Bruce & Kolleen Wheeler's
Maui Dining Suggestions
Our personal favorites are in green lettering.
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Listings are alpha, arranged by region:
= South Maui
~ West Maui ~ Central Maui ~ Upcountry =

SOUTH MAUI ~ Kihei - Wailea - Makena - Ma'alaea

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.
Kihei: La Poblana Mexican Food Kihei Gateway Plaza, 362 Huku Lii Pl. 868-4466 "Authentic poblano Mexican food." In our minds, the best on the Island. Not a margarita bar (BYO beer and wine), and not at all fancy, we love the food!  Open daily 6am to 9:30pm, more info on their Facebook page.

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.

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:

Kihei: Penny's Pizza & Pasta > rear of 2511 S Kihei Rd.  874-7000  Open 4:30-8:30pm daily, our favorite South Side pizza - by a mile! We've never tried their pastas, the pizza is hard to pass up on. Online here.

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 Maui’s farms and waters to produce a flavor that is simply unmatched." and "Featuring fresh fish caught (daily) by the owner."

WEST MAUI ~ Lahaina Area - Honokowai - Kahana - Napili - Kapalua

Regrettably, some of the following restaurants are no longer
in business as a result of the tragic August, 2023 wildfires that
took out much of the town of Lahaina. We grieve their loss.
Those shown in
purple are forever gone, and we are so very sorry.

Napili: The Gazebo at the Napili Shores Condominiums, 5315 Lower Honoapi'ilani Rd. A wonderful place for breakfast and lunch! Open daily 7:30am - 2:00pm

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.

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.
Lahaina: Penne Pasta Café  Owner/chef Juan Gomez's cozy Italian eatery. Quite affordable and "Maui-casual," one of our favorite island Italian restaurants. 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: 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.
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.)  Chef Roy Yamaguchi's other Maui restaurant, Humble Market Kitchen, is at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. Like Roy's, it's among the best!
Kapalua: Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar  Voted "best sushi" in many polls. Superb!  In the Kapalua Resort at 600 Office Rd., Call 669-6286 for info.

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 restaurant was a pleasure to finally check out (they'd already been open for a few years). Everything we tried was a delight - THE BEST PIZZA ON THE ISLAND - 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 go there as often as we can, and we would encourage you to do the same.  Dinner only, from 5 to 10pm daily except Sunday. Visit to learn more.
Lahaina: Star*Noodle  on Front Street, near Old Lahaina Luau. 667-5400 This popular local 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 star*

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.  (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 reasonable price, Teddy's has 'em!  Open 10am to 9pm daily.

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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.  Online Menu
Kahului: Bistro Casanova  33 Lono Ave. 873-3650  A very good Mediterranean-themed menu. One of our favorite places for birthday and pre or post concert dinners, and among the best for "business lunches."
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.

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.

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."
UPCOUNTRY ~ Hali'imaile - Makawao - Kula - Ha'iku - Pa'ia
: Hali'imaile General Store  900 Hali'imaile Rd, 572-2666 Noted for Chef Bev Gannon's "famous" crab pizza, and a nice variety of tasty Hawai'i regional treats to delight your palette. Located in a former pineapple plantation camp store, and well worth the drive to beautiful upcountry Maui! Visit their website for directions, open/close hours and such.

In Lahaina Towne, on the ocean behind Long's Drugs.
808 667 0700
808 661 1234

(Delicious Local-Style Foods)
We're often asked where to find "Hawaiian" restaurants here in Maui
Sadly, there are very few "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 four listings are very
representative of this genre...

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! Online Reviews.

Kahului: Poi By The Pound  430 Kele St, 283-9381 "Much More Hawaiian" is an apt description. See their website for the usual stuffs.

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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Mahalo! Bruce & Kolleen

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are noted for both the quality of their food and service.
If you feel that things are not quite "up to par" you owe it
to yourself to inform management of any dissatisfaction.


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