Top 30 Restaurants on Maui

Alexandra MitchellLast updated: November 1, 2018

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Aloha Nui Loa, and welcome to our 2018 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 groundwork for this article so that our readers can enjoy the very best Maui restaurants for 2018. 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 the sunrise at Haleakala — all fabulous Maui adventures! But, a trip to Maui isn’t complete without visiting the top restaurants on Maui… Bon Appetit!

MAUI’S BEST RESTAURANTS 2018


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#1 Maui Restaurant – Mama’s Fish House

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“While sailing across the South Pacific in the late 1950s, 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.” Check out why Mama’s won the #1 spot for the Top 30 Restaurants on Maui…


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Nalu’s South Shore Grill

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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.

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Monkeypod Kitchen

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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.






Maui Brewing Company

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Maui Brewing Company is Maui’s premier handcrafted craft beer maker. With a tasting room in South Maui and a great brewpub 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 brewpub. 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.

Gourmet Cuisine at Taverna Restaurant
Gourmet Cuisine at Taverna Restaurant
Gourmet Cuisine at Taverna Restaurant

Taverna

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Located in the Kapalua Resort is one of Maui’s newest and most amazing restaurants, Taverna. With huge Pacific Ocean and award-winning fairway views, here’s a hot spot to put on your Maui dining bucket list. It’s quite a large restaurant with a huge wrap around bar and a spacious dining room. Without a doubt, attention to detail and eye for interior design were definitely applied when creating this Maui restaurant.

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Morimoto Maui

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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 one of the best restaurants 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.

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The Pint & Cork

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The Island of Maui has needed a restaurant like The Pink & Cork for so long! Located in the Shops at Wailea, The Pint & Cork is where you’ll find an island-style version of gastronomy gone brewpub. Great for weekend breakfasts (they have a Bloody Mary bar), and daily lunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night dining, here’s a spot to put on your Maui rotation.

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Haili'ilimaile General Store
Haili'ilimaile General Store
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Haili'ilimaile General Store

Hali’imaile General Store

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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.






Ka’ana Kitchen

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“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)


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Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante

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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.

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Lahaina Grill

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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.





The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

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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.

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Gannon’s Restaurant

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Gannon’s Restaurant, located on the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, boasts amazing views and Hawaii-sourced fresh ingredients. Another Bev Gannon marvel (Hali’imaile General Store), the classic and contemporary dishes are both creative and delicious! The service and beautifully prepared food are enough to keep you coming back again and again, but the views just take it to another level. Gannon’s Restaurant in Wailea is one of Maui’s top restaurants for many reasons. Voted as one of OpenTable’s Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America, here you’ll find incredible Pacific Ocean views and a menu full of local Maui ingredients. The restaurant takes its namesake from its award-winning owner, Chef Bev Gannon. Chef Gannon is not only known as a local restauranteur but also as one of the innovators of ‘Hawaii Regional Cuisine.’

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Honu Seafood & Pizza

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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.







Merriman’s Kapalua

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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.





Star Noodle

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“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 stylish setting.


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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 a la 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.

Gourmet Maui Cuisine at Japengo
Gourmet Maui Cuisine at Japengo
Gourmet Maui Cuisine at Japengo
Gourmet Maui Cuisine at Japengo

Japengo

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Japengo is celebrated for serving up some of Maui’s most delicious and exotic Pacific Rim cuisine. Offering an Asian inspired menu that is infused with Hawaiian flavors, this renowned world-class restaurant is located at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka’anapali.





Shearwater Tavern

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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.






NUKA

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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

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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).

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Milagros

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Smack dab in the center of the trendy bohemian town of Paia, visitors will find Milagros Food Company. You definitely will want to check out this amazing family run restaurant with its covered sidewalk seating right in the heart of Paia. Located on the corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue, Milagros is the perfect spot for a date night and/or hanging out with friends and family. Everyone will enjoy front row seating to some of the best people watching on island. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying then a refreshing margarita paired with a giant pile of kalua pork nachos, after spending an afternoon of shopping at Paia’s chic boutiques.

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Paia Fish Market

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Paia Fish Market’s flagship location, established in 1989, is on the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway in Paia Town. They also have two other locations in Kihei and Lahaina.






Fleetwood’s on Front Street

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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 the sunset from the rooftop!)





Flatbread Company

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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.






Cuatro

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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.






Cafe Des Amis

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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.

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Lahaina Fish Company

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Perched oceanfront in Lahaina, the Lahaina Fish Company, is one of the best spots for casual dining and outrageous views on Historic Front Street. Since 1990, this Maui hot spot has been a favorite for both residents and visitors. The menu is expertly crafted, and the vibe is classically Maui for a great meal surrounded by island views.






Matteo’s Osteria

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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.

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Café O’Lei at The Dunes in Maui Lani

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Café O’Lei at The Dunes in Maui Lani is the newest collaboration of husband and wife team and chef-owners, Dana and Michel Pastula. This family run restaurant is located in the Clubhouse at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course. Guests will surely enjoy this tucked away oasis, offering a comfortable, and laid back atmosphere with plenty of seating. Choose from inside or outside patio dining with amazing views of the picturesque golf course. The West Maui Mountains is your backdrop! This is a great spot for friends and family to gather, or for a business lunch. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mahalo for reading our list of the Best 30 Restaurants in Maui for 2018! Now that we’ve tempted your 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.