GREAT GRINDS ON MAUI

Many culinary explorations await you on Maui, as the island is covered with restaurants and cafes with unique dishes designed to excite and delight your taste buds. The island attracts gifted chefs from all over the world who are always creating delicious new options with the freshest ingredients and resources Maui has to offer.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites.

Best Food Trucks

Food trucks are one of our favorite ways to dine on Maui.

They’re affordable, convenient, and a great way to try local cuisine while supporting small businesses. Remember that while most food trucks usually stick to one location, they are a restaurant on wheels so it’s never a guarantee that they’ll be in the same place every day. Here are some of our top picks for food truck dining around Maui:

Horhitos Taqueria

Horhitos is located in Kihei across from Kalama Park. They're known for super low prices and convenient late hours. The favorites are their shrimp tacos and a refreshing beverage called a mangonada. Because of their central location and low pricing they...

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Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Teddy's food truck is located in Kihei in a food truck pod behind the Azeka Shopping Center. Their burgers are truly outstanding, and even though their food truck is relatively new on the road, they are already staying busy. Their fries are very good as...

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Ae’s Thai Kitchen

With limited eating options in Hana, this food truck is a life saver. Their dishes average about $15 each which is a little pricy compared to others, but the portions are large and as far as Thai food is concerned, they stay fairly authentic. They have an extensive...

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Geste Shrimp Truck

This truck is highly rated mostly because of their delicious shrimp dishes. They have moderate prices that are definitely fair for the large portions you receive. They are located on Kahului Beach Rd, but their days and hours are fluid so call ahead if you...

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Dino’s Gourmet

This truck is best known for its ono fish sandwich, garlic fries, and the chef/owner, Dino. He's a very hospitable and seems to make an impression with nearly every person he serves. Prices are decent and quality of food is generally great, with a pretty...

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Like Poke?

Poke has become somewhat of a national craze the last couple of years, but you won't experience real poke until you've tried it in Hawaii. As their name suggests, this food truck is known for their poke, and also their delicious furikake fries. If you've...

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Thai Mee Up

Thai Mee Up serves authentic Thai food in the food truck parking lot near the Kahului airport across from Costco. Their most popular dish is the Pad Thai Noodles and their curries are also quite good. If you’re more into comfort food, they also have fried...

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Mediterranean Grill

You can find this food truck in the Haiku Marketplace parking lot across from Haiku Grocery. They’ve been voted the #1 truck on Maui and their food definitely fits the bill. They serve Mediterranean dishes in the form of either plates or sandwiches, and...

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Jawz Taco

Typically found near Big Beach in Makena in the first entrance parking lot, Jawz Tacos has a variety of Mexican food options. Their fish tacos are among the most popular choice, and you get a good quantity of food for a great price. Reviews...

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Best Casual Dining

There are too many amazing restaurants on the island to even begin to name them all, but some stand out above the rest. Here are a few of our favorite casual dining options

 

Paia Fish Market

Fresh fish is their specialty! Try some of the freshest seafood on Maui without breaking the bank. Paia Fish Market has been running for 26 years, and with three locations on Maui, business is booming! They are locally owned and run, and pride themselves on serving...

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Roasted Chiles

This small Mexican restaurant is lesser-known and one of the most underrated eateries on Maui. They are located in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei, open for lunch and dinner, and their food is truly outstanding. Although they are among one of the more...

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Fleetwood’s on Front St.

Owned by Mick Fleetwood himself, this casual-upscale dining option lies smack dab in the middle of Front Street in Lahaina. Its most attractive features include the ocean views from its rooftop and a stage and dance floor. Their menu consists of exquisite...

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Monkeypod Kitchen

Sea House is located at the northern end of Napili Bay within the Napili Bay Resort. They serve Pacific-Rim cuisine and have arguably one of the best happy hours on the island. Regardless of the killer drink and food specials, their location is stunning...

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Sea House Restaurant

Sea House is located at the northern end of Napili Bay within the Napili Bay Resort. They serve Pacific-Rim cuisine and have arguably one of the best happy hours on the island. Regardless of the killer drink and food specials, their location is stunning...

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Café O Lei

This small Mediterranean-Indian restaurant is nestled into a string of shops and restaurants along Baldwin Ave in Paia. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with cozy outdoor seating, occasional live music and overall relaxing energy. Their menu...

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Café des Amis

This small Mediterranean-Indian restaurant is nestled into a string of shops and restaurants along Baldwin Ave in Paia. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with cozy outdoor seating, occasional live music and overall relaxing energy. Their menu...

