The upscale Ko Restaurant is a throwback to the old plantation days of Hawaii. Its locally relevant culinary roots, beautiful setting, gentle sea breezes, and attentive service put Ko Restaurant among the top fine dining experiences on Maui.
During Hawaii’s plantation days, people came from around the world to work in the sugarcane fields, adapting their recipes and cooking techniques to the ingredients available in the islands. True to the Asian melting pot that makes up the people and cultures of Hawaii then and today, Ko Restaurant serves up dishes that reflect Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese influences, all with a modern twist.
Start dinner off with an appetizer of kobe beef poke, a dish traditionally made with raw fish but is instead made with tender beef, crispy calamari, and chicken and mushroom lumpia. Other favorite starters are the lavender honey macadamia nut shrimp and the ahi on the rock, which you sear yourself on a hot rock before dipping in an orange ginger miso sauce. Ko Restaurant sources many of their ingredients fresh from local island farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. For a fresh seafood entrée, consider the fresh catch of the day prepared ginger steamed, macadamia nut crusted, or in a lemongrass coconut broth. A variety of steaks, chops, and ribs round out the menu.
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Ko Restaurant is located at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Kihei at 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive. They are open daily for lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm, Happy Hour from 3pm-5pm, and dinner from 5pm-9pm. The bar is open from 11am-10pm. Complimentary valet parking is available for all guests of Ko Restaurant. This is one of the most famous fancy restaurants in Maui!
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