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Where to Go for Hawaiian Cuisine: Maui Restaurants
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Where to Go for Hawaiian Cuisine: Maui Restaurants

If you’re looking for restaurant recommendations for your trip to Hawaii, you’ll be pleased to discover that Maui offers a range of lavish eateries that are primed and ready to satisfy your taste buds.

Find your favorite Luau spot and sample the local delicacies of this beautiful country using this simple guide to Hawaiian cuisine. Also included are all of the detHali’imaileails that can help you to book your table in advance and avoid disappointment.

6 Fantastic Maui Restaurant Recommendations

1. KIMO'S:

KIMO’s is a popular waterfront setting that boasts a range of generously sized, tasty fish dishes. This local hangout is a great place to dance the night away! Why not attend one of their ‘Aloha Hours’, most days between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Spectacular waterfront seating is available, but these seats are in high demand so be a savvy traveler and book in advance.Address:

845 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 661-4811
Web: http://www.kimosmaui.com

2. Leilani's on the Beach

A short walk from the Sheraton is a restaurant that offers majestic views as well as fantastic food. This is another hangout that the locals frequent and the food is said to be very good.

If you’re looking for the true taste of Hawaii, why not try the Leilani’s Hula Pie? This is a very naughty dessert that includes a dark chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, rich fudge sauce, macadamia nuts and whipped cream.

Leilani’s also regularly offers a reasonably priced 3-course dining option for $26 that includes a choice of pupu platters, entrée and dessert if you’re looking to eat your fill.

Address:
2435 Ka'anapali Parkway
Ka'anapali, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 661-4495
Web: http://www.leilanis.com

3. Lahaina Grill

Looking for a fine dining experience? Lahaina Grill could be the restaurant for you.

Lahaina Grill has won Best Maui Restaurant a substantial 24 years in a row (1994-2017), amongst other awards such as the top 100 places to eat in the US.

Although a little pricey, you’re in Hawaii! Treat yourself to some of the best cuisines that the state has to offer. Their firecracker shrimp is regarded as being particularly delicious.

Address:
127 Lahainaluna Road
Lahaina, HI 96761 (Old Town)

Phone: (808) 667-5117
Web: http://lahainagrill.com

4. Merriman’s Kapalua

Intending on divulging in some high-class luxuries for your trip to Maui? Look no further. Merriman’s Kapalua is home to Peter Merriman, who is a pioneer of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Movement.

Peter was made a finalist of the “Best Chef Northwest & Hawaii” awards by the prestigious James Beard Foundation and is the Founding President of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Chefs Organization. He has been a key player in encouraging the local farming developments that gives the food at this restaurant a true taste of authentic Hawaiian cuisine.

Set in one of Maui’s most beautiful locations. Merriman’s is situated within the prestigious Kapalua Resort, who offer nightly oceanfront tropical sunsets from a famed local spot called “The Point”. This is not a cheap option by any means, but the experience that you get in return is not one you would regret.

Address:
One Bay Club Place
Lahaina, HI 96761 (Kapalua)

Phone: (808) 669-6400
Web: http://www.merrimanshawaii.com

5. Plantation House

Encased in an award-winning golf course is Plantation House. Its cozy atmosphere is exacerbated by the comfort of the fireplace which, combined with their food offerings, can leave you with a warm and satisfied glow.

If you’re looking for great views, this is another destination that offers you an unforgettable Hawaiian sunset viewpoint over Molokai. Their crusted Mahi Mahi is also rumored to be the plate of choice if you’re searching for a delicious shared meal.

Address:
2000 Plantation Club Drive
Lahaina, HI 96761 (Kapalua)

Phone: (808) 669-6299
Web: http://theplantationhouse.com

6. Ma'La Restaurant

Ma’La offers a range of locally sourced fish dishes at reasonable prices. This restaurant is the winner of two diners’ choice awards through offering a lovely waterfront dining experience. Situated on the front, just behind Safeway, you can listen to the roll of the ocean as you ingest your choice from their extensive menu.

Address:
1307 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761 (Kapalua)

Phone: (808) 667-9394
Web: http://www.malaoceantavern.com


Still Not Satisfied? Here Are 12 More Maui Restaurant Recommendations

As you can see from the above, Maui is alive with a range of refined eateries that will leave you delectably stroking your stomach and trying to make room for more.

