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About Sarento's on the Beach

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. Creative preparations of classic Italian desserts are enough to make a grown man cry. 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.

2980 S. Kihei Rd.
Kihei, HI 96753
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Brunch daily: 7–3 pm
Happy Hour: 3–5:30 pm
Dinner nightly: 5–9:30 pm

Cross Street:
Kilohana Drive

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 875-7555

Website:
http://www.tristarrestaurants.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking or self-parking in the public parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Geno Sarmiento

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Exclusive dining experiences for Large Parties, Wine Tastings, Private Chef's Table Dinners, Customized Printed Menus are available with set dinners to add that personal touch. Please contact us for more information or to begin making arrangements for your event.

Sarento's on the Beach Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

4.4

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

72% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (49)
Scenic View (42)
Great for Outdoor Dining (31)
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Romantic (29)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for a Date (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Casual (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Cozy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Sunset was beautiful service meh food cold busboy dropped silverware on my back cappuccino came in big cup half full no froth
Waiter tried to make up for it but not good restaurant anymore

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 2 days ago

The food and service was outstanding!!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Service tried to be efficient, but no warmth, especially from the waiter. Almost ruined the evening

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 (Tahoe)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the best views in Maui for sunset dining.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

We made reservations for a special Valentine’s Day dinner weeks in advance. It was a set menu, so should have been no surprise to the restaurant. Our reservations were for 8:00. Our experience began badly when the hostess was altogether mediocre about our arriving. We waited 20 minutes to be seated, and this was with the restaurant only half full. We heard people complaining from around the room and asking for waiters, etc. we never did get a waiter, but a very drunk ‘manager’, who slurred so badly we couldn’t understand what he was saying. He took our orders for food, but never for drinks. The junior staff, however, were wonderful, and trying to accommodate where the wait staff were lacking. Another ‘manager’ took our drinks order. We had to ask for bread, even though there were bread plates on the table, were told it was coming out of the oven, but when it finally arrived, it was apparent that it hadn’t been in an oven for hours. I ordered shrimp cocktail, and although cooked perfectly, it was room temperature and sitting in water where the ice had melted. Same for our main courses. We both ordered filet, which were cooked beautifully, but came out cold. All the problems of the evening were with lack of service, not food. We heard a manager apologizing to a couple next to us, explaining that they had served 300 people that evening. Well, that is no excuse. They took the reservations for the special evening, but didn’t follow through. We felt sorry for the junior staff and the chef. Not returning here. Maybe because they are on the beach, they feel like they don’t have to measure up to a normal restaurants standards.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Went for Valentine’s Day. Food was average, not great. Appetizer was very salty; main course had great fish, but pasta was lackluster and bland; dessert was just average. Service had its ups and downs, but the biggest frustration was the lack of continuity. We were visited by 5 waiters at various times throughout the meal, all with varying degrees of responsiveness. Took a few attempts to order a glass of wine, which finally arrived after we were done with our entrees. The biggest bummer was the prix fixe menu, which only included standard menu items but at a significant markup. The view was outstanding, even despite a surprise thunderstorm, so that highly-acclaimed feature checked out. All in all, though, not the best first impression, and not one that has us interested in a return visit.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

Not a good experience. Inflated regular menu prices for Valentine’s Day and took away ala cart options. Service was indifferent also.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Our best meal in Wailea - the crumbed veal was one of the best I’ve had anywhere in the world!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food as always. Love to have breakfast here and a great view of the beach too.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

New menu...meh! Not a fan and they took one of the only items I could eat off the menu. Huevos Rancheros and gluten free granola were the only things I could eat being allergic to shellfish and wheat. Replacement for huevos was something I'd never heard of and they had Pita bread for the item that one would use to pick up leftover sauce, which I could not use to said gluten allergy.

