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Best Maui Restaurants

1.Kihei Caffe

Pricing : $

Cousine : Café

Address : 1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-7836

Website :

Phone : +1 808-879-2230

Hours : 5am-2pm daily

Description : Five words from personal experience -- the best breakfast cafe ever. Ranging from the soft pancakes to the classic eggs benedicts, there is no dish that you wouldn't like from this "hole in the wall" breakfast/lunch joint. The view is brilliant from the restaurant, as it overlooks Kalama Beach Park across the road. Their oversize coffee mug proudly standing in our kitchen makes me smile whenever I take a gulp from it in the cold and dreary NY morning.

2.Kahului Ale House

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Bar/Pub

Address : 355 E Kamehameha Ave, Kahului, Maui, HI, 96732-2437

Phone : +1 808-877-0001

Hours : 11am-10pm daily

Description : If you are looking for a quick meal before or after a flight, Kahului Ale house is a solid option right next to the airport. It is a sports bar with nearly seventy TVs so don't expect it to be quiet, particulalry during a football game or even during a 3pm-6pm happy hour. There are three dozen beers on tap and menu covers all the typical bar food choices and then some -- appetizers ranging from nachos to buffalo wings, mains ranging from pizzas to sandwiches and burgers and steaks.

3. Maui tacos

Pricing : $

Cousine : Mexican

Address : 5095 Napilihau St Ste 101, Lahaina, Maui, Hi 96761-8800

Website :

Phone : +1 808-655-0222

Hours : 11:30am-7:30pm daily

Description : "Mexican with Mautitude" -- Maui tacos has locations in three unassuming strip malls around the island but still turns out some of the best Mexican street food this side of the Pacific. Their tacos, enchiladas, and the guac are delivered with a speed of light by the friendly staff.

4. Cheeseburger in Paradise

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Bar/Pub

Address : 811 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 9761-1607

Phone : +1 808-661-4855

Hours : 10:30am-9pm daily

Description : Good burgers in a great Front street location with open air, friendly staff, and simple but pleasant music and decor. If you are tired of eating fish and want some red meat, their burgers (which can be a bit on the greasy/fatty side), hit the right spot...It can get a bit crowded, the wait can be a bit long...but nothing to lose sleep over.

5. Pita Paradise

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Mediterrane an bistro

Address : 34 Wailea Gateway PI Unit A-108, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-6525

Phone : +1 808 879 7177

Hours : lunch: 11am-5pm, dinner: 5pm-9pm

Description : Throwing a curve ball in the mix of cuisines on the island, Pita Paradise is a great option for Greek/Italian Mediterranean food. The owner Johnny is a fisherman so always expect to have his grilled fresh catch of the days on the menu with chopped mixed greens and tossed w/ tomatoes, onions, cucumber, olives, feta, and creamy vinaigrette. Some of the best dishes on Pita Paradise's menu are chicken parm, hummus, lamb kebab, and baklava ice cream cake. They have an outdoor patio to compliment a plain white dining room.

6. Tasaka Guri Guri

Pricing : $

Cousine : Dessert

Address : 70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Phone : +1 808-871-4513

Hours : 9am-5pm daily

Description : "The pandemic may have changed the personality of this place," however it didn't change their legendary taste. Guri-guri's typical ingredients are a mixture of flavored juices, guava juice, lemon-lime soda, and condensed milk -- Tasaka makes theirs in only strawberry and pineapple flavors.

7. Mamas Fish House

Pricing : $$$$

Cousine : Hawaiian

Address : 799 Poho Pi, Paia, HI 96779-9708

Phone : +1 808-579-8488

Hours : 11am-8:30pm

Description : Described as truly a once in a lifetime experience, Mama's Fish House tends to be booked 3-6 months in advance. This is a #1 restaurant in Maui, top 100 most scenic restaurant in the US, the bucket list dinner for nearly 50 years... Mama's has built up an impressive reputation for their food, but what truly separates them is utmost professionalism of their staff, luxurious beach shack ambiance and expansive ocean views...This is a special occasion kind of a place and their food, particulalry seafood, is truly special -- it is so fresh that the menu changes daily and it even tells you which fisherman caught what you're about to eat, and where.

8. Morimoto

Pricing : $$$

Cousine : Japanese

Address : 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-9518

Phone : +1 808-879-1234

Hours : 12pm-8pm daily

Description : If you're trying to book a special occasion dinner or introduce someone to the art of sushi -- look no further than Morimoto. From its flawless perch in the beautiful and modern Andaz hotel in Wailea, the Iron Chef serves some of the best sushi in the U.S. Ask for a $50 or $100 chef's combination and let him take control of the choices.

