Top 30 Restaurants on Maui
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Aloha Nui Loa, and welcome to our 2016 Top 30 Restaurants on Maui blog review! Maui is not only one of the most popularly traveled to islands in the world, but it is also full of some of the most delicious dining choices in all of Hawaii. While visiting the illustrious Island of Maui, make sure to check out the different flavors of the island, ranging from trendy food trucks to the ultra fabulous 5-Star dining locales. We have carefully researched this article so that our readers can enjoy the very best restaurants that Maui has to offer for 2015.
Don’t be shy, it’s okay to daydream about the incredibly buttery smooth Maui avocados, the sweet and aromatic fresh mangoes, the crisp organic produce, free-range meats, and the ‘oh-so-fresh’ seafood that Maui offers island-style foodies and culinary enthusiasts.
MAUI’S BEST RESTAURANTS 2016
#1 Maui Restaurant – Morimoto Maui
Located in South Maui at the newest Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea, Morimoto is named for highly-acclaimed celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Enjoy breathtaking views of Mokapu Beach while savoring the best quality local ingredients, including hand-rolled sushi, fresh fish, steak and seasonal cocktails with a Japanese and Western flair. Check out why Morimoto’s won the #1 spot for the Top 30 Restaurants on Maui…
While mouthwatering Lunch and Dinner options are offered daily, we suggest making reservations for Dinner to watch the magnificent sunset fade into the ocean. We highly recommend the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Yuzu, Soy and Sweet Garlic, Spicy King Crab with Tobanjan Aïoli and Micro-Cilantro, Duck Meatball Soup with Duck Broth and Mountain Potato, and assortment of delicious Sushi and Sashimi with Aged Morimoto Sake. For Dessert, try the Doughnuts, which come in a variety of flavors like Waialua Chocolate, Sake Caramel and Apple Banana Cheesecake, or the house made sorbet.
Best kept secret: “chef’s choice,” bone marrow appetizer, drinks (micro brews, sake, & cocktails).
And be sure to check out our review of Morimoto Maui.
#2 Lahaina Grill
Lahaina Grill is located in West Maui in the heart of the Historic Town of Lahaina. For over 21 years, Lahaina Grill has maintained its status as one of the best restaurants on Maui, and rightfully deserved.
Lahaina Grill is a wonderful culinary establishment, and they have definitely perfected their version of New American cuisine, blended with the freshest island ingredients and international culinary techniques. When dining at the Lahaina Grill, enjoy their menu full of tantalizing selections like the Baked Escargot, Seared Ahi and Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Wagyu Beef Ravioli, Toy Box Tomato Salad, the Homemade Meatballs and the Osso Buco. The Desserts are heavenly, favorites being the Road to Hana Vintage Hawaiian Cake and the Kula Lime Tart. Lahaina Grill also has a superior Wine Menu with fantastic regional varieties.
For more information, please visit Lahaina Grill.
#3 Duo Steak and Seafood
The most casual of the three fine dining restaurants located in the Four Seasons in Wailea, Duo is out doors poolside opposite Ferraro’s. Experience the luxury of being at a Four Seasons and the pleasure of consuming really good food. They have an ala carte breakfast and on the weekends a brunch but, the real magic happens at dinnertime.
At dinner the chef focuses on steaks and a variety of seafood dishes. Known for their Opakapaka, which is an excellent filet of moist pink snapper on a bed of coconut rice and medley of fresh vegetables. So yummy! There are four cuts of Durham Ranch beef to choose from, each with different sides and steak sauces. The Lobster Bisque and the salads are amazing. If you want a delicious signature dessert try the scrumptious Chocolate Souffl’e.
The live music, the sunset, the pleasant tropical atmosphere, the impeccable service and the fantastic food makes Duo a ‘Top 30 Restaurant on Maui’ experience a must-do whether you are kama’aina or a visitor!
For more information, please visit Duo Seafood and Steak.
#4 Spago at the Four Seasons Wailea Resort
Spago is Wolfgang Puck’s most recently opened Mobil 4-Star Restaurant, located at the Four Season’s Resort in Wailea. Without a doubt, Chef Cameron Lewark has effectively created one of the most notable Hawaiian-California style menus in all of Hawaii. A favorite by visitors and residents, Spago successfully infuses California style plates with local Hawaiian foods. Delight in the Sweet Kula Corn Risotto, Sautéed Coconut Crab Cakes, or the Grilled Hawaiian Monchong with a Ginger BBQ Sauce, and you will surely understand what all the fuss is about.
Catering to a diverse market, Spago has an amazing lounge with ocean views, and has also integrated a Kids Menu allowing it to be a great spot for celebrating and family dinners.
For more information, please visit Spago at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea.
#5 Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante
Located at the Four Seasons Maui in Wailea, Ferraro’s offers oceanfront dining daily for lunch and dinner. With live music Tuesday through Saturday, this is one of the most romantic places to enjoy an outdoor meal on Maui. Sit back, relax, and order a refreshing cocktail before your meal.
