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Masaharu Morimoto to Open Restaurant in Maui

Masaharu Morimoto to Open Restaurant in Maui

The Iron Chef's second Hawaiian restaurant set to open this summer

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Masaharu Morimoto

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame has teamed up with Hyatt Hotels to open his first restaurant on the island of Maui, Hawaii, according to The Maui News. The yet-to-be-named restaurant is slated to open in summer 2013.

The restaurant, which will be located in Hyatt’s new Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa, also opening next year, will feature Morimoto’s signature Japanese-style dishes that will incorporate the fresh, local ingredients found on the island.

Opening daily for lunch and dinner, the Japanese restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor seating options as well as a 23-seat terrace bar. Morimoto Maui will be the second Hawaiian restaurant for Iron Chef Morimoto and will open three years after his first Hawaiian restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki, opened in Waikiki in 2010.

Nikki Maniscalco is a Junior Writer at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @NikkiMarie2116.


Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto-To Open “MORIMOTO KYOTO” This Fall

The Japanese master chef known for his innovative and signature style of cuisine, will introduce his first restaurant in Kyoto, Japan this fall. Morimoto Kyoto will open on Pontocho Alley, an area that is considered Kyoto’s top scenic dining destination for residents and tourists. Located on the west side of the Kamogawa River, Pontocho Alley is a lively and picturesque narrow alley lined with restaurants, bars and traditional shops. Morimoto Kyoto will bring Chef Morimoto’s global restaurant count to 18 locations, following the launch of his 17th restaurant, slated to open in Seattle this September. Chef will also open his 19th restaurant in 2020, which will be his third restaurant location in New York.

“The first restaurant I ever opened was in my hometown of Hiroshima, Japan when I was 24. Now four decades later, I’m excited to open a restaurant in Kyoto,” said Chef Morimoto. “Opening a restaurant in Kyoto is a meaningful and personal experience for me, especially in Pontocho Alley, an area rooted in centuries of history and tradition.”

Known for the preservation of forms of traditional Japanese architecture and entertainment, no cars or modern buildings are permitted on Pontocho Alley, allowing visitors to easily explore the area on foot for an immersive experience. Tourists can also often catch a glimpse of geiko (Kyoto’s geishas) in the evening as they make their way to nearby appearances in the neighborhood.

Morimoto Kyoto will feature a two-story traditional Machiya-style townhouse layout, plus Kawayuka (riverside outdoor seating). The menu will showcase Chef Morimoto’s signature style of cooking with inspiration of Kyoto, seamlessly integrating Japanese and Western ingredients and culinary techniques.

An array of bold appetizers and elevated Japanese dishes will take guests on the distinctive flavor exploration that Chef Morimoto has become known for across the globe.

With restaurants all over the world, Chef Morimoto has seen how language barriers can affect a visitor’s experience while traveling abroad. With this in mind, Chef Morimoto hand-selected a restaurant team fluent in English, so the restaurant can provide a welcoming and friendly experience for travelers visiting Kyoto. This enhanced level of hospitality will make Morimoto Kyoto the best restaurant in Kyoto for travelers to experience this quality of service, without the concern of language barriers or the unique exclusivity that Kyoto is known for. It is Chef Morimoto’s hope that guests will enjoy an authentic Japanese meal over conversations with staff and learn more about the location’s rich history.

To celebrate the opening of Morimoto Kyoto this fall, Chef Morimoto will host a specialty chef-led tour of Japan Oct. 15-21. This voyage alongside Chef Morimoto includes the following culinary-inspired adventures:

Experience the lively action of a tuna auction at the new Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo

• Enjoy a sake pairing dinner at his upscale restaurant Atelier Morimoto XEX in Tokyo

• Paint your own ceramic masterpieces on location at Nikko ceramics, Chef Morimoto’s favorite renowned brand of tableware that he uses at his restaurants

• Savor an exclusive lunch at his new restaurant Morimoto Kyoto in Pontocho Alley

• Sake brewery tour and tasting of Chef Morimoto’s original sake at Fukumitsuya Brewery in Kanazawa

About Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto
Known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show, Iron Chef and also appears on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. In 2001, Chef Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Boca Raton, Mumbai, Mexico City, Tokyo and Maui. Morimoto Asia Orlando at Disney Springs opened in 2015, followed by Momosan Ramen and Sake NYC and Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand in 2016


Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Coming to Maui

Known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, Chef Masaharu Morimoto has earned critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. He has become one of the foremost chefs of today by effectively creating a signature cuisine that has gained worldwide appeal.

