Top 30 Restaurants on Maui

Alexandra MitchellLast updated: August 16, 2017

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Aloha Nui Loa, and welcome to our 2017 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 and done the ground work for this article so that our readers can enjoy the very best Maui restaurants for 2017. So, save your appetite and get excited!

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. Sure you’ll plan a snorkel cruise, go on jungle hikes, see sunrise at Haleakala- all fabulous Maui adventures! But, a trip to Maui isn’t complete without visiting the top restaurants on Maui…bon apetit

MAUI’S BEST RESTAURANTS 2017

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#1 Maui Restaurant – Morimoto Maui

Located at the Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea, Morimoto is named after the highly-acclaimed celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Besides being the best restaurant in Maui, guests will also surely enjoy breathtaking views of Mokapu Beach while savoring a tasty meal. Morimoto’s menu is full of local, farm and ocean fresh ingredients. Popular items are 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…


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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.”





Nalu’s South Shore Grill

Next time your cruising through South Maui, make sure to stop for a meal at Nalu’s South Shore Grill. Whether you choose to check them out for breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner- it will always be amazing! Located near the Ace Hardware store in the Azeka Plaza, you’ll notice that just the sight of Nalu’s is both enticing and inviting. Here, you’ll find that the vibes are just as full of aloha as the menu.





Humble Market Kitchin

Humble Market Kitchin is Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s (of Roy’s Restaurants) newest culinary edition. Inspired by his family roots on the Island of Maui, here is an incredible new Maui restaurant to delight in. Located in the Wailea Beach Resort Marriott, Humble Market Kitchin (HMK) is open for breakfast and dinner. If you’re celebrating with friends and family, or planning a business party, consider booking one of their private dining rooms: Kumu, Opelu and Limu.

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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.


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Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante

Located at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Ferraro’s offers daily oceanfront dining for lunch and dinner. With live music Tuesday-Saturday, and one of the best vantage points in South Maui for a magical maui sunset scene, this is one of the most romantic places to enjoy an outdoor meal on Maui. Sit back, relax, and order a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, or a refreshing muddled cocktail before your meal.






Ka’ana Kitchen

“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, 2016)







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.





Bistro Molokini

Located in the Grand Wailea Resort, Bistro Molokini is a great South Maui restaurant to enjoy for lunch, happy hour and dinner. It’s a perfect place for families with kids and large groups because they also have a keiki (kids) menu and large party menus for both lunch and dinner. Bistro Molokini is definitely our favorite place to eat at the Grand Wailea Resort.






Matteo’s Osteria

Matteo’s off the beaten path in the Wailea Town Center. This top Maui restaurant has a lovely menu and a spectacular wine bar with over 64 wines available by the glass. It’s a wine lovers dream come true on Maui! There are some very impressive wines from Italy, California and Argentina, so a wine lover will surely feel at home here. Chef Matteo is the man who started it all, and after many years in top notch kitchens around the world he’s effectively created a welcoming space with design and décor that says, ‘I’m from the old country’ but with a ‘living it up in paradise’ kind of a vibe.






Hali’imaile General Store

There are many spectacular things in prospect for you if you’ve never been to the Hali’imaile General Store in Upcountry-Maui. For those that have been here, perhaps even numerous times, you know what we’re talking about. Located just a 10-minute drive up Baldwin Avenue from the Historic Paia Town, guests will surely find one of Maui’s best restaurants tucked amongst sugar cane fields and a lot of local history.

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Monkeypod Kitchen

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.


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DUO Steak & Seafood

DUO Steak and Seafood is another amazing restaurant located at the Maui Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. DUO is located on the ground floor of the resort, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining options. Here, you’ll find an ala carte menu and breakfast buffet daily, and magical dinners. This Maui steakhouse restaurant offers a full dinner menu from 5:30-9pm 7-days a week. The chefs (including the amazing pastry chef, Chef Emily) at DUO also have a gracious willingness to prepare vegan dishes, and more customized plates pending dietary restrictions. This is definitely something super special about dining at DUO.





Shearwater Tavern

Shearwater Tavern is most definitely a welcome addition to our top restaurants on Maui list! First, the name “Shearwater” was chosen after the Wedge-Tailed Shearwater bird, a native Hawaiian bird that is also known as the ‘Ua’u Kani. We love the integrity in the name and how they cultivate a sense of ohana in the Maui community. With a gastro-pub style, this top Maui restaurant is one that you’ll return to time and time again with of their laid back atmosphere, and timeless approach to a casual yet innovative menu.

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Gerard’s

This romantic, and truly French locale has been a West Maui restaurant institution for over 33 years. With a French bistro, country home-like setting, Gerard’s masterpiece culinary venue is the type of restaurant every French food lover will appreciate; surely, it will soon become one of your go-to restaurants for high-end dining on Maui. Unlike many other popular restaurants in Maui, chef-owner Gerard, is still touching every dish that leaves his kitchen. This is just one incredible attribute that allows for his inspiring French cuisine to be balanced, consistent, and full of authentic French flavors.






