Taverna - Maui

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838 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A comfortable, casual neighborhood Urban Drinks | Italian Eats in the heart of the Kapalua Resort. Italian cuisine that will be familiar and popular using only the highest quality local products with the authentic flavors of Italy.
Taverna won Best New Restaurant (GOLD), Best Bar (GOLD), Best Italian (SILVER) at the Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Awards 2017.
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RH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s close to the Ritz Carlton, that’s an advantage. Food was ok but not great. We liked Roys better.

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Hawaii
98 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Here for another fine dinner. We all enjoyed our food from salad to dessert. Taverna consistently serves great Italian food.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Portions small. Pay for bread. Waiter food recommendation was off the mark.

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LW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

It was over 15 years ago that we last visited Maui and shared a wonderful Easter dinner at the Plantation with friends and family. The Plantation is truly beautiful destination with fantastic views and sunsets, however this trip we were disappointed, the food was nothing special, in fact vegetables and sides that came with our dinners were overcooked and bit soggy, reminiscent of cafeteria food. :(
A great place for views and cocktails, but there are plenty of other choices here in the island for a stellar meal!

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B
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kelly was amazing! Always recommends great wines. Food is good. Never disappoints.

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LC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our food was delicious. Our server was very attentive. The noise level was a bit high but it did not interfere too much with our conversation. Highly recommended.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service and lasagna ever!!! We come here everytime we are in Maui

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Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a dinner reservation and went early for their happy hour. Certain beers $4.50 and house wines $7. So I ordered a house Chardonnay . My husband had 2 beers and I had 2 glasses of wine. We we got the bill we were charged $17 for each glass of wine. I talked to our waiter and his boss was there too. The waiter said that the Pinot Grigio was the happy hour wine. I said that is not on the menu and not did you tell me that when I ordered. He asked his boss do you want to take care of this? He said they are changing that soon and he changed our bill to $7 a glass. I am glad they realizes that they needed to make that clear. We then had dinner. The caprese salad and the pizza was excellent. Our server, Marlene was also excellent. We will go back.

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Tokyo
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

担当の人にもよりますが、私達を担当した人は類を見ないぐらい遅かったです。ビールが出てくるまでに30分かかります。
コストパフォーマンスはマウイ島にしては激安だと思います。
でもなんでも時間がかかりすぎます。

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible food, no flavor, soggy pizza, corked wine, poor and uptight service. Definitely the worst restaurant experience i have had on all my trips to Maui. Awful Italian food.

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DS
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Good food, good service, very high noise level—which seems to be intended. One large dining space that includes an enormous rectangular bar, with big NFL TV visible from every dining table (meaning there is no real dining room). No drapes, no floor covering, no other cloth of any kind beyond napkins in the whole place (really). And no sound absorbing panels, which are easy even for a modernist vibe. Predictable result: contagious yelling at every table. I could hardly hear anyone at my small table, even with raised voices, and had to strain to hear our server (who was fine). Food was good enough to give this new place one more try when we return next summer. If the noise problem is not solved by then, loud must be their idea of hip and they can have it, for it is intolerable now.

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P
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent, but the restaurant did not seem well organized. The food took a very long time to arrive and specific repeated requests for modifications were not followed.

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CB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for dinner on our last night in Maui. Wow, what a wonderful sendoff for the end of our vacation. This place was a real find! Plenty of free parking, a beautiful location and the best service and food of our entire trip. The hostesses were very friendly and lovely and they sat us at the best table (I believe in the whole restaurant) overlooking the patio with open doors letting in a fresh breeze and tiki torches. The server Steve was awesome. Very energetic and knowledgeable, wonderful sense of humor and answered all questions we had. I could tell he loved his job and he was really great at it. We ordered a bottle of wine which was half off since it was Wine Wednesday (another huge perk!). We ordered the Pizza Carnivore as an appetizer and wow, just wow, it was hands down one of the top 5 best pizzas of my life. No cheese or peppers needed to enhance it whatsoever. Plenty of flavor! We ordered 2 salads which I feel for the price could have been a bit bigger. I was disappointed that they were so small but they were tasty. Then we shared a lasagna. Oh my, it's a good thing we only ordered one! It was plenty to share for 2 people and it was awesome. One of the best lasagnas I've ever had. We drove back to our hotel and just ranted and raved about how great this place was. It was such a gem and we will definitely be back again when we visit Maui. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Keep doing what you are doing! We will see you next year!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family vacation

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious Italian food great ambiance
Chris is an awesome host as is his staff
Went on a holiday and everything was wonderful delicious and perfect!
Mahalo for a lovely Christmas day eve!!

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening. The food is always amazing, along with the service.

