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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