Mauka Makai

3.9
161 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Mauka Makai is a culinary experience celebrating the farming and fishing culture of ancient Hawai"i. Ancient Hawaiians drew their sustenance-physical and spiritual- from the land and sea around them. Seafood provided the primary protein in the Hawaiian diet, complementing staples such as taro, sweet potato and breadfruit. This sets the stage for Mauka Makai - toward the mountain, toward the ocean.
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TI
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

I cannot express how extremely extremely disappointed were with the Friday night buffet! The buffet food was just so bland and tasteless.

We had the Sunday brunch seafood buffet and it was good...and we chatted with one of the server and he told us that there would be the same buffet on Friday night...so we made reservations and invited our guests. When we checked in it was too late to change to another restaurant when we were made aware that it’s not going to be the seafood buffet.

I had the ahi poke, shrimp poke it was so tasteless.

I’m just in shock that they actually served such poor tasteless quality food on a Westin Resort property!

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT, DON’T waste your time and money.

JB
Phoenix
83 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A beautiful setting overlooking the large pool with the dune and ocean beyond. Easy to find if staying at the resort but could be a challenge re larking etc if from elsewhere. Absolutely friendly wait staff. Very attentive and warm. Biggest issues were the long time to get the orders delivered despite fact it was less than half full. Almost half an hour for the drinks then 54 minutes for the appetizer Ltd to arrive once ordered
Similar delay for the mains. The selections are varied and provide good local options. Typical Hawaiian hotel fare. Serving size reasonable. Real point is that it is a typical hotel venue with good average food and an easy dinner for the clients if the hotel ... it won’t make effort if not staying here next time on Maui.

JS
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding! Food was nothing special, but the service (can’t remember his name) was great!!

OT
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of the ocean. Relaxing Koi ponds all around while you eat. The service was excellent. The food was OK for the price. We would go again for the view and their ability to accommodate large parties.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live music; great food; restaurant on the beach

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Considering we were practically the only couple in the restaurant . I would not have expected to have our appetiser plates o be still sitting in front of us 15 mins after we finished. I'm not sure what happened but I had to ask someone to clear them and also order more drinks. The gnocchi we had was very ordinary and was not pan fried as in the photo. Far better places to go

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere was lovely and the staff was attentive. This was at the edge of the hotel and therefore next to the pool—it was a beautiful view and made my kids not so loud. ;)
The food was good. The kids menu was boring—chicken finger and burger which was a disappointment. The adult menu was a bit to “adult” for my 11 yo. My scallop entree was cooked well, except the risotto was super salty. Overall, a good experience, but won’t be going back for a while.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Service a little slow both times we ate there.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love the prawn bruschetta. The Machattan is a great drink. We have manhattans every Friday night. The macadamia liquor made it really special.

KG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great. Service was poor. A large party arrived toward end of our meal in an otherwise relatively empty restaurant and we were left for a long time. Had planned to get dessert but decided against so as not to have to wait longer.

KR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Loved each dish. Macadamia nut chicken and delicious side of Brussels sprouts

TG
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Very unimpressed with the food quality, portion size and cost. Server was attentive. Would not recommend.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a buffet

MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was very poor. Took a very long time until our dinner was served.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was really good. We went for the Friday night buffet. They kept re-filling the dishes. Salad, pineapple, Poke bar with 4 kinds, hot dishes included Local style dry mein, Kalua Pork, Guava Glazed chicken thighs, a teriyaki flat iron steak - it was really good, panko fish, vegetables, malasadas, assortment of desserts. Not crowded. You can look up menu by searching the restaurant online.

BM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was fine. The server knew the special was a white fish but didn’t know how it was prepared, what it was served with or what the cost would be. When we asked simple questions about other items on the menu, he could not answer.

DS
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for Mother's Day brunch and were blown away. The food was amazing and the desserts we're decadent. However, the service was easily the highlight of our experience. Matt made us feel like VIP's. He demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, anticipation of our needs, and great conversation while managing several tables in our area. He's very knowledgeable about the local farmers where they source their foods. Also, he spoke very highly of the chef, pastry chef, and the rest of the kitchen staff. Matt is an exceptional ambassador of the Westin brand, and we are grateful for the superb service.

KB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The brunch was underwhelming - did not meet up to the hype expectations.

