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? 

Other Hawaii Posts

My First Trip To Hawaii- Maui
My First Trip To Hawaii- The Big Island
10 Things I Learned While Visiting Hawaii
Hawaii In Instagram Photos
Which Hawaiian Islands Should You Visit?
How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

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  • Rachel

    We are all about the food when we travel too. I don’t remember much about the food when we were in Maui since I was so young, but apparently I missed out! That Hula pie, it’s making my mouth water! It sounds amazing and look how tall it is! I’m seriously craving sweets now…which is so bad with this no carbs/so sugar diet!! And a mac and cheese burger? That sounds amazing!! Happy Wednesday, Ashley!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I know! I was going back and looking at some of the menus, and I’m so mad that I totally didn’t get that Mac & Cheese burger! It sounded wonderful! And if you make it back to Maui, you definitely need to try Hula Pie! It was definitely heaven on a plate! I’m glad that we’re not the only ones that are all about food when we travel, I feel like that’s the part that’s the most fun!

  • omg so many good options. and now i’m hungry. and shaved ice is a necessity when you go to hawaii! just the perfect thing to cool off. gimme that pie too! oy. swoon 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • It really is the perfect thing to cool off with! We ended up eating Shaved Ice like 3 or 4 times on Kauai because it was so easy to get to from our resort. And the Hula Pie was as good as it looks, and I was totally craving it after I wrote this post!

  • That cake looks so incredible– and those tropical drinks! Everything looks so delicious & it definitely looks like a food destination. My husband would love toe crab cake dish you ordered.

    • It was a really good foodie destination, and to be honest I don’t think that I was really expecting that much. I remember how good that tuna dish was, and the Hula Pie is definitely something that everybody should try out! And it wouldn’t be Hawaii without some tropical drinks!

  • I’m so so sold on the delicious cocktails and sweet treats! And I still can’t get over those flamingoes!

    • The flamingos were in the hotel lobby! It was the coolest lobby ever! And I feel like it’s not a tropical vacation without some fun cocktails! They’re the best!

  • Jen

    Lahaina was one of my favorite places when we were in Maui! It’s such an awesome area and the people were so nice.

    • It really is a great part of Maui, and you’re so right that the people are so nice! We loved sitting at the bars and getting to talk to the bartenders every night.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Food is definitely the highlight of any trip! Oh my goodness how my husband and I love fish tacos! I am definitely all about beautiful cocktails & sweet little treats but I love everything in between too so now I’m super hungry, ha ha!

    • Haha if it makes you feel any better, I got so hungry writing this post because I started remembering how good all the food is. You would be in heaven in Hawaii because there’s so many fish tacos to choose from!

  • ooh yum. This all looks amazing! I love tropical cocktails and those tiki cups are so cute! I am definitely pinning this for later. Food is one of my favorite parts of traveling! 🙂 Xo – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • I love tropical cocktails too, and it just makes you feel even more like you’re on vacation when you have one in hand by the pool or at the beach! And I just love how food can elevate your whole vacation, which is one of the reasons why I love writing these posts!

  • Yummy! Beautiful photos and lovely food! I will be remembering this for when i get there!

  • Nadine

    All of these places sound fabulous!!! I am sure a lot of people are probably shocked when visiting how much things cost, but it makes perfect sense everything has to be shipped in. Can you believe we had a Cheeseburger In Paradise when I lived in Atlanta and I never did make it there to eat.

    • That’s a bummer that you didn’t make it there! It really was a fun restaurant, although I do regret not trying the Mac & Cheese burger while we were there. And we were definitely surprised by the sticker shock at first when we were there, but then when we started thinking about it, it all made sense.

  • All of these places sound great, and those Mai Tais…yumm!! Shaved ice sounds like a definite must!!

    • Shaved ice is definitely a must in Hawaii, and we definitely ate it as much as we could! And I feel like tropical cocktails just make you feel like you’re even more on vacation when you’re sitting by the pool or at the beach!

  • Oh my god, these places have the best names!! I’d probably enjoy eating at any of them – yummy!!

    • They really did have fun names and sometimes it’s even more fun to try and pronounce them! You would not be disappointed with any of these restaurants!

  • It probably wasn’t a good idea to read this post while I’m hungry. 🙂 All of these look so good! You make me want to go back to Hawaii ASAP.

    • Haha I was getting so hungry when I was writing this post because I was remembering how delicious all the for was! I would fly back just to eat some of that Hula Pie or some shaved ice!

  • That shaved ice though! I would love some right now! Since I’m not in Maui, I guess Bahama Mama’s will do 🙂

    • Haha I know! I was just thinking that since Maui isn’t that close, I think that I finally need to try out Bahama Mama’s! I’ve heard that they’re the best in the Continental United States!

  • LOVE! I need all the drinks and desserts please and thank you 😀

    Green Fashionista

    • I know! I thought that all of the food was good, but the cocktails and desserts were definitely the best in my opinion!

  • mmmm the Hula Pie and Mai-Tai’s look right up my alley!! I can’t wait to go to Maui one day. I’m sure the food is as delicious as the views 🙂

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

    • It really is! The views are incredible, but they’re even better when you can be eating some shaved ice or sipping on an incredible cocktail and looking out! I hope that you make it to Maui soon!

  • Yes to anywhere with a view! I’ve always wanted to go to Lahaina Grill, I’ve heard such great things about it. I’m glad you got to eat such great food in Maui!

