A Feast for Your
Discover the flavors of Hawaiʻi in our al fresco setting with sweeping views of three Hawaiian Islands and welcoming, attentive service. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea showcases its artistry with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from farmers and fishers throughout the region.
Our culinary casual fare reflects the best the island has to offer as guests experience a three-course Chefʻs tasting menu that speaks to every culinary preference, all paired with refreshing tropical craft cocktails. As Hawaii’s only Relais & Châteaux restaurant, the cuisine, ambiance, and service exude the ethos of the Relais “Five C’s: character, courtesy, calm, charm, and cuisine.
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.
Breakfast: 7:00am – 11:00am
Dinner: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, HI 96753
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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.
As a Relais & Châteaux property, being at the forefront of culinary innovation is a priority. Our facility, featuring state-of-the-art appliances from Hestan, is an incubator where talented chefs can continue to create unrivaled culinary offerings. Fostering a culture of respect and high character, The Restaurant is led by Executive Chef Ryan Cruz, Director of Food and Beverage and Advanced Sommelier Derrin Abac and Assistant Director of F&B and Advanced Sommelier Jonathan Adkisson.
The kitchen environment is “joyful yet serious” and the team is calm, courteous, and able to execute at the highest level when the curtains rise. Offering a safe open-door policy – the atmosphere is one of respect, hospitality, and intention. In the kitchen, nothing is an afterthought. From Chef sourcing the most sustainable and quality ingredients from the bountiful Hawaiian offerings to Derrin and Jonathan selecting rare and unique wines, intention serves every area of their operation.
Join Our Team
At Hotel Wailea, our unwavering commitment to providing guests with superior service and unforgettable experiences drives everything we do. That’s why we’re continually on the lookout for exceptional individuals to join our passionate and skilled hospitality team. The Restaurant seeks to educate, train, and support local talent. One of leadership’s goals is to create a culture of excellence and a team that can feel confident and would excel working in any restaurant or kitchen in the world. We believe that our success is built upon the expertise and enthusiasm of our staff, and we’re always eager to welcome new members who share our values and dedication.