Address: 799 Poho Pl., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8488 Cuisine: Pacific Rim, Lunch, Dinner Region: Upcountry Price: expensive Amenities: Ocean View, Outdoor Seating, Reservations Recommended, Bar Seating, Beachfront Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Mama's Fish House is world-famous for its beautiful, secluded beachfront setting, classic Polynesian cuisine and high prices. But those prices are, for the most part, worth it. An award-winning menu features succulent, delicious fresh island fish as well as a few Hawaiian delicacies.
Best Restaurant, Winner Mama's Fish House Address: 799 Poho Place, Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8488 Website: http://www.mamasfishhouse.com Mama’s Fish House was the first restaurant on island to prepare fresh fish. Opening its doors on the North Shore in 1973, the restaurant boasts original Polynesian artifacts, unique flower arrangement and innovative local woodcarvings. Mama’s Fish House has an award-winning menu, and the food is amazing. All of this reputation and quality drive prices high, so the next time Mom and Dad want to take you out, let them know you’ll make the reservations at Mama’s. With its character and quality fresh fish dishes Maui Time readers have named Mama’s Fish House restaurant as one of Maui’s Best in one category or another since 2001.
Best Dinner, Winner Mama's Fish House Address: 799 Poho Place, Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8488 Website: http://www.mamasfishhouse.com The fact that Mama’s Fish House prevails here is no surprise. I can tell you Maui Time foodies have your hearts set on Polynesian atmosphere, ocean front dining, fresh fish, nothing but the best for you. Everything on the menu is tastefully creative and almost-too-pretty-to-eat. Personally my favorites are the more simple dishes, like the grilled Portobello mushroom with sun dried tomato and our local Surfing Goat Dairy goat cheese. But you Maui Time reader order what ever you like, carte blanche, since you did all that tough voting and worked up your appetite for Best Dinner and all.
Best Seafood, Winner Mama's Fish House Address: 799 Poho Place, Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8488 Website: http://www.mamasfishhouse.com A lot of places assure you their fish is fresh, but Mama’s takes things a step further. On the menu, they tell you the name of the fisherman who caught your prospective dinner and where he caught it. Of course, that would be less important if the fish weren’t expertly prepared, but, of course, it is. For an almost-too-rich treat, try the mac nut crusted mahi mahi stuffed with lobster, crab and Maui onion (whew!). Or go with mango chutney garnished ono, or ginger-seared deep water ahi, or...well, you get the idea. 799 Poho Pl., Paia, 808-579-8488. JS
BEST FINE DINING, Winner Mama's Fish House Address: 799 Poho Place, Paia, HI 96779 Contact: Karen Marshall Phone: (808) 579-8488 Website: http://www.mamasfishhouse.com Mama (that would be Doris Christenson) knows best, and has been fine-tuning Maui’s Best Fine Dining establishment for the past 27 years. From the moment you arrive you feel like royalty; once you’ve been seated and taken in the unique, intricate decor, you know you’re in for the meal of a lifetime. From the sweet, ripe papayas swelling with grilled beef to the coconuts teeming with raw fish to the mahi mahi stuffed with crab and lobster to the black pearl dessert course, you’ll be dreaming of coming back before it’s even over.
Seafood is at the heart of Mama’s Fish House Polynesian-inspired cuisine and they exhibit it by serving the best seafood dishes on the island. Papa’s Three Fish Sashimi is just one way to enjoy this exquisite display at Mama’s: each fish has its own special sea salt treatment and garnishes--the Uku comes with coconut chili and Molokai Pink Salt and the Ahi has star anise daikon and kukui nut salt, to name two out of the three. Their fish entrees on the menu names the fishermen who proudly brought in your fish and explains where they caught it. There is nothing fishy about the way Mama’s Fish House approaches a meal. They use only the freshest ingredients, and presentation is always magnificent.