Leis Family Class Act Restaurant

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356 reviews
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The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant is our student run fine dining restaurant at the University of Hawaii - Maui College. Students enrolled in the Maui Culinary Arts Program are your chefs and servers under the leadership of their instructors.

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

Our Spring 2019 menus are available under the menu tab above. In addition, we have also posted our menus on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/leisfamilyclassact
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around

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j
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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AB
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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J
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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HB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are so many things to enjoy: the food is outstanding. We like sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen prepare the food. We enjoy asking the student chefs about it. When we have a table, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Service could not be more accommodating and pleasant, and it's fun to learn about the student servers and the program. This is a great place for foodies and a terrific value!

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M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion... hands down, the best restaurant on Maui.
Leis Family Class Act Restaurant rivals any of the big hitters like Mama’s, Merriman’s, and Millhouse.

Knowing I have a reservation is like having a golden ticket to an amazing sensory experience laden with eye candy and refined flavor compliments. The service staff are very well trained and motivated to ensure that your dining experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

A must do!

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SS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A wonderful afternoon. The culinary and hospitality crew always do a great job.

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T
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is consistently an outstanding restaurant. We try to get reservations whenever we go to Maui. The food, service, and ambiance are all a Class Act!

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BK
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the selection of items is limited, all four of us gobbled down each course. All items were delectable & beautifully presented -especially the chocolate dessert. Madeline, our waitress was very personable and very on top of things. Fun & efficient. A gem.

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leis Family Class Act Restaurant never fails to be one of the best in Maui! The food is excellent, the staff is friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere provided by the students who are learning their trade is refreshing and sincere. Here's to the aspiring chefs and restaurant workers who are the talent of the future; to Mark Malone, Dining Room Instructor and to The University of Hawaii Maui College for this successfully implementing this program!

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L
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had their French cuisine and it was wonderful...

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j
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a fun adventure! The time lag did not occur this week as it did last between 2nd & 3rd course. Have to keep in mind a working classroom and that 3 serving days were missed due to Hurricane closures. Well done! Looking forward to next semester.

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j
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Menu is always a fun experience. However one must remember it is a "classroom". That being said there was a long delay between courses and many a water glass was empty prompting refill requests as well as opening wine.

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S
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had made the reservations and couldn’t attend but my party of three did. They had to wait on the stairs to get into the restaurant. There were no tables near the stations and it was hard to carry three or four small plates without trays or help The service was nonexistent. They all felt the food was mediocre at best with the exceptions of the bread and the desert. All four of us had a bad experience at the French menu a few months ago. This will definitely cement the deal. We will not return.

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L
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Leis Family Class Act is a must for us during our annual visit in November. We love supporting the college’s culinary program. We have never been disappointed with the food or the service. Excellent dining experience.

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GJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark Malone is great with respect to teaching his students professional/vocational skills and dealing with picky people (like us).

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AV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The students are so professional and the food was spot on!

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R
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outstanding service. They give a lot of food for fine dining. We were so full, we couldn't even finish our desserts and I LOVE sweets! I will definitely be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We went with the mindset that this is a teaching experience and with that in mind, the greenness of some of the students is part of the charm. What you get is definitely a 5-star tasting menu for a fraction of the cost at other dining institutions on Maui. We have eaten at some of the best restaurants on Maui during our time here including Lahaina grill and mamas fish house to name a few and this was the most innovative, fun and delicious meal we’ve had. The beet salad was so tasty and interesting, the pork chop was delightful and perfectly cooked. We skipped dessert for the cheese plate and coffee and we were stuffed. Great experience; great, professional staff. We would love to come with every new menu and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great meal!

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WF
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful, delicious dining. Great way to support our culinary students!

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

OUR SERVER, DARROLL, was professional and attentive. The salad is always a specialty and the two "popsicles" were an "over the top" dessert. It is a special treat to go to the culinary academy where students learn to cook and serve in readiness for employment in upscale restaurants like we havs on Maui.

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to enjoy creative menu experiences in their lovely dining room. The students do a wonderful job with meal preparation and service.

