Maui’s Best Fine Dining (Expensive) Restaurants
Listed in Maui Jon’s Order of Recommendation

 

ROY’S KAANAPALI BAR & GRILL  669-6999      Kaanapali
In the golf course clubhouse at the entrance to Kaanapali Beach.  In my opinion, this is the best food on Maui.  For great service, ask for the manager, Matty, and tell him Jon and Rosie sent you.  Pacific Rim Cuisine.  Great chocolate souffle for dessert.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Roy’s Restaurant Maui

‘AMI’AMI   875-7522     Kihei
Delicious and innovative dishes, beautifully presented, at Maui’s least expensive fine-dining restaurant.  In the Maui Coast Hotel.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
AmiAmi

HALIIMAILE GENERAL STORE  572-2666      Haliimaile
Creative preparations of delicious seafoods and meats.  In upcountry area, a one-hour drive from Kaanapali or 45 minutes from Wailea, but worth the trip.  Open for both lunch and dinner on weekdays, but weekends are dinner only.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Haliimaile General Store

JOE’S BAR & GRILL     875-7767     Wailea
Wonderful food upstairs in the clubhouse of the Wailea Tennis Club, just inland from the Shops at Wailea shopping center.  Dinner only.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Joe’s Bar & Grill

HULA GRILL  667-6636 OR 661-3894     Kaanapali Beach
In Whalers Village shopping center.  Good view of ocean and sunset.  Excellent dinners, including fish and meats.  Very good lunch (salads, pizza, sandwiches).  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Hula Grill

MERRIMAN’S    669-6400     Kapalua
Elegant upscale ambiance and excellent food in a beautiful oceanfront setting, at the former location of the Bay Club restaurant.  Very expensive.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Merriman’s

PINEAPPLE GRILL   669-9600     Kapalua
In the Bay Golf Course clubhouse.  Innovative preparations, very good food, beautiful decor, views of golf course and hills and ocean.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Pineapple Grill

MORIMOTO MAUI     573-1234    Wailea
In the Andaz Wailea hotel.  Sushi and many more choices, all fabulously delicious, by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Morimoto Maui

LAHAINA GRILL (formerly David Paul’s)  667-5117       Lahaina
The food is innovative Pacific Rim cuisine and the service is excellent.  A couple examples of their unusual and beautiful preparations:  Reconstructed California Roll (appetizer stack of crab, avocado, and rice);  Maui Martini (a salad, not a drink, in a martini glass).   It’s in the center of Lahaina, just off Front Street, on Lahainaluna Road.  Very expensive.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Lahaina Grill

GANNON’S     875-8080     Wailea
In the clubhouse of the Gold and Emerald golf courses.  Excellent food, beautifully presented, created by Maui chef Beverly Gannon.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Gannon’s

PULEHU    667-3254    Kaanapali
Italian food beautifully presented in the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villa timeshare condo building.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Pulehu Italian Grill

SPAGO    874-8000    Wailea
Very expensive Wolfgang Puck restaurant in the Four Seasons resort.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Spago Maui

HONU SEAFOOD & PIZZA   667-9390     Lahaina
Next door to Mala restaurant, on the ocean behind Safeway grocery store.  Wide variety of seafood sandwiches and entrees, plus salads and pizza.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Honu Seafood & Pizza

TOMMY BAHAMA’S  875-9983       Wailea
In the Shops at Wailea shopping center.  Very good food, beautifully presented.  Very expensive.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Tommy Bahama’s

SARENTO’S ON THE BEACH  875-7555     Kihei
On the south end of Kihei, just north of Wailea.  Very elegant, very expensive, beautiful sunset view.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Sarento’s On The Beach

PACIFIC O  667-4341       Lahaina
In Lahaina at 505 Front Street shopping center.  Very tasty Pacific Rim Cuisine, beautifully prepared, oceanfront setting, indoors or out, lunch or dinner.  Great sunset view, especially at the outdoor tables.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Pacific O

FLEETWOOD’S ON FRONT STREET   669-6425     Lahaina
Owned by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.  Rooftop bar has great views.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Fleetwood’s on Front Street

