The Plantation House: The Perfect Brunch Spot

Nestled in the famous Plantation Golf Course, The Plantation House Restaurant offers award-winning upscale fare, stunning views, and a classic setting for anyone who loves brunch. And you don’t need to be a golf fan to enjoy the decadent dishes here either. Once named Maui’s most romantic place to dine and ranked among the top restaurants in the U.S. for sunset dining, The Plantation House is the perfect restaurant to take someone to when you want to impress.

The multicultural approach of former Head Chef Jojo Vasquez (who left in 2018) lives on at The Plantation House, with the menu spanning Italian, French, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Hawaiian cuisines.

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The restaurant’s luxurious starters include succulent escargot, creamy lobster ravioli, as well as Hawaiian favorites like poke and fresh sashimi. There's something for everyone on the menu, but especially for those who want to taste the finer things in life. Juicy filet mignon, tofu coconut curry topped with crunchy toasted almonds, and French-prepared juicy pan-roasted chicken are all done exquisitely. Meanwhile, the juicy shrimp scampi, day boat scallops, and brown sugar togarashi-seared ahi provide much-needed pops of freshness on a stacked menu that isn't afraid of decadence.

The brunch offerings are just as bright and flavorful as the dinner menu, with lots of options for a sun-drenched meal including bananas foster pancakes complete with bruleéd fruit, Portuguese omelets, loco moco, and five different types of benedicts: classic, Blackstone, lobster, crab cake, and one with the local fresh catch of the day.

The dessert menu is as long as it is lavish. In Maui, pineapple upside-down cake featuring locally sourced fruits is often featured on menus — just as it is here — but if you’re craving something more, The Plantation House has a divine tropical bread pudding complete with ribbons of caramel rum sauce and banana macadamia ice cream. For the more adventurous foodies, the coconut lemongrass panna cotta is silky and smooth, with just the right amount of wobble. Two types of pono pies — a local dish that’s somewhere between a cheesecake and mousse — are worth the order, coming in two options: chocolate and Lilikoi (passionfruit).

Since opening in 1991, The Plantation House has remained one of Maui's most breathtaking dining experiences, combining innovative cuisine with a relaxed environment that brings casual island style to an otherwise intimidating atmosphere.

The servers however, are anything but intimidating. The team is warm and inviting, with sommeliers available to help take anyone through the impressively thick book that is the wine list. Even wine novices are carefully walked through what they want to sip, from New Zealand sauvignon blanc and Napa Valley cabernets to the classics, like Bollinger, Taittinger, and Dom Perignon. Cocktails include all the usual suspects (mai tais, bloody marys, and palomas), but you can also enjoy a twist on a classic with a guava mimosa or Plantation House's spin on a martini — The Ninetini — with cheeky splashes of coconut rum and pineapple juice.

Old-fashioned Hawaiian hospitality is the cherry on top of an already stunning experience, complete with views of the north shore of Maui and the islands of Lanai and Molokai. The Plantation House isn't any run-of-the-mill eatery, but an undeniably gorgeous experience.