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Sansei

This Japanese restaurant has two locations: one in Kihei off of S. Kihei Rd. next to Foodland, and another in Kapalua on the west side of Maui. Their food is amazing and extremely popular. Because of their popular happy hour deals, they run on a...

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Maui Brewing Co.

With two locations on Maui, one in Lahaina and Kihei, Maui Brewing Company serves a selection of American fare made with all locally sourced ingredients. From craft pizzas to sandwiches and ahi poke tacos, there is something for everyone on their menu....

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Sea House Resaurant

Sea House is located at the northern end of Napili Bay within the Napili Bay Resort. They serve Pacific-Rim cuisine and have arguably one of the best happy hours on the island. Regardless of the killer drink and food specials, their location is stunning with outside seating for oceanfront views. Their happy hour is popular so it can sometimes be hard to find available spots outside, but their bar serves the full menu and is roomy enough to comfortably enjoy a meal and drinks. Some of the favorite happy hour options are their poke nachos, panko crusted crab cakes and tenderloin bruschetta. Wash it down with a colorful blue Hawaii and try to spot some turtles while you visit!

Monkeypod Kitchen Wailea

Monkey Pod Kitchen Kaanapali

Fleetwood's on Front St.

Owned by Mick Fleetwood himself, this casual-upscale dining option lies smack dab in the middle of Front Street in Lahaina. Its most attractive features include the ocean views from its rooftop and a stage and dance floor. Their menu consists of exquisite American dishes, an extensive wine list and creative cocktails. Fleetwood’s is one of the most expensive of the restaurants we’ve mentioned thus far, but the dishes are amazing and the setting is one of the best you can find in west Maui. They have live music and also a very special sunset ceremony each night, with alternating nights featuring an authentic Hawaiian kumu and a Scottish bagpiper. The venue is usually packed on weekends but is definitely worth paying a visit.

Casanova's Italian Restaurant & Deli

This Italian restaurant is located upcountry in the cowboy town of Makawao. They also have a second location called Bistro Casanova in Kahului off of Kahului Beach Rd. While the Kahului location tends to have more reliable service, the Makawao venue has a stage and dance floor, and has lively nighttime entertainment three days a week, the most popular being Ladies’ Night which occurs every Wednesday. Their menu prices are somewhat overpriced, but their pizzas and signature Italian dishes are very good. The deli attached to the Makawao restaurant also serves some tasty sandwiches, salads and coffee drinks. They are open for lunch on select days, and open for dinner every night of the week. They have with a reasonable happy hour offering discounted drink specials.

Roasted Chiles

This small Mexican restaurant is lesser-known and one of the most underrated eateries on Maui. They are located in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei, open for lunch and dinner, and their food is truly outstanding. Although they are among one of the more expensive casual restaurants, you will forget all about the prices once you’ve had your first bite. Some of their best dishes include the mole chicken and langostino enchiladas. Their bar is equipped with nearly 40 types of tequila and they make a mean jalapeno margarita. The staff is friendly and always provides excellent service. Roasted Chiles is the place to check out if you’re on the south side and have a hankering for authentic Mexican food.

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Paia Fish Market

Paia Fish Market now has three locations, one in Lahaina, one in Kihei, and the original located at the corner of Balwin Ave & Hana Highway in Paia town. They are almost always busy, but the lines usually move quickly and the wait will be worth what they have to offer. They have a wide selection of options, from pasta to salads to sandwiches. They are best known for their delicious fish sandwiches. Prices are reasonable and the food is very good.

Maui Brewing Co. Kihei

Maui Brewing Company serves a selection of American fare made with all locally sourced ingredients. From craft pizzas to sandwiches and ahi poke tacos, there is something for everyone on their menu. They are moderately priced with decent portions, but the best thing about Maui Brewing Co. is the atmosphere. Their newly opened restaurant in Kihei is spacious and inviting, with both indoor and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner. They’re best known for their craft beer selection that is brewed on-site and they offer reasonably priced flights, perfect for trying out a few. The buzz of excitement in the air and good vibes emanating throughout the establishment make it a great place for happy hour after a long day.

Maui Brew Co. Lahaina

Maui Brewing Company serves a selection of American fare made with all locally sourced ingredients. From craft pizzas to sandwiches and ahi poke tacos, there is something for everyone on their menu. They are moderately priced with decent portions, but the best thing about Maui Brewing Co. is the atmosphere. Their newly opened restaurant in Kihei is spacious and inviting, with both indoor and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner. They’re best known for their craft beer selection that is brewed on-site and they offer reasonably priced flights, perfect for trying out a few. The buzz of excitement in the air and good vibes emanating throughout the establishment make it a great place for happy hour after a long day.

