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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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4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

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Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (50)
Scenic View (45)
Special Occasion (29)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Romantic (27)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (23)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Authentic (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Casual (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Good happy-hour menu and drink selections. This restaurant's claim to fame is their waterfront location. After experiencing the happy-hour and the view, there is not much else to recommend. The bar staff during happy-hour were exceptional; however things quickly went downhill when seated for dinner. Our waiter was inattentive, the prices high, and the food quality mediocre at best. I would not recommend this establishment to anyone looking for anything other than a reasonably price happy-hour with a view.

Tags: Happy Hour, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Sadly the best thing here is the view. The service for our table was slow despite the restaurant being half full. The calamari was just ok- my husband's mixed grill arrived lukewarm and the accompanying risotto was overdone with cheese- my entree was the shrimp and scallops with gnocchi which was good, but not great. A lot to spend for a nice sunset view and mediocre food...

Tags: Happy Hour, Waterfront
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Beautiful view and good breakfast but dinner wasn’t memorable

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Loved the fact that they took care of my request for a table with a good view on such a short notice! The location is really top notch and you can see the beautiful sunset while sipping on your drinks. Service is very prompt and at no time will you feel neglected. We ordered the Olowalu Tomato Gazpacho that was good but the tiger shrimp and diver sea scallop scampi was excellent. Overall a good place if you are near Kehei and on the lookout for some good food and views.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was fabulous; catch of the day mahi mahi was the best and freshest I have ever tasted. The garnishes were well paired and very interesting, and the presentation exquisite. The other meal was the red snapper that was replaced by Hebi (I think), small swordfish, with clams and delightful seasoned sauce. The two of us shared a gabriela salad, also delicious. The service was OK, our server had a rapid programmed speech about everything, particularly the wine - he was definitely not a sommelier. The ambience was lively and relaxed, right on the beach, with blinds drawn after sunset and lovely in the covered, outdoor-ish dining area. We will definitely return to Sarento's. Kudos to the chef!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Allen was awesome! Such a wonderful place, great food, service and ambience

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Sarentos is beachfront dining at its finest! Excellent food and service Plus ambiance that can’t be beat. Breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner are all memorable!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great service. Very friendly waiter. Knew the menu. Took time to answer our questions. Overall very nice evening.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Reasonably good italian restaurant that is a bit too proud of its food. Excellent focaccia. Great views of the beach and ocean. Food prices are too high.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Staff are very nice and attentive. Food and ambiance was great

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We come to Sarento’s every year. And every year, it is consistently good. Loved our waitress and the team that supported her.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had an amazing dinner. Right on the ocean with open air seating. Wonderful service and ambiance. If I get back to Maui I will make sure to return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Menu posted on open table was out of date. Suggest that open table either not post it or redirect patrons to the restaurants website to get current menu offerings.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Vacation delight!! The ambience was great. It was a beautiful place to watch the sunset and have a great meal.

Tags: Waterfront, Tapas, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We dined here as a group of 10 after our wedding ceremony. We appreciated the (free) valet parking. We were situated in a very private outdoor dining area on the waterfront (front far right, open air outdoor space). It was perfect for our guests who watched the sunset while sipping yummy drinks as they waited for my husband and I to arrive. The team at Sarentos was very attentive and checked in reasonably well. (Although the photographer was super awkward. LOL.) They could have easily sold more drinks, had theymonitored drink levels a little better. Service was good - not bad, but also not exceptional. We liked the team approach. Food was good. It would be nice if there were more non seafood appetizers. Crab cakes were delicious. Of 10 entrées, two meat dishes needed attention - Steak and rack of lamb were under done (and remained so even after refiring). Daily fish special was absolutely delicious. Overall, everyone was happy, enjoyed themselves, the ambience, and food. We would recommend this relaxed well situated restaurant for group, families, couples. Mahalo!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We have dined at this location several times over the last few years and were always very pleased. That was not the situation this year. The food combinations were very distasteful, over cooked and significantly over priced. Very disappointing.

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Fantastic!!! Certainly will return next trip.... probably more than once.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Not very welcoming from start to finish. The only nice guy was the one that kept refilling our waters. Everything is very over priced. Food was disappointing for what we paid for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Sorry excuse for service. Food was mediocre as well. Having been here for dinner more than 20x I was shocked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Sarento's. We were greeted by a friendly hostess and she wished us a Happy Anniversary.
This restaurant does a tag team type service. Our waiter took our order. Another gentleman brought us bread and filled our water glasses. Another gentleman brought us our food.
Food was excellent. Calamari and Caesar salad for appetizers, Tiger Shrimp/Scallops scampi for dinner. Very, tasty. For dessert we both ordered tiramisu - also delicious. Because it was our anniversary we were comped for one of our desserts which my husband and I both thought was a nice gesture.
Our waiter seemed to be a little off that night - he didn't ask if we wanted more drinks. We had to ask the young man who was bringing the bread and the water for more drinks. Another gentleman (not our waiter) brought us over our drinks with apologies.
The young man who brought us bread and kept on filling our water glasses was right on the money - very attentive and friendly. The gentleman who brought us our food was also friendly.
I was a little disappointed the photographer did not even come to our table to see if we wanted our picture taken. It was our anniversary and I certainly would have bought a photo for the occasion.
We have been to Sarento's several times and will continue to go.
The overall night, dinner and service was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food and sunset. Service was down right weird!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great experience and even better food. Friends made the recommendation and it was a winner. Aaron and his team were fantastic. We were here for a week and this was by far the best meal. Thank you Sarento's for a great time.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful Maui sunset dinner at Sorentos.
The evening couldn’t have been better, great food, great wine and what an ocean view.WOW.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

