The islands of Hawaii are more than just a paradise filled with adventures and tropical experiences. It’s also home to some of the most amazing cuisines, having a fusion of Hawaiian, Polynesian, American, and Asian flavors. And on the island of Maui, you will find a large selection of restaurants serving some exclusive gastronomic delights that every foodie will want to taste. To get you started on a fun-filled foodventure, check out 9 of the best restaurants that you can visit on the island of Maui.
Considered as one of the best fine dining restaurants in the US, Mama’s Fish House continues to offer lovely Polynesian flavors to its guests. Known to serve only the freshest of fish every day, Mama’s has paired up with local fishermen and farmers to make sure that every course is made using fresh and great tasting ingredients. Mama’s Fish House is located right on the beach at North Shore, giving its diners the best of both worlds: great food and amazing beachside ambiance.
For 26 years in a row, Lahaina Grill has been awarded as the best restaurant in Maui. This contemporary bistro in the town of Lahaina boasts soft tones for its décor, coupled with big, bountiful paintings by Maui’s premier colorist, Jan Kasprzycki. In this lovely setting, you can enjoy a large selection of mouth-watering dishes that are fresh and all-natural. Be it poultry, pork, lamb, fish, or vegetables, Lahaina Grill offers it all.
If you are craving for some local and homemade comfort food for lunch, look no further. The Tin Roof in Kahului is the place to visit for some of the best lunch meals available at reasonable prices. Their fresh, modern take on Hawaiian classics is sought after by tourists and locals alike. This takeout counter offers food that is above and beyond the regular fare, served in generous portions.
Want to try some locally sourced New American cuisine during your island vacation? Then you should visit The Mill House. Set at the heart of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, this picturesque restaurant offers its guests an innovative approach to dishes prepared using fresh and local ingredients. If you make a reservation here, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the fashion and apparel of our local Maui County vendors! Dress up your outfit with Hawaii jewelry, bags and accessories or splurge and get yourself some new clothing for the occasion.
The Mill House has three dining areas, each with different ambiance: the Sugar Room, which has vaulted ceilings and farm tables looking out to the Haleakalā volcano; the Plantation Room that’s inspired by the farmlands; and the Gear Bar + Lounge, which is a casual and lively indoor space. You can also try the Maui Chef’s Table, a unique and interactive dining experience that features a multi-course menu of dishes inspired by our chefs’ personal stories and told through Maui’s seasonal ingredients. Maui Chef’s Table must be booked in advance.
Nalu’s is a bar and eatery that serves healthy and locally sourced recipes, with live music and nightly specials on the side. Located in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei, Nalu’s South Shore Grill embraces all things Hawaiian, whether it’s the dishes they serve, the decor in their restaurant, or the music played for their guests.
This family restaurant with a casual setting is located on the slopes of Haleakala. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving homestyle food with an Italian flair. Their menu includes classic entrees, pizzas, pasta, paninis, homemade desserts, pastries, and more. The restaurant boasts a lovely atmosphere, wherein they get to offer their guests’ finely crafted food in an affordable, comfortable venue. Guests can also bring their own alcoholic beverage, without any corkage fee.
Want sushi and seafood? Visit Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar! Known for their highly imaginative creations, the sushi chefs of Sansei serve a variety of mouth-watering fresh food such as their signature Panko Crusted Ahi Roll and the famous Kapalua Butterfly Roll. Their multi-award winning Asian Shrimp Cake with Ginger Lime Butter and Cilantro Pesto is also exceptional. With a lively venue and their contemporary sushi and new wave Asian inspired dishes, you are sure to have a great time dining at Sansei.
This casual eatery in an open-air courtyard patio serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals that are sure to satisfy your cravings for seafood. Featuring locally sourced fresh fish, Down The Hatch offers a variety of seafood-centered dishes, including their Fish n’ Chips, Mahi Mahi Tacos, and Ahi dishes. They also offer handcrafted cocktails and local beers and host the Longest Happy Hour on Maui, which runs from 2 pm to 6 pm.
For some award-winning, health-conscious food, Coconut’s is the place to go. Their famous Fish Tacos will be enough to keep you coming back for more. This family-friendly restaurant serves exceptional food on custom surfboard tables in a simple yet Maui-inspired decor, with even the music reminding you of the island. In Coconut’s it’s all about Aloha, Ohana, and Ono!
Whether you want to go for casual or would like to try something more upscale, Maui has the restaurant for you. The island is home to a wide selection of restaurants, and one of these will surely provide you with what you have been craving for. So if you are ready to fill up, check out one of these restaurants and enjoy the freshness and goodness of Maui-made dishes. And if you want to bring those local flavors into your home and living space, local foodies and Hawaiian artisans have a variety of food and beverages where you can elevate your day to day meals!