Top 30 Places for Local Food on Maui

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 enjoy reading about the best places to go for local food on Maui.

Aloha Mixed Plate

Local food in Hawaii has a long and rich history. The diverse history of this Hawaiian culinary passion comes from all the people that went to the islands to live, work, play, and lay their roots down. “Local food,” typically refers to a combination of fare from various cultures that migrated to the Hawaiian Islands.

People of various cultures have moved to Hawaii, including Polynesian, American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese origins.

Taro, the root from which Poi is made, is an indigenous Polynesian root plant, and so is the delicious Pohole Fern. The Tahitians introduced baking bananas, and the Marquesans brought breadfruit. Korean immigrants introduced kimchi and barbecued meats. Sashimi and bento came from the Japanese. The Chinese introduced rice, and the Americans later introduced Mac Salad.

As more settlers came to Hawaii for various purposes, the Portuguese brought sweet bread and malasadas. The Spanish added pasteles and exotic spices, and Filipino people 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!” then stay where you are, get in line, and put in your plate lunch order!

The flavors and recipes of Hawaii’s local food invoke the history of each culture from which they originated. Local food in Hawaii tells a story about how all people who settled in Hawaii have contributed to the local food genre as it is today. When eating local food on Maui, do not forget to ‘geevum a shakaand say Mahalo to Aunty!

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Nalu's South Shore Grill

At Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kihei, the motto is “Eat Pono, Live Pono,” and that’s exactly what guests receive. Big respect goes to this South Maui local food eatery with its positive vibes, healthy portions, and fresh options.

Nalu’s has both indoor and outdoor seating. They also feature events throughout the week, including music nights with a handful of Maui’s most talented folks. They’re open seven days a week, so any meal can be well-enjoyed at this Maui local food spot.

The menu at Nalu’s is a fusion of local fare and healthy favorites. They serve their Loco Moco and Chicken & Waffles all day long, and they’re both incredible! The breakfast menu offers traditional brekkie options like eggs and omelets, plus more tasty items like Island Pancakes (with a citrus-rum syrup), Acai Bowls, and Ahi Benedicts.

The Lunch/Dinner menu is full of delicious plates no matter your dietary preferences. We love their Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, the Kalbi Chicken Wrap, all the burgers, and the fresh fish plates. Everything is ono here.

Two more reasons we love Nalu’s are because they have a kid’s menu, and they source the majority of their menu ingredients from local Maui and Hawaii farms and vendors. Supporting local and serving aloha on a plate deserves five stars!

Address

Azeka Shopping Center – Makai

1280 South Kihei Road,
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone

808-891-8650

Hours

Open Daily 8 am – 9 pm

Happy Hour
3 pm – 6 pm


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Sam Sato’s Noodles & Plate Lunches

Next time you’re on vacation in Maui, do not miss out on a chance to eat some of the best Maui local food 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, but it should not be missed.

Make sure to arrive at Sam Sato’s earlier 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. Everyone will enjoy items like chicken, beef, or pork with rice and mac salad, a variety of noodle and saimin bowls, sandwiches, and burgers.

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 with char siu pork, bean sprouts, green onions, dash, and shoyu. Completed with Sam Sato’s famous seasoning, it’s mouth-wateringly good. Must-order items at Sam Sato’s are the Dry Mein, Chow Fun, Teriyaki Beef Sticks, Plate Lunches, Kimchi, and the Sweet Lima Manju for dessert.

Here’s a historically famous eatery to enjoy local food on Maui!

Address

1750 Wili Pa Loop,
Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone

808-244-7124

HOURS

Mon-Sat, 7 am – 2 pm

Closed Sundays


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T. Komoda Store & Bakery Inc.

Since 1916, the Komoda Store & Bakery has always been the best donut store in Maui hands down . Residents and visitors in Historic Makawao Town come here to enjoy delicious and timeless Hawaiian-style baked goods. If you’re heading Upcountry to the Haleakala Crater or 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.

