Top 30 Restaurants on Maui

Alexandra MitchellLast updated: December 5, 2016

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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 reviewed each restaurant so that our readers can enjoy the very best restaurants that Maui has to offer.

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 – Mama’s Fish House

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Mamas fish house

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“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.”

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!

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. 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…

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Tahitian Ceviche
  • Oysters on the Half-Shell
  • Ahi Sashimi Salad
  • Stuffed Mahimahi
  • Lilikoi Creme Brulee
  • Ku’au Chocolate Pie
  • Polynesian Black Pearl

#2 Morimoto

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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 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…

While mouthwatering Lunch and Dinner options are offered daily, we suggest making reservations for Dinner to watch the magnificent sunset fade into Maui’s glistening Pacific Ocean. The assortment of delicious sushi and sashimi is world famous, and you definitely need to enjoy those with the Aged Morimoto Sake. For dessert, try the Doughnuts, which come in a variety of flavors like Waialua chocolate, sake caramel and apple-banana cheesecake. The house made sorbet is also to die for!

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Yuzu
  • Soy and Sweet Garlic
  • Spicy King Crab with Tobanjan Aïoli and Micro­Cilantro
  • Duck Meatball Soup with Duck Broth and Mountain Potato
  • Morimoto Omikase

#3 Spago

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Spago is one of Wolfgang Puck’s most favored Mobil 4-Star Restaurants in the world. Located within the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, all will appreciate fine dining with Pacific Ocean views at this top Maui restaurant. Without a doubt, Executive Chef Cameron Lewark, and Executive Sous Chef Sean Schoeben have effectively created one of the most notable Hawaii-California style menus in all of the Hawaiian Islands. Spago Maui effectively infuses fresh California-style plates with locally grown Hawaiian foods; yet another reason why they are a favorite for both visitors and residents.

While dining at Spago in Maui, guests can expect the most professional service from the time you arrive until you walk out the door. All of the staff is personable, knowledgeable and eager to please. Their cocktail list is a true testament of mixology skills, and you cannot go wrong with any of the appetizer or entree menu items. The dinner menu does rotate on a consistent basis, but you will see solid, staple Spago Wailea items stick on the menu. If you like bread with your dinner, then get ready to be impressed with many options like focaccia breads, sourdough varieties and Parmesan crisps. Make sure to leave room for dessert, but if you forget to, don’t worry! You should still order it because it’s well worth it here. Don’t leave Spago without ordering the Baked Haleakala. it’s incredibly divine, even for those that claim to ‘not’ have a sweet tooth.

Catering to a diverse market, Spago has a kids menu, an amazing lounge with ocean views, and a wonderful cocktail and wine list to accompany their great nightly menus. It’s definitely a great place to celebrate with friends and family while on vacation, and an ideal place to go on Maui for romantic dining for two. As soon as you dine at Spago, you will surely see what all the fuss is about!

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Kona Kampachi With Caviar
  • Sweet Kahuku Corn Risotto
  • Seared Rare Big Eye Tuna With Ginger-Sake Butter
  • Pan Roasted Local Monchong

#4 Ferraro’s

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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.

With a menu that highlights classic and re-imagined Italian and Pacific-Rim fusion dishes, we recommend everything! The whole menu is tasty and innovative with an Italia rustica twist. The service at Ferraro’s is always spot on, and the menu has something for everyone with a special “Wellness Menu,” vegan and vegetarian options. When dining at the Four Seasons in Maui, you can’t go wrong. With a culinary team headed by Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst, and Executive Sous Chef Marco Calenzo, no attention to detail is ever left out.

Ferraro’s is definitely deserving of being on the top of our best restaurants in Maui list with their fabulous location, incredible service, and an all-around incredible menu.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Polenta Fried Calamari
  • Lobster Conchiglie
  • Lamb Ragu Pappardelle
  • Hawaiian Snapper

#5 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.

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. Here, 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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Baked Escargot
  • Seared Ahi and Hudson Valley Foie Gras
  • Wagyu Beef Ravioli
  • Toy Box Tomato Salad
  • Homemade Meatballs
  • Osso Buco
  • Surf & Turf

#6 Duo

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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.

Every Friday Night is ‘Market Night,’ which provides and additional Maui farm-to-table buffet-style assortment of artisan cheeses, a meat carving station, seafood station and a beautiful salad bar. Market Night at Four Seasons Maui is a pretty incredible offering for both residents and visitors, also providing a special child care area and a keiki buffet.

