Sarento's on the Beach

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sarento's is nestled on one of Maui's premier beaches overlooking the islands of Molokini, Kaho'olawe & Lana'i, providing guests with unsurpassed romantic ocean view. Italian-style warmth & hospitality are part of the atmosphere that makes this fine dining establishment one of Hawaii's most celebrated. The superior service, coupled with the outstanding culinary offerings makes Sarento's a place where memories are created. Superb, five-star regional Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Specialties include award-winning presentations of homemade pastas, fresh Hawaiian seafood, prime steaks, signature veal, lamb, chicken & pork dishes. The main wine cellar offers over 75 domestic & imported wines ranging in price from $30 - $1,000. One of the most respected collections of wines in Hawaii, contains over 1,500 bottles from France, Germany, California with a focus on rare Italian wines.

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SD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Sarento's seems to believe that quantity is more important than quality. The portions are large and while the home made pasta was good, it was woefully lacking in seasoning. The pesto was minimal and garlic was absent. The risotto was well prepared, but again, lacking in seasoning. If you're going to ask guests to drop some serious money on dinner, you had better deliver. Sarento's didn't.

DW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and great service until we were finishing our meal. Never should pick up any dinner plates until all meals are completed and a few minutes have passed. Common manners and mark of a true 5 star restaurant.

WH
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening for ourselves and guests

AG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We were thrilled to be seated at the rail! However, there were two large parties in the same area that were extremely loud! After about 45 minutes, the managers came over and asked us if we would like to move outside. Thankfully we were able to eat our dinner in peace! High praise for the manager taking action in a very unpleasant situation!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very noisy

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing location!!!
The is a special occasion restaurant. Five star service. Complementary focaccia was amazing!!! I would come back over and over just for bread and view!!

FM
Hawaii
47 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I wouldn’t go for lunch again, only because I mistakenly looked at the dinner menu and their lunch is minimal choices. The menu says serving brunch from 11-2. Our waiter forgot we asked about a Bloody Mary he was going to have us try first to see if it was too spicy; and he just never brought the taster. They all seemed super rushed even though the restaurant was not at all full. But dinner here would be a gorgeous setting, being its on the beach! Beautiful views and open air spot.

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was mediocre at best. Food was just ok -- nothing special. Not the old Sarento's by any means!! Won't be back!

S
Portland
49 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great view for sunset...however, the food is mediocre and expensive. In addition it was extremely noisy.

m
Montana
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We recently dined at Sarentos, and were very pleased with the food, service and loved being right next to the ocean! They could update their cocktails a bit, but the pesto chicken and fish special were both tasty!

FW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most underrated restaurant in Wailea. Get there early to catch the sunset, Sarento's is romantic, has authentic northern Italian food, and great service.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Took way to long to get our food. The staff were run off their feet, we felt bad for them. But for $50 entree’s I expect more.

JR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We've been coming to Sarento's since they first opened. Never again. The prices are as high as any you will find on Maui and the food is terrible. Denny's does it better. There is no qualified chef working in their kitchen. Poor quality ingredients--everything is soaked and saturated with some low-quality oil infused with artificial butter flavor, just like for microwave popcorn, to disguise the true flavor of the food. I could only eat a few bites of my $48 entree, probably should have sent it back. My husband scraped the the soggy oil-saturated coating off of his veal and managed to eat about half. Enjoy the view for free, then go eat somewhere else.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The carbonara was basically inedible. Took two bites and took the rest home, where I was able to fix it. That said, the pasta itself was great.

J
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, drinks and service! Just wish there was a photographer there for sunset like last time we were there, that would have been a bonus.

JB
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointing service and inundated with smoke from NYE fireworks on beach.

PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

New year’s eve

l
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

But pricey but very good. We try to eat there each year we come

S
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

When I made the reservation I was not made aware of the prefix menu /price of menu.
Server was great so it’s not his fault, but other tables that came in after us got their food before us. Food was mediocre at best and the cherry cobbler tasted like it was right out of a can with crumbled cookies on top. Will we be coming back? Probably not.

SD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant with delicious food and outstanding service. It is quiet and tucked away but right on the beach so you can hear the waves crashing all through your dinner. From the hostess to our great waiter you felt welcomed and taken care of. The entire family enjoyed the well prepared fish and steak dishes. Well worth every penny we paid. Highly recommend!

