2016

Maui Restaurant Reviews

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

CA

Here is a compilation of more casual restaurants, snack places we visited during our Maui 2014 and 2016 Hawaii trip. Our goal was to find good eats at reasonable prices, primarily restaurants where locals go. We have no interest sampling cuisine that is done better at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is challenging on an expensive island full of pricey tourist traps.

Read our Higher end Maui restaurant recommendations

Maui Casual Restaurant Reviews (Alphabetical)

A Saigon Cafe Wailuku Maui Duck Soup

A Saigon Cafe – 4/2014
1792 Main St
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 243-9560
Yelp Page

A small Asian / Vietnamese restaurant not far from the Airport. Hidden away under hightway. Not cheap, but they are friendly. 50% more expensive than back home.
Pho is definitely below the average San Francisco place. We dined her to stay away from the chain restaurants.

Picks:
Papaya Salad
Duck Soup
Shrimp Pho

Pans:
Beef with egg

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Maybe

Aston Kaanapali Shores Beach Club Restaurant & Bar – 4/2016
3445 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, HI 96761
(877) 997-6667
Website

Yelp Page

We stayed at this hotel and received a resort credit to use a the restaurant. Without this credit, we would have avoided the place, but boy were we surprised. The food we had for lunch was pretty darn good. If you happen to be staying here or at a resort nearby, give it a try.

Food Picks:
Loco Moco

Salmon Toast

Sauteed Tuna Entree

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Good

Would we come back – Yes

Coconuts Fish Cafe – 3/2016
1279 S Kihei Rd,
Kihei, HI 96753
808-875-9979
Website

A small chain with a location in Kihei, Arizona, and other states. Located in a outdoor mall.

Picks:
Coconut Shrimp and Chips ($13.49) is their name sake, so it better be good. Deep fried goodness.

Fish and Chips ($13.49)

Pans:
Local Style Grilled Chicken Plate ($11.99) was just plain not very good.

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Good

Would we come back – Maybe

Da Kitchen – 4/2016
425 Koloa St., Suite 104
Kahului, HI 96732
808.871.7782

Website

Yelp Page

This location is very close to the OGG, making it a great place for a better and cheaper meal than the airport or plane. You will dine beside TSA and FBI employees.

Lunch for 4 came to an expensive $75! Quantities are massive. Food was slightly above average.

Picks:
Teriyaki Burger ($11.99) was pretty massive but decent. Price is too high! Order one of the next items..

Teriyaki Chicken and Beef Bowl ($15.75) is another large dish with lots of chicken and beef. Decent.

Da Kitchen Kahului Maui Hamburger Steak Plate Lunch

Hamburger Steak Plate ($13.95) was also sizeable. A theme here? Not as good as the one we had in Aston Kaanapali Shores. We had to ask for more gravy.

Pan Seared Mahi ($23.49) continues the massive portion size tradition. Very good quality fish and as usual, these folks know how to cook fish correctly.

OK:
Spam Musubi ($3.99) was average at best.

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Good

Would we come back – Maybe

Da Kitchen Express Kihei Chicken Teriyaki

Da Kitchen Express – 4/2014
2439 S Kihei Rd, Ste A107
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 875-7782
Website

Yelp Page

Traditional “plate lunch” to the next level. Locals don’t really come here, it was filled with tourists. Lunch for 4 came to an expensive $60! Food was average.

Picks:
Big Braddah Combo Teriyaki Chicken, Chicken Katsu
Saimin
Fish and Chips

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – No

Eskimo Candy – 4/2016
2665 Wai Wai Place
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 879-5686

Website

Yelp Page

Eskimo Candy is a seafood market / Restaurant. Eat in, Take out, or cook at home. It is located near the rental car places, far from the main drag. Mostly locals and informed foodies. A nice change of pace from the usual expensive tourist joint.

Food Picks:
Davey Jones Fish-n-Chips – 4 Lightly battered pieces of fish, coleslaw & fries. Ono cost $8.95, Mahi $10.95. You cannot select the fish type at very many places. We selected mahi and found it pretty good. Fresh fish and really good when fried. Fries were fine.

Sauteed fish with rice and salad (Market price) was a pretty large piece of mahi mahi cooked just right. It did take a while to arrive.

Poke Bowl ($12.99) with 4 types of poke. Shoyu, wasabi, furikake and spicy tuna was also very fresh and hit the spot. The spicy was VERY spicy. Rice they use is not the best.

