Bruce & Kolleen Wheeler's
Maui Dining Suggestions
= OUR LISTINGS FOR A VARIETY OF "BETTER" ISLAND EATERIES, ONES THAT WE BELIEVE ARE ESPECIALLY WORTHY OF YOUR CONSIDERATION =
" WE'RE NOT FOOD CRITICS, BUT WE KNOW WHAT WE LIKE, AND WE WANT YOU TO KNOW, TOO."
Our personal favorites are in green lettering.
We do not list hotel (house-run) restaurants.
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. . . New 2 Us . . .
our two most recent "dishcoveries"
Lahaina: Sale Pepe Pizzeria e Cucina in the Old Lahaina Ctr, 878 Front St. 667-7667 We love Italian cuisine! We can eat it almost every day. So, this new-to-us restaurant was a pleasure to finally check out (they've been open for a few years now). Everything we tried was a delight, and the staff was "just right" too - fun to relate to, knowledgeable and attentive to our needs without being "in our face" every few minutes (a pet peeve of ours). We plan to go here as often as we can, and we would encourage you to do the same. Dinner only, from 5 to 10pm daily except Sunday. Visit salepepemaui.com to learn more.
Kihei: Nutcharee's Authentic Thai Food in the Azeka Shopping Center Makai, 1280 S. Kihei Rd. 633-4840 Another Maui restaurant that is neither new, nor new to us - it's just taken us awhile to finally give it the recognition we feel it justly deserves. Nutcharee's got it's start some years ago in Hana town, where they had a rustic semi open air operation under tenting. They were extremely popular there, but they eventually moved to their current Kihei location (and we're glad they did). Maui has a wealth of decent Thai places, but these folks are a cut above the rest in our minds. As such, if you're hungry for Thai, this is the place to try. Open daily for lunch - 11am to 3pm - and dinner - 5 to 9 Sun/Thurs, 5 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday (closed 3 to 5pm). More here: nutcharees.com
= GO HERE FOR SOME ADDITIONAL DINING RECOMMENDATIONS =
= AND HERE FOR A LIST OF ISLAND NATURAL FOOD STORES & VEGAN / VEGETARIAN CAFÉS =
Listings are alpha, arranged by region:
= South Maui ~ West Maui ~ Central Maui ~ Upcountry =
SOUTH MAUI ~ Kihei - Wailea - Makena - Ma'alaea
Kihei: Cuatro 1881 South Kihei Rd. (at Foodland Center, next door to Sansei) 879-1110 This "unique" restaurant has a lot going for it. With a menu that blends Pacific Rim & Latin American cuisines, it's a bit difficult to describe the end result. Suffice it to say, go see for yourself - we don't think you'll be disappointed! Dinner only, from 4 to 10pm. Seating is limited to just 46 persons so reservations are highly recommended. See their menu online at cuatromaui.com
Kihei: Dina's SandWitch at the Sugar Beach Resort, 145 N. Kihei Rd. is a "smallish" place that's more a locals bar scene that also serves tasty sandwiches and pupus! Call 879-3262 for orders to go...
Kihei: Fat Daddy's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q 1913 S. Kihei Rd. 879-8711 - Reasonably good Texas-style BBQ prepared from old family recipes. This place is small, casual and worth checking out. Open 11am to Midnight, seven days a week. fatdaddysmaui.com
Wailea: Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman 10 Wailea Gateway Pl. 891-2322 Celebrity Chef Peter Merriman's latest Maui eatery is a fun adventure in casual dining. Serving Maui's largest selection of beers and ales, and a menu to please almost every taste. Visit their website for further info. monkeypodkitchen.com
Wailea: Pita Paradise 34 Wailea Ike Dr. (at the Wailea Gateway Center) 879-7177 11am 'til 5pm for lunch, 5 'til 9:30pm for dinner. Without going into great detail, this quote from their website about says it all: "Pita Paradise offers flavors and freshness found nowhere else on the island. Our time tested family recipes blend the rustic-style of Greece and Italy with fresh ingredients from Mauiís farms and waters to produce a flavor that is simply unmatched." and "Featuring fresh fish caught (daily) by the owner."
