36 Best Restaurants in West Maui, Maui

Down the Hatch

$$ Fodor's choice

Located steps from Lahaina Harbor, this casual restaurant serves top-notch seafood with Southern flair. The shrimp po'boy, seared ahi (yellowfin tuna) tacos, and fish-and-chips are perennial favorites. Order at the counter and grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables. Nightly live music, big screen televisions, and a full bar make this an entertaining choice any time of the day. For dessert, stop in for shave ice at Breakwall Shave Ice Co. next door, which is run by the same owners, and is also home to the famous "adult shave ice" for the 21 and older set.

Gerard's

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Classically trained French chef Gerard Reversade, who started as an apprentice in acclaimed Paris restaurants when he was just 14, has for more than three decades remained true to his Gascony roots. He cooks his way, utilizing island ingredients in such dishes as escargots forestière (with garlic and mushrooms), chilled cucumber soup, and the ahi tartare with taro chips; the wine list is first-class, and the dessert list is extensive.

174 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-661–8939
Known For
  • fine French cuisine
  • impeccable service
  • world-class wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted

Japengo

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Located inside the Hyatt Regency, this spot sits atop a man-made pool grotto and offers stunning ocean views and a gorgeous glassed-in sushi bar. The views aside, it's the food that makes Japengo worth a visit; the fresh local fish is well prepared—as are the sushi and hand rolls—and the desserts are amazing. Don't be afraid to get a little adventurous with trying items that may seem unfamiliar.

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Joey's Kitchen

$$ Fodor's choice

Chef-owner Joey Macadangdang, who has been at the helm of fine-dining kitchens for most of his career, brings his good taste to the masses with this unfussy restaurant featuring Filipino, Asian, and American fusion dishes. A longtime champion of local producers, many of his recipes highlight ingredients grown on Maui. Don't be fooled by its under-the-radar location in a strip mall; there's a good chance you'll find yourself returning here several times during your trip.

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop

$ Fodor's choice

Slow down as you drive through the little roadside village of Olowalu, about 15 minutes before Lahaina town if you're coming from the airport, so you don't miss this adorable farmhouse-chic restaurant and pie shop, where everything is prepared with care. All the breads are house-made and excellent, and most ingredients are sourced locally; try a sandwich or a burger with Kula onions for lunch, or comfort food like pot pies for an early dinner. This is a big fan favorite, and lines are often very long -- don't expect to get through quickly if you're in a rush.

Note: If you've been to Leoda's in the past you may need to modify your expectations; they shifted to a limited menu during the pandemic and breakfast and dinner look a lot different.

Mala Ocean Tavern

$$$$ Fodor's choice

The menu at this oceanfront standout features interesting local-style Hawaiian food fusions. There's a focus on ingredients that promote local sustainability, and the cocktails and wine list are great, too. Daily brunch and happy hours keep guests happy all day, and a late night menu on Friday and Saturday features raw fish and wagyu plus discounted cocktails.

Merriman's Maui

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Perched above the postcard-perfect Kapalua Bay, this is the place to impress your date, as Chef Peter Merriman highlights the Islands’ bounty by using fresh seafood and ingredients from local farms. A nightly changing prix-fixe menu ($120) features stunning dishes that represent land and sea options and a vegetarian option that abounds with local produce. A keiki (children's) menu is also available for $30.

Roy's Kaanapali

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Roy Yamaguchi is a James Beard Award–winning chef and the granddaddy of East-meets-West cuisine. His eponymous Maui restaurant, located next to the golf course clubhouse near Kaanapali's main entrance, features signature dishes like fire-grilled, Szechuan-spiced baby back ribs, Roy's original blackened ahi, and hibachi-style grilled salmon, as well as an exceptionally user-friendly wine list.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

$$$$ Fodor's choice

With locations on three islands, Sansei takes sushi, sashimi, and contemporary Japanese food to a new level. If you're a fish or shellfish lover, this is the place for you. There are great deals on sushi and small plates for early birds. Reservations can be hard to come by, making take out for a beach picnic a nice option.

