If you’re anything like me, your vacations may occasionally (alright, often) revolve around food. There’s nothing wrong with planning your days around your breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots right? Right?? Anyways, if you’re going to be on Maui, here’s everything you need to know about the best restaurants on Maui. I’ll break it down by area as well as throw out some accolades for best this or that. So here are 25 restaurants to try on Maui:
WAILEA & KIHEI
Duo: This steak and seafood restaurant at the Four Seasons is upscale dining at its finest. You’ll get the top notch service that the Four Seasons is known for as well as really good food served up right on the pool deck with epic views of swaying palms and gentle crashing waves. This place wins for the best pool/beachside dining in Wailea.
Bistro Molokini: Located at the Grand Wailea, Bistro Molokini is a good spot to go if you want the experience of dining at one of Wailea’s super luxe beach resorts without shelling out the big bucks. You’ll still want to make a reservation but this place is much more laid back than others. Try the fish and chips. You won’t be disappointed! This place wins for best “budget” resort restaurant.
Monkeypod: This was one of my go to spots when I lived in Maui. They’ve got good happy hour specials and killer mai tais. This spot serves up a “bar menu” of chef Peter Merriman’s creations (you’ll recognize him from his fine dining, establishment, Merriman’s, right on Kapalua Bay. Get dressed up or go casual, anything goes at the Monkeypod. They have great pizzas but I love the kalua pulled pork sandwich and previously mentioned mai tais. If you sit on the side patio, you’ll have a distant ocean view. This place wins for best food in Wailea.
Coconut’s: Coconut’s usually wins all of the “best fish tacos in Maui” award. They’re super yummy and very unique. The restaurant is very low key. You order at the counter and seating is community style. My favorite part about Coconut’s is that Wow Wow Lemonade is right next-door. Grab a handmade lemonade (made with local ingredients) before you head into Coconut’s. This place wins for best fish tacos in Kihei.
Kihei Café: This is my favorite spot for breakfast on the beach. It’s a total dive but the food is GREAT and you can’t beat the location. Go early or be prepared to wait in line. The pancakes are amazing and you can get them with a variety of toppings. This place wins for best breakfast on the beach.
Café O’Lei: Conveniently located in Kihei, Café O’Lei is a casual place with great seafood. It has a nice vibe inside, it’s right across from the beach, and they have a raw bar on weekend nights. This spot is popular with locals and tourists alike. This place wins for best seafood in Kihei.
Sansei Seafood: Sansei seafood is the go to place for sushi in Kihei (there’s also a location in Kapalua). It has a laid back vibe and it’s right across from Kalama beach park. This place wins for best sushi in Kihei.