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
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is not open!! We drove around and could not find it! Called and there is an answering machine. No one to talk to.

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vipRichardL
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice place, friendly service, but slow service. Waiting got our food was a bit long. Foods was ok, nothing extraordinary, and certainly not worth the money. Chicken was covered in a thick batter, and the meat was dry.

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CarlaR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anthony made us feel so welcome, we came back the next night. A gem of a place at The Ritz!

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vipKimM
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was, hands down, the best meal I have ever eaten! The explosion of different flavors, all complementing each

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WWWG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience! Celebrated our 18th anniversary and everything was perfect. Hostess/ host were friendly and efficient. Our server Lara was superb. Her recommendations were spot on and she really made the entire experience memorable. A member of our 4 person group has gluten issues and everyone went above and beyond to make her experience wonderful. Chef Isabelle Toland even came out to say hello. If you get the chance, don’t hesitate to try The Banyan Tree.

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CamiC
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was great. Service was not very good. Seated on the covered lanai, started to rain, 2 other tables were moved, but our waiter was nowhere to be found. He had a great attitude, but was very absent. We finally got to dessert and after we ordered it, ice cream was brought, but that was not what we asked for. By then we were damp, cold and read to leave. Disappointing for a Ritz property.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Robert was phenomenal. Food so good... from the Hawaiian sweetbread to scallop BLT

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vipOhma
Orange County
92 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miyako did a fantastic serving job, as did the back waiters. Maui mani was the best preparation I had in a month on Maui. Only downside was the loooong walk from valet parking to the restaurant. Tough for an octogenarian with a cane, especially returning after dark.

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vipPaulT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Innovative Island Fare with nice Filipino touches in a very luscious setting. If your looking for something exciting beyond the normal fare this is a great option. Highlights include the Lobster and Shrimp Lumpia and the chefs rendition of one of my favorite childhood noodle dishes - Palabok - here done in familiar yet elevated flavors. A must for any foodie !

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eatwell
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is now one of our favorites. We dined there for the first time this week and ended up going back again immediately. If you are there at 7:30 you can see the brief fire twirling (?) show. The setting is so beautiful with abundance of orchids, very comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Service and food were excellent....on par with a few restaurants that are impossible to get reservations at unless you book weeks in advance. This makes it a nice option for last minute plans. Since we were staying in Kapalua, we could have walked to the restaurant ...a nice change from having to drive into Lahaina. We had the mahi mahi and filet mignon. Both were perfect. Interesting blend of flavors on their menu. Will definitely return.

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vipJessicaB1
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides the good food and amazing views, Dustin, was a great server, made the experience even better through his calm and relax attitude. Thank you

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vipTBFNYC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert Mora was our server and truly made our evening special. If you are there, ask for him!!

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vipOutstanding
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good food on restaurant patio. Very loud 12 person group next to us with a woman cussing about her “.. f-Ing toe...” Left us a little disgusted. Restaurant staff didn’t ask the party to calm down which was unfortunate. Our easier was awesome.

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Diane
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there for happy hour. We ended up taking advantage of the great happy hour 50% off appetizers and ordered all of the instead of a meal but was great. All tasted fabulous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest dining experiences on the planet. Rivals the Michelin rated restaurants of Europe. The chef has made every bite a wondrous taste of unique spices and base ingredients. We are going back soon.

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MollyN
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came her for our wedding dinner and the service was exceptional, Nic was the perfect host! The food, scenery and service could not have been better. Thank you for giving us a perfect ending to our day.

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vipErika
Seattle
73 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner! It was our anniversary and they were great with a wonderful table, lei's and a glass of champagne to celebrate. The food was delicious. I would definitely go there again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Tomato Salad and the Mahi mahi. The ambiance at 5:30 was great. Our waiter was very pleasant and accommodative. Just a lovely dinner.

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vipMary
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed dining here as a couple or with friends. The food, service and atmosphere are top notch. It is overflowing right now, in February, with all colors of orchids. Beautiful.