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PA
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Class Act is a tough ticket for a reason. It's some of the best food you'll find on Maui and they have very limited seatings. It's worth the effort, though. Besides great food in a very pleasant setting, you have the joy of knowing you are helping the students complete their training. The service is very earnest but you can tell they are not experienced -- a little guidance from us patrons is welcome to help them along. Especially fun is to sit at the counter and watch the students prepare the meals. Go hungry ... and for me at least don't plan on much dinner! On this occasion we had a French influenced menu with 3 of us selecting filet mignon and one of us the duck confit (some of the best duck ever). Together with an amuse bouche, appetizer, and dessert there's a lot of food. As tempting as the cheese tray is it probably is too much unless there are a lot of you sharing.

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d
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We visit frequently. The service on this occasion was truly outstanding beginning with a most professional opening and pouring of our wine. If we used a utensil another appeared instantly. The waiter seemed focussed constantly on our table while treating his others likewise. The sorbet dessert served in a small sugar cone was a unique treat to finish the meal. We asked for our filet mignon to be cooked "rare plus" and that is exactly what we got. If this was a for profit restaurant rather than a teaching operation, it would compete with #1 Mama's Fish House for top honors

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The class act is always an absolutely fabulous experience. The food is creative and imaginative sans fussiness or pretentiousness and the service is specific, attentive and yet effortless all at the same time. The experience is made even better knowing that it is contributing to an education process. My family has come back year after year and will continue to in years to come.

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j
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu choices for the Moroccan theme all well done.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A culinary school where the student chefs provide elegant, beautiful and delicious four course lunches. A unique concept . It is fascinating to watch the student chefs work. We love this place . We have never been disappointed . The photo is their compressed melons with feta, preserved honey lemon yogurt and mint gel, one of the choices for the Moroccan influence menu.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It took Patty and me 3 years to finally get a reservation at Class Act. We were not disappointed. What an amazing afternoon. We rate it higher than Mama's Fish House or Lahaina Grill, 2 of our favorite and both great restaurants. The food, service, and ambiance were amazing! Students working together with great instructors,
Patrons laughing and talking. If you can get a reservation GO!

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EP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time. The theme was Spanish and my wife and I were looking forward to an enjoyable meal based on all we had read. This was only the second meal of the class year to be prepared by the students so we had our fingers crossed. We were not disappointed! While service was just slightly off as students got their feet wet at service, the meal was very well prepared and presented. Each course was thoughtfully prepare and nicely presented. Flavors were complex and complementary. The pork belly was especially well prepared, at once crisp with soft sweet meat and very well prepared sauce reduction. Easily a 4-star plus fun experience!

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TT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrations

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a plus for Maui to have the class act, a perfectly superb place to entertain friends or just enjoy a fine meal. Kudos to all involved

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F
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Leis Class Act for over 5 years. We always enjoy taking friends there for a special treat. We went on 8-31-18 and we enjoyed it again. However, there were problems with the orders being on time. I heard that the hurricane aftermath caused higher numbers of guests on that day, which created the backlog. Nonetheless, we were talking with friends and still had a great time with great food.

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MM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience. The food was amazing, service was outstanding. I always look forward to their delicious menus. I can’t wait to return. Outstanding job!

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very good as was expected. Our server needs a little more practice but that is why he’s there after all. We will be back as much as we can to support the school and to enjoy the great variety of cuisine. Keep up the terrific work. 😀

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L
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lei's Class Act is a joy we look forward to with each visit to Maui. Audrey gave us exceptional service and has a super personality to mix with your guests. The staff are all so friendly and will do everything possible to make your lunch occasion memorable. The cooks created a fantastic lunch, and the scallops were done so well and were not over cooked as many restaurants tend to do. A superb job by everyone and I commend Mark on great management of the students, and wish much success in this program's future.

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MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good. Service was great. The students did such a wonderful job. I always look forward to going for an outstanding meal.

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GY
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark Malone is outstanding. He oversees all the customers needs.

Food is creative.

Students are well trained.

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