.Kihei / Kapalua: Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar Voted "best sushi" in many polls. Superb! The Kapalua Resort location is @ 600 Office Rd., and their central Kihei location is at the Foodland Shopping Center. "Heavy discounts" on sushi from 10pm to 1am, Thurs., Fri. & Sat. For big savings inquire about their "early bird" specials pricing! sansei-kihei.com
Kihei: Sarento's On The Beach 2980 S. Kihei Road 875-7555 Located on the ocean behind the Maui Oceanfront Inn. Italian with an island flair. Gre
at food, great service & decent views! Breakfast, 7 - 11am Dinner, 5:30 - 10:00pm sarentosmaui.com
Kihei: The South Shore Tiki Lounge 1913 S. Kihei Rd., adjacent to the Foodland Super Market. An unusual bar/lounge/restaurant serving pizzas and one of Maui's better cheeseburgers. southshoretikilounge.com
Napili: The Gazebo overlooking the ocean at the Napili Shores Condominiums, 5315 Lower Honoapi'ilani Rd. A wonderful, fun place for breakfast and lunch! Open daily from 7:30am - 2:00pm
WEST MAUI ~ Lahaina - Honokowai - Kahana - Napili - Kapalua
Lahaina: Gerard's 174 Lahainaluna Road, just off Front St. Delicious French cuisine in a lovely, intimate atmosphere. Open for dinner from 6pm Reservations 661-8939 gerardsmaui.com
Lahaina: Lahaina Coolers 180 Dickenson St., 661-7082 Open 8am 'til 2am, full menu served 'til Midnight. Creative menu in a room with a casual, "surfer" feel. lahainacoolers.com
Ka'anapali: Hula Grill at Whalers Village Shopping Center. On the most popular beach on the Island. Recommended for local "catch of the day" fish entrees. Lots of vintage Hawaiian collectibles used in the decor. 667-6636 for reservations. hulagrillkaanapali.com
Lahaina: Kobe Japanese Steak House 136 Dickenson St. 667-5555. Featuring teppanyaki-style food preparation, and a great sushi bar. Gets our "yum! yum! yum!" rating without question! kobemaui.com
Lahaina: CJ's Deli & Diner aka "The Comfort Zone" 2580 Keka'a Drive in The Fairway Shops at Ka'anapali Resort. 667-0968 Open daily from 6:30 am 'til 7:30 pm for breakfast, lunch & dinner...especially noted for their gooey burgers. Visit cjsmaui.com to learn more . . .
Lahaina: Mala "An Ocean Tavern" 1307 Front St. (behind Safeway) 667-9394 - Reservations suggested for larger parties. A Chef Mark Ellman restaurant. "Very hip" best describes this popular eatery. A tapas & wine kind of place, we enjoyed their crunchy calamari, rich potato soup, homemade totilla chips & guacamole, a great Kobe beef cheeseburger with "pommes frites," and an absolutely "killer" flan for dessert! Recommended! Open for lunch & dinner, Mon/Fri, dinner only Sat/Sun. See this photo ~ and their web site.
Kapalua: Merriman's Kapalua One Bay Club Pl. 669-6400 Chef Peter Merriman is called "The Pied Piper of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine" by the Los Angeles Times. There must be some truth in this since he's developed a very loyal following over the past twenty years with his innovative, delicious creations. One of Maui's best restaurants, Merriman's has few peers in this realm. Not only is the food great, the restaurant's location, overlooking beautiful Kapalua Bay, is quite easily the "most scenic" anywhere on the island. If you're planning to be wed on Kapalua Beach, this fine dining establishment is perfect for post ceremony dinners. Open daily for dinner from 5:30~9pm. Happy Hour is from 3 to 5pm, with a limited menu. Reservations highly recommended. "Resort wear" apparel is appropriate. merrimanshawaii.com/maui
Lahaina: Penne Pasta Café Owner/chef Juan Gomez's cozy Italian eatery. Quite affordable and "Maui-casual," our very favorite Maui Italian restaurant! 180 Dickenson St. - 661 6633 Open 'til 9:30 pm daily, 10 pm Fri/Sat. Check out their web site for menu items, etc.