Here is an Upcountry Maui institution! Believe us, a visit to Komoda Bakery is an epic vacation opportunity for your tastebuds and for learning more about Maui’s history.

Address

3674 Baldwin Avenue
Makawao, HI 96768
(on the corner of Makawao Avenue)

Phone

808-572-7261

Hours

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7 am – 3 pm

Sat 7 am – 2 pm

Sun, Wed Closed


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Geste Shrimp Truck

Geste Shrimp Truck is for sure one of the best shrimp trucks in all of Hawaii. Yes, they even rival the best-of-the-best shrimp spots on the North Shore of Oahu. Both residents and visitors love Geste for its delicious shrimp, sweet aloha vibes, and contagious smiles.

Upon arriving at Geste, guests begin their order by choosing a flavor: Hawaiian Scampi, Hot & Spicy, Spicy Pineapple, Pineapple, or Lemon Pepper. All shrimp plates are served with 12 pieces of shrimp, two scoops of rice, and a crab mac salad. So ono!

Other tempting menu items include a Shrimp Pupu plate, Jumbo Hot Dog Plate, Shrimp Bowls, and more. If someone in your group doesn’t eat seafood, no worries, there are still a few items for them. If you’re having a beach party or looking for larger plates, reach out to the Geste crew ahead of time and order the Party Platter. It’s a perfect dish to bring to a pot-luck or enjoy with your family with 60 pieces of shrimp (any style) served over cabbage.

Geste Shrimp truck in Kahului is one of the tastiest options when exploring island flavors. They’re open 7-days a week until they sell out, so make sure to arrive on the earlier side!

Address

591 Haleakala Highway
Kahului, HI 96732

Phone

808-298-7109

Hours

Mon-Sat 10:30 am – 7:30 pm (or until they run out…)

Sun 10:30 am – 6:30 pm (or until they run out…)


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Eskimo Candy Seafoods

“Eat-In, Take Out, or Cook at Home.” Those are your options when visiting Eskimo Candy in South Maui.

Located in Kihei Town, Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Cafe is one of Maui’s best local seafood cafes. They have delicious plate lunches, and they’re a great place to check out to purchase fresh seafood items for dinner, a party, or even a beach BBQ.

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 in 2003 they added their cafe.

Our favorite menu items are the Tempura and Coconut Shrimp, Homemade Crab Cakes, and the Local Plate Lunch with Battered Fish. We also love the Captain’s Platter served with scallops, coconut shrimp, oysters, fresh fish, and calamari. The Poke Bowl is also delish with ahi poke shoyu, spicy tuna, furikake, and wasabi served over white rice and topped with a yummy wasabi aioli.

For those who prefer meat to fish, the Eskimo Candy Cafe also has beef burgers and Teriyaki chicken plates. Everything is good here!

A little-known fact is that ‘Eskimo Candy’ is the term used to describe the belly strip of smoked salmon. This Maui seafood market also has two more locations on Kauai and Oahu, so if you’re island hopping, here’s a great spot to add to your Hawaii restaurants list!

Address

2665 Wai Wai Place,
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone

808-891-8898

Hours

Mon-Fri 10:30 am – 4 pm

Sat-SunClosed


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Grandma's Maui Coffee

“Enjoy a Cup From the End of the Rainbow…” (Alfred J. Franco, Proprietor)

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 ole cuppa-joe and talk story with friends in their community. Four generations later, Grandma’s is still family-run and holding strong.

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.

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. This Maui local spot provides both indoor and outdoor seating*

Grandma’s is always a good idea whether you’re just stopping by or staying for a meal.

Address

9232 Kula Highway,
Kula, HI 96760

Phone

808-878-2140

Hours

Open Daily 7 am – 2 pm


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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 like something from a late 1970s 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. Many tasty menu options include various 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 be pleased.

