Top 30 Places for Local Food on Maui

Alexandra MitchellLast updated: April 15, 2019

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Welcome to our list of the Top 30 Places for Local Food on Maui! Whether you are a local and already have your favorite local food spots in Hawaii, or a visitor that’s craving their first plate lunch ever, you will definitely enjoy reading about the best places to go for local food on Maui.

Local food in Hawaii has a long and rich history. The diverse history of this Hawaiian culinary passion comes from all people that came to the islands to live, work, play, and lay their roots down. “Local food,” typically refers to a combination of fare from a variety of cultures that migrated to the Hawaiian Islands. This includes people of various Polynesian, American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese origins.

Taro, the root that Poi is made from is an indigenous Polynesian root plant, and so is the delicious Pohole Fern. Baking Banana was introduced by the Tahitians, and Breadfruit was brought by the Marquesans. Korean immigrants introduced Kim Chee and Barbecued Meats, and Sashimi and Bento came from the Japanese. Rice was introduced by the Chinese, and Mac Salad was later introduced by the Americans. As more settlers came to Hawaii for various purposes, the Portuguese brought Sweet Bread and Malasadas, the Spanish added Pasteles and Spices, and the Filipinos introduced Adobo-style garlic dishes, peas, and beans. So, with all this food culture history, it’s easy to see how Hawaiian-style local fare has been created, and how it has evolved.

Local Hawaiian food is always enjoyed to the fullest! If you ever hear a local say, “Shoots cuz, this is da grindz..”or,“Aunty’s Saimin broke da mouth!” or, “That is da ono kine chopped steak!” Stay where you are, get in line, and put your plate lunch order in! The flavors and recipes of Hawaiian local food really do invoke the history of each culture they originated from. Local food in Hawaii tells a story about how all people who’ve settled in Hawaii have made their contribution to the local food genre as it is today. When eating local food on Maui, do not forget to geevum a shaka and say Mahalo to Aunty!

Best Local Places to Eat on Maui

Joy’s Place

Ordering local food at Joy's Place.

If you are looking for a local deli-style restaurant with delicious organic food, this is the place for you. We love this small tucked away deli across from The Cove in Kihei. This is the perfect spot to grab lunch to go and head to the beach. Joy’s place is very casual, with counter service and pick up. There are a few tables if you do want to stay in to eat. Service is friendly and helpful here. They serve up delicious salads, homemade soups, fresh fruit smoothies, acai bowls and locally made kombucha on tap. They also have a nice selection of vegan, vegetarian and raw options.

We shared the grilled cheese deluxe which came with an amazing homemade pesto sauce, tomato, avocado, crispy lettuce on a yummy homemade sprouted grain bread. We also love the vegan chili with brown rice. It was tasty with just the right amount of zesty spices. The “Maui Fruit” smoothie is so fresh and filled with tropical flavors that include pineapple, banana, and lilikoi (passionfruit). Add the fresh ginger for an amazing twist that ads a little spice to the taste.

Storefront of Joy's Place local food restaurant.

Joy’s place is proud to offer a wide range of healthy food choices for everyone. Also open for breakfast, the organic cold brewed coffee pairs perfectly with the panini egg sandwich or the vegan breakfast burrito. Open Monday-Friday 7:30 am-4:00 pm and Saturday until 2 pm, closed on Sunday.

For more information, please visit Joy’s Place.

Sam Sato’s Noodles & Plate Lunches

Sam Sato

Next time you’re on vacation on Maui, do not miss out on a chance to eat some of the best local food on Maui at Sam Sato’s. Located in Wailuku, this little, hidden gem has been owned and operated by the Sato family since 1933. Now run by the 3rd generation, this place is known best by locals, and less frequented by visitors. If you can find Sam Sato’s in Wailuku, make sure you arrive on the earlier side because they are only open for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu consists of your usual eggs and breakfast meats, hash browns, omelets, and local favorites. Lunchtime is popular with super ono plate lunches (chicken, beef, or pork with rice and mac salad), a variety of noodle and saimin bowls, sandwiches and burgers.

Sam Sato

Definitely, try the Dry Mein at Sam Sato’s, it’s one of the most popular items on their menu. In case you don’t already know, Dry Mein is like Chow Mein…dry noodles, char siu pork, bean sprouts, green onions, dash and shoyu, completed with Sam Sato’s famous seasoning. Must order items at Sam Sato’s are the Dry Mein, Chow Fun, Teriyaki Beef Sticks, Plate Lunches, Kim Chee and the Sweet Lima Manju for dessert.

Address: 1750 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-244-7124
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 7am-2pm

For more information, please visit Sam Sato’s Restaurant online.