With a menu that highlights classic and re-imagined Italian and Hawaiian fusion dishes, we recommend the Niçoise Salad or Molokai Stir-Fry with Hawaiian Fish, Upcountry Vegetables, Honey-Citrus Ginger and Molokai Sweet Potatoes for Lunch, and the Roasted Striped Bass with Roasted Potato, Shaved Maui Onion and Haiku Cherry Tomato or Hamakua Mushroom & Truffle Risotto for Dinner.
The view from Ferraro’s is perfect for sunset, and the service is always top notch at this Wailea staple.
For more information, please visit Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante.
#6 Maui Chef’s Table at the Mill House
Located at the Maui Tropical Plantation, foodie lovers have a very special opportunity to enjoy The Mill House’s exclusive Chef’s Table events. Taking place weekly (Friday and Saturday), this is a great opportunity for those that want to learn more about the culinary intimacies of Hawaii’s most sought after chefs. This is probably the best place for those who want to hear about and taste the best Maui ingredients possible. Rotating menu ingredients include free-ranged island grown meats, fresh seafoods, and the most amazing organic produce available in the world. It’s true that Kumu Farm’s washes their freshly harvested fruits and veg directly behind the kitchen at the Mill House. This gives “Farm to Table” a whole new meaning.
Typically, the Maui Chef’s Table events only allow up to 36 guests, making it the rarest gourmet treat the Island of Maui has to offer. During these events, participants meet the chef of the night, socialize, enjoy life, learn tips, and watch as seven courses are prepared and served to the group. Originally held in Haiku by Chef Jeff Scheer, the popularity of this event necessitated his moving to a bigger location at a better venue. The views at Maui Tropical Plantation and new open air Maui Chef’s Table dining area can’t be beat!
For more information, please visit Maui Chef’s Table.
Also see the Mill House Restaurant’s menus.
#7 Merriman’s Kapalua
Merriman’s Kapalua is located in West Maui at one of the most incredible oceanfront locations within the Kapalua Resort. Merriman’s on Maui offers a wonderful farm-to-table style menu, using only the finest organic and sustainable products from the Hawaiian Islands. 90% of their award winning menu is locally sourced, and their culinary creations are outstanding.
Here, guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, and relax to the sounds of Live Music and the hypnotic rolling waves of Kapalua Bay each evening. When dining at Merriman’s in Kapalua, savor all parts of their menu as it has been carefully devised to tantalize your senses.
Favorite items on their menu include: the Keahole Lobster, Avocado and Tomato Salad with a lime-garlic-chili vinaigrette, Merriman’s “Mix” Plate, Merriman’s Original Wok Charred Ahi, and the Peppercorn-Garlic Rubbed Pan Seared Ribeye. For dessert, marvel in the Toasted Coconut Creme Brulee or the Maui Gold Pineapple and Toasted Macadamia Nut Brioche Pain Perdu. Last but not least, definitely make sure to peruse Merriman’s Wine Menu, it is an overtly impressive assortment.
For more information, please visit Merriman’s Kapalua.
#8 Mama’s Fish House
“While sailing across the South Pacific in the late 1950‘s, the young Christenson family embraced the lifestyle of old Polynesia, discovering the ways of preparing fish and living the aloha spirit. They settled on Maui in 1963 and in 1973 Mama’s Fish House was born – Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant.” (www.mamasfishhouse.com)
Mama’s Fish House is located on the North Shore of Maui in Ku’au. This restaurant is not just any ordinary dining establishment, it is a full-on culinary spectacle, one that deserves to be enjoyed by every single set of feet that land on the gorgeous Island of Maui. The North Shore view is awe-inspiring, and sunsets are astounding. Making reservations at Mama’s Fish House should be embedded in your mind as a vacation activity that cannot be missed! Just like a Whale Watching Tour in Hawaii or an adventurous Snorkel Trip in Maui, a meal at Mama’s is an unforgettable experience; a culinary gift that you will most definitely treasure for years to come.
At Mama’s, guests will thoroughly enjoy a revolving, and eclectic Polynesian influenced menu. All seafood is caught by local fishermen on a daily basis, and local sustainable components are abundantly used throughout each dish. Only the finest ingredients are utilized at Mama’s Fish House, and it is more than obvious to the eye and your palette!
A few of the most popular culinary treasures at Mama’s are: the Tahitian Ceviche with fresh lime and coconut, Oysters on the Half-Shell with a mango mignonette, Ahi Sashimi Salad with pohole ferns and wasabi goat cheese, and the Mahimahi stuffed with Lobster and Crab Baked in a Macadamia Nut Crust. The desserts are absolutely to die for with options like Lilikoi (passionfruit) Creme Brulee, Ku’au Chocolate Pie, or the infamous Polynesian Black Pearl, a Lilikoi chocolate mousse in a delectable pastry shell. Please don’t forget to arrive early and enjoy some ultra-fabulous Mama’s cocktails at the bar! The cocktail selections are fresh, creative and out of this world…
Savor an opulent, island-style 5-star meal at Mama’s Fish House on Maui. Enjoy an experience full of decadence, fabulous interior design elements, insatiably beautiful tropical floral creations, and a menu that beats every single restaurant in the Hawaiian Islands. Treat a loved one to a birthday dinner on Maui, an anniversary celebration or a romantic Maui rendezvous for two.
