Top 100 Maui Restaurants & Dining Experiences
From casual plate-lunch cafés to romantic seafood bistros, Maui boasts a wide range of terrific restaurants. Not only is the island home to one of the top culinary academies in the nation, it also houses some of the best restaurants in Hawaii. Here’s our 100 favorite Maui restaurants—and why you should snag a seat at one of their tables. Click on the restaurant name for photos, reviews, and maps.
Located at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū, The Mill House is farm-to-table dining at its finest: Drawing on crops harvested mere yards from the restaurant’s kitchen, executive chef Taylor Ponte works closely with his talented team to deliver dishes that highlight Maui’s freshest ingredients. From small plates to main courses, The Mill House is the perfect place for sharing a family feast—or a bite with your mates. Indulge in one of their bold, uniquely-flavored cocktails, relish their views of the West Maui Mountains, and savor one of the most memorable dining experiences on the island.
Set on Ka'uiki Hill and offering stunning views of Hana Bay, The Preserve is the newest addition to the recently renovated and luxurious Travaasa Hana Resort. While Hana doesn't offer many options for dining out (especially after sunset), we highly recommend an extended stay in Hana and at least one meal here. The Charred Wild New Zealand Salmon is delicious, and the decor is a nice reminder that you really are in tropical Hawaiian paradise.
Recently voted by OpenTable as the #2 Restaurant in the U.S., Mama's Fish House is a staple for anyone in search of fresh fish and an exquisite, tropical dining experience. The first fresh fish restaurant on the island, Mama's has risen to national acclaim thanks to its menu, which features fish caught by a local fisherman that same day, as well as its impeccable service and location on a secluded bay on Maui's north shore. While definitely not a budget destination, it still reigns as a must on Maui.
One of our favorite late lunch and happy hour locations, Ferraro's is an open-air restaurant at Maui's Four Seasons Resort. With views of rolling waves at Wailea Beach and a delicious menu, featuring dishes like the Seafood Cobb Salad, Upcountry Steak Sandwich and Kona Surf Lobster Melt, head here to cool down after a relaxing dip in the Pacific.
With daily Red Bar Happy Hour from 3 to 8pm, we highly recommend a stop at Gannon's, a long-running favorite in Wailea from Chef Bev Gannon. Enjoy specials on draft beer, wines by the glass, well martinis and cocktails, and appetizers like the Truffle Mac "N" Cheese, Kobe Cheeseburger, Ale Steamed Clams and Crab Cake Sliders.
One of the only BYOB options for fine dining on Maui, we love Cuatro for afternoon happy hour, daily from 4 to 6pm, or dinner with friends and family. While the strip mall location doesn't offer much in the way of a view, the convenient South Kihei location and entrees more than make up for it. Try the always recommended Spicy Tuna Nachos, Asian Style Pupu Steak and Calamari.
A long time favorite on Maui's West side, Mala Ocean Tavern has a prime oceanside location in Lahaina Town. Make a dinner reservation for the lanai in time to watch the sunset, and order the Ginger Martini or bottle of wine with the Seared Ahi Bruschetta, Balinese Stirfry with Fresh Island Fish, and Adult Mac & Cheese. The service is stellar, the decor is romantic and cozy, and the food is out of this world.
Another winner at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea, DUO is open daily for breakfast and dinner, and is never one to disappoint. The raw bar options are a seafood lover's dream come true, while the main dinner menu offers excellent steak, salad and fish options. We particularly love the Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye, as well as the Hanapa'a Crispy Local Snapper, Honey Glazed Pork Belly and complimentary cotton candy dessert.
With a direct view of Keawakapu Beach and a beautiful open-air setting, 5 Palms is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh breakfast, lunch or happy hour after a dip in the ocean. Start off with a Bloody Mary, Greyhound or Mai Tai and an order of the Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast with white chocolate chunks, Country Garden Frittata, Curried Chicken Salad or Coconut Crusted Prawns, and enjoy the view of paradise.
A longstanding favorite for cocktails, food and live music entertainment in Wailea, Tommy Bahama is noted for items like the Seared Scallop Sliders, Coconut Shrimp, Seared Ahi Tuna and Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon. Try Signature Cocktails like the Mango Habanero Margarita or Grapefruit Basil Martini to add a tropical twist to your Tommy's experience.
An excellent place for a low-key yet delicious lunch or dinner, Cafe O'Lei has two locations - one at the Dunes golf course in Wailuku, and another in South Kihei, our personal favorite. Sit at the raw bar to watch Sushi Chef Mama-san roll fresh sushi, or for those looking for something other than raw fish, the Baked Maui Onion Soup en Croute, Blackened Mahi Mahi, Crab Cakes and Asian Style Braised Shortrib are top notch.
