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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.4

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (56)
Scenic View (46)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
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Romantic (29)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for a Date (26)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Casual (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
People Watching (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was average and service was spectacularly bad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 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

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Pricey, but very good food, friendly service and magnificent sunset view

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The restaurant is directly on the beach with covered outdoor seating. The view for a Maui sunset is spectacular. The food and service were both excellent. Highly recommend!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was ok, but no where near what we were charged for. Experience was a disappointment, in good conscience couldn’t recommend this restaurant. We eat out all the time, this was a first and last.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Lovely place, great service, good food, wonderful ambience. A little pricey but worth it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Way over-rated, way over priced, even for Maui. Food is OK, location is nice, but not worth $35 - $55 per entre not including salad or vegetable. My portion size was less than a kid’s portion. I wish more people would have left a more realistic review so that we would been steered away. Don’t waste your time, this was the worst restaurant, especially for the money, during our entire week in Maui.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Beautiful setting, great food, service wa ok

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Not the Sarento’s of old. The service use to be impeccable and the food exquisite.. it wasn’t even close! We were extremely disappointed! 😕

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food is very good but for the price ($40 and higher entrees) it should be excellent and the service should be great. Service was fair at best - slow, mishandled (appetizers before the bottle of wine, which came 30 minutes after ordering it) and irritating (don’t talk too much/make excuses - not at this price point!). There are too many other restaurants in the Kihei/Wailea area that may charge in the same ballpark but their service and the overall experience are of a higher quality than Sarento’s. We will be skipping on our next visit to the island. Maui Revealed should remove the Ono.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love Sarento’s for brunch and eat there often. But our service today was terrible. Our server came to our table 3 times the whole visit. Once to bring us coffee. Once to bring our drinks and once to take our meal order. No one came and asked us how our meal was going - which was unfortunate because my husbands eggs were way over cooked. No one had any toppings for our toast. And our coffees and waters all needed refills. I had to go several times to find another server for help. It took so long for help my husband ate his over cooked eggs and my daughter ate dry toast. Every time I walked past the kitchen I could see our server standing around doing nothing. I’m so sad because this is our favourite brunch spot - hopefully our next experience is better.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Seated us about 15 minutes late, and didn’t give us menus for a little while thereafter. So as we were trying to order around 8:30, they informed us they were out of everything our party of 4 was interested in. We opted to eat our salads and pay up promptly in favor of a better value happy hour nearby.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The worst experience ever

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The location can't be beat. The food and service was sub par for the price and level of fine dining they try to offer. We've been here a few times in previous visits to the island, and the overall experience is sub par under (I assume) new management.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Get better with age! We were there over 10 years ago and it is even better now.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The setting was beautiful and perfect for with a few kids. The service was a little slow but the kids played on the beach and grass while the adults had cocktails so it was not an issue. The food was okay, nothing amazing. One major issue was there was a sewer smell that came and went in the area we were seated, it is hard to enjoy your food with that odor. I would go back for the setting of being right on the beach with access but not necessarily for the food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We’ve been going to Sarentos for years but this was our most Disappointing visit in over 15 years. Signature dishes like Meatballs have been tampered with and not with a good outcome. Tiramisu- don’t bother anymore. Not worth the calories! Two bright spots - great ambiance and a newer dish - salsiccia ragu - good flavor and wonderful Parmesan gnocchi.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was average at best. Rip off for New Year’s Eve. Worst meal on Maui

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went here New Year’s Eve of 2017...if I had to sum up our experience in one word it would be AWFUL. The set menu was way overpriced, the food was cold, and the service rushed. We had been to this restaurant several times before and enjoyed it but this has ruined out previous good memories. The best thing about the whole night was the photographer who was a really nice person and took some awesome pictures of our group. Don’t waste your money on this place....