For more information, please visit Mama’s Fish House.
Another oceanfront dining option in Wailea, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is located at the Grand Wailea Resort. Named after the state fish of Hawaii, this romantic Maui restaurant is a great place to enjoy a delicious local meal with a loved one.
Open nightly for Dinner from 5:30 to 9pm (bar opens at 5pm, reservations recommended), the thatch-roofed restaurant floats on the resort’s saltwater lagoon, filled with many kinds of tropical fish. Some of our favorite dishes at Humu include the Hawaiian Spiny Lobster, which guests can choose directly from the lagoon, the Niman Ranch Prime Ribeye, Korean Style Fried Chicken, and Carpaccio of Japanese Hamachi.
Prix fixe menus are available for parties of 13 and more, and a Chef’s 4 Course Tasting Menu with optional wine pairing is available for all guests.
For more information, please visit Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.
#10 Roy’s in Ka’anapali
Roy’s is the most infamous Hawaiian fine dining establishment in the world. In 1988, Roy Yamaguchi opened his first signature restaurant in Honolulu, and it has now grown to 30 international locations. When at Roy’s, guests can expect gourmet consistency with European cooking techniques, blended with Asian-fusion and the flavors of Hawaii. Each location offers a beautifully low-lit spacious interior perfect for a romantic date night, or a family celebration.
No other restaurant in Hawaii can mimic Roy’s Signature Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. Only the freshest local ingredients are used, and “each creation leaves you with the feeling that you’ve just found paradise.” One of the best things about Roy’s Restaurants is that each location features a handful of Roy’s Classic Signature dishes, as well as unique offerings designed by local Chef partners. Each Chef at Roy’s has been trained under the direction of Roy Yamaguchi, allowing each Chef to influence the menu of their location with a consistent approach of culinary style.
Favorite Signature menu items include Roy’s Original Blackened Ahi, the Jade Pesto Steamed Island Fish, Kiawe Smoked Szechuan Spiced Baby Back Pork Ribs, Misoyaki Style Butterfish, and the Classic Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle for dessert. Roy’s Prix Fixe Menu is always a great choice, composed of the Short Rib and Mushroom Dim Sum appetizer, Seared Salmon entree, and the Carrot Torte for dessert. Definitely take the time to peruse the award-winning Wine List while at Roy’s. It’s a sensational selection of international varietals, all hand-picked for the distinct wine lovers at heart. At Roy’s, the aloha-style service is perfectly streamlined and professional, the ambiance is luxuriously lovely, and the menu is always delicious.
For more information, please visit Roy’s Restaurants.
#11 Ka’ana Kitchen at the Andaz in Wailea
“Ka’ana means to share, and here we share from our heart. Using techniques from around the culinary world and through partnerships with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, we provide safe and local harvest while honoring the traditions of Hawaii’s diverse culture. Welcome to Ka’ana Kitchen…” (Ka’ana Kitchen Menu, 2014)
Ka’ana Kitchen is located at the stunningly gorgeous Andaz Resort in Wailea. Recently opened in late 2013, everything Andaz offers guests is uber-modern and cutting edge for a luxurious vacation lifestyle. Ka’ana Kitchen is Andaz Maui’s signature family-style restaurant. Open for Breakfast and Dinner, this new Maui restaurant is perfection with its delicate version of old world flavor and modern culinary innovation.
Ka’ana Kitchen is famed for its use of locally grown Maui ingredients from the Ka’ana Farm, Ono Farms, Surfing Goat Dairy, Waipoli Hydroponic Napili, Ho’opono Farms, Kapa’a Farms, Flo Farms, and Evonuk Farms. For Breakfast, guests will surely enjoy waking up to freshly brewed Maui coffee, Maui Mimosas, and traditional brekkie items with a Hawaiian twist like Bacon & Eggs with paniolo potatoes, and the Kalua Pork Eggs Benedict served with a ponzu hollandaise sauce and an heirloom tomato salad.
For Dinner, Ka’ana Kitchen offers a streamlined selection of menu items including Vegetarian choices such as the yummy Tofu “Steak” served with Evonuk Farm vegetables, and Maui olive oil farro. More favorite Dinner items include the Watermelon Salad, the Abalone Risotto, the Striploin with chimichurri remoulade and pickled roots, the ‘Onaga served with baby roots, bagna cauda, and crisp prosciutto, or the Lobster with hamakua mushrooms, yuzu kosho, and uni butter. Mmmm.
For more information, please visit Ka’ana Kitchen at the Andaz Resort in Wailea.
#12 Capische at Hotel Wailea
For an intimate Italian, island-style infused menu, definitely make reservations for a romantic dinner for two at Capische in Wailea. Brian Etheredge, owner and Executive Chef, has created an outstanding menu of beautiful classic European arrangements that not only satisfy your palette, but also urge you to return to his little piece of paradise.
Favorite dishes at Capische include everything! Check out their Crudo menu for the Ahi Tuna served with horseradish, ruby streak and watermelon radishes, and the Ono Brandade, with cured Ono, roasted tomato vinaigrette and crostini. We love all the Antipasti including the Heirloom Tomato Caprese, and the Local Black Kale served with ricotta salata, toasted pine nuts, mission figs, and whole grain mustard vinaigrette. The Mushroom Truffle Risotto is way more luxurious than what your Italian grandmother used to make, and the Cioppino is the absolute best beyond San Francisco’s North Beach locales.