Kapalua: Pineapple Grill 200 Kapalua Dr. (at the Kapalua Bay Course club house) This superb restaurant has been open for about five years, way too long to not have given it a try sooner. Well, as the saying goes, "better late then never." They've been the recipient of numerous "best this" and "best that" awards, so I don't know if there's very much more I can say short of "dine there!" (While not right on the ocean as are some other similarly popular eateries, the 18th hole at Kapalua's famed Bay Course is really quite beautiful!) Lunch, 11am ~ 2:30pm Grille Menu, 2:30pm ~ 5:30pm, Dinner, 5:30 ~ 9pm Dinner reservations recommended, 669-9600 pineapplekapalua.com
Kapalua: The Plantation House 2000 Plantation Club Dr. 669-6299 Their website proclaims, "Casual Elegance ~ Island Style." We're completely in agreement here, and then some! We dined at this beautiful establishment for the first time on our own the other evening. (Our previous three experiences were as guests of wedding couples, never allowing us to get very "adventuresome" with menu selections.) Now that we've finally had the opportunity to be more "selective," we can say our dining experience easily met our expectations and beyond! Open daily; breakfast, lunch & dinner. theplantationhouse.com
Ka'anapali: Roy's Ka'anapali Bar & Grill at the Ka'anapali golf course clubhouse, 2290 Ka'anapali Parkway ~ 669-6999. Roy's offers some of the best cuisine on Maui, and their fabulous chocolate soufflé dessert is not to be missed! (We often celebrate birthdays or anniversaries here.) roysrestaurant.com
Kapalua / Kihei: Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar Voted "best sushi" in many polls. Superb! The Kapalua Resort location is @ 600 Office Rd., and their central Kihei location is at the Foodland Shopping Center. For big savings ask about their "early bird" special pricing! sansei-kapalua.com
Honokowai: SoupNutz @ Java Jazz in the Honokowai Marketplace, 3350 Lower Honoapi'ilani Rd. Small cafe and one of Maui's very best espresso bars, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Monday-Saturday: 6am-9pm (Call for Sunday hours) 667-0787 javajazz.net
Lahaina: Star*Noodle 286 Kupuohi St. (Lahaina Business Park) 667-5400 This stellar new eatery takes the old time noodle house concept to a whole new level. If there ever was a "fine dining" noodle house, this is it! Great food, great decor and great service. Go see for yourself! Open Daily; Lunch 10:30am-3pm ~ Dinner 5:30-10pm (Find Star*Noodle on Facebook)
Lahaina: Surfside Pizza 505 Front Street (overlooking the street) 793-2650 Open daily 8:00am to 10:30pm. It's been quite awhile since a new Maui pizza place has been recommended on this page, but this pizza joint has what it takes to be here, and more! (Our only regret is that it's 40-minutes from home!) Here's a link to their website, for the menu and other things of interest. Go! Eat! Enjoy!
Lahaina: Teddy's Bigger Burgers 335 Keawe Street, in the Lahaina Gateway center, 661-9111 Teddy's is a growing chain, with several locations on O'ahu, and another in Woodinville, Wa. Open for almost four years in Lahaina, we first ate there four times within a ten day span, it was that good; for burgers, that is. (We tried the crispy chicken sandwich and fish & chips, both very disappointing. But, their hamburgers are great, and that's what a burger joint is all about, yes?) Their fries are quite good, but not too outstanding, while the"potato flour" hamburger buns are always "fresh" and tasty. Teddy's yummy shakes are extra thick, and made with Maui's premium Roselani ice creams. Bottom line; if you want a decent burger at a fair price, Teddy's has 'em! Open 10am to 9pm daily. teddysbiggerburgers.com
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CENTRAL MAUI ~ Kahului - Wailuku - Waikapu - Airport..
