The upcountry is one of my favorite places to spend time on Maui. It feels like the “real Maui” it’s chock full of farm tours, cowboy towns, sprawling hills, and the most epic views you can imagine. For my list of favorite things to do upcountry read this post. And keep reading for my full list of the best upcountry Maui restaurants:
Kula Bistro: This local spot is located in what passes as Kula “town.” They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner but the real gem here is their dessert case. Stop in and take something to go if you’re not hungry because it’s a shame to miss this spot. If you’re there for dinner, it’s BYOB and the old fashioned general store across the street, Morihara, has beer and wine. This is one of my very favorite spots upcountry.
La Provence: A French bakery that serves a limited menu including crepes and quiche is also nearby. Their patio is very pleasant when the weather is nice (they only have outdoor seating) and you must, must, must try their éclairs (you can get them to go from the bakery inside).
Grandma’s Coffee House: Grandma’s is one of the best breakfast places on the island. Everything on their menu is fantastic but their Belgian waffles are my favorite. They’re open through the afternoon and it’s a great place to stop in for baked goods, desserts, and a cold drink. There’s a funky little art gallery next door and two gas stations/general stores as well (The Ching store and the Fung store).
Haliimaile General Store: This is easily one of my favorite restaurants on Maui and it ranks on any top 10 restaurant list (order the crab pizza to start!) If you’re interested in having dinner at the Haliimaile General Store (and you totally should be!) it’s easily doable on any evening so it doesn’t have to be included on a day spent upcountry. Plan to drive to Haliimaile just for dinner from the resort areas (an easy 25-30 minute drive from Wailea).
Ulupalakua Ranch Store: If you’re out visiting the winery in Ulupalakua, you’ve definitely got to stop in the ranch store across the street. Besides some good souvenir shopping (a lot of things that are made on Maui), they have excellent burgers that they grill up outside on the porch.
Komoda Store & Bakery: Makawao’s big draw is the Komoda Store & Bakery. They’re most famous for their stick donuts. People line up early in the morning to snag donuts and pastries from this Maui institution. Many people make this their breakfast stop after catching the sunrise at Haleakala.
Casanova: One of the most popular restaurants in Makawao, this is a great Italian date night spot. They used to have a deli where you could grab a drink or a pasta plate lunch (it’s seriously a great deal…you get pasta, salad, and bread for like $7) but I haven’t been in a while and I’m not sure if it’s still open.
Humbowl Wagon: Last time I was in Makawao, I stumbled across this absolute GEM in the food truck area (there’s a small lot where several food trucks park in the middle of town). It’s the best acai bowl I’ve had ANYWHERE in Hawaii (and I eat a lot of them). Since she is mobile though, it’s best to check her site if you’re trying to track her down.
Colleen’s at the Cannery: We used to eat at Colleen’s a lot when I lived on Maui. It’s one of those places where everything on the menu looks good.
Farmacy Health Bar: Another acai bowl favorite spot with another location in Wailuku. It’s a healthy spot so if you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just wanting a light lunch, you’ll love this place.
Kojima’s Sushi: Three generations have owned and operated this iconic sushi spot in Makawao.
Nuka: The go to spot for sushi upcountry (some people say it’s the best on the island), if you want quality sushi AND atmosphere. Also my friends may or may not have named their Frenchie from Haiku after this restaurant ; )
Polli’s Mexican Restaurant: I’m not a huge Mexican food fan, but this is arguably the best spot for Mexican food on Maui. It’s small and loud and the margaritas flow freely.
Pukalani Superette: This small grocery store in Pukalani is a local spot if there ever was one. Try their poke or their hot prepared foods (so many local style Hawaiian favorites!).
Morihara Store: A local spot across from the Kula Bistro. This is the perfect spot to try musubi or manapua (two local Hawaiian style snacks that are always best found at gas stations or general stores).
Rodeo General Store: Right in Makawao town, the Rodeo General Store is also a good place to pick up snacks and the like and they also have poke bowls and a few food options.