The Best places to eat in Maui now

After having some fun adventures exploring around Maui or having a cool beach day on the island, I’m sure any hungry mind will be thinking about what good food to eat around the island. So, I’ve asked a few travel writers and bloggers to help me out and suggest some of their favorite spots to eat some delicious Maui local foods that are a must for any visitor. Check out the best places to visit and eat in Maui below now.

Try the Ka Haku Smoke Shake

Try the Ka Haku Smoke Shake

If you’re looking for a change from the fancier Maui restaurants, the Hana highway is the place to be. It meanders through the most authentic part of the island, home to lush tropical foliage, fern-covered hills and mesmerizing waterfalls. A similar purity can be in the food. Several quaint food shacks dot the Road to Hana but only one is renowned for its perfectly barbecued meat and that’s the Ka Haku Smoke Shack.

This street-food-hotspot is located near mile marker 10, half a mile before the Garden of Eden. No frills, just a mouthwatering meal served on a biodegradable banana-leaves lined bamboo stalk. The meat of the day – pork ribs, pork belly and/or chicken – is roasted to perfection over an open wood fire. This tender and juice hero of the dish is served with coconut rice, grilled banana and a fern-onion-tomato salad. A flavor-packed plate is priced at $20 and is plenty for two. Just remember to bring cash and napkins. Seating is limited and consists of pallets or logs. This barbecue shack may be located a bit further away from the popular resorts that make this family-friendly Hawaiian islanso well-loved but it’s an essential stop if you plan on driving the Road to Hana.

Sarah with Cosmopoliclan.com

Fleetwood's on Front Street

Fleetwood’s on Front Street 

Fleetwood’s on Front Street is not only one of the best restaurants in Lahaina but it’s one of the best restaurants on Maui.   Located on Maui’s West Coast, Lahaina is a historic, surf town perched on the water’s edge.  

Fleetwood’s is a destination restaurant known for its hand-crafted cocktails, superior cuisine, live music and the views as it has the only rooftop bar in town.  If that wasn’t enough, the restaurant is owned by the legend himself, Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac.  And yes, Mick is known to pop in for some impromptu concerts.  

Fleetwood's on Front Street

The best time to dine is at sunset on the rooftop as you’re greeted with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains.  At 5:45 there is a nightly sunset ceremony where a Scottish piper or Kumu (Hawaiian for teacher) comes in, talks story and lights the tiki torches.  

Reservations open up 30 days in advance and fill up fast so a bit of preplanning is required if you want to dine at Fleetwoods.  Must try items include the Lahaina burger, lobster tacos and everyone’s favorite off-menu item, the ultimate surf n turf. 

Jess from I’m Jess Traveling 

The Fish Market Maui

The Fish Market Maui

A local small fish market in Lahaina that serves delicious catch of the day from local fishermen that bring in their fresh fish and serve up the best tasting fish dishes for lunch or dinner. At The Fish Market Maui, you can order from the fish market some of their local fish like Ahi, Ono, Mahi and delicious Opakapaka and try some of the fresh poke, fish salads and other fish inspired dishes. There’s a hot food and cold food side to order from and you can order dishes online for quick take out food.

Delicious food to try include their ahi tuna sashimi plate, fish and chips, local burrito style with shrimp or Kalua pork, poke or baja style fish tacos. Everything is fresh and so good to eat on the spot.

Noel with Travel Photo Discovery 

Gazebo

Gazebo Restaurant

Located in the Napili area and known for its amazing and generous breakfast, brunch and lunch venue, Gazebo is the local favorite spot. Tourist and locals alike love it for the amazing and tasty breakfast food, great views and service. Of course everyone’s favorite pancake place to eat along with any time of the day to have breakfast food to local food favorites on the menu.

Things to try here include their macadamia pancakes or their combo pineapple and banana pancake, Big Kahuna omelete, Portuguese sausage, French toast – really almost everything on their menu you should try.

Leilani’s on the Beach at Kaanapali

Leilani’s on the Beach at Kaanapali

If you’re looking for the best island in Hawaii, Maui will win you over due to all the delicious food! One of the best places to eat in all of Maui is Leilani’s on the Beach.

Located right in the heart of Kaanapali Beach is an ocean-front restaurant with the island’s best fish tacos. To sit on the patio, listening to the ocean waves and dining on delicious fish tacos is the best combination for a great vacation!