T. Komoda Store & Bakery Inc.

komoda bakery selection in maui

Since 1916, the Komoda Store & Bakery has always been hands down the best donut store on Maui. Here in the Historic Makawao Town, residents and visitors will always enjoy delicious and timeless Hawaiian-style baked goods. If you’re heading Upcountry to the Haleakala Crater or to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, do not miss out on this rare Maui local foodie opportunity!

Arrive early, doors close when the bakery sells out. All-time favorites, and must order items at the Komoda Bakery are the Glazed Stick Donuts, Strawberry Doughnuts, the Chocolate & Vanilla Cream Doughnut, Cream Puffs, and the Guava Malasadas.

komoda bakery up close goods

Address: 3674 Baldwin Avenue (on the corner of Makawao Avenue), Makawao, HI 96768
Phone: 808-572-7261
Hours: Closed on Sunday & Wednesday. Mon., Tue., Thu., and Fri. 7am-4pm; Saturday 7am-2pm

For more information, please visit T. Komoda Store & Bakery online.

Geste Shrimp Truck

Geste Shrimp Truck

Voted Best Food Truck on Maui for 2 years in a row, Geste Shrimp Truck is for sure the best shrimp truck at Kahului Harbor. Both residents and visitors love Geste, most popular for their Any Flavor Shrimp Plates: Hawaiian Scampi, Hot & Spicy, Spicy Pineapple, or Lemon Pepper.

If you’re planning on checkin’ out Geste Shrimp Truck with your family and friends, definitely think about getting the Party Platter, it comes with 60 pieces of any style shrimp served over cabbage. Oh so good…

Geste Shrimp Truck

Address: Located on Kahului Beach Road, next to the Kahului Beach Harbor
Phone: 808-298-7109, phone orders are welcome!
Hours: 10:30am-5:30pm (or, until they run out…) Closed Sunday & Monday

For more information, please visit Geste Shrimp Truck online.

Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Deli

Eskimo Candy

“Eat In, Take Out, or Cook at Home…” (, 2014)

Located in Kihei Town, Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Cafe is one of the best local seafood restaurants on Maui, and they also have delicious plate lunches. The owner, Jeff Hansen, came up with the Eskimo Candy concept after an Alaskan fishing trip he took in 1987. The business began as a wholesale seafood distributor, and since 2003 added to the restaurant. Favorite Maui seafood menu items are the Tempura and Coconut Shrimp, Homemade Crab Cakes, the Local Plate Lunch with Battered Fish, the Captains Platter served with scallops, coconut shrimp, oysters, fresh fish and calamari, and the Poke Bowl which comes with of ahi poke shoyu, spicy tuna, furikake, wasabi, shoyu, served over white rice, and topped with a yummy wasabi aioli.

Eskimo Candy

***A little-known fact is that ‘Eskimo Candy’ is actually the word used to describe the belly strip of smoked salmon. This Maui seafood market and cafe also have two more locations on Kauai and Oahu.

Address: 2665 Wai Wai Place, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: 808-891-8898
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30am-7:00pm

For more information, please visit Eskimo Candy online.


Grandma’s Maui Coffee
“Enjoy A Cup From The End Of The Rainbow…” (Alfred J. Franco, Proprietor)

People drinking coffee and talking on the deck.

Since 1918, ‘Grandma’ has been roasting and blending organic Maui coffee in her Upcountry locale. Set in Keokea, Grandma’s quickly became one of the only Up Country pit-stops for residents to grab a good ol’ cup-a-joe and talk story with friends in their community. Four generations later, Grandma’s is still holding strong, and family run. The family still grows and processes the same pesticide-free, organic Arabica coffee strains originally cultivated by their great-grandparents on Maui. Whether you’re just hanging out in Keokea or driving to or from the back Road to Hana, definitely try to make a stop at Grandma’s Coffee House. Fill your belly, enjoy some caffeine, and revel in the gorgeous upcountry view from their terrace.

Grandma's Coffee Storefront

The coffee and the espresso drinks are good and strong, and the baked goods and desserts are sinfully delicious. Lunch is always a good choice at Grandma’s Maui Coffee Shop with daily specials like spinach lasagna, paniolo pork chops, meatloaf, fresh fish plates, and more. They also have a perfect selection of sandwiches, soups and salads.

Address: 9232 Kula Highway, Kula, HI 96760
Phone: 808-878-2140
Hours: 7am-5pm, 7 days a week, Dinner’s Wednesday-Saturday 5-8pm

For more information, please visit Grandma’s Maui Coffee House online. 

