Local Restaurants on Maui
Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure! Maui Island boasts a diverse dining scene that has roots in Asian, European, and Hawaiian cultures. Here, restaurant menus are filled with dishes that range from tried and true classics to contemporary masterpieces. There’s something for everyone! Plus, the island’s wealth of seafood, beef, and tropical fruits and vegetables make for some unforgettable meals. Eat your way through the Valley Isle with our suggestions for the best local restaurants on Maui. Then, access our complimentary Travel Guide for helpful trip planning tips!
Visit These Maui Restaurants for Island-Inspired Cuisine
- Order Delicious Tacos at These Restaurants
- Get Your Chopsticks Ready for the Best Sushi
- Savor a Delectable Burger
- Devour The Best Dessert
- Cool Down With Hawaiian Shave Ice
For foodies seeking a taste of the sea, Hawaii’s fish tacos are reason enough to hop on a plane. This delicious and easy dish is the perfect afternoon snack. It’s also an affordable alternative to pricier fish entrées. Check out our picks for the top fish tacos on Maui and get ready to indulge!
Ohana Tacos in Lahaina proves that Mexican food doesn’t have to be expensive to be tasty. This simple, family-run eatery is famous for their ono taco, which was voted “Best Fish Taco on Maui” by both Yelp and Tripadvisor. Enjoy two tacos with cabbage, pico de gallo, and cheese with Ohana’s special sauce for just $12.99.
What Is Ono? Commonly known as wahoo, ono is a delicate, flaky fish with mild flavor. It can be grilled, broiled, blackened, sautéed, or poached.
Are you traveling with the family and need something quick? Dine in or order takeout from Ono Tacos. The restaurant is perfect for families with its kid-approved food, ambiance, and patio seating. Diners rave about the shrimp tacos and the fish taco combo plate, which comes with two tacos, beans, and rice. Ono is cash only, so plan a trip to the ATM before heading over.
Coconut’s Fish Cafe
With locations in Kihei as well as several cities on the mainland, Coconut’s Fish Cafe offers a true taste of Hawaii. At this eatery, mahi-mahi and ono tacos are piled high with crispy wasabi coleslaw, tomatoes, mango salsa, and melted cheese, then served in a grilled tortilla. Custom-designed surfboard tables and great music add to the atmosphere.
Visitors traveling the famous Road to Hana will find some excellent fish tacos along the way. Stop at Nahiku Marketplace (mile marker 29) and say hello to the ladies of Island Taco, a tiny shack serving up big flavor. For just $5, diners get a fresh fish taco with beans, cabbage, salsa, cheese, and avocado. Find a spot at a picnic table and enjoy your meal under a canopy of shady trees, with the sound of a waterfall as a backdrop.
Tip: Be sure to save room for dessert! Coconut Willie is always out selling fresh-baked coconut chips at Nahiku Market. They’re the ideal road trip snack.
Paia Fish Market
After a long day of surfing or snorkeling on the North Shore, refuel at Paia Fish Market. Locals and visitors love the market for its seasonal eats and super casual vibe. Order a fish taco with melted cheese, salsa, lettuce, and tomatoes for $9.95 or grab two for $12.95. Just be prepared to wait – seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and the line to order can get a bit long!
Let’s face it; Americans love sushi. In fact, you can find good sashimi and nigiri all over the country. This is especially true on Maui, where fresh fish and unique ingredients abound. If you’re in the mood for a specialty roll, seaweed salad, or pickled veggies, all you have to do is continue reading! Here’s where you can find the best sushi on Maui.
First on our list is Morimoto, an award-winning restaurant at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Here, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto combines Japanese-American cuisine with Hawaiian ingredients to create dishes you’ve never had before. Choose from an assortment of sushi, sashimi, and maki for an impeccable dining experience complete with ocean views.
Koiso Sushi Bar
For a more casual, laid-back vibe, try Koiso Sushi Bar. It’s a tiny, local joint with one chef, one server, and seats for just 15 people. Omakase (chef’s choice) is the way to go, and you can watch as Chef Hiro shapes, rolls, cuts, and prepares your meal. Reservations are essential so be sure to call ahead.
Tucked away on Maui’s peaceful North Shore, Nuka is perfect for date night. This small, intimate eatery offers an extensive list of specialty sushi rolls as well as soups, salads, and noodle dishes. You can even pair your meal with a handcrafted cocktail. Feel free to dine at a table or at the cozy sushi bar and treat yourself to Nuka’s black sesame ice cream for dessert.
The expert sushi artists at Miso Phat serve up scrumptious, fresh-from-the-boat seafood in a new way. Large portions make the restaurant ideal for groups, and a variety of vegetarian options means there’s something for everyone. Pick up a bottle of wine beforehand (Miso Phat is BYO) and indulge in menu staples like the TNT roll, Caterpillar roll, Miso Phat roll, and spicy scallop roll.
There’s nothing better than going to happy hour after a long day on the beach! Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar offers one of the best on the island, with 50% off rolls on Sunday and Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. It was even named one of America’s Best Sushi Bars by Bon Appetit Magazine.
Not sure what to order? We recommend the ahi sashimi. This award-winning roll features island-fresh ahi tuna wrapped in arugula and spinach. It’s panko crusted, flash fried, and served with a soy wasabi butter sauce. Yum!
Venture to Maui’s beautiful upcountry for a taste of Kojima’s. Chef Kojima utilizes authentic Japanese recipes that were passed down from his father, who owned a restaurant in Tokyo. You’ll find bento boxes and hibachi dishes on the dinner menu as well as classic and specialty rolls on the sushi menu. Best of all, everything is fresh and bursting with flavor.
