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About Koa's Seaside Grill

Koa 156º is now Koa’s Seaside Grill!

The outstanding oceanfront view is coupled with an eclectic and delightful new menu that offers fresh local seafood as well as the finest meats and creative vegetarian options, using Hawai’i’s unique ingredients to create dishes that are not only tasteful but also beautifully presented.

839 Front St.
Lahaina, HI 96761
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Hawaiian, American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 9am - 1pm
Lunch: 11am - 3pm
Happy Hour: 3pm - 4pm
Dinner: 5pm - Close

Cross Street:
Kaanapali Shores Pl.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 667-7737

Website:
http://www.koasgrill.com/

Parking Details:
Paid parking at Lahainaluna Road.

Public Transit:
Papalau Street (bus stop)

Executive Chef:
Dan Vesey

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, View, Wine

Koa's Seaside Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (29)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
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Authentic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Disabled Access (3)
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Seasonal (3)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing view, excellent food, and great service. The surf and turf was incredible as was the fish specialty of the day. Also had the berry cobbler for dessert which was excellent.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The breakfast here is absolutely amazing! If you’re looking to dine somewhere with a great view...this is definitely the place to go! Great food and a great view!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great view and food. Only downside was that the music from the restaurant nextdoor was so loud, it was disruptive.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My wife and I went to Koa's in Maui for brunch and it was great! They serve breakfast until 1pm and since we were there after 11, we had the option of breakfast or lunch items. I got the omelette and she had the jerk chicken bowl. Both were great, and the cherry on top is the view!! You are right on the water and it's beautiful. Highly recommended to anyone in Lahaina!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Went for sunset dinner with husband and 2 teenagers. Sat on the rooftop on the water’s edge and watched the tide come in. Beautiful pictures of sunset over Lanai island. I had fish of the day. Hubby had surf and turf, kids had shrimp and filet separately. EVERYTHING about the night was fantastic fr food quality to flavors to service. We walked along Front St after dinner and got Shave Ice along the way. Great location.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service from our waitress was stellar. Food was OK. Great fries. Perfect seats with ocean view.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Casual, Scenic View
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our friends brought us here for dinner. The meal and service were exceptional. Best onion rings we have ever eaten. We loved it so much we cancelled our reservations at another restaurant to come back. The sunset view from the upper deck is not to be missed. Toni provided exceptional service and made our evening extra special. When the owner found out we came back and had cancelled our other dinner plans he thanked us with a free dessert. Well done Koa’s!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This was our second visit. The service is excellent, menu is ctreative and well prepared, and it’s a gorgeous setting. We will be back every trip to Hawaii!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (大阪)·Dined on November 14, 2017

美味しかったです!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved The experience of dining here. Great views and the service was excellent. The food was fresh and amazing. I will definitely come back !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was excellent! The rooftop has a beautiful view. The service was slow. Our server had SO many tables. I felt bad for her. We were in no rush but by the end my 7 yr old son was falling asleep at the table and she kept having to wait on tables before she could run our card. Regardless I would go back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our server was great and on top of all our needs. She took our group picture attached below. Good menu selection, outstanding ocean view and quality food. We do recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great Beer, Business Meals, Fun, Casual, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We recently moved to Maui yet have spent several weeks here for 30 years so we are familiar with all the restaurants. This was the best meal we’ve had in a long time. The salmon and mahi we’re prepared perfectly! Bravo.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A new owner and chef seems to have revitalized the menu. Food and service were excellent but the decor needs updating

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Overall 4.5. This place is very good. Service was perfect. Food was good to amazing as we all ordered different items and shared. Waygu burger great. All the fish was really really good. Short rib was good but pretty bland. Salads and sides well above average. I would go back in a heartbeat. Right on the water on Front St.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our meal was fabulous. The table was right beside the ocean. Can't beat that. Definitely will visit when we return to Maui.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful food and first rate ocean view. Service was a little slower than ideal, but not bad. Definitely a 4 1/2!!🌴🍷🍰

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great view, excellent food, friendly service.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food took forever to come to the table and then it was marginal to say the least! The omelet was flat, had been prepared on a greasy dirty pan so was marked, cheese was not melted, and the bacon was very greasy! And then we got sick from it! Tables were dirty. Waitress was very confused during service and then gave our check to another table. This meal cost us $100!!! DO NOT GO HERE!!!