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B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not ask for more! Food, service, attention to detail outstanding! We can’t wait to go back!!

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D
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambiance.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fresh pasta was excellent!

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LO
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was perfect, with a table in front of open French doors to sweet Maui air. The service was prompt and attentive. Our server was especially knowledgable and conscientious about the distinction between gluten-free sensitivities and Celiac issues, communicating clearly with us and the kitchen. We celebrated a lovely anniversary at Taverna.

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy the food, and the good wine list. Service has always been good. Very Italian menu. Chef was very nice in adjusting his dishes to suit our preferences.

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WR
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had to ask our server several times for lemon wedges, an appetizer, and glass of wine b4 brought out to table. Service was slow. Perhaps server was preoccupied or forgetful. One of our pasta entries was delivered to our table at only a luke warm temperature, while the other did come out nice and hot.

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BS
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great attentive service from Marty. Caprese Salad was outstanding, yummy fresh mozzarella. Linguine and Vogole also delightful, tasty spicy sausage and pasta cooked al dente. Unfortunately, Tagliatelle with Pulpo was mediocre, lacked taste and noodles were overcooked. Sent it back but noodles came back once again overcooked. We were offered a nice dessert, vanilla with espresso, as a consolation.

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DF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended as best Italian food in Maui and they were right. Food excellent and service great in a relaxed atmosphere.

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L
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Just keep hoping for better. We keep trying the traditional “northern Italy” pasta dishes and not particularly satisfied.

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AS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Poor service - our waiter was borderline rude, yes we know how to read the menu. Didn’t take too much time or energy to explain options or point out options for vegetarians. Food wise, Poor options for vegetarians. Even the fresh fish was not very good. Cocktails were decent.

Disappointing to go for a special occasion - no acknowledgement at all :( every other place we’ve been to would do a quick congrats or something.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and a great meal.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely and spacious restaurant.

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EV
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was eclectic and flavors were challenging. Bruchetta too crisp, pieces too large and a general mess to eat. Lamb very good, lasagna had very unusual flavors. Disappointing for the Italian traditionalist.

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San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, server was efficient but kitchen was backed up so dinner was delayed. Server apologized and brought bread to tide us over till dinner arrived. Fun night. Love 1/2 price wine night!

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SW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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EF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our first time at Taverna and we had early reservations so we were seated with a wonderful view and breeze. (I found the ambiance disjointed as the dining area felt more like a date night vibe and the bar behind us was noisy with people watching sports on tv). The service started out well with a couple of supplement servers making sure food was served, drinks were full and plates were cleared, etc. Our main server was another story though... Our food arrived via another supplemental server and both our salad and pasta dishes were quite delicious. We actually started talking about what we’d eat next time we came. We were well into our meal before we were checked on. And then the service became non-existent and we had finished our mains, our plates had been cleared by the supplemental servers and we were then left sitting at the empty table for a very long time. This really affected our overall experience. We intended on ordering dessert but we reached the point where we just wanted the bill and couldn’t seem to get anyone’s attention at all. It was uncomfortable. Finally, the main server reappeared with zero acknowledgement of the lack of service and the long wait and placed dessert menus in front of us. We asked for the bill instead and left feeling completely unvalued. If the main servers are occupied waiting on larger parties or many tables at once, perhaps the supplemental servers could ensure that service continues. Good service makes or breaks a dining experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and surroundings. It was a fabulous birthday celebration.

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked our Thanksgiving dinner at Taverna and had a great time. Nice staff, great food and all around a wonderful experience.

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c
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is excellent. My husband had lasagne and I had the lamb ragout over pasta. Service was good, but the noise level is very high...hard to have a conversation. We were disappointed to learn that the restaurant now charges $6 for bread as its to come with the dinners.

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a
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant. Good was fantastic as was service. I was “put off” however by a couple menu statements - “we politely decline any substitutions” - what if there is an allergy issue? Also wine states the pour is 5oz and ice cream $5 per scoop. Seems odd to state these things and also limiting.

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J
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Caprese salad was good but the pizza was just OK. Thin crust was a bit salty and not very crisp. The ambiance is nice and would be OK for kids and large groups. Bar area was very attractive.

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S
Vancouver
50 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable dinner with friends - catch of the day was awesome as was the ciopinno and pasta special and wines - our server Marni took good care of us - we will be ba ck

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food at a reasonable price for the area. We split the lasagna, an app, and desert and left reasonably full.

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DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Taverna has a beautiful setting and opportunity to be a fine restaurant. However, the food was nothing special, and not a great value for the price.

Service was indifferent.

It was a disappointment, as it had been recommended to us by friends.

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