Restaurants in Hawaii
Hawaiian cuisine—once consisting mostly of fish, boar, and vegetables—now often incorporates Asian elements from China, Japan, and the Philippines. Considered by many to be the best restaurant in Hawaii (on the Big Island), the Kamuela Provisions Company is located inside the Hilton Waikoloa Village and serves fresh seafood along with perfectly prepared prime rib, lamb, and chicken. With jaw-dropping views of the ocean at sunset, reservations are strongly recommended. Another of the most beloved Hawaii restaurants is Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill, which has a casual vibe but top-notch food. Freshly prepared grilled meats, salads, steaks, and seafood are headliners on the menu. Finally, Brown's Beach House on the Kohala Coast has a changing menu featuring dishes such as Hawaiian ahi tuna topped with shredded green papaya and ogo ginger prepared at your table. It's located by the ocean and has tables among the palm trees; on most evenings, local musicians play. Of all the restaurants in Hawaii, this is one of the most refined. But be sure to sip from a coconut picked up from a roadside market.
“Mama’s” is synonymous with Maui fine dining, and the mere mention of the restaurant may be enough to make your special somebody swoon.
In partnership with the popular South Kihei restaurant, this truck features genre-bending culinary concoctions that are worthy of a fine dining kitchen. Spring for the kalua pork quesadillas with pineapple chutney, Thai sweet chili, and a hint of cilantro aioli—ono to da max!
The name itself is somewhat of a misnomer, as “delicious,” “surprising,” and “borderline ridiculous” would be a better fit for the name. The crab cake sandwiches are unlike any on Maui, and the pork belly sandwich and plate of shrimp pasta have fostered a loyal following.
This colorful truck in the Kahului oasis specializes in Hawaii’s favorite fish dish, and features local twists such as ahi katsu and everyone’s favorite, fried poke.
It isn’t open often, but when it is, no other food truck can compare. Chef Kyle Kawakami weaves fresh local ingredients into a truly global menu—one that is constantly reinventing itself to feature flavors from all corers of the world.
Named after the popular Lahaina surf spot, “The Pit” creates a land-based feeding frenzy every day around lunchtime. Fish and shrimp tacos are drizzled in aioli and just the right touch of sriracha, and burgers feature local, grass-fed beef on a homemade taro brioche.
Happy hour is sexy again at this chic Wailea restaurant, where golfers, visitors, resort staff, and realtors mingle until 8:30pm. The $6 wine is served at the “Red Bar,” along with $4 drafts, and succulent Guava BBQ ribs are a steal at only $9. Arrive hungry—stay late.
If the half-price sushi doesn’t win you over the fiery sunsets will. Sushi and appetizers are 50% off from 3-7pm, and the discount pricing kicks back in from 9-11pm.
Happy hour is “Aloha Hour” at this famous Front Street hangout—and the sound of waves gently crashing on rocks accompanies every meal. Relax on the patio from 3-5pm and nibble on kalua pork sliders ($4.25), and drink in the view of the Lahaina roadstead while sipping on $5 drafts.
Sansei Kapalua has Maui’s best sushi—and any local will agree. What’s even better is getting discounted rates, and happy hour from 5:15-6pm is 25% off sushi and appetizers. Want an even better deal?
Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but the afternoon happy hour at this oceanfront patio is one of the best deals on Maui. All appetizers are 50% off between 2-5pm, so ahi poke nachos and kalua pig tacos are only $7.
Not only does your table look out towards Moloka‘i and the famous Plantation golf course, (which hosts the annual PGA Hyundai Tournament of Champions), but diners can choose from six styles of eggs Benedict at surprisingly affordable resort prices.
Like a sliver of French countryside transplanted in Kula, this rural bakery has all the charm of a patisserie in Provence. Enjoy a warm, flaky, freshly baked croissant while surrounded by Kula’s pastures; your cup of coffee swill stave off the chill found here at 3,000 feet.
For those who like breakfast with salt in their hair, this North Shore saloon is the place to re-fuel after a dawn patrol on the water.
Is it still dark but you’re jet-lagged and starving? Luckily, this casual breakfast joint starts cooking at 5 a.m. The local favorites like eggs and fried rice are as affordable as they are filling—and breakfast is served until the 2 p.m. closing if you happen to sleep in.