CJ's Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review from October, 2014
Fact: CJ's Maui onion soup will melt your face off it's so good. Best I've ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it's not on the menu every day... But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day's menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ's is better than the onion soup at Mama's Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It's that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ's onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that's great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.
Jonny S, San Diego, CA
CJ's Restaurant Catering Customer from January, 2014:
We want to thank you for one of the best Birthday Parties ever. Over 125 people attended and just about every guest raved about the food, the presentation and the totally professional manner everything was handled. The food was so delicious that all of our guests had 2nds and 3rds. The many cheeses you created from scratch were just scrumptious and awesome.very creative and very original. Your presentation made everything look exciting and irresistible.
All of our guests had a wonderful time. We thank you for all of the preparation and hard work that went into making this party a great success!!
Aloha! Bob and Diane Pure, Kaanapali, Maui
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest, Feb 2013:
On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ's Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer from Feb, 2012:
Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.
Thanks, James T Wilson Jr
CJ's Comfort Zone Maui Catering, Customer Emailed Comment from Jan. 2012
The front desk of our hotel recommended CJ’s. We were vacationing with our large family and wanted to have a BBQ dinner in our condominium, on New Year’s Eve. To my surprise, CJ not only said he could or would cater our dinner, but he would also deliver it to our hotel. All with about 48 hours notice. Boy did he “deliver”! He took everything to our condominium and set it up. We had a fabulous party for 20 and the food was out of this world! When our family asked who catered the dinner, they shared that CJ's Hana Box Lunches are wonderful as well. This place has great reputation for wonderful food. They made our New Year’s very memorable. CJ’s is our first stop on our next visit.
THANK YOU!, Terri Lingenbrink
Maui Restaurant Customer, Comment March 2011:
The best Burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.
Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment (on personal note left in restaurant, Jan 2011:
Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!
Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio
CJ's Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ's Private Emailed Feb 3, 2010 Luau in her Blog:
Aloha., Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It's always good to have additional information and your input.
Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
Maui Restaurant and Maui Catering Customer Comments from January 26, 2010:
Diana and I want you to know that all of our guests had nothing but great things to say about both the BBQ and the wedding. We thank you for putting so much effort into our day.
Diana and Shane
CJ's Maui Restaurant Customer Comment, Nov, 2009:
Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka'anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ's roasted Kona Coffee. I see it's not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you've understated this because it's the best I've had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I've been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don't suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ's. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?
Best Regards, Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ's Maui Restaurant Customer Comment, Oct, 2009:
CJ's Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui - each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type - because we're messy!
Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit
CJ's Maui Wedding and Restaurant Thank Your, Oct 2, 2009:
Aloha CJ, Thank you so much, we could not have done it without you & your crew. The video was great! I just saw the clip on you tube. We will see you again our next trip to Maui! I just wanted to write & say thank you our wedding was stunning, you went above & beyond my expectations. Thank you again for being a part of my fabulous day!
Thanks Again! Sara Cague - San Mateo, CA
CJ's Maui Restaurant Customer's Follow-up Letter, Sept 8, 2009:
Hi CJ, This is a follow up to our recent phone conversation. My wife and I ate at your place twice on our honeymoon. I would like to purchase some of the vanilla/macadamia nut coffee. It was the best coffee ever!
Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you. Jason Cetovich, Houston, Texas
CJ's Maui Restaurant Customer's Follow-up Letter, May 2, 2009:
Aloha! Thank you very much for getting back to me with your pineapple rice recipe. It is the best. My husband and I will enjoy experimenting with it. We are looking forward to visiting CJ's again soon! Many Thanks, Erin and Randy Smith, Scottsdale, AZ
CJ's Maui Restaurant Customer Letter, April 10, 2009:
Hi, I'm in Scottsdale, AZ and craving your pineapple rice. I won't be back on Maui until June. Would you be willing to share your recipe with me? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Erin Smith
CJ's Maui Restaurant Customer Letter, April 10, 2008:
Subject: Kudo to You!!
Aloha, I just read in the Orange County Register, Sunday, April 9th, Big Meals, Small Wallet, a guide to 20 yummy dishes for under $20. Your wonderful Maui restaurant was number 1. My husband and I ate at your restaurant at least twice last Sept 2007. A couple additional times just for the great Hawaiian juice punch. The most refreshing drink we had on the island. We even recommended another couple staying at the complex Kaleialoha to go and have lunch there. They loved it. They will be returning in September. Your food is wonderful as is the prices. We're returning to Maui August 20th for another wonderful vacation.This time with friends and family. We will return again to CJ's Deli. Mahalo, Nancy Lake Forest, CA.
I hope you received a copy of this article. If not I'll be more than happy to mail or bring it to you in person when we return in August.