Top 10 Maui Lunch Spots

Aloha and Welcome to Pride of Maui’s Top 10 Lunch Spots on Maui article! When on vacation in Maui, there is an abundance of wonderful restaurants to choose from. With our valuable local knowledge, we have chosen to highlight the best places to eat lunch on Maui so you can avoid a hit or miss restaurant scenario. When adventuring through our island paradise landscape, you never know what you’ll find, or where you’ll find yourself when sightseeing.

Good Lunch Spots Near Me

Our list provides a few spots on each corner of the island, so rest assured that your bellies will be more than happy no matter where you end up for lunch!

When on the beautiful Island of Maui, take advantage of everything! Maximize all of the amazing things to do in Hawaii, including the best places to eat on Maui.

Top 11 Maui Lunch Spots

Paia Fish Market Paia & Kihei

Without a doubt, the Paia Fish Market is one of the best, yummiest, and most popular casual restaurants on Maui. Located in the heart of Paia Town, the “Fish Market” holds down its prime real estate right on the corner of the Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue. They also have a new second location in the Triangle in Central Kihei! This is the perfect spot for lunch with your friends and family or just an easy order for two after a fun beach session.

Lunch is busy, but don’t be afraid of the line out the door; it’s a quick line, and says a lot about how much this restaurant is loved by locals and visitors alike. Anyway, you’ll need the time in line to figure out what you’re going to order because there are just so many delicious options on their menu! Paia Fish Market has something for everyone, whether you are a seafood lover or not. The seafood is caught fresh, and the beef and chicken items are from local Maui farms. The casual atmosphere is tres cool, with a North Shore style, great music, and communal tables. When at the Paia Fish Market, guests can choose from tempting seafood plates like the Cajun Fish Plate, the Fish Quesadilla, or the Seafood Pasta, or go for items ala carte. The Mahi Mahi Fish & Chips and the Caesar Salad are crazy good, and so are all the burgers: Fish, Beef, and Chicken. The French Fries at Fish Market is more than memorable with the perfect amount of crispiness and seasonings, and there’s no comparison to their fresh coleslaw tossed in their homemade tartar sauce. If it doesn’t come with your meal, make sure to order it on the side! To top it all off, order a cold Maui beer on draft, or a refreshing glass of Pinot Grigio to make your Lunch all the more enjoyable.

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Ono Burger with French Fries
  • Ahi Sashimi
  • Fish Tacos

Check out the Paia Fish Market Menu!

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Monkeypod Kitchen Wailea & Ka’anapali

Without a doubt, Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea has one of the best Lunch menus in Hawaii. What makes their menu so unique is their twist on traditional and modern Lunch Classics with a fusion of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. We also love how they use local Maui vendors throughout their menu!

At Monkeypod, guests can choose from a tempting assortment of Lunch menu items. You may just find yourself ordering more than you need because every item is just so inviting! The Appetizer menu is great for starting off at this casual culinary haven. Definitely try the chicken wings, garlic truffle oil fries, and the poke tacos. Lunch brings gorgeous salad and sandwich options, and don’t sleep on the local style offerings like the Kalbi Chicken Banh Mi, Saimin and Dry Mein noodle dishes.

At Monkeypod, guests can enjoy one of the best casual meals in all of South Maui. In line with the perfection that Peter Merriman’s restaurants put out, all will love a chance to wine and dine for lunch at this top Maui eatery.

Besides offering a menu of locally infused Hawaii Regional Cuisine, you’ll see a full section of fusion food offerings that are a mix of Hawaii’s local food, California-style freshness and all the best locally sourced ingredients in Maui.

Monkeypod is also a trendy place to meet new people, enjoy a family birthday or celebration, or relax with a pau hana at their very impressive bar. If you’re headed to Monkeypod, make sure to order a side of the truffle fries, one of their yummy wood-fired pizza’s, and definitely don’t forget to try their homemade pies- they have some of the best desserts on the island!

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Wood-Fired Pizzas
  • Pete’s Classic Burger, with Maui Beef, Umami Mushrooms, Gruyere, Arugula, and Horseradish Crema
  • Coconut Creme Pie

Check out Monkeypod’s Wailea Menu or Ka’anapali Menu!

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Mama’s Fish House Ku’au

Mama’s Fish House is located oceanfront in Ku’au, set right on the North Shore of Maui. Perched between Paia Town and Ho’okipa Beach Park, this Maui lunch spot is not only internationally renowned for their gourmet menu, but also for having one of the most beautiful views on Maui. Sunset dinner reservations can be close to impossible to get, so why not go for lunch? The menu is just as delicious, plus you’ll have the glorious sunlight that allows you to check the surf, while you fully enjoy the interior decor of this popular Hawaii restaurant.

