades began when prominent restaurant critic, Mimi Sheraton, awarded Lahaina Grill a coveted three-star rating— “…a traveler’s must…” — in the February 1993 issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. She called it a “classy oasis” amidst the “raucous, glitzy doings of Lahaina” and described the Kona Coffee-Roasted Lamb as “the most extraordinary” entree.
The parade of awards began in January 1994 with the restaurant’s first Hale ‘Aina Award from HONOLULU Magazine. Since then, the readers’ poll has voted Lahaina Grill “Maui’s Best Restaurant” twenty-six years in a row (1994-2019). A month after winning its first Hale ‘Aina Award in January 1994, Lahaina Grill received another three-star rating from national food and wine critic, John Mariani, in the February 1994 issue of Food & Wine. Former editor of HONOLULU Magazine, John Heckathorn, gave Lahaina Grill a rave review and four-and-a-half star rating in November 1994. A five-page, full-color feature story in Bon Appétit in February 1997 had mainlanders calling to book tables five months in advance!
In September 1997, Lahaina Grill received an ‘Ilima Award as one of the three best restaurants in Maui County based on a Honolulu Advertiser readers’ poll. In October 1997, more than 25,000 randomly selected readers of Gourmet magazine rated Lahaina Grill number five on its list of Hawai’i’s top twenty restaurants, one of only two Maui restaurants to make the top ten and one of only three on the entire list. The restaurant appeared on the Top Ten of that same survey in 1998. In November 1998, the restaurant won the “Best Service” award in The Maui News annual readers’ “Best of Maui” poll.
On February 14, 2020, the restaurant celebrated its 30th anniversary.
“We’ve come a long way and are so thankful that all of our customers have provided us with the opportunity to host them,” says Richard Olson III, the restaurant’s sommelier. “Our team is humbly honored to have received the incredible accolades and awards, but we value our customers.”
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