Address

1792 Main Street
Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone

808-243-9560

Hours

Open Daily 11:00 am – 8:30 pm


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Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill

“We’re becoming a food destination,” says Will Munder, Executive Chef of Ulupalakua 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.ulupalakuaranch.com)

The Ulupalakua Ranch has deep roots in Maui’s agricultural history, operated by multiple families since 1856. Since 1963, the Erdman family has owned and operated Ulupalakua Ranch (approx. 18,000 acres), including the historic ranch store. 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.

Plan on pulling over for lunch at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Grill while on your way to the Ulupalakua Maui Winery. Frequented mainly by locals, this Upcountry ranch store has extra special menu items, sparsely found throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Popular menu items are the famous Ulupalakua 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 Ulupalakua 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

Tue 11 am – 3 pm

Wed-Sun 10 am – 4 pm

Closed Mondays


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Tasty Crust

Tasty Crust’s “World Famous Pancakes” have served 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 menu items at Tasty Crust. Fan favorites include the 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 menu goes on and on!

Address

1770 Mill Street
Wailuku, HI

Phone

808-244-0845

Hours

Tue-Sun 6 am – 8 pm

Closed Mondays


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Tin Roof

Owned by Top Chef finalist Chef Sheldon Simeon and his wife Janice, Tin Roof 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 to wait at this super tiny, packed restaurant, 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. Sheldon’s vision is to offer families affordable comfort food made with aloha from quality, plus locally sourced ingredients.

You must try the Mochiko Chicken Bowl. It’s hands-down the most delicious dish in the house and 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 inside. It’s served with your choice of white or brown rice, kale, or Chef Sheldon’s famous garlic noodles. Add a one-minute egg to the top to push this dish right over the top.

All dishes except poke include a side of salted cabbage. Other mouth-watering dishes to try here are the garlic shrimp, chopped steak, and the fresh poke bowl that varies daily. Most menu items are available with a gluten-free option when requested.

It’s a good idea to get here early before the crowd hits for lunch. This is not just to beat the long line, but because they tend to sell out of popular items early.

Address

360 Papa Place, Suite 116,
Kahului, HI 96732

Phone

808-280-6442

Hours

Tue-Sat 10 am – 8 pm

Closed Mondays & Sundays


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Coconut's 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, and they are still just as popular!

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. Although that was 9+ years ago, Coconut’s is still holding strong as one of Maui’s best local food spots. Now they have three locations on Maui!

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 relaxed 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!

Maui Azeka Plaza

Address

1279 S. Kihei Rd,
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone

808-875-9979

Hours

Open Daily 10 am – 9 pm

Maui Kamaole Plaza

Address

2463 S Kihei Rd,
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone

808-875-4949

Hours

Open Daily 10 am – 9 pm

Kahului Food Truck

Address

137 W. Kaahumanu Ave,
Kahului, HI 96732

Phone

808-298-2356

Hours

Open Daily 10 am until they sell out


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Papa'aina

Located on Front Street in Lahaina, Papa’aina is one of Maui’s newest restaurants and local food establishments. Here, you’ll find a menu that’s full of locally sourced ingredients, daily specials, lovely barista drinks, and a fantastic cocktail menu. Although Papa’aina is currently only open for Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch, coconut wireless says they’ll be opening for dinner service very soon.

The proprietor of Papa’aina is Chef Lee Anne Wong. Her name should sound familiar because she’s also the owner of Oahu’s famous Koko Head Cafe, plus she was featured on Bravo’s Flagship Series, Top Chef. In fact, she was also the Supervising Culinary Producer for six seasons!

Not only does Chef Wong have a track record for culinary aptitude, but she also has a superb reputation for her fusion of locally sourced foods in a menu that highlights a notched-up island fare.

So, when at Papa’aina, what should you order? First of all, you cannot go wrong at this Maui local food spot. We suggest that you plan a brunch with your family and/or friends and share everything.

Our favorite brekkie items on the Papa’aina menu include the Mini Benny, Biscuits and Gravy, and the Macadamia Nut Ricotta Pancakes. The Oysters, Hawaiian Fish Curry, Ramen, sandwiches, and salads are all delicious for lunch items. Another notable mention—definitely check out the signature sauce options on the Papa’aina menu. They’re creative and full of flavor!

