Canoes Restaurant in Lahaina continues to make a splash with diners because of its current promotions.
It's also got wonderful views of the ocean and the Lahaina Roadstead and boasts cushy seating, Hawaiian marine memorabilia and tons of koa wood.
"Our happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and we offer half-off of our appetizers and also have some great drink specials," says General Manager Michael Carlson, a well-known industry person, who recently returned to Maui after several years at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas.
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Events Manager Jodi Ruiz and General Manager Michael Carlson showcase the salad bar, which features a bountiful 30 items. These days, Canoes includes the salad bar with the price of your entree.
The appetizers are varied and include ahi poke martini, baby back ribs, whole steamed artichoke loaded with parmesan cheese and kalua pork spring rolls.
The Canoes pupu platter presents several of the top sellers all on one platter, perfect for sharing with pals.
"We do brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.," says Carlson. "It's a nice sit-down affair and it's a la carte. Basically, you get three courses for $24.95 and it includes a glass of champagne."
Begin your brunch experience with the 30-item salad bar, chock full of fresh goods mainly from Upcountry Maui.
Then brunch-goers may choose whatever entree they like from the menu and it will be brought to the table. Selections include crab cake eggs Benedict, loco moco, macadamia- nut-crusted catch, chocolate-chip pancakes and linguine primavera - with or without grilled chicken. Dessert is Canoes' famous lilikoi cheesecake.
Canoes also makes a splash Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. with live jazz music by John Maritano, Paul Marchetti, Brian Cuomo and Bob Harrison.
As for dinner, "We've really rolled back the prices from last year, plus we include the salad bar now," says Carlson.
New Chef Allen Tadena will please with entrees such as the popular catch trio with three fish and three sauces all on one plate, as well as with garlic prawns, New York steak and New Zealand lobster tail. Tadena used to work at Roy's and his presentations and cooking style are cutting edge.
"He's an artist when he plates the food and he keeps a good, clean kitchen," Carlson says. "We also offer kamaaina 20 percent off of his food daily."
Since Canoes is a 300-seat restaurant with plenty of parking, it's the perfect place to host receptions and other private functions. Events Manager Jodi Ruiz will be happy to offer more details.
For reservations, call 661-0937.