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During our time on the island, we experienced many top restaurants in Maui and were given recommendations for many more. We can’t wait to go back and eat at the ones remaining on our list, but until then, we decided to share all the foodie goodness with you.
Please note that these recommendations are all our own. We know there are many other fantastic restaurants across Maui, so feel free to drop your favorites in the comments for others to see! We’ve been to many of the restaurants on this list, but the others are personal recommendations from locals.
Geste Shrimp – Kahului
Geste Shrimp should be the first restaurant in Maui you visit! Their food truck is just minutes from the Kahului Airport and is the perfect start to your Hawaiian vacation. They offer several different shrimp plates, my favorites being Spicy Pineapple and Hawaiian Scampi. Each is full of incredible flavor and made with some of the most colossal shrimp I’ve ever laid my eyes on. The crab mac salad is a delicious spin on the typical midwest macaroni salad we’re used to, as well. Bring cash and an appetite!
Mama’s Fish House – Paʻia
Mama’s Fish House boasts freshly caught fish that is delivered to the restaurant and processed within 24 hours. You know it’s NEW LEVELS of fresh when the menu names the fisherman and location of the catch, which is updated daily. The menu is small and refined, but locals say the flavor is big. It’s a must if you want to experience a fresh seafood restaurant on Maui while overlooking the stunning ocean views of the North Shore.
Paʻia Fish Market – Paʻia
The Paʻia Fish Market is in the heart of Paʻia Town, with two other locations in Kihei and Lahaina. They are known for serving generous portions of fresh fish to celebrities and locals alike. Paʻia Town is close to several surfing destinations on Maui, making it a popular location to grab food among surfers. The Paʻia Fish Market has been featured in publications like Travel Channel, National Geographic, and more. A must-visit for anyone wanting to experience fresh fish on the island!
Da Kitchen – Paʻia
Da Kitchen has been featured in Food Network, highlighting the Notorious B.I.G. Moco and the Kalbi Ribs. They’ve also been featured on the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Food Show and Man v. Food. Plus, they cooked at the Inaugural Luau in Washington D.C. during the Election of President Obama! Da Kitchen is also the recipient of several awards, further solidifying its reputation as a fantastic restaurant in Maui. Another stop near the airport to visit before you head home! And if you can’t swing that, there is a second location conveniently located in Kihei near beaches and hotels.
Flatbread Company – Paʻia
The Flatbread Company is known for their delicious wood-fired pizzas made with fresh and organic ingredients. They partner with several local organic farms and are advocates for sustainable sourcing. And for all my fellow food allergy friends, they have vegan and gluten-free options available!
808 Deli – Kihei
Maybe one of the most affordable and delicious lunches you can have on the island! They are known for their sandwiches and fresh menu offerings, especially their spicy pasta salad. Our friends came back from Maui raving about their sandwiches, and many locals in Kihei do, as well. 808 Deli is just across the street from Kamaole Beach Park II, so you can have your lunch oceanside.
Coconut’s Fish Cafe – Kihei
Coconut’s Fish Cafe focuses on highlighting fresh fish across the menu. They serve seafood in tacos, sandwiches, salads, and more. They have other protein options, as well, for those who would like an alternative to seafood. Their fish tacos were the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously! The fish is delicious and highlighted by other fresh ingredients. Our family members were just as thrilled with the surfboard tables as they were the fish tacos, so YAY for the decor! There are two convenient locations in Kihei near beaches and hotels. Coconut’s Fish Cafe has been featured on CNN, Travel + Leisure and is Zagat rated for their fish tacos.
Monkeypod Kitchen – Wailea
Monkeypod is known for good food, beer, and an overall great restaurant to hang out at. We visited during fall, so they had just introduced a special pumpkin pie, which put every other Thanksgiving dessert I’ve ever had to shame. It was THAT good! They have two locations across Maui, and I’d recommend going to both if you can! And holy Mai Tais! Monkeypod Kitchen is famous for its famous Mai Tai with house-made honey lilikoi foam. The presentation is incredible and is as delicious as it looks.