With impeccable service, proximity to live music, amazing Maui sunsets and a pleasant tropical atmosphere, DUO will easily become part of your Maui restaurant repertoire.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • American Wagyu Flat Iron
  • Opakapaka
  • Lobster Bisque
  • Chocolate Souffle

#7 Merriman’s

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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.

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. 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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Keahole Lobster, Avocado and Tomato Salad
  • Merriman’s “Mix” Plate
  • Merriman’s Original Wok Charred Ahi
  • Peppercorn-Garlic Rubbed Pan Seared Ribeye

#8 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.

Hali’imaile General Store is Chef Bev Gannon’s first and most renowned restaurant in Maui. Here, you’ll find a menu full of creative American-Pacific, Pacific- Hawaii Regional, and Asian-style cuisine. Yes, that sounds like a lot in the mix, but in Hawaii this is the creme de la creme for soul food island-style. Since the late 1980s, Hali’imaile has not only been one of the top restaurants in Maui, but also a vacation destination for Maui’s many loved visitors. At Hali’imaile, foodie lovers can explore a menu full of tempting selections like the Kalua Pork & Goat Cheese Wontons, Popcorn Shrimp (the best ever!), Togarashi Shishito Peppers, Furikake Crusted Ahi & Coconut Shrimp, Paniolo Pork Ribs, Hali’imaile’s Tri-Tip “Plate Lunch,” and of course Bev’s Famous Crab Pizza, which is to-die-for by the way.

The cocktail list is superb with a handful of amazing libations, and the dessert menu is a real winner with items like the Lilikoi Creme Brûlée and a lovely Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. More fabulous things about the Hali’imaile General Store include an awesome bar with a conveniently cool daily happy hour from 3-5:30pm, sweet local vibes, and a host of foodie-related events that take place throughout the week, month, season and year.

When you visit Maui, you just have to got to Bev’s Hali’imaile General Store. Housed by Old-Hawaii plantation architecture, and offering a fabulous menu, you cannot go wrong here.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Bev’s Famous Crab Pizza
  • Cajun Spice Dusted Crispy Calamari
  • Furikake Crusted Ahi & Coconut Shrimp
  • Paniolo Pork Ribs
  • Roasted Meyer Lemon Half Chicken

#9 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)

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. 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? Be ready to fill your belly with lots of enticing menu items…

In addition, 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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Tofu “Steak”
  • Watermelon Salad
  • Abalone Risotto
  • Striploin with Chimichurri Remoulade
  • Lobster
  • Maui Caught Fish

#10 Roy’s

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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.

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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Roy’s Original Blackened Ahi
  • Jade Pesto Steamed Island Fish
  • Glazed Beef Shortribs
  • Kiawe Smoked Szechuan Spiced Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • Misoyaki Style Butterfish
  • Classic Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle

#11 Matteo’s Osteria

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Matteo’s is located off the beaten path in the Wailea Town Center. This top Maui restaurant has a lovely menu and a wine bar with over 60 wines. 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.

Matteo’s Lasagna is a super thin homemade pasta in a perfect meat sauce; it’s considered by many to be the best lasagna on Maui. If you enjoy a classic executed Tiramisu, Matteo’s is the place to go. The Apple Tart is a puff pastry, with thin slices of almost sweet apples, a Chianti strawberry glaze, and a small scoop of rich vanilla gelato. Simply delicious.

With great service, fantastic food, and an array of delicious wines to choose from, Matteo’s is a great choice for premium Italian food in Maui while on a dinner date, or for meeting with friends for Happy Hour.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Calamari
  • Caprese Salad
  • Coriander Crusted Mahi Mahi
  • Lasagna

#12 Gerard’s

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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.

When visiting Gerard’s near Front Street in Lahaina, definitely plan for a full-course menu. The escargot is impeccably prepared, and the vinaigrette on the salads are divine; faultlessly primed for excellence. With the fresh baked table bread selections, you will without a doubt enjoy all aspects of these dishes, even the remnants. For you second course, we suggest that you try the fish special for sharing, plus a meat dish. At Gerard’s, there is always a rotating seafood special of the night, and you definitely want to indulge in whatever that may be- it’s always incredible.

