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Seascape Maalaea Restaurant Maui
192 Maalaea Rd.
Wailuku, HI 96793
When you think of the Maui Ocean Center, most have visions of tiger sharks and stingrays overhead in a glass tunnel. Dining with a view is rarely a thought. After hundreds of visits to this amazing aquarium, we finally tried the Seascape Maalaea Restaurant, and were we ever impressed!
We tried the coconut shrimp and calamari strips, macadamia nut-crusted mahi-mahi, and the mango-hoisin baby back ribs. the shrimp and calamari were freshly battered, light, fluffy, and just what you’d want for a fried starter. Mac nut-crusted mahi is pretty much a staple at most restaurants on Maui, so it’s a good item to set the bar. The fish was expertly cooked, light and flaky with a perfect crunch. Our favorite was the slow-cooked, homemade baby back ribs. The meat fell off the bones and was incredibly tender. The sauce was a little sweeter than we like, but that’s to be expected with a mango-hoisin sauce. We enjoyed it, but we may order it on the side next time for dipping.
The open-air restaurant sits above Maalaea Harbor allowing for some unobstructed views of the ocean and south Maui across the way. On a clear day, you can see Haleakala Crater as well. The restaurant is clean, open, and a bit of a hidden gem.
They do lunch every day, and they offer private engagements at night. Some years back, we were invited to the launch party for Ocean Vodka. It was a spectacular event with bottles of Ocean Vodka sitting in many of the exhibits and tanks. They served martinis at 2 bars, and plenty of delicious pupus, and they even had an underwater bartending demonstration in the shark tank. That’s right, a scuba diver walked us through making a cocktail (shaker and all) while in the tank with sharks and stingrays swimming around him. So much fun.
The service was spot on. Every time we’ve walked by the Seascape Ma`alaea Restaurant in the past, we rarely saw many people dining. There was no exception on our recent visit, which is surprising. The food is great, the view excellent, and the prices very reasonable. Maybe the service was perfect because it’s slow? Regardless, we got all the attention we needed from this friendly staff.