Address

658 Wharf St. (inside the Pioneer Inn)
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-661-3636

Hours

Open Daily 8 am – 2 pm


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Joey's Kitchen at Whalers Village & Napili Plaza

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 menu is Joey’s take on Filipino-Hawaiian fusion food. It’s laid back and super casual here with counter ordering. The service is amicable and helpful. After you order, find a seat, and they will bring your food out to the table.

The braised beef ribs are a must-have. 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.

Breakfast is also excellent here! The light and fluffy banana macadamia nut pancakes are perfectly prepared and served up with warm coconut syrup. You’ll want to ask for extra syrup because it is so tasty! The perfect pairing to this is the short rib hash 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.

Ka’anapali
Whaler’s Village (Lower Level)

Address

2435 Ka’anapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-868-4474

Hours

Open Daily

Breakfast 8:30 am-11:00 am

Lunch 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Dinner 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Napili
Napili Plaza

Address

5095 Napilihau St.,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-214-5590

Hours

Open Daily

Lunch 11 am-2:00 pm

Dinner 4:00 pm-9:00 pm


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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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. The menu also features Asian-inspired items and innovative culinary creations. With two locations on Maui, one in Kihei and one at the Kapalua Resort, Sansei is a Maui hotspot for local food.

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, and the Dungeness Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth. We also love Sansei’s Shrimp Dynamite—a 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!

Sansei Kihei
(Kukui Mall)

Address

1819 S. Kihei Road,
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone

808-868-0780

Hours

Open Daily

Tue-Sat 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sun & Mon 4:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Sansei Kapalua
(Kapalua Resort)

Address

600 Office Road,
Kapalua, HI 96761

Phone

808-669-6286

Hours

Dinner Nightly 5:00 pm-8:00 pm


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Fish Market in Honokowai

The Fish Market in Honokowai is a wonderful local food spot in West Maui! Sometimes confused with the ‘Honokowai Deli’ (found later in this list), the Fish Market serves local Maui fish menu items for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. They also sell fresh-caught Maui seafood and fish filets, 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 Hawaiian fish used throughout the menu include Ono, Ahi, and Marlin.

Our favorite menu items are the super yummy Fish Burgers served with tomatoes, shoyu caramelized onions, and shredded lettuce on an onion roll. We also love the Fish Burritos, the Crab Cake Sandwich, Oyster Shooters, Ceviche, and the Seafood Chowder or Lobster Bisque served in a bread bowl.

Fish Market also has sushi rolls offered throughout the week using fresh-caught Ono, Walu, Scallops, Swordfish, Opakapaka, Onaga, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Uku, Lobster, and more.

Address

3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-665-9895

Hours

Open Daily 11:00 am – 7:00 pm


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Ba-Le

Although Ba-Le restaurants are not exclusive to the Island of Maui, with 14 locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands (three on Maui), we could not possibly skip them in this Maui local food list.

Ba-Le has so much good food on their menu; it’s always so hard to choose. This menu is dominated by delicious Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and local style selections. It’s impressive, and they have the best sandwiches ever!

All of the sandwiches at Ba-Le are served on their famous French bread rolls. Our absolute favorite sammie is 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!

Kahului Location

Address

270 Dairy Road (Maui Marketplace Food Court) Kahului

Phone

808-877-2400

Hours

Mon-Sat 9 am – 9 pm

Sun 9 am – 7 pm

Kihei Location

Address

225 Piikea Avenue,
Kihei

Phone

808-875-6400

Hours

Mon – Sat 9 am – 9 pm

Sun 9 am – 8 pm

Wailuku Location

Address

1824 Oihana Street, Wailuku

Phone

808-249-8833

Hours

Mon-Sat 9 am – 9 pm

Closed Sundays


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Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop

No trip to Maui is complete without a visit to Leoda’s! It’s 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 in or out of Lahaina. You can order to-go or dine in at their pie counter. Don’t worry. The line goes fast but gives you just enough 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. 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 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 have a twist on the chicken pot pie with tender chicken breast, peas, carrots, and kale.

