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REVIEW: Kimo’s

My husband and I went on a rare date night for dinner. Being parents to 2 girls, ages 2 and 11 months- it is hard to get out of the house sometimes. When we do have a “date night”, we like to go to restaurants that we would not normally take our babies to. (Parents, you know how it is.) We decided to go to Kimo’s, because believe it or not- we had not ever made it there. Granted, we just moved back home in February after being gone for 8 years- so we were long overdue to give it a try!

For our appetizer we had the Fire Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Dip: Maui’s Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, roasted squash, bell peppers andgarlic puree, served chilled with herb grilled flatbread. HEAVEN. I love vegetables and this tasted so good.

For our entrees, my husband got the Seafood Cioppino: Fisherman’s stew with shrimp, clams, mussels, fresh fish and scallops in tomato broth; and I got the Opah- Lobster Topped: fresh fish stuffed with seasoned lobster salad, oven roasted with lemon butter. I was debating between the Prime Rib (a popular dish at Kimo’s) or fish, but when our server said Opah was available, I was sold. Unfortunately, my husband inhaled his dish before I got to try it. I am assuming it was really good! I barely got a few bites of my dish and I glanced over and he was pretty much done. Since I like to enjoy every bite and eat a bit slower, I was nice enough to let my husband sample my dish. The verdict? Opah wins!! However, it said “lobster topped” and even though I was not expecting huge lobster pieces, it was more like “one-tiny-lobster-piece-placed-on-the-corner” kind of garnish. Nonetheless, it was amazing! That was my husband’s first time trying Opah and now he says that is one of his favorite fish dishes.

We were already stuffed, but how can we go to Kimo’s without getting dessert? The Chef’s Special Hula Pie was Salted Caramel Hula Pie: Dulce de leech ice cream, chocolate covered pretzels topped with Hawaiian sea salt. It was huge. Between my husband and I we could not finish it. We were told this was the creation of Sous Chef, Josh Blaine. Great idea, Josh!! We would go back JUST for the dessert!! At only 9.95- if you are in the area and looking for good dessert, you NEED to try it! It is very rich so if you don’t have a sweet tooth- you may not like it. Also, if you are going to order it make sure you leave lots of room for the dish! (Next time we may just share an entree.)


Salted Caramel Hula Pie

All in all, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 1st time at Kimo’s in Lahaina. It reminded us of Duke’s in Waikiki; and rightly so- as it is owned by the same company. If you are looking for a nice place in Lahaina, go to Kimo’s. The entree’s average between $25- $30 which is not that bad, considering you are right on the water. Out door seating, live music, and good food- you can’t go wrong.

(The pictures do not do the food justice.  It was hard to get good lightning in that place.  I did not want to seem like a “weirdo” taking 1000’s of pictures of my food.  If you are out and about in a restaurant and you see someone taking lots of pictures of their food- it is probably me. Come say, “Hi!”)

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Review Overview

Roasted Veggie and Goat Cheese Dip
Seafood Cioppino (As per my husband)
Opah- Lobster Topped
Hula Pie


Great ambiance and decent size food portions. Live music at a venue always gets extra points in my opinion!

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About Tara Lee

Tara Lee is the Las Vegas Editor for MAUIWatch. A self-proclaimed "foodie", Tara loves sharing her food experiences with everyone. Growing up she was a "Military Brat" and has lived all over the world; therefore- her palate for exotic/one-of-a-kind food was developed at a young age. Now she gets a chance to share her passion of eating good food with everyone!

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