All of the menu items at Capische are absolutely to-die-for, and don’t sleep on their wine list. It’s truly spectacular with offerings from Old World varieties to California’s best, and South American beauties.
Known for prestige and culinary excellence, Capische also has one of the most stunning sunset views in all of Maui. Visit the Capische Martini Bar every Friday night and listen to the soothing sounds of famous Maui musician Mark Johnstone on the piano. He’s more than an amazing musician-that’s for sure. You will see.
For more information, please visit Capische at Hotel Wailea.
#13 Matteo’s Osteria
Matteo’s is located in a hidden area called the Wailea Town Center. It is a two-year-old restaurant and wine bar. He has over 60 wines. Very impressive wines from Italy, California and Argentina. Chef Matteo is the man who started it all after many years in top notch kitchens around the world. He created a welcoming space with design and décor that says ‘I’m from the old country’ but living it up in paradise vibe.
The Calamari rings have a crispy tempura batter and are served with Matteo’s tangy marinara. The Caprese Salad is made with deep red and gold Heirloom tomatoes, basil, Burrata, and a balsamic glaze. The Coriander Crusted Mahi Mahi is a “can’t miss” item. Matteo’s Lasagna is super thin homemade noodles in a meat sauce. Isola features fresh catch that is pan-seared then served on top of a crunchy risotto cake.
For a classic Tiramisu perfectly executed, Matteo’s is the place to go. The Apple Tart with puff pastry and thin slices of almost sweet apples with a Chianti strawberry glaze and a small scoop of rich vanilla gelato is simply delicious.
Great service, fantastic food and plenty wines to choose from. Matteo’s is a great choice for premium Italian food for families, date nights or Happy Hour.
For more information, please visit Matteo’s Osteria.
Without a doubt, Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea has one of the best Lunch menus in Hawaii. What makes their menu so unique is their twist on traditional and modern Lunch Classics with a fusion of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. We also love how they use local Maui vendors throughout their menu!
At Monkeypod, guests can choose from a tempting assortment of Lunch menu items. You may just find yourself ordering more than you need, because every item is just so inviting! The Appetizer menu is great for starting off at this casual culinary haven. Definitely try the chicken wings, garlic truffle oil fries, and the poke tacos. Lunch brings gorgeous salad and sandwich options, and don’t sleep on the local style offerings like the Kalbi Chicken Banh Mi, Saimin and Dry Mein noodle dishes.
Monkeypod Kitchen is one of Chef Peter Merriman’s newest culinary ventures. Located in Wailea with dramatic Pacific Ocean views, Monkeypod has quickly become one of Maui’s most popular dining destinations.
Their fusion menu is diverse, blending many cultural flavors and local ingredients in a fresh new way. From their fashionable cocktail creations, to their Lunch and Dinner items, Monkeypod is full of unique and delicious selections. With over 36 craft beers on tap, a Kiawe wood-burning oven, and the best homemade cream pies on Maui, it is obvious that Monkeypod knows what they’re doing.
This is a fun, casual, and social Maui restaurant, a wonderful spot for a Lunch date for two, or a family meal. Without a doubt, you will absolutely fall in love with this Maui restaurant!
Must Try Menu Items:
Pete’s Classic Burger, with Maui beef, umami mushrooms, gruyere, arugala, and horseradish crema
Coconut Creme Pie
For more information, please visit Monkeypod Kitchen.
#15 Mala Ocean Tavern
Mala Ocean Tavern is perfectly perched oceanfront near the Mala Wharf in Lahaina, West Maui. It’s not just the fabulous Pacific Ocean view that constantly draws guests back to Mala, it is the casual atmosphere, the deliciously consistent food selections, and the friendly aloha vibes.
This light-hearted and sophisticated restaurant offers guests tasty small plates made with organic ingredients infused with a sense of conscious healthiness. Favorite menu selections are Mark’s Ahi Tartare with tomato relish, wasabi tobiko caviar and baby Waipoli romaine wraps, the Mahi Mahi Ceviche, Big Island Hamakua Ali’i Mushrooms with garlic and parsley a la plancha, the Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Kula Baby Greens Salad, Balinese Stirfry with Fresh Island Fish, and the Grilled All Natural Angus Filet Mignon. We also love the Oyster Shooters, Adult Mac & Cheese, Frites and the house made Ahi Burger.
Mala is a great place to have Lunch or Dinner, a few beers with your friends, and cheers with a loved one during an always magical Maui sunset.
Mala also has a sister restaurant in Wailea, South Maui. For more information, please visit Mala Ocean Tavern.
#16 Café Des Amis
Near the north shore of Maui in Paia, an old plantation town known for surfers, sugar cane and hippies, there are cute boutiques, a fabulous health food grocery and unique restaurants. Café Des Amis made our Top 30 list because of their food, service and ambiance. It’s a cute little place with a covered courtyard that serves Mediterranean and Indian food. Café Des Amis has been a local favorite Paia eatery for breakfast lunch or dinner for 15 years. Their savory and sweet crêpes, wraps and curries are legendary. Their prices are reasonable, especially for the quality of the food. There are so many wonderful choices you will want to go back again and again to try them all.