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The hostess, Nicole, was delightful. We had a dinner reservation requesting a certain table, and she made it happen. We also knew that the table might not be available, but Koa’s tries to do as much as possible for those who make reservations. Our server, whom we have had the luck to have before, was excellent. My husband had the chicken, which was very good, and I had the Waygu (Wagyu???) burger that is the best on the island. I call it the “Way GOOD burger.” Koa’s is in the middle of an ownership change, and I hope that the prices do not increase exorbitantly, as it is slated to become more “upscale.” This is Lahaina, after all, and things are supposed to be relaxed and full of aloha.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My husband and I went early for happy hour and met an amazing waitress named Megan. We had fresh Poke which was melt in your mouth delicious! Megan was very attentive and shared some info about the island. I had the ahi tuna with wasabi mash and it was fantastic! My husband had the catch of the day which was Mahi mahi and his was also top notch. We finished our meal with dessert. I was pleased with our service and the attentiveness from not only our waitress but the manager as well. Would love to come back!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was beyond delicious and atmosphere perfect. Had breakfast there just before going to the airport to leave the island - it was perfect. Service could not have been better.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Came on our honeymoon and had an awesome time! The food was great, excellent service and the view from the rooftop was unbeatable!

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

It was great a great night and service was excellent

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Koa 156° was excellent in every way - food, service ambiance! Will dine there again next year.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Enjoyed a tasty lunch with my family while visiting Lahaina. The atmosphere and water view was great. Our server was very friendly. Great appetizers. Will definitely go back on our next trip to Maui.

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is the second time and they don't have Ahi tuna bummer. Food average

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Outstanding!!
We had the macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi, it was served over whipped potatoes and green beans with mushrooms. Well prepared, great service with incredible view.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing in every way !!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

An excellent choice for breakfast on the water. The location has both downstairs and upstairs seating right on the water with stunning vantage overlooking the coast. Breakfast was delicious, fresh baked biscuits and house made jam, a full bar and fresh squeezed juices. The crab cake eggs Benedict special was plated beautifully with eggs poached perfectly to order.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

What a great find. This was our first experience at KOA and we couldn't be happier with the results. The ambiance was outstanding. There's nothing like the Pacific Ocean to enhance a dining experience. The food was stellar. Our first breakfast (we ended up coming two more times during our vacation) was KOA's take on LocoMoco. Wagyu beef over fried rice with an in house made brown sauce was over the top (and the biscuit with in house made strawberry jam was delicious). The service was on point. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Overall a very enjoyable dining experience. Recommend to all.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Mediocre fish was served on a purple blob of sweet potatoes...quite unappealing. The waiter was unable to help with food allergy issues, was inattentive and not very professional. I always like to be asked, "Are you done working on that?" at the end of a meal. Not the fine dining we expected. The sunset was breathtaking.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great server albeit a little too attentive... but super nice! Food is ok. Great biscuits and jam! Portions for breakfast were huge! Too big really.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Loved the sound of the waves

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Pass through the Christmas and Jewelry stores into a true waterfront restaurant. We had early reservations and were seated waterside at a great table. Our server, Adam is one of the professionals in the business, great timing, good on explaining things in the menu, good call backs, though I did have to pour our own wine after his first pour. His backup could have been sharper with more water and more timely clearing of empty plates. We ordered a Ferrari Carano Chardonnay which was promptly and properly served with a really cold ice bucket. My wife had the Beet Salad which, along with every dish of the evening, was beautifully and artistically prepared. The chef is a true artist in food preparation. I had the wedge and requested 1000 Island versus blue cheese; which, though they didn't have on the menu, the chef graciously prepared. Unfortunately, he used a Sriracha recipe and it was so hot I couldn't eat but a few bites. When the server cleared my wife's empty plate, he took no note of that fact and failed to inquire about the barely touched Salad. Our entrees arrived, my wife having the scallop plate and I had the Miso Ginger King Salmon. The cornmeal rice cake was extraordinary and the large portion of salmon was perfectly MR. My wife loved the scallops and especially liked the corn fritters. Adam stopped by to check our meals and I explained that I was unable to eat the salad; but as he had no idea how little was eaten, it showed up on the bill. No big deal; but a notch below good coordination between a server and his backups. Deserts looked great; but we were stuffed and passed. Worth a repeat for sure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Koas food is incredible! The flavors are amazing and the seaside dining is unmatched in Lahaina. Service is spectacular as well!

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

For Sunday brunch, we reserved a table up on the top deck, where we had a wonderful view of the ocean, molokini, lanai, and molokai. The omelets and macadamia nut pancakes were outstanding, as was Scott, our waiter. POG mimosas were tasty! One of the best moments of our trip, eating good food and hanging out with family.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Tried breakfast here. It was very good and all special requests were handled with no problems at all. Biscuits and gravy - oh my!!

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

This was perhaps the worst restaurant we've ever been to on Maui, and we've been coming for over 30 years.

The waiter was obnoxious and oblivious; the food was worse. The shrimp was not cooked and we had to return the dish. The food was lifeless.

Two different parties at a table over actually got up and left before ordering.

Run away from this place fast; there are plenty of quality restaurants on Maui, and this isn't one of them.

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