The Banyan Tree

4.5
548 Reviews
$50 and over
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
With a focus on Hawaiian culture and local products, Head Chef Isabelle Toland brings her French and Filipino roots to Kapalua’s renowned and reimagined Banyan Tree restaurant. Highlighted by a hand-crafted wooden bar that wraps around the center of the restaurant allowing for an open concept with expansive views, the restaurant’s transformation pays homage to the history of banyan trees in Hawaii as a gathering place to meet and share a meal. Chef Bella’s vibrant new menu embraces that spirit and invites you on a journey to discover the roots of the land while incorporating the island’s most unique and sustainable ingredients. Classic Hawaiian recipes are deconstructed and redesigned with a local twist using Mediterranean cooking techniques to develop a menu that will enliven your senses through the ways of the islands.
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Staying at the Ritz Carlton and decided to go to Banyan Tree because of their Tiki Hour special and convenient location. Even with just buying the half off appetizers specials, it was insanely expensive for small portions of food. Also, the drink special is only for one type of champagne. Better places to eat for a better price.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is below average with good presentation. We had Octopus, Mahi Mahi, Ono. Octopus was tender, but that was it. Can not say anything else good. If you like to look at food, that's your place.

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vipTerry
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food a wonderful last meal on the island! Server was great as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely setting for a picturesque evening dinner on the Ritz-Carlton property. We had The Ribeye dinner that was presented pre-sliced for wrapping the delicious (perfectly cooked) tender slices of beef with butter lettuce along with specialty salt, peppers, scallions and other spices. Perfect balance between salt, acid, and the fat of the ribeye. Excellent dish. We also had the Lobster Lumpia (good) and the Ceviche was amazing. Great food and Service, highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit since the remodel and the new Chef. The new layout and design is amazing and only exceeded by the incredible new menu. The presentation and flavors of everything we ordered was outstanding. It was truly a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and good Asian Pacific food. Worth a visit to the Ritz to eat at the Banyan Tree.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the amy

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience2

The restaurant was actually closed and moved to another one. There was no mention on Open Table. Very disappointing.

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MiriamK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Banyan Tree was closed for renovation. Will not be open again before mid December. Thank you for a wo der birthday surprise. Not.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Especially the Poke and Mahi.

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vipluvit1
Denver
117 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 25th anniversary at the Banyan Tree, with an extraordinary meal! What a beautiful location, with a stunning view of the ocean and a glorious sunset. The staff was incredibly kind to us, from the server to the chef. This meal was truly the highlight of our trip, and it was a joy from start to finish. The ahi poke was divine, the risotto was delicious; Mahi mahi melted in your mouth; excellent chicken; lovely salad; amazing desserts. Although the menu is small, the offerings are inventive and so satisfying. This is a very elegant restaurant with the most attentive service we’ve ever experienced. Thank you, Banyan Tree- we will be back on our next trip to the islands. Mahalo!!

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newreviewer123
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate at the Banyan Tree our last night at the Ritz Carlton. The food was excellent and huge portions, which we weren't expecting. In particular the chicken and the house-made Hawaiian sweet roll were knockouts. I had a fish dish, and I wish I ordered the chicken! Someone else at our table had the risotto, which was delicious but very heavy. The ambiance is lovely--it's right next to the pool with a very pretty view. It is definitely an expensive meal; it was our most expensive on Maui.

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GicaS
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awsome food and service, beautiful view outside.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Banyan Tree was a disappointment. The overall experience - food, service, ambience- was pretentious and overrated. There is zero view too. I’d skip Banyan Tree and do Merrimans again.

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vipLauraB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service & great food! The hostess knew we were celebrating our anniversary, so she took a couple polaroids of my boyfriend and me, then made us a special keepsake card, which she had the staff members sign. Our server was also welcoming and very knowledgeable. He gave great recommendations for din, drinks & dessert. The food was absolutely decadent and divine! I can see why the chef won chef of the year this year! Finally, the ambiance was absolutely breathtaking - out of a movie! Would highly recommend. :)

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vipjamesT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and impeccable service from Nick! Coming back!

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FoodieGirl
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Banyan Tree is a lovely restaurant with terrific food. Our entire party of 8 enjoyed their meal.

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LuisE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience for my wife and I. We made it here for our honeymoon and the staff made the occasion extra special. The food was outstanding. We had the scallops and shared the steak. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service & speculator view!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy !!! Great service !!

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vipMary92649
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and wonderful service. Very accommodating In modifying our dish to be gluten-free. The kids venue was very healthy and the mai tai was done perfectly

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vipBobV
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert was fantastic

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vipDukeH
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food - beautiful setting - nice wine list - excellent service from Lara - extremely accommodating and knowledgeable with food allergies as well

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BonneCuisine
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food, attentive service - ask for Robert.

