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Leis Family Class Act dining room (Photo credit: UH Maui College Culinary Arts Program)

OpenTable has named the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Leis Family Class Act Restaurant as the No. 1 Best Overall for both Maui and the state of Hawaiʻi. The ratings are based on 400,000 new diner reviews posted on the huge online reservations hub. The Leis Family Class Act rating is 4.9 out of five stars based on 390 posted reviews.

The restaurant also landed on or near the top of the following lists:

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Chef Tom Lelli instructing in the Leis Family Class Act kitchen. (Photo credit: UH Maui College Culinary Arts Program)

State of Hawaiʻi

  • Best Food (#2)
  • Best Value (#1)
  • Notable Diners Choice “Great for Lunch” (#1)

Island of Maui

  • Best Food (#2)
  • Best Value (#1)
  • Best Service (#8)
  • Notable Diners Choice “Fit for Foodies” (#1), “Great for Lunch” (#1), “Neighborhood Gem” (#1)

All the cooking and all the service at the restaurant is handled by UH Maui College Culinary Arts Program students under the supervision of Chef Instructor Tom Lelli and Dining Room Lecturer Mark Malone.

“Our students give 110 percent every single semester. We’re very proud of them and we’re so happy they have the opportunity to enjoy this honor,” said Lelli.

Malone added, “It’s our goal to teach our students every day the value of service, as good service accents the delectable cuisine that our chef and his team of students create.”

Lunch is served every Wednesday and Friday while classes are in session. The restaurant is located on the second floor of the Pāʻina Building at UH Maui College.

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