At Mama’s, guests will surely enjoy the rotating, Polynesian/Pacific Rim infused menu. All of their seafood offerings are caught fresh by local fishermen on a daily basis; island grown, sustainable ingredients are used throughout each dish, making each experience at Mama’s truly unique. Only the best ingredients are used at Mama’s Fish House, and the service is always impeccable.

If you haven’t yet eaten at Mama’s, you should know that it’s not just an ordinary fine dining experience. This restaurant provides a full on culinary tour de force, each presentation as beautiful and delectable as the next. Making reservations at Mama’s Fish House is a must do Maui activity. Eating at Mama’s should be on your vacation list like a Maui Whale Watching Tour or an adventurous Snorkel Trip in Maui. A meal at Mama’s is an unforgettable experience; a culinary gift that you will most definitely treasure for years to come.

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Tahitian Ceviche, with Fresh Lime and Coconut
  • Mahi Mahi, stuffed with Lobster and Crab, baked in a Macadamia Nut Crust
  • Polynesian Black Pearl, a Lilikoi Chocolate Mousse in a delectable Pastry Shell

Check out the Mama’s Fish House menu!

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Thai Food By Pranee Hana

When in Hana, do as the locals do! Whether you’ve visited Hana many times, or are gearing up for your first Hana adventure, make sure to check out the Thai Food By Pranee restaurant. Here, you’ll find the most authentic Thai food throughout all the Hawaiian Islands. Located in a hale (house) under a thatched roof, Pranees is a casual, inviting Maui gem of a restaurant.

Pranee doesn’t have a website, but the online reviews alone are astounding! The menu is rotating, and full of locally grown produce, fresh coconut milk, Maui grown meats, and seafood. Here, all guests will surely love the curries, fried rice dishes, Pad Thais and specials. There’s nothing like Thai home cooking, and here you’ll find the best and freshest offerings!

Thai Food By Pranee is located near the Hana-Maui Resort bungalows. If you’re feeling lost finding the location, just ask a local, or follow the scent of Thai Basil, Galanga, fresh mint and peanut sauce in the air.

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Curries
  • Deep-Fried Whole Fish Specials
  • Thai Spring Rolls

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Mala Ocean Tavern Lahaina

Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina is one of the best places for lunch on Maui, hands down. This is due not just to its prime West Maui location but also to its fantastic menu and service. Nestled right by the Old Mala Wharf, the restaurant offers breathtaking views of the ocean with the islands of Molokai and Lanai in the distance. Guests can even spot turtles swimming nearby, to add to their magical oceanfront meal.

Mala Ocean Tavern is a dream come true for food lovers, especially those who look forward to the impressive brunch menu. It features a tasty and creative range of options, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Start out with the Hood Canal Oyster Shooters, which pair perfectly with a Bloody Mary. For a taste of French Polynesia with a Maui twist, try the Poisson Cru. It is an incredible blend of cured fresh catch, coconut milk, Kula onion, cucumber, avocado, chili oil, and Molokai sweet potato. It’s so ono!

Other highlights are the crispy Coconut Shrimp, the savory Wagyu Burger, the Blackened Ahi Fish Sandwich, and one of the best Caesar Salads to be found on Maui. Mala Ocean Tavern also caters to younger guests with a fun Kids’ Menu. From Keiki French Toast and Flatbread Pizza to Fish & Chips and the Kids’ Chicken Caesar Salad, there is plenty here that will keep the little ones happy.

Mala Ocean Tavern also offers the delightful Build Your Own Mimosa. Choose from fresh juices like Orange, POG (Pineapple, Orange & Guava), Watermelon, Hibiscus, and Pineapple. For Bloody Marys, guests can take their drinks up a notch with add-ons such as Coconut Shrimp, a Lamb Meatball, Applewood Smoked Bacon, or even a Mini Ahi Bruschetta!

The restaurant’s warm and welcoming vibe is complemented by a friendly staff that makes each and every visit special. No matter if you’re a local or a visitor, Mala Ocean Tavern offers a lunch like no other, with stunning views, delicious food, and a family-friendly environment. As you will soon see, it’s no surprise that Mala Ocean Tavern is a top choice for lunch on Maui!

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Poisson Cru
  • Coconut Shrimp
  • Caesar Salad
  • Blackened Ahi Fish Sandwich

Check out the Mala Ocean Tavern menu!

