Andaz Maui at Wailea: On-Site Restaurants

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One of my very favorite things to do on vacation is eat…and enjoy a drink or two.  I like to explore the surrounding area and eat local food as much as possible when we travel, but I also really like to be lazy sometimes and eat at the hotel we are staying at.  Like most families, our life at home is go-go-go enough, so I want some of my vacation to be sit-sit-sit.  So, I really like when the hotel we are at offers some good food options for times when we don’t want to load up the car and leave the property.  Lucky for us, the Andaz Maui at Wailea is not only located around some good food options in Maui, but they also have some delicious food available on-site.  If you are interested, here are some other posts from our recent trip:

Planning an Anniversary Trip to Hawaii

Flying to Hawaii in United Business Class

Westin Moana Surfrider in Waikiki

Flying Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Maui

Review of a Room and a Suite at the Andaz Maui at Wailea

The Pools at the Andaz Maui at Wailea

On-site Restaurants at the Andaz Maui

The ‘Awili Spa at the Andaz Maui at Wailea

Exploring Maui Beyond the Andaz Maui (Little Beach, Monkeypod, and More)
Sometime this fall the Andaz Maui will feature a Morimoto Maui restaurant, but since that is not yet open, I will just discuss the food options you currently have on the property.  Guess I’ll just have to go back when Morimoto opens…

Ka’ana Kitchen:

The main restaurant at the hotel is the Ka’ana Kitchen that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It offers a family-style experience with an open-concept kitchen and ingredients from local farms including Ono Farms, Surfing Goat Dairy, Flo Farm, Evonuk Farms, Waipoli Hydroponic, No’opono Farms, Kapa’a Farms, and more.

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We were told that they want you to feel like you are eating in the (nice) kitchen of a friend or relative instead of an impersonal restaurant.  As soon as you walk in the restaurant you are greeted at a cocktail station where the mixologists are happy to make you an amazing drink (that is likely better than your friend or relative would offer you at their house!).  In the mornings, the cocktail station focuses on fresh squeezed juice concoctions.

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There are also some shots and video of the restaurant in the video we made about the property.

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This restaurant is where you get to enjoy your complimentary Hyatt Diamond breakfast, if you have that elite status.  You have your choice of ordering off of the buffet (which is not at all the right word for it), or off the rather small breakfast menu.  Even if you select the buffet, you can still order half orders of items off the menu as an included option.  You also have your fresh juice and coffee included in the buffet.  The items that are sitting out are kept warm by some magic process where the surface they are on is heated only when the item is present.

20130923-115644.jpgIt truly felt like I was visiting a friend’s house and they had already prepared food for us…it was just our job to pick what we wanted and pile up our plate.  I highly recommend the fritters, donuts, fried rice, bacon, pancakes, and fruit (and a good swim to work it off afterward).

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If you don’t like any of the pre-cut fruit, they will slice up some whole fruit for you to enjoy.  We loved some of the fresh sliced pineapple!

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20130923-115656.jpgI will say that around the fruit and bread area there were some small black flying bugs that were as interested in the food as I was.  There weren’t tons of them, but I did notice them on both mornings we dined in the restaurant.

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For the two of us, breakfast was around $100 each day with the buffet option ($45 per person), but this was all wiped out thanks to the Diamond breakfast benefit.  The tip that we added also never made it to our final bill.  Most of the breakfast entrees such as Kalua Pork Benedict, Hawaiian Bento Box, and Poached Eggs and Hashbrowns are in the $20 – $25 range.

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If I didn’t have the breakfast benefit included, I likely wouldn’t have had breakfast here more than one day just due to the cost.  It was still worth enjoying at least once I think even if you are paying out of pocket – just time it where it counts for lunch, too!

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At dinner the vibe in the restaurant is a little less casual than breakfast, but not in a stuffy sort of way.  Mostly just the lights are dim and it is a bit more lively.  It is still a very welcoming place where you aren’t judged by what you wear or how you pronounce the wine you are ordering…well at least not to your face.  Some of the menu items at dinner are entree sized, and some are small bites.

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Mokapu Market:

If you just want something quick (or cheaper), then the Mokapu Market is another on-site option.  It is actually located a bit out of the way, so you have to be looking for it.  It is off to the right down a hallway as you enter the lobby from the front of the hotel.  One thing I loved about this market is it is open 24/7, which can be a good thing if you are coming from the mainland and you are up at 4AM hungry and looking for something to eat thanks to the 6 hour time difference from the East Coast.

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This market has:

  • Maui and island-made foods, treats and souvenirs
  • Light snacks, prepared foods and flat breads
  • House-made gelatos in many flavors
  • Soft drinks, beer and huge selection of wine

The only thing we bought here were a couple of snacks and trinkets to take home with us, but I can say that their house-made gelato looked fantastic!  This would be a “must try” if we were here with our daughter!

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Bumbye Beach Bar and Lehua Lounge:
I wrote about these poolside options some in my post on the resort pools, but they are worth another mention in this post as well.  I didn’t get a chance to sample the food from these options on this trip, but I can certainly vouch for their drinks!  From what I could tell from looking at the menu and other’s orders was that the food is certainly above what you would usually expect from pool-side options.
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I am sure once Morimoto opens (currently being built on the lower pool level facing the ocean) there will be a greater variety of dining options at the resort, but even now we enjoyed the on-site food and drinks!

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  1. Wow! $45 for a breakfast buffet, I don’t see many who are paying for themselves paying that. I guess there’s always Cheeseburger in Paradise within walking distance, where you can get a stack of pancakes for $6.99.

  2. Nick, yeah that is pricey. Of course, a bunch of things are pricey in Maui. I don’t think it is terrible when you factor in the buffet food, being able to order off the menu, and fresh juice and coffee…if it will prevent you from having to spend much on lunch, but I probably wouldn’t pay out of pocket for it myself more than once a trip. Great as a Diamond perk though!

  3. Just got back yesterday from a 7 nights at the Andaz Maui and had a great stay. As a Diamond member, the breakfast only included the Pantry which was the breads, fruits, cold selections, one hot egg dish that was already prepared and 1 side order of the menu. The specialty coffees and fresh juices were not included. If you want the whole buffet there is a $17.00 up-charge.

    After responding to a welcome email from one of the managers on my second day pointing out that if I just wanted bacon and 2 eggs, it wasn’t possible, I was told that I could choose between the pantry or a menu entree. This was good news and I ordered and entree each morning after that. The Kahlua Eggs Benedict was fantastic.

    The staff are all super friendly and will try to accommodate any special requests.

    The Bumbye poolside bar has a delicious Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich that I just can’t stop thinking about. Their poke was very good as well.

    I didn’t get a chance to try Morimoto’s since I was eating most of my meals at restaurants outside of the hotel.

    The Mokapu Market had pizza available 24/7 that smelled outstanding but I never was hungry enough between meals to order one.

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