Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Hawaii >
Apr 3, 2014 05:23 PM

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

A Saigon Cafe - 1792 Main St. – Hours: Daily 10:00am-8:00pm - excellent Vietnamese, quirky wait staff. Moderate prices.

Main Street Bistro - 2051 Main St. – Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00am-6:30pm - “refined comfort food” Another locals place, good food at a moderate price.

Sam Sato’s - 1750 Wili Pa Loop - Hours: Open Monday-Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm Very casual, breakfast & lunch only. A locals place for noodles, plate lunches, SPAM, and ‘diner’ food. Tricky to find. Inexpensive.

Paia & Makawao
Hali’imaile General Store - 900 Hali’imaile Rd., Makawao, - Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 2:30pm• Dinner: Nightly, 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Fusion cuisine, moderate to expensive. Small bar. Use Open Table. Less crowded at lunchtime.

Mama’s Fish House - 799 Poho Pl., - Hours: Daily 11:00am-230pm / 4:15pm-9:00pm - Arguably the best and most expensive seafood restaurant on Maui. Beautiful location. Reservations are needed, use Open Table.

Paia Fish Market - 100 Baldwin Ave - Hours: Daily 11:00am-9:30pm - No frills seafood, affordable, ultra-casual, and crowded with locals and tourists. No table service.

Lahaina & Napili
The Fish Market Maui - 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Honokowai – Hours: Daily 11:00am – 7:00pm. Dine In or Take Out. Very casual and affordable fresh fish. Also, buy fish here, take it back to your condo and cook it!

Gazebo -at Napili Shores condos, 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Napili. - Hours: Daily 7:30am – 2:00pm - Breakfast and lunch overlooking Napili Bay. Small, expect to stand in line to get a table. We try to get there 15 minutes (or more!) before they open.

Honokowai Okazuya - 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Honokowai – Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am - 2:30 pm / Mon-Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm – Good place for takeout. Cash Only. Affordable. Asian, Hawaiian & American. No table service.

Honu - 1295 Front St., Lahaina – Hours: 11:00am to 3pm - Happy Hour – 3:00pm to 4:30pm • Dinner - 4:30pm to about 9:30pm or so. Very good Seafood in a casual but upscale setting. Turtles! Expensive. - use Open Table.

Lahaina Grill - 127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina – Hours: Daily 5:30pm to close - Great food, no view. Expensive. “White tablecloth dining” but still casual dress. Vibrant bar scene. - use Open Table

Mala Ocean Tavern - 1307 Front St., Lahaina - Hours: Monday-Friday Lunch - 11am to 3pm Happy Hour - 3pm to 4:30pm Dinner - 4:30pm to about 9:30 or so - Saturday & Sunday Brunch - 9am to 3 pm Happy Hour - 3pm to 4:30pm - - Sat & Sunday Dinner 4:30pm to 9:00 or so - Moderate to expensive. Fresh fish, burgers. Busy bar. Turtles! - use Open Table

Sea House Located at Napili Kai Beach Resort - 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Napili - Hours: Daily Breakfast: 7:00 am - 11:00 am Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Pupus: 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Moderate to expensive. Fresh fish, varied menu. Beautiful location on Napili Bay – best deal is to go for Pupus! Reservations: 808-669-1500

Star Noodle - 286 Kupuohi St., Lahaina - Hours: Daily 10:30am – 10:00pm - Asian fusion, noodles. Busy, casual. Small bar. You may have to wait in line, Do it!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Thanks for the comprehensive guide

    1. You've put out a great list! I am fan of almost all of them. Some I haven't been to yet! The fish market is a great suggestion, we have had wonderful things from there. I didn't find Honu that expensive, just my opinion. We were lucky, the kitchen sent out an Ahi pizza for us which was just killer. I really enjoy a nice lunch at Sea House, so relaxing and the staff is so friendly. Thanks for the list! Were you just there?

      1 Reply
      1. re: manomin

        We are retirees, have the 'bad' habit of spending a month on Maui almost every year.

      2. Nice list which contains most of our favorites.
        Noticed one of our most recent find's isn't included which is.
        Amazing Breakfasts and Lunch

        8 Replies
        1. re: russkar

          We did not care for Leoda's. Thus it is not on our list.

          1. re: DriverPhil

            Sorry to hear that.
            The original chef of Star Noodle spent a lot of time making their menu items memorable. O' well...
            We really like it and can't imagine not going their to or from Mama's from Kapalua..

            1. re: russkar

              Aloha Russ!!
              Haven't seen our beloved Bill Hunt..
              Any word?

              Aloha and Mahalo

              1. re: Beach Chick

                He's probably relaxing somewhere planning his next trip here. aloha

                1. re: russkar

                  I'll shoot him an email just to make sure..
                  His Aloha bruddah's and sista's miss him on the board.

                2. re: Beach Chick

                  When we had lunch at Halekulani he was about to undergo a major remodel at his home, really major. Perhaps he's just enjoying all AZ has to offer during the construction.

              2. re: DriverPhil

                Ditto on Leoda's. Pies overpriced and over rated. Another one of theirs, Star Noodle, was ok, portions too small for the pricing. Aloha Mixed Plate we do like, ate there twice the last time on Maui.

                1. re: DriverPhil

                  We just returned from Maui and had 2 very nice veggie sandwiches for the plane ride home and tried their apple pies (both the regular and hand versions). Also tried one of their savory pies. The crust was very good but the filling was scant and needed more flavor. But we did really like the sweet pies and sandwiches.

                  What is REALLY missing from the list is Merriman's, in my opinion. For the money, I rather spend it at Merriman's than Sea House and they are basically right next store to each other.

              3. To Tex & Diver : Look at the bright side your not in Texas or Ariz anymore.. when your in Maui... we live here so it's what we

                1. Aloha Phil. .
                  Solid list.
                  Sea House seems to slide under the radar but the oceanfront locale on Napili bay and good food and drink has always been great.
                  Ka'anapali soon and look forward to hanging at our old haunts and new ones..Amasia at Andaz...looking forward to dine there.


                  3 Replies
                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Amasia is at the Grand Wailea, not the Andaz.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Morimoto at the Andaz Maui at Wailea

                    2. re: Beach Chick

                      Thank you. Our goal was a single page list of places we like to return to. Page two would have been fun to do too.