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Nalu's South Shore Grill Kihei

Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kihei is a hotspot for lunch in South Maui that guests must try! It can be found in the Azeka Shopping Center, just minutes away from South Kihei’s beautiful beaches and ocean sports activities. Nalu’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating in a welcoming open-air setting. Known for their all-day breakfast, this restaurant has a menu that is sure to please a wide range of tastes and preferences. Needless to say, it’s a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

The menu at Nalu’s is famous for its standout dishes. All of their Loco Mocos and the Nalu’s Chicken and Waffles are crowd-pleasers, while the Black and Blue Ahi Benedict is regarded as one of the best eggs benedicts on the island. Seafood lovers will appreciate the fresh-caught daily fish choices and the yummy Crab Cakes & Greens. For a sweet treat, their Pancakes are not to be missed. They are served with homemade citrus-rum syrup, pineapple, bananas, roasted mac nuts, and Nalu’s Devonshire cream. On the other hand, health-conscious guests will love the Acai Bowl, Pitaya Bowl, or a refreshing Breakfast Salad.

At Nalu’s, families are more than welcome. The unique Kids Menu has choices like Keiki Fish and Chips, Loaded Grilled Cheese, and a Smashed Meatball Teriyaki Bowl. Guests should make sure to try out the Volcano fries, as they pair perfectly with any meal. Nalu’s is also well known for offering the only Lobster Roll on Maui, as far as we’re aware. Its staff is beloved for their warm aloha spirit, and they always go above and beyond to make families feel at home. Beyond the creative menu, Nalu’s hosts live music every night, making it an excellent choice for happy hour or dinner.

Owner Ron Panzo was awarded the 2024 Hawaii Small Business Association (SBA) Person of the Year. This accolade was earned due to his outstanding achievements and contributions to the local economy. The SBA praised Nalu’s for embodying the grit and determination that drive the small businesses of Hawaiʻi.

With a lively atmosphere, delicious food, and a dedicated team full of aloha, Nalu’s South Shore Grill is one of the best places for lunch in South Maui.

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Nalu’s Chicken & Waffle
  • Black & Blue Ahi Benedict
  • Korean Bulgogi Burger
  • Poke Bowl of the Day

Check out Nalu’s menu!

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The Empanada Lady Wailuku

Right in the heart of Downtown Wailuku is The Empanada Lady. Here, guests will find a delightful culinary journey to the Caribbean without having to leave Maui. It sits just minutes away from art galleries, bakeries, coffee shops, the Bailey House Museum, and the Iao Theater. This vibrant spot is a must for both locals and tourists exploring the area.

Before opening her brick-and-mortar spot, Chef Sara Kleiven, lovingly known as “The Empanada Lady,” built up a loyal following with her savory empanadas. Today, her restaurant is renowned for its delicious Caribbean cuisine. Guests will love the unique blend of Puerto Rican, Jamaican, and Dominican flavors, all prepared with fresh, locally sourced foods.

The Empanada Lady’s menu celebrates bold and savory tastes fused with locally grown Maui ingredients. Some real standouts are the savory Ropa Vieja, aromatic Coconut Curry Chicken, and crispy Pollo Frito. Each dish combines traditional Caribbean recipes with the unique flavors of Maui. For those who like a flavorful punch, the Curry Pork Short Ribs and Snapper in Red Curry Sauce are sure to impress. Don’t miss the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings and Croquettas, as they are perfect for sharing with friends.

The vibrant atmosphere here is enhanced by the colorful decor and live music. It all blends together to create a lively and exciting space. With both indoor and outdoor seating, guests can vibe with the rhythms and melodies of Maui’s finest local musicians, and add a vibrant touch to their dining experience.

Beyond the amazing food, what truly sets The Empanada Lady apart is the warmth with which the staff greets each and every guest. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a meal at The Empanada Lady promises a comforting, home-like experience with a rich Caribbean twist. You will feel like a part of The Empanada Lady’s family from the moment you walk inside.

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Empanadas
  • Ropa Vieja
  • Curry Pork Short Ribs
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Check out The Empanada Lady’s menu!

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Fork & Salad Kihei & Kahului

Fork & Salad in Kihei is one of those kinds of restaurants that Maui just needed! It’s common to see “build your own” salad bars and healthy lunch spots like this in California, but Fork & Salad is actually a new kind of a restaurant trend for Maui. Whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian, Paleo or vegan, you’ll love this spot. The best things about Fork & Salad in Kihei are that they provide healthy, organic, delicious and reasonably priced meals. And, they do it lightning fast!

Upon walking into Fork & Salad, you’ll immediately be greeted with positive aloha vibes, calming tunes and fresh scents of healthy home cooking and fresh Maui produce. It’s a chef-inspired locally owned company, so you’re guaranteed top-notch health food concoctions and the best Maui grown foods available.

