We love the private beach, open air and gorgeous retro ambiance at Mama’s Fish House in Kuau. Fine dining is taken to a new level at Mama’s–their menu actually tells you what boat caught your fish. Even better is what Chef Perry Bateman does with those beautiful ocean proteins. The menu changes with the seasons but the crab-stuffed fresh fish is so popular that you shouldn’t feel guilty ordering it again and then following it up with the black pearl dessert. Your fine dining experience is amazing from the minute you turn in next to the iconic Mama’s dinghy on Hana Highway and lingers far after the valet hands you your car back. 799 Poho Pl., Kuau; 808-579-8488; mamasfishhouse.com
Photo by Sean M. Hower
Runner-up: Spago (JR) 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea; 808- 874-8000
About Jen Russo
I write lifestyle and culinary columns for MauiTime. I love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.