After hearing about the views at Sarento’s, I thought it would be worth a visit. We arrived on time (5pm) but there was some loud guests trying to find a table that delayed us from being seated.

When we took our seats, the views from the table were amazing. Our server came to the table to explain that Sarento’s menu is a blend on Italian and Greek cuisine, which was somewhat of a stretch. Candidly, neither the appetizers nor the salad selection looked interesting so we went directly to the mains.

For our main courses, we ordered the Island Snapper and the Mixed Seafood Grill. The Snapper has good flavor but the reliance on olives was unnecessary. I did like the clams. The Seafood Grill was disappointing - an over abundance of salt overpowered the shellfish, with the scallops being both chewy and gritty.

For us, expectations and hype far exceeded the realities of our visit - the noise level at 6pm was higher than expected, as the open dining room layout is really for patrons to enjoy the open ocean view.

Based upon our experience, I was disappointed and wouldn’t recommend Sarento’s

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We go here often. We had a special occasion this time which the staff delivered on. Service was friendly and on point. Head waiter from Michigan was nice and made sure all was taken care of.
Atmosphere on breach can't be beaten. Try to go about 45 minutes before sunset. Cocktails were fine. Wine list is impressive and quite good. Sadly, we found the food to be lacking on this visit. Two out of our party of seven thought the food was actually poor. I do remember the food being much better overall then what was served on this night. We will try it again of course, but we are now a bit leery about the quality of the food coming out of the kitchen. Does the view, service make up for meidiocre food at these prices? No. So, politley I ask that they test their quality coming from the kitchen and get back on track.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing beachside table, delicious foods and impeccable service; such a special way to celebrate a birthday dinner. We highly recommend Sarento’s to all our friends that will be coming to Maui over the Christmas and winter months.
Thank you for a wonderful and memorable evening!
R&M
Surrey, BC

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We always come back to Sarento’s when in Wailea. Great food, ambiance and everything else

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, People Watching, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was a big celebration! 4 birthdays and 1 Anniversary. The experience at Sarento's was fantastic from beginning to end. Excellent!!

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was our wedding night. Hair in the appy, they got us another but didn’t take it off the bill which is standard procedure. Made an error on the final bill charging us for a round of drinks our friends called in and paid for. Food was good not great (for the prices they charge). Nice view but wouldn’t go back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Portions continue to get smaller. Flavors are gone.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great View if you get there early and get a table upfront. The food was delicious and came out nice and warm. The service is great you have multiple people waiting on you. The cocktails are super and of course the sunset.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great table next to the beach, which was a good start. Service of the food was quite slow but they served us bread a couple of times. The mixed grill we both ordered was ok but not great as the shrimp was over cooked but the rest of the seafood was good.We ordered a second drink but we never got it. We will give it another try but I won't rush back.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Amazing view on the beach. Great breakfast. The French toast was wonderful.

Tags: Live Music, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Sarento's is fabulous!
The service is exceptional and the food exquisitely prepared.
The view is the best - right on the beach and a terrific place to watch the sun set while enjoying a great dinner!
Highly recommend👍

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

If your looking for fine dining this is not the place the prices are outrageous but the food is just ok. My husband and I ordered each a glass of wine and each an entree no apps and no dessert and it cost $144.00 before tip to me that's crazy. This was our first time and certainly our last.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had a very enjoyable lunch,and on leaving the server mentioned that the dinner menu was very popular... and that for small corkage fee we could bring our own bottle of wine... A NICE SUGGESTION!
I booked for dinner and brought a nice bottle of wine, "the manager" who was at our table in flash.. and took great pleasure in letting us know that the corkage was $40.00. What a welcome !!!
Their was wine was soooo over priced.. I paid the $40.00 and even included it in the tip%.
Food was great and the staff were very attentive. .
Manager needs to let his employees know that a small corkage fee is $$$$40.00.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Salad needs to be cold , not room temp.
Fish was overlooked.
Crab cake needs work

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always the best food experience and can't beat the ambiance with the perfect Maui sunset

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here! It had a lovely quiet ambiance and was right next to the beach. The food was fantastic! The mixed seafood risotto was wonderful - we even took home leftovers and had it with our eggs in the morning! Service was wonderfully attentive! We will be back next time we are in Maui!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Salads were very good but main dishes were bad. Odd location at back of Days Inn parking lot. Not what we expected

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