The very best
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 2019. 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 fresh 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.
“While sailing across the South Pacific in the late 1950s, the young Christenson family embraced the lifestyle of old Polynesia, discovering the ways of preparing fish and living the aloha spirit. They settled on Maui in 1963 and in 1973 Mama’s Fish House was born – Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant.” Check out why Mama’s won the #1 spot for the Top 30 Restaurants on Maui…
In addition to being on our list of the best restaurants in Maui, Koiso Sushi Bar is also one of our favorite sushi bars on Maui. See here: Top 10 Maui Sushi Restaurants
Located in Kihei, Koiso Sushi Bar is Maui’s go-to sushi restaurant for an always pleasureful and intimate dinner in Kihei, South Maui. Here is where you’ll find fantastic service, an authentic Japanese menu (with a slight Maui twist), fresh fish and seafood, and menu ingredients that are always infused with only best of Hawaii’s local and sustainable farm culture.
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 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.
Located in Wailea, Lineage Maui is Chef Sheldon Simeon’s newest culinary adventure. Famously known for his participation (and wins) in Bravo channel’s American Top Chef’s series, here’s a Maui restaurant that you definitely don’t want to miss when you’re on the Valley Isle.
Spago Maui is located at the Four Seasons Maui Resort in Wailea. It’s one of Chef Wolfgang Puck’s five Spago establishments; the sister restaurants are found in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Istanbul, and Singapore. Perched inside one of the most amazing resorts in Maui, here’s a great option for Hawaii fine dining with ocean views in South Maui.
For a truly unique dining experience on Maui, consider booking dinner at the Chef’s Table at the Mill House. Located in the Maui Tropical Plantation, here is where you’ll find a weekly (every Saturday) interactive culinary experience enjoyed with a chef’s perspective.
Roy’s restaurants are one of the most critically acclaimed Hawaiian fine dining establishments in the world. In 1988, Roy Yamaguchi opened his first signature restaurant in Hawaii Kai, Honolulu (Oahu), and it’s now grown to over 30 international locations. In fact, Roy’s in Kaanapali was the second flagship location ever to be opened.
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.
Located in the Kapalua Resort is one of Maui’s newest and most amazing restaurants, Taverna. Taverna is open Monday-Friday for Lunch, daily Dinner Service (after 5:30 pm), and Weekend Brunch. With huge Pacific Ocean and award-winning fairway views, here’s a hot spot to put on your Maui dining bucket list. It’s quite a large restaurant with a huge wrap around bar and a spacious dining room. Without a doubt, attention to detail and eye for the interior design were definitely applied when creating this Maui restaurant.
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.
Located on Front Street’s ‘Restaurant Row’ in Lahaina Town, you’ll find Down the Hatch. This West Maui restaurant is surely more than meets the eye with its full spectrum of offerings; full menu, lively bar, adult shave ice, and daily events. For breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, it’s s a perfect destination for all Maui visitors.
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 ala 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Enjoy endless culinary possibilities at the Plantation House restaurant at the Kapalua Resort. All guests will surely dine in style and lavish in luxury with Maui’s Pacific Ocean, Kapalua fairway, and outer island views.
“Oh, Star Noodle… let me count the many ways that I love thee….” Yes, words like those will enter your mind as you thoroughly enjoy dining at Star Noodle. Star Noodle is located off the beaten path in Lahaina, West Maui. This super delicious and trendy Maui restaurant is popular for many reasons, including the fantastic Pan-Asian menu and the the stylish setting.
“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)
Japengo is celebrated for serving up some of Maui’s most delicious and exotic Pacific Rim cuisine. Offering an Asian inspired menu that is infused with Hawaiian flavors, this renowned world-class restaurant is located at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka’anapali.
Honu Seafood & Pizza is owned and operated by Mark Ellman, a well known Maui restauranteur. Honu is located on Front Street behind the Lahaina Cannery Mall. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a tantalizing menu, awesome customer service, Pacific Ocean and outer island views, sunset, and a glimpse of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the shoreline.
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).
Smack dab in the center of the trendy bohemian town of Paia, visitors will find Milagros Food Company. You definitely will want to check out this amazing family run restaurant with its covered sidewalk seating right in the heart of Paia.
Paia Fish Market’s flagship location, established in 1989, is on the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway in Paia Town. They also have two other locations in Kihei and Lahaina.
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.
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.
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!
Just as you’d expect from the emerging, artistic and modern Montage Resort, this top Maui restaurant is pushing all expectations for fine dining on Maui. Cane and Canoe is set upon one of the most prime pieces of Kapalua land; the sunset magically falls right in front of the resort, with a glimmering Pacific Ocean coastline before you. All of the staff at this Maui restaurant are more amazing than you could even expect. There is a heavy presence of the aloha spirit in everything they do, and from the chef to the sommelier, servers to hostesses, they do their best to supersede guest satisfaction.
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.