If you adhere to the wisdom to “eat where the locals eat,” Las Pinatas of Maui (”Pinatas,” to its fans) is for you. With a 25+ year history of serving up massive portions of quick and tasty Mexican food, this fast-casual family-owned restaurant is a Maui institution’s favorite stop for Maui natives and visitors alike.
Located right off Dairy Road and Hana, Las Pinatas boasts a central Kahului location. If you’re looking for a place to eat when you’re headed to or from the airport, put Las Pinatas at the top of the list. Easy parking is yet another reason to add Las Pinatas to your Maui itinerary.
One of the most noteworthy things about Las Pinatas is its laid-back vibe. You order and pick up at the counter, and the food is served on paper plates with plastic utensils. This informal, fuss-free aesthetic is part of its charm. Speaking of charm, Las Pinatas is also known for the dozens of festive pinatas hanging from the ceiling—many Hawaiian-themed and all created by hand on Maui. (You won’t find a Shaka pinata anywhere else!).
While Las Pinatas may be a small place, the portions here are anything but. In addition to tasty food and an ample cerveza selection, the salsa cilantro bar is also a highlight. And the prices here are also reasonable, especially when compared to Maui’s many more expensive offerings.
The service at Las Pinatas is as exceptional as the food. In addition to the friendly staff, there’s a solid selection of vegan and vegetarian options making it ideal for diners with food sensitivities.
A few of our favorite menu favorites included the following:
Everything but Kitchen Sink Burrito
Las Pinatas’ signature burrito, this enormous 12-inch flour tortilla comes loaded with Guacamole, Sour Cream, Beans, Rice, Cheese, Lettuce, and Tomato. Choose from Carne Asada, Pollo Asado, Fish or Shrimp; Shredded Beef or Chicken; Chile Verde or Chorizo (Pork); or Vegetarian/Vegan.
If you’re a fan of crispy, crunchy hard shell tacos, these are “like crack,” according to at least one satisfied customer. The shrimp tacos and shredded beef tacos also earn rave reviews. Depending on your hunger level, order à la carte or go for the combination meal, which is served with beans and rice.
Calling all vegetarians! While Las Pinatas has many vegetarian options, these mouthwatering mushrooms will have you planning your next visit.
The only complaint we have about Las Pinatas? There’s not one on the West Side of the island, too!
-When we say Las Pinatas is popular, we mean it. There can be a wait, so if you’re on a tight timeline, plan accordingly.
-If you’re dining with someone with a peanut allergy, know that Las Pinatas does use peanut oil. (There is a notice advising customers of this.)
-Make sure to check the website for rotating Daily Specials, such as Meatless Mondays, Taco Twosdays, Enchilada Thursdays, Aloha Fajita Fridays, and Kitchen Sink Sundays.