Sansei

This Japanese restaurant has two locations: one in Kihei off of S. Kihei Rd. next to Foodland, and another in Kapalua on the west side of Maui. Their food is amazing and extremely popular. Because of their popular happy hour deals, they run on a first-come-first-served basis so there is often a line of eager customers waiting for their doors to open each night. Their only downfall is that they are almost always busy, and with limited reservations available it can sometimes be hard to get a table without a long wait. Sansei serves sushi and seafood, with some of their best (and award-winning) dishes being a panko crusted ahi sashimi and shrimp dynamite. Their normal menu prices are high, but if you can squeeze in for their early or late happy hours, you’ll enjoy an awesome half-off discount! Sansei in Kihei also hosts karaoke on weekend nights, which you’re likely to catch if you hit their late-night dining.

Café Des Amis

This small Mediterranean-Indian restaurant is nestled into a string of shops and restaurants along Baldwin Ave in Paia. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with cozy outdoor seating, occasional live music and overall relaxing energy. Their menu features gourmet sweet and savory crepes, curries and salads. They are decently priced and the food is very good. The service here can oftentimes be a bit slow and it’s sometimes hard to find seating outside, which is the preferred option for most. However, the overall experience is usually pleasant and the cute cafe is a definitely a hidden gem of Paia town.

Café O Lei - Kihei

Café O Lei has two locations, one in Kihei on S. Kihei Rd and another at the Dunes at Maui Lani in the central valley. They have an extensive menu and ample seating at both locations. The Dunes location is especially picturesque, with a lovely view of the beautiful West Maui Mountains. Prices are affordable and the variety of dishes is pretty impressive. They have lunch specials each day that come at a great value but they often sell-out, so we recommend early lunch reservations. However, even their normal menu prices are pretty outstanding for the quality of food. The Kihei location is a great option if you have a large group, as they have private rooms that can accommodate bigger parties. This location also features an atmospheric cocktail and sushi bar.

Fine Dining

With Maui being one of the world’s top travel destinations, its culinary aspects have a high standard to live up to. Luckily, our island is home to some of the most creative, talented and forward-thinking chefs alive. They are constantly trying new and innovative techniques with their dishes, utilizing Maui’s abundance of fresh exotic fish and locally grown ingredients. The result is a collection of five-star fine dining establishments that locals and visitors alike have the privilege of enjoying. Here are some of the highest award-winning, best of the best on Maui. (It goes without saying that their food is priced to match the hype!)

 

Sarento’s On the Beach

This breakfast and Italian Oceanside eatery is an open-air, white-tablecloth spot for pastas, wine, tiki torches & views. 2980 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753 Website...

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Morimoto Maui

Morimoto Maui is a stylish sushi and Japanese cuisine fine dining venue located within the Andaz resort in Wailea on the south shore. They serve some of the best sushi on-island at a beautiful beachfront setting with 180-degree ocean vista views. This is...

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Merriman’s Maui

Merriman's Maui is located on the oceanfront overlooking Kapalua bay within Kapalua Resort. Their menu features farm-to-table Hawaii regional cuisine with the unique stylings of respected Chef Peter Merriman. The venue has live music daily, and is well...

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Mill House

The Millhouse is an innovative fine dining venue established only in the last couple of years that has quickly gained esteem across the island. They serve sophisticated, New American dishes and are fiercely loyal to using only locally grown ingredients. A...

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Mama’s Fish House

Mama's Fish House has been the #1 pick for fine dining on Maui for years on end. It is a world-renowned, five-star venue that serves fresh fish caught daily and is popular for not only its delicious, impeccable food, but its picture-perfect location. Set...

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Hali‘imaile General Store

Hali‘imaile General Store is the original and most acclaimed restaurant of chef Bev Gannon, and serves eclectic American food with Asian overtones, capturing the essence of modern food in Hawaii. Located on Hali'imaile Rd. on the outskirts of Haiku and...

