Maui Restaurants

For a place the size of Maui, there’s a lot going on when it comes to the dining scene, from ethnic holes-in-the-wall to stunningly appointed hotel dining rooms, and from seafood trucks to oceanfront fish houses with panoramic views. Much of the food is excellent, but some of it is overpriced and touristy. If you’re coming from a "food destination" city, you may have to adjust your expectations.

Follow the locavore trend, and at casual and fine-dining restaurants choose menu items made with products that are abundant on the island, like local fish, beef, venison, onions, avocados, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, hydroponic tomatoes, myriad herbs, salad greens, kalo (taro), bananas, papaya, guava, lilikoi (passion fruit), coconut, mangoes, strawberries, and Maui pineapple. You can also look for treats grown on neighboring islands, such as mushrooms, purple sweet potatoes, and watermelon.

"Local food," a specific and official cuisine designated as such in the 1920s, is an amalgam of foods brought by the ethnic groups that have come here since the mid-1800s and also blended with the foods native Hawaiians have enjoyed for centuries. Dishes to try include lomilomi salmon, laulau, poi, Portuguese bean soup, kalbi ribs, chicken katsu, chow fun, hamburger steak, and macaroni salad. For a food adventure, take a drive into Central Maui and have lunch or dinner at one of the "local" spots recommended here. Or get even more adventurous and take a drive around Wailuku or Kahului and find your own hidden gem—there are plenty out there.

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  • 1. Da Kitchen

    $ | Eclectic

    This extremely popular purveyor of all food "local" is bright, shiny, comfortable, and just minutes from Kahului airport. Try the signature...Read More

  • 2. Café des Amis

    $ | Eclectic

    The menu at this budget-friendly café is a little neurotic—in a good way—featuring Mediterranean and Indian dishes, but the food is fresh and...Read More

  • 3. Cafe Mambo

    $ | Eclectic

    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...Read More

  • 4. Cuatro

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Chef-owner Eric Arbogast has admirably turned this tiny space tucked into a corner of a strip mall into a comfortable restaurant serving well...Read More

  • 5. Farmacy Health Bar

    $ | Eclectic

    Set in Wailuku's historic downtown, this casual stop is the place to check in for an acai bowl, heaping kale salad, or tempeh and avocado sandwich...Read More

  • 6. Honokowai Okazuya

    $ | Eclectic

    Sandwiched between a chiropractor and a salon in a nondescript mini strip mall, this small place has only a few stools and a couple of tables...Read More

  • 7. Honu Seafood & Pizza

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    This oceanfront fish house and pizza restaurant is the work of celebrity chef, Mark Ellman, and it's right next door to his popular Mala Ocean...Read More

  • 8. Monkeypod Kitchen

    $$ | Eclectic

    The wooden surfboards hanging above the bar and surf videos playing in the background set a decidedly chill vibe at this buzzing restaurant...Read More

  • 9. The Mill House

    $$$ | Eclectic

    The food is so fresh at this Waikapu standout that while seated at your mountain view table you can see the fields where the food was grown...Read More

  • 10. Three's Bar & Grill

    $$ | Eclectic

    The name of the restaurant comes from the three young chefs who each have a distinctive culinary style (Hawaiian, Southwestern, and Pacific...Read More

  • 11. Hana Ranch Provisions

    $$ | Eclectic

    Modern farmhouse decor sets the tone for this chic eatery, a relative newcomer to Paia town. As its name suggests, the restaurant sources most...Read More

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