A Saigon Cafe

a saigon cafe

A Saigon Cafe in Wailuku is a consistent winner of the annual Maui Aipono Restaurant Award, and one of Maui’s best-disguised foodie gems. On the outside, it looks something like a late 1970’s Hawaiian-style roadhouse, and on the inside, it is like a flavor dynasty of local-style, authentic Vietnamese dishes. At Saigon Cafe, you can expect friendly service with a touch of aloha and an overabundance of flavor-filled dishes. There are so many wonderful options including a variety of pho and soups, rice and noodle dishes, clay pots, cold salads, fresh seafood, and meat dishes. Favorite items at Saigon Cafe in Wailuku are the Garden Delight Rolls, Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp, Whole Steamed Opakapaka, Chicken Curry Stew, Mahi Mahi in a Clay Pot, Saigon Egg Noodle Soup, and the Vietnamese Steak.

No matter what you choose at this Central Maui restaurant, you will most definitely be pleased.

a saigon cafe

Address: 1792 Main Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-243-9560
Hours: 10:00am-9:30pm

For more information, please visit A Saigon Cafe online. 

Ulupaluakua Ranch Store & Grill

ulupalakua ranch store

“We’re becoming a food destination,” says Will Munder Executive Chef of Ulupaluakua Ranch Store & Grill. “Before,” it was ‘there’s the winery,’ or ‘ it’s a nice drive,’ but now people are coming here from the West Side just to have lunch.

They love our food!” (www., 2014)

The Ulupaluakua Ranch has deep roots in Maui’s agricultural history, operated by multiple families since 1856. Since 1963, Ulupaluakua Ranch (approx. 18,000 acres), including the historic ranch store, has been owned and operated by the Erdman family. We encourage you to take a drive upcountry to see breathtaking views of outer islands, Mt. Haleakala, and the rolling hills and pastures of Kula, Keokea, and Ulupalakua. Definitely plan on pulling over for lunch at the Ulupaluakua Ranch Store and Grill while on your way to the Ulupaluakua Maui Winery*** Mostly frequented by locals, this Upcountry ranch store has some extra special menu items, sparsely found throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Popular menu items are the famous Ulupaluakua Elk Burger, Maui Cattle Company Beef Burger, the Hot Roasted Kalua Pig served on a fresh torta roll, and Uncle Mike’s Steak Chili & Rice Bowl. The plate lunches are to die for, our favorite being the Hamburger Steak served with Kona Coffee Gravy and Roasted Garlic Aioli, with your choice of beef, elk or lamb. At the Ulupaluakua Ranch Store and Grill, guests can put their minds at ease knowing that all meats served are 100% all-natural island grazed, with no growth hormones or artificial ingredients.

Address: HC1 Box 901, Highway 37, Kula HI. 96790
Phone: 808-878-2561
Hours: 10am-5pm

For more information, please visit Ulupaluakua Ranch Store and Grill online.

Tasty Crust

Tasty Crust

Tasty Crust “World Famous Pancakes,” has been serving Maui for over 50 years! With a charming old school location, reasonable prices and a staff full of aloha, all will enjoy going to Tasty Crust in Wailuku for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For breakfast, don’t miss out on the Banana Hotcakes, T. Bone Steak, Opakapaka, and Eggs, or the Local Style Omelet (Spam, linguica, cheese and green onion). There are so many favorite lunch and dinner items including Chopped Steak, Loco Moco, Korean Pork Ribs, Extra Crispy Chicken, Saimin, Won Ton Min, Chow Fun, Chinese Chicken Salad, and a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and salads. The list goes on…and on…and on…

Tasty Crust

Address: 1770 Mill Street, Wailuku, HI
Phone: 808-244-0845
Hours: Open at 6am-10pm

For more information, please visit Tasty Crust online. 


A full house at Tin Roof local food restaurant.

Owned by Top Chef finalist, Chef Sheldon Simeon and his wife Janice, Tinfoof is a hot spot on Maui for delicious local grinds. You will find Tin Roof just off Dairy Road in Kahului. It’s a great place to stop right off the plane, or on your way to the airport before departure. Be prepared for a wait at this super tiny, packed restaurant with very little seating. But keep in mind that the food is worth it!

Inspired by his upbringing in Hilo on the Big Island, Sheldon has created and polished his recipes to perfection. It was Sheldon’s vision to offer families affordable comfort food made with aloha from quality, plus locally sourced ingredients. All dishes but the poke are just $10 or under. You must try the Mochiko Chicken Bowl! This is hands down the most delicious dish in the house. It’s made from chicken thighs that are marinated overnight in ginger sake shoyu, breaded with sweet mochiko batter, then deep fried not once, but twice. This makes this chicken crispy on the outside and extra juicy on the inside. It is served with your choice of white or brown rice, kale or Chef Sheldon’s famous garlic noodles. For just a dollar more you can add a one minute egg that pushes this dish right over the top. All dishes except Poke include a side of salted cabbage.

