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Leis Family Class Act Restaurant
Leis Family Class Act Restaurant

Leis Family Class Act Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mauiculinary.com
  • Email: juliu@hawaii.edu
  • Phone: (808) 984-3280
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Wed & Fri. Reservations available from 11:00am-12:30pm beginning on Friday, September 6.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary French / American, Eurasian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Tom Lelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Private catering is available when the restaurant is dark. Call our catering manager, Kristin Dougherty, at 808-283-3509 to book the Class Act for your private event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats a maximum of 16 guests with views of the Pacific Ocean. This is a beautiful room for a private luncheon, birthday party, office event, or shower! The remote A/V screen makes it a wonderful board room as well. We offer the Leis Family Class Act prix fixe menu for guests who book the PDR (Private Dining Room) on Wednesdays and Fridays with a minimum of 10 diners.
  • Private Party Contact: Juli Umetsu (808) 984-3578
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our end of semester Gala Dinner will be served on Wednesday, May 1. Details & menu will be forthcoming on this very special end of the semester wine dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wahinepio Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Enter University of Hawaii Maui College off of Lower Beach Road. There is a large parking lot ~ parking is free. The Class Act is located in the Pa'ina Building, 2nd building closest to the ocean.
A word from Leis Family Class Act Restaurant
The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant is our student run fine dining room at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Students enrolled in the Maui Culinary Academy are your chefs and servers under the leadership of their instructors. We serve a 4-course prix fixe menu on Wednesdays and Fridays with reservations available from 11:00am - 12:30pm. Our price for the complete 4-course meal ranges from $29 - $36 depending upon the entree selected. The globally influenced menu changes weekly. Be sure to call early for reservations as we are sometimes sold out weeks in advance. Menus can be viewed at www.mauiculinary.com and click on the Class Act Menu button OR simply click the MENU tabs on this Open Table site. We look forward to serving you!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful meal! Food was excellent. Service was a little slow but they made up for it by being friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. I would highly recommend it. Nothing else like it for lunch in Kahului. Also a great value too."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "A lunch date at Leis Class Act is always on our agenda when we visit Maui. The students do an mpeccable job at preparing and serving some of the best food I have ever tasted in my life. On this visit there was a delay in service due to the new computer tablets that are used to take the orders. We had a significant delay between the first and second course, and our entire lunch took more than 2 hours. This has never been the case before. Our waitress kept us informed and we enjoyed our meal when it finally did come!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "It's always a treat to dine here...love the college kids doing a fantastic job!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great care and attention given by students and faculty to all aspects of guest's dining experience. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We love the Class Act as the menu is always changing, featuring a different country and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. The students and staff are passionate about their craft and it shows. We go every month as a special treat!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Well run program of students, still learning & practicing their art. And you will most definitely be treated to extremely artistic, very well seasoned food. Too bad tables are rare. Try the roasted pineapple jam. DRS; from Kkahana"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Once again, Class Act Restaurant provided a wonderful experience in fine dining. The menu began with a Salmon Mousse Bouchee, followed by a perfectly cooked Seafood Gratin. The Red Wine Poached Pear Salad coupled with Maytag Blue Cheese and Spiced Pecans was delightful; the Tomato Bisque was perfectly flavored and drizzed with creme fraiche and pesto. My Duck Confit leg had a crispy skin with tender meat. My husband's Filet Mignon was pink and perfect. The dessert was amazing: A Tart au Citron, Creme Fraiche Sorbet, Violet Macaron and Raspberry Foam - beautifully presented and a delectable end to another fabulous luncheon. The service was excellent; each course arrived at the right time. The staff was friendly and welcoming."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The Class Act restaurant is a fabulous showcase of the work being done at the Maui Culinary Academy. No wonder so many wonderful chefs have graduated from this program. The students are so well trained in food preparation, presentation and front of the house service. It is a pleasure to dine there. We loved the French meal. We tasted all three entrees and the Salmon, Filet Mignon and Duck Confit were all memorable and beautifully plated and served. A lovely whimsical touch was the pop cycle shaped sorbet dessert. Not only unique in its presentation, but very delicious. Good work MCA."