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. Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli

    $$$ | Italian

    An authentic Italian dinner house and nightclub—the place turns positively raucous (in a good way) on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Kula Bistro

    $$ | Italian

    Dishing up home-style comfort food with an Italian accent, this out-of-the-way eatery is worth the drive to scenic Kula, no matter when you...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Marco's Grill & Deli

    $$ | Italian

    One of the go-to places for airport comers and goers, this popular Italian restaurant also draws a steady crowd of local residents, mostly for...Read More

  • 6. Penne Pasta

    $ | Italian

    A couple of blocks off Front Street in Lahaina, this small restaurant packs a powerhouse of a menu with reasonably priced pizza, pastas, salads...Read More

  • 7. Pizza Paradiso

    $ | Italian

    When it opened in 1995 this was an over-the-counter pizza place, but it's evolved over the years into a local favorite, serving Italian,...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Sale Pepe

    $$ | Italian

    Aromas from a wood-fired oven lure you into this cozy Italian restaurant set just off of Front Street, and the wine list tempts you to stay...Read More

  • 10. Sarento's on the Beach

    $$$$ | Italian

    This upscale Italian restaurant's setting right on spectacular Keawakapu Beach, with views of Molokini and Kahoolawe, is irresistible. The brunch...Read More

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