Plate Lunch with chop sticks.

Other mouth-watering dishes to try here are the garlic shrimp, chopped steak, and the fresh poke bowl that varies daily. Most dishes are available with a gluten-free option when requested. It’s a good idea to get here early before the crowd hits for lunch around 11 am, not just to beat the long line, but because they tend to sell out and close for the rest of the day. Tin Roof is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm or until sold out.

For more information, please visit Tin Roof.

Coconut’s Fish Cafe

Coconuts Fish Cafe

In 2013, Coconut’s Fish Cafe was a part of CNN and Travel & Leisure’s list of “Top 10 Places to Eat Like a Local.” The list wasn’t a top 10 list for Maui or even Hawaii. It was a top 10 list for the whole United States! Founded on Maui by owner Mike Philips, Coconut’s Fish Cafe in Kihei features a simple selection of tasty and reasonably priced seafood menu items.

Hawaiian fish used throughout the menu include Opakapaka (Crimson Snapper), Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna), Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), and Ono (Wahoo). Not only is the food super good here, but guests will also love that this family-friendly Maui restaurant is fun, with a cool beachy interior and a friendly staff. Favorite items on the Coconut’s Fish Cafe menu are any of their famous Fish Tacos including the Taco Mountain, Coconut Shrimp, any of the Fishburgers, the Seafood Caesar Salad, and the Local Style Fish served with brown rice. Boom!

Coconut Cafe

Address: 1279 South Kihei Road, Kihei HI 96753
Phone: 808-875-9979
Hours: 11am-9pm, 7 days a week

(2 locations on Maui, check link for more)

For more information, please visit Coconut’s Fish Cafe online. 

Ono Kau Kau Mixed Plate

Ono Kau Kau Mixed Plate

Ono Kau Kau Mixed Plate is another one of Maui’s very special local food and plate lunch spots. Located in Lahaina, this darling little gem is exactly how it should be. Ono local Hawaiian-Chinese style grinds, a modest looking restaurant with only 4 tables, affordable prices, NO MSG, and a friendly staff. If you like Spam Musubi, some people say that Ono Kau Kau has the best on the island.

Ono Kau Kau Mixed Plate

With options like the Mahi Mahi Omelette, Loco Moco, Garlic Ono Fish with Teriyaki Beef, Chicken Katsu Curry, Beef Noodle Soup, and Kalua Pork and Lau Lau… this place provides mouth-watering local Hawaiian fare at its finest! Broke da Mouth!

Address: 3481 Lower Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 808-669-2112
Hours: 9:30am-9:30pm, Sunday-Saturday

For more information, please visit Ono Kau Kau Mixed Plate online. 

Joey’s Kitchen at Whalers Village

Local food plate with meat and rice

The former head chef at Roy’s, Joey Macadangdang left Roy’s to open up Joey’s Kitchen at the Whalers Village Food Court back in 2015. Boy, are we glad he did! Now visitors can enjoy Joey’s amazing cooking at much more affordable prices. The food is Joey’s take on Filipino-Hawaiian fusion food. It’s laid back and super casual here with counter ordering. The service is very friendly and helpful. After you order, find a seat and they will bring your food out to the table.

Must-have’s on the menu include the braised beef ribs. They are so tender that they literally melt in your mouth, and are served with a creamy mac salad and a scoop of rice. The coconut shrimp is also impressive served with a delicious sweet and sour aioli, and the pork adobo fried rice will keep you coming back for more.

the order counter at Joey's Kitchen.

Breakfast is also awesome here! The light and fluffy banana macadamia nut pancakes are perfectly prepared and served up with a warm coconut syrup. You’ll definitely want to ask for extra syrup because it is so tasty! The perfect pair to this is the short rib hash. Wow, is it good, and served over rice with gravy and eggs cooked your way.

Joey’s kitchen is a great spot to pick up some tasty comfort food local style for the whole family without breaking the bank. Open daily from 7:30 am-9:00 pm for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For more information, please visit Joey’s Kitchen.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Colorful Sushi Plate

Sansei has received numerous culinary awards including “Favorite Asian Restaurant,” and one of “America’s Best Sushi Bars” by Bon Appetit Magazine. Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar isn’t just a traditional Japanese sushi bar, it is also fused with additional Asian-inspired menu items and innovative culinary creations. With two locations on Maui, one in Kihei and one at the Kapalua Resort, Sansei is definitely a  popular spot. Perfect for a casual date night or a group celebration, every guest always enjoys eating at Sansei on Maui. Award-winning menu items include the Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll, Mango Crab Salad Roll, Dungeness Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth, and Sansei’s Shrimp Dynamite: Crispy tempura shrimp tossed with creamy garlic Masago aioli, and drizzled with an unagi glaze. With a lively atmosphere, a delicious menu, and a staff full of aloha, Sansei on Maui should not be missed! (please note the late night hours…that my friends, is a Maui culinary rarity…)

People eating Sushi at the bar while chefs prepare food.