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We had the French meal which was delicious. The presentation of the food was very attractive. The appetizer was a seafood gratin. We all felt like licking the dish when finished. When I choose the salad, I had expected it to be mixed, it wasn't. The fresh lettuce had bits of spiced pecans and was dressed, next to it was a large piece of blue cheese, a dehydrated spiced pear slice and then pears poached in wine and fanned out. We all had the filet mignon with mushrooms and béarnaise sauce. Cooked to perfection, tender and delicious. The accompanying vegetables were fresh and simple. Dessert was to die for! Lemon tart, and a crème fraiche sorbet, violet cookie and raspberry puree. Great service with informed servers."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Wonderful experience as always. Fabulous food, excellent wait staff especially Noe. She answered many questions I asked about her course,food which was on the menu and was a pleasure for us. The school does an excellent job and should be proud of The best their teaching the students. We had the opposite experience at Konas culinary school. I realize they have a small area not like yours at all BUT the meal was terrible and the poor server did not know how to serve, this is basic no matter what size of teaching area. I am assuming that it also is part of Hawaii community college but they need help. We love your Restaurant and will always come back when we visit Maui,again"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We absolutely LOVE having lunch at Leis. The food is always spectacular, diverse and creative. One of our favorite places to eat on island. the students are pleasant and eager to please and the view lovely. Only wish they offered some later hours - 12:30 is awfully early to eat so much."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience...we keep coming back again and again... The food is not only creatively delicious but beautifully presented. It would be hard to find a gourmet restaurant on Maui to match up to their quality and standards...its a must do..."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It is always a pleasure to be treated to such wonderful food presented by such enthusiastic individuals. Knowing that minor misteps are learning experiences for students makes it fun."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This was a great experience for us as we generally dine in more fast food environments. We will definitely be back next year. The menu and service was outstanding. Far exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We'd heard a lot about Leis over the past few years, but had never visited. What a pleasant surprise! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to our next visit. Reservations well in advance are needed. The food was excellent and the service was great too. Tremendous effort was put into making the experience a good one and they were very successful. The restaurant is BYOB and we may take a nice bottle of wine the next next we go. Well done!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Maui Culinary Institute continues in its rich tradition of preparing a delightful 4 course meal at very competitive prices. The art of presentation is exemplary. Portions are of comfortable size and are prepared with the best of local ingredients available. Staff is made up of students preparing to enter the real world of restaurants and hotels. They are eager to please and learn, especially to see how to properly decant a fine bottle of wine. Yes, bring your own since the school does not have a liquor license. Bottom line, an excellent dinning experience was had by all assembled. Limited seating, so be sure to book well in advance of which particular theme you wish to partake of. Menues are posted on line early in the semester."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Keep going back and never disappointed!! A wonderful lunch and very professional staff guided by Juli."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was very good with interesting french selections and outstanding service. It's always fun to come to the Class Act for a very different lunch."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Best gig on Island of Maui. Food is delicious . Students are so much a pleasure. Dining such a pleasant experience. Sincerely Byron"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Fabulous! We go for lunch as often as we can when we are on island."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "id you plan to go to Maui - or are on Maui, this is an experience not to be missed! Make your plans ahead, you can book online. You can check the menu ahead of time online. Imaginative menus, you will appreciate the food's appeal and the attentive service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "High end cuisine served by enthusiastic students. The food looked beautiful and was delicious. Probably one of the best meals we've ever had. Very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had an outstanding Italian luncheon at Leis Family Class Act Restaurant. Each course arrived promptly and at the right temperature. The portions were perfectly sized and presented for an enjoyable eating experience. Our ahi carpaccio melted in my mouth, and my stuffed pork braciole with polenta were delicious, as was my husband's lamb and spinach cannelloni. We only regretted we couldn't taste the vegetarian wild mushroom risotto as well. The Valentine Day dessert of a perfect Hazelnut meringue heart, served with an intensely flavored strawberry balsamic sorbetto and a marsala Zabaglione, accompanied by a white chocolate heart and raspberry jelly heart, completed our meal. We can't wait to return for the French luncheon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is beautifully prepared and delicious AND prepared by culinary students. A wonderful concept....having students experience all aspects of the business of fine dining. Sometimes you have to be a bit patient. Some of the students are new to the job. But they are eager to learn and eager to please. The food is consistently excellent. This place is a gem and one of my favorite places to dine in maui."