best of maui 2018 -- "best business lunch on maui: cafe o'lei"

"Cafe O’Lei is an amazing place with a menu as diverse as Maui and locations as exciting as Hawai‘i. With one location on the second floor of the zig-zag strip mall on South Kihei Road, and another at the Central Maui Dunes with breathtaking views of Mauna Kahalawai, Cafe O’lei possesses the kind of casual style and quiet air that makes it the proper place for business meetings. The creature comfort and soothing air make it the best and smoothest place to give a pitch, sit down with family and talk out the world, or simply enjoy good food."

theknot.COM -- 5-star average rating

sample review: "Their food was hands down the best food i have ever had in any wedding."

"Cafe O'Lei was hand down the best caterers. Their food was hands down THE best food I have ever had in any wedding. Our guests agreed. They left full, yet wanting more food! The staff was great! They were very nice and accommodated our requests amid the chaos of a wedding. I would highly recommend them to anyone!"


best of maui 2017 -- "best business lunch on maui: cafe o'lei"

"MauiTime readers repeatedly vote Cafe O’Lei for Best Business Lunch, whether dining at The Dunes or their original location in Kihei. Business lunchers appreciate Cafe O’Lei for their cozy, cool interior with plentiful seating, a midday menu of fresh and flavorful dishes with island flair, popular “plate lunch” specials, reasonable prices, and a full bar for those extra-special business meetings–expensed or not."


"The most popular restaurants serving Maui’s local community and those return visitors in the know are part of the Cafe O’Lei family..."

"The most popular restaurants serving Maui’s local community and those return visitors in the know are part of the Cafe O’Lei family, owned and operated by two dedicated chefs Dana and Michael Pastula. Cafe O’Lei restaurants are located in Kihei, Kahului and also Makawao.

After many years working as a chef for Hyatt and Sheraton hotels, Chef Mike moved his family to Hawaii and began to work for local companies such as The Lodge at Koele in Lanai, Aston Resorts and Outrigger Resorts Hawaii then finally joining Dana to open their own restaurants. Dana brought her food and beverage experience from Hyatt, Manele Bay Resort and Wailea Four Seasons Resort. Their collaboration has proved to be the magic touch in cooking and welcoming guests from Maui and all over the world!

As the newest restaurant of the Cafe O’Lei family ‘ami ‘ami is an open air restaurant featuring contemporary design. Here you will find delicious breakfast and dinners served daily to both locals and Maui visitors. Some of the most popular breakfast items include Banana’s Foster Pancakes, Kalua Pork Hash and Eggs and a local style Loco Moco! Dinner features creative comfort food, Jidori Chicken, Braised Shortribs, Steaks and Seafood. The bar offers great martinis and original cocktails.

Next door is the casual Kamaole Poolside Cafe, a secret locals keep to themselves! Serving a great lunch and dinner with a popular happy hour and live local music nightly. After a hot afternoon in the sun, Kamaole Poolside offers a perfect end to your day. Enjoy the fun atmosphere while sipping on a local brew and soaking good music and the aloha spirit.

Be sure to visit all of the Cafe O’Lei Restaurants while on Maui. You can catch them in Kihei and Kahului at Cafe O’Lei or while driving through beautiful upcountry at Makawao Steak House."

WEDDING WIRE -- 5-star average rating

sample review:  "couldn't have asked for a more perfect caterer to help celebrate our wedding day!"

"Thank you so much for the exceptional service and amazing cuisine that was prepared for our wedding in Maui! We had the braised short ribs(huge yummy serving size which was awesome), macadamia nut crusted chicken (yum), and the salmon (yum again). The appetizers (calamari, hummus, chicken satay) were very appetizing and delicious. All in all, outstanding work all around and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect caterer to help celebrate our wedding day!"



"Conveniently located in Kihei, Café O’Lei is a casual place with great seafood. It has a nice vibe inside, it’s right across from the beach, and they have a raw bar on weekend nights. This spot is popular with locals and tourists alike. This place wins for best seafood in Kihei."