Located on the slopes of Haleakala, Hali'imaile General Store is another creation from Chef Bev Gannon. Open nightly for dinner and lunch Monday through Friday, this popular Maui restaurant serves up specialties like the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with mashed purple sweet potatoes, Sashimi Napoleon, Maui Cheese Company Burratta & Tomato Salad, and award-winning Hali'imaile Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
With two locations in Kihei and Kapalua, Sansei is one of the most popular happy hour locations on Maui, with early evening and late night specials. Head here for delicious items like the Panko Crusted Ahi, Shrimp Dynamite and Kapalua 'Butterfry' Roll, among others. And if you're really in search of a place to belt some tunes, Sansei also doubles as a great late-night karaoke spot.
One of the best views (both mountain and ocean) on Front Street with incredible food and service. They did a great job redoing this old spot. The rooftop bar and restaurant are worth visiting!
With both indoor seating and toes-in-the-sand seating, the views of the water, people watching on the boardwalk and the great food make this a fun spot to stop and grab some ono grinds.
Nestled at the bottom level of the modern Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea, Morimoto is one of the best places for sushi, sake and sunsets on Maui's south shore. Make reservations for an outside table and order up a few of our favorite specialties, including the Sashimi, Hamachi Tacos, Kakuni, Seafood Toban Yaki, Negitoromaki, and Doughnuts for dessert. Excellent food with a picturesque view!
Hidden in an unassuming location in the lush north shore town of Haiku, Nuka delivers sushi and unique seafood dishes in a cozy, modern setting. Start with the famous Asian French Fries with wasabi aioli and furikake before venturing on to the Hamachi Carpaccio, Nuka Roll, Haleakala Roll and finally, the Black Sesame Ice Cream. And don't skip the sake menu!
Situated on the magnificent Kapalua Bay, Merriman's does three things extremely well - food, views, and service. What's more, 90% of the menu includes ingredients grown or caught on Maui, ensuring you get the best local flavors possible. Go for Sunday brunch to enjoy Maui Oma Roasters french press coffee and the Keahole Lobster Benedict, or for dinner for the Merriman's Original Wok-Charred Ahi.
Honu Seafood & Pizza
From the same owners of Mala Ocean Tavern and Frida's Mexican Beach House, Honu Seafood & Pizza is an oceanfront restaurant in Lahaina Town. Start with the Butternut Squash Coconut Soup and local beer, then be sure to order one of their mouthwatering seafood sandwiches, like the Dungeness Crab with Korean aioli, or the Ahi Sausage brick oven pizza with fennel pollen, nicoise olives and mozzarella.
Celebrating farm-to-table cuisine, this Lahaina restaurant utilizes ingredients from their Upcountry property, O'o Farm, located high in the hills of Haleakala. The Seasonal Menu offers 6-courses with optional wine pairings, while the lunch and dinner menus feature items like the Fresh Diver Scallops, Tropical Ceviche, Duck Breast and a Filet with Ali'i Mushrooms. Service is outstanding, and the dishes are beautifully presented. You can definitely tell they take pride in their locally grown cuisine.
Named for the state fish of Hawaii, Humu is located in a thatch-roofed structure on a scenic lagoon at the Grand Wailea Resort in Wailea. One of the most romantic fine dining establishments on Maui, diners even have the option to choose their own lobster from the lagoon. Open only from 5 to 9pm, make a reservation and enjoy dinner with a view, including entrees like the Opakapaka or Surf & Turf. Top off a memorable meal with their famed Humu Pie and thank us later.
Named 'Best Maui Restaurant' 23 years in a row by Honolulu Magazine's Readers Poll, as well as one of TripAdvisor's 25 Best Restaurants in the U.S., Lahaina Grill is located in the heart of West Maui's Lahaina Town. We particularly love the Black Manhattan cocktail paired with the Kona Coffee-Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb, as well as the Seared Ahi & Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Triple Berry Pie for dessert.
One of our favorite places to enjoy a family-style dinner with good company, Ka'ana Kitchen brings local ingredients to the plate in this gorgeous, modern restaurant at the Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea. Best dishes include the Abalone Risotto, Maui Gold Pineapple charcuterie and cheese plate, and Wagyu Beef Cheeks, and definitely an order of the Coconut Sundae for dessert! Award winning Chef Isaac Bancaco and staff are truly talented and personable.
Kobe Japanese Steak House
One of the most interactive places to dine on Maui, we love the ambience and food at Kobe Japanese Steak House in Lahaina Town. Sit back and watch the art of teppanyaki cooking, or grab a front row seat at Oku's Sushi Bar for fresh seafood specialties and sushi rolls. The fried rice is outstanding, and the kids will love the entertainment from the chefs!
Their location in Wailea is the perfect place to gather a group of friends for a delicious breakfast outing! With daily breakfast and a fresh squeezed juice bar, we love the Mediterranean, Crab Cakes or Lobster Eggs Benedict, as well as the French Toast with Grand Marnier and Coconut Syrup. Add a cup of MauiGrown French Press coffee and you're morning is guaranteed to be a great one.
