Leis Family Class Act Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Global, International
The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant is our student run fine dining restaurant at the University of Hawaii - Maui College. Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program are your chefs and servers, supported by their instructors.

Offering a 3-course prix fixe menu with an a la carte dessert on Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations available from 11:00am - 12:30pm.

Fall 2019 menus will not be available until Wednesday, August 28, 2019. We will have our menus posted on FaceBook starting Friday, August 23, 2019. Facebook page, www.facebook.com/leisfamilyclassact.

Reservations will be available via OpenTable Starting Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 8:00am HST.
Reservations for our Private Dinner on 9/19/19 featuring Chef Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof and Lineage Restaurants will open Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

Reservations for our Holiday Grand Finale Dinner on 12/11/19, featuring Chef Tom Lelli and The Students of The Leis Family Class Act Resta
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicolette was the best server we have ever had. Very professional throughout the meal. Wonderful and Mark did a great job also.

JJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant! What a wonderful opportunity for the community to see and experience what students are learning and putting into practice.

d
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The French menu always attracts the greater seatings reducing the ambience and making the restaurant exceedingly noisy. can In the future we'll skip that menu in favor of the quieter dining experience of the American, Italian, Asian or Morracan menues.

d
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative Asian entrees to chose from on this repeat visit. Always attntive service and amazing dessert choices. This is a one=of=a-kind experience. Bring your own wine.

W
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful time at Lei’s Family Class Act. Everything from the reception and service to the delicious food is wonderful.

GJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience at Leis Family Class Act Restaurant!! From start to finish - everything was perfect! Our meal was great --- appetizer to first course to main course to dessert, we enjoyed every last bite. We especially enjoyed the Chawanmushi.

Mark Malone and the staff at Leis were awesome. Attentive and professional and friendly.....these students will surely excel.

d
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Our student server was well trained, efficient and friendly (from Hungary). My beef short ribs had been cooked 24 hours and were the best ever in a flavorful sauce. The grand finale is always the dessert. A "secret" instructor at Leis teaches students to turn out an outstanding creation every time. Everything before it fills me up but I'd never decline dessert here.

DS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem. Not a full menu, but there were options available. Food was excellent! The students were sincere and eager to please. We will be back.

d
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, a student in the college culinary program. had learned well. Kevin was friendly, attentive and professional. We loved the "lite" dessert. The creations at Leis Class Act are truly amazing.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to be back every year. The best restaurant on island.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoyable

j
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu creative well executed & delicious!

F
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have gone to Leis Family Class Act for over 7 years. We went on 9-25-19 and enjoyed the Moroccan menu. The new staff are well trained and the food was great. I noticed that there is now a separate charge for dessert...not a problem.

Overall, the quality has been consistently great, which is significant considering that there are always new staff every year.

Mark Malone is a very good head of the program and tries to satisfy the needs of all parties!

KK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. It was enjoyable to talk with students and watch as they are learning skills and a trade. It makes you realize how much work goes into good service and hopefully we are all more appreciative of wait staff in the future.

PW
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Far exceeded our expectations. The student presentations were masterly, the flavors bold and memorable. Three distinct and imagination courses were offered by a well-informed and gracious wair staff who were clearly proud of their cuisine. Outstanding chefs, staff and food made for a truly memorable occasion. We thoroughly enjoyed he Asian menu. The kampachi in parchment was a revelation. Thank you to all. Can't wait to return.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. A hidden gem when visiting Maui.

NK
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for inviting us to come and experience such a lovely dining experience. The food is prepared so elegantly which makes tasting it such a great adventure. It is fun getting to interact with the students who are very polite and seem to be enjoying their experience, too. I truly recommend this dining experience . Save enough time to savor the experience. And remember all the small details to relate to your friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Those students who are getting real life experiences were so sweet and hard working. Instructors are working hard to fill in for trainees and won’t miss a thing. Whey are watching whole dinning room and not missing anything. Food were excellent from start to finish. Better dinning experience than some of the 5 star resort restaurants.

d
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First day of new season. Student servers were competent and ready to do their respective jobs. As usual a highlight of Class Act is the food presentation. Unusual this time was a generous appetizer of roast duck served over twice mashed sweet potato...an amazing presentation and delicious. Shiela was our attentive waitress. Actually she is a ready now to be an asset to a local fine dining restaurant.

CM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the first edible that was put on our table was awesome. We are definitely coming back and told ourselves that we will do it once a semester. Kudo's to the students and chef instructor's. Every morsel was amazing and unbelievable.

d
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Last week of the semester. Servers well trained, responsive and friendly. French menu always a favorite The restaurant director, Mark, is always on top of everything. Dining at Class Act is always a real treat.

A
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What was so nice was the "no pressure" feeling. I realize that the setting is an ideal situation. People are there to enjoy, not be demanding, and support the program. Plus, we don't want to be mean to the students who are trying so hard. I know that the kids who were the wait help would prefer to be in the back, cooking, which is what they train for! It is great that they are learning how to serve the food and know what wait staff must go through to please the diners (who may be demanding and self-centered) while at the same time, not irritate the chefs.