When at Gerard’s in Lahaina, all guests will most definitely appreciate the amazing French menu, delicious delivery, outstanding service and beautiful atmosphere. If you’re able to secure reservations before sunset at this top Maui restaurant, make sure to do so. The view and lighting is fabulous from this West Maui restaurant. An evening at Gerard’s is an experience that comes once in a lifetime for most visitors, but still remains an institution for Maui residents and repeat visitors. Celebrate a Maui honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday celebration at Gerard’s. Gerard’s isn’t just one of the best restaurants in Maui, it is a legendary culinary institution, and one of the best foodie activities to do in Maui.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Escargot Forestiere
  • Gerard’s Salad
  • Duck Confit
  • Filet of Beef with Marchand de vin

#13 Cane & Canoe

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Set oceanfront at the Montage Kapalua Bay, Cane & Canoe is quickly becoming 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.

To start, we suggest that you enjoy a few of their hand crafted cocktails. Great options include island-inspired cocktails like the Kamuela Fizz (Hendricks Gin, lime, fresh cucumber and mint), the Kapalua Butterfly circa 1978 (dark rum, orange, pineapple, coconut and fresh citrus blended), or a modern cocktail like the Radcliffe (Bulleit Rye Whiskey, yellow Chartreuse, Carpano Antica, Absinthe and large ice cubes). While delighting in amazing scenery with a cocktail in hand, make sure to nibble from the bread basket selections; yummy homemade focaccia bread and Molokai sweet potato rolls served alongside a taro leaf pesto spread, and Hawaiian red sea salt butter.

Make sure that before or when you order entrees from the Cane and Canoe menu, ask for the guidance of their house sommelier for wine pairings. Believe us, you’ll be so pleased that you did!

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Grilled Lamb Chops
  • Snake River Farms 12oz Kobe Ribeye
  • Grilled Lamb Chops
  • Hawaiian Snapper
  • Pacific Rim Cioppino
  • Seared Mahi Mahi

#14 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.

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.

Without a doubt, Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea has one of the best lunch and dinner 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 menu items. You may just find yourself ordering more than you need, because every item is just so inviting! Their menu brings even more with yummy burgers and seafood dishes, steak plates, and gorgeous salad and sandwich options. Don’t sleep on the local style offerings- with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, they are excellent here.

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!

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Free Range Chicken Wings
  • Garlic Truffle Oil Fries
  • Poke Tacos
  • Kalbi Chicken Banh Mi
  • Saimin
  • Dry Mein
  • Pizzas
  • Pete’s Fresh Fish & Chips

#15 Maui Brewing Company

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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.

When at the Maui Brewing Company restaurant in West Maui, consider ordering items “family-style.” The casual environment invites menu exploration, and it’s super fun to pair items off of their menu with beer selections. The staff is all very beer knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. This is perfect spot for lunch, happy hour and dinner in West Maui.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Shishito Peppers
  • Phyllo-Fried Brie
  • Tots Dynamite
  • Farm Flatbread
  • Veggie Burger (black bean based)
  • Black Rock Dip
  • Pub Plate
  • Bratwurst Sausage.

#16 Mala Ocean Tavern

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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.

This light-hearted and sophisticated restaurant offers guests tasty plates made with organic ingredients, and infused with a sense of conscious healthiness. Yes! there are a lot of menu options here- you will see at Mala, the menu is huge! 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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Oyster Shooters
  • Mark’s Caesar Salad
  • Fish Sandwich (grilled or fried)
  • 1/2 LB. Steamed Manila Clams
  • Mark’s Ahi Tartare
  • Mahi Mahi Ceviche
  • Big Island Hamakua Ali’i Mushrooms
  • Grilled All Natural Angus Filet Mignon

#17 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.

