There are so many things to enjoy when you’re exploring Maui. From the natural beauty to the outdoor adventures, it’s easy to stay busy. But one thing you can’t miss while on the island is exploring all the great places to eat in Maui.
On the island, you’ll find some of the freshest seafood, delicious fine dining, and even more places to grab a mouthwatering casual bite. You’re even able to save a few bucks by cooking yourself an amazing meal made out of the fresh products on the island.
As you plan your trip to Maui, you’ll want to do some research on where to eat. Make a reservation or two before you leave at your must visits spots. Then figure out the casual spots near where you’re staying and exploring.
A Splurge Worth It
When I told people I was heading to Maui there was one place that everyone told me I couldn’t miss. That was Mama’s Fish House. It came with the condition that it’s a splurge but it is well worth it. And guess what? All my friends and co-workers were right.
I kicked off my visit to Maui with dinner at Mama’s Fish House and it was exactly what I needed. You are welcomed by friendly staff, delicious drinks, and a beautiful view. It was ready to relax right away. On top of that, the food was excellent. From the appetizers to the main courses and even the desserts I savored every bite.
I knew we’d have one splurge meal while on the island and would suggest whether it’s at Mama’s Fish House or one of the other great fine dining spots on the island you do two. One of the great things about Maui is there are amazing places and ways to eat dirt cheap. This allows you to splurge once or twice and still stay within your food budget for your trip.
Final All The Fresh Fish
If you’re a seafood fan you’ll absolutely love eating in Maui. You can spend a week eating seafood and not get sick of it with all the varieties it offers. Whether you’re looking for fresh or fried, sushi or seared, there is so much to enjoy. On top of that, the variety of types of fish will blow you away. There is so much to explore beyond what we can normally get on the mainland.
A perfect when to begin your stay on the island is head over to the Paia Fish Market right after landing. It’s only 15-minutes from the airport. Here you can get everything from a fresh fillet to fish and chips to delicious fish tacos. You’ll walk alway stuffed and satisfied. It’s also a great spot to visit after you return from driving the Road to Hana.
If you’re on the Lahaina side of the island swing by the Maui Fish Market. This casual spot has offerings from sandwiches to fish tacos to sashimi that will blow you away. Tucked into a nondescript strip mall it was the only place I ate twice. They also sell some of the freshest fish you can find to bring home and cook yourself, including a variety of marinades.
You can’t overlook sushi when you’re talking about fresh seafood. A spot a little off the main drags is Miso Phat Sushi. Made popular by Diner’s & Drive-Ins, this spot deserves its recognition. Sit up and the sushi bar and chat with the chef. He’ll make sure you get the best of the day.
Also, while the signature rolls are fun it’s cheaper and just as tasty to enjoy the simple ones. At half the costs you’ll be blown away by the quality of the fish and simple flavors added to enhance them.
Casual & Delicious Places to Eat in Maui
I love sitting outside and enjoying the ocean, and love that Maui seemed to have countless restaurants that were perfect for this. One I particularly enjoyed was Aloha Mixed Plate. This casual spot was perfect for grabbing a late lunch but serves a good breakfast as well. You’ll find a mixture of Hawaiian and Asian foods on the menu.
I had the Kahlua Pig Sandwich, some of the best pulled pork I’ve ever had, that’s cooked in an underground oven.
The second most frequent recommendation I received was to have breakfast at the Gazebo. When I found it was close to where I was staying in Lahaina I knew I could miss it. You will find a long line unless you’re there when they open, and you’ll have to stand for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.
What I will say is it’s well worth the wait. Plus you have a beautiful view of the ocean and at the right time of the year can even watch for whales. You can get traditional breakfast and Hawaiian options as well. I loved their fried rice. Plus you have to order the macadamia nut pancakes for the table to share.
Just remember their servings are cheap and huge. You might want to share or be prepared to bring home leftovers.
After so much fish I had a day where I was craving some red meat, so I made my way to Maui Brewing Company for a burger and was not disappointed. A casual spot where you’ll find a blend of locals and visitors, this spot is perfect to grab a few of their beers or a full meal. Try one of their flights to get an idea of all the beers they offer.
I’ve had Maui Brewing before but it was fun to try different brews that aren’t found often away from the brewery. You’ll want to make sure to have their baked brie appetizer, it was absolutely amazing and quickly disappeared from its plate. The menu is filled with flavor-packed sandwiches, burgers, and more.
Are you planning on driving the Road to Hana? If so, I highly recommend bringing enough snacks to wait for lunch until you make it to the town of Hana. There you’ll find Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill. From their BBQ meat to their fish tacos it was one of my favorite meals on the island.
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Find a Luau That’s Not Just for the Show
If you’re thinking of adding a Luau to your trip to Maui make sure that you’re going to enjoy the food just as much, if not more, than the show. For something a little different from the average Hawaiian Luau is the Feast of Lele in Lahaina.
Instead of focusing just on Hawaiian culture, history, and food, they take you on a trip through all of Polynesia. While I enjoyed the different dances and stories from all these different cultures what was exceptional was learning how their cuisines differed and getting a chance to try them.
This experience got me to try a few things I’ve never had before, walk away stuffed, and a great overall evening. If you’re looking for a luau on the island be sure to check out the Feast of Lele.
Enjoy the Food & Even Cook for Yourself In Maui
Eating out in Maui is a delicious adventure, but many visitors to the island are staying in vacation homes and condos. This offers a great opportunity for you to take the products Maui has to offer and turning it into your own delicious meal. If you’re traveling for a week or more it’s great to have the option to make your own meals.
It’s as simple as popping by the fish market nearest you and one of the local farmer’s markets or produce shops. Then you can get started building your own can’t miss meal in Maui!