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AaronH
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My wife found gum in her soda. The staff comped our drinks but didn’t apologize. Service was slow; our waitress had too many tables. The food was below average compared to other restaurants in Kapalua in that price range. Great view, though.

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GerriR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful! Great food even for picky eaters ! Accommodated food allergies! Nice change from Lahaina ocean front !

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vipFoodforay
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Robert made us feel welcome and special. We can’t wait to go back again.

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Dianna
London
33 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service from waiter Robert. Overall a memorable experience.

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vipAngelaB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early but they were ready for us. Deanna sat us immediately at a gorgeous ocean view table. Josh and Robert were there within seconds to greet us and offer us sparkling or still water. Our friends arrived and we ordered drinks and pious. The sweet Hawaiian bread, he’e, and duck buns are just incredible. We shared some entrees and desserts. Chef Dylan and Tanya made sure we were well taken care of. Robert is just phenomenal and truly takes pride in his work. His passion and energy just make The Banyan Tree experience even more pleasant. Our friends from California said it was the best dinner experience they’ve ever had.

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vipVanS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I was recommended to this restaurant at the Ritz Carlton. Menu was limited so my wife and daughter did not eat. My other daughter and son and I ordered their chicken dish. Chicken was dry and the Brussels sprouts were soggy. Horrible for the price. Save ur money for Merrimans and Lahaina Grill. Both are excellent

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vipNAMS
Phoenix
74 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

This was a return trip. Too many toddlers, it may help to try and put families in one room or the other. Last dinner there I had the filet with foie gras, it was EXCELLENT along with the rack of lamb special!! This time we were excited to try some other dishes; the huli huli chicken and hoisin lamb shank were both disappointing. The huli huli was cooked perfectly, however too dry, it needs much more sauce. The hoisin lamb shank had zero flavor of hoisin, it needs a hoisin drizzle or glaze. Service was not as good tonight, we were not offered any specials, a bit slow, and too many noisy young ones.
Also, the menu needs to be updated, the descriptions are not correct. One item states Pommes Frites, they were very tiny sautéed potatoes, etc. The menu should also specify how things are prepared as well, i.e. roasted, fried, pan sautéed. I feel that a restaurant of this caliber and price point should have a nice menu, not a laminated outdoor bar type menu. The specialty drink menu should specify if they are served on the rocks or neat. I was shocked to receive a gin/grapefruit/champagne cocktail on the rocks; champagne on the rocks, noooo.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Visiting from Oahu I was unimpressed with the overall experience. It was a rainy evening and I thought it was nice they had umbrellas at the restaurant for patrons who did not bring one. It would have been nice if the hotel staff had an umbrella when they pointed me in the direction of the bay an tree as I walked down wet stairs at 8pm.

The front hostess was wonderful, pleasant and accommodating. The waitress came and immediately took our drink orders and oriented us to the menu. My drink a grapefruit spritzer was good. My friend’s old fashion was ok. The appetizer of pork belly and scallops were cooked to perfection. I wish I would have stopped my meal there. The Kula corn risotto tasted undercooked and too salty. The lamb shank was good, we enjoyed the risotto and Brussel sprouts. Given the reviews and location of the restaurant I expected more but the overall experience was ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octopus, risotto, brussel sprouts, ahi, and mahi....all excellent!

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AngelB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome food. Service was excellent. My husband

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STACEYD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers were fabulous. The main dish was fine. The cost was prohibitive for future meals.

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MathangiS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We went for our anniversary and they did some very nice things like taking our picture and printing it but the food was terrible and both me and my husband fell ill after eating there.. do not recommend unless you eat seafood .. super expensive and not worth the price

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Eat1
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did a reservation for my girlfriend’s birthday. The staff were very friendly, the food was one of the best I’ve ever ate in the island. Chef Alvin came out to say hi, very humble, nice and cool local guy. The overall experience with this restaurant, from the friendly staff, really good food, beautiful food presentation and professional service puts this restaurant at the top of my list for restaurant here on Maui.

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SusanC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service! Awesome to meet the chef! No rush. Would celebrate here again!

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vipCathyP
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Alvin has been voted best on Maui and we can see why. Creative and fabulous salads and entrees blew us away. Also great staff and view. We will return for sure.

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vipNAMS
Phoenix
74 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service from Robert. The only issue was that there was a table of 18, so the kitchen was backed up. The filet with foie gras & rack of lamb were perfection.

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The Banyan Tree is rated 4.5 stars by 548 OpenTable diners.

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