With so many great dining events this week, don’t be the guy left holding the dozen wilting roses—make dinner reservations. Unlucky with love? Consider yourself liberated from the drama of relationships and celebrate with food.
Start the V-Day weekend on Saturday at the Alii Kula Lavender Farm where you can read each other poems and stroll with lavender scones and tea in hand. They also have a chocolate sale, love elixirs and on Valentine’s Day you can reserve a guided tour with a picnic lunch. Also Upcountry, Max Bistro offers a special menu on Sunday night by Chef Curtis featuring duckling, lamb, pear and creme anglaise. And nothing says amore like an evening at Mama’s Fish House; lunch reservations for their incredible Polynesian menu are still available.
Valentine’s Day dinner will be hosted at Casanova with the classical guitar stylings of Yorma Bruschi and the Old World charm of their cuisine to ignite your passion. Stimulate your senses at the Haliimaile General Store with a four-course Valentine’s menu presented by Chef Jennifer Evetushick, from oysters to pohole fern to the explosively delicious chocolate mousse bomb.
Want a little show with your dinner? David Paul’s Island Grill and Ulalena offer two seatings for a dinner and theatre package on Valentine’s, multi-course dinner with champagne and rose included. Kimo’s is throwing a pre-party Valentine’s dance on Friday, February 11 with DJ 007 so you can find your hook up, then follow that up with their Valentine’s dinner capped off by chocolate-loving spoonful cake.
Black Rock Steak and Seafood at the Sheraton is offering a trio of pre fixe menus, each more fabulous than the next. Watch the sunset from the open-air dining room at Tropica and indulge in their three-course offering. Looking for a more tactile dining experience? The Melting Pot has lover’s lane seating while you heat things up at the table with their full-blown four-course extravaganza.
In South Maui, Stella Blues will feature Gail Swanson rocking the supper club room for two romantic seatings, at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Enjoy Valentine’s specials or order your favorite entree, like the mouthwatering macadamia-nut crusted fresh fish roasted with a lilikoi beurre blanc, served with mashed purple sweet potatoes. Let Wailea Pita Paradise unfold island-style romance with Hawaiian entertainment from Gordon Samuelson and Ken Stover along with a pre fixe three-course menu featuring fresh-caught fish and other Greek specialties.
Hotel Wailea’s Capische? just landed on Open Table’s list of the top 50 most romantic restaurants. Celebrate Italian Nouveau with Chef Brian Etheredge, offering a five-course menu, including vegetarian-friendly options for non-meat lovers. Their martini menu and wine list are also stunning—let your cup runneth over. For more ethnic treats, Monsoon India will have dinner music with Louise Lambert and Valentine’s specials.
The shrimp avalon and New York steak at Tommy Bahama are just the tip of the iceberg on their V-Day menu, which features shared courses for two. At Mala Wailea Chef Mark Ellman outdoes himself with fresh-grilled spiny lobster, organic greens, Kurobuta pork and raspberry mascarpone mousse. At Spago’s Chef Cameron Lewark is offering his regular award-winning menu—which changes daily—but you’ll have to act fast with a reservation to get it.
Makena Resort pulls out all the stops with an extravagant seven-course dinner replete with champagne- and wine-paired courses served alfresco on the lawn. Taittinger Brut, Kula strawberries and pancetta- and truffle-stuffed filet will fill your heart—and other parts—with joy. Molokini Bar and Grill will also have a special menu, while at the Grand Wailea you can choose between Bistro Molokini or Humumhumunukunukuapua‘a for delish pre fixe dinners. Or play it casual at the Botero Bar, where they’ll have a special cocktail menu.
Coasting in Central Maui? Make a sweet stop for a sweetheart at Maui Bake Shop for their handmade truffles, marzipan cakes shaped like butterflies and other hand-crafted treats. Bistro Casanova is a sure, convenient bet for romantic dining with a glass of wine.
This is a day to celebrate the one you love (or the one you’re with), but it’s also a chance to celebrate Maui’s great food. Gotta love it.