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We went for dinner at the Waterfront Restaurant in Ma’alaea one night during our wedding trip of 2008 . It was well recommended by the Maui Revealed guidebook, so we thought we would check it out as a romantic dinner for two a few days before our wedding.

We did not have difficulty finding it, but the parking lot seemed rather small. We did not have a reservation, although if you want an outside table, reservations are recommended.

Waterfront Restaurant, MauiWe got lucky though, and were able to sit out on the balcony. The outdoor tables are a bit close together, but it was still a great location for dinner right on Ma’alaea Harbor, with a view of South Maui and Molokini in the distance.
Waterfront Restaurant, Maui
We thought it was going to be one of the more expensive dinners during our trip, but once we saw that the menu’s did not have prices for any of the seafood we knew it would be for sure.

The server lets you know which types of fish are available that night. They only serve fresh fish, so their menu depends on what the fishermen were able to supply them with that day. While we were there some spear-fishermen actually came out of the water beside the restaurant with a net full of fish. Not sure if they took it right into the restaurant or not, but it was pretty neat to see.

I decided to try the Hapu’u – Hawaiian Sea Bass – baked with crab-meat stuffing. It was one of the best meals I ate during the entire trip.

Shauna tried the Mahi Mahi broiled with their Hawaiian Salsa. It was alright, but quite expensive for fish with fruit salsa on it. Not nearly as good as the Hapu’u.

During our 2009 trip, I tried to talk her into going back and getting the crab-meat stuffing option, but we decided against spending around $100 for one meal again. And we do not drink, so you can imagine what the bill would look like with some alcohol on it as well. But it remains one of the great memories from our wedding trip, and I am definitely happy we ate there. Maybe next time we will go back again…

Shauna has some additional photos at the Waterfront Restaurant posted on her Flickr account here.

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