Heed our warning and beware: once you stop here, you may find yourself back for a pie before you depart from Maui. Lucky for you, they are open seven days a week.

Address

820 Olowalu Village Rd,

Honoapi’ilani Hwy

Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Phone

808-662-3600

Hours

Open Daily 10 am – 6 pm


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Kihei Caffe in Kihei & Lahaina

Kihei Caffe is one of the most popular breakfast places in Maui. They’ve been voted “Best Breakfast” for over six years in a row by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Maui News Readers Poll, and the acclaimed MauiTimes. 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. They also serve lunch with a selection of sandwiches, salads, and tasty burgers with all the trimmings (including a slice of fresh Maui pineapple).

Now, Maui residents and visitors can also enjoy Kihei Caffe in West Maui. Both locations are open seven days a week.

Kihei

Address

1945 South Kihei Road,
Kihei HI 96753

Phone

808-879-2230

Hours

Open Daily 6 am – 2 pm

Lahaina

Address

305 Keawe St.
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-868-2230

Hours

Open Daily 5 am – 5 pm


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Southshore Grindz

Southshore Grindz is one of Maui’s newest and best local food restaurants. It’s in the heart of Kihei—just across the road from Kamaole Beach.

One of the unique qualities of this South Maui local eatery is that its goal is to support local Maui vendors and suppliers as much as possible through their menu offerings. We love that!

The menu at Southshore Grindz consists of appetizers, salads, paninis and burgers, local plates, and noodles categories. They also have a Keiki (kids) menu and an assortment of cakes and desserts in the cooler near the register.

We have a ton of favorite items on the Southshore Grindz menu. Tasty appetizers include the Ceviche, Poke Bowl, and the fan-favorite Fried Spam Musubi. The Asian Chicken Salad is classic and fresh, and we adore their take on a Banh Mi sandwich with Teriyaki beef. Sandwiches and burgers come with fries or Macaroni salad, but we suggest the Truffle Fries upgrade. So ‘ono!

More tasty plates include the Mochiko Chicken, Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi, Local Saimin, and the Garlic Crab Noodles. If you’re craving a big dish with various flavors, go for the Sumo Plate with Chicken Katsu and Roast Pork.

Another notable mention is that Southshore Grindz invites guests to BYOB. When guests visit their establishment, Southshore Grindz aims to provide a comfortable environment with tasty food and positive vibes so that diners can chill out and stay for a while. The good news is that BYOB planning is easy with Aloha Discount Liquor located just next door.

Address

2439 South Kihei Rd.
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone

808-856-0016

Hours

Open Daily 11 am – 9 pm


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Kalei's Lunch Box

Kalei’s Lunch Box is one of Maui’s best flavor centers for local food fare. That’s why it’s known as “Da Big Kahuna of Island Grinds!”

Due to its popularity, Kalei’s Lunch Box now has three locations: a food truck in Kahului, a restaurant at Maui Lani, and a restaurant in Pukalani.

‘Ohana owned, and ‘Ohana managed, Kalei’s is the real deal. It’s owned and operated by Chef Aaron Heath, previously of Cafe 808 in Kula. If you ever wondered what happened to that OG spot– wonder no longer because they came back with a bang! The Kalei’s Lunch Box menus are similar but not 100% the same. That’s why you must dine at all three locations to get the total foodie vibes. In our opinion, breakfast and plate lunches are where it’s at when eating at Kalei’s. Yummy breakfast items include Loco Moco, an all-day breakfast sandwich, omelets, waffles, buttermilk pancakes, and more. If you still haven’t tried Spam or Portuguese sausage, definitely order a side here. All Plate Lunches are mouth-watering, and we love the Asian Crusted Mahi, Chicken Katsu, and Smoke Meat Plate. The Kalbi Ribs are amazing with a special housemade sauce that has you lingering for more. If you love a Philly cheesecake, make sure to order either the Classic Cheesesteak sandwich or the Surf & Turf Cheesesteak at Kalei’s. Their cheesesteaks will have you booking your next flight to Maui for dessert.

