Maui is covered with unique restaurants that always seem to have that perfect Hawaiian flare. With so many great options, it can be difficult to decide where to eat while visiting. To help you out, I have narrowed it down to 8 restaurants that cannot be missed during your visit. Here are my top picks on this Hawaiian island.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Located right off the highway, Leoda’s
has not only has the most delicious pies (the banana cream is to die for) but also burgers and sandwiches that satisfy like no other. Be sure to walk next door to the Olowalu juice stand to get an acai smoothie and pick up the freshest pineapples out front!
Milagros Food Co.
3 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779
In the middle of the small, trendy town of Paia is Milagros Food Co
. This Mexican restaurant has the freshest seafood and includes menu items such as fish tacos and fish burgers topped with fruit. Come during happy hour for cheap margaritas and grab a spot outside to do some people watching.
Address: 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Hands down my favorite restaurant in all of Hawaii. The Gazebo makes the best banana nut pancakes and fried rice (which includes the Hawaiian favorite SPAM) on the entire island. Come either early or prepared for this hidden restaurant, the line to enter is on average 40 minutes and they don’t take reservations. Waiting in line is completely worth it though, and there are multiple vendors who have made their prime locations to set up next to the line during breakfast hours to keep you entertained. You will be left longing for the next time you visit when you can once again eat the incredible food and gaze out at the breathtaking ocean view.
Cliff Dive Grill
On the beach at 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Hawaii 96761
Sit back and watch the sunset at the Cliff Dive Grill
. Located outside the Sheraton and right on Kaanapali beach, it provides the perfect place to watch the cliff divers off of Black Rock while drinking cocktails or eating dinner. Every night there is a hula show, live band, and a ceremony resulting in the lighting of the torches from the restaurant to the edge of the cliff on Black Rock.
Maui Brewing Company
If you’re looking for a bar atmosphere, Maui Brewing Company
is your place. The beer is, of course, brewed on the island. On top of their numerous restaurant locations there is also a tasting room and brewery tours. Not to mention their flatbreads are incredibly satisfying.
Fleetwood’s On Front Street
744 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
There is nothing in this world that I enjoy more than a high end atmosphere combined with rock ’n’ roll. Fleetwood’s on Front Street
is the creation of Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac. Three stories include an art gallery, indoor bar, restaurant, rooftop bar and restaurant, and a store with specially selected rock ’n’ roll products. Both traditional Hawaiian singers and rock bands perform every night on the rooftop stage. If you time it right, you may even get to see Mick Fleetwood himself! Be sure to get reservations in advance, this place can book up fast.
1279 S Kihei Rd, Suite 108, Kihei, HI 96753 and 4310 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy, Suite 111, Lahina, HI 96761
Miso Phat produces the best sushi on the island. Creative rocker names such as the “Groupie Roll” and the “Rockin Roll” mixed with classic rock music make for an upbeat atmosphere that can’t be skipped. Fish is caught daily on their boat appropriately named “Shiso Phat.” The owner loves to joke around and get to know his customers so try to make a visit when he is working. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your own sake! This restaurant is BYOB friendly and will soon be featured on Guy Ferarri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Check it out before the word gets out!
Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Located next to the ocean and hidden behind a grocery store, the Aloha Mixed Plate
is the ideal spot for cocktails, pupus (appetizers), sandwiches, and traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Stop by during breakfast to beat the crowd and order Paniolo or a Big Kahuna Omelet.
No matter how many times I visit Maui I am always finding new incredible restaurants. What are the best restaurants in Maui you have eaten at?