Chef-owner Brian Etheredge and Chef de Cuisine Christopher Kulis of Capische at Hotel Wailea - Maui, HI

555 Kaukahi Road
Wailea-Makena, HI 96753
(808) 879-2224
Hours: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm

You may not expect to find a farm-to-table Italian restaurant with its own honeycomb and kale grown on-site at a Maui golfers’ hotel. But Capische?, which opened in 2001, is one of the most distinctive restaurants on the island. Chef-owner Brian Etheredge (who took over ownership of the original restaurant in 2002) and 2012 Hawaii Rising Star Chef de Cuisine Chris Kulis have crafted a restaurant that focuses on “dirt-to-mouth” sustainability; the hotel, situated on Maui’s “dry side” has orchestrated an irrigation system to create a garden at its base. The result has led to Capische? becoming one of the flagship restaurants on Maui, with uniquely Hawaiian twists on Italian favorites like the local greens-laden beef carpaccio and a surf-and-turf that uses Hawaiian salt, ahi, and polenta croutons. The recently designed Il Teatro private dining room is pure upscale Italian vista, with a giant fireplace, while the garden terrace and outdoor seating both offer semi-private dining—unless you count the birds that chirp in the bushes nearby.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Fried Beet Ravioli, Chioggia Beet Vinaigrette, Surfing Goat Dairy Goat Cheese, Organic Beets, and Hona Watercress
  • Hawaiian Ranchers Beef Carpaccio, Horseradish Aioli, Watermelon Radish, Garden Greens, Preserved Meyer Lemon Oil, Croutons, Fried Capers, and Parmigiano-Reggiano

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