We love this superb restaurant, previously voted one of the Top 100 Restaurants in America, and number 1 in Hawaii by the restaurant reservation service OpenTable. However, not being your typical restaurant: The Leis Family Class Act, is one of Maui’s best kept secrets when it comes to fine-dining!
A Living Classroom
Run by the Maui Culinary Academy, Class Act is found above the cafeteria at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus in the heart of Kahului. Your average tourist won’t stumble upon it as they walk along the beach front by the hotel strip.
But don’t let the student cafeteria put you off. Once you head upstairs you are transported into a beautiful 75 seat restaurant with good views looking up to the West Maui Mountains, as well as out to Kahului Harbor and the ocean beyond.
Referred to as a “Living Classroom”, the Class Act restaurant is where the students of Maui Culinary Academy learn their profession as the future chefs and leaders of the hospitality industry.
The students are both your servers and chefs, and take a huge amount of pride in making sure your dining experience is the best it can be.
Class Act is aptly named in every sense; the students are a delight to be served by.
The Four Course Lunch Menu
It is a four course Prix Fixe menu and the cuisine switches each week from French influence to Italian influence to Asian and many more. The menu is published online so do be sure to check it out before you book.
Each course is well proportioned so you can eat your way through the menu without fear of bursting (although i’d recommend you don’t eat a large breakfast that day!)
Food is sourced locally and prepared with meticulous care, the finished product being both delicious and of memorable quality. Menu prices vary but are between $30 and $40 each time, which for the experience you are receiving seemed more than reasonable to us!
The restaurant doesn’t have a license to serve alcohol, but invites diners to bring their own bottle of wine with them.
Opening Times and Booking
As it is essentially a school, the opening times are quite narrow to fit around the academic year, but that seems to only add to the special nature of a dining experience at Class Act.
The restaurant is open during term time on Wednesdays and Fridays between 11:00 – 12:30pm for their fixed lunch menu. You can book online through OpenTable. You may need to book several weeks in advance but it is a dining experience well worth waiting for.
We hope you take time to enjoy one of Maui’s hidden treasures! Have you dined at Class Act? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.