Maui is magical. There’s no other way to explain the feeling I get whenever I'm there. There’s so many things to embrace. The people and the culture make the island someplace that is so powerfully memorable. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the Hawaiian spirit, is through the food. Obviously, since we’re talking about an island, there’s a lot of seafood options. But there’s a lot of other options as well. From embracing spam, prime cuts of meat, fresh veggie options and a wide array of different cultures represented, Maui has a little bit of everything for everyone.
Go for the View:
The Mill House
It’s all about location. The Mill House is located in a plantation, which offers you sweeping views of Maui’s mountains and fields. This is a perfect place to sit outside, sit back and take it all in. The menu has a lot of options as well, so picky eaters might have an easy time here. You can chose from Burgers, tomato pizza and fish sandwich to pork belly, fire-roasted vegetables, steak and bao buns.
Amazing ocean views, that's what Pacific’o will give you and your party. It is right next to the beach and has a wonderful outdoor patio. The patio does fill up fast, so try unconventional times, like eat a late breakfast, then an early dinner. For the grown ups, there’s lobster, olive oil poached fish, steak or a vegetarian option. For the youngster, the menu is absolutely spectacular. You can chose from fish and chips, a burger, chicken fingers, local fish sandwich and more. This is a great option for every occasion.
A wall of glass, that’s the only thing that is between you and the ocean. The views are spectacular. If you would prefer to eat outside, there’s also a patio you can enjoy. The restaurant serves a variety of options from the land and sea. For tables that want a different experience (as long as everyone is willing), you can chose a family style service. Here, they will bring several apps to the table to share (like house-made cavatelli pasta or ahi ginger poke to name a couple) then have a main course (like grilled ribeye or nut crusted mahi mahi to name a couple.)
Maui Brewing Company
In the mood for a handcrafted brew while enjoying some island cuisine, this is your place. There are 2 locations on Maui offering burgers, taco, flatbreads, and more. The restaurant's lively atmosphere makes it a great place for family and friends.
The rustic modern dining room provides a bright and airy atmosphere to enjoy upscale Italian fare. A large wall of wood beams adds a warmth to the restaurant, and large windows allow dinner to view the green landscape outside. The menu features Italian classics, with homemade pasta. There are several gluten free and vegetarian options. At night, you can take advantage of the patio and dine outside under the stars, surrounded by tiki torches.
Mama’s Fsh House
Mama’s fish house is a Maui classic. The restaurant is situated along the ocean and has an island feel. The menu focuses on seafood and Hawaiian flavors. The menu even lists who caught the fish you’re going to order (in most cases). The restaurant does have some meat courses as well.
This place is where you should go for Hawaiian comfort food. For those Top Chef fans, this is Sheldon Simeon's (from season 10) restaurant. He was one of our favorite that season, and being able to try his food is a treat. You can enjoy pork belly garlic shrimp or poke bowls, or try some spam with sun noodles. This is definitely a place to add to your list.
Poi by the Pound
Poi By The Pond is a place to go for authentic Hawaiian food in a casual setting. The restaurant is located in Kahului, which is a busy hub in Maui. The Norwegian Cruise Line has a dock there, and it’s where you’ll be able to stop into a number of stores (CostCo, Walmart, etc) if need be. The menu offers a wide variety or slow roasted meats, seafood and noodle/rice dishes. You can dine in or take out.
The Plantation House (brunch)
The Plantation House is located within the club house of the Plantation Golf Course. Here, you can dine of a fusion of Hawaiian and Mediterranean cuisine, while looking out over the course and the ocean. High end cuts of steak and Mahi Mahi are a couple options in this equally surf and turf menu.
The Hula grill is a more relaxed beachfront dining experience. The amazing ocean views are seen from the airy dining room. The menu features Hawaiian fare such as the Pan Seared Hawaiian Snapper, Coconut Seafood Chowder, and Adobe Braised Pork Shank.
The Flatbread Company
In the mood for a slice of pizza? Then head to the Flatbread Company. This chain location is a great casual spot to enjoy a wood-fired pizza.
For those of you who have never heard of Chef Morimoto, he is an institution. This famous Japanese chef has been starring on Iron Chef and Iron Chef America for decades, and has restaurants all over the world. His Maui restaurant is simply stunning. The beachfront dining room offers endless views of the ocean and would be an ideal date night location. You can choose from an a la carte menu as well as a tasting menu. The Japanese inspired menu features seafood and steak (as well as some pork and chicken).
Located in the Four Seasons, Farraro’s serve Italian fare in an open-air, beach-front setting that is hard to beat. The menu offers Italian classics while highlighting all the fresh product of the Islands, such as the seared ahi tuna with cannelinni beans.
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea
This is a fantastic place if your looking for a romantic evening. While not oceanfront, you’ll be surrounded by lush green vegetation. The restaurant has a couple sections, allowing you to chose whether you want to be in the balcony above (and look out over the countryside), or on the patio below. The patio is unique as the tables are spaced out and some separated by shrubs, providing additional privacy. The menu features seafood options like King Crab Spaghetti as well as meat dishes like American Wagyu Short Ribs.
Japengo is located in the Hyatt Regency and offers spectacular views of the ocean through the massive windows, or from the patio. The pacific rim inspired menu features a wide range of sushi and seafood, like grilled local mahi mahi. The restaurant also has some meat dishes like the China Town Chow Fun, as well as one of my favorite all time meals, Char siu pork.
A little different, a little fun:
This was one of my favorite experiences in Maui. I loved being out on the ocean, watching the island change in front of us as we cruised around its shores. The live music creates a festive atmosphere, and the food is amazing. You can chose between prime rib, chicken, Mahi Mahi or a vegetarian course. The experience on the upper deck is an experience to remember for the whole family.
Grand Wailea Luau
The Grand Wailea Luau is a wonderful way to experience the history of Maui. Here, you’ll start with an hour of pre-luau fun, like lawn games and hula lessons. Then dinner, featuring steak, slow roasted pig, fish, etc., lasts for about an hour. Then, the stories begin!! The cast will tell the story of the island, starting with the migration of its seafaring ancestors. With the stories, you’ll see hulas, stilt performances, and fire knife dances.
So all the beaches on Maui are public, so there’s not an opportunity to dine on the beach. That being said there are a couple private beach front options to consider, listed here: