11 Best Restaurants in Paia, Maui

Paia Fishmarket Restaurant

$ Fodor's choice

If you're okay with communal picnic tables, or taking your meal to a nearby beach, this place in funky Paia town serves, arguably, the best fresh fish for the best prices on this side of the island. Four preparations are offered and, on any given day, there are at least four to six fresh fishes from which to choose; there are burgers, chicken, and pasta options for the non-fish fans. There are also locations in Kihei and Lahaina.

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice

$ Fodor's choice

This Maui institution is a must-visit for interesting shave ice flavors featuring natural, hand-made syrups and a variety of toppings including Roselani's ice cream. The menu is extensive but features some popular combos to make your choice easier. Be sure to look for specials before ordering from the big board—and don't be afraid to try a tropical flavor that might be new to you.

VANA

$$$ Fodor's choice

One of Paia’s newest dining establishments, VANA brings a hip, fresh menu to an eclectic dinner food scene. Plates are full of Japanese-inspired fare with Hawaiian flair, with a rotating array of hot dishes served alongside lovely sushi options with seating that includes a main dining area and a bar area where the restaurant’s mixologists serve up a variety of carefully crafted cocktails.

93 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI, 96779, USA
808-579–6002
Known For
  • stunning sushi options
  • ambience that encourages lingering and enjoying
  • vibrant mixology program for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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Café des Amis

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The menu at this budget-friendly café features French, Mediterranean, and Indian dishes, and the food is fresh and tasty. Expect flavors and preparations not easily obtainable at other island eateries, with a nice selection of sweet and savory crepes, curry wraps, and salads with cocktails, wine, and beer to complement.

42 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI, 96779, USA
808-579–6323
Known For
  • delicious, good-value food like the chicken, avocado, and mozzarella crepe
  • vegetable curry
  • excellent people-watching

Cafe Mambo

$$

Paia is one of Maui's most interesting food towns, and this colorful, airy, and brightly painted hangout is right in the thick of things. The menu features everything from burgers and fish to three different preparations of duck, and aside from the great food, the people-watching is fascinating.

Charley's Restaurant & Saloon

$$

A Maui institution since 1969, Charley's is known for satiating your cowboy-size breakfast appetite: omelets, pancakes, and sausage biscuits with country gravy lure customers in. Charley's also serves hearty portions for lunch and dinner, including handmade pizzas and awesome burgers.

Flatbread Company

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This Vermont-based company marched right into Paia in 2007 and instantly became a popular restaurant and a valued addition to the community as it gives back to local nonprofits. The bustling restaurant uses organic, local, sustainable products, including 100% organically grown wheat for the made-fresh-daily dough, and it's a good spot to take the kids. There's a no-reservations policy (except for large groups), but there's "call-ahead seating," so you can put your name on the wait list before you arrive.

89 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI, 96779, USA
808-579–8989
Known For
  • Mopsy's Kalua Pork Pizza served with kiawe (mesquite)-smoked free-range pork shoulder and house-made organic mango barbecue sauce
  • small but lively bar and jam-packed Tuesday benefit nights
  • wood-fired, clay-oven pizzas
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

Mama's Fish House

$$$$

Set in an intimate location on the beach, Mama's has been the Maui destination for special occasions for almost four decades. A path of gecko-shape stones leads to an ever-changing fantasyland of Hawaiian kitsch, where savvy servers can explain the various fish types and preparations, and you'd be wise to heed their recommendation; the fish is so fresh that the daily menu lists who caught it that morning.

799 Poho Pl., Kuau, HI, 96779, USA
808-579–8488
Known For
  • Polynesian Black Pearl dessert
  • exceptionally fresh fish
  • ambience and romance
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

nyloS

$$$$

Fine dining is beginning to take a foothold in Paia, and the seasonal, handcrafted plates that are served at nyloS are certainly helping. The chef’s table concept makes for an intimate and memorable experience as there are only 14 seats in the restaurant and two seatings for the unique, prix fixe menu per night.

115 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI, 96779, USA
808-579–3354
Known For
  • Island-fresh ingredients carefully curated each morning
  • welcoming husband-and-wife team
  • unique concept not seen elsewhere on the island
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues., Reservations strongly encouraged

Paia Bay Coffee Bar

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The start to a lovely day in Paia begins at this popular coffee spot tucked away just behind the main buildings on Hana Highway. Grab a coffee or tea along with avocado toast or banana bread for breakfast or lunch. It’s also a great place to wind down the day, with their daily happy hour with Island-fresh cocktails at good prices (2--5pm) followed by live music in the evening every day except Sunday.

Paia Gelato

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Fresh gelato made with locally sourced ingredients is the big draw here. Try Surfing Goat Dairy's Lilikoi Quark flavor and thank us later. You'll also find jams, jellies, and dressings from Jeff Gomes, coffees from Maui Coffee Roasters, and picnic box lunches from Hana Lunch Co.