While visiting the illustrious Island of Maui, make sure to check out the different flavors of the island, ranging from trendy food trucks to the ultra-fabulous 5-Star dining locales. We have carefully researched and done the legwork for this article so that our readers could enjoy the very best Maui restaurants of 2022, so save your appetite and get excited!
Don’t be shy, it’s okay to daydream about the incredibly buttery smooth Maui avocados, the sweet and aromatic mangoes, the garden-fresh organic produce, free-range meats, and the ‘oh-so-fresh’ seafood that Maui offers island-style foodies and culinary enthusiasts. Sure you’ll plan a snorkel cruise, go on jungle hikes, see the sunrise at Haleakala—all fabulous Maui adventures!—but a trip to Maui isn’t complete without visiting the top restaurants on Maui.
“While sailing across the South Pacific in the late 1950s, the young Christenson family embraced the lifestyle of old Polynesia, discovering the ways of preparing fish and living the aloha spirit. They settled on Maui in 1963 and in 1973 Mama’s Fish House was born—Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant.” Check out why Mama’s won the #1 spot for the Top 33 Restaurants on Maui.
NUKA is the most amazing modern-Japanese restaurant, not just in Maui but in all of Hawaii! Owned by the Paia Fish Market family, this is, without a doubt, their tour de force Maui restaurant. Tucked away in the beautifully elusive Haiku community, NUKA is located off Haiku Road; adjacent the Haiku Post Office and the Aloha Aina Center. There aren’t many seats and they do not accept reservations so plan to arrive early. If you love authentic Japanese cuisine, you do not want to miss out on this Maui dining experience.
Lineage is located at The Shops at Wailea in South Maui. In the theme of “Eat, Drink and Talk Story,” this restaurant revolves around family-style dining and menu items that derive from the cultures of Hawaii’s people.
Spago Maui is located at the Four Seasons Maui Resort in Wailea. It’s one of Chef Wolfgang Puck’s five Spago establishments. The sister restaurants are found in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Istanbul, and Singapore. Perched inside one of the most amazing resorts in Maui, here’s an excellent option for Hawaii fine-dining with ocean views in South Maui.
Located at the Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea, Morimoto is named after the highly-acclaimed celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Morimoto’s menu is full of local farm-fresh and ocean-fresh ingredients. Popular items are hand-rolled sushi, fresh fish, steak, and seasonal cocktails with a Japanese and Western flair. Besides being at one of the best restaurants in Maui, guests will also enjoy breathtaking views of Mokapu Beach while savoring a tasty meal.
Located at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Ferraro’s offers daily oceanfront dining for lunch and dinner. With live music Tuesday-Saturday and one of the best vantage points in South Maui for a magical maui sunset scene, this is one of the most romantic places to enjoy an outdoor meal on Maui. Sit back, relax, and order a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a refreshing muddled cocktail before your meal.
DUO Steak and Seafood is another amazing restaurant located at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. It’s located on the resort’s ground floor and offers indoor and outdoor seating. Here, you’ll find a fantastic spot for daily breakfast and dinner. We’d also like to mention that this location is perfect for witnessing those awe-inspiring Maui sunset views!
There are many spectacular things in prospect for you if you’ve never been to the Hali’imaile General Store in Upcountry-Maui. For those that have been here, perhaps even numerous times, you know what we’re talking about. Located just a 10-minute drive up Baldwin Avenue from the Historic Paia Town, guests will indeed find one of Maui’s best restaurants tucked amongst sugar cane fields and rife with local history.
Lahaina Grill is located in the heart of the Historic Town of Lahaina. For over 21 years, Lahaina Grill has maintained its status as one of the best restaurants in Maui. Lahaina Grill specializes in New American cuisine created with locally sourced foods.
Paia Fish Market’s flagship location, established in 1989, is at the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway in Paia Town. They also have two other locations in Kihei and Lahaina.
“Oh, Star Noodle, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” Yes, it’s normal for words like those to enter your mind as you thoroughly enjoy dining at Star Noodle. Star Noodle is located right on Front Street in Lahaina, West Maui. This super delicious and trendy Maui restaurant is popular for many reasons, including the fantastic Pan-Asian menu and the stylish setting.
Next time you cruise through South Maui, make sure to stop for a meal at Nalu’s South Shore Grill. Whether you choose to check them out for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, it will always be amazing! Located near the Ace Hardware store in the Azeka Plaza, you’ll notice that just the sight of Nalu’s is both enticing and inviting. Here, you’ll find that the vibes are just as full of aloha as the menu.
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is a fantastic choice for fine dining on Maui. Guests can enjoy a menu full of locally grown ingredients: organic produce, free-range meats, and local seafood.
Merriman’s Kapalua is located in West Maui at one of the most incredible oceanfront locations within the Kapalua Resort. 90% of their award-winning menu is locally sourced and their culinary creations are outstanding. Merriman’s on Maui offers superb farm-to-table style dining, using only the Hawaiian Islands’ finest organic and sustainable products.
Located in the Kapalua Resort is one of Maui’s most notable restaurants, Taverna. Taverna is open for Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. It’s quite a large restaurant with a huge wrap-around bar and a spacious dining room. Acute attention to detail and a discerning eye for interior design were unquestionably employed while creating this Maui restaurant. With the huge Pacific Ocean and award-winning fairway views, here’s a hot spot to put on your Maui dining checklist.
Monkeypod Kitchen is one of Chef Peter Merriman’s newest culinary ventures. Located in Wailea & Kaanapali(both with dramatic Pacific Ocean views), Monkeypod has quickly become one of Maui’s most popular dining destinations.