The Vegetarian Mediterranean Platter is enough for two and is a must while at Café Des Amis. It’s a beautiful and tasty array of Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts salad, pita bread, tomatoes and pesto, hummus, cucumber raita, roasted vegetables and feta cheese. The Chicken Avo Mozzarella Tomato Caesar crêpe is amazingly good. The chicken is tender and the combination of ingredients boosts this one to top of everyone’s list. The Beef Mushroom Curry is served with rice in a bowl or wrapped in a tortilla. Besides the mushroom and beef, this dish is made with coconut milk, tomatoes, garlic, onions, cilantro and goan spices. The mango chutney and the cucumber raita really enhance the flavors. There is a list of sweet crêpes for dessert that you just have to see. If you are in the mood for dessert there is Strawberries & Cream, Nutella, Banana & Chocolate and more!
They also have smoothies, great wine and cocktails, awesome coffee drinks and LIVE music in the courtyard on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
For more information, please visit Café Des Amis.
#17 Honu Seafood and Pizza
Mark Ellman has been around, making great food for decades. One of his West Maui favorites is Honu Seafood and Pizza located between his other two places Mala Ocean Tavern and Frida’s Mexican Beach House. All three are right on the Front Street waterfront behind the Safeway store at the Cannery Mall.
The menu was eclectic and every dish was onolicious. On a recent visit we were greeted by Kainoa, one of the GMs. A lovely hostess sat us at a table right on the water’s edge. During the day, you can see honu (Hawaiian Sea Turtles) right below where you are dining. At night, there is a lovely sheen from the moon spilling light over the ocean.
A bowl of fried chick peas was delivered to each table for customers to knosh while waiting. Suzie was our server on this occasion. She was upbeat and exudes the “aloha spirit.” Suzie was also very knowledgeable about the menu. The menu had so many offerings — from pizzas to great salads to a whole cooked fish to Pork Osso Buco. It was very difficult to decide, faced with so many enticing options.
We started with a shared Kale Salad. It’s a favorite of mine. It was made with kale, dates, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, Pecorino cheese and a delightful Lemon Vinaigrette. Our first choice suggested by Suzie, the Whole Wok Fried Fish cooked with a Malaysian Black Pepper Sauce. The fish was Nabeta, a white flesh reef fish that is firm, moist and succulent. It was similar to Ono. It was plated as if swimming on top of a bed of Turkish Quinoa and a medley of amazing vegetables such as asparagus, Brussel sprouts, green beans, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes and kale. The fish was very good and the sauce was tangy with somewhat of a teriyaki flavor. The medley of vegetables were cooked to perfection and the combination created layers of flavor that was absolutely genius.
The other entrée we had was the Jidori Chicken Provencal. It tasted similar to Chicken Cacciatore but with a little more kick and almost a Greek flavor from the Kalamata olives and capers. It came with Heirloom Grits made with Mascarpone cheese and the same vegetables. The grits were a creamy, cheesy, mouthwatering hit. The combination of flavors was masterful.
One glass of Luna Pinot Grigio and a Pale Ale later, it was time for dessert. The Turtle Cheesecake had a base of caramel cheesecake, sprinkled with candied macadamia nuts, heavily drizzled with chocolate ganache. So ONO! (That’s Hawaiian for delicious). Honu does everything right and it shows with their steady stream of loyal returning customers.
For more information, please visit Honu Seafood and Pizza.
#18 Flatbread Company
Flatbread Company is the best casual, family-style restaurant on Maui. Located on the North Shore in the Historic Town of Paia, this restaurant provides guests with the best flatbread pizza and salad selections in all of Hawaii, made with local organic ingredients.
The permanent menu is simple and streamlined, with a solid selection of flatbread pizza and salad choices. Each week, Flatbread provides one “Carne,” and one “Veggie” special, allowing guests the rare chance to taste the many flavors of sustainable Maui ingredients. Our favorite specials have been Cheeseburger, BLT, Baked Potato, Kale and Garlic, and the Veggie Curry flatbreads. The cocktails are brilliant, the crowd is social and fun, the service is professional and friendly, and the music is the best.
For more information, please visit Flatbread Company.
This romantic truly French restaurant is part of the Plantation Inn. It has a French bistro/country home appeal. The front patio, the verandah with tables and chairs, reminds one of the stately homes of the South. Inside the main room there’re tables for 2 to 8. It’s a great location for a family holiday gathering or a rehearsal dinner.
Since 1982, Chef Gerard Reversade’s Lahaina restaurant has won numerous industry awards. It is consistently one of the Top Ten Restaurants in the state of Hawaii and of course, on our list of Top Maui Restaurants.
In French tradition you will start with amuse-bouche. Little cucumber slices with a dollop of swirled cream and Hamakua tomatoes topped with micro-greens. Recommended appetizers are Ahi Tartare with homemade taro chips. The Mushrooms in puff pastry feature Shitake and button mushrooms cooked perfectly in a buttery sauce with bits of prosciutto and herbs. Foie gras (duck liver) is served on a French toast crouton with a Poha berry compote.
