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Maui Best Restaurants 2021

Location: Maui Hawaii USA

I’ve been to Maui more times than I can count and it is one of my favorite places in the world. But like everything else affected by the PanDamit, Maui has lost some restaurants (including one of my faves) while others struggle to keep their doors open. And yet still, this island is home to some amazing dining from take-out to romantic and every cuisine you can want. I have not eaten at EVERY Maui restaurant, but I feel qualified to recommend quite a few. So here they are – Maui Best Restaurants 2021 by My Fab Fifties Life.

The Sea House – Napili – Beautiful view ocean side at the iconic Napili Kai Resort. Fresh fish and always delicious. One of my top restaurants on the island. Reservations a must.

A ‘a Roots – Napili – Vegan tiny restaurant in Napili Plaza, farm to table, locally sourced and so delicious.

The Gazebo – Napili – a bit over hyped, but still delicious breakfast with huge servings. Be prepared to wait in line at this tiny spot.

The Sea House
A ‘a Roots
Gazebo Fried Rice

Mama’s Fish House – Paia – Maui’s finest restaurant in food, ambiance and service. Incomparable. Reservations hard to get but give it a try.

Star Noodle – Lahaina – One of my top favorite restaurant in Maui. Always perfect, outdoor ocean side dining. Creative menu and excellent service. Reservations needed.

Mala Ocean Tavern – Lahaina – Great seafood, clever cocktails, ocean side dining. Reservations needed.

Mama’s Fish House
Mala Ocean Tavern
Star Noodle

The Fish Market – Kaanapali – purchase fresh fish and poke here to take home or order up fresh prepared fish tacos, mahi mahi and so much more. Delicious and worth the wait. Take out.

Monkey Pod Kitchen – Kaanapali and Wailea – by the owners of Merriman’s (see below) a more casual restaurant for salads, burgers, fish and a great Mai Tai.

Pint & Cork – Wailea – not your usual Maui vibe, this gastropub is a great place if you want a burger and a beer. Great service and reasonable prices.

The Fish Market
Monkey Pod
Pint & Cork

Paia Fish Market – Paia, Kihei, Lahaina – choose your fish and how you want it prepared. Always fresh but expect a wait.

Sugar Beach Bake Shop – Kihei – come for the malasadas. Hands down the best on the island. Other yummy stuff too.

Sale Pepe – Lahaina – A great Italian option right in Lahaina. No view but the food is excellent and the service is great. Try the lasagna.

Paia Fish Market
Down the Hatch
Sugar Beach Bake Shop

Coconut’s Fish Cafe – Kihei – Fish tacos, salads and more at a reasonable family friendly price. Choose your fish and your preparation preference. Always fresh.

Down the Hatch – Lahaina – Order at the counter and they will bring your food to your table. Large seating area so usually not a long wait. Nice bar options too.

Papa ‘aina – Lahaina – currently open just for breakfast and lunch but Top Chef Lee Anne Wong works wonders and Papa’aina often creates special dinner events too. Hopeful they will open for dinner soon. In the historic Pioneer Inn across from the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.

Papa A’ina
Sale Pepe

Three’s Bar and Grill – Kihei – Casual and clever menu with both indoor and outdoor seating and a great Happy Hour menu. Try the brussel sprouts. I’m not kidding, they are amazing.

Maui Brewing – Kihei and Kahana- Pizza, fish tacos, burgers and a delicious kale salad…and of course beer.

Honu Seafood and Pizza – Lahaina – another excellent pizza option but also lots of fish choices and fabulous view. The Mushroom Pizza was excellent and so was the Banana Coconut Cream Pie.

Maui Brewing
Honu Seafood and Pizza
Three’s Bar & Grill

Miso Phat – Kihei and Kaanapali – the Kihei location is currently take out only so check the website. Delicious sushi and a great variety. Easy to order on line, pick up and enjoy at the beach.

Kula Lodge – Kula – we try to stop here for wood fired pizza every time we are in Upcountry and the area known as Kula. It’s outstanding pizza and the view just can’t be beat. Only open until 5:00pm so be sure to check their website for changing hours.

Morimoto – Wailea – the most beautifully presented sushi I have ever had. And the ambiance is amazing at the stunning Andaz Resort in Wailea. For a special occasion or any day, just go. Great to watch the sunset too. We always come back for this one.

Kula Lodge
Miso Phat

Sam Sato – Wailuku – few tourists come here, but locals know about this amazing noodle shop in Wailuku. I love the Dry Noodles and the Chow Fun. Great kimchee too.

The Pour House – Kapalua – no view but the ambiance is lovely and the food is divine. If you want a break from fish and Hawaiian food make a reservation at this phenomenal Italian bistro. Be sure to try the handmade fresh burrata.

The Pour House
Sam Satos
Star Noodle

A note about Merriman’s, one of the highest rated restaurants on the island. We REALLY want to eat at Merriman’s, but alas getting a reservation is really hard. So I have not eaten there and I cannot write about them. There are a few other highly rated restaurants I have yet to visit too….so maybe I can when I come back next fall for more Maui Best Restaurants.

There are many food trucks on the island, but I haven’t visited them all. But if you are interested in take out options check the YouTube video we did Tasty Tuesday Maui Take Out Food.

Feel free to share in the comments any other Maui restaurants you love. And I’ll take your recommendations and visit those restaurants when I return to Maui next year. Mahalo!

Paia Fish House Take Out and Sunset
Three’s Bar & Grill

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