Leis Family Class Act Restaurant

4.8
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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.

Thank you to our valued guests in support of our business as well as providing positive accolades that have lead to industry recognition in the areas of food, service and popularity for lunch restaurant.

It truly has been pleasure to serve you again and again!

Reservations for lunches for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and our Spring graduation dinner scheduled for May 6, 2020 have been canceled due to the effects of COVID-19.

We look forward to welcoming you our valued guests and our students back for the Fall 2020 semester in late August Early September.
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JeanneJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite! Wonderful food and supports a terrific educational program!

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vipFoodie
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always enjoy the food at Leis Family Class Act. We had the Moroccan menu and the lamb shank was very good. The only problem was the dessert. It was not that tasty...much worse than normal.

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Annabell
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a highlight of our Maui holidays.

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BillOnMaui
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

While the food was Great and the flavors great, the service was slower than previous lunches. I would still recommend this for a leisurely luncheon that is first class. While we noticed the prices were increased, we also heard two couples at another table discuss that Mama's Fish House might be a better choice for the money... Perhaps, Class Act should reconsider how they are pricing....

At any rate, you will have a wonderful meal in a nice setting... Providing you can get a reservation since they book fast and we only had one date to chose from...

Good luck

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on the island

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SallyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is fabulous way to get to know the future chefs of Hawaii. Mark Malone runs a terrific program.

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moi06
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to these luncheon since 2008 and have NEVER had a bad meal... only creative tasty food.
My only issue are making the reservations...the American meal was superb, however the restaurant /open table said “SOLD OUT” yet half the tables were vacant..why.

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travel4fun
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

As our first time, we were so happy with absolutely everything about this restaurant. The food, service and ambience was outstanding and we would definitely love to come again.
Well done, everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great as always. Food over the top. The students do a great job of trying to make sure everything is perfect. Highly recommended

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VictorM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional value and service. Host and wait staff were attentive and went out of theirs way to be accommodating.

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Shirley
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JJ
JeanneJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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dave
Hawaii
17 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.

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dave
Hawaii
17 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.

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vipWinsor25
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.

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GilbertJ
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.

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dave
Hawaii
17 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.

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DougS
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.

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dave
Hawaii
17 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoyable

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vipjoycee
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu creative well executed & delicious!

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vipFoodie
San Diego
12 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!

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KelliK
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.

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vipPatrickW
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. A hidden gem when visiting Maui.

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NancyK
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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dave
Hawaii
17 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.

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CorinneM
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.

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dave
Hawaii
17 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.

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Aiko
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
10 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.

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AdaB
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.

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Gone2maui
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.

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Dodee
Calgary
7 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.

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FoodMaui
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So far this semester we have enjoyed three lunches. The first was Moroccan which had the best seafood, the second French had the lightest crepes I have ever tasted and finally the Italian lamb shanks were well made and presented beautifully. The desserts were to die for. The best lunch Maui.

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AdaB
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.

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CarlH
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.

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RhondaR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Leis Family Class Act Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 400 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.