Eating is one of my favorite things to do on trips. Not only do you get to experience the culture of the city or country that you’re visiting, but it also creates so many memories. While we technically didn’t leave the country in order to visit Hawaii, because of all the influences from the Pacific Island nations Hawaii has quite a unique outlook on food. So here we go with one of my favorite posts to write, a where to eat on Maui post!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Like I’ve mentioned before, we didn’t have a car during our stay in Maui, so most of the places that we visited were right around our hotel, The Westin Maui, which is located right at Kaanapali, a town on the Northwest side of the island. Another town that is just a few miles south of Kaanapali and easily accessible by cab is Lahaina, and you’ll see that all of the restaurants that we visited are in these two towns.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

I also want to preface this post, and the post that I’ll write about food on Kauai as well, by saying to remember that you’re visiting an island. I know that it seems obvious, but some people don’t understand why there seems to be such a pricing difference between what you’re paying for food or hotel rooms in Hawaii versus mainland USA. Just remember that pretty much everything you eat and use during your stay on Hawaii has to be shipped in, so the cost of those things that you eat and use are going to be a little bit more expensive. So when you see the prices to eat at some of these restaurants, just remember that the higher prices a lot of times has to do with where you’re actually visiting. Ok, now it’s time to talk some food!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Hula Grill

Located literally just steps away from our hotel, the Hula Grill was the perfect outdoor casual restaurant for our first night on Maui. By the time that we had arrived at the hotel, checked in, and freshened up a bit, we walked outside to catch the most beautiful sunset. Because of the time that we arrived, there was a pretty long wait at the Hula Grill so when we spotted a seat that was open at the bar, we snagged it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

We weren’t terribly hungry, so we decided to split some fish tacos for dinner. I don’t know if it was delirium from the long flight, but those fish tacos couldn’t have been more delicious alongside the Mai Tais that we had to have!

Another reason that we decided that splitting dinner would be worth it was because we had to get Hula Grill’s famous dessert while we were there, the Hula Pie! Made with Chocolate Cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, and whipped cream, hot fudge, and nuts on top, you definitely need to split this with somebody!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall, Hula Grill is a great option if you’re staying near Kaanapali or Lahaina, and offers a great location for watching the sunset on the patio as well. Just make sure to get there early so you can grab a table before it gets too crowded! There’s also an indoor dining room if you would prefer to eat inside. Make sure to save room for dessert because the Hula Pie is not to be missed!

Location:
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Building 1
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$20-$30/person (patio)

Leilani’s On The Beach

Located literally right next door to Hula Grill is Leilani’s On The Beach, which also offers both indoor and outdoor seating. After a very early morning bike ride down Haleakala, we arrived back to the hotel very tired but also very hungry and ready for lunch! Before hitting the pool, we decided to head to Leilani’s for lunch!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Because we wanted to enjoy the weather as much as possible we opted to sit out on the patio, plus it also offered some pretty awesome people watching as well. We started off our meal with some Mai Tais because we when in Hawaii, you must drink beachy and fancy cocktails. For food though, I decided that fish tacos would be the perfect option for me again, and what can I say, they’re one of my major food groups, and when in Hawaii you should eat as much fish tacos as possible! While Hula Pie was on the menu again, we weren’t hungry enough for dessert that day.

Overall, Leilani’s felt a lot like Hula Grill especially since they’re right next door to each other with a lot of the same menu choices. They also both offered patios which would have beautiful views of the sunset and indoor seating options as well. Either way I don’t think that you can go wrong with either or, and of course I’d recommend the fish tacos or the Hula Pie!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Building 1
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$20-$30/person

Cheeseburger In Paradise

Our guided tour of The Road To Hana took the whole day, but when we got dropped off at our hotel, we pretty much had just enough time to catch a cab from our hotel back to Lahaina to watch the sunset over the water! Once we were done watching another spectacular sunset, we were definitely ready for dinner, and one of the places that was very easily accessible, had great views of the water, and was within walking distance was Cheeseburger In Paradise, yes just like the Jimmy Buffet song!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

With a few other locations on Maui and on Oahu, Cheeseburger in Paradise is obviously a very popular choice when you’re craving a good burger. Overall, the menu had your basic burger options, but also some really unique options as well like the Mac & Cheese Burger. I was being basic that day and opted for the Black N Blue Burger because I was in desperate need of some blue cheese!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall, we thought that the burgers were good especially if you’re kind of over eating fish tacos or poke. We also really enjoyed the fact that there were local Hawaiian beers on the menu so that we could enjoy something else other than a Mai Tai! Because of it being situated right on the water, this location of Cheeseburger in Paradise gets very crowded, so be prepared to wait for a table. We were lucky enough to grab some seats at the bar so that we could eat quicker!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
811 Front Street
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$15-$20/person.

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Now one of the foods that you absolutely, hands down, cannot miss during your trip to Hawaii is the famous Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and the place to grab some shaved ice on Maui is Ululani’s. Luckily for us, Ululani’s was literally just down the street from Cheeseburger in Paradise so we just walked over and immediately got in line for some dessert.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Now I’m sure you wondering what makes Hawaiian Shaved Ice different than normal snow cones that you get at home, and that my friends is the little bit of sweetened condensed milk that is added to whatever flavor combination you choose. The condensed milk adds just a little extra sweetness to your delicious shaved ice!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

When you arrive at Ululani’s be prepared to wait in line! I think that since everybody wants to try some Hawaiian shaved ice while they’re in Hawaii, no matter what time you visit you’re pretty much guaranteed a line. I honestly can’t remember what flavor combinations that we tried, but I know that Chris got a Hawaiian Shaved Ice and loved the condensed milk on top! It was the perfect and refreshing way to end our day! Like Cheeseburger In Paradise, there are several locations around Maui, so if this location isn’t close to you, there’s probably another one nearby!

Location:
790 Front Street
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$5/person

Lahaina Grill

If you’re looking for a fancier night out on the town during your stay in Maui, then look no further than Lahaina Grill. Located right in the heart of Lahaina, if your socks aren’t blown off by the beautiful restaurant itself, then don’t worry they’ll be blown away by the delicious food that you’ll be served. There’s a reason that it was voted the top restaurant on Maui 24 years in a row!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall our time at Lahaina Grill couldn’t have been more perfect. The service was incredible, and we loved our dishes that we got. One of my favorites was the “Cake Walk” that served up three different types of crab cakes because who doesn’t love crab cakes, especially when they’re done in different ways? Our early dinner reservations worked out perfectly for our time at Lahaina Grill because we literally walked out the door to the ocean and watched the sunset. It was the perfect end to our first full day on the island.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Our Hawaii trip was a 5 year wedding anniversary trip so we knew that we wanted one of our dinners to be extra special, although I’m pretty sure that we did book some other fancy dinners during our time on Kauai as well. I really thought that Lahaina Grill nailed it as far as being a beautiful restaurant with beautiful food that was perfect for celebrating any occasion! Just know that you’ll end up paying a little bit for it as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
127 Lahainaluna Road
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$50-$60/person

And there you have it, my guide of where to eat on Maui! It’s definitely not the most comprehensive of guides, but it’s a good place to start if you’re staying in the Kaanapali or Lahaina part of the island. I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Maui? Are there restaurants on this list that you’d want to check out? 

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Where to eat on Maui, from casual restaurants with fish tacos to Hawaiian shaved ice to one of the best restaurants in Maui, there's something for everyone!