Maui Wedding Reception Venues – Stunning Restaurant Options

May 21, 2020


Last Updated on April 3, 2023 by Karma Hill

At Simple Maui Wedding, we’ll plan your beautiful ceremony, but we want you to have the best experience, from getting ready to the reception! We’ve put together some of our top Maui wedding reception venues to help you plan your after-party: whether you’d prefer a romantic table for two or a large venue for all your friends and family to dance the night away, Maui has some of the world’s most beautiful options!

Follow along with us as we detail our top Maui wedding reception venues!

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Maui Wedding Reception Venues

✦ The Fairmont Kea Lani

Located in the heart of Wailea and just steps from the shores of Polo Beach, the Fairmont Kea Lani offers luxurious accommodations and world-renowned dining. Two of our favorite Maui wedding reception venues are located on the grounds of this resort: Ko Restaurant and Nick’s Fishmarket. Both restaurants offer tropical atmospheres and unbeatable cuisine.

~Ko Restaurant~

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From their website

“Fairmont Kea Lani’s signature restaurant Kō features award-winning cuisine inspired by the vast collection of ethnicities brought together during Maui’s sugarcane plantation era. Taste generations of local cuisine deeply rooted in the island’s culture and history. With over 90% of fish, beef, and produce sourced locally, the flavors are as authentic as they are sustainable.”

Located in the Fairmont Kea Lani, this restaurant sits near Polo Beach and is only a short drive away from any of our South Maui Beaches.

You can choose to either dine within the restaurant for smaller tables or book a private, intimate location surrounded by tropical palm trees, exotic flowers, and flickering torches.

With their intuitive “group dining menus,” planning a reception in Maui has never been easier…

You can add beautiful centerpieces to your Maui wedding floral order to bring an elegant personal touch to the decor of your table.

~Nick’s Fishmarket~

From their website

“Nick’s Fishmarket blends unique island tastes with a beautiful atmosphere to create a dining experience like to no other in South Maui.”

Nick’s Fishmarket is also situated in the beautiful Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea. The name says it all: their cuisine is famous for its upscale, seafood driven menu, but they do offer meats and vegetarian dishes as well.

They can accommodate an intimate party of 2 at a table overlooking the resort OR they have a private dining room for larger parties that can be decorated however you’d like.

Speaker systems are restricted out of respect to other restaurant guests, but you can have a musician, a small hula show, or even a romantic first dance as husband and wife!

To give it a personal touch, you could add a couple of centerpieces to your flower order or work with our florist to set up the reception decor of your dreams.

✦ Gannon’s Restaurant

Gannon’s Restaurant is one of our favorite venues for Maui weddings. With sweeping panoramic ocean views and spectacular sunsets, Gannon’s is the perfect spot to say “I do” and then party the night away. The grounds are extensive, which means plenty of location options for your Maui reception.

From their website

“Voted one of the Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America, Gannon’s Restaurant in Wailea is a celebration of the classic dishes for which Chef Beverly Gannon is best known from her award-winning Maui restaurants (Hali’imaile General Store and the former Joe’s Bar & Grill) and contemporary dishes inspired by the fresh local ingredients of Hawaii.”

~Gannon’s Outdoor Reception~

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Gannon’s Lower Lawn is a great option for larger receptions on Maui with a little more focus on the guests’ experience. This reception spot is just off of the restaurant, so it’s private enough that you won’t get other restaurant-goers walking through.

What we love about this location is that it can have the look & feel of a traditional reception (with custom table layouts, a dance floor, and your own bar), but it’s still simple and budget-friendly like a restaurant reception!

It sits right above the ceremony lawn, so if you’re having a Gannon’s Grassy Knoll wedding ceremony, your guests can head right up to the reception while you venture to the beach for sunset newly-wed portraits.

They allow a DJ and dancing at this venue, and they also have an in-house staff that will help you plan the menu, bar, and dancing.

~Gannon’s Indoor Reception~

This area is used as a rain backup if you have a wedding planned at Gannon’s. The staff will prepare the area so you have a lovely ceremony set up that they can quickly flip into a reception.

Even though it’s a backup option, it’s still beautiful, lively, and semi-private. There’s enough room for dinner and dancing, and you’ll still be away from the rest of the restaurant.

If it’s not too windy, then you can overflow onto the patio where there are illuminated Palm Trees and a tropical pond.

Gannon’s indoor reception features the same delicious menu and decor options as their outdoor location.

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~Gannon’s Small Table~

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You don’t have to book a large reception to enjoy the fabulous food and ambiance of Gannon’s. Their Upper Pond and Lower Pond (see photos above) offer tables on the sweeping terrace of their restaurant that will make your smaller group feel just as special.

You can have a cake cutting and a set menu just like a full reception, and enjoy the beautiful grounds that the golf course offers.

See below for another small table setup at Gannon’s Upper Pond location.

✦ Hotel Wailea

Voted “Top 21 Most Romantic Hotels in the World” by Conde Nast Traveller and “100 Best Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, the Hotel Wailea is more of an oasis than a hotel, and their Maui wedding receptions venues certainly follow suit.