Located off the beaten path in Maui’s gorgeous Upcountry, Marlow is an incredible wood-fired kitchen by renowned Chef Jeff Scheer and his wife, Kaili. Specializing in Neapolitan-style sourdough pizza, Maui’s 2015 Chef of the Year, Jeff Scheer, designed Marlow around his passion and knowledge of locally grown and produced products. With its winning combination of fresh Maui ingredients, dedication to supporting local, and casual-yet-stylish vibe, it’s no surprise that Marlow is quickly becoming one of Maui’s best pizza spots.
In addition to being on our list of the best restaurants in Maui, Koiso Sushi Bar is also one of our Top 10 Maui Sushi Restaurants.
Located in Kihei, Koiso Sushi Bar is Maui’s go-to sushi restaurant for an always delightful and intimate dinner. Here you’ll find fantastic service, an authentic Japanese menu (with a slight Maui twist), fresh fish and seafood, and ingredients that are always infused with only the best of Hawaii’s local and sustainable farm culture.
“Ka’ana means to share, and here we share from our heart. Using techniques from around the culinary world and through partnerships with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, we provide safe and local harvest while honoring the traditions of Hawaii’s diverse culture. Welcome to Ka’ana Kitchen…” (Andaz Maui website, 2022)
HONU Oceanside is owned and operated by Mark Ellman, a well-known Maui restaurateur. Honu is located on Front Street behind the Lahaina Cannery Mall. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a tantalizing menu, excellent customer service, Pacific Ocean and outer island views, the gorgeous Maui sunset, and a glimpse of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the shoreline.
The Plantation House restaurant is located in the Kapalua Resort. The restaurant is classy, and all will enjoy the Hawaiian hospitality. Guests can enjoy the gorgeous West Maui coastline, Pacific Ocean, and fairway views from the restaurant.
Located in the heart of Old Lahaina, Papa’aina at the Pioneer Inn is home to Top Chef All-Stars Chef Lee Anne Wong’s newest culinary adventure. With Executive Chef Wong at the helm, it’s no wonder that Papa’aina is becoming one of the favorite brunch spots in Maui.
Gannon‘s Restaurant, located on the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, boasts fantastic views and Hawaii-sourced fresh ingredients. It’s Another Bev Gannon marvel (Hali’imaile General Store) where the classic and contemporary dishes are creative and delicious!
Just as you’d expect from the emerging, artistic and modern Montage Resort, this top Maui restaurant is pushing all expectations for fine dining on Maui. Cane and Canoe is set upon one of the most prime pieces of Kapalua land, where the sunset magically falls right in front of the resort, with a glimmering Pacific Ocean coastline before you. All of the staff at this Maui restaurant are more amazing than you could even expect. There is a heavy presence of the aloha spirit in everything they do, and from the chef to the sommelier, servers and hostesses, they do their best to exceed guest satisfaction.
Casanova’s Italian Restaurant has a rich history in Upcountry Maui. The restaurant first opened in 1986 and is still as popular as the day it opened.
Casanova Makawao is the go-to restaurant for authentic Italian dining in Maui. What makes their restaurant extra special is that the menu is full of classic favorites and locally grown produce, meats, and fresh seafood. For Sunday brunch, guests can choose from various Omelets, Pancakes, Homemade French Toast, a Breakfast Pizza, or one of their delicious Benedicts like the Caprese Pesto Benedict. The dinner menu includes a wide variety of freshly made salads, pasta (made in-house), entrées, and meat dishes.
It’s a wine lover’s dream come true on Maui! Matteo’s is located off the beaten path in the Wailea Town Center. This top Maui restaurant has a lovely menu and a spectacular wine bar with over 64 wines available by the glass, including some very impressive wines from Italy, California, and Argentina, so a wine lover will indeed feel cozy here.
Maui Brewing Company is Maui’s premier handcrafted beer brewer. At the Kahana brewpub, guests can taste all flavors of Maui Brewing Co. craft beers accompanied by a unique menu. They also have a fabulous daily happy hour with more tasty share plates. With a tasting room and restaurant in South Maui and an excellent brewpub restaurant in Kahana, we highly recommend that you check out both spots during your next foodie adventure in Maui.
Located on Front Street’s “Restaurant Row” in Lahaina Town, you’ll find Down the Hatch. This West Maui restaurant is surely more than meets the eye with its full spectrum of offerings: full menu, lively bar, adult shave ice, and daily events. For a late breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, it’s a perfect destination for all Maui visitors.
Visitors will find Milagros Food Company smack-dab in the center of the trendy bohemian town of Paia. You will definitely want to check out this fantastic family-run restaurant with its covered sidewalk seating right in the heart of Paia.
The Island of Maui has needed a restaurant like The Pint & Cork for so long! Located in the Shops at Wailea, The Pint & Cork is where you’ll find an island-style version of gastronomy gone brewpub. Great for weekend brunch and a game, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, here’s a spot to put on your Maui rotation.
Roy’s restaurants are some of the most critically acclaimed Hawaiian fine dining establishments in the world. In 1988, Roy Yamaguchi opened his first signature restaurant in Hawaii Kai, Honolulu (Oahu), and his business has now grown to over 30 international locations. In fact, Roy’s in Kaanapali was the second flagship location ever to be opened.
Japengo is celebrated for serving up some of Maui’s most delicious and exotic Pacific Rim cuisine. Offering an Asian-inspired menu infused with Hawaiian flavors, this renowned world-class restaurant is located at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka’anapali.
Flatbread Company is one of the best casual, family-style restaurants in Maui. Located on the North Shore in the Historic Town of Paia, some would say that this restaurant provides guests with the best flatbread pizza in all of Hawaii. This place is legit and they use many local and organic ingredients.
Information courtesy of Pride of Maui.