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“Living on their Previously Earned Reputation”
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Ranked #121 of 278 Restaurants in Lahaina
Price range: USD 30 - USD 50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Italian Mediterranean with a Local Flair.
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Longhi's has been around over 40 years. I've eaten at this restaurant as a kid in the 70's, in the 80's, 90's, 2000's, and now in the 2010's. Time has not been its friend. It looks as though nothing has been done to update it in 42 years. I remember it as so fresh and clean (with a white and black floor and white walls). Now it looks dingy and worn. The location is still phenomenal and you can sit in the open-windowed dining room and enjoy the quirky Lahaina town vibe (including traffic noise). It started as a first-floor restaurant, and expanded after years of success to the second floor. When we were there (Tuesday, September 19), there was no need for the second floor dining room. It was totally emptied out by 8:45 or so.

As for the food, the three of us had two starters - a ceviche and a salad. The salad was fresh and great, but overdressed. The ceviche was neither fresh nor great. It was edible (lime juice and a really fresh avocados helped), but the fish was not in any way fresh and tasting of the sea like it should at its best.

For entrees, one of us had the fish special (monchong). The monchong was grilled with a citrus butter and was quite tasty, but it was swimming in the sauce. It was served with risotto.

One of us had the veal marsala - it came with a flavorless and mushy risotto as a side on the plate and was not eaten. The veal was overcooked, but it was edible with a decent sauce with fresh mushrooms, even though it was a bit institutional. The marsala hadn't been sufficiently cooked out of alcohol so it tasted a little strong.

Yours truly ordered the chicken parmigiana. I had asked for a pasta with some pomodoro sauce rather than the risotto for the side. The chicken, as the veal, was cooked to submission. I would have been happy with it on an airplane, but not in a restaurant. My plate still came with the risotto, the pasta pomodoro was on the side, and my bill came with a $12 surprise for the side of pasta. My bad, but I hadn't asked - just assumed. You know what they say about assume...

Service was perfunctory at best - indifferent would be a better description. The total bill came to $155 with tip (no liquor) for three.

Was it worth it? Quite simply, I'd have to say no. I won't be back - too many better places in the Lahaina area. Rather sad, really.

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william H, General Manager at Longhi's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant here in Lahaina, we appreciate your patronage over the past four decades and are disappointed that your most recent visit was not as enjoyable as those in the past.

Regarding the two floors being open, yes agreed... it does dilute the table count and the upstairs is usually done by 9 pm on a week night, as you observed, but much like with yourself and your party, we have countless folks who have seen or heard of Longhi's upstairs dining room and its incredible view of Lanai (Pineapple island) the ocean view, views of Molokai and Oahu in the distance.
Those folks deserve the best vantage point in the house while dining at Longhi's and disappointing them for the convenience of packing everyone into one dining room downstairs (with limited ocean side dining) to appear busier is not an avenue we choose to go down.
I have noted the valuable comments on the appetizers and entrees you ordered and have sat and addressed them with my executive chef, sous chef and food and beverage manager.
Longhi's will be celebrating 41 years in business this December and of course... as with any entity that has almost half a century under its belt, of course it has some age related structural issues, we like to call it character, essence, feel.. individuality !

Thank you for your valuable time in reviewing our restaurant, we genuinely appreciate it.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

4.5☆ we order traditional breakfast the bread is exceptional and lox Benedict was really good and tasty. Potatoes had something special in them that makes them stand up. What a wonderful experience.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

We were here for lunch and while my aunt seemed to enjoy her lobster dish (for $30+ I sure hope so!) we were very disappointed in our flat iron steak and salad. The flat iron ($24) was the tiniest flat iron cut we've ever seen and it came out on a poppin' hot fajita cast iron skillet. While the mushrooms and veggies under the steak browned nicely, the flat iron was already past medium when it hit the table and with nowhere to keep it from continuing to cook, it was already well done by the time the (again) tiny portion was finished. Add a $5 side of fries that came out halfway through the meal and were white and mealy yet hard on the outside - freezer burn? - the majority of which where small, bottom-of-the-bag niblets and this meal was an expensive disappointment.

In addition, our server was slow and seemingly uninterested in our table. Parking was difficult and I am not sure whether they offer the valet during the day, it wasn't readily apparent when we pulled up. All in all we left thinking that if a restaurant is slow during a peak meal time, there must be a reason for it! That said, dinner appeared to be hopping so who knows.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

We always eat here while visiting Maui. Came in for dinner and had made reservations. We were seated right away. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. Drinks came quickly as did the food. The fresh bread was delicious! Food is excellent (and expensive). We will be back on our next trip to the island.

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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

No trip to Maui would be complete without a meal at Longi's. We went to the original site in Lahaina. Parking is good, in the morning for breakfast (3hrs with validation). You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. We ate here a few times. French toast, pancakes, quiche.....yum. We had lunch here one day as well.

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