    • We really did! I still feel like Oahu probably has the better food, but we really did enjoy everywhere that we ate at when we were on Maui. Lahaina Grill is totally worth the price tag!

  • Biana Perez

    I basically need to go back to Maui just so I can eat at all these places! We ate at some really small local mom and pop places when we were there and they were delicious! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I had a few mom and pop places on my list, but since we didn’t have a car we didn’t have a chance to make it out to them. I’m thinking that next time we’ll definitely have to try and make it there.

  • frikkenduckie

    Love it! It’s been a long time since I’ve been back home and even longer since I’ve been to the outer islands but this just gives me all the homesick feels! And yes, most things must be shipped to the islands which is why the prices are much higher than the states, so I’m glad you mentioned that!

    http://www.frikkenduckie.com

    • I think that some people would get outraged by the prices, so I just wanted to make sure that I mentioned that the reason the prices are so high because of the fact that it’s an island. And we loved our time so much on Maui, and wish that we could go back soon!

  • Never been to Maui but seems like is a lot of people’s favorite Hawaiian island. That means I have to visit one day. Yeah, the prices on the islands are high. The positive is that you can find very good food. I have been to places were the food is expensive and the flavor and quality low. #wanderfulwednesday

    • I feel like that would be a major bummer to pay high prices for food that isn’t very good, and I feel like that’s always a risk when you visit an island, but I think that we really lucked out with the places that we picked. Maui is definitely one of our favorite islands, and I hope that you get to visit soon!

  • MMM all the food looks so delicious! Now you’ve made me hungry as I havent had breakfast yet, but am crazy one of those Mai Tais! haha I visited Kauai as a teen and fell in love with the Lava Flows and I still dream about them! #WanderfulWednesday

    • Haha I know what you mean! I felt like I could have one of those Mai Tais all day everyday the whole time that we were on our trip because it just helped us to feel like we were even more on vacation! I was pretty much hungry the whole time I was writing this post!

  • The shaved ice looks incredible! What a great list of options for varying price ranges. Maui looks like it has tons of great restaurant/snack options!

    • It really does, and to be honest I wasn’t necessarily looking to be blown away by the food while we were on Maui. And the shaved ice was so good, and definitely a must eat when visiting Hawaii!

  • Seriously, now I NEED to go back to Hawaii! Maui will definitely be our next adventure, and I will keep this for that trip for sure. I loved all of the food out there and discovered the new love of my life: macadamia nuts. I wish we had more of them here in the continental 48!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • I know! We ate a ton of Macadamia Nuts while we were in Hawaii as well! I loved reading all about your Oahu trip and it definitely made me want to visit that island for our next Hawaii trip! It sounds like we both need to make it back there sometime soon!

  • I’m dying to visit Maui and Hawaii in general. Leilani’s On The Beach sounds like a place we would love! Great round up of foodie spots and explaining why the prices are a bit higher.

    • Thank you! And I could definitely see you loving Leilani’s On The Beach or Hula Grill because they had great outside areas to sit and enjoy the amazing views! I hope that you get to visit Hawaii soon!

  • That Hula Pie looks like the bomb!! I wish I liked shaved ice, but argh. Ice in my mouth makes me cringe!! My teeth are way too sensitive. Hehe

    • Oh no! I’m sorry that you can’t do shaved ice! We used to eat snow cones all the time as kids, but there’s just something different about having them while in Hawaii! And the Hula Pie is worth every single calorie that I’m sure that it’s filled with!

  • Omg I could use everything in these pics!! I have that glass–the tiki one–I got it at Disney and it makes even water just a little fancier.

    • Haha that would definitely be so much fun to drink water out of! It just makes everything feel like you’re somewhere tropical!

  • Okay it sounds like maybe I need to go there JUST to eat!!

  • Oh I think I would just eat my way thru Hawaii. Lol. That cake looks so good!!

    • The Hula Pie is worth every single calorie, it’s that good! And yes there’s some pretty fantastic food on Hawaii!

  • I couldn’t agree more, some of my favorite memories of traveling involve eating! It’s such a complete sensory experience! I like that you reminded people about the price differences too. I’m one to get picky about prices, but when you’re out in the middle of nowhere you have to remember that these places have to get their goods from somewhere. When I was recently on my trek in Patagonia, I was outraged by the prices, until I realized that there were no roads, no lakes for boats and I had just walked 4 hours to get to my lodge…. I think I’d be okay paying a pretty penny for that Hula Pie though, OMG so good!

    • Haha I know! I think that it’s very easy to forget that just because you think that it’s easy to get there, like just hopping on a plane to Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to get food to feed everybody that visits or even move all of the toiletries and materials for the hotels. I can’t imagine the people that live in such remote places like Patagonia and not having easy access to what we consider essential. Although I guess that just shows how many first world problems that we have, right?

  • You had me a hula pie. That seriously sounds SO good. I need to convince the hubs that Maui needs to be on our list… if for nothing else but the Hula pie.

    • Haha exactly! I felt like Maui totally killed it with all of the desserts, but especially the Hula Pie! It was worth the calories for every single bite! I hope that you make it to Maui soon!

  • so many good memories at cheeseburger in paradise! I didn’t have any hula pie in maui though, so guess I’ll have to go back 😉

    • Haha yes, you definitely need to go back to Maui, even if it’s just for the Hula Pie! It was so delicious and worth every bite!

  • I have loved your hawaii posts! it looks so amazing! pinning this!