If you plan on traveling to Kapalua or Honua Kai, Hawaii this summer, you’re probably preparing for a trip full of exciting activities, beautiful beaches, and luscious hiking trails. Or, maybe you’re coming to Kapalua to play a few rounds of golf along the coastline. Whatever your reasons may be for visiting Hawaii, there is something for everyone to enjoy while visiting. While Kapalua and Honua Kai are home to luxurious golf courses and plenty of sandy beaches, they also offer a wide variety of exciting culinary dining experiences.

When going on vacation, cuisine choices are often not decided on until arriving at your destination. What many travelers don’t realize is that an enjoyable dining experience can either make or break your vacation. You’ve probably had a less than desirable meal at a restaurant before, leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth, both literally and figuratively. A negative experience at a restaurant can affect the rest of your day, leaving you less than satisfied with the meal that was prepared for you. That’s why Aloha Vacation Villas has gathered four restaurants that you won’t want to miss out on while visiting Kapalua or Honua Kai. Below, we’ll talk more about some of our favorite foodie spots around the island and what they have to offer guests. If you plan on visiting Kapalua or Honua Kai in the near future, consider an affordable vacation rental from Aloha Vacation Villas. Our extensive listing of properties can comfortably accommodate families of all sizes while providing the utmost in customer service and hospitality.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

If you’re looking for a gourmet seafood dining experience in Kapalua, be sure to visit Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Located just outside of central Kapalua, Sansei’s menu is composed of the finest seafood and sushi offerings such as seared salmon, fresh ahi tuna, exquisite calamari, and much more to choose from. Sansei has been called “one of America’s best sushi bars,” and many of their dishes have won culinary awards, such as their infamous panko-crusted fresh ahi sashimi. With a full lineup of award-winning dishes, paired with their complete bar which serves wine, cocktails, beer, and sake, you’ll be sure to find something that will bring pleasure to your palate.

Merriman’s

Are you searching for the perfect restaurant for a romantic evening on the point of Kapalua Bay? If so, look no further than Merriman’s. A luxurious location to dine at after a day filled with tennis or golfing, Merriman’s serves some of the finest regional cuisine available in Kapalua. More than 90 percent of Merriman’s menu is locally sourced, guaranteeing that the freshest food is served up on your plate. Choose from various dishes native to Hawaii such as kalua pig, ahi ginger poke, or sauteed kauai shrimp, just to name a few. Merriman’s also has a full dessert menu for visitors looking to satiate their sweet tooth. From coconut creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake, to bread pudding or malasadas, you can be sure that you’ll find something for your mouth to fall in love with at Merriman’s. Before you head to Merriman’s, be sure that you call in advance to make a reservation as seating is limited at this popular restaurant.

The Plantation House

Located on a beautiful lookout point above Kapalua’s Plantation Golf Course, The Plantation House offers a unique open-air experience while dining. Staffed by one of the top chefs in Hawaii, The Plantation House offers an unforgettable menu of gourmet breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert items. Guests have a variety of cuisine options to choose from including the most tender twice cooked pork belly, caramelized hokkaido scallops, or the incredibly flavorful 45-day aged pork ribeye. The Plantation House is also host to weddings or private events, for those special occasions that you never want to forget. If you’re looking to make your trip to Kapalua an unforgettable one, The Plantation House will leave you with a full stomach and a happy heart.

Cane & Canoe

Looking for the perfect restaurant for a romantic getaway with ocean views included? Visit Kapalua’s upscale Cane & Canoe. Culinary guests who visit Cane & Canoe receive a beautiful view of Kapalua Bay while experiencing some of the best modern Hawaiian cuisine that Kapalua has to offer. Popular dishes at Cane & Canoe include the succulent kobe ribeye, delectable suckling pig, sesame seared mahi mahi, and much more. Cane and Canoe has received several culinary awards including a four-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide and the Best Hawaii Regional Cuisine award from Maui No Ka Oi Magazine. If you’re considering visiting Cane & Canoe during your stay in Kapalua, be sure to make reservations, as seating is quickly reserved by guests in advance.

While these are only four of Kapalua’s fine dining restaurants, there are countless restaurants located around the island that serve high-quality gourmet cuisine. We want to make your stay in Kapalua or Honua Kai enjoyable and worry free, and that starts with ensuring that you never experience a bad dining experience during your vacation. If you’re considering travelling to Kapalua or Honua Kai, and are looking for the best vacation rentals available, get in touch with Aloha Vacation Villas. We have countless rental properties to choose from that offer all the amenities you will need to make your vacation both fun and relaxing. Contact our friendly staff today to learn more about our vacation rentals!