Hidden in a quiet nook near Fred's Mexican Cafe and its sister restaurant, 808 Deli, 808 Bistro offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items in South Kihei. Another BYOB dining option in South Maui, the Banana Bread French Toast and Whale Pie are among some of the most raved-about menu items. Dinner includes a romantic setting, and due to its somewhat discreet location, often doesn't include a long wait time or large crowds.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Diners have the option of two locations at this world-renowned steak house, including The Shops at Wailea or Lahaina's Front Street. Carnivores of the world all know to flock here for a special occasion and epic meal, and Ruth's Chris always delivers. The Filet is our favorite cut, and the Crab stuffed Mushrooms and Potatoes au gratin will leave you in food heaven. Definitely a place to celebrate on Maui!
Sea House Restaurant
One of the most well-positioned restaurants in all of Maui, Sea House goes above and beyond as far as oceanside dining is concerned. Overlooking the turquoise waters of Napili Bay, grab a seat on the lanai or bar top to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Happy Hour is daily from 2 to 5pm, and includes deals on Specialty Cocktails and Pupus like the Poke Nachos, Calamari Tacos and more. Ideal location for a romantic dinner for two.
With a menu that features more than 60 wines by the glass - touted the 'largest selection on Maui' - as well as homemade Italian cuisine, Matteo's is one of the best and most authentic places to get a taste of Italy in paradise. Located in Wailea, keep an eye on their calendar for special Wine Pairing & Tasting Dinners. Otherwise, don't miss the locally-sourced Caprese Salad, Gnochi Alla Crema Rosa and variety of homemade pizzas.
The Plantation House Restaurant
For a different choice in West Maui, head to The Plantation House in Kapalua for fine dining with a golf course view. Breakfast and dinner are perfect meals to enjoy at this Maui restaurant hit, with menu items like the Seared Ahi Eggs Benedict with Wasabi Hollandaise, or dinner items such as the Shrimp Étouffée, Hokkaido Scallops and Baked Goat Cheese & Herb Focaccia. Delish!
Casual Quick Dining
The last stop to grab a to-go picnic lunch for the Road to Hana, Kuau Store also offers a wide assortment of raw foods, locally made food items, coffee drinks, smoothies and juices, kombucha on tap and more. Just east of Paia Town, stop in for amazing lunch items, like their Cuban Sandwich, Poke Bowls, Plate Lunches and Salads. Raw food items like the Powerhouse Papaya with Lime Cashew Cream and Raw Cookies are also highly recommended.
Located at the Maui Ocean Center in central Ma'alaea, we recommend a meal here after visiting the amazing aquarium. During winter months, the restaurant lanai also doubles as an excellent whale watching spot! The Seascape Cobb Salad with Cajun Mahi Mahi, Crab Cake and Bay Shrimp, Ma'alaea Club Sandwich and Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich are filling and fresh, and the view of the harbor is lovely.
Located in central Kihei across from the Cove, Joy's Place is a healthy dining deli that believes in fresh, organic ingredients. Come in for a Minty Green Smoothie, Cold-Brew Coffee and yummy Acai Bowl, or go with something more filling like the Vegan Indo Crunch Collard Wrap or Vegetarian Chili. The staff are all very welcoming and kind, and the close proximity to the water makes a morning meal in Kihei all the better.
When in Paia Town, don't miss the charming Cafe des Amis. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, our favorite time of day for this north shore spot is happy hour, when you can enjoy live music in the courtyard, $5 lilikoi margaritas and platters of meats, cheeses and vegetables to share with friends. Savory crepes, like the Italian Lentil with Tomato Stew, Pesto and Mozzarella, as well as the Shrimp Curry entree are also popular choices.
With several other locations on the mainland, we love that Flatbread Pizza Company in Paia still utilizes Maui's wide variety of locally grown ingredients for their wood-fired pizzas. Start with the Organic Salad to share, and order a unique Maui pizza, like Mopsy's Kalua Pork Pizza with homemade organic mango bbq sauce, or the Paia Bay Ohana or Pele Pesto. Add a Maui brewed rootbeer or Maui Brewing Co. local pint and rest happy.
Located upstairs in the Wailea Gateway Center, Monkeypod Kitchen is home to many of our favorite cocktails on Maui, including the Makawao Avenue with housemade ginger-cayenne beer, and the Monkeypod Mai Tai with honey-lilikoi foam. Head here for one of their twice-daily happy hours, and try to snag one of the tables on the outdoor lanai for a panoramic sunset view. The Poke Tacos are always a winner, as is the Spinach, Fennel & Ricotta Pizza and Bulgogi Pork Tacos. Dessert-lovers will die in heaven with a slice of their homemade cream pies.