The roasted Onaga (snapper) comes with an emulsion of orange and ginger, delicious swirled puffs of carrot and potato puree and Fennel Fondue, which was sliced fennel and Maui onions cooked slowly in butter with a dash of nutmeg and tomato confit. The pan-seared Ono comes on a bed of pureed green lentils and crabmeat with a champagne butter sauce and a hint of fish stock to deepen the flavor.
For dessert, a favorite is the Lavender Crème Brulee. It is very creamy custard with a brittle layer of browned sugar and a whisper of lavender. The Fondant Au Chocolate is rich dark chocolate cake with ganache and raspberry coulis.
Go to Gerard’s for special occasions, date night, or just fine food. You won’t miss the view of the water. You will experience classic/contemporary fine French cuisine and unpretentious outstanding service in a cozy setting you won’t soon forget.
For more information, please visit Gerard’s.
Located between Sansei and Foodland in Central Kihei, Cuatro is a local favorite for happy hour and dinner on Maui.
Voted Best New Restaurant by the Maui News in 2009, Cuatro is a great place to enjoy a relaxing yet impressive meal in South Maui.
One of the best things about Cuatro? It’s BYOB (with a $10 corkage fee). Grab your favorite bottle of wine or beer at Foodland Grocery Store next door and catch happy hour daily from 4 to 6pm. Try the award-winning Spicy Tuna Nachos with truffle aioli and cilantro pesto, Calamari with a spicy remoulade and Togarashi Seared Ahi with grilled vegetables and tomato-caper salsa.
This is a perfect place to enjoy a pre-sunset meal before walking across the street to enjoy the views from Kihei’s Cove Park.
For more information, please visit Cuatro.
#21 Sale Pepe
In the Old Lahaina Center, just behind Front St., Sale Pepe offers fresh and fabulous daily menu choices. It is one of those cozy neighborhood places where denizens frequent on a regular basis and tourists go home happy. Michele and Qiana Di Bari opened Sale Pepe just last year. Within months they won a Gold Ai Pono award for Best Italian Restaurant and a Silver for The Best New Restaurant on Maui.
Fan favorites include the crunchy romaine hearts salad drizzled with fresh lemon and olive oil dressing and Pecorino Calabrese artisanal wedges with slices of imported Pecorino cheese, which is a hard cheese made from sheep’s milk. It is sharp and salty and perfectly enhanced by ripe, juicy plum tomatoes. They have a daily special, Crostini. Grilled rustic bread with toppings that range from chicken liver pate to slathered Ricotta and Haiku cherry tomatoes. The artisanal pizza crust is light and crunchy and no matter what is on top, Sale Pepe’s pies are pleasing. Their Risottos are rich and creamy. The mouth-watering Classic Lasagna has old-world charm.
Leave room for dessert. The Panna Cotta Del Giorno (cooked cream custard) is a crowd favorite. The Tiramisu is goodness in a bowl.
With a solid team of friendly servers, a great bar and Michele’s tantalizing dishes that nourish body and soul, Sale Pepe is a great place for any occasion.
For more information, please visit Sale Pepe.
#22 Ka’uiki at the Travaasa Hana Resort
Whether you stay for a weekend relishing in the peaceful serenity of the Travaasa Hana Resort on Maui, or just visiting for a day trip, there is no argument that Ka’uiki is the finest restaurant in all of East Maui.
Here, you’ll find a menu that is abundant with local and organic produce from the sliding slopes of Mt. Haleakala; locally caught seafood, Hana raised grass-fed beef, and local organic produce. With views of the East Maui coastline and a modern Hawaiian interior design style, Ka’uiki is surely a fabulous high-end dining experience. Enjoy live Hula performances every Friday night by local Hana residents, or sip on a Mai Tai in the Paniolo Bar any time you wish!
For more information, please visit Ka’uiki at Travaasa Hana.
#23 Leilani’s Dining Room
Ka’anapali Beach is one of the busiest beaches on the West side of Maui and has been honored many times as one of the best in the country. Along its mile-long shoreline there are four resorts, two condominiums and a hotel, plus the Whalers Village Shopping Center. At the ocean side entrance to the shopping center sits Leilani’s on the Beach. Their beach walk level is super casual with a much different feel than “inside.”
The Caprese salad is beautiful. Fresh mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, crunchy red radish slices, tangy pickled radish strips, and a dressing made from olive oil, blonde balsamic, fresh basil with a pinch of salt and pepper. Each bite bursts with flavor. The moist and firm pan-seared Opah is a hit. The chef matches it with fresh vegetables. The chef has a way with Monchong too. Pan-seared, sprinkled with browned Macadamia nuts and served with a puréed parsnip butter and veggie stock goodness. The Molokai sweet potato bite-sized gnocchi are out of this world.
For a delicious dessert, the Tropical Fruit Crisp with chopped pineapple and mango, tart Granny Smith apples and a crushed graham cracker topping and served with Roselani’s Vanilla Bean ice cream is popular.
