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Best Maui Restaurants: Affordable Island Favorites & Fine Cuisine

Restaurants in Maui

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Best Maui Restaurants: Affordable Island Favorites & Fine Cuisine.  Thanks to a 19th-century influx of global plantation laborers, Maui is blessed with a culinary scene unlike anywhere else in the world. You’re just as likely to find Filipino flavors as you are a burger by the beach, or Pacific Rim medleys of sushi and fish from award-winning, island-based chefs. Try a local hole in the wall for affordable island favorites, or splurge with a plate of fresh island fish that was caught offshore that morning. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Maui’s best bakeries—or simply get some shave ice—and sample a wide range of global cultures whenever you sit down to dine.

The best restaurants in Maui offer an exotic blend of savory dining. With its own farms, sugarcane plantations, and fresh seafood caught daily, the dining scene has impressive range. Mama’s Fish House is synonymous with fine dining, and one of the best places to sample what’s been caught that day from the local waters, while locals head to Gerard’s when it’s fine French cuisine they’re after.

Paia Fish Market is tucked away, occupying half of a building that’s home to a general store. Don’t let the long line 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. There are so many great places to eat in Maui that it’s best to pack your appetite and make meals a big part of your trip.

  • Choice Health Bar

    Small, hidden, and out of the way, this Lahaina enclave is always packed with people who care about their bodies. Vegan soups and acai bowls keep the…

  • Da Kitchen Kahului

    Though not Hawaiian in the traditional sense, the food served at Da Kitchen is a staple for modern-day Hawaiians. Enormous portions of chicken katsu

  • Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante

    With live violin music drifting into the moonlight, the al fresco dining at this beachfront ristorante offers one of Maui’s most romantic settings

  • Flatbread Pizza Company

    Calling all locavores and pizza lovers: The flatbreads served at this Pai’a hot spot use locally sourced ingredients and are arranged in a medley of…

  • Gerard’s

    Fine French cuisine on Maui goes by the name of Gerard’s. This restaurant is the most formal in Lahaina, with a wine list that’s a staple on Wine…

  • Grandma’s Coffee House

    With a 100 year-old roaster in the plantation-style kitchen, coffee trees hanging by the porch, and organic beans the family has harvested since opening…

  • Hali’imaile General Store

    If there were an award for “exceptional Maui restaurant in the unlikeliest of locations,” Hali’imaile General Store would definitely take the cake….

  • Japengo

    The hand-rolled sushi and local beers on tap are enough to draw you in, but it’s the view of the ocean from your table or barstool that will make you…  

  • Lahaina Grill

    From its opening on Valentine’s Day back in 1990, this New American bistro with a European feel has been Lahaina’s most romantic restaurant. Fine china…

  • Leilani’s

    If you’re craving fish tacos on Ka’anapali Beach, look no further than Leilani’s patio at the front of Whalers Village. Arguably Ka’anapali’s most…

  • Leoda’s

    Part bakery, part sandwich shop, and part pure isolation, Leoda’s has become a Maui classic in just a few short years. Leoda’s has burgers, sandwiches,…

  • Mama’s Fish House

    In Maui, “Mama’s” is synonymous with fine dining—and simply mentioning the restaurant’s name may be enough to make your date swoon. Truly an experience…

  • Merriman’s

    If you want to make an impression for dinner, order a bottle of wine by the fire pit and time its arrival for sunset. This Kapalua classic occupies the…

  • Nalu’s

    One of Kihei’s newest restaurant options, Nalu’s was instantly popular from the day it opened. Located in the Azeka Shopping Center in the heart of…

  • Pacific’O

    Set on the south end of Front Street on the beach at 505, Pacific’O is where you go to pair your fish with wine and the sunset. It’s one of Lahaina’s…

  • Paia Fish Market

    If the line out the door isn’t a dead giveaway, then the first bite into an ahi fish burger should be: This restaurant’s menu is full of succulent…

  • Polli’s Mexican Restaurant

    Set right in the heart of historic Makawao at the only intersection in town, Polli’s has been a staple of the Upcountry community since 1980. At this… 

  • Sansei Kapalua

    Ask a local where to get sushi and nearly everyone will tell you Sansei. Legendary for its brand of flavorful hand rolls, the restaurant also has a late…

  • Sea House Restaurant

    With a view looking out towards Napili Bay and one of the island’s best happy hours, the Sea House restaurant is a local favorite for breakfast, happy…

  • Star Noodle

    It’s safe to say the secret is out: Star Noodle is one of Maui’s absolute must-visit restaurants. Given the venue’s explosive success since opening in…  

  • The Gazebo

    What do you get when you combine macadamia nut pancakes with sweeping views of Moloka‘i? One of Maui’s best breakfast spots and a 20-person line out the…

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