Morimoto has restaurants around the globe with restaurants in Philadelphia, New York, Mumbai and New Delhi and Boca Raton, Florida. Chef Morimoto opened his first West Coast restaurant, Morimoto Napa, in downtown Napa’s new Riverfront development which was followed by the debut of Morimoto Waikiki in Modern Honolulu, the new luxury lifestyle hotel set alongside Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach. 2011 found Morimoto opening Morimoto Mexico City in the Camino Real Polanco in Mexico’s capital.

In a news letter sent from Iron Chef Morimoto’s webpage, he announced that “Morimoto Maui will be opening at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa in the summer of 2013.”

Chef Morimoto stated, “At Morimoto Maui, the menu will focus on Hawaii’s freshest, local ingredients executed with traditional Japanese techniques. We are working with the Rockwell Group on the design of the restaurant, which will feature a 57-seat interior dining area, 56-seat outdoor terrace, and 23-seat terrace bar. There will also be an 8-seat sushi bar serving sushi and sashimi. I am excited that you will be able to see the beach and ocean from every seat in the house!”

At age 24, Morimoto opened his first restaurant and after a successful five-year tenure, the young chef sold it and traveled to the U.S. to further expand his repertoire. In 1993, Morimoto was recruited by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to open the first Nobu restaurant as executive chef in 1994.

He has received many awards along the way including, a James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Restaurant Design” and additional accolades of “2006 Hot List” restaurant by Conde Nast Traveler, “New York’s Top 50” restaurants by Travel + Leisure, “Top Newcomer” by Zagat Survey and one of New York Magazines “Best New Restaurants”.

We are delighted Chef Morimoto has decided to open another of his famous Morimoto restaurants on Maui and are looking forward to welcoming him to the Island of Maui. And of course, we look forward to enjoying his delicious cuisine!

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Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant boasts a dramatic, yet warm and welcoming décor on the shore of majestic Mokapu Beach, capturing the essence of Hawaii’s lush and tropical setting.

Morimoto Maui features high-quality, fresh ingredients, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, and a seasonal and ever-changing selection of seafood sourced from local waters and markets around the world.

This includes Chef Morimoto’s famed raw fish, which is procured from the world’s finest seafood sources, including overnight shipments from the renowned Tsukiji fish market.

The menu blends signature Morimoto dishes like Tuna Pizza, Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Braised Black Cod and Spicy King Crab, with local delicacies, such as locally caught Snapper in a Thai curry sauce with mussels and Pohole ferns and Morimoto Maui Onion Soup, both served exclusively in Wailea.

At night, Morimoto Maui is the ultimate culinary experience for locals and travelers alike. Guests can enjoy several of the acclaimed Chef’s signature dishes as well as a selection of new menu items that have been created especially for the Hawaiian restaurant.

A hallmark of any Morimoto dining experience is the Omakase menu, which literally translates to “in the chef’s hands.” This multi-course tasting menu most vividly expresses Chef Morimoto’s culinary style. Offered exclusively on the Omakase menu is the Washimi flatiron steak, a Hawaiian born cattle crossbred with Japanese Wagyu, and raised in Oregon.

During the day, Morimoto Maui provides guests with a cool respite from the sunny local beaches with a lunch menu of à la carte offerings from the sushi bar and a variety of flatbreads, a Ribeye Beef Burger, and sandwiches, including a Lobster Roll with White Miso Aoli and the “Mori Cristo.”

The dessert menu boasts many local ingredients, and includes “The Road to Matcha,” a green tea cake with Kula strawberries and white chocolate rocks. Available only on the Omakase menu is the Brown Rice Panna Cotta, using the husks of the restaurant’s house polished rice, served with an ice cream made from local Miso and butterscotch.

Morimoto Maui’s beverage program features an extensive wine list and Chef Morimoto’s own custom-brewed Junmai, Junmai Ginjo, and Junmai Daiginjo premium sake, rare 5-, 10-, and 30-year aged sake, and Morimoto Soba Ale, Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale, and Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Breweries.

