The Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant
an Adventure in Seaside Dining

MA'ALAEA, Maui, Hawai'i - For spectacular views and island-inspired cuisine, Maui Ocean Center’s Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant, open daily for lunch from 11am to 2:30pm is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.  The Seascape has two convenient entrances, one inside the Aquarium for the perfect break between exploring the Living Reef and venturing on to the outdoor courtyard, and an entrance near the Harbor Shops at Ma‘alaea, available without Aquarium entry.  The restaurant has an expansive view of Ma‘alaea Bay, serving as the perfect location for watching the boats heading in and out of the harbor, and for spotting humpback whales in the winter time.  The Edge of the Reef Exhibit also serves as a dramatic backdrop for the restaurant, with reef sharks and tropical fish to entertain diners.

This open-air restaurant offers an enticing menu.  Only the freshest ingredients are incorporated into the recipes to bring out the best flavors of the islands.  The Seascape Salad, with crab claw, fresh, seared Pacific yellow-fin tuna, bay shrimp, bay scallops and tomatoes, is served over Kula greens with a basil-louis dressing.  The Harbor entrée features sautéed Hawaiian Mahi-Mahi with bay shrimp, drizzled with lilikoi buerre blanc, served with jasmine rice and steamed vegetables.  A favorite among the regulars is the Local Boy Club, a triple-decker club with layers of lobster and shrimp salad in a fresh dill aioli enhanced with dijon mustard.

Maui Ocean Center’s Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant has removed trans fat from its menu items since 2007.  Several mainland-based chain restaurants have already started to reduce or eliminate the use of trans fats, and New York City has banned the use of trans fats in all restaurants.  Trans fats have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. 

With this new change, the Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant is now heart-healthy as well as ocean-friendly!  In addition to no longer serving food cooked with trans fats, they are continuing to follow Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, serving only seafood off the program’s Best Choices and Good Alternatives lists.  “Those with concerns about eating seafood while visiting an aquarium are understanding, and very appreciative, upon being informed of our goal to serve only sustainable seafood,” mentioned the Aquarium’s Food and Beverage Director.  “We aim to serve as a pioneer in Hawaii’s restaurant industry and hope that others will also be inspired to help protect our oceans and sea life.”  Hawaii’s Seafood Watch Pocket Guides are available at the restaurant, at the Aquarium’s Ocean Care Station, and are passed out during naturalist presentations.   They are also downloadable from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website (www.mbayaq.org or www.seafoodwatch.org). 

The culinary staff of the Maui Ocean Center has been gaining much attention and notoriety throughout the Hawaiian Islands in the past few years.  Their accomplishments have been highlighted throughout many media outlets, and their inclusion in some of the islands top culinary events, including the popular Taste of Lahaina, have put them on par with the top level chefs for which Hawaii is known.

Instead of one head chef, the Seascape chooses to use a team format.  The culinary “team of chefs” has been working together for many years and each member was hand-selected for their skills.  They consistently produce high quality dishes that impress not only the guests, but other island chefs as well.

In addition to lunch at the Seascape, aquarium guests may choose from an assortment of sandwiches, salads, snacks, drinks and desserts at the Reef Café.  Located in the center of the marine park, Reef Café is open from 10am to 4pm.

The Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant is also the exclusive caterer for evening events at Maui Ocean Center. 

For information and group reservations, contact the Maui Ocean Center:

192 Ma‘alaea Road; Ma‘alaea, Maui, HI 96793; telephone (808) 270-7000, facsimile (808) 270-7070, e-mail info@mauioceancenter.com or visit website www.mauioceancenter.com.