Romantic Maui Restaurants

Music may be the food of love, but when it comes to romantic dining, these restaurants are playing your song.

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An orange sunset reflects on the pond at Humuhumu Restaurant.

Humuhumu

Bubu arare adds crunch to tender morsels of hamachi.

The Upcountry cocktail is tricking my mind and taste buds. I ask the bartender, “Is there mezcal in the cocktail?” “No,” he answers, “it’s the kiawe-smoked strawberries.” It’s delicious and a great way to begin a relaxing date night with my husband, Chris. Über-talented chef Mike Lofaro greets us to propose selections from his new menu. It’s been over a year since we’ve dined here, and we’re excited to try his latest creations. Server and wine-pairing expert Christine Henderson delivers two glasses of champagne. We’ve decided to really unwind and leave the pairings to her. “Veuve Cliquot is perfect with the first course, Bit-o-Sushi,” she says. “It’s like a symphony in your mouth.” We savor the sweet nuttiness of fresh-pressed Maui sunflower oil enveloping every bite of hamachi; bubu arare (tiny rice-cracker beads) add crunch and toasted-rice flavor. Next, ‘ulu (breadfruit) risotto cloaked in a chive-lemon purée laden with shaved black truffle. Henderson pairs it with Cakebread Cellars chardonnay. And lastly, Lofaro’s honey-spiced Moroccan lamb with slow-roasted root vegetables. We bid adieu to one of our all-time favorite chefs, marveling at Lofaro’s creative repertoire of ingredients, combinations and flavors. Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234

Love Bites: Casanova Italian Restaurant & DeliThe Mill House at Maui Tropical PlantationHumuhumuPacific’O5 Palms Restaurant

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