Leilani’s Dining Room is a great option for yummy food, excellent service and a choice location. It is perfect for a date night or a celebratory dinner.
For more information, please visit Leilani’s On The Beach.
NUKA is possibly the most authentic modern-Japanese restaurant in Hawaii, not just the Island of Maui. Owned by the Paia Fish Market family, this is without a doubt, totally their tour de force Maui restaurant. Tucked away in the beautifully elusive Haiku community, NUKA is located off Haiku Road; adjacent the Haiku Post Office and the Aloha Aina Center. There aren’t many seats, so make reservations, or plan ahead accordingly. If you love authentic Japanese cuisine, you DO NOT want to miss out on this Maui dining experience.
The NUKA owners made a fabulous, and most definitely well-planned out decision to appoint Chef Hiro Takanashi the Head Chef at this North Shore locale. Hiro is a well know Maui sushi chef extroardinare with previous stints at Jacques North Shore Bistro, Moana Cafe, and the Kahului Ale House Sushi Bar. (All no longer popular or in existence because Hiro found his best and most appreciated home.)
At NUKA, guests can count on many amazing things including fresh ingredients, Maui seafood, meats and produce throughout their menu. Local, and seasonal items are kind of the theme of this Maui Japanese restaurant wonder, and without a doubt, the cocktails are fabulous too.
If you love authentic Japanese food, you will be in heaven at NUKA. The menu consists of Otsumami (small plates), Salads, Sushi, Sashimi, Rolls, Sushi Platters, Sashimi Platters, Specialty Rolls, Bowls, Soups & Noodles, Sides and Desserts. You will not be disappointed with anything you order, so enjoy! DO NOT forget to order a Double Scoop of either the green tea or black sesame ice cream at NUKA, it’s homemade!
For more information, please visit NUKA.
#25 KO Restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani
Check out KO Restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani for the only fine dining restaurant on Maui that offers diners a taste of Hawaii’s sugarcane plantation era, but in a gourmet style. KO features a truly fabulous menu full of farm-fresh items of Hawaiian, Filipino, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, American, and Korean lineages.
Favorite dinner menu items at KO include Starters like the Ahi on the Rock You Sear It, the American Beef Poke seared with a Hawaiian steak rub, and the Tangled Tiger Prawns shredded and wrapped in phyllo paper with Kula greens, macadamia nuts, and a pineapple sweet chili garlic sauce. Delicious items of their main menu include the Ginger Hoisin BBQ Pork Chops, the Paniolo Bone In Rib-Eye Steak, and the Lobster Tempura served with a spicy-sesame, pineapple sweet chili garlic and grapefruit soy sauce.
KO Specials include an amazing Keiki Program menu where children 5 years and under eat free, Happy Hour daily between 4-6pm with Live music, and more KO Specials like the Sunday Night Laulau and Twilight Dinner offerings. Sunday Night Laulau is a super cool tradition where guests can enjoy a modern take on Hawaiian-style plates with all local produce and a gourmet flare where diners will especially enjoy the Maui fresh catch steamed in Ti leaves, and decadent local-style offerings. This is a great place to go while celebrating a romantic date night or a honeymoon on Maui. Twilight Dinner is for those that would like to experience an exclusive evening of privacy at their own romantic cabana. The evening includes a 4-course dinner with a private server, favorite KO menu items, and more than perfect wine pairings.
For more information, please visit KO at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
Now in its 22nd year of business, Pacific’O has brought new meaning to farm-to-table cuisine on Maui.
With the support of local farmers, in addition to owning O’o Farm in Upcountry Maui, Pacific’O offers guests the true taste of aloha in a scenic oceanside setting.
Located on Lahaina’s famous Front Street, head to Pacific’O just before sunset to enjoy a fresh cocktail (many of which include herbs grown at O’o Farm) with a view. Open daily for lunch and dinner, some of our favorite menu items include Pork Belly with hot mustard, Lobster Ravioli with truffle oil, Scallops with cilantro pesto, and the Filet Mignon with a shiso chimichurri garnish and red wine reduction.
Don’t miss the Mango and Fresh Mint Martini and Banana Bread Pudding, too!
For more information, please visit Pacific’O.
#27 Nick’s Fishmarket
The palatial Fairmount Kea Lani resort in Wailea is the home of Nick’s Fishmarket. The restaurant was designed to dovetail beautifully with the stunning architecture of this 5-star resort. The views are amazing and it’s on the grounds of the resort!
Nick’s Caesar Salad with house-made dressing, anchovies and shaved Parmesan cheese is crunchy goodness with a balsamic glaze that adds a surprise layer of flavor. The calamari rings are fried to a light brown and served on top of wasabi-infused cocktail sauce and drizzled with Chipotle aioli. The Filet Mignon is cooked to perfection and accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and vegetables. The Opakapaka Picatta is fresh and moist Hawaiian pink snapper sautéed in lemon, butter and capers served on top of sweet potato hash browns. There is no mystery why this is the most popular dish at Nick’s Fishmarket.