The best spot in Makawao to get breakfast or lunch is tucked away in the Makawao Courtyard. Everything is as you'd expect, fresh, and many of the ingredients they use are not only local by organic.
Open since 2009 in North Kihei's Azeka Mall, Coconuts Fish Cafe is an ideal pit stop for fresh fish in a cozy, tropical setting. Order the famous Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, or go for a simple Grilled Ono on a Bun or Local Style Seared Ahi Plate, and grab a seat on their surfboard-styled tables and watch surf videos while savoring the flavors of Hawaii.
Without a doubt, this is the best breakfast on Maui. Hands down. This unique little spot is tucked away in the back of the Paia Inn. Delicious food all day long with an open kitchen and over-air seating.
Located at the Shops at Wailea, Lineage is yet another remarkable brain-child from Chef Sheldon Simeon. We'd venture to say this is one of the more unique menues in the State of Hawaii. If you're looking for an adventure, and a meal you'll talk about for years, check this spot out.
If you're in search of a place to escape the heat, head Upcountry to Kula Lodge, where cool breezes are just as frequent as scenic plant life. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, reserve a seat in one of the outdoor, circular tables to take in the stunning panoramic views of Maui. The Malted Belgian Waffle with Kula Strawberries and Coconut Syrup is delish, or an Irish Coffee with a view tends to hit the spot just fine.
If you plan on exploring Upcountry Maui, and you definitely should, head to La Provence for exquisite French fare, including breakfast Quiches and Crepes, coffee and pastries. Regular menu items include a Blue Crab Bisque, Warm Goat Cheese Salad, Slow Roasted Lacquered Duckling and Creme Brûlée. Perfect for a group of friends looking for a new brunch spot or romantic dinner spot for two.
Serving up unique asian specialties in Lahaina, Star Noodle knows how to do shared plates right. Try the Steamed Pork Buns with pork, hoisin, shiitake and cucumber, as well as the Vietnamese Crepe with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and nuoc cham. For the noodle aficionados, we highly recommend the Pad Thai and Hapa Ramen with roast pork and poached egg. The Sake Bar also doesn't disappoint.
A good spot for a quick bite with a view. Their right on the Maui Nui Golf Course offering great burgers and ahi poke nachos worth recommending.
Located in the Wailea Gateway Center, Pita Paradise employs their very own restaurant fisherman, creating a sea-to-table menu with Greek and Italian influences. Start your meal with the Ziziki Bread and American Greek Salad before venturing on to dishes like the Lamb Gnocchi and Greek God's Platter with Mousaka, Gyro, Spinach Tiropita and Tatziki. The Bakalava Ice Cream Cake for dessert is also a must. Opa!
Colleen's at the Cannery
On Maui's north shore, Colleen's is a great, low-key place to grab your morning coffee, breakfast or a snack in Haiku. The Hangover Cure, a mixture of sautéed potatoes, cheese, ham, onions, green chiles and eggs is delicious, as is the Greek Omelette and Organic Chai Tea Latte and Cappuccino. Open daily at 6am, this short detour is great for a last minute stop on your Road to Hana adventure, though there are more convenient options.
Also located in Paia Town, Mambo Cafe offers a lively, low-key and cozy dining atmosphere with yummy food. Grab a Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter to enjoy alongside the Crispy Duck Fajitas, Fish & Chips or Island Fish Salad, and take a look at the artwork or photography on the wall, which is typically provided by a local resident. Very popular spot for breakfast, too - we love the Paia Hippie Veggie Quesadillas.
Maui Thai Bistro
With a convenient location in South Kihei's Rainbow Mall, Maui Thai Bistro is a great stop for a hearty lunch or dinner. With a menu that features both authentic and modern Thai dishes, we have never had a bad meal here. Start with an order of the Vegetarian Summer Rolls, and enjoy entrees like the flavorful Drunken Crispy Fish, Panang Curry with Macadamia Nuts and Beef Short Rib, or Drunken Noodles.
Maui Brick Oven
Easily missed due to its strip mall location next to Long's Drugs in North Kihei, Maui Brick Oven is 100% Gluten Free, including the tasty Mozzarella Sticks, Coconut Shrimp and array of Gourmet Pizzas. The Kalua Pig Pizza with braised pork shoulder, red onions and bbq sauce is a favorite, as is the Mango & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Lilikoi Butter Sauce.
Sangrita Grill + Cantina
While Maui's certainly not known for its Mexican food, Sangrita Grill delivers top notch Mexican cuisine with a twist. Located in The Fairway Shops in Ka'anapali, Sangrita's tequila bar is enough to make you want to stick around all night. Go for Happy Hour from 4 to 6pm, when all food items are half price, and try the Avocado Fries with cilantro pesto aioli, Kick Ass Carnitas and Chorizo Stuffed Dates.