I think chefs have a right to demand that the wait help know what they are doing to present in the best way possible the art of the chefs and all of the line help. I will share what brings down the food for me:
A person who serves me a pie with the wedge pointed away from me and I have to turn the pie around.
The main course served with entree at the top of the plate so I have to turn the plate around. The handle of the coffee cup turned in so I have to turn the coffee cup around. Perky and insincere service. Big plus: notice if a person is left handed - serve the coffee on the person's left with the handle on the outside.

I am not talking extra fine dining with a multitude of silverware and nuance. Just simple good service. There is such an art to good service that is not not forced or stressed.

I am not saying the wait staff did this. Onthe contrary - it was all excellent.

The food was outstanding. Perfect, actually. I think this is obvious by how difficult it is to get a reservation - it was my first experience and I wanted another date, to be honest. Duck. But rerservations were filled. I was still very happy for the food and service on the second selected date.

You have a wonderful program. Keep doing what you are doing because it works.

OT
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and well presented. The culinary students who served us, were cordial and tried their best to make sure our dining experience was pleasant.

AB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a number of times and the meals have been great. I am looking forward to next year.

G
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The last few times I have eaten here it seems like things are going downhill. The food used to melt in my mouth but not anymore. Actually this last meal was seafood and the sauce it was made in wasn’t real great tasting. My friend had the pumpkin bastilla and that was pretty good but the salad on the side had a horrible dressing on it. As for service - I definitely see a huge difference. The staff used to be quick and on the ball. Not so anymore both times this year the waitress/waiter couldn’t remember the menu and clearly stumbled over it all. Then I asked for a drink two times and the third time they finally brought it out and it was wrong. Also once we were seated I have a feeling that they forgot our table because every other table around us had been helped and we waited another good 10 minutes for someone to finally come around. They did apologize for it though. Finally one of the staff came over to our table to drop something off and sweat was just pouring off their forehead. I kinda found it pretty unappetizing. Hopefully this place improves by next year to what it once was...one of the best places to eat on this island.

D
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I realize we were in a learning environment. The server was slow. The food not good at all too many sauces. They ran out of fish. The shrimp appetizer had one single shrimp. The soup had one little wonton. Everything was sooo salty. ! The beef was over cooked. The dessert was gross. Sugar coffee over shaved ice. We went home a little hungry and ate an hour later.

AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Leis Family Restaurant is very popular. They are booked u as soon as they go online. They have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Therefore, many people make numerous reservations then cancel as there is no charge if this is done before the 24 hour restriction. If there was a 72 hour cancellation policy there would be a better chance of being called on a waiting list and being able to go. There was at least 2 tables empty when I was there. I know several people that would have been there if those tables had not been prebooked. Last year I could not get a reservation at all.
It is a great experience and I am happy I was able to make reservations this year. I look forward to my next reservation.

CH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a reservation for 4 on March 27 which we booked on Open Table in January. We then got a call in Maui cancelling our reservation.
TOTALLY UNPROFESIONAL.

RR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
Wonderful service
Can't wait to go again!

RK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Other than food table service being slow. food fine.

VP
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, we had a great time. The ahi carpaccio was delicate with a yummy olive relish and the scallops were perfect! The tiramisu was unlike any I’ve had before. Our order-taker was nervous and had a bit of trouble knowing what to do, when, but his table mates helped him out. Looking forward to our next meal - French cuisine. And Mark, it is always good to see you. Thank you for your attention to us, your guests, and to details.

d
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Markus, was very professional and attentive. Food presentation is always outstanding. This visit featured an Italian menu. The choices were beef shank, pork belly or scallops. These may be authentic Italian, we don't know; but, no pasta? A veal parm choice would have been more inviting. The "Class Act" never really disappoints because its charm is in watching students learn the restaurant trade and they put on a great performance.

ML
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , good food, friendly and fun for rveryone

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around

j
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One needs to remember it is a live classroom. Students are learning how to take orders, serve & clear. The food is outstanding and you need to be patient and savor the experience, not be in a time crunch.

d
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Kumbachi, a fish from Big Island Hawaii, was prepared cooked in paper with Molokai sweet potatos and veggies...definitely unique and delicious. This was on the Asian menu, unique this season. It's always a treat to dine at Class Act.

AB
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food excellent, fun service, and ambiance can't be beat. Spent 3 hours with friends and leisurely courses.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is fantastic! Our wait person, tho very sweet and friendly was very nervous, which we totally understood. However she forgot to bring us any bread and then had to go back to fix the payment arrangement several times. We still loved the whole experience. I am certain that later on in the semester, these glitches will be corrected after a bit more experience.

J
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food stunning presentation. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The dining room is nicely appointed. Have been there several times and are never disappointed.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is good to support culinary students while dining on excellent, well presented food.