Nothing says vacation like indulging in a tender, juicy burger. But with so many tempting options, how do you choose the right restaurant? Luckily, we’ve gathered a few runner-ups for the best burger on Maui. Simply explore our recommendations and pick your favorite!
Fatt Chicks Burgers
Fatt Chicks Burgers is a bustling hotspot known for its signature Korean burger. Gourmet ingredients make up this popular dish, which features a buttery brioche bun, gochujang aioli, kimchi, crispy fried onions, and a kalbi glaze. It’s a sure competitor for the best burger on Maui, especially with a cold beer and killer ocean views.
Millyard Hamb & Steak House
Another contender for best burger is Millyard Hamb & Steak. Just minutes from our B&B, this one-of-a-kind restaurant serves a delicious hamburger steak plate lunch. The authenticity of the owner and chef sets Millyard Hamb & Steak apart from the rest. Residents love the island vibe, and visitors rave about the flavor of the meat. Pus, each patty is handmade using an original recipe.
Stewz Maui Burgers
If you’re a burger fiend, Stewz in Kihei is a must. Diners can choose from old-fashioned beef, chicken, fish, turkey, and veggie burgers that are prepared fresh daily. Not super hungry? Try the mini burger for just $6.50. This savory snack comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mayo, and mustard. Pair it with a frosty milkshake and onion rings for a true taste of nostalgia.
The Mill House
Last (but certainly not least) is The Mill House, a farm-to-table eatery that boasts exquisite ingredients and a classy style. Their burgers are made with the freshest beef available and are topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and a special house sauce. Ulu fries are served on the side to enhance your dining experience.
Tip: Because The Mill House is dedicated to serving fresh meat and produce, ingredients are seasonal and are subject to availability. Check The Mill House menu to see which dishes coordinate with your travel dates.
Dessert is never a bad idea when visiting Maui. Nutty coconut, sweet pineapple, and other tropical ingredients all make their way into the island’s famous treats. The Valley Isle is world-renowned for amazing cuisine, and dessert is no exception! Check out our favorite dishes below.
In Hawaiian, pono means “done in the right way”, and the pono pies at Seascape Ma’alaea Restaurant certainly fit that bill. These pies are a mixture of cheesecake and mousse, and their secret ingredient is breadfruit. Breadfruit is a large, starchy fruit that is chock full of amazing nutrients! The pies are typically gluten-free, making them the perfect dessert for those with dietary restrictions.
Your taste buds will love the deep-fried goodness of Maui’s malasadas. Like donuts, malasadas are fried in oil and covered with sugar; they’re golden brown on the outside and fluffy on the inside. You will never forget your first malasada! Try one for yourself at the Home Maid Bakery.
Cream puffs are a classic dessert in Hawaii and on the mainland. These light and airy pastry balls can be filled with whipped cream, custard, pastry cream, and even ice cream! Order the buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cream puffs at T Komoda Store & Bakery and discover why people often refer to them as “dream puffs”.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
When on Maui, it is only proper that you have pineapple upside-down cake. The classic cake is made from buttery vanilla pound cake and caramelized Maui Gold pineapple. But, be warned; the pineapple upside-down cake at Hali’imaile General Store is so good, it may turn your whole world upside-down!
Hawaiian Shave Ice
No trip to the Aloha State is complete without Hawaiian shave ice! Unlike the classic American snow cone, this popular island treat is shaved (not crushed) and is fluffy, creamy, and incredibly refreshing. First, the ice is infused with flavored syrups made with local ingredients like guava, pineapple, passion fruit, and mango. Then, it’s drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. There’s truly nothing better! Browse our list of celebrated shave ice shops below.
With six locations across the island, Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice is a neighborhood favorite. Their signature syrups come in exotic flavors like matcha green tea, pickled mango, and calamansi lime, all made using 100% pure cane sugar and natural fruit juices. Ululani’s authentic desserts have awarded them “Best Shave Ice” for three consecutive years.
Surfing Monkey Shave Ice is another wonderful place to enjoy a sweet treat. They have a wide range of flavors and offer free extras like azuki beans, vanilla ice cream, and sweet cream. Be sure to try their signature “Surfing Monkey” blend made with wild cherry, piña colada, and banana flavors! Surfing Monkey has locations in both Lahaina and Kihei.
Owned by a father and son duo, Local Boys has the largest selection of shave ice flavors in Hawaii. The shop uses pure cane sugar, filtered Hawaiian spring water, and state-of-the-art equipment to make the ice as fluffy as possible. Signature blends include Snow White (made with coconut and piña colada flavors) and the Volcano, which features French vanilla syrup, root beer, and a cherry on top.
S & Q’s
S & Q’s Coffee and Shave Ice Shack has been serving up some of the finest treats on the island since 2002. It sits in the Rainbow Mall in Kihei and offers a variety of shave ice options as well as espressos, teas, smoothies, and breakfast/lunch foods. Ask about their signature Shark’s Blood flavor!
Experience a Taste of Paradise at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Tacos, burgers, and dessert, oh my! The options for dining are endless on our blissful island. Now that you know where locals eat on Maui, it’s time to start planning your trip! The Old Wailuku Inn is close to many of the eateries mentioned above and features comfortable guest rooms for every kind of traveler. Plus, we offer luxury amenities, warm hospitality, and a decadent gourmet breakfast each morning. It’s no wonder our B&B is one of the best lodging options on the island!