Fabiani's Bakery & Pizzeria
With two locations to choose from in South Maui, we tend to prefer the somewhat livelier location in North Kihei, though the Wailea location's menu is just as good. The food here is understated, and service is always friendly and enjoyable. Favorite dishes include Lorenzo's Meat Lasagna, Lorenzo's White Pizza, and House Salad with Lilikoi & Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette, and absolutely do not leave without ordering a piece of their Red Velvet Cake.
Frida's Mexican Beach House
A newcomer to Maui's Front Street in Lahaina, Frida's brings some real competition to the Mex world on Maui. The decor is inviting, and the oceanfront views are truly amazing, especially for sunset dinner and drinks. Recommended menu items include the Fresh Fish Zarendeado, Carnitas Taco Plate and Menudo. Cocktails like the La Paloma and Barking Chihuahua are perfect additions to your meal.
Located at the Menehune Shores complex in North Kihei, Monsoon India offers true flavors of Indian cuisine. The Garlic Naan and Aloo Paratha are excellent, as is the Chicken Curry Masala and Tandoori Chicken. The view of the ocean just beyond is calming, and the portions are great for sharing. Chef Anu Radha does Indian cuisine proud on the Valley Isle.
Three's Bar & Grill
One of the most popular places for twice-daily Happy Hour, located in South Kihei's Kalama Village, head to Three's for live music and great deals on pupus and cocktails. We love the Top Shelf Margarita or local draft beer with an order of the Kalua Pork Nachos, Sweet & Spicy Lettuce Wraps and $2 Oysters. You also can't go wrong with the Wasabi Bloody Mary and Huevos Rancheros.
Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe
Located centrally in Kahului, Brigit & Bernard offer authentic German cuisine in the heart of Maui. Open daily for lunch and dinner, we recommend the Swiss Bratwurst Platter top with caramelized onions, as well as the Zueri Gschnetzlets and Chicken Cordon Bleu with potatoes au gratin. Service is always friendly, and a Franziskaner or Spaten Oktoberfest bottle goes well with most entrees.
Ma'alaea General Store
With a direct view of the centralized and scenic Ma'alaea Harbor, Ma'alaea General Store offers excellent local grinds at great prices. Try the Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, Chicken Katsu, Shrimp Po'Boy, or Maui Cattle Company Cheeseburger with papaya coleslaw for lunch, or go early to try the So No Pono or Breakfast BLT. The freshly baked muffins are also a good snack to bring along if you plan on hopping aboard boat tour from the harbor.
Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Cafe
With locations on Oahu, Maui and Kauai, Eskimo Candy knows what it's doing when it comes to fresh seafood in the Hawaiian Islands. With affordable prices and a relaxed dining area, guests are welcome to come in and taste a bit of aloha. Best plates include the Poke Bowls, which contain shoyu, wasabi, spicy tuna and furikake flavors over rice, famed Seafood Chowder or Davey Jones' Opakapaka Fish-n-Chips.
Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop
Hidden in a beautiful roadside location in Olowalu, Leoda's Pie Shop offers an assortment of "glorified grandma comfort food", often with Maui-grown ingredients made in house. While pies like the Coconut Cream, Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Olowalu Lime are superb, don't miss their regular food menu, featuring scrumptious dishes like the Launiupoko Egg Salad Sandwich, Reuben Sandwich or Chicken Pot Pie.
On the same grounds as the renowned Kapalua Resort in West Maui, Honolua Store is a one-stop shop, as well as some of the most reasonably priced breakfast and lunch options in the area. Stock up on souvenirs, small grocery items for a nice beach day, or menu items like the Biscuits & Gravy with Eggs, Combo Plate Lunch, Fried Chicken, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich or Grilled Mahimahi Wrap.
Aloha Mixed Plate
With a prime oceanfront location in Lahaina Town, Aloha Mixed Plate offers onolicious local dishes with a view for a great price. Grab a table in the outdoor seating area and order favorites like the Furikake Garlic Fries, Coconut Prawns with pineapple chutney, Aloha Mixed Plate with shoyu chicken, fresh fish and teriyaki beef, Kalbi Ribs, Loco Moco or Fried Noodles. Head here for Happy Hour specials from 2 to 6pm.
Maui Fresh Streatery
A food truck that has definitely won the hearts of residents and visitors all over the island, Maui Fresh Streatery's Chef Kyle has created a memorable Indian inspired menu, including hits like the Desi Fries, Shrimp Louie Salad, Cioppino, Indian Spiced Seared Ahi and Chicken Makhani. These are definitely some of the best gourmet dishes to come out of a food truck, so be sure to stop by for a meal in Kahului.
Paia Fish Market
Now with two locations on Maui, including the original Paia Town corner spot and new South Kihei location, Paia Fish Market is touted as having the 'Best Fish Burger on Maui', and we don't disagree. The Fish Tacos are also on our must-have list (keep in mind the portions are massive), and the accompanying coleslaw with homemade tartar sauce and home fried potatoes are absolutely amazing. A Bikini Blonde goes nicely with everything, too!