9. Local Boys Shave Ice

Pricing : $

Cousine : Dessert

Address : 624 Front Street and 1941 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753

Website : no web

Phone : +1 808-344-9779

Hours : 10am-9pm daily

Description : Another classic dessert, shaved ice. However, this isn't any shaved iced that you would find in a cheezy mall -- you start with the fluffiest ice on the island, add up to 3 syrups (from 40 flavors!!!) and top it off with Maui’s own Roselani ice cream -- creating the tastiest cold combo this side of the tropics!

10. Star Noodle

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Chinese/Japanese

Address : 286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-2742

Phone : +1 808-667-5400

Hours : 10:30am-10pm

Description : This truly Pan-Asian (Philipino meets Korean meets Japanese meets Singaporean meets Vietnamese) restaurant creates a gorgeous mix of flavors and spices. The best way to savor their cusine is family style -- order a bunch of different dishes and share them. Some of their standout dishes are: vietnamese crepes, shrimp tempura, adobo ribs, and nuoc cham chicken. They require reservations and their outdoor tables also have a cover that can protect from sunshine/rain.

11. Monkeypod Kitchen

Pricing : $$$

Cousine : American/Pan-Asian

Address : 2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761 [Inside Whaler's Village]

Phone : + 1 808 878-6763

Hours : 11am-10pm daily (except for select holidays)

Description : Perennial crowd favorite by local celebrity-chef Peter Merriman -- you get good food, tropical drinks, and loud, fun athmosphere in a lively place decorated with Hawaiian memorabilia ranging from surfboards to tchotchkes. Monkeypod's wide ranging menu covers Upcountry Hawaiian classics like Kalua pork and kiawe-grilled ahi, as well as appetizers (pupus) like poke tacos and lobster deviled eggs together with fresh-tossed pizzas. This restaurant cum bar happy hour (from 3:30pm - 5:00 p.m.) is legendary for the food and drinks obsessed crowd.

12. Miso Phat

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Sushi

Address : 4310 Lower Honoapi‘Ilani Road, Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone : +1 (808) 669-9010

Hours : MONDAY - FRIDAY: 11:30AM - 9PM


Description : Ka'ana serves up some of Maui’s best traditional dishes family style. This farm-to-table restaurant is going to convert any Hawaiian newbie into a raging fan of local cuisine -- starting with ahi tataki and all the way to local caught fish with pork belly chorizo and buttermilk chicken (cortesy of its Arkinsas born and bread chef).

13. Ka' ana Kitchen

Pricing : $$$$

Cousine : Hawaiian

Address : 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753 [At Andaz Maui in Wailea]

Phone : +1 (808) 573-1234

Hours : Breakfast: 6:30 am - 11:00 am

Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Description : Ka'ana serves up some of Maui’s best traditional dishes family style. This farm-to-table restaurant is going to convert any Hawaiian newbie into a raging fan of local cuisine -- starting with ahi tataki and all the way to local caught fish with pork belly chorizo and buttermilk chicken (cortesy of its Arkinsas born and bread chef) .

14. The Banyan Tree

Pricing : $$$$

Cousine : Hawaiian

Address : 1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761 (at Ritz Carlton Kapalua)

Phone : +1 (808) 669-6200

Hours : Dinner: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Description : The newly remodeled space serves farm-to-table Hawaiian coastal cousine paired with exquisite drinks. As expected from Ritz Carlton, there is a beautiful view out to the ocean and impeccable service. The distinct flavors of Hawiian Cioppino mix Italian heritage with ultra-local ingredients ranging from fish caught in the Island's waters to Hua Momona Farm’s tomatoes, another local farm's baby bok choy and artisan-sourced sourdough.

15. Plantation House

Pricing : $$$

Cousine : American/Hawaiian

Address : 2000 Plantation Club Dr Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone : +1 (808) 669-6299

Hours : Breakfast & Lunch Daily: 8 am to 3 pm

Dinner Nightly: 5:30 pm to 9 pm (September 15th to April 15th) &

6 pm to 9 pm (April 16th to September 14th)

Description : Solid food coupled with sweeping views down to the ocean and spectacular open space on the terrace make for a great special occasion -- it is a Top 10 spot for Sunset dining in the country. Both food and wine menus consist of usual crowd-pleasers: Banana’s Foster pancakes and egg beneditcs for brunch; Angus beef, Hawaiian short rib, and mahi mahi for dinner; wine list covering Napa Valley cabernets, New Zealand sauvignon blancs and French bubblies (Bollinger, Taittinger, Dom Perignon).

16. Sensei

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Sushi

Address : 600 Office Road Kapalua, HI 96761 [at Kapalua Resort]

Phone : +1 (808) 669-6286

Hours : Open 7 Days a Week 5:00PM - 8:30PM Dine-In

Description : Quality, reasonably priced sushi with 50% early bird specials and bold, vibrant flavors. Their signature ahi sashimi consists of fresh-caught raw ahi, wrapped in arugula and spinach, rolled in panko crumbs, and flash-fried and served with soy wasabi butter sauce. The seared foie gras nigiri is a creamy, rich foie gras in a sushi roll, served with a mango glaze. Traditionalists would be disappointed here.

