Food Trucks/Grab and Go
The best restaurants in lahaina
Down the Hatch
Fairly new to the breakfast scene, Down the Hatch is the BEST breakfast on Maui. They stay true to the southern influence by offering items like chicken and waffles, southern style loco moco and the lava lava shrimp omelette. My favorite breakfast item is the fried rice. Not only is the food excellent but so is the price, with $10 Bloody Mary or Mimosa Carafes, you can’t go wrong. Breakfast hours 7:30-10:30 am daily and the place is always cranking. Located in Lahaina on Front Street across from the Banyan Tree.
Mala Ocean Tavern
Mala has brunch 7 days a week from 9 am to 2 pm. Their menu is amazing and you’ll have trouble placing an order because you’ll want everything on the menu. My favorite items are the Avocado Toast with Eggs or the Ahi Benedict paired with some champagne. Located at the end of Front Street on the water.
Although its not technically in Lahaina I wanted to include the Plantation House on the best restaurants in Lahaina list because I absolutely love their breakfast. Situated on the Kapalua Gold Course about 20 minutes north of Lahaina is where you’ll find this stunning restaurant. This is the only place that I don’t sit at the bar because I love the view you get when you’re sitting at a table. They serve breakfast daily til 3 pm and the home fries are crisped perfectly.
Paia Fish Company
The Paia Fish Company has some of the best fish tacos in Lahaina therefore it made the best restaurants in Lahaina list. The original Paia Fish Market opened its doors in 1989 in Paia on the corner of Baldwin Avenue and the Hana Highway. It has since grown to 3 separate locations on Maui and one in Waikiki. On the menu you’ll find plenty of fresh fish options like Ono, Ahi, Snapper, Opah, and Mahi Mahi. The casual eatery is open everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m and is located across the street from Lahaina’s famous banyan tree. In the evenings expect a line and to share a table.
Down the Hatch
Prison Street Pizza
Tiki Tike Thai
Located in the bottom of the wharf in the heart of Lahaina is Tiki Tiki Thai. The small restaurant fills up with locals and tourists alike because it has the best Thai food on the west side. The large menu gives you many classic Thai options to choose from and they have a sushi bar some nights. My favorite dish is the avocado green curry which is what I have pictured above. Open daily til 10.
Tucked away just off the main drag of Front Street on Dickenson Street is Lahaina Coolers. It’s been a staple in Lahaina for over 30 years. Open daily from 8-1 they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late night menu. The open air gives it a local feel. It’s an industry bar so it will be full later at night. You can never go wrong with a pizza here and I love their fiesta salad (only available at lunch.)
Fleetwoods on Front Street
Located off the main drag in Lahaina on Kupuohi Street is Star Noodle. The Asian Fusion Cuisine is on top of its game and I’m never disappointed when I come here. They don’t take reservations so its first call first serve which means theirs usually a line but its worth the wait. I’m a sucker for warm broth based soups so my favorite dish is the Local Saimin. They also have a nice craft cocktail and beer selection.
Lahaina Grill first opened its doors in 1990 and has been a staple in Lahaina ever since. They have an excellent wine list and craft cocktails to match. Their Espresso Martinis are always on point and every member of the staff is knowledgeable. The menu is clean and elegant. Must try items are the kona coffee roasted rack of lamb and the wagyu beef ravioli. Open nightly at 5 pm.
If you are craving authentic Italian come to Sale Pepe. They use all fresh and local ingredients taking your taste buds on a trip through Italy. It has a great atmosphere and is located towards the end of Front Street (where the shops end) across from the Bank of Hawaii. Family friendly or perfect date night. They are open Monday through Saturday for dinner only. Some of my favorite items include Risotto Con Burrata Tartufo Nero Pesto and you can never go wrong with an authentic Italian style pizza!
VEGAN/ HEALTH FOOD
Fresh, local, organic, and mostly vegan food is served here at Choice Health Bar. They serve some of the best Açaí bowls on the island as well as delicious smoothies. I love their buddha bowls which are usually a choice of the vegan soup of the day, kale and quinoa. I always try to recreate these at home but it never tastes the same. Choice is located off the highway (there’s only one highway) on the mountain side of the road on Limahana Place. Open daily til 5 pm with the exception of Sunday when they close at 2 pm.
Moku Roots is new to the dining scene but is a fan favorite. If you’re health conscious and looking for a place to have variety and not sacrifice in taste then look no further.
This vegan restaurant has much to offer and is as eco conscious as they get. If you want food togo you can bring your own container or get a sandwich wrapped in banana leaves. A few of my favorite items include the Butternut Squash Alfredo, the Cobb Salad, and Taro Burger.
On Sunday’s they only offer a brunch menu til 3. Every other day they serve breakfast daily from 8 am to 10:30 am.
One of my favorite lunch spots on Maui is Alchemy and worth a stop if you’re in Lahaina. Located off the main drag of Front Street on Kupuohi Street is the Kombucha bar and tasting room. Their menu offers the freshest ingredients and the presentation is always on point. My favorite items are the Vegan Power Bowl and the Fresh mahi Tacos. Open Monday – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.
Located off the main drag of Front Street on Waine’e Street is where you’ll find this açaí bowl and smoothie truck. Bowls are around $10. Pick a bowl that suits your taste buds and add as many fresh, local toppings as you’d like. I frequent here often for the proximity to my house and its oooohhh so good.
The Food Trucks in Honokawai
Located just north of Lahaina in the beginning of Honokowai is a group of food trucks that are clustered together. If you’re looking for variety on a budge this is a great place to hit up.
Down the Hatch
Down the Hatch makes the best restaurants in Lahaina list for one of the best happy hours on the west side because it is the longest happy hour on the west side. 2 – 6 pm everyday you can get 15% off all appetizers $3.50 Blue Moon and Coors Lights $4.50 Well Cocktails $5.50 Hawaiian Cocktails like the Lava Flow and Mai Tai. Great location, fun atmosphere, live music it even has adult shave ice…need I say more!
Although not technically in Lahaina Sansei makes the list because who doesn’t want a sushi happy hour. Located north of Lahaina about 20 minutes in Kapalua is this hopping sushi restaurant. Come early for the early bird special (have to be seated by 5:30 and Sansei opens at 5) to get the half off sushi deal. If you’re a late eater join them on a Thursday or Friday night after 10 for half off select sushi and to battle it out at karaoke.
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Technically not a restaurant and more of a fine wine and liquor store but it serves the best poke on the west side so it’s making the Best Restaurants in Lahaina list. For all of those who don’t know, poke is diced raw fish tossed in a type of sauce with avocados and onions and is usually served as an appetizer. Come early if you want your pick of the poke because certain flavors sell out fast like the ‘Fresh Ahi Island Shoe and my personal favorite with avocados and jalapeños. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.