Restaurants in Maui
Pack a hearty appetite because Maui restaurants offer an exotic blend of savory dining. With its own farms, sugarcane plantations, and fresh seafood caught daily, Maui has a wide array of dining possibilities. Take part in a traditional luau for some touristy fun, or head to local towns like Wailuku and Paia. Whether you wanted seafood or classic American fare, restaurants in Maui have it all.
Paia Fish Market is tucked away, occupying half of a building that's home to a general store. Don't let the long line to order deter you; the mahi mahi burger, fish and chips, fried calamari, and sashimi are all fresh as can be. It's casual and worth it. Stop next door at Paia Mercantile for Hawaiian souvenirs. Behind an ordinary storefront on Wailuku's main drag, Main Street Bistro offers contemporary Mediterranean and American fare. The Banyan Tree is an upscale restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, overlooking Pailolo Channel and Molokai Island. There are Asian-inspired dishes such as ahi sashimi or tempura shrimp. The main courses display local favorites, like grilled ahi tuna and Hawaiian snapper. Stop by the Ritz's Alaloa Lounge to watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand. See below for more of the best restaurants in Maui.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Located in the typical Hawaiian version of a strip mall, Anthony's is tightly packed with a few small wooden tables and rows of wooden shelves on the wall, displaying packages of coffee and other gifts for tourists to bring home.
Nearly all of the herbs and greens used at this seaside restaurant come from Pacific'O's Kula farm, and eventual self-sufficiency is the mission. The ocean is a few feet away at the on-beach tables of this Pacific Rim restaurant, which has a strong Hawaiian influence.
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.
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.
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.
Located in a one-story wooden building, the Flatbread Company in Paia is known for its use of organic ingredients from local farms.