Taverna - Maui

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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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 & 2018.
Best Italian (GOLD) and Best Cocktails (GOLD) at the Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Ai'pono Awards 2019
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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it so much we are eating there again one night later

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Pizza over cooked, computer glitch order didn’t get placed on time. Very noisy ,

JO
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Chef was nice to make a pasta & marinara dish special for me. Unfortunately the computers went down & it as barely warm when served. Caesar salad delicious.

OT
New England
223 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall it is fine. Nothing special. Prices are fairly high for the value. Service, however, was excellent. If you’re staying in Kapalua it is very convenient.

i
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service , pasta and clams were amazing as was the beet salad

JK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal. I keep coming back for the homemade pasta and hubby for the amazing thin crust pizza (5:30 or after). The beet salad is another favorite. Ambiance, food, and service are triple wins. LOVE IT! ❤️

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenom food abundant and tasty
Lively Sat Nt crowd fun

L
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Driving to Kapalua is always enjoyable as generally out of the congestion and always cooler. This is a regular dining spot on our frequent trips to Maui. The service and ambiance are always excellent. The food preparation can vary. My fish preparation was excellent; the starters were all good. The pizza was mediocre.

MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Best dinner we had on our vacation

OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb pasta was outstanding as was the lasagna.
You pay for bread but it was worth it.

LE
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The wine selection and the pasta selection is very good. They also have wonderful cocktails and a nice setting.

JK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service, and atmosphere. I loved my beet salad as well as the homemade pasta with lobster in tomato cream sauce. Husband thought his fried seafood salad and thin crust (5:30 or after) pizza was very good. We’ll be repeat customers, for sure.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Taverna the last night of our honeymoon trip to Maui. It did not disappoint! We had an excellent meal, good craft cocktails and a mouthwatering dessert. We recommend it to anyone staying near Kapalua!

MM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favorite place @Kapalua. Leigh is the best. Food and atmosphere is wonderful.

SS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another wonderful dinner at Taverna to celebrate Valentine's Day!!! Wonderful food and service, we will be back!!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We each had a glass of wine then shared 4 different dishes. The Caprese salad was very good but a super small portion - only 3 slices of tomato with mozzarella. The pizza carnivore (ordered without pepperoni) was pretty good but we only saw/tasted the Italian sausage - not sure there was any prosciutto at all. The chicken pizza was not good at all - like cardboard, dry and tasteless. And finally the eggplant parm was probably the best of the dishes. However, we have no desire to return - and it’s a shame because we love Italian food!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Caesar salad dressing I’ve found ANYwhere. Branzino fish was outstanding. Great place with reasonable prices

WE
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Hostess was initially rude when we arrived. Not impressed.

Food was good but not the best I’ve ever had for Italian. The pizza we had was odd and had ingredients separated into quadrants and that wasn’t clearly spelled out on the menu.

The carbonara was good and the short rib was decent. Value wise the short rib was not worth the $$.

I
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice venue and very convenient if you are staying in Kapalua

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

This was our second time dining at Taverna this week, and unfortunately it was a 180 from our previous great visit.

Our server Steven was condescending, hurried, and yet inattentive to us. Blatantly ignored us at times, and just made for an uncomfortable meal. Truly felt like we were a waste of his time. We are very easy going foodies in a major city, and not one to complain, but his attitude earned this. I’d be glad to share more details.

Earlier in the week we had Leigh as our server and it was a great and memorable experience... she went above and beyond, and was a major reason we came back. Hard to believe that both Steven and Leigh work at the same restaurant.

It was the last night of a great 10 day stay in Maui and genuinely our only poor dining experience.

SR
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice ambience, excellent food and service! Can't wait to come back with our entire family!

DP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere

KT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, food and lively atmosphere

k
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very Good Italian food served at a very good price. Excellent wine menu and the service is outstanding.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taverna is at the top of our best ever list.
The service is always impeccable. Steve our waiter made sure every need was met. The food always shines. Their carbonara pasta is the best we’ve ever had.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very noisy. Overpriced.

N
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve eaten at taverna each time I visit Maui and have previously enjoyed it tremendously. This time the food was just fine, but it was delivered at lightening speed. We were served our appetizer so quickly and the drinks came so slowly we were done with that course before the drinks arrived. The whole meal was over in 45 minutes. I was very disappointed because it was my big splurge for the trip and I left very dissatisfied.

LJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

This was our second visit to this restaurant. We were not happy the first time primarily due to the service but decided to give it a second chance. We will not be back.

AR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Cons: Understaffed. Not offered pepper on salad. Waited for shaved Parmesan on pasta. No bowl for clam shells.
Pros: Cool place, good food, sorbetto and ice cream really good. Good price on a good Barbaresco.

SG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. Very friendly and efficient waitress. Overall great evening. Thanks!

OT
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kelly is a wonderful waitress. The salads were good, the main courses were tasty. Different from traditional Italian.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Unfortunately the person that sat us didn’t realize that we had a reservation nor did he acknowledge the fact that we had requested a specific server. This is the second time that this happened to us at this restaurant.

L
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food did not taste as good as I would have expected from Italian cuisine. Waiter was overworked hardly had time for us. I ordered
Meatballs and my husband had pizza. Easy simple food.

D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

First we had a 5:30 dinner appointment which we got there at 4:45 at the restaurant bar to enjoy happy hour and the view outside. There were five or six large tables outside. When we asked to be sitted outside, we were told that all those tables were reserved and we had to sit inside. We were in the restaurant way after sunset. No one occupied those tables!!!! They were empty all the time!!!
Second, at 5:30 the apparently "part owner gentleman host" wanted to give us a table that I didn't want. We were the first sitting and the restaurant was almost empty. I asked him to be sitted at a table with a view of the golf course but he wanted to sit us where I could see the parking lot. He was refusing and when I insisted, he said:"I'm not going to argue with you any more, I'm just trying to balance the sittings"! Balance what! All the tables were available and we had a reservation!!! I never understood his logic!
With this kind of attitude, one can not be a host!

The waiter, Robert who knew what happened tried really hard to give us a good service. He was great.

The food was just ok. Honestly, I expected much more! I ordered gnocchi with mushroom and arugula! I could hardly see or taste the mushrooms or arugula!

A
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food and service but a very noisy atmosphere even though we sat at the edge of the crowd. We had lunch here earlier in the week but it wasn’t very busy so we didn’t notice the noise level. Still a good place to dine.

I
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It started with attitude from the hostess. Then we felt as if everything was a nickel and dime act. My wife’s salmon wasn’t cooked thoroughly. We should’ve been offered a little something to compensate for that. Then, charging $6 for bread in an Italian restaurant seemed uncalled for. I understand this is Kapalua so we knew it would be pricey however it seemed like they bent over backwards to add extra charges in.

OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and amazing food & wine.

WL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent. The wait staff does a great job, it is a bit noisy but the food makes it worth it. The setting is beautiful and the price is a great deal, especially in Maui.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food. Best Italian on the island!

D
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go for wine Wednesday! 2 pages of half price bottles. Every pasta we have tried, we like. Favorites are with lamb or the one with pepper bacon and gorgonzola. Nice green views and great service. You pay for bread but it is lovely fresh baked loaf.

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