R
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food, although limited, was very delicious. Open poke bar a plus. The best, however, was there 2 day marinated grilled new York strip steak. The best grilled streak I ever had. Meat was tender and full of flavor. And they cooked it outside on the grill which you can enjoy it once off the grill. Service was great and staff were very helpful, especially the friendly hosted who took her time to help my mother make her plate as my mom has a walking disability. Their taro malasadas were also a hit! Overall, great food

T
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding location with fine food and wine and very friendly service.

M
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The shareables were indeed shareable and the food was the best we had on Maui! The scallops,which we shared, were outstanding. The sides with the scallops were also outstanding and did a great job complementing the entree. We tried the Cauliflower steak (which we wouldn’t ordinarily order and it didn’t disappoint— it was also outstanding.

The waiter, Brandon, was outstanding and seemed to know when to be around and when not to.

PB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Poke is better at Foodland, the poorest pineapple I’ve seen served but the desserts were good.

GR
Sacramento
43 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I was pleasantly surprised at this visit to Mauka Makai. Our first visit, last year, did not leave a very good impression. But, we ate here twice with our party this year. The dinner selections were wonderful; claimed everyone in the party. The breakfast buffet was a feast and a delight. Love the variety! I particularly appreciate how we have told MM our party's food allergies once, and they have kept the record. Upon entry, they confirmed which folks with which allergies were attending the meal and that info was shared with the assigned wait person. Marvelous extra service! The wait person at both visits and hostesses are all terrific.

b
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maui hasn’t really had a good Sunday Brunch buffet since The Prince... until now!
The food is great and the staff keeps it stocked. Catch the menu on their website. King crab, oysters, shrimp, poke, fresh fish, alaea crust prime rib fresh fruits the list goes on!
Opens at 10, live music @ 11; I can’t say enough about this place... We love it!
Locals, get your passports renewed and head over to da west side for some ono grinds an’ big kine kaukau! You gonna be tired!🤙🏼

DS
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was fantastic - Good selection and great service. Vladimir was informative, helpful, and punctual. He made our holiday meal extra special. Thank you!

L
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We went on a Friday. The buffet was the only option. I don’t eat fish, which was most of the food. The dinner was the worst we have ever eaten on Maui. Go elsewhere for a great meal. The fresh pineapple and the dessert items were the only good items eaten.
My husband had fish and said it was only fair.

g
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The delicious meal was made even better by the guitarist who played and sang and took requests. My 70+ mother and inlaws had a hard time hearing and talking over the music, but we all enjoyed it.

NR
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and great service!

MW
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing, from the service to the food. Will return very soon!

JB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Champagne brunch buffet was outstanding, the best ever here in Maui. There were 6 family members and each one of them said the same.

VO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed...coming from Oahu....I thought can't wait to try it...spent a lot of money....Waiter was not very helpful or friendly....and the bar needed help!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was acceptable but not very inviting. Appetizers were pretty good. Main courses were very bland. Shrimp and mussels were way overdone. Would not eat here again!

R
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Good ingredients, prepared as bland as possible, although the “teriyaki” sauce on the grill was decidedly sweet (alas).

JF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We felt the wine list needed help. I ordered a cocktail that I sent back as it was not well balanced, to sweet. I felt $19 for a martini there was over priced.
The food was fabulous👍🏻

P
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

4 for dinner steak was not cut able sharp knife would not cut the steak. Sent back the next one came out raw. Suffered thru it. Ahi starter was really good ahi withe pork belly was great. Wife had to send her Ahi entree back to kitchen, ordered flash grilled and it came out brown second one was a little better. Desert was bad it was included with early dinner, was chocolate moose something and it was questionable as to what it was. They bought our first drink and comped one dinner.

O
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was very good
Goat cheese salad excellent as were the scallops and ahi entrees

While service was accommodating when with us, they seemed confused and everything took too long especially at the beginning

For a place mostly empty it is difficult to understand

GD
Boise
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice view of the pool and ocean, food is very creative and excellent.

D
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we had in Maui in beautiful setting

E
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was pretty good but the server was so inexperienced. Really, I’m not sure how long he has been a server for because he really had no idea. A restaurant of this caliber should realize that service is as important as food....

The server was nice but possibly hasn’t eaten out at a restaurant before therefore didn’t understand when to clear a plate, when to ask if we wanted the chq, when to take our order, when to interrupt etc

p
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Sunday Brunch was exceptional. Buffet included pineapple mimosas, king crab legs, shrimp, oysters, salmon, slices of prime rib and more to choose from...

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