Maui Dining, Places to Eat in Wailea: Longhi’s, Tommy Bahama, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

When visiting Maui if you stay in Wailea there are many places to eat including the restaurants in the hotels along with the eatery’s at the Shops of Wailea. The shops, which have ample parking and are within walking distance to some of the hotels, feature a selection of places to eat to meet everyone’s liking. Along with the eating there is also some great shopping to be had. High end retailers mixed in with some galleries, surfer clothing stores and souvenir shops.

Longhi’s can be found on the lower level of the mall and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast is what the restaurant is known for, as it has been voted best breakfast in Maui many times. They specialize in eggs Benedict; you can have it the traditional way, with crab and lobster, or Florentine all served on a french bread. We tried the traditional way as recommend by our waiter Ian, and it did not disappoint. The restaurant makes their pastries fresh daily and every morning they have a featured pastry. The cinnamon bun I ordered filled the plate and was loaded with a delicious icing. The prices of the food were comparable to many other restaurants in the area; be prepared to spend about $40 for breakfast for two.

If you are looking for a casual dining experience with some great cocktails then Tommy Bahama is the place for you. If you are like me and thought it was just a clothing store, while we were wrong. They have about 10 restaurants mainly in California and Florida. This location is voted best cocktails on the island our waitress Chanen informed us, probably due to the generous alcohol amounts. We tried three cocktails during our dinner; a blue hawaiian, a margarita and a coconut martini all tasty in their own way. The appetizer Tommy Bahama is most noted for is the coconut shrimp and they did not disappoint. 6 colossal shrimps deep fried in a coconut batter, need I say more. We topped off our dinner with a scrumptious key lime pie made with real key limes, other desserts on the menu included a pina colada cake, a pineapple upside down cheesecake, and a delectable brownie.

Another restaurant chain that can be found at the Shops of Wailea is Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. If you have never tried a steak from here it is a must. The menu is quite pricey and the steaks do not include any side dishes with them, but boy is it some great meat. Our waitress explained that the steaks are cooked in double broiler to the temperature that corresponds to your preference. The steak is then plated on a very hot plate and topped with butter so it comes to you sizzling. We had the mashed potatoes with our dinner, they were a garlic mash and whipped up so they were very creamy. This night we were to full for dessert, but I did take a peak at the menu and was tempted to try the mud pie. The wine selection at Ruth Chris’s was plentiful we tried two types, Tapestry and Ferrari, both reds, the latter of the two was our favorite.

I hope these reviews help you when deciding where to eat when you stay in Wailea. There are other restaurants found within all of the hotels along the main road, many have received great reviews too. You definitely will not go hungry here!

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