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!
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. Check out why Nalu’s won the #1 spot for the Top 30 Restaurants on Maui…
At Nalu’s, savor an innovative island-style menu full of healthy and fresh ingredients: locally grown produce, healthy meats, freshly caught seafood, Maui made food products and more. Want to stay hydrated? Make sure to try all of their infused waters that are available as a courtesy (more like a gift) to their clientele. Our favorites are the Pineapple Lemon and the Cucumber Mint- they are so refreshing! They also have kombucha and handcrafted Maui beers on tap, plus an amazing cocktail menu with a mouthwatering Kim Chee Bloody Mary, a delish Mai Tai, and a Hawaiian Superman!
It’s not just that Nalu’s is a cool restaurant with an amazing menu and staff, they also have this really incredible attention to detail throughout their menu and customer offerings. Sometimes it’s those kinds of surprises with a streamlined approach to customer satisfaction that really makes a restaurant stand out from the rest. That is why they are at the top of our list! When at Nalu’s, make sure to try some of their most popular menu items like their Apple Brie Burger with homemade chips or the Fried Chicken and Waffles. Their Poke Bowl is fantastic, and their volcano fries and calamari are the best on the island, for sure. For dessert? Just go for it! Try all of their malasadas — you definitely won’t regret it.
Nalu’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating in their spacious and clean restaurant. Happy hour is from 3-6pm Monday through Saturday, and they have live music on Sundays with a selection of super talented Maui musicians. It’s a perfect Maui restaurant for celebrating birthdays, for couples, families, kids, everyone! DO NOT miss out on a chance to eat at Nalu’s South Shore Grill…
“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.”
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 locally 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…
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 rustic 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.
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 3-5:30 pm, 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 get to Bev’s Hali’imaile General Store. Housed by Old-Hawaii plantation architecture, and offering a fabulous menu, you cannot go wrong here.
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!
“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 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. We adore the Maui restaurants that support local!
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.’
For Lunch, visitors can enjoy a family-style meal by choosing a variety of share plates, or order per guest. The appetizer menu offers incredible first tastes with Bev’s Famous Crab Dip, Coconut Curry Mussels, Kalua Pig Spring Rolls and the delicious Haiku Caprese Salad. Off of the Makai (ocean), Mauka (land) and Wailea Classics menu, guests can order fish and steak plates, salads, pasta, burgers, and sandwiches.
The Dinner menu at Gannon’s is quite extensive and even includes gluten-free and vegetarian options. Every guest will fall in love with selections off the Appetizer, Raw Bar, Salad, Makai (ocean) and Mauka (land) menus. The Iceberg Wedge Salad is classically nostalgic, and the Sesame Crusted Ahi is a great item to order for those that love to explore the more traditional flavors of the island. Carnivores will be in heaven here with mouthwatering selections like the Ginger Hoisin Short Ribs, 14 oz. Aged New York Steak and the Sonoma Lamb Rack.
The restaurant is open daily, and they offer many special engagements throughout the week like happy hour specials in their Red Bar, movie nights and live music. It is also an ideal Maui restaurant for holiday meals, anniversary celebrations, and large group dinners.
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.
At The Pint & Cork, enjoy a casual environment with great food, professional local-style customer service, and excellent menu offerings. Have a bite to eat before or after beach hopping in South Maui, catch a game on one of their big screens or plan a fun date night with a new friend.
The Eat Menu at The Pint & Cork is full of satisfying selections for everyone. Off of the Burgers/Sandwiches menu, try the Ahi Sandwich, or their famous Bib Burger made with ground beef, white cheddar, charred onion, fried egg, pickle, arugula, whiskey 1000 and a melt-in-your-mouth brioche bun.
Specialty plates include Shrimp & Grits (only place on Maui you’ll find this!), a Charcuterie Platter and their popular Mac & Cheese. If you love a perfectly cooked steak, make sure to order the 16oz Ribeye Steak. Don’t sleep on the Happy Hour Menu, and enjoy a welcomed sigh of relief because The Pint & Cork also has a Kids Menu (Root Beer Float included).
Let’s discuss the Drinks Menu at The Pint & Cork. Here’s your go-to place for local Hawaii beers, domestics and craft beers that you won’t be able to find elsewhere on Maui. Ordering a burger and a beer at Pint & Cork is kind of like a marriage made in paradise. If beer isn’t your thing, make sure to explore their cocktail menu. Many restaurants claim ‘mixology’ skills, but The Pint & Cork live it.
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.
Overall, the menu is pretty impressive here. Although you’ll most definitely find some twists on classic Hawaii Regional cuisine, there are also very creative elements that can only come from a chef with a background in many culinary lineages; Classic American, French, Italian and Japanese.
For starters, order the Oysters on the Shell, Hawaiian Ahi Poke Crackers, Hirabara Farms Young Kale Salad and the Ginger Rubbed Tako. That should get your taste buds prepared for what’s next! All of the entrees are appetizing; our favorites being the Local Snapper, Macadamia Nut Crusted Lamb Chops and the Center Cut Prime Tenderloin.
The cocktail, wine, and dessert menus are all divine. Dinner with a view in Wailea is never a bad idea, but dinner with a view from Hotel Wailea will definitely become a fast favorite. This is a great place to celebrate an anniversary or delight in a date night. They also have live music on Fridays with one of Maui’s favorite musician’s on the piano keys- Mark Johnstone.
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.
