Romantic Maui Restaurants

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

An orange sunset reflects on the pond at Humuhumu Restaurant.


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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