But these aren’t the only places that you can settle down for a tasty bite. Discover more of Maui by giving these restaurants a try...

1. Aloha Mixed Plate

Overview:

  • Voted "Best Plate Lunch" by Maui News
  • Decent-sized portions
  • Good food
  • Pleasing prices

Address:
1285 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761 (behind Safeway)

Phone: (808) 661-3322
Web: http://www.alohamixedplate.com

2. Hula Grill

Overview:

  • Beach front setting
  • Another restaurant by Chef Peter Merriman
  • Great place to have a few well-deserved beverages
  • Live local music

Address:
Whalers Village
2435 Ka'anapali Parkway
Ka'anapali, HI 96761 (Ka'anapali Beach)

Phone: (808) 667-6636
Web: http://www.hulagrillkaanapali.com

3. Paia Fish Market

Overview:

  • Small restaurant with long tables
  • Casual atmosphere
  • Generous portions
  • Great lunch spot on the way to Hana
  • Order at the counter
  • Meals offered include a variety of seafood and a few meat and vegetarian dishes

Address:
110 Hana Highway
Paia, HI 96779 (North Shore Maui)

Phone: (808) 579-8030
Web: http://www.paiafishmarket.com

4. Pacific'o

Overview:

  • Chef James McDonald's award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine
  • Waterfront setting
  • Considered one of Maui's best seafood restaurants
  • Highly priced

Address:
505 Front Street Shopping Village
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 667-4341
Web: http://pacificomaui.com

5. Mama's Fish House

Overview:

  • One of Maui's most famous restaurants
  • Award-winning Island Institution
  • Located on the beach in romantic Kuau Cove
  • Famous for its exotic seafood sauces and delicious fresh island fish
  • Ocean view
  • Good option if you are visiting the volcano or taking the road to Hana
  • Reservations recommended to avoid disappointment
  • Very expensive

Address:
799 Poho Place
Paia, HI 96779 (North Shore Maui)

Phone: (808) 579-9764
Web: http://mamasfishhouse.com

6. Roy's Kahana

Overview:

  • Roy Yamaguchi invented Hawaii's Pacific Rim Cuisine, so that is what you will discover on the menu
  • The restaurant has large windows with a view of the golf course
  • This is a CEC staff favorite!

Address:
Kahana Gateway Center
4405 Honoapiilani Highway
Kahana, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 669-6999
Web: https://www.roysrestaurant.com

7. Duke's Beach House

Overview:

  • Hawaiian décor
  • Well-priced and good quality
  • Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Perfect place for a Hawaiian atmosphere and ocean view
  • Lots of fun!

Address:
Honua Kai Condos
130 Kai Malina Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 662-2900
Web: http://www.dukesmaui.com

8. Hali’imaile General Store

Overview:

  • Chef Beverly Gannon’s original and most award-winning restaurant
  • Favorite spot for both locals and visitors for 25 years
  • Great place to eat if you’re visiting the Haleakala volcano

Address:
900 Haliimaile Road
Haliimaile, HI 96768

Phone: (808) 572-2666
Web: https://hgsmaui.com/

9. Slappy Cakes

Overview:

  • Create your own pancakes on the table grill
  • If you don’t want to cook them yourself, they will do it for you
  • Fun style eating option
  • Variety of toppings available

Address:
3350 Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 419-6600
Web: https://www.slappycakes.com/

10. Cool Cat Café

Overview:

  • Traditional American foods such as burgers, fries, shakes and sandwiches
  • Great place for a quick lunch
  • Located in the heart of Lahaina

Address:
658 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 667-0908
Web: http://www.coolcatcafe.com

11. Sansei

Overview:

  • Considered some of the best seafood and sushi in Hawaii
  • Local produce
  • High demand so booking is definitely recommended

Address:
600 Office Road
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 669-6286
Web: http://sanseihawaii.com

12. Shark Pit Maui

Overview:

  • Food truck style eatery
  • Considered some of the best fish and shrimp tacos in Hawaii
  • Other options include: Funked Up fish tacos, Kabayaki chicken meatballs, Portuguese sausage tacos and the Paniolo crunch burger
  • Great beachside lunch stop off location

Address:
170 Papalaua Street
Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 298-7776


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