The very best
While visiting the illustrious Island of Maui, make sure to check out all of the different flavors of the island. They range from trendy food trucks to some ultra-fabulous 5-Star dining spots. We have carefully researched and done the legwork for this article so that our readers could enjoy the very best Maui restaurants of 2023. Save your appetite, get excited and read on with us!
Don’t be shy. It’s okay to daydream about the buttery smooth Maui avocados, the sweet and aromatic mangoes, and the garden-fresh organic produce. Of course there are also the free-range meats and the “oh-so-fresh” seafood that Maui has to offer to island-style foodies and culinary enthusiasts. Sure you’ll plan out a snorkel cruise, go on jungle hikes, and see the sunrise at Haleakala. These are all fabulous 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 33 Restaurants on Maui.
NUKA is the most amazing modern-Japanese restaurant, not just in Maui but in all of Hawaii! Owned by the Paia Fish Market family, this is, without a doubt, their tour de force Maui restaurant. Tucked away in the beautiful Haiku community, NUKA is just off of Haiku Road, right next to the Haiku Post Office and the Aloha Aina Center. There aren’t many seats and they do not accept reservations so plan to arrive early. If you love authentic Japanese cuisine, you will not want to miss out on this Maui dining experience.
Lineage is found at The Shops at Wailea in South Maui. In the theme of “Eat, Drink and Talk Story,” this restaurant revolves around family-style dining and foods that are derived from the cultures of Hawaii’s people.
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 sublime resorts in all of Maui, this is a perfect option for some fine dining in Hawaii with views of the ocean in South Maui.
Sited at the Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea is Morimoto. It takes its name from the highly-acclaimed celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Morimoto’s menu is full of local farm-fresh and ocean-fresh ingredients. Popular items here are the hand-rolled sushi, fresh fish, steak, and seasonal cocktails with a Japanese and Western flair. In addition to being at one of the best restaurants in Maui, guests will enjoy some breathtaking views of Mokapu Beach while savoring a tasty meal.
Found at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Ferraro’s offers daily oceanfront dining for both lunch and dinner. They have live music from Tuesday through Saturday and one of the best vantage points for a magical South Maui sunset scene. This is one of the most romantic places to enjoy an outdoor meal on Maui for sure. Sit back, relax, and order a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a refreshing muddled cocktail before your meal.
DUO Steak and Seafood is another amazing restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. It can be found on the ground floor and it offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Here you’ll find a fantastic spot for daily breakfast and dinner. We would also like to mention that this location is perfect for witnessing those awe-inspiring Maui sunset views!
There are so many spectacular things in store for you if you’ve never been to the Hali’imaile General Store in Upcountry Maui. For those who have been here, perhaps even many times, you know what we’re talking about. It’s just a short, 10-minute drive up Baldwin Avenue from the Historic Paia Town. This is where guests will find one of Maui’s best restaurants, tucked amongst sugar cane fields and rich with local history.
Paia Fish Market’s flagship location was established in 1989. It can still be found at the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway in Paia Town. They also have another location in Kula.
The next time you cruise 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! Nalu’s is near the Ace Hardware store in the Azeka Plaza. You’ll notice that just the sight of this place is both enticing and inviting. Here, you’ll find that the vibes are just as full of aloha as the menu.
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is the perfect choice for fine dining on Maui. Guests can choose from a menu full of locally grown ingredients, organic produce, free-range meats, and local seafood.
Merriman’s Kapalua can be found in the Kapalua Resort, one of the most incredible oceanfront locations on Maui. 90% of their award-winning menu is locally sourced and all of their culinary creations are outstanding. Merriman’s on Maui offers superb farm-to-table style dining, using Hawaii’s finest organic and sustainable products.
With deep respect and a strong connection to Maui’s sugarcane plantation era, every element of Kō’s design reflects the region’s history. The colors, textures, and cuisine all blend seamlessly to offer a dining experience unlike any other.
Just inside the Kapalua Resort is one of Maui’s most notable restaurants, Taverna. Taverna is open for Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. It’s quite a large restaurant with a huge wrap-around bar and a spacious dining room. An acute attention to detail and eye for interior design were unquestionably used while creating this Maui restaurant. With views of the Pacific Ocean and an award-winning fairway, this is a hot spot to put on your Maui dining checklist for sure.
Monkeypod Kitchen is one of Chef Peter Merriman’s newest culinary ventures. There are two locations, in Wailea and Kaanapali, and both have some dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. Thanks to their unique flair, Monkeypod has quickly become one of most popular dining destinations on Maui.