Tags: Disabled Access, Waterfront
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very unorganized waited 1 1/4 hours for a Pizza staff young and unprofessional.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere and location. Dinner (fresh snapper) was superb. Ordered dessert but there was no tiramisu and then no mango gelato, so disappointing ending. But great place to dine.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great experience. Reservations were mixed up due to my fault. They were able to seat us right away. Food was terrific and the views were stunning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Dinner was very good. We had the osso bucca which was to die for. Service Was a little slow but it was Christmas Eve and not in a hurry cause Santa hadn't arrived 😉

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I have dined at Sarento's several times in the past and have always enjoyed it so we were looking forward to having brunch there on Christmas Eve day. I wish I could say it lived up to expectations but it didn't even come close! The menu was changed the day prior to our visit so one of our favourite items was no longer being served. We were told one of the new menu items was very similar to the huevos rancheros so my husband ordered the new item and I ordered the eggs benny even though I was concerned about it being served with smoked pork loin. Not only was the food mostly cold when it was served, it was not very tasty (the smoked pork is not appealing at all). When we pointed out the temperature of the food, we didn't see another server until our bill was delivered to the table. We weren't even asked if we would like anything else. We were given a discount which was appreciated but it doesn't make up for unpleasant food. The only good things about the meal were the cocktails and the view.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our first time to Sarento's and I had done a lot of research to find the perfect place to go to dinner with our family group of 7 for the holidays. The reviews seemed great and we were excited to get to the restaurant early to watch the sunset. Our group was one of the first to get to the restaurant for a 5:45pm seating and the sunset did not disappoint. Unfortunately, the restaurant and its staff did. Our first table was outside on the patio, tucked into a corner with a nice view. However, after about 10 minutes we had to ask to move due to an overwhelming sewer smell coming from behind the nearby wall. Later that evening we watched as a second group seated in the same location had the same experience; they, too, moved. Our head waiter was not very educated on the menu and made several mistakes describing the dishes. From then on out, the entire experience was ridiculous. We were told the executive chef had just prepared a new menu for the day. Three out of seven of us ordered the spaghetti with kobe meatballs. The waiter came back to tell us that they had just run out of meatballs. Again, we were the first seating of the evening and, we did see others being served them later in the evening. We dined for 2.5 hours (not by choice) and the errors continued to happen: water wasn't refilled, drinks took over 45 minutes to get 2 separate times, kids' drinks were forgotten, they ran out of bread for the table, our head waiter never came back (which was a good thing) and a buss boy and another server stepped up to offer great service (I wish I had caught their names). Not once during the ongoing lack of service did a manager come over to apologize that they had run out of food or that we hadn't gotten the items we asked for. I understand things can happen out of their control but it's about the way that it's handled that makes a difference. This being said, the location was beautiful and it's a nice place to view the sunset. Food was average.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

So disappointed!! Sarento’s has always been one of our favorite go to restaurants but during our last dinner with reservations at 5.30, our appetizers didn’t arrive until 7pm and dinner at 8pm. As this was during the holidays, the few cocktails we had went straight to our heads since the food took so long. Our waiter totally blew us off to wait on another large party that arrived after we did. Brandon, another employee, saved the evening by picking up where our waiter failed but since the larger party was able to order before us, we had to wait an additional 30 minutes on our main course since they took all the specialties. I hope the management sorts this out as I’ve seen other poor reviews recently. Sad

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our waiter Alan was fantastic! The food was delicious and we will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Really wanted to like this place. Went for a sunset dinner. Lovely location.
Service is based on a "wait team". We had one friendly and one surly waiter plus an eager busboy. Olive oil and vinegar is poured for you with the focaccia bread. It tasted rancid. Wine list is spendy (as is typical on the Islands) but the wine we ordered (and drank) didn't seem to match the label. Our salad was basic. We tried the gazpacho beet soup, but it had little in the way of tomatoes (the base seemed to be a beet vinegar), We had two entrees, one lovely and one inedible. Gave up at that point.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a wonderful "last evening in Maui" dinner! Front seat for the waves rolling in view and sound! GREAT interactive service with great food choices and explanations - helping us tune in just what we wanted to eat. The food choices were all tasty and when my choice of entree was sold out - a special combination was offered to be put together and was FABULOUS! Then, the waiter recommended the profiteroles......and WOW that was "over the top"!! WONDERFUL!

Hopefully we will be back in Maui again some day and be able to enjoy your wonderful restaurant and ambiance! Thanks for making our last night special!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We invited 6 friends to join us for brunch, 4 of which had never been. Everyone was impressed with the view and location! The brunch was awesome as always and we think a great value. To top it off we watched whales breech offshore. Thank you again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My wife were on Maui from Scotland and we visited after renewing our marriage vows and service and friendliness of the whole establishment was amazing.

The food itself was tremendous and would highly recommend a visit.

Thank you to all.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

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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...

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