Paʻia Fish Market – Kihei
We’ve already mentioned the Paʻia Fish Market in the North Shore section, but they have two other locations in Kihei and Lahaina. If you are in South Maui and are craving fresh fish, put the Paʻia Fish Market at the top of your list. They are known for serving generous portions of fresh fish to celebrities and locals alike across the island. The Paʻia Fish Market has been featured in publications like Travel Channel, National Geographic, and more. A must-visit for anyone wanting to experience fresh fish on the island!
Da Kitchen – Kihei
We’ve already mentioned Da Kitchen in the North Shore section, but Kihei is the original location of this restaurant. Kihei is a popular location with plenty of shopping and hotels, making Da Kitchen a no-brainer stop if you’re hungry. Da Kitchen has been featured in Food Network, highlighting the Notorious B.I.G. Moco and the Kalbi Ribs. They’ve also been featured on the Travel Channel Bizarre Food Show and Man v. Food. Plus, they cooked at the Inaugural Luau in Washington D.C. during the Election of President Obama! Da Kitchen is also the recipient of several awards, further solidifying their reputation as one of the top restaurants in Maui.
Maui Brewing Company – Kihei
It’s true. A cold one just tastes better on the island! Not only does the Maui Brewing Company have a wide selection of craft brews, but they also serve up delicious Hawaiian-inspired comfort food. There is a pizza, burger, or big plate for everyone…even for vegans and gluten-sensitive people! The Kihei location also offers brewery tours throughout the week. Until we return to Maui, we’ll probably pick up a Maui Brewing Co. six-pack here in frigid Michigan and think back to warm weather and sunshine (yes, they sell their craft beer in stores!).
Monkeypod Kitchen – Lahaina
We’ve already mentioned Monkeypod Kitchen, but we visited both locations on Maui. Their food and Mai Tai’s are just THAT GOOD. In addition to the delicious food, we were able to catch live music in the open and breezy location on the West Shore. If you are headed to Black Rock Beach or plan to go shopping at Whalers Village, Monkeypod is a must-visit! Also, they had just released a pumpkin pie option to their fall dessert menu, and I hope they keep it around! It was our favorite pie of the three we had (banana and strawberry). Give me pumpkin everything!
Cool Cat Cafe – Lahaina
The Cool Cat Cafe has been voted best burger on the island 15 years in a row, but my husband and I each went with other lunch items that did not disappoint. They have a Hula Chicken Sandwich that had my husband singing, and not just because we were on the island. I had the fish tacos, which were fresh and flavorful. I don’t think I could compare them to Coconut Fish Cafe’s famous fish tacos because they were different overall, but still really delicious. We went out for a dolphin tour later that day with no sightings, but the food at Cool Cat Cafe left us in good enough spirits the rest of the day that we didn’t mind at all.
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Aloha Mixed Plate – Lahaina
Aloha Mixed Plate is a beachside restaurant featuring local favorites and many plate lunches. They serve large portions at reasonable prices, and all their food is local, fresh, and healthy. I recommend having loco moco while in Maui, and Aloha Mixed Plate has several options to choose from. It’s a casual lunch spot near the heart of Lahaina that is worth visiting!
Merriman’s – Kapalua
Tucked right next to Kapalua beach (incredible snorkeling), the view from this fine dining restaurant is reason enough to make a date night of it. Chef Peter Merriman is well respected and considered a pioneer in “farm to table” cuisine and is the recipient of many awards for his unique Hawaiian menu. Merriman’s also specializes in weddings and events for a truly spectacular island experience!
Fleetwood’s On Front St. – Lahaina
Fleetwood’s On Front St. is owned by drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. It is an upscale American restaurant with unobstructed views of the Pacific and mountain views. They have an award-winning menu that is sophisticated with an authentic Hawaiian vibe. They also have space for large gatherings, making it a desirable location for your next special event!
