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. Komoda Store and Bakery

    $ | Bakery

    One of Makawao's landmarks is Komoda Store and Bakery, a classic mom-and-pop shop that has changed little over the last century. If you arrive...Read More

  • 2. Tin Roof

    $ | Modern Hawaiian

    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

  • 3. Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice

    $ | Café

    Ululani’s has elevated this simple Hawaiian treat to gourmet proportions with superfine ice shavings and homemade syrups in exotic flavors—guava...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Choice Health Bar

    $ | Vegetarian

    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...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Honolua Store

    $ | Sandwiches

    In contrast to Kapalua's many high-end retailers, the old Honolua Store still plies the groceries and household goods it did in plantation times...Read More

  • 9. Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop

    $ | American

    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...Read More

  • 10. 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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