Maui Food Truck

Address

591 Haleakala Hwy,
Kahului, HI 96732

Phone

808-633-6345

Hours

Open Daily 10 am until they sell out

Maui Lani Restaurant

Address

52 Maui Lani Parkway,
Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone

808-793-3104

Hours

Open Daily 8 am – 8 pm

Pukalani Restaurant

Address

55 Pukalani Street,
Makawao, HI 96768

Phone

808-793-0151

Hours

Open Daily 8 am – 8 pm


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Kuau Store

Kuau Store has been a North Shore Maui institution for many years. Under new ownership for the past 5+ years, the store offers Maui’s community and visitors a place to grab breakfast and lunch, snacks for the beach, beer and wine, coffee drinks, kombucha, and more.

If you’re headed on the Road to Hana, Kuau Store is located before Mama’s Fish House and just a quick 2-minute drive to Ho’okipa Beach Park.

The store has a counter for indoor seating and a picnic table outside. They have a small but well-curated selection of groceries and a deli with freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, pasta, and ahi poke. For vegans and vegetarians, Kuau Store also sells a variety of plant-based foods and cold-pressed juices.

Kuau Store is also a great place to find Maui souvenirs. They have t-shirts, hats, greeting cards, water bottles, and many locally produced goods. Visitors can easily find Maui-made products like local honey, coconut water, coffee, and reef-safe sunscreen.

Kuau Store is a great local spot to visit on Maui’s North Shore. The staff is friendly, and the food is delicious. It’s an ideal spot to grab to-go items when beach hopping and adventuring through Maui.

Address

701 Hana Highway,
Paia HI 96779

Phone

808-579-8844

Hours

Mon-Sun 6:30 am – 7:00 pm


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808 Grindz Cafe

Look for the hungry hordes of happy folks lined up outside the Old Lahaina Center from 8:00 am until noon.

Here, you’ll find that the atmosphere is kind of a small-town café gone Hawaiian. It’s a fantastic spot to enjoy local food on Maui. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is varied and definitely, value-priced.

They have a whole page of American-style egg dishes, local food choices, eggs benedicts, loco moco’s, griddle cakes, and waffles for breakfast. Their eggs benedict is also amazing!

Plates are served with generous portions, and we have a lot of favorites. All the Loco Moco’s are good, but the Shredded Pork Moco stands out! You won’t find this on any other menu on Maui. Vegetarians aren’t lost here with a Vegetarian Deelite egg-white omelet, and diners with a big appetite will love starting the day with the Kawabanga Breakfast. It’s served with three eggs in any style, Spam, Vienna sausage, Bacon, Portuguese sausage, your choice of a side, and toast. Daily Specials are always varied and worth looking at before you order.

If you’re planning a party or a meal for a large group, 808 Grindz also does catering. Enjoy this Maui local spot!

Address

843 Wainee Street,
Lahaina

Phone

808-868-4147

Hours

Open Daily 7 am – 2 pm


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Down The Hatch

Down The Hatch is located on the bottom level of the Wharf Cinema Center across from Lahaina’s Banyan Tree.

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 a big buzz in the Maui foodie scene, and for this alone, you just must check them out!

When headed out on the town in Lahaina, make sure to stop by Down the Hatch for a meal, an adult shave ice, and entertainment.

They have theme nights at their bar, like Flip Coin, and live music throughout the week. Check out their local Maui artist showcases, and make sure to order some of their delicious signature cocktails. They also have one of the best Happy Hours in West Maui.

Address

658 Front Street,
Lahaina

Phone

808-661-4900

Hours

Open Daily

Breakfast 7:30 am – 11:00 am

Lunch & Dinner 10:30 am – 10:30 pm (Bar open until 1 am)

Happy Hour
2 pm – 5 pm


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Tiffany's Bar & Grill

Located in Wailuku, Tiffany’s Bar & Grill is a Maui institution. Here’s a place where you can enjoy tasty and generous local food plates, sing karaoke, watch a game, or enjoy a beer with your buddy at noon. This place is laid-back with its low-key vibes and unquestionable Wailuku-flare.