~Hotel Wailea’s Anuhea Ballroom~

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From their website

“The grand Anuhea Ballroom, with its cathedral ceilings, rich hardwood floors, and soaring windowed walls is spectacular. Celebrate your event surrounded by cascading waterfalls on one side and dramatic sunset views across the ocean on the other.”

This space is simply stunning. For a 100% private experience in a hall fit for royalty, there’s no better Maui wedding reception venue than the Anuhea Ballroom in Hotel Wailea.

The hotel staff will expertly deck this elegant hall to accommodate your wedding party and decor. Although the ballroom is more intricate & expensive than their restaurant space (see below), it will allow more customizations, like entertainment, full privacy, and more menu options.

~Restaurant at Hotel Wailea Garden Option~

From their website

“Discover the flavors of the islands in a traditional bistro setting with sweeping views of three Hawaiian Islands. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea showcases its artistry with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from farmers and fishers throughout the region.”

Voted “Top 10 Restaurants in Maui,” this gorgeous Maui wedding reception venue features exquisite cuisine and sweeping panoramic views. You can enjoy the amazing food of The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea in a semi-private outdoor garden setting.

This intimate space is perfect for a quick first dance and quiet enough for a toast.

✦ Four Seasons

The Four Seasons in Wailea, Maui is the epitome of high-end luxury. If you love the resort feel, with endless details and refined decor, then this is the venue for you. Situated in the heart of Wailea with an expansive view of the coastline, The Four Seasons Maui is an award-winning resort designed around elegance and luxury with a splash of tropical fun.

~Wailea Lawn~

If you select this breezy outdoor Maui wedding reception venue, you’ll have views of the resorts fountains and swaying palms. The hotel will do the catering for your meal and the staff will be available to help with decorations and planning.

From their website

“At Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, our golden sands are lined by tropical greenery, towering palm trees and the clear blue waves of the Pacific, creating a picture-perfect setting for one of the most important moments of your life.”

~Beachfront Lawn~

beachfront lawn at the four seasons maui - reception

This Maui reception venue at the Four Seasons is intimate and casual, while perfectly melding upscale contemporary with rustic beach vibes. You’ll overlook the ocean as you dine at a private table with a custom menu created by their expert chefs. This locale is one of our personal favorites for small receptions — even the founders of Simple Maui Wedding, Karma & Steve Hill, selected it to celebrate their vow renewal! Check out their sweet photos above.

The Four Seasons also has other lovely lawns to choose from. If a restaurant setting is preferred, this venue has several upscale restaurants such as Spago, Ferraro’s, and Duo to choose from.

✦ Steeple House

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From their website

“The 1,500 square foot chapel is a stunning canvas for your ceremony or special event. Your guests will enter through grand French doors to the open room and elevated wooden platform. If you are using The Steeple House for a special event, the altar can serve many entertainment purposes.”

Built in the 1950s, The Steeple House is in the beautiful area of Kapalua, close to Ironwoods Beach and the Ritz Carlton.

This Maui wedding reception venue offers a lovely indoor setting where you can create a custom experience. The venue partners with Celebrations Catering, who can help with food, staffing, rentals, and more.

You can also rent their outdoor lawn for a reception under a tent.

We plan ceremonies here as well, so it’s a great option if you want to keep your ceremony and reception in one place.

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✦ Merriman’s Restaurant Kapalua

From their website

“Located at perhaps the most beautiful spot on earth, Merriman’s Kapalua serves the freshest Hawaiian Regional Cuisine with their “Farm to Table” concept. Enjoy year-round sunsets from the dining room or while enjoying a glass of wine on the outdoor lanai.

View spectacular sunsets as you dine at the Merriman’s and indulge in live music during your Maui wedding reception. Their menu features an extensive wine list with numerous specialty cocktails.

You can buy out the entire venue, have a private table on the patio, or simply enjoy a romantic table for two in the restaurant. The Merriman’s Kapalua can accommodate any guest count.

✦ Plantation House Restaurant

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From their website

“Located in the clubhouse of the Plantation Course, the Plantation House Restaurant melds award-winning Hawaiian-Mediterranean cuisine with gracious Hawaiian hospitality. From its unique vantage point on Kapalua’s Plantation Golf Course, the elegant dining room offers panoramic ocean views and breathtaking sunsets.”

Enjoy unparalleled dining with this award-winning restaurant. The Plantation House Restaurant received an ‘Aipono Award for “Most Romantic Restaurant” in 2008. Specializing in fresh fish and island-inspired cuisine, the menu is only rivaled by the breathtaking views.

The Plantation House Restaurant offers a beautiful outdoor setting for ocean view receptions. There are numerous dining options as well, from a fully private meal to a table in their dining room, or a cocktail hour on their patio.


Whether you’re planning a large reception or an intimate dinner for two, these Maui wedding reception venues are simply spectacular. Contact us today so we can help put you in contact with the events team at these lovely reception venues or to learn more about our award-winning Maui wedding ceremony packages.

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Karma Hill is the owner of Karma Hill Photography, Simple Maui Wedding, Simple Oahu Wedding, and Simple Hawaii Wedding, marking a significant presence in the Hawaii wedding community since 2007. With a wealth of experience and a vast collection of informative posts on weddings and photography in Hawaii, Karma Hill offers unparalleled expertise. Explore the world of photography and wedding planning across Hawaii by visiting Karma's websites.

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