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UHMC’s Leis Family Class Act Restaurant, Mama’s Fish House named in top 100 best restaurants in America

December 19, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawai'i Maui College announced last week that it has been named one of OpenTable 2013 Diners' Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. OpenTable determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country. It was the only restaurant on a university or college campus to make the top 100, and one of two restaurants recognized in Hawai'i, with Mama's Fish House in Pa'ia receiving second place.

"We are thrilled to have won such a prestigious award," said Dining Room Instructor Juli Umetsu. "I could not be more proud of the students at Maui Culinary Academy."

"I am honored to work with the students in the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant," said Chef Tom Lelli. "We are proud to know that our diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience and gave us such high marks."

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The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College has been named one of OpenTable 2013 Diners’ Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America.

The restaurant offers a prix fixe, four-course menu that changes weekly. It serves lunch on Wednesday and Friday, with cuisines of the world that vary from Contemporary Moroccan to French, Italian to American and more.

The chef's tasting bar is a popular location to sit and watch the students in action. In addition, there is a private dining room with views to Kahului Harbor that seats 16.

The restaurant is closed for the holidays and will reopen for lunch on Jan. 24, 2014. For reservations, go to and click on Class Act, or go to

"We congratulate the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America on achieving excellence in culinary creativity and hospitality," said OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter. "Their skill at delighting diners on every level has consistently earned them rave reviews and a well-deserved spot on this exclusive list."

For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, visit



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