New(ish) Maui eats: Sangrita Grill + Cantina

I recently had to go to The Valley Isle to service one of my clients, The Outlets of Maui, and it was the perfect chance to run around Lahaina and Kaanapali to see what was new since the last time I went. One restaurant that has been getting a lot of buzz — even from chefs — is Sangrita Grill + Cantina, which opened in April.

Owner/chef Paris Nabavi — who also created Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill and Cilantro Mexican Grill on the island — invited me and some of my favorite twitter girlfriends over for dinner on the night he started live flamenco music to make it extra festive.

Now, Nabavi is Persian, but he came to Maui by way of Texas. He said he previously traveled to Mexico a lot due to the proximity, and became obsessed with Mexican cooking when he realized the most authentic items are not all fried and cheesy like the stuff we are used to here in the U.S. He found the ingredients were usually more fresh, and the dishes weren’t masked with oils, creams, or cheeses, so the flavors of the products shined through.

His knack for running restaurants is a no-brainer, since he’s a classically trained chef with a business background. Nabavi held executive-level positions as Director of Food and Beverage for Fairmont Hotels and the Kapalua Bay Hotel prior to launching his private restaurant ventures. Here’s what he ordered for us:

Sangrita Grill + Cantina

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Sangrita is located in the Fairway Shops on the Kaanapali shuttle route, so it's easy to get to and there's lots of free parking.


These are just the highlights. To see all the photos from my Maui excursion, click here.

Sangrita Grill + Cantina
2580 Kekaa Dr.