A casual dining spot in both Kahului and Kihei (Express location), this is one of our very favorite places for local-style grinds. Try the juicy Kalua Pork Sandwich with Mac Salad, or go for gold with the Fried Spam Musubi or Loco Moco. The portions are notoriously huge, so order a few items to split with the group, and keep in mind that both locations are BYOB, though the Kihei location is slightly less formal.
Charley's Restaurant & Saloon
Established in Paia Town in 1969, Charley's is a local landmark located in Paia Town on Maui's north shore. A favorite stop for Maui resident Willie Nelson, head here for live music performances, a monthly 90's Night Dance Party, or a hearty meal and cocktail. A Bloody Mary and order of Pancakes with Coconut Syrup are also a great way to start your day before a swim at nearby Baldwin Beach.
You haven't experienced breakfast on Maui till you've eaten at Kihei Caffe. If you're alarmed by the line out the door, don't be. It's worth the wait. Favorite breakfast items include the Corn Beef Hash & Eggs with Potatoes, Banana Mac Nut or Pineapple Coconut French Toast with Coconut Syrup, and Pork Fried Rice, and coffee is hot. The portions are huge and a great value for the price, and counter service always friendly.
Choice Health Bar
Located in West Maui's Lahaina Town, Choice Health Bar offers fresh juice, organic food options, and a new dinner menu with sushi and gourmet vegan Japanese cuisine. We love the Dessert Sunrise Acai Bowl, Buddha Bowl, Kale Chips, MacaWow Smoothie and kombucha on tap. If you want to feel rejuvenated and energized after a meal, head here and be glad you did.
Paia Bay Coffee
A charming and bustling morning spot in Paia Town, this outdoor garden cafe is one of the best places to post up with a cup of coffee and people-watch on Maui's north shore. The Organic Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese, Roasted Red Peppers, and Salsa is flavorful and delicious, while the Grilled Banana Bread with Whipped Cream and Berries will satisfy those who prefer their sweets in the morning. Dinner brings a whole new inventive tapas menu, including Coconut Soup with Steamed Mussels, and is BYOB, making anytime of day worth a visit.
Fat Daddy's Smokehouse
Serving up barbecue favorites in South Kihei's Kalama Village, Fat Daddy's is a family-friendly, casual restaurant where you can enjoy favorites like the Burnt Ends with Bleu Cheese Cole Slaw and Truffle Mac 'N' Cheese, or Pulled Pork Sandwich with Jalapeno Hush Puppies and Chili Garlic Beans. The 1/2 rack of St. Louis Style Pork Ribs are also a winner.
Grandma's Coffee House
A small cafe and staple in Upcountry Maui, stop at Grandma's after watching sunrise on Haleakala. With coffee grown on the slopes of the volcano and an intimate indoor and outdoor dining area in beautiful Kula, head here for a warm latte, the special Eggs Benedict on Cornbread Waffles, and sweet treats like the Pineapple Banana Cake or Pineapple Coconut Bars. The view from the lanai is pretty stellar, too.
Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill
If you've thought about driving the back road around Haleakala from the Road to Hana, definitely make a stop for lunch at Ulupalakua Ranch Store, located Upcountry near Maui's Winery. The old-style wooden building and rolling hills and clouds make you forget you're on an island, and the cool breezes are always a welcome treat. Try the Ulupalakua Elk Burger with smashed potatoes, or other dishes like the Maui Taro Burger and El Patron Brisket Burrito.
Nutcharee's Authentic Thai Food
What was once a roadside restaurant in Hana is now a full blown restaurant in North Kihei's Azeka Shopping Center. After gaining many loyal fans in East Maui, the new South Maui location will have similar dishes like the Crispy Opaka and Green Papaya Salad, Panang Curry, Chicken Pad Thai and more. We're very excited to see what's to come of this fantastic Thai food restaurant in the much busier area of Kihei.
Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade
Using locally-grown fruits from Hawaii's farmers, Wow Wow serves innovative handcrafted lemonades, as well as our personal favorite Acai Bowls on Maui at the Kihei Azeka Mall location. The Haupia Ono Bowl, topped with coconut macaroons, is filling and a lovely way to start your morning, especially alongside the Lava Flow lemonade in one of their large mason jars.
Located in Haiku on the north shore, Maui Kombucha is 'Maui's original and largest kombucha brewery' that also serves a full menu of raw vegan food. Try their delicious Alive Wrap, a fresh salad, Raw-Zagna, and even raw macadamia nut and coconut cream ice cream on brownies alongside a cup of kombucha, chai tea and 'Love Buzz' cold pressed coffee. If you have your own jar, you can even bring it in for a discount!