The menu at Tiffany’s is almost like a bible. It boasts page after page of Asian-infused local cuisine, leaving you salivating for your order and already wanting more. If you want a chicken plate, have it your way at Tiffany’s with lots of tasty options like Korean Chicken, Katsu Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Spicy Chicken Wings, Mochiko Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, and more. They also have many yummy seafood dishes with a Spicy Squid Stir Fry, Shrimp Tempura, and Misoyaki Butterfish as our favorites.

Tiffany’s is open seven days a week with a late-night menu. If you enjoy classic old-school mom-and-pop-style restaurants, this place will steal your heart. Enjoy!

Address

1424 Lower Main St.
Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone

808-249-0052

Hours

Open Daily 10:30 am – 11:30 pm


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Tobi’s Shave Ice

Everyone loves Tobi’s Shave Ice! Don’t let the name limit you—this place goes way beyond delicious shaved ice. Tobi’s has one of the best “Poke Bowls” on Maui, hands down!

How can you go wrong with expertly cut tender and super fresh Ahi? 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. Then, the bowls are topped with wonton strips and a sprinkle of furikake (dried seaweed with spices and sesame seeds). So ono!

The only downfall to this awesome North Shore Maui local food spot is that these poke bowls are super popular and sell out quickly. It’s a good idea to stop by for an early lunch. They also have a lime-cooked Ahi ceviche with coconut milk that’s to die for, a perfect acai bowl, and some delicious plate lunch specials.

BTW. Here, you’ll find that the Shoyu Chicken is flavorful, moist, and juicy! There’s no dry chicken at this local food joint!

Don’t forget to try the shaved ice with all the fixings, like a mochi ball in the center and a sweet condensed cream drizzle on top.

Located in the heart of Paia Town, this is a great spot to order some local grinds and sit outside while enjoying ono food and great people-watching.

Address

137 Hana Hwy Ste 1,
Paia, Hawaii 96779

Phone

808-579-9745

Hours

Open Daily
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


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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 unique.

Items like the Teishoku Trays and a variety of bento 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 want to try Japanese food done Hawaiian-style, definitely go to Tokyo Tei. It’s fabulous!

Address

1063 Lower Main Street, C 101,
Wailuku

Phone

808-242-9630

Hours

Mon-Sat 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sun 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm


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Honokowai Okazuya & Deli

Located in West Maui, Honokowai Okazuya & Deli is perfect for delicious local food on Maui. The menu is extensive, the portions are generous, and the food is always fresh and flavorful. We love Hawaii’s mom-and-pop restaurants, and this one is fantastic.

Honokowai Okazuya & Deli is legendary with Maui locals. The menu offers local cuisine that mixes traditional Hawaiian and Asian foods. If you want to grab-and-go on the way to the beach, they have a selection of quick bites. They also have a gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly section on their menu.

This West Maui gem has rave reviews for just about everything on its menu. Guests love their pupus (appetizers), burgers, sandwiches, and plate lunches. Popular items include the Lemon Caper Mahi Mahi, Teriyaki Beef, Korean BBQ Chicken, and the Mahi Mahi and Ono Sandwiches.

The Okazuya Deli has a kid’s menu and rotating lunch and dinner specials. If you’re with a large group or looking for catering in West Maui, Honokowai Okazuya & Deli is a solid choice.

Address

3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd. D
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-665-0512

Hours

Mon – Sat 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:40 pm – 8:30 pm

Closed Sundays


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L&L Hawaiian BBQ

Although L&L Hawaiian BBQ is not unique to Maui, we have to include it on this list. It’s perhaps one of the most recognizable names for local food spots in the Hawaii Islands and the world.

