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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Tommy Bahama

    $$$ | American

    It's more "Island-style" than Hawaii—and yes, it's a chain—but the food is consistently great, the service is filled with aloha, and the ambience...Read More

  • 4. Bistro Casanova

    $$ | Mediterranean

    The location of this Mediterranean restaurant is smack-dab in the middle of Kahului, making it a convenient choice for lunch or dinner. The...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 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. 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. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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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