NUKA

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.





Casanova

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).






Mala Ocean Tavern

Owner-Chef, Mark Ellman, has been creating great food on Maui for decades. He is known for being a more than successful Maui restauranteur, and he also owns Honu and Frida’s. Mala Ocean Tavern is perfectly perched oceanfront near the Mala Wharf in Lahaina, West Maui. It’s not just the fabulous Pacific Ocean views that constantly draw guests back to Mala, it is the casual atmosphere, a large menu, the deliciously consistent food selections and the friendly aloha vibes.







Honu Seafood & Pizza

Honu Seafood & Pizza has yet again, another amazing Mark Ellman menu. Honu is located on Front Street behind the Lahaina Cannery Mall, a perfect spot to enjoy ocean views and a tantalizing menu.






Maui Brewing Company

Maui Brewing Company is Maui’s premiere handcrafted craft beer maker. With a tasting room in South Maui, and a great brew-pub restaurant in Kahana, we highly recommend that you check out both spots during your next foodie adventure in Maui. At the Kahana brew-pub, guests can taste all flavors of Maui Brewing Co. craft beers; accompanied by a unique menu. Here, guests of all types can choose items off of their menu, even vegans and vegetarians, which is a really unique offering for a brew pub. The menu is broken down by salads, burgers and sandwiches, flatbreads, entrees, sliders and ‘share, pair and taste’ plates. They even have a kids menu with easy options for the keiki like cheese pizza, fried chicken bites, mac and cheese and a burger. If you like a little bit of spicy with your frothy beer, definitely order the Shishito Peppers.






KO

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.





The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is located in the same space that was once known as the Capische restaurant. The resort didn’t just re-brand the restaurant, they completely changed gears. When at the Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, look forward to a menu full of locally grown and sourced Hawaii ingredients: organic produce, free range meats and locally caught seafood options.





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.







Tommy Bahama

Perfectly placed with an oceanfront view in South Maui’s Shops at Wailea, Tommy Bahama’s Wailea restaurant is all set! Here, you’ll find impeccable Maui ocean views accompanied by high-end service, and an immaculate menu.





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 and the the stylish setting.







Cane & Canoe

Set oceanfront at the Montage Kapalua Resort, Cane & Canoe has become one of the most popular restaurants on Maui due to their innovative spin on local Hawaii foods with a fine dining twist. Just as you’d expect from the emerging, artistic and modern Montage Resort, this top Maui restaurant is pushing all expectations for fine dining on Maui. Cane and Canoe is set upon one of the most prime pieces of Kapalua land; the sunset magically falls right in front of the resort, with a glimmering Pacific Ocean coastline before you. All of the staff of this fabulous Maui restaurant are more amazing than you could even expect. There is a heavy presence of the aloha spirit in everything they do, and from the chef to the sommelier, servers to hostesses, they are superseding customer satisfaction.






Cafe Des Amis

Located on the North Shore of Maui in the historic Town of Paia, Cafe Des Amis is set alongside an old plantation town known for an international array of water athletes, 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, so you can enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining here. Café Des Amis serves a blend of Mediterranean and Indian food, and has been a favorite Paia eatery for breakfast, lunch and dinner for over 15 years.






Cuatro

Located between Sansei and Foodland in Central Kihei, Cuatro is a local favorite for happy hour and dinner on Maui. It’s one of the most popular restaurants in Kihei, and a great place to enjoy a relaxing and impressive meal in South Maui.





Leilani’s Inside Dining Room

Ka’anapali Beach is one of the busiest beaches in West Maui, and has been honored many times as one of the best beaches 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, and Leilani’s Inside Dining Room is literally steps up above their beach level eatery.






Fleetwood’s on Front Street

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 for a fabulous dinner, wine and cocktail menu. They also have an awesome rooftop bar where you can enjoy a pre-dinner Hawaiian blessing on Saturday nights, live music and awesome sunset view. (Tip: During the Winter months, you may see Humpback Whales while enjoying sunset from the rooftop!)

Mahalo for reading our list of the Best 30 Restaurants in Maui for 2017! Now that we’ve tempted you taste buds again, it’s time to plan your next amazing vacation on Maui, then plan your next meal out! What are your favorite fine dining restaurants and local places to eat on Maui? Leave us your favorites in the comment section below…

Written By  Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra is a marketing professional with a passion for writing about travel to the Hawaiian Islands, vacation rentals, and luxury real estate. She exposes readers to glimpses of 'Old Hawaii,' new destinations to explore, local events, and all the best things to do on Maui.