10 Best Seafood Places on Maui

As the old saying goes, hard work always makes food taste better.  If that’s true then your vacation is the perfect time to conduct the ultimate taste test.  And what better place to evaluate seafood options than the Hawaiian Island of Maui?  It’s time to relax, take a break from cooking, and enjoy some great local fare.

Food played an essential role in traditional Hawaiian culture. Family members and friends gathered together at meal times to prepare and eat food together.  Because of the orientation of Maui in the middle of the plentiful Pacific Ocean, seafood has been the main fare since the first settlers arrived here around 400 A.D.

As we have all experienced, not all seafood is the same. Luckily, more than 1,300 years later, current Maui restaurateurs have the preparation of seafood down to a science, creating a taste that is uniquely Maui’s. Plus, with options like a long-time fish market-turned-deli, an upscale fine dining establishment, and a mobile seafood restaurant on wheels, among many others, there is sure to be an option to fit your itinerary.

Whether you spend the day engaged in a new, active adventure, such as stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, or body boarding, or just lounging on the beach with a good book, the eateries on this list specialize in seafood that won’t disappoint. 

The modest exterior of this little gem makes it easy to miss in its "hiding place" in the middle of bustling Lahaina. Its beachside location makes it perfect for a romantic sunset dinner or breezy afternoon bite. Its atmosphere is casual any...  Read More

Island Chef

Did your mother ever tell you not to eat food from a truck on the side of the road? Well, she was wrong. A must for anyone on the Road to Hana, this food truck sacrifices no kitchen amenities for mobility. It is best known for its coconut...  Read More

Monkeypod Kitchen

This Kihei eatery is conveniently located near shops and Wailea Beach while being set far enough away to allow for a sense of escape from the crowds. As a member of the Merriman's family of restaurants (with establishments on Big Island, Kauai,...  Read More

With a complete private fishing crew on staff, this place serves fish so fresh that the wait staff can tell you the name of the fisherman who caught your entree and where. The preparation method for each type of fish varies. For example,...  Read More

Nick's Fishmarket

This restaurant is located in the Fairmont Kealani Maui, and is a convenient option for hotel guests. Though a curved granite bar and glass wine display among other Mediterranean-inspired details give off an air of class, interior chairs...  Read More

Boasting a casual, family atmosphere, this small North Shore restaurant offers large portions of food at reasonable prices. Available Cajun style, charbroiled, or sautéed, fresh fish is the specialty here. Whether it's in tacos, quesadillas,...  Read More

Take a seat at a picnic table made of surfboards and enjoy delicious, healthy food at affordable prices. The most famous entrée is the fish tacos, served with fresh mango salsa (the perfect blend of sweet and spicy) and cole slaw (made with...  Read More

Gerard's Restaurant

This quiet little French restaurant in an old, plantation-style house stands out among the plentiful surf-and-turf places available to Maui visitors. Let go of the stereotypes you have about "snooty French food." The hushed ambience of...  Read More

A nod to the owner's life-changing fishing trip to Alaska in 1987, the name "Eskimo Candy" refers to the belly strip of a smoked salmon. But don't be deceived. Though Eskimo Candy Seafood Market and Cafe knows salmon, it also specializes in...  Read More

Though this open-air, oceanfront restaurant sees its fair share of tourists as a result of its location on busy Front Street in Lahaina, its affordable prices and stellar menu stand as reasons to visit all on their own. Relax on the lanai bar...  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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