The cocktail menu highlights local produce and spirits. The Pineapple Farm incorporates local Maui Gold Pineapples, Morimoto Junmai Sake and Hula O’Maui Sparkling Pineapple wine. Japanese ingredients are featured in other cocktails, such as The White Lily, a blend of Calpico, Sudachi Shochu and Yuzu juice.

For Morimoto Maui, Shawn Sullivan of Rockwell Group, designed a concept that was inspired by a modern Japanese beach house. Featuring operable French doors on three sides of the dining room, Morimoto Maui opens up to the extraordinary views and the calm beauty of the island.

Uninterrupted 180-degree beach and ocean vistas are offered from nearly every seat in the restaurant and bar, further connecting guests to their environment through an intimate, relaxing experience. Neutral toned materials and shading elements and hand-crafted components have been incorporated into the design.

Japanese sculptures, decorative lighting and indigenous stones and woods express the local culture and heritage of the island, while Asian-inspired forms used throughout the spaces evoke the restaurant’s cuisine.

An intimate 138-seat restaurant, Morimoto Maui features some of the world’s most highly trained culinary talents.

Morimoto Maui is located at 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive in the Andaz Maui at Wailea, overlooking the picturesque Mokapu Beach.


Masaharu Morimoto

The man sitting next to me is holding a coffee cup in one hand and is wildly pointing with the other. “There he is!” he whispers loudly to his wife, who looks around wildly and says, “Where? Where?” The “he” in question is chef Masaharu Morimoto, who has nonchalantly entered the amphitheatre at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa, California, to perform a cooking demonstration. Morimoto, as he is known to his legions of fans, finds a spot next to a few suddenly star-struck cooking students. The room is packed, with spectators seated in the aisles and smartphone cameras fixed ready to document the chef’s every nod, grin, and knife cut.

There are dozens of food TV personalities today who carry the “star” moniker, yet charisma—not cooking chops—often plays the leading role in their success. The Marthas, Giadas, and Nigellas may score big with the foodies, but professional chefs look to the likes of Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, and Daniel Boulud for inspiration. Add Masaharu Morimoto to that list. Chef, restaurateur, food TV icon, and author of Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, this 59-year-old Hiroshima native has become the face of contemporary Japanese cuisine.

Before setting his sights on dominating the local sushi scene, Morimoto was to be drafted as a baseball catcher in Japan’s major leagues. But when a shoulder injury put an end to his sports career, his focus turned to his second childhood dream: to be a sushi chef and open a restaurant. After a seven-year apprenticeship, Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Hiroshima. But five years later, he sold up and moved to New York. No doubt an influence, the famous Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa became Morimoto’s employer from 1994 to 2001. Yet whereas Nobu’s fusion cuisine was more Japanese/South American in style, Morimoto’s was centred on North American/Asian influences.

When Morimoto made his debut back in 1999 on the Japanese TV series Iron Chef, the new wave of Food Network foodies gawked at his silvery chef’s outfit and awesome knife skills. But it was his Western spin on traditional Japanese dishes that made Morimoto a star. Before Morimoto came on the scene, classically trained chefs in Japan would never have dared create dishes like toro tartare, tuna pizza, and crispy fried chicken with ginger-jalapeno sauce. But that’s just how Morimoto made his mark: using his knowledge of tradition while removing its constraints, combined with an eye for colour and presentation and a palate for texture and flavour. Whereas Nobu was always the chef’s chef, Morimoto had the upcoming generation of cooks ogling his stellar technique and nouveau Japanese dishes on every Iron Chef showdown.

Later, as one of the featured chefs on Iron Chef America, Morimoto went mainstream and started to open a series of eponymous restaurants, beginning with Morimoto Philadelphia and then Morimoto New York. He later opened restaurants in Boca Raton, Napa, Waikiki, New Delhi, and Mexico City. His latest ventures include Morimoto Maui, and Japonais by Morimoto in Chicago. A Morimoto South Beach is slated to open in June, and a Las Vegas Morimoto is scheduled to open in the Mirage next year.

“A young cook cannot just buy an expensive knife. Sharpen your hands first. Sharpen your skills. I have been cooking for 40 years. I am still learning.”