600 Office Rd., Kapalua, HI, 96761, USA
808-669–6286
Known For
  • award-winning Shrimp Dynamite (tempura shrimp with a garlic masago aioli)
  • panko-crusted ahi (yellowfin tuna) sashimi
  • inventive rolls and sushi appetizers
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, required - limited dine in

Sea House Restaurant

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Built in the 1960s at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, before there were laws forbidding construction so close to the beach, this restaurant is literally footsteps away from gorgeous Napili Bay. Wear your beach wrap to breakfast and enjoy the signature oven-baked pancakes or the beautifully delicious Molokai sweet potato egg frittata; the menu also offers fish from Hawaiian waters and fresh local produce.

Son'z Steakhouse

$$$$ Fodor's choice

To enter the only steak house in West Maui, you descend a grand staircase into an amber-lighted dining room with soaring ceilings and a massive artificial lagoon complete with swans, ducks, waterfalls, and tropical gardens. Chef Amy Mayers' classic menu features favorites like the bone-in rib eye and Tomahawk steaks with accompaniments including five house-made sauces and a variety of sides and seafood add-ons, as well as lighter plates like shrimp cocktail and the must-try black and blue ahi starter. The wine selection is one of Kaanapali's best.

200 Nohea Kai Dr., Kaanapali, HI, 96761, USA
808-667–4506
Known For
  • 100% USDA-certified-prime steaks
  • astounding wine cellar
  • private, lagoon-front setting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Star Noodle

$ Fodor's choice

This local favorite, one of Maui's most popular restaurants, recently moved to an oceanside locale. The expanse of the Pacific sets the scene for an eclectic Asian menu with must-try items like the ahi (yellowfin tuna) avo, tempura shrimp, and noodle dishes like the Lahaina fried soup that's served with fat chow fun, pork, and bean sprouts. The cocktail list is similarly fabulous, and the Asian Pear with sake and pear vodka has become a Lahaina classic.

1285 Front St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-667–5400
Known For
  • steamed pork buns
  • shared, small-plate dining
  • house-made noodles
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations required

Aa Roots

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The meals at this charming vegan restaurant are almost too gorgeous to eat; don't be surprised to find edible flowers or a rainbow of fruit adorning your meal. Choose from hearty soups, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies, plus rice bowls piled high with healthy ingredients. The welcoming staff are happy to answer questions or offer suggestions, making this a great option for non-vegans.
5095 Napilihau St., Napili, HI, 96761, USA
808-298–2499
Known For
  • dragon fruit açaí bowl
  • hearty burritos
  • locally sourced ingredients
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed.

Alchemy Maui

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This cute, casual café by Valley Isle Kombucha is part kombucha tasting room, part eatery. Try one of the many kombucha flavors on tap, which is crafted in small batches using local ingredients, and comes in flavors like guava pineapple and Kula strawberry. This place is located in an industrial area and is only open for lunch, but is worth seeking out for a fun tasting experience paired with healthy and flavor-packed dishes. Try the banh mi bowl or lobster panini and grab a loaf of sourdough to take with you.

157 Kupuohi St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-793–2115
Known For
  • friendly staff
  • fresh and local ingredients
  • vegetarian and vegan options
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat. and Sun.

Aloha Mixed Plate

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This longtime Lahaina oceanfront classic is run by the same group of wonderful folks who bring you Old Lahaina Luau. This is the place to try a "plate lunch"—a protein served in Asian-style preparation, along with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad—and also features Hawaiian favorites like laulau, kalua pork, and poi from the restaurant's own farm. Take your plate to a table so close to the ocean you just might get wet. Oh, and don't forget the mai tai!

Banyan Tree

$$$$

This eclectic farm-to-table dinner spot is an open-air, ocean-view restaurant and lounge. Classic Hawaiian recipes combined with Mediterranean cooking techniques result in unique, fresh, coastal cuisine. The Ritz-Carlton resort has an organic garden that provides fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables utilized in the dishes. Opt for a traditional dinner setting, or get cozy next to one of the surrounding fire pits. Time it right and enjoy the nightly fire-knife dance at 7:30 pm near the restaurant entrance.