Of course, Leilani’s has a full menu of delicious foods. From island favorites like calamari strips and an ahi poke bowl to salads, burgers and even filet mignon, you can’t go wrong at Leilani’s. 

But perhaps one of the most notable things about this delicious restaurant is the dessert. While in Maui, you absolutely must try Kimo’s Original Hula Pie. It’s a delicious mix between pie and ice cream, the chocolate cookie crust invites you in while the toasted mac nuts and hot fudge top it off. 

Oh, and get there early if you want to grab a seat with a sunset view – it fills up fast and there’s almost always a wait at Leilani’s on the Beach!

Recommended by Nikki of She Saves She Travels

Leilani’s on the Beach at Kaanapali

Mama’s Fish House

An iconic fish and seafood restaurant located just outside of Paia on a gorgeous beach area, Mama’s Fish House is very popular with visitors offering fresh caught fish and source seafood with inventive flare, delicious food and a luxury setting. Colorful food preparations, great drinks and over the top desserts make this one of the most sought after restaurants to visit in Maui.

If you want to splurge on a good experience while visiting the central area or on your way to Hana, make sure to book a reservation here. The place is always booked way in advanced so be prepared so you can dine at this wonderful venue.

Mama's Fish House

Best Shave Ice on the island at Ululani’s

Ever local on the island will tell you that the best shave ice location on the island to try out is Ululani’s Shave Ice located both in Kihei and Lahaina area. Ululani’s makes their own juices, uses 100% pure cane sugar, the best fruit extracts and they come in some irresistible flavor combinations that you should try if you’re not to familiar with eating shave ice. The shave ice always starts with gourmet Maui made ice cream on the bottom, extra fine shave ice and then topped with their local favorite juices and other toppings you can choose from.

If you haven’t experienced shave ice on the islands then head for Ulualani’s shave ice for a piece of eating perfection and extra fine shave ice to die for.

Noel at Visit California and Beyond

Best Shave Ice on the island at Ululani’s

Coconut’s Fish Cafe

Located in Kihei, this restaurant is a local favorite spot is casual and serves a variety of fresh seafood dishes. Popular favorite dishes to try here includes: Ahi poke, chowder and coconut shrimp for appetizers and for entrees try their fish tacos, mahi mahi, fish and chips and many other delicious dishes on their menu.

Coconut’s Fish Cafe is service is friendly fast and they also serve some delicious local style food to try on their menu and it won’t disappoint when you try them.

Noel with Oahu Travel Now

Coconut's Fish Cafe in Kihei

Lahaina Grill

Lahaina Grill

A visit Lahaina Grill is a must for delicious Maui Island food experiences with the flavorful food. They use the freshest ingredients from local farms and producers and the food is distinctive  and well blended. Always voted as a top restaurant to eat from Help, TripAdvisor and Maui Magazine and Honolulu Magazine, the food really shines here.

Try their specials like Monkchong in risotto, Ossobuco, Wagyu beef ravioli, boneless short rib, Mahi mahi and some of their delicious craft cocktails to match. This is fine dining at its best in Lahaina. This is a fine dining establishment in Lahaina and done so well that you will love your experience here.

Delicious food presentations at Lahaina grill

Merrimans - Maui at Kapalua

Merrimans – Maui

Located in beautiful Kapalua, chef Peter Merriman brings the unique Hawaiian regional cuisine to Maui and serving up Hawaiian, seafood using the best farm to table ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, beef and other meat products locally along with other sourced products around the islands to produce flavorful, gorgeous platings and inventive combinations of ingredients and presentation in a gorgeous environment.

Best things to try at Merrimans Kapalua with his signature dishes including:

prime rib, mahi mahi, Kalua pig quesadilla, Diver sea scallops and wild shrimp, Cioppino or their delicious prix fix menu. Top that with a Merriman’s Mai Tai with a sunset view and your going to have an amazing meal. Popular desserts to order include: Macadamia nut tart, chocolate mousse, Puna honey cheesecake or a yummy Maui pineapple bread pudding.

Delicious farm to table at Merrimans - Maui at Kapalua

Paia Fish Market

A local dining spot and favorite for fresh fish served daily, the Paia Fish Market is popular and affordable food in the Maui dining scene for cafe style eats. Things to try at the Paia fish market includes all their fresh fish specialties, fish or chicken tacos, fish, fish and chips or other local favorites like beef burgers from the Maui Cattle Company. If you choose a fish dish, there are several options for how it is prepared and the sides you can choose from the menu.

