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Best Restaurants in Lahaina: 12 Restaurants That You Have To Try

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If you’re heading to Maui, then you have to make a stop in the infamous Lahaina located in West Maui for some of the most delicious cuisines. From fresh seafood to noodles to classic American food, we’re covering all the best restaurants in Lahaina.

Maui is most known for its freshly caught fish and seafood so you can expect to see most restaurants serving it. 

To top everything off, at some of these restaurants you can dine in with breathtaking ocean views—I highly recommend having a sunset dinner once during your trip!

Be sure to check out my Maui Travel Guide for a complete itinerary of what to do on the island. You can also check out my other Maui guides that cover top beaches to visit, best restaurants, and where to stay here:

Maui Itinerary: The Ultimate Maui Travel Guide
Best Beaches in Maui
Best Sushi in Maui
15 Best Restaurants in Maui
Where to Stay on Maui

Best Restaurants in Lahaina

The best restaurants in Lahaina, by travel blogger What The Fab

1. Lahaina Grill

I’ve been dying to try Lahaina Grill and I finally got to when I recently vacationed in Maui. Let me tell you it really lives up to the hype—it’s so delicious. 

Fun fact, it’s been voted as the best Maui restaurant 27 years in a row—hopefully, that convinces you to make a reservation even more now. Not only is it one of the best restaurants in Lahaina, it’s one of the best restaurants on Maui!

Since Lahaina Grill offers more fine dining, be prepared to splurge and make reservations weeks in advance. If you happen to be celebrating a birthday or anniversary during your trip this is the perfect place to have dinner.

The presentation here is everything and every single dish you order will look like a piece of art. Some of my personal favorites were the veal, the wagyu ravioli, and the Maui french onion soup.

Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab
Image via Mala Ocean Tavern
Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab
Image via Mala Ocean Tavern

2. Mala Ocean Tavern

Mala Ocean Tavern is a super cute and popular brunch spot in Lahaina. They offer brunch all week long from 9 am to 2 pm. 

They have some of the most delicious avocado toast and eggs benedicts—I highly recommend the ahi benedict for that Maui touch.

Their dinner options are also pretty good. I’ve heard really good things about their Mala signature seared Ahi dish that’s served with Yukon mash, shiitake mushroom ginger sauce, and snap peas. 

Located at the end of Front Street, you can enjoy your meal while taking in beachside ocean views from their outdoor seating. 

Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab

3. Star Noodle

I love Star Noodle! I like to come here at least once every time I visit Maui. 

They actually recently relocated to Front Street from Kupuohi Street to be closer to the ocean instead of Lahaina’s Industrial Park. Now you can have a delicious meal at Star Noodle with ocean views.

You’ll enjoy Asian fusion cuisine, sake cocktails, and fresh noodles. My go-to orders are their ahi avo, Vietnamese crepe, Filipino bacon and eggs, and garlic noodles.

Next time, I really want to try Nuoc Cham Wings or Singapore Noodles since these are both some of their most popular dishes.

They’re currently taking safety measures, so you do need to make reservations ahead of time to dine in here.

Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab
Image via Fleetwoods
Image via Fleetwoods

4. Fleetwoods

Fleetwoods is known for its happy hour and live music with an ocean view. Their happy hour happens daily from 3 pm to 5 pm. 

Seriously, nothing beats half-off beer, wine, and house cocktails. You also can’t beat the $2 shucked oysters or the fish tacos that feature freshly caught fish. 

If you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan then you’re going to love Fleetwoods because it’s a Mick Fleetwood restaurant. Since the restaurant’s taking safety measures and socially distancing tables, you do need to book a reservation 30 days in advance.

You can also plan a beautiful sunset dinner here that overlooks the ocean from the rooftop. They begin serving dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm. 

Their seafood linguine and Monchong are always highly recommended.

Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab
Image via Lahaina Fish Co.
Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab
Image via Lahaina Fish Co.

5. Lahaina Fish Co.

Lahaina Fish Co. serves some of the freshest fish around Lahaina Maui. You’ll find fish and seafood like Ahi, Mahi-Mahi, Opha, octopus, or shrimp. 

They definitely live up to their motto Eat Well, Live Well! You’ll leave feeling satisfied from a delicious and wholesome meal made with local ingredients.

Some of the local favorites here are their Ahi Katsu Rice Bowl, Ahi Poke Tostadas, and their signature Seafood Lau Lau. 

You’ll also be happy to know that they’re currently taking both reservations and walk-ins. Since their located on Front Street, you can enjoy the restaurant’s outdoor seating that overlooks an ocean view.

6. Prison St. Pizza

If you’re on the hunt for some deep dish pizza and casual dining, Prison St. Pizza is the place to grab a bite. Prison St. Pizza serves Jersey-style pizza made fresh every day.