And what’s it like to dine at Morimoto’s table—no, make that sushi bar? Fascinating. Facing a row of young Japanese chefs, whose nimble fingers assembled intricate sashimi plates and pressed rice into quenelles to shape the base for classic nigiri, I delved deep into his 10-course omakase menu. After a simple miso broth comes the house signature dish of toro tartare: a square of finely minced sustainable bluefin served with fresh wasabi, puffed rice, sour cream, avocado, chives, and a paste made with dried seaweed. Then arrives a flurry of dishes including kampachi (yellowtail) dressed with yuzu soy and seared with sesame and extra-virgin olive oil, bagna càuda with peppers and fresh vegetables, and house-made agedashi tofu and spring asparagus blood orange salad. And just when it was all looking so modern, you’re presented with textbook sushi, followed by a trio of spicy shrimp, pork belly with rhubarb glaze, and seared American Wagyu beef with potato crust. To top it all off, yuzu tapioca, and white chocolate ganache with coconut foam and mango sorbet, as well as a mignardises “tree” garnished with cotton candy, Matcha sponge cake, and homemade marshmallows.

But back to the CIA amphitheatre with the foodies, the fans, and now one big fish. Hanging from a long chain is a large object wrapped in a black plastic bag. Morimoto rips it off to unveil monkfish. The mission of Morimoto’s cooking demonstration is to use as much of the fish as possible. Reaching for one of the steely knives he has lined up on the counter, Morimoto breaks the fish down in a matter of minutes fins, fillets, tail meat, and finally head and even cheeks and intestines are butchered and lined up for cooking. Only the jawbone remains hanging on the hook. The chef transforms the fish into dishes including a monkfish liver soup with tofu and shiitake, sashimi with yuzu and soy, and Kentucky-fried tail meat. There are oohs and aahs with the presentation of each dish, and after the last morsel of fish is plated, Morimoto bursts into song, bows, and exits.

In the flesh, Masaharu Morimoto isn’t all that different from his TV persona. On occasion, he smiles. He even cracked a few jokes during his cooking demonstration. But on the whole, he’s furrow-brow focused, and it is apparent when I watch him sternly instruct a young chef behind the sushi bar at his Napa restaurant (all done in hushed Japanese) that he is quite the taskmaster. He’s not the easiest interview either.

When asked what it takes to be a star chef today, Morimoto says, “A chef is a chef. All of the departments and jobs are equal. Whether you chop vegetables or steam fish, everyone is the same.” As for cooking technique, he considers it a given. “There are cooking schools in Japan to learn technique, whereas we used to learn in the kitchen. But it’s all part of the profession: peeling vegetables, making rice. A young cook cannot just buy an expensive knife. Before buying an expensive knife, sharpen your hands first. Sharpen your skills. I started when I was 18 and have been cooking for 40 years now. I am still learning.”

With his empire growing at quite a clip, Morimoto is beginning to pull ahead of the pack (even if his former employer, Nobu, still outnumbers him in international restaurants), but it’s never easy. Says Morimoto, “I have to keep running. Chefs are trying to catch you in your cooking. But I can only say good luck to others because opening a restaurant is not easy. If you have money and connections, go ahead. But it’s also about building a relationship with customers—and making your employees happy. If they aren’t happy, how can the customer be happy? It’s about teamwork, passion, and energy. We are a family.”

Besides the chef’s innovative take on Japanese cuisine, Morimoto’s restaurants are also famous for their stunning design and young-and-fun atmosphere. The sushi crowd is a glamorous slice of the restaurant-going public, and Morimoto understands the importance of setting the scene. “A restaurant is about atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere,” he says. “I’d say so much so that we place 70 per cent of the emphasis on atmosphere and 30 per cent on food. But with the food, that 30 per cent has to be 100 per cent.”

You can’t have a conversation with one of the world’s most famous Japanese chefs without asking a few obvious questions. Did he enjoy the now-cult 2011 foodie documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi? “Never saw it,” he says. Does he have any cooking idols? “None,” he answers without missing a beat. Does he get back to Japan often? “No,” says Morimoto. “I’m a stranger to that country now. I have no time, and no reason to return.” Does he watch Iron Chef? “I’ll watch it on my deathbed,” he shoots back matter-of-factly. Is he proud of his famous technique and knife skills? “No. It’s natural,” he answers with a shrug.