Jawz Fish Tacos
If you plan on spending a day playing in the waves at Makena's Big Beach, you might get hungry. Enter Jawz Food Truck, often located on the road or in the parking lot of the first entrance. We love the Snapper Fish Tacos with cilantro rice, cheese, shredded cabbage, and creamy salsa, Shrimp Quesadillas, and Shredded Pork Chimichanga. A side of the Pineapple Ginger Fried Rice is also a must. While not the most beach-friendly meal, it sure beats cheese and crackers.
Geste Shrimp Truck
One of our absolute favorite food trucks on the Valley Isle, make Geste Shrimp Truck your first or last stop on Maui. Located on Kahului Beach Road, grab an order of the Spicy Pineapple Shrimp with a side of crab mac salad and rice. Other varieties include Hawaiian Scampi, Hot & Spicy and Lemon Pepper, and a slightly larger portion is available with cabbage. They're honestly all delicious and a welcome addition to a day of fun in the sun in central Maui.
Tobi's Shave Ice
Conveniently located in Paia Town, Tobi's might not be the first place you think of to enjoy a meal, beyond a sweet shave ice to cool off, anyway. But what most travelers don't know is that Tobi's serves up some of the best Poke Plates and Seared Ahi Salads on Maui. Rumor has it that they get their fish from the same people who supply Mama's Fish House, and it definitely tastes like it. Add kim chee (when available) to your salad and you can't go wrong.
Perhaps the most beloved grocery store on Maui, Mana Foods prides itself on offering customers wholesome, healthy, local, non GMO products. Located on Baldwin Avenue in Paia, guests will also be pleased to find a full deli, bakery and salad bar with delicious food at inexpensive prices. The menu changes daily, but be sure to try one of their hot soups, entrees or sandwiches. The peanut butter truffles are also heaven on earth!
Iglesia Church Tacos
Also known as Guadalajara Tacos, this roadside outdoor stand serves authentic Mexican food in central Kihei. Bonus: They're open until 10:30pm Fridays through Sundays, a rare surprise on Maui. The Mulitas with Shredded Pork and Carne Asada Tacos are delicious, and come loaded with beans, cilantro, onions and cabbage. Grab a side of their homemade salsas (the red sauce is terrific), and glass of Aqua de Pina and enjoy a great locally-made meal with friends or family.
A relatively new addition to the Mexican food world on Maui, Roasted Chiles is located in North Kihei's Azeka Mall. While the prices aren't as budget-friendly as other Mexican restaurants in Kihei, the tequila bar, food presentation and friendly service are worth it. Head here for lunch or dinner and enjoy the Langostino Enchiladas, Chicken Mole, Pozole and Camarones a la Diabla. The salsa is also some of the best on the island.
Las Pinatas of Maui
If burritos are your spirit food, you're in luck. Las Pinatas in Kahului serves the largest and messiest burritos on Maui, as well as lots of Mexican beers. The Kitchen Sink Burrito is always a favorite, as are the Cheese Enchiladas, and portions are huge. The complimentary salsa bar is worth a visit in and of itself, and we love the local, laid-back vibe of this big-burrito wonder. It's also the perfect place to pick up a piñata!
Horhitos Mobile Taqueria
With a prime location next to the Kihei Marketplace in South Maui, Horhitos is one of the best spots to get cheap, quick grinds in central Kihei. With $2 and $3 tacos, grab a mixture of the Shrimp, Mahi Mahi and Pork Tacos and be sure to add some hot sauce from their many options. We love to stop here after a long day at the beach, or a surf session at 'The Cove' just down the street. And you definitely can't beat the prices!
One of the most popular breakfast locations in West Maui, head to Gazebo early to enjoy beautiful views of Napili Bay and giant portions of delicious, Maui-inspired breakfast items. Expect a wait, but it'll be well worth it when your Macadamia Nut Pancakes and Coconut Syrup arrive. The half portion of Fried Rice is also a popular choice, notorious for its mass, but we tend to prefer the Eggs Benedict or Corned Beef Hash & Eggs.
Cafe a la Plage
Located in South Kihei's Dolphin Plaza, Cafe a la Plage is a casual breakfast and lunch cafe, and also a quiet place to read or work if you're tired of setting up at Starbucks. Start with the Coconut Latte or a Cappuccino, and choose from one of their many yummy bagels, like the Kama'ole I with Cinnamon Honey Butter, or range of other menu items, including the Kalama Breakfast Bagel Sandwich, Tuscan Sun Panini, or Jaws Sandwich with Soup.
808 on Main
From the same guys who created the menu at 808 Deli, 808 on Main in Wailuku Town is one of the best new places to meet for lunch or happy hour in central Maui. Happy Hour pupus include the Mediterranean Nachos, Kimchi Pork Balls, and Buffalo Brussel Sprouts, among others, while the main menu features other specialties like the Salmon Spinach Burger, Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Aioli and Cocktails like the Sazerac and Lilikoi Mojito. Yum!
