If you’re heading to Maui then you’re in luck! Maui truly is a foodie paradise with amazing restaurants spread across the island.
No matter where you’re staying my first piece of advice is to stop at the island Costco (which is right next to the airport) and stock up on snacks, alcohol and bottled water for the week. This will help cut overall food/beverage costs and hopefully allow you to splurge on one or two amazing meals.
Since we were staying at the Hyatt Kaanapali we were really close to a variety of restaurants including the ones onsite, in Whaler’s Village as well as in Lahaina. When we weren’t eating poolside at the Hyatt we were exploring the local cuisine. Below are the restaurants we visited while on the island.
Swan Court Breakfast: Located lakeside on the first floor of the Hyatt this was our go to breakfast spot, especially because it was included with our room. They had a great brunch buffet complete with hot breakfast items, bagels, toast, fresh fruit, fresh juices, cereals and more. I loved that they offered you POG juice to go, it was the perfect mixer for our Costco vodka 🙂
Umalu: the pool/beachside restaurant at the Hyatt. This was a casual lunch spot with a good happy hour. We ended up here daily due to it’s location.
Hula Grill Kaanapali: Located in Whaler’s Village this restaurant is within walking distance from the Hyatt and the best part is you can take the beach the entire way. The restaurant itself is nice but not super memorable.
Maui Tacos: This is little walkup window in Lahaina Town that’s a quick 10-minute drive from the Hyatt. Although it’s pretty casual it’s a great lunch spot. At first I was a little hesitant but they ended up having some of the best fish tacos I’d ever eaten!
Fleetwood’s on Front St: Located in Lahaina Town this was an upscale restaurant and rooftop bar. Although I enjoyed my meal I was a bit disappointed by the service. I did love the live music and vibe on the rooftop bar!
Lahaina Grill: An upscale restaurant in Lahaina Town with a romantic setting and fresh, flavorful food. One of those meals you remember forever and constantly try to replicate but fail every time. For dinner I had the Maui Onion and Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Steak with Vanilla Bean Rice and it was unbelievable. The flavors were like nothing I had ever experienced.
Drums of the Pacific Luau: This dinner show was located at the Hyatt and I have to say I wasn’t really impressed. The food was mediocre, for the price I would have rather gone back to Lahaina Grill. The show itself was ok and I’m sure much more entertaining for families, however we got bored and ended up leaving early.
Spago: This is the beach/poolside restaurant at the Four Seasons located in Wailea. It had great service, great food and the most amazing view.
My favorite meal on the island was at Moma’s Fish House. Moma’s is located on the North Shore and can take between 45 to 60 minutes to drive to from Kaanapali, but I promise you it’s worth it! I had the Lobster and Crab Crusted Mahi Mahi with rice that tasted like fruit loops. Yes you read that correct, fruit loops. It was to die for. Make sure you make reservations in advance and get there early so you can enjoy the grounds.
I hope these recommendations inspired you for an your upcoming trip! If anyone has been to any of these or ends up going I’d love to hear what you think!