Serving excellent food and quality ingredients, quality service and generous portions, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal here at a good price when you visit the Paia area.

Noel with Oahu Travel Now

Paia Fish Market

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

Located in Kihei, if you have a craving for some delicious baked goods that are the best in Maui, then head out to the Sugar Beach Bake Shop located in Maui. They make a variety of desserts and baked goods from cheesecake ,pies, banana breads, brownies, various breads, and gorgeous cakes all using the best locally sourced ingredients. Sugar Beach is best known for their delicious malasadas (Portuguese style donuts) which are just amazing and with a variety of filled favorites to include: Ube, coconut cream, Li Hing and favorite passionfruit. The malasadas are not greasy and overly sweet. Just perfect and hot, the way you want to eat them.

Prices are reasonable and they quickly run out of the best malasadas and desserts. You can also come in for a meal if you are more hungry to try so delicious local foods.

Noel with Oahu Travel Now

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

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That’s it, now it’s your turn to share your favorite places to eat in Maui now

Which of these fun places to eat have you been to or have we missed any locale favorites? Please share them it in the comments below.

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16 Comments

  1. KATHERINE Janet ALFORD

    yes do you have like a travel guide all about all the islands and places 0f Hawaii ? My husband and I have been there twice. First time by our se;lves Then we were going again and our handicapped son got very ill. His stomach stopped working and we didn’t know if he was going to live or not. So with a feeding tube in his stomach and all medical things and medication we brought him with us. He fell in love in love with Hawaii just like I did. We just didn’t know about anything so we didn’t get to see much. planning a trip in the next few years got to save up money very expensive. So that is why I am asking you about a Travel guide book. Hope that you can help me. If not I understand.

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  2. Judy Freedman

    This post is making me hungry. The pics are so appetizing. I think Mama’s Fish House is my favorite. But I haven’t been to Hawaii and hope to get to Maui once I can do more traveling again. Now that my son is moving out to California, I’ll be able to go there first and then it will break up the trip.

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  3. Jeff & Crystal Bryant

    What a way to start my day. All of these scrumptious photos have my taste buds revved up. I am all about getting some of that fresh seafood in Maui.

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    • emorata

      Yes there are a lot of good eats here in Maui, you just have to visit to try some of the best restaurants around the island.

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  4. Lisa

    Aloha Mixed Plated was our favorite place. Very disappointed it is gone and replaced by another restaurant.

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    • emorata

      THanks for the share, these are some other fantastic places to eat in Maui, have you tried them all?

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  5. Cherilani

    Star Noodle is our favorite and love the new location on the waterfront.

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    • emorata

      Good to know, I’ll have to try and place it into this post on best places to eat in Maui

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  6. Steve Kohler

    Freda’s Beach House in Lahaina. Don’t miss the Corn Cotija appetizer, it’ to die for!
    Milagros Food Company, Paia. Everything’s great, especially the Loaded Black Bean Nachos!

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    • emorata

      Ah those all sound yummy, thanks for sharing that with the readers to this post on best places to eat in Maui, mahalo.

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    • Erin

      Paia Fish Market for casual dining. Lunch is great.
      Mamas for special occasions. Coconuts in Kihei is amazing. Marcos used to be a great place! Cafe O Lei and Casanovas in Makawao. Great deli sandwiches in the little cafe.

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      • emorata

        Awesome, thanks for sharing more of the best places to eat in Maui for our readers, mahalo

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  7. Lyndsay McCarthy

    Places we always eat at then in Maui in Lahaina
    Waikiki Brewing Company
    Cheeseburger in Paradise
    Down the Hatch
    Kimo’s
    Captain Jack’s
    Mala’s

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    • emorata

      Thanks for sharing in the comments, I’m sure others reading will enjoy your contributions to this eating Maui post, mahalo

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  8. Cathy Sweeney

    Happy to see Leilani’s on your list. We totally enjoyed our meal on the patio there. Thanks for the other tips for next time in Maui.

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    • emorata

      Awesome that you made it to Leilani’s hopefully you’ll get a chance to visit some of these other ideal places to eat in Maui soon.

      Reply

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