Due to their popularity, they now have 200 franchised locations in Hawaii, California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Texas, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Japan. L&L Hawaiian BBQ has literally helped put Hawaii’s local food on the map.

At L&L, guests can find all of their favorite Hawaii comfort food. It feels a bit like a Hawaiian fast-food chain upon entering the restaurants, but you’ll still find those generous portions and island flavors.

So, what should you order at L&L Hawaiian BBQ?

Obviously, the BBQ Chicken and the BBQ Beef are great choices. Served with a heaping scoop of white rice and another heaping scoop of Mac salad, you’ll be in local food bliss in no time. Other notable items on the L&L menu are the burgers served with crinkle fries, Garlic Shrimp plates, Loco Moco, and the Kalua Pork with Cabbage. If you’re a lover of SPAM®, order the SPAM® Musubi or the SPAM® Saimin.

On Maui, you’ll find five L&L Hawaiian BBQ locations. Two locations in Kahului, one in Kihei, and two in West Maui. No matter where you are in Hawaii, you can trust that you’ll find an L&L BBQ nearby.

Queen Kaahumanu Center

Address

275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., #FC06,
Kahului, HI 96732

Phone

808-873-8889

Hours

Open Daily 9 am – 9 pm

Kahului

Address

270 Dairy Rd.
Kahului, HI 96732

Phone

808-873-0323

Hours

Open Daily 9:30 am – 9 pm

Kihei

Address

247 Piikea Ave., Ste. 102
Kihei, HI 96753

Phone

808-875-8898

Hours

Mon-Fri 6 am – 9 pm

Sat & Sun 8 am – 9 pm

Lahaina Shopping Center

Address

170 Papalaua St., #C-1,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-662-3388

Hours

Open Daily 10 am – 10 pm

Honokowai

Address

3350 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy., #401,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-667-7788

Hours

Open Daily 10 am – 10 pm


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Mama's Ribs & Rotisserie

Located at the end of the Napili Plaza strip mall in West Maui, owners Alec and Donna Probst have been cooking up the best BBQ dishes in West Maui since 1999.

Suppose 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. In that case, you’ll adore this Maui local spot.

Mama’s is an excellent alternative to Maui’s high-priced restaurants and fast food spots for locals and island visitors. Mama’s is a no-frills Maui soul food kind of eatery; everything is tasty, authentic, and freshly made. You won’t find manufactured flavors here.

Go to Mama’s after a beach session to recharge, or call for dinner takeout on your way home for the night. It’s low-key and quaint with a couple of picnic tables for quietly enjoying your meal.

Napili Plaza

Address

5095 Napilihau St,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone

808-665-6262

Hours

Open Daily 11 am – 8 pm


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Boba Bar Paia

The Boba Bar is located next to Paia Fish Market on Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue in Historic Paia Town. It’s one of Maui’s newest local spots and definitely deserves mention. Here, guests and residents can enjoy delicious coffee drinks, boba tea, local snacks, and quick bites.

If you know Paia Town, you may remember Anthony’s Coffee Shop. Now closed, Anthony’s was one of the most epic North Shore Maui institutions for coffee and breakfast. Boba Bar Paia is in partnership with the OG Anthony’s folks, so you know this place is the real deal.

So, you might be wondering, what is Boba? Boba refers to a pretty large category of drinks out of Asia. Originally from Taiwan, ‘Boba’ is another word for bubble tea, tapioca pearl tea, or tapioca milk drinks. Sometimes you’ll find tapioca pearls, and sometimes there are pieces of fruit. Sometimes, there are both!

At Boba Bar Paia, guests can order a fresh and creative assortment of refreshing drinks like the Butterfly Boba Tea, Espresso Boba, Strawberry Boba’s, and more.

Next time you’re cruising in Paia, visiting North Shore beaches, or headed towards Hana for the day, definitely make a pit stop at Boba Bar Paia. Check out their daily specials and grab a cooling drink for the road!

Address

2A Baldwin Ave.,
Paia, HI 96779

Phone

808-727-2445

Hours

Open Daily 6 am – 5 pm


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