Here, you’ll find that their savory crepes, sweet crêpes, wraps, salads and curries are legendary. The mango chutney and the cucumber raita really enhance the flavors in all dishes, so definitely ask for a side if your plate doesn’t come with them. Cafe Des Amis also has smoothies, great wine and cocktails, awesome coffee drinks and LIVE music in the courtyard around sunset time during the week. Plus, the prices are reasonable, especially for the high quality of food that they serve here. There are so many wonderful items on the Cafe Des Amis menu, you’ll definitely want to go back to try them all.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Vegetarian Mediterranean Platter
  • Chicken Avocado Mozzarella Tomato Caesar Crêpe
  • Beef Mushroom Curry
  • Strawberries & Cream Crepe
  • Nutella, Banana & Chocolate Crepe

#18 Honu

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

Here, you’ll find an eclectic and delicious menu full of crowd pleasers. With an array of enticing options, you may just have to order more than your belly can hold! The lunch and dinner menus are similar with great starters, salads, seafood sandwiches, burgers, entrees and brick oven pizzas. They also have a special gluten-free menu with a ton of choices for the gluten intolerant folks, or those avoiding wheat. The brick oven pizzas are all amazing, and can also be made with gluten free crusts*

During the day, you can see Maui’s honu (Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles) swimming right below the dining area. Sunset here is awesome, and at night you will definitely see a star-filled Maui sky. This is a great place to go for lunch, on a dinner date and with your whole family in tow.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Grilled Spanish Octopus
  • Fresh Burrata Mozzarella
  • Spicy Italian Sausage Pizza
  • Ali’i Hamakua Mushroom Pizza
  • Whole Wok Fried Hawaiian Snapper
  • Pork Shank Osso Bucco
  • 28 Day Dry Aged Rib Eye

#19 Tommy Bahama

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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.

At the Maui Tommy Bahama’s restaurant, guests can look forward to many lovely things, and that is why it is a top restaurant in Maui. Not only does Tommy Bahama’s in Wailea have a restaurant, but they also offer a retail store and a full-service bar. If you’d like more information about the bar at Tommy Bahama’s in Wailea, please visit http://www.prideofmaui.com/blog/activities/5-best-places-get-drink-maui.html. For lunch, dinner, and cocktails, Tommy Bahama surely proves to be one of the best restaurants in Maui.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Ahi Tuna Tacos
  • Char-grilled Artichoke
  • World Famous Coconut Shrimp
  • Filet Mignon
  • Ko’ala Mahi Mahi
  • Macadamia Nut Crusted Snapper
  • Triple Chocolate Cake
  • Pineapple Creme Brûlée
  • Tommy Bahama Key Lime Pie

#20 Humuhumu

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Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is located at the Grand Wailea Resort in South Maui. Named after the State Fish of Hawaii, this romantic Maui fine dining establishment is a great place to enjoy a delicious meal with a loved one, commemorate an anniversary, or celebrate a birthday with a large group.

Open nightly for dinner from 5:30-9pm (bar opens at 5pm, reservations recommended), this thatch-roofed restaurant appears to float above this resort’s saltwater lagoon. The service and menu at Humu’s is top notch. The theme is Hawaiiana, and executed to perfection. Definitely look forward to a robust wine menu and cocktail selection at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Guests will love how they serve a few cocktails in a coconut shell, and the wine menu is divinely diverse. Prix fixe menus are available for parties of 13 and more, and a Chef’s 4 Course Tasting Menu with an optional wine pairing is also available for all guests.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Hawaiian Spiny Lobster
  • Niman Ranch Prime Ribeye
  • Korean Style Fried Chicken
  • Carpaccio of Japanese Hamachi
  • Fresh Catch

#21 Pacific’O

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With over 22 successful years in business, Pacific’O continues to bring a new meaning to farm-to-table cuisine in Maui. In addition to using ingredients from their farm, O’o Farms in Upcountry Maui, the menu is also full of farm fresh ingredients from more locally owned farms in Maui. Due to their promise of ‘local-sustainable,’ Pacific’O always provides guests the true taste of aloha with beautiful meals in a gorgeously scenic oceanfront Maui restaurant setting.

Located on Lahaina’s famous Front Street, Pacific’O is a perfect locale to choose just before sunset. Here, you can enjoy a fresh cocktail like the Fresh Mint Martini; most of their libations include herbs grown at O’o Farm. Open daily for lunch and dinner, there are many favorite menu items here!

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Pork Belly
  • Lobster Ravioli
  • Scallops
  • Seafood Risotto
  • Filet Mignon

#22 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.

Besides an awesome menu, one of the best things about Cuatro is that it’s BYOB (with a $10 corkage fee). So, you and your friends can grab your favorite bottle of wine or beer at Foodland right next door to this restaurant. The menu is streamlined and fresh, and there’s a certain ‘Cuatro’ twist to classics. 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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Calamari
  • Spicy Tuna Nachos
  • Togarashi Seared Ahi
  • Asian Style Pupu Steak
  • Acapulco Shrimp Scampi

#23 Flatbread

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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.

