The 10 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Maui

After two months of living in Maui, we were able to explore most of the plant-based restaurants on the island. These are the spots that I can’t stop day dreaming about and drooling over a month later. Most are seafood-based with vegan options so have no fear, carnivores! I rated these hot spots based on food quality first, views and atmosphere second, and then service. Most of these restaurants are located in West Maui because this is where we lived. The restaurant name links to menu, if available, and the restaurant location is listed in parenthesis next to the restaurant name. The location links to the Google Maps pin for easy directions while you’re on the road. Cheers to a glorious meal on the beautiful island! 

Moku Roots (Lahaina) This plant-based, quick-serve restaurant is what I miss most about dining in Maui. We ate here nearly every night for two months and even the pickiest carnivores will enjoy this first-class food. Unless there is a special event, you don’t come here for the atmosphere. Order your meal to-go, wrapped in a banana leaf, and dine on a nearby beach! 

Mama’s Fish House (Paia) If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion this is the spot! This seafood spot brings in fresh fish daily and sits on a private beach. The prices are steep, but you’re paying for the best restaurant and views on the island! Reservations required.

Gazebo for Breakfast (Lahaina) This is a local spot right on the water where you can watch whales breaching just beyond your plate. Come here to indulge in macadamia nut pancakes and some of the best omelettes in town. No reservations available, but if you arrive past 7am be prepared for a long wait. Be sure to walk Napili Bay or Kapalua Bay after breakfast!

Maui Brewing (Kihei) Live music, incredible atmosphere, and great brews. We loved this place so much we visited twice! Catch sunset in their outdoor seating area under the string of lights while listening to live music. Plus, they have incredible vegan options available. No reservations needed.

Fleetwood’s On Front Street (Lahaina) Make reservations on the outdoor rooftop right before sunset and you won’t regret it. Live entertainment starts as the sun goes down and you’ll enjoy rare ocean AND mountain views while you dine. Bring your wallet. Pro tip: Front Street holds an art night every Friday where the local galleries provide free beer and wine while you shop. Stop by the galleries after dinner!

Merriman’s Kapalua (Lahaina) The outdoor grill at Merriman’s was hands down my favorite spot for a sunset dinner. The trick is to arrive at 3:30pm to wait in line for outdoor seating to open at 4pm. Ask for a table right on the water and then watch the sun fade while sipping the best Mai Thai, topped with fresh pineapple foam, on Maui. No reservations for the grill, but if you’d like a 7-course meal inside book in advance!

Island Fresh Café (Paia) We ran into this charming cafe next to a yoga studio when driving by. Local vibes with chickens frolicking the grounds, yoga chanting next door, and a peaceful atmosphere. Incredible stop for healthy juices and lunch options. No alcohol and no reservations needed.

Leihani’s on the Beach (Lahaina) Waterfront and beach views with great food and service. Fish tacos are a must! This is also where I fell in love with Lava Flows. Order one, you won’t regret it. Your wallet will be hurting after this stop, but you aren’t in Maui to save money!

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop (Lahaina) Best dessert on the island! Order any of their personal pies and then get an extra one for later. We loved the key lime and coconut cream pie. Stop in for lunch or grab some desserts to-go. Quick serve, no reservations required. 

Sea House Restaurant Happy Hour (Lahaina) Not the best food, but definitely incredible views. Dine with the waves crashing below and enjoy discounted appetizers and drinks, truly some of the cheapest food on the island! Arrive when happy hour starts to get a seat on the water. No reservations required.

There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from during your stay. Check out my favorite activities in Maui for a winery recommendation and let me know if you stop by any of these spots! 

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Maui? Comment below! 

Key Lime Pie from Leoda’s Pie Shop Maui
Sunset with a beer flight at Maui Brewery
Private beach at Mama’s Fish House


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