When eating at Fork and Salad in Kihei, you can feel good knowing that you’re feeding your body nutritious goodness and supporting local Maui farmers at the same time. It’s a win-win.

The salad menu at Fork & Salad offers Signature Salads like a Caesar or a Greek, Chef Inspired Salads like the yummy Roasted Kabocha Squash and Strawberry Salad and Health Inspired Salads like their Super Salad (gluten-free and dairy free). We also love that they have a ‘Build-Your-Own’ salad bar; that’s an awesome perk for all of us that already have an idea of what kind of salad we want to eat. The salad ingredient offerings they have are amazing- full of local Maui produce and delicious additions like watermelon radishes, green papaya, fresh cilantro, Maui goat cheese and more.

Fork & Salad isn’t just a place for salads! They also make amazing sandwiches like the Lemon and Thyme Chicken Sandwich, Pastrami-Seasoned Seared Ahi Sandwich and other delectable options. In addition, Fork & Salad has a kids menu, cold-pressed coffee, Big Wave Organic Kombucha on tap and lots of edible surprises that will bring a smile to your face. Don’t forget to check them out on your next vacation in Maui.

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Build Your Own Salad
  • Lemon and Thyme Chicken Sandwich
  • Big Wave Organic Kombucha

Check out the Fork & Salad menu!

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Coconut’s Fish Cafe Kihei

Coconut’s Fish Cafe is one of the most popularly featured lunch restaurants in Maui. They’ve received numerous accolades on websites live TripAdvisor and Yelp, and have been visited on famous media outlets like Travel & Leisure and CNN. Travel & Leisure seven said that Coconut’s Fish Cafe was one of the top places to eat in all of the U.S. Now, that is huge! Their menu is creative and casual.

There’s an abundance of tempting seafood choices, and they are all reasonably priced for the value that they serve up here. Some of the most popular items to order at Coconut’s in Kihei is the coconut shrimp, fish burgers, and most definitely any of their fish tacos. Coconut’s menu offers a unique opportunity to taste Maui’s local fish varieties; Opakapaka (Crimson Snapper), Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna), Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), and Ono (Wahoo). All guests will love this family-friendly Kihei restaurant with sweet aloha vibes, surfboard tables, awesome music and the best some of the best food selections in Maui!

Must Try Menu Items:

  • Local Style Grilled Ono Plate (your choice of seasonings)
  • Taco Mountain
  • Seared Ahi Salad

Check out the Coconut Fish Cafe menu!

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Milagros Food CompanyPaia

Enjoy all that Maui’s North Shore beaches have to offer, and take a break from the sun to hit up Milagros Food Company for lunch in funky Paia Town. Milagros is an awesome, locally owned Maui spot that sits right on the corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue. It’s the perfect place to have lunch while you people-watch from your patio table.

The seafood at Milagros is a true testament to the freshness of the island’s bounty. All of the fish is caught daily and served up with pride. The commitment to local, organic (GMO-Free) ingredients can be seen and tasted in each dish. The menu has something for those of all tastes. Guests will find tacos, nachos, burritos, organic salads, homemade guacamole and chips, burgers, fresh fish sandwiches, and much more. Our personal favorites are the Loaded Black Bean Nachos, Taquitos, Hurricane Fries, Roasted Chilies Enchiladas, and the Shrimp Fajitas. The burgers are to die for, especially the Blackjack Burger. It’s made with pepper jack cheese, blackening seasoning and fire roasted chilis. What better way is there to enjoy your meal than with a refreshing House Margarita?

This spot is bustling with positive vibes, yummy southwest-Maui-style dishes, and a warm and friendly staff. Frequented by both locals and visitors, Milagros is sure to provide a good time. It’s a place you may find yourself coming back to for years to come. Milagros also has the largest Tequila selection in Maui, and they’re well-known for their signature Margaritas and tropical cocktails. Without a doubt, their Mai Tai, Ocean Vodka Limeade, and Lilikoi Martinis can hold their own with the best cocktails on the island.

This restaurant is also one of our top picks for the Best Places to Get a Drink on Maui, so check them out next time you’re on Maui’s North Shore.

Must-try Menu Items:

  • Chicken or Pork Taquitos
  • Shrimp & Mahi Mahi Fajitas
  • Fire-Grilled Burgers (try the Blackjack Burger!)

Check out the Milagros Food Company menu!

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Mahalo Nui Loa for reading Pride of Maui’s list of the Top 10 Places to Eat Lunch on Maui. We hope that you get a chance to check out more than one of these incredible Maui restaurants!

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.