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Taverna is a new Italian restaurant in the Kapalua Activity Center, at 2000 Village Road (up the street from the Ritz Carlton Hotel) in Kapalua. Phone 808-667-2426.  It’s open for dinner only.

With the full name of “Taverna Urban Drinks + Italian Eats,” the location in Kapalua, and the beautiful setting, I was surprised to find the prices here to be moderate for Maui, definitely less expensive than the other fine dining restaurants in this area. Most tables are indoors, with a few on the outdoor patio.  Nearly all the tables have lovely views of the adjacent golf range, the West Maui Mountains, and a bit of the ocean in the distance.

The dinner menu has many choices of salads, soups, appetizers, fish, meat, vegetarian, pastas, and pizza.  I’ve tried many dishes here and they have all been excellent. Some of my favorites are the “share plates” such as crudo, antipasti, polpette (meatballs), fried shrimp & calamari, olives, breads, and pizzas.

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The three partners who own and run this restaurant have created a wonderful addition to Maui dining.  Chris Kaiwi, the manager owner, has years of experience managing two other top Kapalua restaurants, Plantation House and Pineapple Grill. Roger Stettler, the chef owner, is from Europe and has worked around the world, and he says his menu here is inspired by his Italian mother. Greg Shepherd, the wine expert owner, was formerly the wine director at one of Wailea’s top restaurants.

See below for Taverna menu list and food photos.

For reviews, menus, photos of other restaurants on this side of Maui see West Maui restaurants.

Taverna menu (subject to change) $$ Moderate

Appetizers, Salads, Soups

Beef Carpaccio
Seafood Salad
Haiku Tomato Caprese
Taverna Salad
Tomato Soup

Share Plates

Woodstone Bread
Mediterranean Olives
Anti Pasti
Polpette (beef & pancetta meatballs)
Frito Misto (fried shrimp & calamari)
Pizza Margherita
Taverna Pizza
Carnevor Pizza
Pizza Bianca

Side Dishes

Fingerling Potatoes
Creamy Cheese Polenta
Broccoli Raab

Main Dishes

Local Catch Fish
Roasted Branzino
Stone Oven Roasted Chicken
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
Zucchini Ripieni
Veal Ossobucco


Lobster Ravioli
Penne Arrabiata
Spaghetti Carbonara
Manila Clam Linguine
Risotto Nero


Gelato & Sorbetto
Panna Cotta

Variety of Coffees

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Taverna photos


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