We have eaten at all of the restaurants listed below. Some we like more than others but all of them do a good job of providing you with delicious food. We have broken the list into several groupings based on their location:
Price Rating (our opinion): $-$$$$$
Wailea & Kihei
Bistro Molokini Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234.
Chef Michael Young knows how to satisfy keiki as well as their parents. Organic Kurobuta pork, Hāna Bay fish and chips, and grilled mahimahi are made with fresh local ingredients. Kid-friendly. American. L, D. $$$-$$$$
Café O’Lei 2439 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 891-1368.
A nice offering of standard American and Pacific Rim dishes. Can get a bit noisy. $$
Cuatro 1881 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei, 879-1110.
Latin and Pacific Rim flavors mingle at this pocket-sized restaurant. Try spicy ‘ahi nachos or a “Maui-terranian” fish dressed in basil beurre blanc, salsa, and balsamic syrup. Latin/Pacific Rim. D. $$$
Duo Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000.
They prepare meat dishes really well. We attended their Thanksgiving buffet and everything but the Turkey was great. But there was a lot to choose from. $$$$ – $$$$$
Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000.
First, the ambiance of the restaurant and the view are terriffic. Second, they make really good Italian food. $$$ – $$$$$
Foodland 1881 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei, 879-9350.
This is first a supermarket. It is the closest full size market to Polo Beach Club. They have a great selection of produce and a lot of prepared dishes. You can find a good selection of local products that are not available at the large chain supermarkets. $-$$
Humble Market Kitchin Wailea Marriott, 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 879-4655.
Chef Roy Yamaguchi hits it out of the ballpark with kampachi crudo, seasonal Goose Point oysters, roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, tender beef short ribs, and even saimin. Perfect. Pacific Regional. B, D. $-$$$
Humuhumu Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234.
If fresh island prawns in Thai ginger, tomato broth and tapioca pearls, or brioche- and lemongrass-crusted rack of lamb doesn’t make you want to dance the hula, the tender butter lettuce, Cabot white Cheddar cheese, Asian pears, and candied macadamia nuts tossed in a mustard vinaigrette will. Pacific Rim. D. $$-$$$
Island Gourmet Markets at The Shops of Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, 874-5055
Ka‘ana Kitchen Andaz Maui, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 573-1234.
Start with grilled Wagyu hanger steak on green papaya salad, then charred octopus with local goat cheese. Next, Kona abalone on creamy risotto, or a modern interpretation of chicken and waffles. A curated wine list with sommeliers to guide you in pairings, and mixology at its finest. Asian Fusion. B, D. $$$$
Da Kitchen Rainbow Mall, 2439 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-7782.
The Hawaiian plate feeds three normal appetites or one sumo-size eater. Plate-lunch favorites like chicken katsu, tempura fish, and Korean mixed plate won’t leave you wanting. Kid-friendly. Local Mixed Plate. L, D. $
Kō Restaurant, Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, 875-2210
Monkeypod Kitchen 10 Wailea Gateway Pl., Wailea, 891-2322.
Lunch at this Peter Merriman restaurant includes pizza, burgers, tacos and ramen. For dinner: Big Island beef rib eye with chimichurri sauce, gnocchi with pork sausage, and banana-cream pie. Hawai‘i Regional. L, D, N. $$
Morimoto Maui Andaz Maui, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 573-1234.
Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto combines signature and Maui-centric dishes such as rib-eye beef burgers lobster roll sandwiches. Dinner catches fire with prix fixe omakase. Handcrafted mixology and a dazzling selection of sakés. Japanese Fusion. L, D. $$$$
Nick’s Fishmarket Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-7224.
Classic seafood dishes are served beneath a trellis of stephanotis and a sky full of stars. Woo your date with plump strawberries that are drenched in Grand Marnier and set aflame. Pacific Rim/Seafood. D, RR. $$$$
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, 555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, 879-2224.
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-0004.
This one of our favorite restaurant on the island. But we love Japanese food. They excel in making sushi and tempura dishes. I don’t think we have ever had a bad dish. If you like so save money (sushi is never cheap) make a reservation for 5:30 any day of the week except Sunday and Monday. Everything you order before 6 pm will be 25% off. There are some exceptions. On Sunday and Monday they offer 50% off of orders placed by 6 pm and the doors open at 5:30 pm. However, expect a long line if you don’t get there at least 30 to 40 minutes early. Again there are some exceptions (like alcohol is not included) $$$-$$$$
Sarento’s on the Beach, 2980 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-7555.
Some of the best Italian food on Maui. The location sits right on the beach so be sure to get a reservation. It is pricey. $$$$$
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-9983.
Surprisingly Tommy Bahama does a good job at delivering tasty food for a reasonable price. There happy hour menu and bar is very good. $$-$$$
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, 61 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei.
The best shave ice on Maui. They have additional locations in Kahalui and Lahaina. Be sure to include ice cream on the bottom of your ice. They offer different toppings too. Our favorite is vanilla ice cream with root beer syrup (tastes like a root beer float). $
Lahaina (about a 50 minute drive north)
Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, 820 Olowalu Village Rd Honoapi’ilani Hwy Lahaina.
To come $$-$$$
Sam Sato’s, 1750 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, 244-7124
To come $-$$
Mama’s Fish House, 799 POHO PL, PAIA
To come $$$$$