Wailuku: 808 on Main 2051 Main St. (between Church & Market Streets) 242-1111 Opened in September, 2015, this spin-off of the popular 808 Deli, in Kihei ("Maui's Best Sandwich Shop") is another example of the new influx of quality eateries that are beginning to make Wailuku Town a "foodie paradise." A full menu is served from 10am 'til 7pm, Mon. through Friday. We're not sure what their reservations policy is, but I know they are very busy at lunchtime, so a wait might be in order if you go then. Their menu is diverse, with a nice selection of pupu, soups, salads, entrees and panini sandwiches, something to please just about everybody! This link to their Facebook page should prove useful.
Wailuku: A Saigon Café 1792 Main St, 243-9560 The Island's very best Vietnamese cuisine. (One of the more popular "local style" restaurants on the island.) Recommended... Urban Spoon Review.
Kahului: Café O'Lei at The Dunes at the Maui Lani Golf Course club house (enter off Hwy. 380) 877-0073 Innovative preparation of local and "American"favorites. Open most days for breakfast, lunch and dinner (closed Monday for dinner). cafeolei.com/the-dunes-at-maui-lani
Wailuku: Giannotto's Pizza 2050 Main Street. 808 244 8282 Owner David Giannotto is from New Jersey, and maybe that's all I need to say. (Capische?) Besides very good pizzas, David serves the best meatball, sausage and cheese steak subs to be had, and a lot of other family-recipe-inspired Italian specialties. David's web site tells it all. (Believe it or not, he's a die-hard Redskins fan. You want 'skins stats? David's got 'em!)
Kahului: Maui Coffee Roasters 444 Hana Hwy., 877-2877 Espresso, pastries and other light fare. Open "early" until late afternoon. Retail sales of whole bean and ground "gourmet" coffees, roasted on the premises. hawaiiancoffee.com
Wailuku: Taco Style Maui has been open since March at 2070 Vineyard St. between Market and Church Sts. (way in the rear, through a passageway between buildings) 385.2946 In our estimation, Maui has been lacking decent and affordable Mexican-style food for quite awhile. Sure, there are some non-traditional nouvelle style "Mexican" restaurants here, but they're not all that good relative to the cost. Taco Style Maui is affordable, and very good, too! The downside, they're only open for lunch, 11am to 3pm M/F, closed Saturday and Sunday. Anyway, without further elaboration, trust us and go see for yourself. This link to their Facebook page should prove useful.
Wailuku: Tokyo Tei 1063 Lower Main Street, 242-9630 Good local-style Japanese dishes served in a pleasant dining room setting. An Island favorite for over 30 years. tokyotei.com
Wailuku: UMI 1951 E Vineyard Street, between Market St. & Central Ave. 269-1802 It's a very rare thing when we fall in love with a restaurant at first bite. At UMI, we did exactly that. They are open seven days a week, from 5 to 9 - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, they're a Ramen Noodles house, Thursday through Sunday, their focus is on Sushi. (BYO, no reservations.) Talented chef Jayse Sato and his staff create "fusion dishes made up of sushi and hot food." Including the very best calimari we have ever had! Simply wonderful! Do yourself a favor, and head for Wailuku, we don't think you'll be disappointed. Their Facebook page tells more of the story.