LK
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We liked the wait people and how they assisted each other so much we ate here twice. Of course the view at sunset was amazing. Accepted wonderful wait person Monica's suggestions. My husband kept saying how well managed the restaurant was. Did not like how the restaurant laptoo steers you toward incredibly expensive wines.

s
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We have eaten at Sarentos several times in the past, including for Christmas dinner but were extremely disappointed with our dining experience this time. Due to the weather we waited 25 minutes for our reserved table, and were only offered to purchase our own drinks in the bar for our inconvenience. The room was brightly lit, extremely loud and there were no table linens or other ambiance befitting a $75 per person dinner. Our waiter was young and inexperienced, but clearly trying to do his best. The food was bland, over-cooked and the prime rib appeared to have been reheated. This was not worth $300 US for our family of 4. We were looking for a special Christmas experience and were completely disappointed and will not return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We have been going to Maui for 15 years Sarento’s is a place we eat every year , it’s a hit or miss! This was the biggest Miss and after waiting for over 30 min just for our Order to be taken and salads still not come out for an hour, we had apologies by the waiter and the manager and still no salads , needless to say we got up and walked out , it’s so disappointing that the restaurant has gone down hill 100% , no decor, no service and over priced We will never go back after all these years of going.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas dinner with family.

TS
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food and service were horrible - meal was barely adequate, waiter disinterested and all was slow. The view is great but interior decor leaves much to be desired. This setting has potential for greatness but even this magical view won’t be enough to make me want to return- major improvement needed in all areas.

KM
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view - we were outside at sunset and the food and service were excellent also

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here several times and I’ve never disappointed.

NA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t beat the view from this on-ocean location. Our fresh fish meals were outstanding and the service was perfectly timed.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We couldnt eat the food. Too expensive for what you get and would not recommend it to anybody. Ordered the chicken with pasta and it first took almost an hour and second the plate was full of sauce und butter and the pasta swam in it.

FW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Randall was the best part of dinner, and of course food was delicious.

AK
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

My husband and I booked Sorento’s for our last night (December 9) in Maui. We had an ok experience last time. This time was a complete flop. The pina coladas and bread were perfect. We ordered the calamari, prawn & fish appetizer. I LOVE calamari but could only eat one bite. Everything was dry, cold and tasted old. Absolutely not fresh. Our dinner (shrimp, scallops and mushroom risotto) was cold and as bad as the appetizer. The waiter, Robert was wonderful. Very friendly and attentive. We just wanted to leave and it wasn’t his fault. Unfortunately, I left a message for the manager to talk about our negative experience in leu of writhing a negative review and never received a call back.

Will not return..... waste of $100.

RM
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very disappointed with the menu. Apparently a new chef changed it significantly. Very little pasta on the rather limited menu.

ZO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Wow what a disaster! buyer beware, this place was real garbage 5 of us attempted to have dinner but could not eat our meals, crappy appetizer as well. Please don't even think we are just giving you bad advise we paid the 450.00 check so we would have a reminder to never return. Jußt really BAD!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This place was just not good. Ate at a variety of restaurants while we were in Maui and all were better than this! There is no ambience once the sun goes down. The waiter was ok, not attentive at all even though the place was not full. The pasta was lukewarm and combined with the ahi you could barely taste it. My mother-in-law asked for a vegetarian pasta meal with just tomato sauce and they threw in roasted veggies including loads of Brussel sprouts. The appetizers were not great and out of the 10 of us nobody liked their entrees. This place did not deserve any stars. Go to monkey pod or duo’s or anywhere else!

BM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great ambience, food was good, service poor. Water glasses not filled, food took too long, and although the people were kind, they were not very attentive.

MS
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Breakfast was great. Food and service. I will say unless you sit on the edge of the restaurant near the water the atmosphere is not so much.

SS
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I cannot recommend Sarento's and won't be going there again. Have given it multiple chances, hoping it would improve because the view is so sweet. Its sister restaurants are pretty good, so it must be a localized problem, i.e., poor management. They have a fantastic location with that incredible view - and I think they just use that to coast. The food is mediocre at best. This last and final visit included a tasteless quiche, very strange tofu scramble and a beyond burger that did not taste similar to any other beyond burgers we've had. Throw in a nice waitress who then disappeared never to be seen again....well, the only good part was another waiter/busboy who stepped in and also offered kamaaina discount. Keep him.

j
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Totally overrated. Expensive for mediocre food. The fish was overcooked and not interesting and the cocktails were over sweet (learn to make a mai tai!). The wine was good. So many waitstaff!! Love the location but would not go back.

f
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t beat the view. Right on the beach at sunset was beautiful. Food delicious. Yummy pina colada’s.
Friendly waitstaff.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Engagement dinner

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