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "our servers are always wonderful...trained correctly food is always great as I have a dairy allergy they are most accommodating.... sometimes that makes it a little slow but understandable... the web site is a little confusing at first but workable"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Best lunch in Maui hands down! Book early to reserve your table. Incredible butternut squash soup. Delicious fish. Just a wonderful dining experience with future all-star chefs!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We had 11:00 reservation. Got a lovely table by the window. Servers were very cute, started out soft spoken but gained in confidence during the meal. Showed so e of their youthful personality by dessert. Food was delicious. We had a foodie/cook with us who was impressed."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We continue to visit this restaurant every time we come to Maui. The food is always stunning to look at and equally tasty. The servers are students and therefore sometimes are nervous and less polished then veteran servers, however they do their best and are very attentive and friendly. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food. We will continue to support this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We were seated promptly, with a smile. Food started soon there after. Nice presentation, warm, and good taste. Left full and happy."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "What a wonderful venue! The Maui Culinary Academy, at the Maui UH campus, is outstanding! Each week the pris fixe menu changes to reflect different cuisines. The 4 course luncheon also includes a "buche" to begin and allows guests to bring their own wine, without corkage fees. We have tried the American, Spanish, Italian, French and Moroccan meals. All are original in concept and offer 4 choices of entrees, including vegetarian. There is always a soup or salad choice as well, and the desserts are fabulous. Our Spanish meal ended with a rich coconut flan, a tiny toasted almond cake and a carbonated lime curd that I could have eaten another bowl of. The paella was authentic. We can't wait for our Italian meal on Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We are always amazed how well these young people work in the kitchen & their service. A must to try hen your in Maui"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "As original patrons of the first Class Act located in the cafeteria at Maui Community College to it's new sophisticated location at the Culinary School at the same college, we are avid supporters of the students, instructors and program.The successful transition from "cooking classes" to a full fledged culinary program is remarkable, but not unexpected given the dedication by the instructors and administrators of the college. And to no less a degree the students who participate in the program and go on to successful careers in the culinary field. From the very beginning food and service has been outstanding, exacting standards have seen to that. As food trends and methods have evolved, the school leads rather than follows. Lucky are we!!!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Wonderful food with great eye appeal. It looks good and even tastes better than it looks."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The Class Act is the Maui Culinary Academy's restaurant. Everyone there is learning, so you can expect the wait staff to be a bit shy or perhaps not has confident as someone who has been working in the field professionally. That being said, they do a nice job, give good service and are very pleasant. The food is good, but not over the top. A nice place for lunch, and certainly provides us with an pleasant option for dining in Kahului. The revolving menu that changes to feature various cultures is a good idea. Be sure to check the menu online."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the 4 course meal we had at Leis ... it was excellent food/service and we will certainly go back. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Don't miss this unique dining experience! A four-course lunch that is absolutely delicious. Bring your own wine as there is no corkage fee. Reservations are tough to come by so book up early and enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We were thrilled when friends recommended this place. Since it's a cooking school, you must have patience. If you do, you will be richly rewarded with delicious food. The service was a bit slow, but you must accept that going in. Also, four of us ordered fish but 45-minutes later the server announced there were only two portions left. Other than that, this was a wonderful experience. The price/value is the best you can get at any restaurant anywhere. Where else can you find a first-rate four-course prix fix menu for approx. $35/per person?! Make sure you book way ahead as they get booked up quickly."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We were so pleased that we were able to eat an outstanding meal here! We cannot wait until our next return to Maui to make another reservation. For the quality of food served, these prices are the best on the island!!! We cannot make any poor comment about the food or service."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "First time at Lei's; will definitely be back. Very good lunch; beautiful presentation. We enjoyed the French inspired menu."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "This is one of the best food finds on Maui. Our lunches were top quality in every way. The food is student prepared and student served. The food was very tasty and beautifully presented. Being part of the cooking school, lunch is served only a few times a month. All top quality and made from scratch. From the bread and amuse bouche when we arrived until the dessert and coffee, all was great. The food is served with many elegant touches by the students as part of their training. Not perfect, but heartfelt and friendly. Great for the cooking students to see this side. We can't wait until our next rip to Maui to dine here again. We may arrange the dates around getting a seat here. It's that good."
    Dined on 12/4/2013