Kihei Location (Kihei Town Center)

Address: 1881 South Kihei Road, Kihei HI 96753
Phone: 808-879-0004
Hours: 5:30pm-10:00pm nightly, Late Night Dining from 10:00pm-1:00am Thursday-Saturday

Kapalua Resort Location

Address: 600 Office Road, Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 808-669-6286
Hours: 5:30-10:00pm nightly, Late Night Dining from 10:00pm-1:00am Thursday and Fridays

For more information, please visit Sansei Seafood Restaurants & Sushi Bars online. 

Fish Market

Fish Market

The Fish Market in Honokowai is such a wonderful local food spot in West Maui! Sometimes confused as the ‘Honokowai Deli,’ the Fish Market serves local Maui fish menu items for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. They also sell freshly caught Maui seafood and fish fillets, so it’s a great place to grab seafood for dinner or a beach BBQ.

Guests can order take-out for a family beach picnic, eat inside, or dine outside under the covered lanai. Some of the most popular fresh Hawaiian fish used throughout the menu include Ono, Ahi, and Marlin. Favorite menu items are the super yummy Fish Burgers served with tomatoes, shoyu caramelized onions, and shredded lettuce on an onion roll, Fish Burritos, the Crab Cake Sandwich, Oyster Shooters, Ceviche, and the Seafood Chowder or Lobster Bisque served in a bread bowl. They also serve sushi rolls Tuesday thru Thursday and on Sundays; using Maui caught Ono, Walu, Scallops, Swordfish, Opakapaka, Onaga, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Uku, Lobster, and more.

Fish Market

Address: 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 808-665-9895
Hours: 11am-7pm, 7 days a week

For more information, please visit Fish Market online. 

Ba-Le Sandwich Shops

Ba-Le Sandwich Shops

Although Ba-Le restaurants are not exclusive to the Island of Maui, with 14 locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands (4 on Maui), we cannot possibly skip them in our fabulous Maui local food list. Ba-Le has so much good food on their menu, it’s always so hard to choose! The menu is dominated by delicious Vietnamese/Thai/Chinese/Local Style selections, and the best sandwiches ever. All the sandwiches are served on their famous French bread rolls, our favorite being the Chicken Lemongrass Sandwich. If you go to Ba-Le, you MUST order this sandwich. As the locals would say, this sando is broke da mouth, and we aren’t kidding! Other popular items are the Fried Egg Rolls, Pad-Nam Noodles with Chicken, Char Siu Saimin, Fried Rice with Shrimp & Spam, and the Beef Teriyaki. Ba-Le Sandwich Shops on Maui also offer catering. Do not forget to grab some freshly baked bread and a Taro or Mango Tapioca Pearl Drink on your way out…shoots

Ba-Le Sandwich Shops

Kahului Location

Address: 270 Dairy Road (Maui Marketplace Food Court), Kahului
Phone: 808-877-2400
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-7:00pm

Kihei Location

Address: 225 Piikea Avenue, Kihei
Phone: 808-875-6400
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-8:00pm

Wailuku Location

Address: 1824 Oihana Street, Wailuku
Phone: 808-249-8833
Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm, 7 days a week

Lahaina Location

Address: 1221 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina
Phone: 808-661-5566
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-9pm, Sunday 9:30am-7pm

For more information, please visit Ba-Le Sandwich Shops online. 

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop:

Ordering food from the counter at Leoda's Kitchen.

No trip to Maui is complete without a visit to Leoda’s! This is a favorite home-style comfort food spot on Maui. With its warm country chic décor and delectable mini pies, Leoda’s never disappoints. Located just near mile marker 14 at Olowalu Village, Leoda’s is a great pit stop on your way into or out of Lahaina. They offer casual counter ordering near the pie display case. Don’t worry, the line gives you plenty of time to figure out what pie to choose, or maybe just try a few and take some to go. Whichever one you decide on, you will be thinking about it for the rest of the day and wondering about the others you left untasted.

Leoda's Kitchen Storefront

Although all the pies are delicious, the banana cream and chocolate haupia are at the top of our list for must order items. They also serve up some decent salads, burgers, and sandwiches but let’s get back to the pies. Don’t forget to try one of the savory pies. We love the delicious little handheld pies stuffed with sweet Kula corn, Cotija cheese, chives, and a little lime zest. Of course, they offer the classic turkey pot pie with tons of turkey and delicious gravy with carrots, onion, and potatoes. They also do a twist on the chicken pot pie with tender pieces of chicken breast, peas, carrots, and kale.

