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I was hoping someone would respond with this place because I can't think of the name, but you might want to try Something or Someone's On The Beach just up from Wailea. It's not the best food on the island - but it's good - and it does have the setting your after (although it is popular and so might not be as quiet as you're hoping). You will need reservations especially for the beachside tables. Sorry I don't have the first part of the name - the concierge where you're staying will know it. Other than that, perhaps one of the hotels would offer the setting your looking for. I've only ate at the Kea Lani, which is nice, but there's also the Four Seasons and the Grand.
For another dinner be sure to go to the Hailemaile (sp?) General Store in Upcountry. Very good food, but not the setting your after.
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Lovely that you have chosen to do your vow exchange on Maui. Congratulations.
I would suggest having a look at the fourseasons.com website. I believe that their Wailea property is the lovliest in the Wailea area and am certain that the concierge would be delighted to provide suggestions (even, if not staying at the hotel) The staff at the Four Seasons is so accommodating and know that they will do what they can do make your post-vow evening very special.
I'm not sure how quiet it is, maybe someone can comment, but I have heard nothing but raves and wonderful things about A Pacific Cafe Maui. It's in the Azeka Place II shopping center in Kihei. Here's a link for the restaurant. http://www.maui.net/~mol/apacific/pacificcafe.html
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The guidebooks sold here are really good. We bought the Big Island one, and would buy the Kauai one if we could find it. (We are going in October).
Hope you find the right place for your dinner. One of the nicest we visited was the Jamison's at the Kapaula Bay (forget the exact site). The view was forgettable, but the dinner and service was very good.
Does it have to be Wailea? The Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali Beach is a magnificent hotel and the Swan Court Restaurant is beautiful. The ground of the hotel have exotic birds strolling around and there is a Japanese garden, and various gardens just off the beach. It is definitely worth looking into.
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It was called Carelli's on the Beach and it was THE hot spot for a while (located in Kihei). I was there in 1995 and 1996 - decent, but expensive food, but unbelievable sunset views. Apparently Carelli's has closed and the restaurant is now called Sarento's. The food may have changed, but the sunset views would still be there. However, I would go with one of the hotel restaurants in Wailea or Makena.
Definately the Four Seasons......They have 3 restaurants...Make a reservation well in advance for "Farraros" and ask for a table as close to the ocean as possible. Tell them it's your special day, they love that stuff. There you will sit and be graced with violins, great food, service and the view of the Pacific as the sun sets. Can't beat it!
A Pacific Cafe (Kihei) closed months ago with some of the owners other restaurants. Carelli's moved to West Maui and closed (I hear) soon after, the building was gutted and became Sorrento's. I hear Sly, Dustin, Arnold etc have not been seen at Sorrento's yet as they often were at Carelli's.
IMHO the BEST view restaurant with excellent food is at the Diamond Resort at a restaurant called Capische (808-879-2224) overlooking the oceanside Wailea resorts. It recently relocated there replacing a nice cheaper bargain-priced Italian restaurant, Bella Luna. The Diamond Resort also has 2 excellent (and pricey) Japanese restaurants should you wish to do chopstick style eating.
It's a bit of a drive, but Mama's Fish House in Paia is lovely and most atmospheric, and has the advantage of being an old "authentic" place, rather than a place just built, with the "authentic" all of five years old. Check it out on the web.
IMHO Mama's Fish House has very good (not great) local seafood. Unfortunately the noise level is so high one couldnt hear "sweet nothings" on a bet as nil soundproofing is installed and the tables are packed in way too close for any sort of comfort. The views are outstanding outside but nil from inside.
For our honeymoon, we would like to bring several bottles of wine and champagne that we've been saving for special occasions. Is there a general policy for Corkage Fees in restaurants (in and outside the resorts)? Are you allowed to BYOB at all, or is it prohibited?
I have never noticed any mention of corkage fees on any menu in Maui as you sometimes see on menus in SF and especially Napa. I think it happens rather infrequently there and I would contact the specific restaurants directly in this regard. Also, there are some fairly strange liquor laws in Hawaii so you may be on the right track thinking that it is not allowed.