Honu Seafood and Pizza – Lahaina
Honu Seafood and Pizza is an oceanfront restaurant in the heart of Lahaina. The word “honu” is Hawaiian for Green Sea Turtle, which the owners Judy and Mark Ellman believe are spiritual creatures that swim in front of the restaurants along the Maui coast. Their menu is full of fresh seafood offerings and delicious artisan pizzas. They use organic, fresh, and healthy ingredients in their food, which shine through in the taste. According to their website, Judy and Mark have built 18 restaurants across Maui in their time, and are respected restaurant owners on the island.
Paʻia Fish Market – Lahaina
Yes, we’re talking about the Paʻia Fish Market AGAIN! They have three locations in Maui, all with rave reviews. Their location in Lahaina is conveniently located on Front St., a popular destination for food, shopping, and water activities. If you find yourself on Front St. craving fresh seafood, check out the Paʻia Fish Market. There is outdoor seating with an inviting atmosphere. The Paʻia Fish Market has been featured in publications like Travel Channel, National Geographic, and more. A must-visit for anyone wanting to experience fresh fish on the island!
Down the Hatch – Lahaina
I walked right past this gem several times until I spotted a framed picture with Guy Fieri outside. When I found out Down the Hatch boasts the longest happy hour on the island, I was SO IN. And let me tell you, I’ve never entertained the idea of becoming a mermaid until I took a bite of their Mermaid Fries. It’s the food of magical creatures. I wish I were Ariel, so King Triton could throw me to land in Lahaina again. Aside from the best fries of my life, we had Crispy Calamari and Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi. Oh yeah, and Lobster and Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese. SO GOOD. They shared the recipe with the Food Network, and I will be making it soon!
Choice Health Bar – Lahaina
There are several locations for the Choice Health Bar, as it’s a popular location for those looking for Hawaiian-grown ingredients, vegan and vegetarian options, and those who are health-conscious in general. They have a menu full of delicious acai bowls, superfood smoothies, juices, salads, soups, and more. Choice Health Bar has been featured in many publications and is the recipient of many awards on the island for great food!
The Gazebo Restaurant at Napili Shores – Lahaina
The Gazebo is a popular spot to eat at the Napali Shores condo complex. Because of this, it’s a bit hidden. Those who have stumbled upon The Gazebo agree that it’s worth waiting in line for the food. The Gazebo is oceanfront and adjacent to Napili Bay. We’ve heard the breakfast portions are plentiful, and a popular menu item seems to be the Mac Nut Pancakes.
808 Grindz – Lahaina
Need a big breakfast to sustain you for a day full of activities? 808 Grindz is the place to go! They have a menu full of authentic Hawaiian loco moco and other local favorites. We were told there’s typically a bit of a wait depending on when you visit because it’s a popular place with locals and tourists alike.
Maui Brewing Company – Lahaina
We already mentioned the South Shore location in Kihei, but there is a secondary Maui Brewing Co. location in Lahaina close to shopping and resorts. Not only does the Maui Brewing Company have a wide selection of craft brews, but they also serve up delicious Hawaiian-inspired comfort food. There is a pizza, burger, or big plate for everyone…even for vegans and gluten-sensitive people (like me)! Until we return to Maui, we’ll probably pick up a Maui Brewing Co. six-pack here in frigid Michigan and think back to warm weather and sunshine (yes, they sell their craft beer in stores!). You can find the closest store to you that carries Maui Brewing Co. beer by clicking here.
Kimo’s Restaurant – Lahaina
Kimo’s is a relaxed seafood restaurant with amazing views of the water. They are well-known for fresh fish and their prime rib and are the home of the Original Hula Pie. Kimo’s has a daily happy hour too, so just another reason to stop by while on Front St. They’ve won countless awards for their food, and are part of a family of restaurants across the island that all have great reviews.
Kula Bistro – Kula
BYOB? Yes, please. This casual Italian eatery in Upcountry Maui is worth the visit if you’re in the area. The Kula Bistro has been featured in Fodor’s and Food Network for their outstanding food. I’ve read amazing things about their large Italian portions, especially the chicken parm!
Do you see your favorite Maui restaurant listed here? We’d love to know your favorite local spots to visit on Maui!