10 Best Maui Restaurants

We've all heard the phrase, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."  To take this motto one step further, it might also be said that the way to aloha, the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands, is through its local fare, or "grinds," the term for food used by Pidgin speakers on the Hawaiian Islands.

Maui may be an island in the middle of the Pacific, but there is certainly no shortage of top-notch eateries here. Food plays an essential role in Hawaiian culture. Traditionally, family members and friends regularly gathered around a calabash, a large wooden bowl, to share meals. It's no wonder then that Maui provides an escape from the everyday grind and mundane grinds.

Fueled by our excitement over experiencing a different way of life, vacation is usually a time when we are more active in our food selections. With eateries as diverse as its scenery, Maui's restaurant scene is sure to feature something that suits you – your mood, your style, your wallet, your palate.  Don't stress, though.  Even the most particular foodies can rest assured we've done the research on the 10 Best Maui Restaurants for you. From an inexpensive, roadside burger joint serving 100% Maui beef to a fine dining experience in small-town Hana, the options may surprise you.  Explore these 10 Best Maui Restaurants and find a little aloha.

Set in the middle of the sleepy, rural town of Hana--what many consider to be the last untamed paradise on Maui--Hana Ranch Restaurant is a rustic-looking, nicely kept establishment along the winding Hana Highway. The menu boasts local...  Read More

Inspired by the film Forrest Gump, this lively bar and grill serves mainly seafood dishes with names that shout out to classic scenes. Enthusiastic members of the waitstaff are happy to recommend tasty entrees with names like Dumb Luck Coconut...  Read More

Polli's Mexican Restaurant

Looking for good Mexican food on the Islands? You're pretty much out of luck--unless you're on Maui, that is. Polli's Mexican Restaurant, opened in 1981 by Polli (Contreras) Smith, has not only acquired a loyal following of customers but also...  Read More

Cafe Mambo
Photo courtesy of Dani Marti

After the overwhelming success of Cafe Mambo in Paia since its opening in 2003, Jamie and Olga Betham decided to open additional locations in New York and the Hamptons. But don't expect to find a big-city, hurried atmosphere here. The open-air...  Read More

This family-owned coffee shop-turned- restaurant on the slopes of Haleakala Crater has been helping locals get their daily fix of caffeine since 1988, when Alfred Franco opened its doors. All the coffee served comes from organically grown...  Read More

Cafe des Amis

Furnished with simple wooden chairs and tables, this modest, unassuming cafe in the middle of the quiet town of Paia pushes the boundaries on taste. With its focus on Indian-Mediterranean fusion, here, it's all about mixing it up. Not sure what...  Read More

Maui may not seem like a foodie's paradise, but that's exactly why this restaurant was started in 1976 by Bob Longhi, a self-proclaimed food lover. In business at its original location for thirty-six years and counting, this establishment has...  Read More

Maui Brewing Co.
Photo courtesy of Maui Brewing Co.

This place is, obviously, known for its eight handcrafted beers, but it offers plenty of complementary dishes, including wood-roasted meats, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and fish. Make sure you ask the knowledgeable staff for pairing advice. ...  Read More

This airy, café-style spot is located in Paia town, a gem off the Hana Highway located on the North Shore of Maui. It's fun for takeout, especially if you're looking to acquire fresh seafood to cook yourself. It's even better for dining in,...  Read More

Bully's Burgers
Photo courtesy of Bully's Burgers

You've just braved the entirety of the winding Hana Highway, and you're itching to celebrate by checking out the Tedeschi Vineyards on the way to Kihei. Then, the maniacal rumble produced only by a stomach on empty breaks into your rosy...  Read More


Meet Laura Berbusse

Originally from Orange County, California, Laura’s family moved to a small–really small–rural town in Arkansas when she was in first grade.  The distinct differences between the two locales...  More About Laura

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