On the whole, I'd give the restaurant an ok review. Food not as great as It had been (think crispy, well-done hashbrowns), but the staff and beach view was as beautiful as it has always been.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful new Maui experience. As good as Mamas. See you next year!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent food! Great views! Go for sunset, great place to watch the sun go down!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Solid food menue with fantastic view

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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Beach side sitting. Fun even with a thunderstorm. Staff were knowledgeable and attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 5, 2018

An old favourite has declined. The service needs an overhaul. These fellas need training. Long waits for service (water server was decent). Food was mediocre. Soooo disappointing . Time for new management.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We’ve been here many times and have always loved it. This time the service was so inattentive, it overshadowed the Sarentos we know. We brought friends for their first time and I think the poor service didn’t allow them to really enjoy the beautiful setting and great food, such a shame.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We told them it was my wife’s birthday at the reservation. The hostess acknowledged her birthday. No servers did, nor was a complimentary item offered.
The steak had to be returned as it was not prepared as ordered. My wife was almost done with her dinner when the steak was returned cooked to order.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Sarento is simply amazing. You feel the atmosphere of special food, special place and special experience! They make the trip to this restaurant worth it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food oceanfront!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Ordered a filet and couldn’t cut through it with a larg steak knife (definitely not a filet). Inedible and shared that with the waiter who didn’t care. When a waiter removes your plate and it’s full/uneaten that should be a red flag. I paid $45 for a meal that was barely touched. Just because it’s on the beach doesn’t mean you should you be ripped off. Service gets a 3 star since the hostess was lovely.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice view of the sunset. Staff was friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful setting, great staff. Very good food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We were seated at a great table with a view of the beach. The food was great .

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Been coming here for years. Service is not as good as in the past. The wait staff share tips, and as a result I don't think they are as "inspired" as they should be, or maybe we just caught them on a bad night.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

So sad to report that our disappointment of the last couple of years with the food (and prices) seems the norm now for Sarentos. The view is a knock out and we have always had very good and friendly service . However the food for our last visit (and for the last few years) has been largely mediocre and it is way too expensive, even for Maui, Given that. We used to really enjoy eating here and we hope it will one day be true again.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We have been to Sarentos for years. But last year the service was spotty. This year it was really bad. If you don’t order immediately they ignore you. We asked for ketchup 3 times. Glad we only went for breakfast. This is a beautiful place to have a restaurant but you can’t have that the only asset. It is off our list but hope it improves!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a good restaurant. Our server was terrific- food was good - great wines by the glass selection

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful. Staff very attentive and polite!! Treated us incredibly!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Warm service. Food was enjoyable but not as sophisticated as its sister restaurant, Nick’s. Decor could do with a spruce up and likewise the wine selection. Overall, an acceptable meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great service and amazing food! Highly recommend going to Sarento’s for either brunch or dinner. It’s a must when visiting Wailea!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The location, being right in the beach, was wonderful. It is very romantic watching and listening to the waves. The food was alright, nothing exceptional. The service was very disappointing. It was slow and spotty.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Extremely overpriced, terrible over sauced food. Service pretty good, great location - too bad the meal ruined it

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Eating right on the beach is a great experience especially when the food is top-notch. I highly recommend this place

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 18, 2018

You can’t beat the location of this restaurant, especially if you reserve way ahead and ask for a table on the patio. Go just before sunset. You are right on the edge of the beach about 75 feet to the ocean’s edge. The service was outstanding to begin with but then different people started tending to us and asking questions we’d already gone through. It’s almost like too many people are waiting on you. All of the food was delicious and they even cater to vegetarians-just ask. It’s very pricey, but worth it if you have multiple nights to go out.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We enjoyed our lunch at Sarento's. The service was great, our servers, Jesse and Diana, took good care of us. Food was appropriate for lunch at the beach. We are locals who will come back again. Fun place!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Food was average and service was spectacularly bad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The sunset is very beautiful from this restaurant.
Food is good and also wine selection is nice.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I was expecting a true Italian pasta and seafood. Meal was average and pasta a bit too spicy for an Italian dish. Too many servers attending the table. The bar tender prior to being seated was great though.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I had a very disappointing meal for lunch. We had a great table so the beachfront view could not have been better. But:
-items that had been on the menu a few weeks ago have disappeared (Including fish tacos but also other items).
-there was a long wait to order
-our food did not arrive until after we had been there for an hour
-my omelet was overcooked, english muffin was as hard as a brick bat and the hash browns were so dry they were inedible.
-we waited so long for someone to take the payment that we finally just got up and went to the bar to pay.
Very disappointing

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Sarento's has a fantastic waterfront location, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had excellent creative seafood entrees. The mixed grill of shrimp, scallops, and local fish over a heavenly risotto was outstanding. The only downside was the very expensive wine list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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