Please note: Some of the restaurants listed may have closed due to the pandemic since the writing of this section. Call to confirm. Also, whenever possible make reservations early. Current restrictions limit available tables and can make getting a reservation difficult.
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): $-$$$$
Wailea & Kihei
Bistro Molokini Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234.
The Bistro offers a blend of California and Island cuisine. Private dining is available in their poolside cabanas – perfect for two or groups up to 10. Kid-friendly. American. $$$-$$$$
Café O’Lei 2439 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 891-1368.
A nice offering of standard American and Pacific Rim dishes. Can get a bit noisy. $$
Cuatro 1881 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei, 879-1110.
Latin and Pacific Rim flavors. Small plates and unique flavors. $$$
Duo Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000.
They prepare meat dishes really well. We attended their Thanksgiving buffet, which was gigantic, and everything but the Turkey was great. $$$ – $$$$
Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000.
First, the ambiance of the restaurant and the view are terriffic. Second, they make really good Italian food. $$$ – $$$$$
Foodland 1881 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei, 879-9350.
This is the closest full size market to Polo Beach Club. They have a great selection of produce and a lot of prepared dishes. You can find a good selection of local products that are not available at the large chain supermarkets. $-$$
Humble Market Kitchin Wailea Marriott, 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 879-4655.
Upscale restaurant by Chef Roy Yamaguchi features seasonal fare with an Asian twist in a contemporary space with ocean views. Regional. $-$$$
Humuhumu Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234.
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, provides a farm to table experience specializing in seafood and steak dishes. $$-$$$
Island Gourmet Markets at The Shops of Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, 874-5055
A market and gift shop that sells items direct from Hawaii’s’ farmers. If you need something quick, stop in for a quart of milk, a box of sushi or a fresh made sandwich. Large selection of fruits and vegetables (a little pricey but convenient). $-$$$
Ka‘ana Kitchen Andaz Maui, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 573-1234.
If you like to experiment, try Ka’ana Kitchen. Their menu is different but also familiar. Great dishes to choose from. Asian Fusion. $$$$
Da Kitchen Rainbow Mall, 2439 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-7782.
Da Kitchen’s Hawaiian plate feeds two normal appetites or one sumo-size eater. Plate-lunch favorites like chicken katsu, tempura fish, and Korean mixed plate won’t leave you wanting. Kid-friendly. $-$$
Kō Restaurant, Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, 875-2210
Fairmont Kea Lani’s signature restaurant Kō features a cuisine inspired by the era of Maui’s sugarcane plantations. Over 90% of the fish, beef and produce is sourced locally, $$-$$$$
Monkeypod Kitchen 10 Wailea Gateway Pl., Wailea, 891-2322.
Lunch at this Peter Merriman restaurant includes pizza, burgers, tacos and ramen. For dinner: Big Island beef rib eye with chimichurri sauce, gnocchi with pork sausage, and banana-cream pie. $$
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 and lobster roll sandwiches. Dinner catches fire with prix fixe omakase. Handcrafted mixology and a dazzling selection of sakés. $$$$
Nick’s Fishmarket Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-7224.
Classic seafood dishes are served under the stars. $$$$
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, 555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, 879-2224.
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-0004.
This one of our favorite restaurants on the island. But we love Japanese food. They excel in making sushi and tempura dishes. I don’t think we have ever had a bad dish. If you like so save money (sushi is never cheap) make a reservation for 5:30 any day of the week except Sunday and Monday. Everything you order before 6 pm will be 25% off. There are some exceptions. On Sunday and Monday they offer 50% off of orders placed by 6 pm and the doors open at 5:00 pm. However, expect a long line if you don’t get there at least 30 to 40 minutes early. Again there are some exceptions (like alcohol is not included) $$$-$$$$
Sarento’s on the Beach, 2980 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-7555.
Some of the best Italian food on Maui. The location sits right on the beach so be sure to have a reservation. It is pricey. $$$$
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-9983.
Surprisingly Tommy Bahama does a good job at delivering tasty food for a reasonable price. Their happy hour menu is very tasty and reasonably priced. And the bar is great. $$-$$$
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, 61 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei.
The best shave ice on Maui. They have additional locations in Kahului and Lahaina. Be sure to include ice cream on the bottom of your ice. They offer different toppings too. Our favorite is vanilla ice cream with root beer syrup (tastes like a root beer float). $
Olawalu (about a 45 minute drive north)
Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, 820 Olowalu Village Rd Honoapi’ilani Hwy Lahaina.
Leoda’s is a very casual family restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They feature an assortment of hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, baked goodies, daily specials and of course, sweet and savory pies. We typically order several of their sweet pies and savory pies to take home for dinner or lunch the next day. Their pies are small but rich. It is worth the drive. $$-$$$
Sam Sato’s, 1750 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, 244-7124
How do you describe this place. Sam’s has been around for years. It was originally located on the main street in Wailuku in what can best be described as a shack. They moved to their current location 15 or 20 years ago. It is a small place packed with locals. The food is great. Not fancy but really good Hawaiian/Japanese cuisine. They are know for their dry noodles. Don’t let that name scare you they are not really dry (just not in a bowl of soup). If you go you will see people order a Delux Cheeseburger along with their main meal. There is just something about the burger. Ellen and I split one and all it takes is about 4 bites and its gone. They are open for breakfast and lunch. They are also known for their baked goods. $-$$
Mama’s Fish House, 799 POHO PL, PAIA
Very popular restaurant with great views. Not one of our favorites in part because it is so expensive for what you get. While their seafood is fresh, you can get equally good seafood elsewhere. It is a nice drive to Mama’s. $$$$$