Heed our warning and beware, once you stop here, you may find yourself back for a pie before your departure from Maui. Lucky for you, they are open 7 days a week 7:00 am-8:00 pm.

For more information, please visit Leoda’s Kitchen.

Kihei Caffe

Kihei Cafe

Kihei Caffe is one of the most popular breakfast places on Maui, voted “Best Breakfast” 6 years in a row by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Maui News Readers Poll, and the infamous MauiTime Weekly. With over 40 breakfast options to choose from, all guests will be satisfied. The most popular Breakfast items are the Southern Style Sausage Gravy and Biscuits (homemade biscuits), Pork Fried Rice and Scrambled Eggs, and Pancakes with a choice of buttermilk, banana macadamia nut, pineapple coconut, blueberry or chocolate chip.

Kihei Cafe

They also serve Lunch from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, with a selection of sandwiches, salads and tasty burgers with all the trimmings, including a slice of fresh Maui pineapple* Oh, yeah…

Address: 1945 South Kihei Road, Kihei HI 96753
Phone: 808-879-2230
Hours: 5:00am-2:00pm daily

For more information, please visit Kihei Caffe online.  

Aloha Mixed Plate

“Paper plate meets million dollar views…” (New York Times)

Aloha Mixed Plate is located on Front Street in the Historic Lahaina Town, offering fabulous local fare, reasonable prices, and the incredible Pacific Ocean and outer island views. Due to its location, this is a popular spot for visitors but also frequented by locals. The staff here is truly wonderful! (Aloha Mixed Plate management definitely knows how to pick new hires, because every single person who works there is truly friendly and focused on the customer. We love that!)

Aloha Mixed Plate

When at this Maui local food restaurant, make sure to try the featured Ali’i Plate, it comes with pork laulau, kalua pork, and cabbage, lomilomi salmon, poi, macaroni salad, rice and haupia for dessert. It’s a top-a-top version of a perfectly traditional Hawaiian plate. The Coconut Prawns served with a pineapple chutney are delicious, and so is the Pohole Ferns salad, the Kalbi Beef Ribs, and the Mochiko Chicken. Aloha Mixed Plate has so many tantalizing local food choices on their menu, so you cannot go wrong. They also have a fabulous tropical cocktail menu…that sets them apart from other local food spots on Maui. Try the Mai Tai, Mango Lemonade, Hawaiian Angel, or the Sassy Wahine (a mango margarita with strawberries, and li hing mui powder on the rim).

Aloha Mixed Plate

Address: 1285 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 808-661-3322
Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm, 7 days a week

For more information, please visit Aloha Mixed Plate online.

Da Kitchen

A server at Da Kitchen presenting twp plates of local dishes.

Da Kitchen was first established on Maui in 1998, and has since grown to two locations on Maui; presently expanding to the Island of Oahu. A really cool fact…Da Kitchen was invited to cook at the Inaugural Luau in Washington D.C. during the President Obama’s election.

Crowded lunch time at Da Kitchen Local Food.

They’ve also been featured on numerous T.V. shows including Bizarre Food Show on the Travel Channel. Da Kitchen is definitely a hip local-style Hawaiian food restaurant, and their food is traditional, yet still creative. Must try items at Da Kitchen are the Pulehu Grilled Steak, Lumpia, Kalua Won Tons, Chicken Katsu Sandwich, and the BBQ Beef Sticks.

Kihei Location

Address: 2439 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: 808-875-7782
Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm, 7 days a week

Kahului Location

Address: 425 Koloa Street, Kahului HI 96732
Phone: 808-871-7782
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm, Closed on Sunday

For more information, please visit Da Kitchen online. 

Kuau Store

A new addition to Maui’s north shore, Kuau Store is the last stop for food before hitting the Road to Hana.

Kuau Store

Offering a great assortment of plate lunches, sandwiches, and salad bar, Kuau Store supports Maui entrepreneurs by selling a huge selection of locally made food products, perfect for snacking on during your upcoming Hana adventure. Located one mile east of Paia Town, visit Kuau Store for morning coffee, afternoon lunch, or to-go picnic lunches, perfect for enjoying later on by a waterfall or after a surf session at nearby Ho’okipa Beach Park.

kuau store paia

Address: 701 Hana Highway, Paia HI 96779
Phone: 808-579-8844
Hours: 6:30am-7:00pm, 7 days a week

For more information, please visit Kuau Store online.