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MONKEYPOD KITCHEN     891-2322     Wailea
Peter Merriman’s not quite as expensive restaurant in the Wailea Gateway shops, open for lunch and dinner.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Monkeypod Kitchen

DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE    662-2900        Honokowai
Hawaiian look and feel, ocean view, less expensive than most of the restaurants listed above.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Duke’s Beach House

GERARD’S     661-8939     Lahaina
French and Hawaiian cuisine by one of Maui’s most outstanding chefs.  Very expensive.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Gerard’s

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SONZ      667-4506       Kaanapali
Luxurious dinner restaurant in the Hyatt Regency hotel’s Swan Court.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Sonz

MALA  667-9394      Lahaina
Dinners of tasty and beautifully presented variety of foods by Mark Ellman, former owner-chef of Avalon.  Wonderful Caramel Miranda dessert.  Ocean front with indoor and outdoor seating.  Across the street from the ocean side of the Lahaina Cannery Mall (Safeway grocery store).  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Mala

CAPISCHE    879-2224       Wailea
Very expensive restaurant with very good food at the Hotel Wailea.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Capische

LAHAINA FISH CO.  661-3472       Lahaina
Oceanfront at 831 Front Street in the middle of Lahaina.  Wide variety of fish types and preparations.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Lahaina Prime Rib & Fish Co.

LONGHI’S   667-2286 Lahaina, or 891-8883 Wailea.
Famous longstanding restaurant at 888 Front Street in the north part of Lahaina, plus a new branch at the Shops of Wailea.  Good breakfasts, pasta and many other choices at lunch and dinner.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Longhi’s

NICK’S FISHMARKET  879-7224     Wailea
In the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel in Wailea.  Fabulous service:  the best of any restaurant on Maui.  Fabulous food (great seafood, with some chicken and beef available as well).  Even the salad course (their own Maui Wowie salad) made me say “Wow!”  Beautiful open-air room.  Very expensive.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Nick’s Fishmarket

MAMA’S FISH HOUSE  579‑8488       Paia
This is a one‑hour drive from Kaanapali Beach, or 45 minutes from Wailea, but worth the trip.  Among the best fresh fish preparations on Maui.  Very expensive.  Excellent for lunch or supper, but go before sunset to get the view of big ocean waves on the north shore.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Mama’s Fish House

FIVE PALMS  879-2607      Kihei
In the Mana Kai condos, at the south end of Kihei.   Excellent food, beautifully presented, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Dinner is in a lovely dining room, where window tables have a close-up ocean view, and a good sunset view.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Five Palms Restaurant

HUMUHUMU  875-1234       Wailea
In the Grand Wailea hotel.  Full name of this restaurant is humuhumunukunukuapuaa, named after the Hawaiian state fish.  Airy Polynesian setting with gorgeous sunset views from some tables.  (Make a reservation and arrive when they open at 5:30 to get one of the sunset view tables.)  Delicious food with interesting preparations, but the portions are not as large as at many other top Maui restaurants.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Humuhumu

PLANTATION HOUSE  669-6299        Kapalua
In the Plantation Golf Course clubhouse above Kapalua.  Make a reservation and come early (5:30 PM) to get a good seat for the spectacular view of sunset.  Also open for breakfast and lunch.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Plantation House

SWAN COURT  661-1234      Kaanapali
This beautiful setting in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Kaanapali Beach serves a buffet breakfast seven days per week.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Swan Court

JAPENGO     661-1234        Kaanapali
In the Hyatt Regency Maui Hotel, at the former location of Cascades.  The majority of the menu is sushi.  Expensive.  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Japengo

SEAHOUSE at the NAPILI KAI BEACH RESORT  669-1500      Napili
Great view of Napili Bay for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and especially beautiful at sunset.  If you’re coming for the best food, don’t come on the evenings when they have only a very limited menu for the keiki hula show.  (Call to check.)  More details including menu and photos at this link:
Seahouse

The above list is Maui’s best fine-dining (expensive) restaurants    $$$

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