After dinner, recommendations for dessert are a scoop of cool, refreshing and fruity raspberry sorbet with a blackberry, strawberry and blueberry garnish, or the Chocolate Decadence. It is a palate-pleasing mound of milk chocolate mousse with roasted almonds and chiffon cake covered with dark chocolate ganache.
Nick’s employs a “team approach” to table service. The atmosphere is quiet elegance where Byzantine flourishes merge with tropical Hawaii. This is a great place for date night, special occasions and for those folks who just love a very fine dining experience provided by a well-run team.
For more information, please visit Nick’s Fishmarket.
#28 Casanovas Makawao & Casanovas Bistro
A Makawao local favorite since 1986, Casanova’s in Makawao started as a deli with morning lattes and freshly baked pastries. They have since grown into what it is today, a fabulous full-service cafe and restaurant that’s busy from breakfast to dinner. They’re also well known for awesome happy hours, live dinner music, and some super cool rotating club-like nights throughout the week (Makawao location).
Known for always providing amazingly cooked honestly Italian food, guests will also adore their brick oven pizzas. Served at every table upon seating, the focaccia bread is extremely flavorful and served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The Mediterranean Salad is colorful with fresh tomatoes, Kula greens, cucumbers, kalamata olives, red onions, roasted red peppers and feta cheese. The Asparagi al Prosciutto is delish with fresh asparagus wrapped in prosciutto thats’s sprinkled with goat cheese and pesto. The Caesar Salad is a healthy amount of crunchy romaine with house-made dressing, parmesan shavings, and croutons (the kiawe wood-fired chicken is an add-on, but so recommended). The Paglia e Fieno al Funghi is wild porcini mushroom pasta in a creamy garlic sauce. The Spinaci is sautéed spinach, mushrooms, tangerines and caramelized walnuts. The Pollo al Mattone is half of a free-range chicken marinated in citrus, and grilled Etruscan-style under a brick. It’s also served with a cheese-less version of their popular Mediterranean Salad.
The desserts change constantly at Casanovas. Just ask your server for a recommendation; they are more then willing to help you create a full-on incredible homestyle Italian dinner in Maui. We love Casanovas!
Casanovas has two main locations; Casanova Restaurant & Deli (Makawao), and the ultra-swank Casanova Bistro (Kahului), great for a power lunch or extended happy hour. The menus at these locations have some similarities with key pasta dishes, but there are a few differences. It’s definitely worth it to check them both out. They’ll easily slide into your go-to Maui restaurants repertoire.
For more information, please visit Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli.
#29 Star Noodle
“Oh, Star Noodle…let me count the many ways that I love thee….” Yes, words like those will enter your mind as you thoroughly enjoy dining at Star Noodle. Star Noodle is located off the beaten path in Lahaina, West Maui. This super delicious and trendy Maui restaurant is popular for many reasons, including the fantastic Pan-Asian menu, the stylish setting, and of course Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon, past star of Top Chef.
Dining at Star Noodle is so fabulous, the food is so finger-licking, and the environment makes you feel transported to the “coolest restaurant ever.” Nothing on the menu could ever possibly disappoint you, from the genius Sake Cocktail creations to the Shared Plates, Noodles, Sweets, and Wine List.
Our favorite menu items are: the Star Kim Chee, Pohole Salad, Namui, Miso Salmon, Karage Chicken, Scallop Shots, Rib Eye, Hot n Sour Noodles, Lahaina Fried Soup, Garlic Noodles, the Malasadas and Mango Pudding for dessert. When at Star Noodle, make sure to savor every bite. But no worries, you can always plan another trip to Maui just for another fabulous Star Noodle Dinner.
For more information, please visit Star Noodle.
#30 Fleetwood’s on Front Street (Lahaina)
Owned by Maui resident and British musician/actor Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood’s on Front Street is the creme-de-la-creme, and one of the best locales for Dinner with a view in West Maui. Next time you’re visiting the Historic Town of Lahaina, check out Fleetwood’s classic bistro style, fabulous Dinner, Wine and Cocktail menu, and their awesome Moroccan influenced rooftop bar. (Tip: During the Winter months, you may see Humpback Whales while enjoying sunset from the rooftop!)
At Fleetwood’s, guests can listen to a variety of live local musicians throughout the week, and are located in one of the most ideal locations for relaxing with a loved one enjoying life. Dinner at Fleetwood’s is delicious with menu items like a yummy Beer Steamed Black Mussels, Kale Caesar, 72-hour Short Rib, Australian Lamb 1/2 Rack, Signature Beef Wellington, and so many more enticing options. Fleetwood’s 2016 Dinner Menu Handcrafted Cocktails offered at Fleetwood’s are made with the highest caliber spirits and ingredients, and the Wine List is truly divine with an international selection of champagne, sparkling, white and red wine varieties. Fleetwood’s 2016 Wine List
Must Try Menu Items:
Beer Steamed Black Mussels
10 oz Filet
Harley Davidson Hog Burger! (hahaha)
For more information, please visit Fleetwood’s on Front Street.
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Now that we’ve tempted you taste buds again, it’s time to plan your next amazing vacation on Maui, or plan your next meal out! hat are your favorite fine dining restaurants and local places to eat on Maui? Leave your favorites and suggestions in the comments below.