DINING AT HOTEL WAILEA
Culinary Casual, Always Maui
Fresh, organic and hyper-local—we are committed to harnessing the grassroots goodness of Maui’s local farms and orchards.
Our culinary approach is rooted in respect for fresh and pure ingredients. Menus are inspired and created around what is readily available from the island’s farms and fisherman ensuring that each dish is prepared using only the finest local, seasonal and artisanal products; including those grown in our very own orchard on the property.
Aiming to inspire curiosity wherever he goes, Chef Ryan Cruz creates an interactive culinary experience by not only mentoring his team of cooks, but connecting with guests to ensure each dish captures the bounty of Maui to their liking.
Born in the Philippines and adopted at the age of three, Chef Ryan’s love for cooking began as a child growing up in Southern California, where he assisted his father and grandmother in cooking for family gatherings. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, he joined CUT by Wolfgang Puck in Beverly Hills where he spent four years, starting as a prep cook and working his way up to lead line cook. Chef Ryan spent the next 10 years honing his culinary skills in fine dining establishments across the globe, spanning Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, CUT at 45 Park Lane in London, CUT New York City and Spago in both Istanbul and Maui. He later transitioned to working as a private chef under his mentor Chef Raymond Weber, bringing bespoke dinners and events to celebrity clients such as Oprah Winfrey. Now a full-time resident of Maui, Chef Ryan enjoys building relationships with local farmers and fishers to utilize the island’s unique and abundant ingredients in his culinary creations. He draws inspiration from his love of Japanese art and elaborate floral arrangements, using vibrantly colored elements to replicate a bountiful garden on each plate.
In his free time, Chef Ryan enjoys ocean activities such as paddle boarding, spearfishing and kayaking, as well as dining at restaurants across the island with his wife, who is also a chef. A natural grill master, he feels most at home when cooking over an open flame, channeling his earlier years working under Wolfgang Puck. Chef Ryan’s favorite part of working at Hotel Wailea is collaborating with both guests and his kitchen counterparts, bringing a holistic strategy to property-wide dining experiences.
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea
“A feast for the senses.”
Discover the flavors of the islands in our alfresco setting with sweeping views of three Hawaiian Islands. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea showcases its artistry with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from farmers and fishers throughout the region. Guests are invited to select from a three or five-course prix fixe menu.
From its perch on the hillside above South Maui’s Wailea resort area, the Restaurant at Hotel Wailea offers panoramic ocean views from the upper lanai and intimate dining under the stars in the garden.
Open daily from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
“Top 10 Best Restaurants in Hawaii” – OpenTable Diner’s Choice
“Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” – OpenTable Diner’s Choice
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Gracias Madre at Hotel Wailea
Starting December 1, 2023 and running through the holidays, Gracias Madre, the renowned Los Angeles plant-based Mexican culinary sensation that has captured the hearts and palates of celebrities and food enthusiasts alike, makes its much-anticipated debut in Hawaii at Hotel Wailea.
Guests will enjoy a curated selection of Gracias Madre favorites featuring locally sourced ingredients, which will be available at Hotel Wailea’s pool. Original culinary creations made for Hotel Wailea include Ceviche de Palmitos, Tacos de la Calle, Ceviche Tostadas and more. Standout items from Gracias Madre’s menu include the signature Lettuce Cups, the Madre Bowl, Heart of Palm Crab Cakes and more.
Maui’s Best Kept Secret Dining Experience
“The most exclusive private dining in the intimate beauty of Maui.”
Dine within a canopy of mangoes as the setting sun ignites the Pacific Ocean, in our hand-crafted ocean view Treehouse.
This ultra-private chef dinner is one of the most sought-after experiences on the island and is revered by notable personalities for its privacy. Your personal chef will lead you through seven exquisite courses, curated to your preferences and prepared tableside, while you learn about the varied flora and fauna of Hawai’i.
The evening also provides access to our private wine cellar with expert pairings for each course. Perfect for secret romantic evenings, proposals, and private parties, this is a unique culinary experience you will never forget.
Advanced reservations are required.
Sunset Views & Sophisticated Sips
Welcome to The Birdcage, our newly transformed lobby bar experience. Join us in the open-air lounge for elegant eats, drinks, and 180° views of the Pacific Ocean. The menu features small plates with a fine selection of wine and craft cocktails.
Open daily from 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Reservations for all groups of 8 or less are not accepted and tables are available strictly on a first come first served basis.
Apothecary Cocktails & Fresh Fare
For a relaxed Aloha feel, guests are invited to refresh at The Cabanas, a casual poolside spot perfect for light al fresco meals and drinks. Signature cocktails are prepared with the our made-from-scratch sodas and simple syrups. Fresh pressed juices and frozen smoothies are also available – including special rejuvenation tonics to help guests recover after their flight or a long day exploring the island.
Bar service daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Lunch service daily from 11:00am – 5:00pm
Gourmet Picnics & Pop Ups
We invite you to enjoy an intimate picnic in the orchard, lunch at a secluded beach, or take in a romantic dinner in one of the many ocean view perches throughout the resort.
Simply choose your favorite dining spot, select from our menu, and we will bring the feast to you!