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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Son'z Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    To enter the steak house, you descend a grand staircase into an amber-lighted dining room with soaring ceilings and a massive artificial lagoon...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Kai Sushi

    $$$ | Japanese

    For a quiet, light dinner, or to meet friends for a cocktail and some ultrafresh sushi, head to this handsome restaurant on the lobby level...Read More

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