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vipJerbear
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Art, Robert’ and staff made our dining experience one of best we think we’ve ever had. Kudos to the chef also. Everything was 5 star-if staying at the Ritz Carlton, this is a much for dinner.

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vipCookie
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic view. My ahi salad was exceptional!!

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NewYorkDiner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

Staying at the Ritz-Carlton anyway, we figured we would come here instead of driving an hour or so to Mama Fish House (we’d been there before) — so glad we tried this place. The view is INCREDIBLE — whales and all — our server Nick was fantastic

Had the Mahi and the steak — fresh local veggies, lobster rolls, rice, delicious Hawaiian sweet bread. Special meal enjoyed by us both.

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Shirleyg
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very memorable experience. We were celebrating our 40 th wedding anniversary and our server Katherine was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. Service was impeccable. The food was outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipDrHerb
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have been annual visitors to our beloved Maui for many years after being being married in Hana eleven years ago. Personally I have spent more than 25 years visiting the island paradise with all of its precious treasures. We have added a new treasure to our world and highly recommend it to thoughtful and discerning visitors who seek the very best in Maui dining....The Banyon Tree at the Ritz in Kapalua. Chef Bella has created an environment that welcomes all with an inviting environment, an extraordinary staff and the most creative menu. Even more this special place delivers with the best of service from dedicated professionals like Savanna and Lara who clearly believe the “Bella dream”....we certainly believe that food in this place can become your Maui Dream! There are no words to describe it...you need to visit the Banyon Tree for the best dinner one could imagine....Bravo Chef Bella!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. View was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day. Wedding week in Maui

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Bfish
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Usual Ritz pricing and food quality - but service and attentiveness lacking. Limited menu for Valentines Day, but later realized other dinners (somehow) ordered from everyday menu ... which was never offered to us.

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KylahS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elopement wedding dinner. The staff made it an amazing, special experience. We felt like royalty. Highly recommended.

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vipGabriel
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wonderful patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server, Lara, was absolutely fabulous. Best we have ever had in Maui. Go see her!

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vipAngela
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food kind of weird. My lobster tail was the size of my finger which was ridiculous for $35. My husband enjoyed his ahi tuna. Also the special drinks were awful. Just get normal drinks. Or go elsewhere...

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vipDobbe
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Pretentious restaurant

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Maple11
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Our experience at the Banyan Tree was somewhat mixed, but overall good. The drinks and appetizers were so amazing that I would consider going back just for those the next time we are in Maui. Our greeting from the hostesses could only be described as cool; however, our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and there was a very proficient manager who helped sort out a better table for us. The snapper special with an orange puree was a total miss; the regular mahi mahi was delicious. All in all, I would recommend it for a nice dinner out in Maui with some unique tastes and dishes; however, this is room for a little improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert, our server, really made my wife’s BD dinner really special. From the hostess to the water guy, lots of big smiles and helpful attitude. We have eaten there before, so we knew everything would be perfect. Food was great. Wife really enjoyed the hot, raspberry strudel. Will return and ask for Robert.

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Diner
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner with friends who happened to be visiting Maui at the same time as us and who live 100+ miles from us. We first enjoyed drinks and appetizers by a fire pit and were delightfully served by Robert. Then we moved to an outside table with excellent viewing of the fire show. Robert continued to serve us. The seafood bowl for two was delicious although I could have used a little more rice. The food was priced as we might expect. The cocktails were way expensive. The total bill for four including tip was over $320, a bit on the pricey side but enjoyed the evening.

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vipSharonL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun place to eat. Interesting dishes with nice atmosphere. Berry crumble was great dessert!

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HelenS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant semi-outdoor hotel restaurant. Lovely food and drinks, knowledgable waiters. Surprise fire dancers! Charming way to end our Maui vacation.

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vipNathan
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner option at the Ritz Carlton. Seated with a fantastic view of the fire show. Food was delicious. Prices are what you would expect for a resort.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

It was extremely loud and the food was not very good, especially for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, sublime. The Filipino influences were so thoughtfully and masterfully woven into the dishes. So fresh. The bibinka for dessert with the tumeric tea was perfect.

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

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