Restaurants in Maui
Deliciously absent of tourists (and even lacking a sign), this no-frills diner is always packed to the gills with hungry islanders scarfing down pho (unadorned beef noodle soup), vegetables cooked in a clay pot, and bo nhung dam, the Vietnamese version of fondue: you dip raw beef in hot broth to
The bright blue exterior and dangling party lights outside Cafe des Ami set the tone for this casual cafe known for its crepes and curries.
On its own coconut-grove cove on the island’s northern shore, Mama’s has been one of Maui’s most celebrated restaurants since it opened in 1973, but it still feels like a secret thanks to a private beachfront setting.
Eskimo Candy is the nickname for the belly strip of a smoked salmon and the inspiration for this small seafood market and café in Kihei. Ocean murals cover the walls, nets cluttered with starfish dangle from the ceiling, and giant rubber shark heads hang behind the wood-paneled counter.
Depart from typical island fare at this white-tablecloth French restaurant in the historic former whaling village of Lahaina.
Behind an ordinary green stucco storefront on Wailuku's central thoroughfare, Main Street Bistro serves contemporary Mediterranean and American dishes that chef Tom Selman describes as "refined comfort food." The long narrow dining room with stone-tile floors and casual rattan and ulphostered fur
The farm-restaurant offers an 11-course sampling of its harvest, including lychees, longan, and mountain apples.
The terrace of this oceanside global restaurant at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Kapalua overlooks Pailolo Channel and Molokai Island. Decor is minimal, incorporating non-intrusive stained wood and simply appointed tables that don't distract patrons from soaking in the Pacific views.
Back when sugar plantations filled the area, workers would gather at lunch, and the “mixed plate” concept began when the Japanese, Koreans, and Filipinos started passing around their own ethnic group’s food to the other workers.
Unremarkable from the outside, Paia Fish Market occupies half of a long, wooden building that's home to a general store. Inside, posters of tides and fish and taxidermy catches decorate the walls, and stuffed fish dangle from the ceiling over picnic tables that seat eight each.
Mark Ellman was part of the movement known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine, which is based on regionally produced farm goods. He and his wife Judy started Avalon restaurant back in 1987, and opened this seaside restaurant in 2005.
One of two sit-down restaurants in Hana proper, this casual eatery is a practical choice for tourists staying at the Travaasa Hana hotel, only a five-minute walk away, as well as those traveling through the city on day tours.
This Lahaina pub (opened in 1983) was the second of three locations to open in Hawaii, three years after the original launched in Waikiki. All three meals are served at this casual spot, known for its daily happy hour and hearty meal sizes.
Makawao Garden Cafe is tucked off of Baldwin Avenue in a green board and batten building; the only seating is ten tables located on a shady patio surrounded by bright flowers, lush foliage, and large patio umbrellas.