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. Aloha Mixed Plate

    $ | American

    Freshly remodeled but still true to its roots, this longtime Lahaina oceanfront classic is run by the same group of wonderful folks who bring...Read More

  • 5. Beach Bums Bar & Grill

    $ | American

    Its proximity to Maalaea harbor means this joint is always jumping, and the look is funky, beachy, and kitschy. The draw here is definitely...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. 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

  • 8. Frida's Mexican Beach House

    $$$$ | Mexican

    No matter the cuisine, serial restaurateur Mark Ellman always delivers, as he does yet again with his third oceanfront eatery along Front Street...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Mama's Fish House

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Set in an intimate location on the beach, Mama's has been the Maui destination for special occasions for almost four decades. A path of gecko...Read More

  • 14. Monsoon India

    $$ | Indian

    This authentic Indian restaurant offers oceans views and appetizers like papadum chips and samosas served with homemade chutneys. There are...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Sea House Restaurant

    $$$ | Seafood

    Built in the 1960s at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, before there were laws forbidding construction so close to the beach, this restaurant is...Read More

  • 20. Seascape Maalaea Restaurant

    $$$ | Seafood

    Maui Ocean Center's signature restaurant is a great choice for seafood (aquarium admission is not required to dine here) and offers harbor and...Read More

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