808 Grindz Cafe

808 Grindz Cafe

Located at the Old Lahaina Center, look for the hungry hordes of happy folks lined up outside from 8:00 am until noon. The atmosphere is kind of a small town café going Hawaiian. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is varied and definitely, value priced. For breakfast, they have a full page of American style egg dishes, local food choices, eggs benedicts, loco mocos, griddle cakes, and waffles. Their eggs benedicts are amazing! Daily Specials are always varied and well worth taking a look at before you order. The servers are upbeat and full of fun. You’ll love this Maui local food spot.

808 Grindz Cafe

Address: 843 Wainee Street, Lahaina
Phone: 808-868-4147
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 7am-2pm

(2 locations on Maui, check link for more)

For more information, please visit 808 Grindz Cafe

Down The Hatch

Down the Hatch

This newly opened Maui hidden gem is located on the bottom level of the Wharf Cinema Center across from Lahaina’s Banyan Tree.

Owners Javier Barberi, David Fincher, and Julian Bonfardin came together from prestigious Maui restaurants and resorts. They definitely know their stuff! Their fish tacos, Louisiana Po’ Boys, and Lobster & Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are generating a big buzz in the Maui foodies scene. They have theme nights like Flip Coin and local Maui artist showcases, and a whole list of delicious signature cocktails. They also boast the longest Happy Hour in West Maui!

Down the Hatch

Address: 658 Front Street, Lahaina
Phone: 808-661-4900
Hours: Daily, 11am-2am (kitchen open until midnight), Happy Hour 3-7pm all week

For more information, please visit Down The Hatch

Blue Moon Cafe

Blue Moon Cafe

This Maui hidden gem is located in an industrial area of Kihei. Kenneth and Vanessa Lee have been cooking up breakfast, lunch and early dinners seven days a week since 2006.

Blue Moon is best known for fluffy banana macadamia nut pancakes and a variety of American style meals. In addition, they also serve up some tasty to Hawaii local food dishes as well. After breakfast, their signature Asian/Hawaiian dishes are stir-fry vegetables with different meats and chow fun noodles. Service is pleasant, efficient and the food is value priced to satiate all budgets.

Blue Moon Cafe

Address: 362 Huku Lii Place, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: 808-874-8600
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7:30am-8pm, Sunday 8am-2pm

For more information, please visit Blue Moon Cafe

Tobi’s Shave Ice:

Hawaiian Shave Ice ready to eat

Everyone love Tobi’s Shave Ice! However, don’t let the name limit you. We are here to tell you that this place goes way beyond delicious shave ice. Hand’s down, Tobi’s has one of the best “Poke Bowls” on Maui! With expertly cut tender and super fresh Ahi, how can you go wrong? They offer a variety of flavors from ginger (sweet), wasabi (spicy), and some with a mayo base. All poke bowls come with a generous portion of Ahi, your choice of brown or white rice on top of a crispy bed of romaine; topped with wonton strips and a sprinkle of furikake (dried seaweed with spices and sesame seeds). The only down fall is, these poke bowls are super popular and sell out quickly. It’s a good idea to stop by for an early lunch.

If you prefer cooked, they have a lime cooked Ahi ceviche with coconut milk that’s to die for. They also serve up a perfect acai bowl and some delicious plate lunch specials. The shoyu chicken is rich and moist. Don’t forget to try the shave ice with all the fixings; mochi ball in the center and a sweet condensed cream drizzle on top.

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Located in the heart of Paia Town, this is a great spot to order some local grinds, sit out front at one of their tables while enjoying some ono food and great people watching. Open daily from 10:00am-6:00pm.

For more information, please visit Tobi’s Shave Ice.

Tokyo Tei

tokyo tei

Located in Historic Wailuku Town, since 1935 Tokyo Tei has been family owned and operating for four generations. Their fast and friendly service combined with fantastic food makes this place so special. Items like the Teishoku Trays and a variety of bento and are super popular here. The Salmon Teriyaki is another favorite. The Chicken Katsu has a different feel and texture than most versions of this classic Hawaiian dish, so you definitely should try it! The quality is quite impressive, and they have super reasonable prices for a traditional Japanese mom and pop style restaurant. If you are looking to try Japanese food done Hawaiian-style, definitely go to Tokyo Tei.

tokyo tei
Address: 1063 Lower Main Street, C 101, Wailuku
Phone: 808-242-9630
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-1:30pm and 5pm -8:30pm, Sunday 5pm-8pm

For more information, please visit Tokyo Tei

Bailey’s Café-Food Truck

Bailey's Food Truck in Haiku

Owners of Bailey’s Café Food Truck, Selena and Durien Bailey, take the classic plate lunch to new heights. They serve up locally sourced, organic ingredients prepared into familiar “plate lunch” dishes with a twist.