The slices here are huge so you can really get full off of one pizza. They even serve calzones, which are my favorites. 

Their classic Philly cheesesteak specialty pizza is a must-have because of its unique hybrid pizza and calzone design. I’ve been dying to try it the next time I visit. 

They also offer salads, sandwiches, and burgers if you’re not feeling the pizza.

7. Paia Fish Market

Paia Fish Market is another one of my favs on Maui, not just in Lahaina, and locals love it too! Their food is so delicious and their prices are super reasonable.

They serve my favorite fish opakapaka (pink snapper) and so many other popular fresh fish. The serving sizes here are huge so you could totally share a dish with someone and be full. 

Everything I’ve had here is delicious, like their fish tacos, seafood pasta, and grilled fish. If you happen to visit Paia, you can dine in at their very first location.

8. Sale Pepe

Sale Pepe serves classic Italian style cooking made with fresh local ingredients. Their motto is one part Milan, one part Brooklyn, all Maui, and I just love that.

They’re open Monday through Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm serving dinner only. You do need to book a reservation prior to dining in. 

The locals love the pizzas here especially the Margarita Pizza—you can never go wrong with a classic. The pasta is also a must since they make everything fresh by hand.

The spaghetti carbonara is chefs kiss so yummy! It feels like being transported back to Milan.

Sale Pepe makes the perfect date night spot during your trip.

Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab
Image via Down The Hatch

9. Down the Hatch

Down the Hatch serves a yummy breakfast in Lahaina and they have a fun happy hour from 2 pm to 5 pm. Their breakfast hours are from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. 

The breakfast portions here are huge so I highly recommend coming here after an early morning hike or swim. The Ahi Benedict is a must—there’s nowhere else you could get a wasabi hollandaise sauce. 

If you’re really feeling it, I also recommend ordered some of their delicious $12 carafes. I personally love their tropical mimosas or the Lahaina sunrise. 

They also serve the fan-favorite chicken and waffles here. You seriously can’t go wrong eating breakfast here.

10. Tamuras

So this isn’t exactly a restaurant but they do serve some of the best poke in town—don’t be fooled by them actually being a liquor and wine store.

I love coming here anytime I’m in Maui. Poke bowls are my go-to meals after a long day of snorkeling and hiking.

Their ahi sunrise poke is one of my favs or their ninja-style furikake. I also recommend making a stop here earlier in the day since they tend to sell out.

You can also do half-and-half if you can’t decide between two types of poke. 

11. Old Lahaina Luau

I had to include the Old Lahaina Luau because you have to at least go once while you’re visiting. This is a great way to experience an authentic Hawaiian Luau.

However, do note that it is currently not running during this post-panny era. It’s owned by the same owners as Star Noodle, so the new Star Noodle location is actually where the Old Lahaina Luau usually runs.

Keep it in mind though for the future, when it hopefully does open back up again! Your night will be filled with traditional Hawaiin cuisine, music, and cultural dances. They serve so many meal courses, you’ll be so full by the end of it.

My favorite part is eating the roasted pork of course—it’s a tradition. 

Best Restaurants in Lahaina, by Travel Blogger What The Fab

12. Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

I know this is a “best restaurants in Lahaina” post and Ululani’s isn’t exactly a restaurant—but how could I not include dessert! Ululani’s Hawaiin Shave Ice is my absolute favorite place to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings.

They have a few locations one in Maui and one in Kahului. Coconut is my favorite flavor so of course, I had to get their Haleakala flavor combo.

With so many flavors to choose from, you’ll keep wanting to come back to try them all. I would pick Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice over ice cream any day.


Lahaina restaurants are some of my favorites and I always make an effort to make reservations during my trip. Hope this Best Restaurants in Lahaina roundup was helpful for you!

If you decide to eat at any of these restaurants in Lahaina be sure to tag me on Insta @wtfab so I can see where you went and which one was your favorite. 

Maui is one of my favorite places on earth and I hope you love it as much as I do. 

Planning a trip to Maui? Explore my other Maui travel guides here.

Maui Itinerary: The Ultimate Maui Travel Guide
Best Restaurants in Maui
Best Beaches in Maui
Best Sushi in Maui
Where to Stay in Maui

FAQs

What food is Lahaina famous for?

Lahaina is most famous for its fresh fish and seafood. You’ll find it almost everywhere you go.

What is the best time of year to go to Lahaina, Maui?

The best time of year to travel to Lahaina, Maui is from April to May or September to November since the weather will be at its best and the crowds will be smaller.

How many days should you stay in Maui?

You should spend at least a week in Maui to really explore everything the island has to offer.

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