Leis Family Class Act Restaurant

4.8
338 reviews
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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 Maui Culinary Arts Program are your chefs and servers under the leadership of their instructors. We serve a 4-course prix fixe menu on Wednesdays and Fridays with reservations available from 11:00am - 12:30pm.

Our price for the complete (inclusive) 4-course meal ranges from $31 - $50 plus Hawaii state tax depending upon the entree selected. Gratuities can be accepted as cash only and are very much appreciated as the funds collected are utilized to offer and enhance additional learning experiences to the students working at the restaurant. The globally influenced menu changes weekly. Be sure to reserve early as we are often sold out weeks in advance.

Menus can be viewed by clicking the MENU tabs on this Open Table site. We look forward to serving you!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary French / American, Eurasian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesdays & Fridays. Reservations available from 11:00am-12:30pm beginning on Friday, January 19, 2018. Our last scheduled lunch is on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Very Important Note:

Our revised estimated time line for Spring 2018 semester is as follows;

1. Release of menus and reservation availability schedule, Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

2. Reservation sytem to open via Open Table, Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12:00pm HST.

3. Reservations and messages taken via phone, Monday, January 15, 2018.



4. Our first day of service will be Friday, January 19, 2018.

If for any reason there are additional changes to this REVISED schedule, we will keep you posted via facebook, via OpenTable and via our voice mail answering service at 808-984-3280.
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Phone number
(808) 984-3280
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Tom Lelli
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room seats a maximum of 16 guests with views of the Pacific Ocean. This is a beautiful room for a private luncheon, birthday party, office event, or shower! The remote AV screen makes it a wonderful board room as well. We offer the Leis Family Class Act prix fixe menu for guests who book the PDR (Private Dining Room) on Wednesdays and Fridays with a minimum of 10 diners.
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Private party contact
Mark Malone : (808) 984-3280
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Catering
Private catering is available when the restaurant is dark. Call Doug Paul
at 808-984-3500 to book the Class Act or the Private Dining Room for your private event for any day OTHER than our standard operating hours.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wahinepio Ave
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Parking details
Enter University of Hawaii Maui College off of Lower Beach Road (across from the MACC - the Maui Arts and Cultural Center). There is a large parking lot ~ parking is free. The Class Act is located in the Pa'ina Building, 2nd building closest to the ocean.
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Special events & promotions
Grand Finale - Holiday Wine Dinner
Our end of semester Gala Dinner will be served on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This event will feature a coursed dinner created by our students along with a selection of premier wines. Reservations are now open. Details & menu will be forthcoming on this very special end of the semester wine dinner.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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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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
4 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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Hawaii
5 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
5 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
4 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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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
2 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
10 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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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooooo wonderful! Absolutely everything! Fantastic!!!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wow! What a great experience. The restaurant in run by college students learning the restaurant/cooking trade. I enjoyed myself the entire time. The service was great. The food was delicious. I will definitely be returning. This is not someplace you would go for a quick lunch. It took about 1.5 hrs. It is a 4 course meal. I highly recommend it!

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Not only do you support the local college but you get to experience an amazing meal with impeccable service. The students are eager to please. We go back whenever we have the opportunity.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The serving students were all super friendly and in good moods. The food was absolutely fabulous! Unbelievable what a great offer this is!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the students here do a fantastic job. we met some of the faculty who are very dedicated to quality. the food was delicious and beautifully presented. a wonderful experience that we would do again when we return to Maui.

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hawaii's premier cooking school. Exceptional experience, not to be missed.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience provided by students and faculty. All courses were excellent.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, amazing meal. Exceptional service. Cannot say enough great things about my dining experience here. Going back again soon

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GY
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome

Ambiance, friendly staff

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining spot is only available during the fall and spring semesters at Maui College. Patrons support the colleges culinary arts program. Reservations can be tricky to get but the food and service make it well worth the effort.

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Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing evening! The students and instructors were just wonderful and they really put on a wonderful special event.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food prepared by the UHMC students. Great atmosphere and everyone was very friendly!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with lovely presentation...every time!

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Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another fabulous lunch and really wonderful students!

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Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Another fabulous lunch! Looking forward to going again soon.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Can't say enough good things about the experience. Food and service were all outstanding. The cost of this gormet, 4 course meal was $42-- an incredible bargain, particularly by Maui standards. We'll definitely return again to the Maui Culinary Institute.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding presentation and food quality

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