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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Tin Roof

    $ | American

    Celebrity chef Sheldon Simeon has taken the fame he earned on Top Chef and opened this immensely popular lunch counter in a small Kahului...Read More

  • 6. Duke's Beach House Maui

    $$$ | American

    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...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Hula Grill

    $$$ | American

    A bustling, family-oriented spot on Kaanapali Beach, this restaurant designed to look like a sprawling ’30s beach house serves large dinner...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Spago

    $$$$ | American

    It's a marriage made in Hawaii heaven: the California cuisine of celebrity-chef Wolfgang Puck combined with Maui flavors and served lobby-level...Read More

  • 15. Tiki Terrace

    $$ | American

    Executive chef Tom Muromoto is a local boy who loves to cook modern, upscale Hawaiian food, and he augments the various fresh fish dishes on...Read More

  • 16. Market Fresh Bistro

    $$$$ | American

    This hard-to-find restaurant tucked into a courtyard serves farm-to-table food prepared by chef Justin Pardo, formerly of Union Square Café...Read More

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