Kalbi plate lunch with fish and chips ($12.95) was a nice combination of surf and turf. Thick and very good kalbi ribs and 2 large pieces of fried fish.

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Good
Service – Fair
Value – Very Good

Would we come back – Maybe

Foodland Kihei Maui Poke

Foodland Super Market – 4/2014
Kihei Town Ctr
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 879-9350

Yelp Page

A great place to pickup snacks and groceries. Costco is too far away from the tourist centers. Several kinds of Poke, that is actually very decent even though it is previously frozen. Foodland Farms in Lahania is even more upscale.

Picks:
Poke

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Fair
Value – Good

Would we come back – Maybe

 

Home Maid Bakery – 4/2014
1005 Lower Main St
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 244-4150
Website

Yelp Page

Hot Malasadas come out at 4pm. Also not far from the Airport and IAO Valley state park. Reasonable prices.

Picks:
Mochi
Malasadas
Creme Pie
manju

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Very Good
Value – Very Good

Would we come back – Yes

Honolua Store – Kapalua – 4/2016
502 Office Road
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 665-9105

Website

Yelp Page

When you are hungry near the Ritz Carlton Kapalua and do not want to pay $20 for a burger, eat at this ABC grocery store with a food section. A good place to buy some food to bring to the beach. (Yes we did this) Herb Roasted Prime Rib on Thursdays!

Picks:
Famous Honolua Burger ($9.99) with 100% all beef chuck steak burger, fresh Maui gold pineapple, cheddar cheese, bacon, tomato, green leaf lettuce, curly fries hit the spot. Price was reasonable and burger tasty.

Plate Lunch Chicken Teriyaki had tons of chicken and very smooth mash potato.

Spam Musubi was good although the meat was pretty thin.

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Good

Would we come back – Yes

Kinaole Grill Food Truck – 4/2016
77 Alanui Kealili Dr
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 280-9048
Website

Yelp Page

This food truck was a dream, reasonably priced local food at good prices. Maui can be expensive, but food trucks like this work well. They use peanut oil in their fryer. They also do catering.

Picks:
Chicken Katsu ($14) with guava BBQ sauce was crispy and hit the spot

Seared Ahi ($14) with wasabi cream. This would cost double at a restaurant. Fresh fish cooked right.

Kinalone Food Truck Kihei Maui Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp ($14) with capers had 6 fresh shrimp cooked perfectly. Nice rice and side salad.

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Good
Value – Excellent

Would we come back – Yes

Local Food Lahaina Maui Plate Lunch

Local Food – 4/2014
222 Papalaua St Ste 202
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 667-2882
Yelp Page

A real hole in the wall plate lunch plate. Really slow service as this is a tiny spot. They ran out of rice for spam musubi on us. Call before you go. The chicken was surprisingly good. The food is worth the wait.

Picks:
Kalua Pork with cabbage Plate lunch with rice and salad ($7)
Shoya chicken Plate lunch with rice and salad ($7)

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Fair
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Yes

Poi by the Pound – 4/2016
385 Hoohana St #5c
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 283-9381
Website

Yelp Page

Yes they sell food other than poi! An authentic local’s restaurant not from from Kahului airport. They do a lot of catering, but run a popular restaurant.

Food Picks:
Hawaiian Plate ($19.40) includes Lau Lau, Kalua Pork, Chicken Long Rice, Lomi Salmon, Poke, Poi, Rice & Mac Salad. This plate give you a ask for all the good stuff. The Kalua Pork was some of the best we have had. The Lau Lau (pork in wrapped taro leaf) is somewhat of an acquired taste with strong leaf flavors. Chicken Long Rice with long vermicelli noodles was good. Huge portions, enough for 2.

Poi by the pound kahului maui (3)

Poke and Poi Bowl – Choice of Shoyu Poke, Spicy Tuna, or Half and Half combination, which is what we got ($12.40) showed how fresh the fish is on Maui. Really good poke. Poi is not our favorite dish, but they clearly do it well.

Kulolo ($5) is home made bar made with taro, coconut milk, and brown sugar. An acquired taste.

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Good
Value – Very Good

Would we come back – Yes

Mana Foods – 4/2014
49 Baldwin Ave
Paia, HI 96779
(808) 579-8078
Website

Yelp Page

We wondered how this highly recommended natural foods grocery store could outdo Whole Foods or Rainbow Grocery in the San Francisco area. Wow, they stock a ton of stuff, much more than most. Their cooked foods and bakery items outdo Whole Foods, especially if you are looking for vegan options. Be sure to stop here on your drive to Hana. Get some ginger to ease the car trek.