Bailey’s Café is a food truck at the Haiku Marketplace on Maui’s North Shore. You will enjoy the relaxed and inviting atmosphere here, so laid back. Yet, the service is personable and very helpful. After you order just sit back and enjoy a table in the shade. Bailey’s Cafe is very popular with locals in the area, and with the word out, getting more and more popular by the day. We can’t say enough about the food. Our favorites list starts with the chopped steak plate. The steak is 100% grass-fed beef born and grazed in Hawaii. It’s also prepared to perfection, juicy and tender with just the right crispiness around the edges. Cooked in rosemary and balsamic, it’s age perfect balance of flavors.

A smiling Buddha statuette next to a food menu.

We also loved the fried rice and shoyu chicken. Pair any of these dishes with fresh turmeric ginger lemonade or a fresh smoothie made with local fruits and you’ll be in heaven. They also offer some delicious vegetarian and vegan options that include a tasty pan-fried tofu plate lunch. All plate lunches come in two sizes half and full order, accompanied with house made mac salad and fresh local greens salad.

Everything prepared at Bailey’s Café is so fresh and yummy, everyone will full, happy and dreaming of their next visit. Open Monday through Friday from11am-7pm.

For more information, please visit Bailey’s Café Food Truck.

Poi By The Pound

Poi By The Pound

Poi By The Pound is located in the Kahului Industrial area. They serve authentic Hawaiian-style food like Kalua pork, Lau Lau, Chicken Long Rice, plate lunches, and poi, of course! The ambiance is super casual, Hawaii plate lunch-style, and all of the staff are friendly, accommodating and full of aloha. Take out, or dine-in to experience island style food without the tourist frills and high prices.

Poi By The Pound

Address: 385 Hoohana St., #5C, Kahului
Phone: 808-283-9381
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm

For more information, please visit Poi By The Pound

Mama’s Ribs & Rotisserie

Mama's Ribs & Rotisserie

Located at the end of the Napili Plaza strip mall in West Maui, Alec and Donna Probst have
been cooking up the best BBQ dishes on Maui since 1999. If you love fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, moist and tender juicy rotisserie chicken, tasty Portuguese bean soup, hearty chili, wraps, a variety of salads and yummy desserts, you’ll adore this Maui local spot. The food will remind you of Sundays at your grandmother’s house. Mama’s is a great alternative to high prices and fast food for both locals and island visitors.

Mama's Ribs & Rotisserie

Address: 5095 Napilihau Street, Suite 102A, Napili
Phone: 808-665-6262
Hours: Daily, 11am-8pm

For more information, please visit Mama’s Ribs & Rotisserie

Fatt Chicks

Man ordering at food truck Fatt Chicks in Maui

Owners Tootsie and Chef Bonny are famous for making one of the most delicious local-style burgers on Maui. All of their burgers are handcrafted from local Maui Cattle grass-fed beef.

Although the menu offers a variety, it’s the Original Korean Burger that is so mouthwateringly unique. It’s dressed with a homemade kimchee and the most amazing secret sauce that they call ‘kochu jang aioli.’ You’ll find all of this piled up on a perfectly buttery and toasted brioche bun. Last, it’s also drizzled with a kalbi style glaze. Believe us, you will find yourself craving this burger long after you have eaten it. If you prefer to skip the bun, order the burger in a bowl. This is a delicious alternative, and it’s served over white rice and smothered with a Maui onion house gravy.

If burgers aren’t your thing, they also offer their signature jumbo all-beef hot dogs; served up island style on a toasted sesame roll. For sure, these local chicks know how to serve us some distinctive toppings! Refreshing cucumber and tomato relish, homemade kimchee, wasabi aioli, and roasted garlic aioli are just of few of the tasty extras here. They also have an amazing selection of healthy salads made with locally sourced Kula greens and Maui tomatoes. The fresh, locally caught and seared Ahi Steak Salad is also a must try!

Burger from Fatt Chicks

By the way, everything on the menu goes perfectly with a side of their famous hand-cut fries! Order them served up simple with sea salt and house seasoning, or go big with the gravy fries. They’re topped off with a house made Maui Onion gravy and shredded mozzarella cheese.

P.S. You definitely can’t go wrong with a visit to Upcountry Maui to Fatt Chicks’ new food truck location. It’s right next to Long’s in Pukalani. Tootsie and Chef Bonny take pride in serving up fresh locally sourced food that is so good, you can taste the aloha in every bite.

Address:  Kula Malu Subdivision – 28 Kiopa’a Street, Pukalani, Hi
Phone: (808) 242-6666
Hours: 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday, or until sold out

For more information, please visit Fatt Chicks.

Mahalo for reading our list of the best places for local food on Maui!

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.