Best Restaurants in Maui, Hawaii

Updated 11/18/17

Where to eat in Maui, Hawaii! Here are some of the best restaurants on the island, sorted by area!


Kahului (Near airport):

Tinroof Maui


Open Monday - Saturday for lunch only ($)

When landing in Maui, hunger hits. You've been on a plane forever. Pick up your rental car and drive 5 mins to Tinroof! It's not a sit-down service restaurant (no liquor license) but excellent Hawaiian cuisine. 

Per their website: TINROOF is a new generation mom & pop shop, owned by Internationally recognized Chef Sheldon Simeon & his wife, Janice. Raised in Hilo, Hawaii rain is a part of everyday life. Farmers markets keep buzzing, errands roll along, and garage kani ka pila never ends.

I loved their steak bowl - chopped flat iron steak wok fried with garlic & scallion bottoms & topped off with ginger scallion pesto, served over rice & with a side of our daily banchan. Josh ordered the Sheldon Stay Hungry Special with pork belly and garlic noodles. It was the perfect quick meal after our long flight. 

NORTH SHORE (Lahaina/Kaanapali):

Monkeypod Kitchen

Wailea: 10 Wailea Gateway Place B-201, Kihei, HI 96753

Kaanapali: 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Bldg I-1, Lahaina, HI 96761

See our full review: Best Restaurant in Maui: Monkeypod Kitchen

Located in Wailea, and NOW in Whalers Village, Kanappali! The perfect spot for drinks and dinner ($$$). Get a Monkeypod Mai Tai with their fabulous honeyfoam! Loved the Bulgogi Pork Tacos - handcrafted kimchee, jalapeño, asian pear, sriracha aioli, locally-made corn tortilla. Jalapeño mashed potatoes ARE A MUST.

Dessert is a must here, we loved the rich Chocolate Cream Pie but they have other cream pies such as Banana available as well.

Make a reservation in advance, we used Opentable.

Hula Grill/Barefoot Bar 

Whalers Village, 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761

Located in Whalers Village with outstanding ocean views, these two restaurants are not only owned by the same company, they are connected to each other. 

Hula Grill is a little more pricey ($$$) with delicious traditional Hawaiian entrees including many fish dishes (crab, snapper, shrimp) and land dishes (chicken, steak, short rib, emu).

Barefoot bar is more casual ($$) serving burgers, fish and chips, pizza. The fun part about the bar, your feet are in the sand. Usually, they have live music and entertainment. 

Regardless of which restaurant you try, I love their Mai Tai's which are served in tiki glasses topped with the umbrella! Also, you MUST try the Hula pie! It’s vanilla or macadamia nut ice cream with an Oreo crumble pie crust, with whipped cream and fudge on top (served at both restaurants)! Also, they are walking distance from the Kaanapali hotels! 


Merriman's Kapalua

1 Bay Club Pl, Lahaina, HI 96761

The perfect spot for sunset drinks and dinner. Higher end restaurant ($$$$) right on the water overlooking Kapalua Bay. Their cocktails are superb, made with fresh ingredients. The farm to table menu has a variety of fish and savory steak. Make a reservation a month in advance to get in around sunset (you can google "sunset in Maui" and it will come up). It's about a 15 min drive from the Kaanapali resorts.



Maui Brewing Company

4405 Honoapiilani Highway #217, Lahaina, Maui, HI. 96761

Great for a beer (variety of selections on tap) and appetizers/burgers/sandwiches ($$). Try the maui onion dip, you won't be disappointed! 

One thing to note, the restaurant is a 10 minute drive from the Kaanapali resorts, but the actual brewing company is near the airport. 

Maui Brew Company - Wandering Jokas Travel Blog

Aloha Mixed Plate 

1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

One of the more authentic restaurants on the island that serves traditional Hawaiian food ($$) in big portions. I'm not a fish person but I hear its second to none! Their drinks are average, but the view is gorgeous. 

One of my favorite things to order it the beach side mixed plate (shoyu chicken, teriyaki beef and grilled kalbi ribs). COME HUNGRY! 


Lahaina Coolers

180 Dickenson St #107, Lahaina, HI 96761

Amazing spot for breakfast ($$)! No wait on a Saturday morning at 8:30a! Sat on the patio and had great service right away! I indulged the Local Benedict (served over Hawaiian sweet bread with kalua pig) and did not leave hungry. Josh ordered the breakfast sandwich, which was good, but not as good as the benedict. Their potatoes are a perfect mix between french fries and tater tots! Also, try their homemade hot sauce, but caution, it’s hot if you overload!

Gazebo Restaurant

Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger, 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

Great breakfast spot ($$), however, it’s always crowded. Try and get there 30 mins before they open to beat the line. We waited for about an hour after arriving a tad after 7:30a, but saw the most amazing rainbow while waiting (pictured below).

The macadamia nut pancake combo with pineapple and banana pancakes made the wait worth it! Their coffee was fresh and strong, definitely order the POG juice (pineapple, orange, guava).

It's about a 15 minute drive from Kaanapali resorts. 

Rainbows in Maui - Wandering Jokas Travel Blog

Paia / Road to Hana

Mama’s Fish House  

799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779

Great for dinner and drinks ($$$) on the North Shore. We went here on our way back from the road to Hana adventure.

I'm not a fish person particularly, but I did try some and it was the best fish I’ve ever had. I enjoyed  their short rib and a couple of Mai Tai's (love that it's served in a tiki glass)!

Make a reservation in advance, we used Opentable. Parking is valet only. 

Mama's Fish House - Maui Wandering Jokas Travel Blog


Grandma’s Coffee 

9232 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Perfect place for coffee and breakfast if you're attempting the back way to Hana. Fresh coffees, espresso drinks and pastries will leave your tummy happy and full.

From central Maui, head up Haleakala Highway 37 from the Hana Highway. Following Highway 37 traverse Haleakala Crater while enjoying the spectacular upcountry Maui views. Continue on to the picturesque community of Keokea, home of Grandma's Coffee House. Grandma's is a short distance from the Kula botanical Gardens and on the way to Tedeschi Vineyards.


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