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Hali'imailie General Store

Hali‘imaile General Store is the original and most acclaimed restaurant of chef Bev Gannon, and serves eclectic American food with Asian overtones, capturing the essence of modern food in Hawaii. Located on Hali’imaile Rd. on the outskirts of Haiku and Makawao, its name tends to be misleading. This is a five-star venue, with some of the finest food and service you can find, and a lot of people tend to mistake its “general store” title for it being, well, a general store. It is quite the contrary – its menu highlights island-inspired cuisine, with perfectly prepared fish & meat entrées and deliciously inventive appetizers, served in a charming pineapple plantation-style setting. There is a gravel parking lot and also street or grass parking nearby. Their entrée prices range from $35-$55, which is typical of most fine-dining venues on-island. They have a small dessert menu, but every one of the dessert options are outstanding! They even have a kid’s menu available. The only area in which “the store” might be lacking is its bar, which has only a specialty cocktail menu and a handful of wines to choose from by the glass. Otherwise, Hali’imaile General Store is a fantastic fine dining option. They are open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11a-2:30p, and dinner each night from 5p-9p. Reservations are encouraged for dinnertime dining.

Mama's Fish House

Mama’s Fish House has been the #1 pick for fine dining on Maui for years on end. It is a world-renowned, five-star venue that serves fresh fish caught daily and is popular for not only its delicious, impeccable food, but its picture-perfect location. Set literally beachfront at “Mama’s Beach,” in Kuau right past Paia town, the atmosphere is epitomal of romantic Hawaii. This is probably the most expensive restaurant to eat at on Maui. Because of its fame, Mama’s Fish House is held to very high standards that the staff maintain at great lengths with every service. Mama’s is known for their hospitality and making every guest feel welcome and special, and their attention to detail makes it the destination for celebrating special occasions. Mama’s is almost always booked solid. Particularly during the festive or holiday season, their reservations will be booked out by months or even up to a full year in advance. They accept walk-ins, but if you go at sunset (peak time) you could be waiting for over an hour to be seated. Reservations are very strongly recommended, especially if you are celebrating something special. If you do choose to go as a walk-in, try to go in the mid-afternoon. One huge downfall about dining at Mama’s is that the traffic through Paia can be absolutely terrible. The line of cars from the restaurant can sometimes stretch as far as a few miles, all the way to Baldwin Beach. If you have dinner reservations and are traveling from Wailea, or Ka’anapali especially, allow at least two hours of travel time. Alternatively, try to arrive in Paia town earlier on in the day and hang out in the area until your reservation.

The Mill House

The Millhouse is an innovative fine dining venue established only in the last couple of years that has quickly gained esteem across the island. They serve sophisticated, New American dishes and are fiercely loyal to using only locally grown ingredients. A notable trait of Millhouse is its cocktail menu – they use juices from fresh fruits that are pressed on-site daily, creating delightfully refreshing beverages that don’t have the same artificial and overly sweet tastes you’ll find at most other venues. They even use fresh-pressed sugarcane juice as a sweetener. The Millhouse’s most popular and exclusive opportunity lies at their Chef’s Table on weekend evenings. This 9-course deluxe culinary adventure invites you to explore modern tastes of the island’s organically grown produce and proteins. The Chef’s Table has quickly climbed to be a top attraction for Maui’s culinary scene. The Millhouse is located at the Maui Tropical Plantation with the West Maui Mountains serving as an absolutely gorgeous backdrop. Again, expect to pay top dollar for your experience here.

Merriman's Maui

Merriman’s Maui is located on the oceanfront overlooking Kapalua bay within Kapalua Resort. Their menu features farm-to-table Hawaii regional cuisine with the unique stylings of respected Chef Peter Merriman. The venue has live music daily, and is well known for their open-air Point Lounge, the ideal place to enjoy their elegant dishes. Menu items include Hawaii signature ingredients like Kalua pork, ahi poke and of course, the freshest fish the island has to offer. Entrées average $42-$68, and one of Merriman’s downfalls is their dessert menu which is very limited. Like many restaurants today, however, they accommodate well for guests with dietary restrictions by offering gluten-free and vegan menu options

Morimoto Maui

Morimoto Maui is a stylish sushi and Japanese cuisine fine dining venue located within the Andaz resort in Wailea on the south shore. They serve some of the best sushi on-island at a beautiful beachfront setting with 180-degree ocean vista views. This is another fine-dining option on Maui where you can expect to spend more than a few pretty pennies, and is a destination for special occasions. It’s a very romantic setting, ideally at sunset, and is perfect for honeymooners or couples. It’s decorated by stunning white oak and green granite, and its outdoor cocktail bar is a sleek lounge area accompanied by a gorgeous dynamic reflection pool. It’s known for its tasty and remarkably fresh seafood,

Sarento's On the Beach

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