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“Must go” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ko Restaurant

Ko Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 50 Restaurants in Wailea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$50
Cuisines: Seafood, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Kaukahi Street
Transit: The nearest Bus stop is located at the Shops of Wailea Maui.
Description: Executive Chef Tylun Pang leads the culinary masterpiece of Kō, the only fine dining restaurant on Maui to offer cuisine inspired by Maui’s sugarcane plantation era. Located at The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Kō features island family recipes and includes farm-fresh Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese menu items with a contemporary twist.
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Must go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

We have been to the south Maui area 9 out of the last 10 summers. We had to get to KO twice this visit. The food is wonderful. The atmosphere is beautiful, and Andrew gave us the best service both nights. All meals are served with the "bridge" of dips and assorted breads. We had the fresh fish and the lamb. Both dishes were prepared perfectly both nights. We will definitely be back. Hopefully Andrew will be working.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank mytraveltan
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TrudyPeterson, Guest Relations Manager at Ko Restaurant, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Aloha and thank you for dining at Kō twice during your Maui vacation! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed Kō's plantation-era inspired cuisine and that Andrew contributed to making your experience so memorable. Please be assured that your wonderful comments will be passed on to Executive Chef Tylun Pang and Andrew. We look forward to welcoming you back next time. Aloha and best wishes.
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English first
Kihei, Hawaii, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Go to Ko for dessert, not dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

We don't usually go to the hotel restaurants because they tend to be very expensive, but we splurged for our anniversary, only to wish we hadn't. First, we had a hard time finding anything that interested us on the menu, which is unusual. Usually I find 2 or 3 things that I have to choose from, but this time, I could barely find 1. My husband felt the same. When the food came, it was only okay. Nothing special. The service though was awesome! Great, friendly waithelp and reservations staff. And, the dessert was awesome. Will we go back- for dessert definitely, but we would skip the entrees.

Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Kelly S
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TrudyPeterson, Guest Relations Manager at Ko Restaurant, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Aloha and thank you for your review. While we are very pleased you enjoyed the high level of service, we're truly sorry there was nothing on our large menu to suit your personal tastes. We sincerely hope you will give the restaurant another chance in the future. Best wishes!
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“So Good, So Unique”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

We travel to Maui about every other month, usually quick getaways from the madness that is our Honolulu.

Ko is definitely our overall favorite in Wailea!

The food is incredibly fresh with great presentations, and there is enough variety for us to dine there more than once each time we are on the island.

The staff are sociable and there is a new manager (Tom) that seems to really love what he does for a living. We brought my brother and his family this past time as well and the kids had a great meal; they like the man with the turtles at lunch time too.

Definitely get the Ahi on the Rock, what a great presentation and the fish melts in your mouth.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bridget H
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TrudyPeterson, Guest Relations Manager at Ko Restaurant, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Aloha and thank you for your terrific review! We’re very proud to learn that Kō is one of your favorite restaurants on Maui! Tom is a tremendous new asset to our team and we’ll be sure to pass along your kind words. Aloha and a hui hou!
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Always Excellent and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

We have been to Ko several times with friends and it has always been excellent, nice atmosphere,
great food and a fun experience. The details of the menu are unique and the presentation is beautiful. The servers are always helpful and caring. The fish is always good.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lubeck, Germany
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104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great food at reasonable prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

During our stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani we had one lunch and three dinners there and were never disappointed. The wait is very friendly and explains the dishes very well.

Visited June 2014
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Thank rolfmel
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TrudyPeterson, Public Relations Manager at Ko Restaurant, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Aloha! Thank you for your fantastic review of Kō. We’re so thrilled that you visited Kō multiple times during your stay. We will be sure to pass on all your kind comments to the team. Mahalo and we hope to see you again soon!
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