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. The cocktails are brilliant, bartenders are awesome, the crowd is social and fun, the service is professional and friendly, and the music is the best.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Cheeseburger Flatbread
  • BLT Flatbread
  • Baked Potato Flatbread
  • Kale and Garlic Flatbread
  • Veggie Curry Flatbread
  • Mopsy’s Kalua Pork Flatbread

#24 Leilani’s Inside Dining Room

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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.

In the dining room, the menu becomes more about fine dining with a view. Hands down, the Caprese salad is beautiful with fresh mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, crunchy red radish slices, tangy pickled radish strips, and a dressing made from olive oil, blonde balsamic, and fresh basil. The Molokai Sweet Potato Gnocchi is most definitely a dish you should try, this may be the only restaurant in the world that offers this innovative dish. Leilani’s Dining Room is a great option for a deliciously prepared meal in Maui, excellent service and a choice location. It is perfect for a date night or a celebratory dinner.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Caprese Salad
  • Molokai Sweet Potato Gnocchi
  • Pan-seared Opah
  • Monchong
  • Maui Onion Marinated Sirloin
  • Tropical Fruit Crisp

#25 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.

The NUKA owners made a fabulous, and most definitely well-planned out decision to appoint Chef at this North Shore locale. Hiro is a well known Maui sushi chef extra-ordinare with previous stints at Jacques North Shore Bistro and Moana Cafe.

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. 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…

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Truffle Edamame
  • Karaage Chicken
  • Miso Butterfish
  • Hamachi Carpaccio
  • Dynamite
  • Hawaiian Roll
  • Haiku Roll
  • NUKA Roll

#26 KO

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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.

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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Ahi on the Rock You Sear It
  • American Beef Poke
  • Tangled Tiger Prawns
  • Ginger Hoisin BBQ Pork Chops
  • Paniolo Bone In Rib-Eye Steak
  • Lobster Tempura
  • Zarzuela

#27 Casanova Makawao & Bistro 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).

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 salads, pastas and entrees are all amazing; the desserts change constantly at Casanovas. Just ask your server for recommendations if you’re overwhelmed with choices. They are all 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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Asparagi al Prosciutto
  • Caesar Salad
  • Gnocchi Strozzapreti
  • Paglia e Fieno al Funghi
  • Spinaci
  • Pollo al Mattone

#28 Nick’s Fishmarket

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The Fairmount Kea Lani Resort in Wailea is not only one of the top resorts in Maui, but it is also home to Nick’s Fishmarket. This restaurant was obviously designed to dovetail beautifully with the stunning architecture of this 5-star resort, and offers a fantastic menu. With indoor and outdoor seating available, everyone will enjoy amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the resort grounds.

After dinner, recommendations for dessert would be a scoop of refreshing and fruity Raspberry Sorbet with a blackberry, strawberry and blueberry garnish. Or, the Chocolate Decadence, a palate-pleasing amount of milk chocolate mousse with roasted almonds and a chiffon cake covered with dark chocolate ganache.

Nick’s employs a “team approach” to table service. The atmosphere is quiet elegance, with a stylish merge of Byzantine-style architecture and tropical Hawaii. This is a great place for a date night, special occasions, birthdays, and for those who just love to enjoy fine dining in a beautiful environment.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Nick’s Caesar Salad
  • Calamari Rings
  • Hawaiian Opah
  • Filet Mignon
  • Opakapaka Picatta

#29 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 the stylish setting.

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.

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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Star Kim Chee
  • Pohole Salad
  • Miso Salmon
  • Karaage Chicken
  • Star Udon
  • Hot n Sour Noodles
  • Garlic Noodles
  • Malasadas

#30 Fleetwood’s

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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 Moroccan influenced rooftop bar where you can enjoy nightly live music with a view. (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, while be located in one of the most ideal locations for relaxing with a loved one enjoying life. Dinner at Fleetwood’s is delicious with wonderful menu items. 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.

FAVORITE MENU ITEMS

  • Beer Steamed Black Mussels
  • Kale Caesar
  • 72-hour Short Ribs
  • Australian Lamb 1/2 Rack
  • Signature Beef Wellington
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.