Picks:
Cooked Foods
Bakery Items
Produce

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Yes

 

Migrant Wailea Maui Chicken Wings

Migrant – 4/2014
Wailea Beach Marriott
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 875-9394
Website

Yelp Page

Modern Local cuisine with a Filipino slant. Chef Simeon competed in Top Chef: Seattle 2013. Beautiful restaurant although the food did not live up to the hype. Happy Hour 5-6pm on drinks only.

Picks:
Bottom Kalbi ($6)
Tocino ($14) Char siu pork with really good flavor
Korean Fried Chicken ($15) Spicy drummettes
Mule cocktail
Natural Colada Cocktail

Pans:
Choy Choi ($10) incredibly hard to eat, no knife.
Street Corn ($11) pretty stiff and hard to eat
Pizza Lamb ($16) flatbread with lamb

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Very Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – No

Snow Factory Snow Cream

Snow Factory – 4/2014
59 Kanoa St
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 633-4270
Website

Yelp Page

A small dessert shop near A Saigon Cafe. Multiple locations throughout Hawaii.
They serve Snow Ice, which is ice ribbons mixed with milk. More sweet than shave ice. Slow service as there is only 1 guy.

Picks:
Lychee snow ice

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Fair
Value – Good

Would we come back – Maybe

Stilwells Bakery Maui

Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe – 4/2014
1740 Kaahumanu Ave
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 243-2243
Website

Yelp Page

A small bakery and cafe with legendary cream horns and also salads, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, and more. On the way from the airport to Northern and Southern Maui. Reasonable prices.

Picks:
Chocolate Cream Pie Slice $3Coconut Cream Pie Slice $3
Mini Cream Horn $1.90
Cherry Pie $3

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Very Good
Service – Good
Value – Very Good

Would we come back – Yes

Ululanis Shave Ice Kihei Maui

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – 4/2014
61 S Kihei Rd
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 877-3700
Website

Yelp Page

Definitely superior to other places even though they use the same machine. In fact this location is better than the Lahaina one. Very finely chopped shaved ice. They have several locations throughout the island.

Picks:
Shave Ice

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Good

Would we come back – Yes

Yees Orchard Kihei Maui Mangos

Yee’s Orchard – 4/2014
1165 South Kihei Rd
Kihei, HI 96753
Yelp Page

Wow were their mangos sweet. Keep it local! Nice folks that showed us their peacocks. Also sold at Mana Foods in Paia, but you are better off buying from their farm location. Open Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday 11am – 5pm

Picks:
Golden Glow Mangos $4.30/lb
Dried Coconut $3.50

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Yes

Other places for consideration on future trips

Casual Maui Eateries:

  • Restaurant Matsu – Yelp (Kahului – Near Airport – Japanese)
  • Sam Sato’s  – Yelp (Kahului – Near Airport)
  • Tamura’s Fine Wines & Liquors – Yelp (Kahului – Near Airport) – Poke
  • Julia Best Banana Bread – Yelp (Kahakuloa – North shore)
  • Farmers Market Maui – Yelp (Lahaina)
  • Fish Market Maui – Yelp (Lahaina)
  • Foodland Farms – Yelp (Lahaina) – More upscale than Foodland
  • Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop – Yelp (Lahaina)
  • Ono Kau Kau – Yelp (Lahaina)
  • 808 Deli – Yelp (Kihei)
  • Kihei Cafe – Yelp (Kihei, Breakfast-Lunch)
  • South Maui Fish Co Truck – Yelp (Kihei, Closed Sunday)
  • Sugar Beach Bake Shop – Yelp (Kihei)
  • Flatbread Pizza Company – Yelp (Paia)

Maui Fine Dining:

  • Gazebo Restaurant – Yelp (Lahaina – Breakfast/Lunch)
  • Sea House – Yelp (Lahaina)
  • Koiso Sushi Bar – Yelp (Kihei)
  • Hali’imaile General Store – Yelp (Makawao – Up country)
  • Morimoto – Yelp (Andaz Maui, Wailea) –
    • Avoid sushi/sashimi/tartares and the omakase
    • Bone marrow, yellowtail in a hot stone pot, duck duck goose, oysters foie gras
  • Nick’s Fish Market – Yelp (Fairmont, Wailea) – Happy Hour 5 – 7pm
    • Kalua pork potstickers, grilled spiny lobster, opah

Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
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One Response to “Maui Restaurant Reviews”

  1. Ali Hong Kong Says:

    great rundown. thanks for the tips!

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