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What to Eat in Maui

Maui is quickly earning a reputation as a foodie destination: The island's restaurant scene is as diverse as its visitors with restaurants serving food from around the world. But as long as you're here, you may as well get a taste of the local cuisine.

Like the rest of America, Maui is on board with the local food movement – here, you'll find plates piled high with freshly caught fish and regional produce. To find these ingredients prepared in the island way, you'll want to stray from resort-heavy areas and head to towns like Lahaina, Kihei and Paia, which are home to popular restaurants like Paia Fish MarketMama's Fish HouseMerriman's, Star Noodle, Lahaina Grill and Nalu's – a few traveler favorites. The farther you get from Maui's resorts, the more local mom and pop joints you'll find. These local outposts serve such specialties as pork roasted in banana leaves, poi (ground taro root) and haupia, a creamy coconut custard. If you're not quite sure where to start your culinary tour, ask some local residents for recommendations.

One very popular  and economical  way to get your fill of Hawaiian cuisine is to eat big around noon. Many local eateries served what's called a "plate lunch," which comes piled high with some sort of protein (usually beef, pork or fish), rice and/or macaroni salad and some sort of pickled vegetable. This tradition formed on the sugar plantations, where workers would gather for lunch and share their food. Today, it's common to see residents and visitors alike chowing down on the mountainous servings dished out by plate lunch restaurants and stands.

Another way to cut down on restaurant tabs is to munch on farmers market finds for breakfast and lunch. In addition to the fresh produce, you'll also find ready-made meals, including acai bowls and macaroni salad. Go Hawaii offers a guide to all of Maui's farmers markets on its website. Fruit stands selling smoothies and juices are also a common sight, especially on the Road to Hana

Find the Best Restaurants in Maui

  • #1
    Flatbread Company
    #1 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2397 reviewsTripAdvisor (2397)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, Pizza
    89 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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  • #2
    Mama's Fish House
    #2 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 14046 reviewsTripAdvisor (14046)
    $$ | American, Hawaiian
    799 Poho Pl, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9708
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  • #3
    Mana Foods
    #3 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 883 reviewsTripAdvisor (883)
    $ - $$ |
    49 Baldwin Ave, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-8607
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  • #4
    Paia Gelato Company
    #4 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    $ | Cafe, Deli, Healthy
    99 'C' Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9745
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  • #5
    nyloS
    #5 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 95 reviewsTripAdvisor (95)
    $$ | American
    115 Baldwin Ave Unit A, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9647
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  • #6
    Paia Bay Coffee Bar
    #6 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 330 reviewsTripAdvisor (330)
    $ | American, Cafe, Mediterranean, Healthy
    115 Hana Hwy Unit G., Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9745
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  • #7
    Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice
    #7 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 84 reviewsTripAdvisor (84)
    $ | Hawaiian
    115A Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9745
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  • #8
    Paia Fish Market
    #8 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2453 reviewsTripAdvisor (2453)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, American
    100 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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  • #9
    Cafe des Amis
    #9 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 696 reviewsTripAdvisor (696)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Mediterranean, Cafe
    42 Baldwin Ave, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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  • #10
    Kuau Store
    #10 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 87 reviewsTripAdvisor (87)
    $ | Cafe
    701 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9734
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  • #11
    Cafe Mambo
    #11 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 822 reviewsTripAdvisor (822)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Cafe, Hawaiian
    30 Baldwin Ave, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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  • #12
    Vana Paia
    #12 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 93 reviewsTripAdvisor (93)
    $ - $$ | American, Japanese, Bar, Sushi, Wine Bar
    93 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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  • #13
    Paia Bowls
    #13 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 59 reviewsTripAdvisor (59)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, Cafe, Hawaiian
    43 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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  • #14
    Milagro's
    #14 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 810 reviewsTripAdvisor (810)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern
    3 Baldwin Ave, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-8607
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  • #15
    Charley's Restaurant
    #15 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1043 reviewsTripAdvisor (1043)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    142 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9745
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  • #16
    Rock & Brews
    #16 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 429 reviewsTripAdvisor (429)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    120 Hana Hwy Suites 10 & 11, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
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  • #17
    Thai Spice
    #17 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 113 reviewsTripAdvisor (113)
    $ | Asian, Thai
    149 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9745
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  • #18
    Tobi's Shave Ice
    #18 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 124 reviewsTripAdvisor (124)
    $ | Hawaiian
    137 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9745
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  • #19
    The Hana Bay Picnic Co.
    #19 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 151 reviewsTripAdvisor (151)
    $ | American
    99 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-9745
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  • #20
    Maka by Mana
    #20 of 48 Places to Eat in Paia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 103 reviewsTripAdvisor (103)
    $ - $$ | Fusion, American
    49 Baldwin Ave Inside Mana Foods, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-8607
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