The Molokini Bar & Grill is located in the Makena Beach & Golf Resort (formerly the Maui Prince Hotel). The restaurant is well known for its Sundays only Brunch ($40) combined with nice views so we decided to check it out.
The restaurant space itself is HUGE. There is enough space for two or three restaurants. Windows make up the entire wall facing the golf course and ocean. There isn't really a bad seat in the house in terms of having a view. Anthony and Debbie served our area and did an excellent job of providing beverage service, keeping our table cleared, and supplied with clean utensils. Many buffets make you keep your used utensils after each course, only removing dirty plates.
I want to compliment the management that there aren't any bus or server stations located in the dining room. This is nice for customers because no one will be seated next to a busy work area (bus station with clatterig and dirty dishes). However the servers and busboys have a long hike to deliver dirty dishes to the dish room (all carried by hand, not in bus tubs). The lack of plastic bus tubs in the dining room provides a much nicer experience for the customers (and more work for the servers)
There are no less than 5 buffet lines at the Molokini's Sunday brunch. A cold bar with fish and salads. Two hot lines with breakfast meats, eggs, rice, fish, chicken, pancakes, french toast, and on and on. A fourth line has sushi and ham and roast beef carving. The fifth line is for desert.
The quality of the food is very good. Not a lot of originality, but everything we tried seemed fresh with a good taste. We brought our appetites but didn't come close to trying every dish offered. Food Coma Alert.
For some the value might depend, in part, on how much you could eat in relationship to the cost. For me, the value was a combination of the food quality (very good), the view (very good), and the service (excellent for a buffet) provided by Anthony and Debbie.
An added plus is that there is a nice garden area outside the restaurant downstairs. This is good for families because when the kids are finished eating, they can run around outside while the adults at last can relax at the table. If you want a brunch with a wide selection of good to high quality food with nice views, then this is the place for you.
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