17. Mala's tavern

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Mediterranean/ Pacific Rim

Address : 1307 Front Street Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone : + 1 (808) 667-9394

Hours : BRUNCH 9a-2pm


DINNER 4-10pm

Description : This oceanfront bistro in the middle of Front Street is so close to the water that you can almost touch the waves. It is great for ordering appetizers/pupus family style to share and splitting mains like the seared ahi or scallops, grilled steaks or Huli Huli chicken.

18. Lahaina Grill

Pricing : $$$$

Cousine : Upscale bistro

Address : 127 Lahainaluna Road Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone : +1 (808) 667-5117

Hours : Open nightly from 5pm

Description : This downtown Lahaina upscale bistro has consistently been one of the top restaurants on the island since it is opening over three decades ago. The contemporary design is pleasing without being daring. So are the dishes - ranging caviar deviled eggs to kona coffee roasted colorado rack of lamb to road to hana chocolate cake.

19. Papa'aina at the Pioneer Inn

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Brunch bistro

Address : 658 Wharf Street Lahaina, HI 96768

Phone : + 1 (808) 661-3636

Hours : Brunch: 8am-2pm daily; no reservations

Description : Chef Anne Wong of the Top Chef fame runs Papa’aina at the oldest hotel in Maui (Pioneer Inn) featuring brunch with local, Maui grown and raised ingredients. The menu runs from traditional breakfast favories (e.g., french toast and omelettes) to mild Hawaiian influences (e.g., macadamia pancakes) to full on Hawaiian dishes (ahi poke bowl, lillikoi cake) to Asian and pacific influenced dishes (e.g., ramen, mapo moco). While there are no reservations and service could be on a leasurely side, you can use Yelp waitlist feature to snag a seat on one of the terrasses.

20. Hula Cookies

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Dessert

Address : 300 Maalaea Rd # 207, Wailuku, HI 96793 [Next to Hawaii Ocean Center]

Phone : + 1 (808) 243-2271

Hours : Daily: 11:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Description : Fresh baked Hawaiian cookies, gourmet ice cream sandwiches made to order, Roeselani ice cream, and the best shave ice on the island -- need we say more? The store is next to the Hawaii Ocean Center in Maalaea so you can visit it if you are there or if you are travelling between Wailea and Kaanapali (Maalea is a about half way in between the two towns).

21. Home Maid Bakery

Pricing : $

Cousine : Dessert

Address : 1005 Lower Main Street, Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone : + 1 (808) 244-7015

Hours : Daily: 5:00 am – 8:00 pm

Description : This bakeshop focuses on exotic specialties ranging from Portugese malasadas to Japanese manju and mochi to Hula pies and everything in between. It has been around since the 1960s and is great for an early breakfast pastry or specially ordered cakes as well.

22.Leoda’s Kitchen

Pricing : $

Cousine : Breakfast and Lunch

Address : 820 Olowalu Village Rd. Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone : + 1(808) 662-3600

Hours : Monday–Sunday


Description : Leoda's is a tiny diner in Olowalu right next to Ukumehame Beach Park which has some of the best surf for new and intermediate students. The owners call their cusine glorified grandma comfort food and eating there you wish that grandma was still around -- handcrafted sandwiches on served on freshly-baked bread, fresh salads are made with greens from local farms, their sweet (strawberry) and savory (chicken pot) pies are to die for!

23. Sale Pepe

Pricing : $$

Cousine : Italian

Address : 878 Front St, Units 7 & 8, Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone : + 1(808) 667-7667

Hours : Monday - Saturday, 5pm - 9pm

Closed Sunday

Description : Sale Pepe is a cozy Italian bistro with a highly curated menu of cold cuts (e.g., salumis and cheeses), small plates (e.g., bruschetta, liver crostini) and house made fresh pasta and pizzas and with wines and drinks to accompany. Their key ingredients — the flour, mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and olive oil — are all imported directly from Italy by the couple running this delightful restaurant: Qiana (from Red Hook, Brooklyn) and Michele (from Rozzano, Milan).

24. Leilani's on the beach

Pricing : $$-$$$

Cousine : Hawaiian

Address : 435 Kaanapali Pkwy., Bldg J Lahaina, HI 96761 (at Whalers Village)

Phone : + 1 (808) 661-4495

Hours : Daily: 11:00am-9:00pm

Description : Leilani's is our favorite restaurant in Whaler's Village -- it is an airy, sprawling space right on Kaanapali Beach, offering the perfect vantage point for viewing sunsets framed by amazing shorelines of Lanai and Molokai. Leilani's consists of a beachside grill with the lanai (terrace) serving more casual bites (e.g., burgers, fish tacos, ahi poke) with tropical drinks and drafts and a proper restaurant with the menu ranging from lobster tails to Double R ranch file mignon and prime rib.

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