For a genuinely exquisite culinary experience, we suggest reserving a spot at Maui Chef’s Table. Hosted by The Mill House at the Maui Tropical Plantation, the event—held on select weekend evenings—features executive chef Jeff Scheer and/or his team of epicurean masters, who select fresh island ingredients to create a nine-course meal that’s bound to leave you breathless. The open-kitchen concept encourages guests to interact with the chefs, while the setting itself—lush and picturesque—is one for the records.
We've been to every Maui luau, and they're all fun. The Grand Luau is particularly unique in that their entire show is Maui-focused. The song, the dance, the stories are all about Maui history and legends. The feast is delicious, excellent service, and amazing location to watch sunrise over the water. Check out the Top Maui Luaus.
One of the most anticipated events of the summer, and a part of the annual Maui Film Festival, Taste of Wailea also includes access to the Film Fest's Celestial Cinema that same evening. Guests 21 and over are invited to enjoy creations from the island's best and most acclaimed chefs, with amazing food, open bar and live music entertainment with a gorgeous view of South Maui. Buy tickets early, as this event almost always sells out!
An annual event at Seabury Hall in Upcountry Maui, this Craft Fair typically brings more than 20,000 attendees and 100 local vendors, with attractions like games and pony rides, live music entertainment, a silent auction, rummage sale and excellent shopping. Take a walk down Restaurant Row, where you'll find food booths from some of Maui's most popular restaurants. Also take time out to enjoy the Jacaranda trees, which are usually in bloom during the Fair.
With many different tours, Maui Craft Tours will take you to the sources where Maui Tastemakers creat unique products for you to endulge in.
One of the most memorable and informational tours on Maui, travelers interested in farming, fresh food and amazing outdoor dining should definitely book a Farm & Luncheon Tour at O'o Farm, located high on the slopes of Haleakala. Learn about a variety of local crops around the farm before picking ingredients for your own salad. While a Chef prepares your meal in the charming outdoor kitchen, visit the coffee roasting room or take a seat at the family-style tables. Bring your own bottle of wine, and be sure to thank the Chef for one of the best meals you'll likely have on Maui.
Created by the Maui Culinary Academy, the Class Act Restaurant is your chance to sit back and watch as Maui's up-and-coming chefs prepare a world class meal right in front of your eyes. Held weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 12:30pm, the 75-seat facility includes a private dining room and ocean view. Menus change weekly, and the 4 Course Prix Fixe gourmet meal does not disappoint.
Maui County Agricultural Festival
Held annually at Maui Tropical Plantation on the first Saturday in April, Maui Ag Fest is a fun, family-friendly event featuring farm-to-table food booths, food demonstrations, contests, keiki activities, story telling, petting zoo and agricultural experts. Watch the Live Chef's Challenge, and be sure to buy tickets to the Grand Taste Event, featuring dishes from local chefs that must include a main grown-on-Maui ingredient.
For a truly romantic, upscale dining experience aboard a boat, we love Trilogy's Captain's Sunset Dinner Sail. Departing from Ma'alaea Harbor, the sailing catamaran is the perfect size, and includes delicious cocktails like the Molokai Mule or Lana'i Tai as well as a three course dinner. Food includes pupus like Beef Crostinis, a Smoked Salmon Wedge and Breadstick with Lilikoi Butter, Caesar Salad, and option of a Rosemary & Garlic Crusted Steak, Lemon Butter Caper Mahi Mahi or Vegetarian Pasta, as well as Cheesecake, Truffles and Fruit.
The only boat to depart from the beach, head south to the white sand beach fronting what was the Makena Beach & Golf Resort to hop onto Kai Kanani, a catamaran perfect for cruising around the shores of Maui. With a smaller number of guests and champagne toast, premium bar, food and amazing views, this is one of the best options for a romantic date night on the water. Enjoy pupus like Shrimp Cocktail, Cheeses, BBQ meatballs, Fruit, Crackers and more, and be aware that your legs will likely get wet on the walk to and from shore.
Pride of Maui
When on Maui, dine on a boat! Pride of Maui is one of the most popular choices for a Maui Sunset Dinner & Cocktail Cruise, where guests depart from Ma'alaea Harbor to see the stunning sunset, whales (from December to March) and listen to live music, all with the advantage of an open bar and scrumptious full buffet. Food includes fresh Shrimp, Artichoke Dip, Maui Onion Tartlets, Desserts and more, and the service is always very friendly. The large double-tiered deck space allows guests to spread out and enjoy the panoramic views of paradise.
Departing daily from Lahaina Harbor, Quicksilver is known for its budget-friendly Maui Sunset Dinner & Cocktail Cruises. Enjoy beer, wine, mai tais and other blended tropical cocktails, as well as dancing and live entertainment. Menu items include Prime Rib, Fish, Pineapple Grilled Chicken, Rosemary Potatoes, Caesar Salad, Veggie Platters and Dessert, and is a great option for families.