Cheeseburger in Paradise

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A chain joint on Front Street, this place is known for—what else?—big beefy cheeseburgers, not to mention a great turkey burger, as well as healthier options such as smoothies and hearty salads. The second-floor balcony gives you a bird's-eye view of Lahaina's Front Street action.

811 Front St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-661–4855
Known For
  • Island Style Burger with avocado, pineapple, and teriyaki glaze
  • great cocktails and local beers
  • generous portions

Choice Health Bar

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A tiny takeout window in Whalers Village, this healthy eatery may be the satellite version of the larger Lahaina restaurant, but it's the perfect spot for anyone in need of a nutritious meal on the go, some fresh kombucha, or a cup of cold brewed coffee. Beachgoers can beat the heat with a green, cold-pressed juice or smoothie, or fill up with an acai bowl or Buddha bowl of quinoa and kale.

CJ's Deli & Diner

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Chef Christian Jorgensen left fancy hotel kitchens behind to open a casual place serving simple, delicious food—mango-glazed ribs, burgers, and classic Reuben sandwich—at reasonable prices including a vegan menu and kombucha on tap. If you're staying in a condo, the Chefs to Go service is a great alternative to picking up fast food (run-of-the-mill and usually lousy) as everything is prepped and comes with easy cooking instructions.

2580 Kekaa Dr., Kaanapali, HI, 96761, USA
808-667–0968
Known For
  • filling, affordable food
  • mochiko chicken plate (a traditional Hawaiian fried chicken dish)
  • casual atmosphere with Wi-Fi
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Duke's Beach House Maui

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The spot's the thing—the view is amazing—at this casual eatery just steps from the beach on the grounds of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa. The food is reliable—fresh fish is a good bet—the style all surfer-dudes and little grass shacks, and the signature cocktails big and pineapple-garnished.

Duke’s Beachhouse

$$$$

Though it may seem like a tourist trap, this oceanside restaurant does not disappoint in the quality of its food, paired with an ambience steeped in Hawaiian history. The restaurant is named for famed surfer Duke Kahanamoku, and guests can learn about his life through memorabilia throughout. The seafood menu is downright astounding, and the famous Hula Pie—macadamia nut ice cream on a cookie crust served with hot fudge—might have you rushing to get to dessert, but you’ll definitely want to linger over dinner and drinks while enjoying nightly live music.

130 Kai Malina Parkway, Napili, HI, 96761, USA
808-662--2900
Known For
  • incredible seafood risotto
  • warm and friendly service
  • imported cold water lobster
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations recommended

Frida's Mexican Beach House

$$$

No matter the cuisine, serial restaurateur Mark Ellman always delivers, as he does yet again with this oceanfront eatery along Front Street. The setting is reason enough to dine here, but the food—specializing in Latin-inspired dishes—attracts diners all on its own and 40 varieties of tequila dominate the bar.

1287 Front St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-661-1287
Known For
  • grilled Spanish octopus
  • live music on Mon. and Tues. evenings
  • plenty of tasty vegetarian options
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Honokowai Okazuya & Deli

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Located within a nondescript mini strip mall, this small place has only a few stools and a couple of tables outside, but it's fast and the food is consistently good—all it takes to keep the place filled with locals. The beef and black bean chow fun and the mahimahi (dolphinfish) with lemon capers are the top-selling favorites, but there are vegetarian options and lighter fare such as Grandma's spicy tofu, egg foo yung, and even a veggie burger. It's cash only, so arrive prepared.

3600-D Lower Honoapiilani Hwy., Honokowai, HI, 96761, USA
808-665–0512
Known For
  • huge portions
  • local-style flavors
  • quality food at a reasonable price
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. Closed daily 2:30–4:30 pm

Honu Seafood & Pizza

$$$$

This oceanfront fish house and pizza restaurant began as a way to showcase the work of celebrity chef Mark Ellman before recently changing ownership. Guests can expect a lot of their favorite dishes to remain on the menu, with some fun food and cocktail additions to come. Much of the seafood comes from New England and the Pacific Northwest, and the pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired brick oven.