Wailuku: Wailuku Coffee Co. 26 North Market St. 495-0259 (808) 495-0259 Mon/Sat. 7am to 5pm, Sunday 8am to 3pm. "Our mission is to be a gathering place for all the diverse people of Maui, to provide all with excellent service, delicious, healthy and affordable food and the best espresso on earth." wailukucoffeeco.com
UPCOUNTRY ~ Hali'imaile - Makawao - Kula - Ha'iku - Pa'ia
Pa'ia: Charley's Restaurant 142 Hana Highway, 579-9453 If heading to the top of Haleakala, or on your way to Hana, we highly recommended it for breakfast. This is also where part-time Maui resident Willie Nelson and his friends often hold impromptu back bar jam sessions. Very casual and laid back. (While pretty good for breakfast, it's just average otherwise.) charleysmaui.com
Makawao: Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli 1188 Makawao Ave, 572-0220. Very good pizzas and traditional Italian dishes plus live musical entertainment on weekends ("big names" on occassion). [Note: Check out their very cool tee-shirts!] casanovamaui.com
Pa'ia: The Flatbread Company 89 Hana Highway - 579-8989 Open daily from 11:30am 'til 10pm The Maui location is one of seven restaurants in a chain, the other six are all in (and all over) New England. There's a Hawaiian word, "pono," that translates as "righteous" or "to do right." This is one pono outfit, beyond any doubt, and without exaggeration! So, what exactly is a 'flatbread?' Essentially, a pizza by any other name, but their pizzas are far better than, and very different from, most others we've ever had! So, without belaboring this any longer, let me send you to their web site....it'll save me from writing a much longer overview! BTW, Pa'ia is a former sugar plantation town, now a center for "ocean sports" here on the Island. As such, it's a great people watching town! Well worth a visit whether you dine there or not!
Hali'imaile: Hali'imaile General Store 900 Hali'imaile Rd, 572-2666 Famous for Chef Bev Gannon's crab pizza and tasty Hawai'i regional treats to delight your palette. Located in a former plantation camp store, and well worth the drive to beautiful upcountry Maui! Visit their website for directions, open/close hours and such.
Makawao: Makawao Steak House 3612 Baldwin Ave, 572-8711 A local favorite now open under new ownership, call for hours and reservations.
OLD LAHAINA LUAU
In Lahaina Towne, on the ocean behind Long's Drugs.
OUR LUAU PICTURES HERE
808 667 0700
FEAST AT LELE
505 Front St. Lahaina
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808 667 5353
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808 661 1234
GRAND WAILEA RESORT
= DA KINE ONO GRINDS =
(Delicious Local-Style Foods)
We're often asked where to find "Hawaiian" restaurants here in Maui.
Sadly, there are no "pure" Hawaiian restaurants left. However, if you want
to sample a nice mixture of really ono local cuisines - Hawaiian, Japanese,
Portuguese, Filipino, Korean, etc. - there are a number of good (and cheap)
dining establishments that you will find quite enjoyable if you make
the effort to experience them. The following three listings are very
representative of this genre...
Kahului & Kihei: Da Kitchen Triangle Square (Kahului) 871-7782 and the Rainbow Mall (Kihei) 875-7782. Kahului serves alcohol and has sit-down service. Kihei has self-service without beer or wine. The food is similar from one to the other but Kahului's menu is more extensive. (If you're on a "low salt" or "no salt" diet, be sure to tell 'em!)
Kahului: Ichiban - The Restaurant & Sushi Bar Kahului Shopping Center, 47 Ka'ahumanu Avenue 871-6977 Good Japanese, "local" & American food plus a truly yummy sushi bar! Casual setting. Highly recommended! Google+ Reviews
Wailuku: Sam Sato's in the Millyard industrial park, 1750 Wili Pa Loop, 244-7124 Breakfast and lunch only. Good local food, specializing in noodle dishes.
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are noted for both the quality of their food and service.
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Restaurants still in business that we've removed from this list include . . .
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Las Piñatas, Spago, Shaka Pizza, Marco's Grill & Deli, Café O'Lei (Kihei), Ramen-ya, Ruth's Chris Steak Houses, Kula Lodge & Restaurant
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