Great farm to table restaurant in a great location.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
I'O too good to miss.
A beautiful beach front location, fantastic service, excellent cuisine. Four of us tried the tasting menu with wine pairings, and my teenage daughter ordered a la carte. The pace of dinner was perfect and each course built wonderfully on the last. The serving size was refreshingly un-american sized (although still too big for us). The servers are experienced, proficient, educated, and expert. This restaurant has been following the farm to table philosophy for many years and has it nailed. Our third visit and not our last!
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The view can't be beat. Sunset and swaying palms under a clear sky. Food was very good and produce is fresh and well-prepared. Don't miss the mushroom risotto or the scallop entree. Skip the lamb chops. Friendly service, but not very attentive. We ordered the risotto as a shared first course. Runner Dropped off a bowl at our table with no spoon or plates to share and couldn't flag waitress to get assistance. Nobody checked back with us after entrees delivered by the runner until we were finished eating. Looked like our waitress had 6 or 7 tables.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'O is an interesting spot
I'O is an interesting spot just outside the hustle and bustle of downtown lahaina. Great outdoor seating with the added bonus of a luau next door for entertainment. The service was attentive and consistent throughout the meal. The menu was different from other restaurants which was refreshing. The trio allows you to taste a little of everything that I'O has to offer, and the unique risottos were good. No dessert this evening as gelato awaited in town.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of our favorites on Maui
The wife and I spent a week in Maui and since this was our first time on the island we checked out all of the touristy places. The night before we went to I'O, we went to Mama's Fish House because it was so highly recommended. Not that we were disappointed with Mama's, I would have rather spent the money at I'O. The food at I'O was better and I think the ambience was better as well. Don't get me wrong, Mama's has an awesome view but there were just so many people and the food was just not worth the prices they were charging. I'll take I'O over Mama's any day.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent and unique
It was refreshing to eat somewhere in Lahaina that was a little more quiet and secluded. If you enjoy wine, they have an extensive wine list. The food is all farm fresh, and you can really tell with the amazing flavors in their foods. I had the fresh catch with the lobster butter sauce. The fish was cooked to perfection, and almost melted in my mouth with the lobster butter sauce. The outdoor seating is nice, but I think the indoor dining gives a slightly better ambiance and view. Either way, you can't go wrong. This is definitely one of my top 3 favorite restaurants on the island.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were thrilled with our dinner at I'o. The menu was innovative, with options for different types of foods -- chilled greens, hot greens, risotto, protein -- for mix-and-match dinners. Full entrees also available. Service was attentive and helpful. I would recommend this restaurant highly.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good was excellent - we loved the fresh caught suggestions and crab cake appetizers. Drinks were good and very potent. Server was knowledgeable and accessible. Only
Complaint was music from the bar was too loud and inappropriate for the crowd.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local flavor Bistro style
We enjoyed this restaurant for its unique combination bistro style and local ingredients. It was a home run for us. met our expectations while have a great view and a very friendly staff. We will definitely be back the next time we are on Maui
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
amaizng fresh cuisine
I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, approx. 15 miles from the restaurant. The hotel recommended this restaurant, they also own Pacific O, the sister restaurant was sold out that evening. But I'O didn't disappoint.
I was so impressed w/I'O restaurant, the seafood was so fresh, light and flavorful. Everything about this dining hot spot was worth the time and effort to get to. The fish was so flaky, moist and light and the sauce complemented the dish so well. We had scallops, ahi tuna and a special Hawaiian fish, all very impressive.
Also, the vegetable dishes came from their own farm, so the concept of "farm to table" was very fitting and gourmet.
I will be back the next time I'm back in Maui.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Right next to pacific o - sister restaurant - but distinct menus
Well worth the drive from anywhere on the island
There is a luau next door - but it's a different company and other than some background music it won't bother you
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visit every few years and we always save this for our final evening in Lahaina. The food is always amazing with skilled service. Fresh exciting food, locally grown...this is the real thing...you should pass on all those tourist traps.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having eaten at I'O's sister restaurant Pacific"O earlier in the week, we were anticipating solid menu offerings and well-prepared presentations. On most counts, we were very pleased. The I'O crab cake, and the S&M (scallops & mushrooms) apps were outstanding. The Crabby Catch entree and the Rainbow Catch entree were both unique and excellent. And the cheesecake dessert was nothing short of wonderful. The only drawback were the martinis; and we tried three of them. They lacked spark and originality. Go with the wine! Overall, a terrific dining experience.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous, creative and on the beach
I don't often write out reviews here on OpenTable, but I'O demands more description than a few star ratings. This is a fabulous restaurant. My partner and I have had a string of wonderful meals in Hawaii (Chef Mavro in Honolulu, Lahaina Grill on Maui) and this is one of the best. We had the tasting menu with wonderful wine pairings that paired exquisitely with the food. And the food!!! Sublime! These dishes are not for the faint of heart--creative, highly flavorful and wonderfully presented, this was one of the most memorable dining experiences my partner and I have had (and we have dined in many Michelin starred and Zagat 27+ restaurants in both the US and Europe). I'o is a must visit stop on Maui!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time a service slip!
Our second time at I'O matched the first in everything but the service, which slipped from excellent to ordinary. The young woman who served us today was friendly, but inattentive. She disappeared for long stretches. Perhaps she was distracted, but it sure made the experience less than the outstanding one we had only a few days before.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely ocean side dining
Came here with a friend and 2 16 year old boys, the waitress was charming with the boys and they had nice non-alcoholic drinks. Beautiful outdoor setting. Lovely menu, food beautifully presented. Service was a little slow but attentive. Would definately return.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect - Simply Perfect
Great food, wonderful service, awesome view - perfect.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food (I had the I'o Trio) was fantastic. Best lamb chop I've ever had. The fish was prepared perfectly as was the filet. Our server was attentive without over doing it. Early dinner meant a beautiful sunset. The neighboring luau makes some noise but it isn't obnoxious. We visit this restaurant every time we're on Maui and they haven't disappointed us yet.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just spent our babymoon in Maui and I'O was definitely one of our best dining experiences. The outdoor patio is lovely, the service was fabulous and the food was fantastic. The farm to table concept works. Just wish I could have enjoyed some of the fabulous wine on the menu!
Only slight criticism was that the chef was a little too heavy handed on some of the seasoning on the I'O Trio, particularly the fish...when the fish is that fresh and delicious it does not need that much salt. Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed I'O and would definetly recommend an evening there.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sarah was awesome
The lamb divine. Freshest vegetables grown in the volcanic soil of Haleakala . Kale roasted beets and whipped potatoes are delicious . Sarah was our server last year, and she hasn't lost her spark. The whole experience was delightful.
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best view in town
Amazing seaside setting. Perfect romantic dinner at sunset. Service wonderful. Food, farm-to-table, and ocean-to-table fresh and delicious. If I had a negative, it would be that the food is expensive...but par for the course for this part of town.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Beautiful atmosphere, creatively delicious flavors with beautiful presentation, personable and impeccable service!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good restaurant
Check out the beet risotto; very tasty and unique. The fish dishes are all excellent. Great decor and service. They gave me no argument when I returned a bad pineapple ginger sorbet.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh tasty food
Last minute we decided to try I'O based on previous reviews and that it is not located in a hotel. Food & service was great and the prices were very reasonable. Love the farm to table concept for the ingredients are fresh and tasty. Not too much going on, but simple but excellent flavors. Would go back and highly recommend. In fact we are returning to try Pacific'O.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM