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. Gerard's

    $$$$ | French

    Classically trained French chef Gerard Reversade, who started as an apprentice in acclaimed Paris restaurants when he was just 14, has for more...Read More

  • 2. Ka'ana Kitchen

    $$$$ | American

    This signature restaurant at the island's most stylish luxury resort, Andaz Maui at Wailea, has it all: ingredients sourced within the Islands...Read More

  • 3. Mala Ocean Tavern

    $$$$ | American

    Chef-owner Mark Ellman has been revolutionizing Maui's food scene since the 1980s, and the menu at this oceanfront—the lanai juts out over the...Read More

  • 4. Merriman's Kapalua

    $$$$ | American

    Perched above the postcard-perfect Kapalua Bay, this is the place to impress your date, as Chef Peter Merriman highlights the Islands’ bounty...Read More

  • 5. Morimoto Maui

    $$$$ | Asian

    Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto's eponymous restaurant, located at the Andaz Maui resort, has some of Maui's most creative presentations and arguably...Read More

  • 6. Roy's Kaanapali

    $$$$ | American

    Roy Yamaguchi is a James Beard Award–winning chef and the granddaddy of East-meets-West cuisine. His eponymous Maui restaurant, located next...Read More

  • 7. Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante

    $$$$ | Italian

    Overlooking the ocean from a bluff above Wailea Beach, this outdoor Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is beautiful both...Read More

  • 8. Frida's Mexican Beach House

    $$$$ | Mexican

    No matter the cuisine, serial restaurateur Mark Ellman always delivers, as he does yet again with his third oceanfront eatery along Front Street...Read More

  • 9. Haliimaile General Store

    $$$$ | American

    Chef-restaurateur Beverly Gannon's first restaurant remains a culinary destination after more than a quarter century, serving classic dishes...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

    $$$$ | American

    This Polynesian-style thatch-roof, open-air restaurant "floats" atop a saltwater lagoon, which gives it an exotic romantic feel that's suited...Read More

  • 12. Japengo

    $$$$ | Asian

    Located inside the Hyatt Regency, this spot offers stunning ocean views and a gorgeous glassed-in sushi bar. The views aside, it's the food...Read More

  • 13. Ko

    $$$$ | American

    The menu at Ko—which means "sugarcane" in Hawaiian—features dishes from the many cultures of the plantation era, some of which are local family...Read More

  • 14. Lahaina Grill

    $$$$ | American

    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...Read More

  • 15. Longhi's

    $$$$ | Italian

    A Lahaina landmark, Longhi's has been serving pasta and other Italian fare to throngs of visitors since 1976 in their two spacious, open-air...Read More

  • 16. Mama's Fish House

    $$$$ | Seafood

    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...Read More

  • 17. Pacific'O

    $$$$ | American

    Sophisticated outdoor dining on the beach (yes, truly on the beach) and creative Island cuisine using local, fresh-caught fish and greens...Read More

  • 18. Pineapple Grill

    $$$$ | American

    High on the hill overlooking the Kapalua golf course, this casual restaurant offers ocean, mountain, and resort views. Menu options range from...Read More

  • 19. Plantation House Restaurant

    $$$$ | American

    It's a bit of a drive, but when you get there you'll find a beautiful and comfortable restaurant with expansive views of the ocean below and...Read More

  • 20. Pulehu, an Italian Grill

    $$$$ | Italian

    This restaurant proves that good food doesn't need to be complicated, using many local Maui products to do what the Italians do best: craft...Read More

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