Maui is one of the most visited islands in Hawaii and lives up to its reputation as a premium travel location. Otherwise known as the Valley Isle, Maui is best known for its world-class beaches, impressive Lao Valley, and fantastic snorkeling opportunities. The welcoming atmosphere and incredible sunset views are enough to make anyone fall in love with the island.
While the island offers an array of cuisine and restaurant options, Maui has a big farm-to-table dining scene. Thanks to its raw produce, fresh ingredients, and easy access to local products, Maui produces some of the best and freshest food worldwide.
From early indigenous recipes and modern-day Polynesian dishes with Hawaiian flare to some of the freshest seafood plates and fruity drinks, here are the top 5 best restaurants in Maui to try during your next visit!
We removed 5 additional restaurants after the devastating fire in Lahaina. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Maui.
Hula Grill Kaanapali
Hula Grill Kaanapali is a Hawaiian restaurant sitting beachside on the water’s edge in Kaanapali. It’s the perfect spot to catch a break from the sun, enjoy fresh and rejuvenating drinks and cocktails, enjoy live music, or casually people-watch while enjoying a paradise on earth, Maui. We tasted the authentic flavors of Maui, Hawaii that are loaded into every dish and drink. The atmosphere is friendly and lively a true Hawaiian specialty. Fish tacos, Pupu, and other island favorites are featured on the menu.
2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Kahului, HI
Hali’imaile General Store
Mauis’ first and most well-known farm-to-table restaurant is the Hali’imaile General Store. It sits on a wore out pineapple and sugar cane plantation, giving the establishment an authentic Hawaiian vibe and atmosphere. They specialize in innovative and native fish dishes, caught fresh every day, and an array of vegan and vegetarian options with fresh and locally grown produce. If you are looking for the best farm-to-table experience in Maui, Hali’imaile General Store is hard to beat.
900 Hamliimaile Rd, Makawao, HI
Mama’s Fish House
Mama’s Fish House is a romantic oceanside restaurant that has been serving delicious Hawaiian and seafood dishes for over 40 years. As soon as we walked through the doors, the hospitality was unmatched, and we felt valued and catered to throughout the rest of their evening. We made reservations in advance, as Mamas books out months ahead. We believe it is in high demand thanks to its intimate setting, seaside views, and delicious dishes. Menu favorites include the crispy catch of the day, bouillabaisse paired with a signature cocktail, and house-made ice cream.
Ka’ana Kitchen is located within the Hyatt Wailea Resort. It is one of the best hotel restaurants in all of Maui, Hawaii. The menu features an array of Hawaiian and American-style dishes. Each is cooked with a unique, authentic twist from island native Issac Bancaco. It was the perfect place for us to go for a night of fine dining, mouth-watering meals, or romantic date nights. We enjoyed seeing the ocean during the amazing sunsets. House favorites include the prime striploin and fried chicken coated in mochi.
We enjoyed the atmosphere of the Tin Roof. It is a locally loved favorite in the Kahului sector, blending Hawaiian and Filipino flavors. It’s famous for its customizable and affordable menu and is one of the best places to eat in Maui. It features an array of noodle and stirs fry bowls suited for every craving and desire. Begin with rice or noodles, and then create a personalized dish with traditional sauces, toppings, and suggestions from chef Sheldon Simeon for a mouth-watering explosion.