If you love escargot, Lahaina Grill is definitely the spot for this on Maui. They’re mouthwatering, baked and served with a light curry, herb, and garlic butter sauce. The Wagyu Beef Ravioli is also divine with a mushroom brandy cream sauce* More starting plates that you shouldn’t miss out on are the Bufala Tomato Salad (Big Island Kamuela tomatoes), the Golden and Red Beet salad and the Maui Onion Soup- a perfectly executed version of this classic. For entrees, you’ll have a hard time deciding because there are so many fantastic options! Choose from gorgeous selections like the Filet Mignon, Osso Bucco, Kona Coffee Roasted Rack of Lamb, Surf & Turf and the Maui Onion and Sesame Seed Crusted Seared Ahi. Do not forget to order a side of the Keahole Lobster Risotto — it’s so amazing!
Here, the desserts are also heavenly which should not come as a surprise… our favorites are the Road to Hana Vintage Hawaiian Cake and the Kula Lime Tart. Lahaina Grill also has a superior wine menu with fantastic regional varieties. We know that you’re really going to enjoy your dinner at Lahaina Grill!
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.
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 a perfect spot for lunch, happy hour and dinner in West Maui.
“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.
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.
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 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 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 our 5 Best Places to Get a Drink on Maui blog.
The thing that’s so great about dining at Tommy Bahama in Wailea is that everything is always so consistent. Time, and time again, we are always so pleased to see that the menu, service, and atmosphere is something you can count on. The Coconut Shrimp is a favorite starter, and the Filet Mignon is always executed with perfection. They have many gluten sensitive and vegetarian options, so all who dine here will find tasty menu options.
For lunch, dinner, and cocktails, Tommy Bahama surely proves to be one of the best restaurants in Maui.
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.
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 an 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.
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.
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 the 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 just a few 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.
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.
The menu at Shearwater is full of fantastic sandwiches and burgers, large plates, fresh house-made pasta and delicious desserts. They have over fifteen beers on draft and over twenty-two bottles beers available. Beer choices range from local Maui beers, Hawaii beers and a variety of micro-brews from well-known and emerging craft beer locales. The wine list is small, but definitely illuminates choices made by a rare sommelier that finds wine and food pairings to be advantageous with a gastro-pub menu style. For example, what wine would be most refreshing to accompany a Lobster & Shrimp Roll or a Smoked Turkey Drumstick with chimichurri and a roasted garlic demi-glaze? That would be a Patz & Hall Chardonnay or a French Rose, of course!
Another great aspect to Shearwater Tavern is that they support local Maui farms. Their menu weighs proudly on supporting local organic farms, micro-breweries, and distilleries like Kumu Farms, Shishido Farms, Kula Dave, Maui Nui, Maui Brewing Co., Kohola Brewery, Ocean Vodka, Pau Vodka and more.
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 extraordinaire 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, meat 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…
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, pasta, 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 than 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 Bistro Casanova (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.
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 honu, Maui’s Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles right 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.
Paia Fish Market is a Maui institution. No matter what you order, do not leave without ordering their French fries and coleslaw. Everything on their menu is tasty and fulfilling, but these two sides steal the show.
This Maui eatery is casual, cool and satisfying. The dining area is super laid back with share picnic table-style seating, and the menu prices are reasonable. They always have great tunes, and the vibe is welcoming. Here’s an excellent place for the whole family.
Whether you’re at a Paia Fish Market for Lunch or Dinner, the menu is the same. Although there’s quite a lot of menu choices, their most popular items are their Fish Burgers, but you can also order a chicken burger if you’re not into fish. The burgers are garnished with their fantastic coleslaw, tomato, jack cheese and house-made tartar sauce. The burgers don’t come with fries, so just add-on a side for a couple of bucks.
Pasta, Quesadillas, Fajitas, Fish & Chips and Shrimp & Chips are also smart ideas at Paia Fish Market. In fact, if you love a good Caesar Salad, they have a great one here. For Fresh Catch Plates, guests first choose a fish type and then a preparation style. Fresh Catch Plates come with their yummy coleslaw, tartar sauce and a choice of Cajun rice or French fries.
For drinks, Paia Fish Market has your usual array of refreshments, but you can also order a glass of wine or a Maui craft beer to partner up with your amazingly satisfying meal.
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!)
At Fleetwood’s, guests can listen to a variety of live local musicians throughout the week, while being located in an ideal location 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. If you’re looking forward to having wine with dinner, make sure to try the Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon or “Red Ransom.” Only available at Fleetwood’s in Lahaina, these two wines are produced just for Mick by Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards in Santa Barbara, California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you visit Lahaina Fish Company for Lunch or Dinner, you won’t be disappointed. They have items for everyone regardless of dietary restrictions; meat, seafood, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Plus, a Kids Menu.
For Lunch, start with a few appetizers for the table. We love their Wok-fried Brussel Sprouts, Hawaiian Sea Salt Fries, and Kula Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad. Heavier lunch items include a yummy Taro & Lentil Burger, Maui Style Pork Ribs, and Prime Rib & Lobster Fajitas.
Dining oceanfront is an absolute must when visiting the Valley Isle. At Lahaina Fish Company, guests get the best sunset view in West Maui plus delicious cocktails, wine, and an incredible Dinner menu. Start with their Crispy Calamari, Signature Ahi Katsu, and Artichoke Heart Fries.
All guests will surely savor whatever they order, but the Pacific Snapper, Monchong, and Tristan Island Lobster Tails are to die for. Hands down, the award-winning Prime Rib is pretty special here. With an option of a Country Cut (10 oz) or a House Cut (14 oz), the prime rib is Hawaiian sea salt crusted and slow roasted in their electric imu (earth oven). Consider adding the Surf & Turf option*
Don’t let Lahaina parking discourage you from visiting the Lahaina Fish Company. They offer 3 hours of free validated parking at the Outlets of Maui parking lot*
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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…
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