Off the beaten path in Maui’s gorgeous Upcountry, Marlow is an incredible wood-fired kitchen. It is owned and operated by Maui’s 2015 Chef of the Year, Jeff Scheer, and his wife, Kaili. Specializing in Neapolitan-style sourdough pizza, renowned Chef Jeff Scheer designed Marlow around his knowledge and passion for locally grown and produced foods. They have the winning combination of fresh Maui ingredients, dedication to local support, and a casual-yet-stylish vibe. With all of this, it’s no surprise that Marlow has quickly become one of Maui’s best pizza spots.
In addition to making it on our list of the best restaurants in Maui, Koiso Sushi Bar is also one of our Top 10 Maui Sushi Restaurants.
Located in Kihei, Koiso Sushi Bar is the go-to sushi spot for a delightful and intimate dinner on Maui. Here you’ll find fantastic service, and an authentic Japanese menu with a slight Maui twist. They use the freshest fish and seafood, and only the best ingredients from Hawaii’s local and sustainable farm culture.
“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…” (Andaz Maui website, 2022)
The Plantation House restaurant is found in the Kapalua Resort. This restaurant is pure class, and guests will enjoy the true Hawaiian hospitality. While you dine, take in some views of the gorgeous West Maui coastline, Pacific Ocean, and the fairway from the restaurant.
Right in the heart of Old Lahaina, Papa’aina at the Pioneer Inn is home to Top Chef All-Stars Chef Lee Anne Wong’s newest culinary venture. With Executive Chef Wong at the helm, it’s no wonder that Papa’aina is headed to the top of the favorite brunch spots in Maui.
Gannon‘s Restaurant can be found on the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course. This place boasts some fantastic views and fresh, Hawaii-sourced ingredients. Like the Hali’imaile General Store, it’s another Bev Gannon marvel where the classic and contemporary dishes are both creative and delicious!
Just as you would expect from the emerging, artistic and modern Montage Resort, this top Maui restaurant is pushing the boundaries for fine dining on Maui. Cane & Canoe is set upon one of the most prime pieces of Kapalua land. Here the sunset magically falls right in front of the resort, with views of the glimmering Pacific Ocean coast before you. All of the staff at this Maui restaurant are more amazing than you could even expect. There is a strong presence of the spirit of aloha in everything that they do. From the head chef and sommelier, to the servers and hostesses, they do their best to exceed guest satisfaction.
Casanova’s Italian Restaurant has such a rich history in Upcountry Maui. The restaurant first opened in 1986 and it is still as popular now as it was the day that it opened.
Casanova Makawao is the go-to spot for authentic Italian dining in Maui. What makes their restaurant so special is that the menu is full of classic favorites and local produce, meats, and fresh seafood. For Sunday brunch, guests can choose from various Omelets, Pancakes, Homemade French Toast, or a Breakfast Pizza. Make sure to try out one of their delicious Benedicts like the Caprese Pesto Benedict. The dinner menu includes a wide variety of freshly made salads, pasta (made in-house), entrées, and meat dishes.
Here is a wine lover’s dream come true on Maui! Matteo’s is a spot found off the beaten path in the Wailea Town Center. This top Maui restaurant has quite a lovely menu but let’s take a moment to talk about their wine bar. They have over 64 wines available by the glass, including some very impressive wines from Italy, California, and Argentina. Any wine lover will feel right at home here.
Guests of all kinds can find something to love on the menu here at Maui Brewing Company. Even vegans and vegetarians will find some delightful offerings, which is unique for a brewpub. The menu is broken down by salads, burgers and sandwiches, flatbreads, entrées, sliders, and “share, pair and taste” plates. Both locations have a kids menu with great options for the keiki, like cheese pizza, fried chicken bites, mac and cheese, and a burger. If you like a little bit of spiciness with your frothy beer, make sure to try the Shishito Peppers. They’re delish.
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Visitors will find Milagros Food Company smack-dab in the center of the trendy bohemian town of Paia. You will definitely want to check out this fantastic family-run restaurant. Stop in to have a bite and enjoy their covered sidewalk seating right in the heart of Paia Town.
The Island of Maui has needed a place like The Pint & 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 lunch, happy hour, dinner, or a weekend brunch while you watch the big game, this is a spot to put on your Maui rotation.
Roy’s restaurants are some 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). His business has now grown to over 30 international locations. In fact, Roy’s in Kaanapali was the second location ever to be opened.
Japengo is well-known for serving up some of the most delicious and exotic Pacific Rim cuisine to be found on Maui. This renowned world-class restaurant can be found at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka’anapali, and offers up an Asian-inspired menu infused with the flavors of Hawaii.
Flatbread Company is one of the best casual, family-style restaurants to be found in Maui. It is located on the North Shore in the Historic Town of Paia. Some would say that this restaurant provides guests with the best flatbread pizza in all of Hawaii. This place is legit and they use many local and organic ingredients.