1295 Front St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-667–9390
Known For
  • unparalleled ocean views with sea turtle sightings
  • fantastic selection of craft beers and cocktails
  • gluten-free options
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Huihui

$$$$

The 5,000 square-foot venue Huihui, meaning “constellation,” is a new shining star in the culinary scene in Hawaii. Executive Chef Tom Muromoto created a menu featuring unique Hawaiian dishes using fresh local ingredients, showcasing the Island's diversity. The restaurant also serves as an educational tool for Hawaiian cuisine, cooking, and traditions in wayfinding. Micro-greens, ulu, venison, and fresh ocean fish are some of the island's offerings woven into modern fusion cuisine. A calm dining experience and breathtaking ocean views are the perfect backdrops for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Savor a cup of signature coffee and Poi French Toast in the morning, grab a venison burger and Poke Holokai for lunch, or paddle your way back at sunset for Pau Hana in the lounge for locally inspired cocktails like the Lilikoi Mojito and Smoked Li Hing Margarita. Traditional Hawaiian cooking is the focus of dinner service from koala (barbecue), lawalu (wrapped in a ti leaf and grilled), and Chef Muromoto’s signature Laulau steamed in luau (taro leaf).

2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Kaanapali, HI, 96761, USA
808-667--0124
Known For
  • happy hour from 2--4 pm
  • fabulous desserts
  • live music in the evenings
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Dinner reservations highly recommended (2 weeks in advance)

Hula Grill

$$$

A bustling, family-oriented spot on Kaanapali Beach, this restaurant designed to look like a sprawling ’30s beach house serves large dinner portions with an emphasis on fresh local fish. But if you're just in the mood for an umbrella-adorned cocktail and some tasty, more casual fare, head to the popular Barefoot Bar, where you can wiggle your toes in the sand.

2435 Kaanapali Pkwy., Kaanapali, HI, 96761, USA
808-667–6636
Known For
  • macadamia nut-crusted fresh catch
  • location along Kaanapali boardwalk
  • classic cocktails and lively bar scene
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Lahaina Coolers

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It's been a popular casual spot with locals since it first opened in 1989, and to be around that long, it's got to be doing something right. You can get everything from huevos rancheros to local-style fried rice at breakfast; plate lunches, salads, wraps, and more for lunch; and fresh fish, chicken, steak, and pasta for dinner; plus there are separate pizza, pupu, and bar menus. Since this restaurant buys its fish from Lahaina Harbor anglers, the catch of the day is always a good bet.

180 Dickenson St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-661–7082
Known For
  • late night bar menu served until midnight
  • cheery local crowd
  • relaxing open-air courtyard
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Lahaina Grill

$$$$

At the top of many "best restaurants" lists, this expensive upscale bistro is about as fashionably chic as it gets on Maui, and the interior is as pretty as the patrons. Wagyu beef ravioli, bufala salad with locally grown tomatoes, and Kona-coffee–roasted rack of lamb are a few of the classics customers demand; the full menu—including dessert—is available at the bar.

127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-667–5117
Known For
  • romantic ambience
  • downtown location
  • extensive dessert menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, required - difficult to come by

PacificO

$$$$

Sophisticated outdoor dining on the beach (yes, truly on the beach) and creative Island cuisine using local, fresh-caught fish and greens and veggies grown in the restaurant's own Upcountry Oo Farm (and, quite possibly, picked that very morning)—this is the Maui dining experience you've been dreaming about. Start with a variety of fresh vegetable dishes on the appetizer menu, move on to any of the fantastic fresh fish dishes, and for dessert, finish with the banana bread ice cream sandwich.

505 Front St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-667–4341
Known For
  • lemongrass curry with tiger prawns
  • Hamakua mushroom risotto
  • exceptional wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations highly recommended.

Penne Pasta Cafe

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A couple of blocks off Front Street in Lahaina, this small restaurant packs a powerhouse of a menu with reasonably priced pizzas, pastas, salads, and sandwiches. The name can be found on the menu in four dishes; two can easily split a salad and entrée and leave completely sated.

180 Dickenson St., Lahaina, HI, 96761, USA
808-661–6633
Known For
  • gluten-free and vegan options
  • fast and friendly service
  • fantastic desserts