Maui, the “Valley Isle” known for its beaches and valleys, should also be known for its outstanding restaurants. The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, this place brings flavors of every style. If you’re a foodie, you can never go wrong with a local pie shop or a steakhouse. In fact, you can never go wrong with any of the restaurants on this list.
Here are 15 of the most delicious Maui restaurants:
Widely known as one of the top restaurants in Maui, Lahaina Grill is an absolute must when visiting the island. Start off your dining experience with ordering a black manhattan, dive into a Kona coffee roasted colorado rack of lamb, and end the night with some peanut butter mousse cake.
You’ll find yourself smitten with this new American cuisine bistro.
Award-winning cuisine inspired by the island’s culture and heritage, Ko Restaurant is an authentically local restaurant on the island of Maui. The menu at Ko consists of items such as; coconut curry soup, lobster tempura, barbeque pork chop, and more.
Over 90% of meat and sea items are also sourced locally, which means you’d be supporting people from the island as well.
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
Dedicated to their craft, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is a favorite amongst all. This establishment has a few different locations: one in Wailea, one in Ka’anapali, and one in Ko Olina. From lobster deviled eggs, fresh island fish, and tasty pies — Monkeypod Kitchen is at the top of everyone’s list. Not only does this restaurant highlight its exquisite food menu, but the service here is top-notch.
So, order a Mai Tai and sit back as you fill your taste buds with treats you won’t forget.
The Pint & Cork
Craft cocktails paired with bites like ahi tacos and kalua pork sliders. The Pint & Cork specializes in craft cocktails using fresh ingredients! You won’t have any problem finding great service at this restaurant, as it consistently is on par with their friendly staff.
The island vibe will inspire you and keep you immersed in Hawaiian history and culture, and the food will melt in your mouth as you eat burger to burger — garlic parmesan fries to pork adobo.
Esters Fair Prospect
Farm-to-table goodness and classic cocktails have found their way in this chic and inspired restaurant and bar in Maui. Esters Fair Prospect offers cocktails like “A Drink Called Wanda” with gin and strawberry and “Mercury In Retrograde” with mezcal and absinthe.
When it comes to eats, there are delightful snacks like ceviche and pulled pork sliders! A wonderful home to many locals and tourists, this is a hot spot around town.
Share a plate at Star Noodle Restaurant in Lahaina! Opened in 2010, this restaurant quickly made its way to the top restaurants in Maui. Right on the water, see why everyone is buzzing about the terrific service and view.
If Vietnamese crepes, hoisin glazed pork belly, and local saimin sound good to you — this is the spot to go and get it. They also have cocktails like sake and Roku gin.
A true love of food and culture, NUKA is a restaurant proudly serving local ingredients to the table. Fun fact, this restaurant also mills their own rice and adds the perfect smoke and flavor. Interested in Asian french fries or hurricane fries with sweet soy, sriracha, and spicy aioli?
What about a trio of “bubbies” mochi ice cream? This restaurant can tend to get pretty busy, so make reservations or get there early! You won’t regret making time for this establishment.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
Traditional favorites and comfort food, these farm-fresh ingredients will leave your tastebuds satisfied. Craving some fresh tuna salad or bacon and egg? What about banana cream pie, chicken pot pie, or pineapple mac nut pie?
All the good comfort foods and desserts at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop will have you in a food coma as you grab another spoon for just one more bite.
Formed from a bond of family, travel, and a love for food — Sale Pepe delivers true authentic Italian food in the heart of Lahaina. The plates at Sale Pepe are made with fresh and local ingredients and are presented in a creative way destined to delight. Try out some Sicilian olives with a hint of rosemary or maybe some risotto with black truffle-infused burrata.
This restaurant stays relatively busy, so it’s often better if you make a reservation in advance in order to get a table.
Taverna is a gathering place for all in Maui and offers delights like spaghetti carbonara and fritto misto. Have a cocktail or two and admire the house-made pasta and wood-fired pizzas as they pass you by.
Revel in spacious patio views and tiki torch goodness as you load up on “Liquid Assets” and “Summer Nights.” An unforgettable ambiance, come to Taverna for the food and stay for the spirit.
Fleetwood’s on Front Street
Owned by musician, Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood’s on Front Street offers three levels of incredible ambiance and views. Expect great service and even better food when you come to this establishment — you won’t regret the wait.
Coconut curry carrot soup and flat iron steak is calling your name at Fleetwood’s, and you need to answer.
Mama’s Fish House
Mama’s Fish House is a staple of Maui with an unbelievable story of sailboats and French Polynesia. Grub on some bouillabaisse and Tristan island lobster tails, then finish off with a Bali Hai cocktail chilled in a martini glass and cookies with Tahitian vanilla ice cream.
A true experience, from the top-notch service to the creative cocktails and high-end plates.
Cafe o Lei at the Mill House
A restaurant that has established itself as a family-owned and family-run business, Cafe o Lei at the Mill House will treat you with surprisingly delightful dishes. Take a sip of “The Tidepool” made with activated charcoal, gin, coconut water, and fresh pineapple on ice.
What’s there to eat? You won’t be able to stay away from medallions of beef tenderloin, miso eggplant, and sauteed mahimahi.
Noodles and plate lunches will be waiting at Sam Sato’s in Maui. Dry noodles, chow fun, yakatori, rice, and more are calling your name at this establishment.
This place is known for its fast and friendly service, with several reviews boasting about the efficiency of the servers and warmth of the restaurant.
A Kilohano Award of the Best of Maui Amazing Chef resides here at Cuatro Restaurant. That award is well deserved with items such as; shrimp mini tacos, spicy tuna nachos, and Asian style seafood stir fry. Bring your own drinks and open up that bottle of wine as you load up on all the tasty food that is made here. The spot to keep returning to, experience great service, and an incredibly unique atmosphere.
Maui has many different flavors across the island, and it is not hard to find a restaurant worth dining at. With a wide range of options, knowing what these top restaurants have to offer might help you narrow down your options. Go ahead and make that reservation, grab your wallet, and head out to one of these delicious eateries.