Finally, I ask him a question he seems interested to answer: can he offer a few words of advice to all those young chefs who so admire him? After a minute of reflection, Morimoto says, “Try to keep a routine. My routine is my excitement. Normal life is very important. Don’t jump too high. Keep it in the middle. Don’t dream too much, just go, go, go.”


The very best Maui restaurants for 2021.

While visiting the illustrious Island of Maui, make sure to check out the different flavors of the island, ranging from trendy food trucks to the ultra fabulous 5-Star dining locales. We have carefully researched and done the groundwork for this article so that our readers can enjoy the very best Maui restaurants for 2021. So, save your appetite and get excited!

Don’t be shy, it’s okay to daydream about the incredibly buttery smooth Maui avocados, the sweet and aromatic fresh mangoes, the fresh organic produce, free-range meats, and the ‘oh-so-fresh’ seafood that Maui offers island-style foodies and culinary enthusiasts. Sure you’ll plan a snorkel cruise, go on jungle hikes, see the sunrise at Haleakala — all fabulous Maui adventures! But, a trip to Maui isn’t complete without visiting the top restaurants on Maui.

#1 Maui Restaurant - Mama’s Fish House

“While sailing across the South Pacific in the late 1950s, the young Christenson family embraced the lifestyle of old Polynesia, discovering the ways of preparing fish and living the aloha spirit. They settled on Maui in 1963 and in 1973 Mama’s Fish House was born – Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant.” Check out why Mama’s won the #1 spot for the Top 30 Restaurants on Maui…

Mama’s Fish House is located on the North Shore of Maui in Ku’au. This restaurant is not just any ordinary dining establishment, it is a full-on culinary spectacle, one that deserves to be enjoyed by every single set of feet that land on the gorgeous Island of Maui. The North Shore view is awe-inspiring, and sunsets are astounding. Making reservations at Mama’s Fish House should be embedded in your mind as a vacation activity that cannot be missed! Just like a Whale Watching Tour in Hawaii or an adventurous Snorkel Trip in Maui, a meal at Mama’s is an unforgettable experience a culinary gift that you will most definitely treasure for years to come.

At Mama’s, guests will thoroughly enjoy a revolving, and eclectic Polynesian influenced menu. All seafood is caught by local fishermen on a daily basis, and locally sustainable components are abundantly used throughout each dish. Only the finest ingredients are utilized at Mama’s Fish House, and it is more than obvious to the eye and your palette!

Savor an opulent, island-style 5-star meal at Mama’s Fish House on Maui. Enjoy an experience full of decadence, fabulous interior design elements, insatiably beautiful tropical floral creations, and a menu that beats every single restaurant in the Hawaiian Islands. Treat a loved one to a birthday dinner on Maui, an anniversary celebration or a romantic Maui rendezvous for two. Please don’t forget to arrive early and enjoy some ultra-fabulous Mama’s cocktails at the bar! The cocktail selections are fresh, creative and out of this world…

  • Stuffed Mahi Mahi
  • Hawaiian Ceviche
  • Kusshi Oysters
  • Macadamia Nut Crab Cakes
  • Maui Venison
  • Whole Fish
  • Tristan Island Lobster Tails
  • Polynesian Black Pearl
  • Ku’au Chocolate Pie
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799 Poho Place,
Paia, HI 96779

Koiso Sushi Bar

In addition to being on our list of the best restaurants in Maui, Koiso Sushi Bar is also one of our favorite sushi bars on Maui. See here: Top 10 Maui Sushi Restaurants

Located in Kihei, Koiso Sushi Bar is Maui’s go-to sushi restaurant for an always pleasureful and intimate dinner in Kihei, South Maui. Here is where you’ll find fantastic service, an authentic Japanese menu (with a slight Maui twist), fresh fish and seafood, and menu ingredients that are always infused with only best of Hawaii’s local and sustainable farm culture.

Upon entering Koiso, all guests will immediately recognize the familiarity of walking into a traditional Japanese restaurant. Sushi is served on wooden planks or Japanese ceramic dishes, you’ll see neon lighted Japanese beer signage, posters with information about varying fish species, hand written wall menus, and a traditional sushi bar managed by a Japanese head sushi chef. Koiso Sushi Bar is an exceptional Maui sushi restaurant choice, and nothing less than charming. It’s fantastic.

At Koiso, we love all of the sushi rolls, and we especially adore the 69 Roll, Salmon Skin Roll, California Roll, Unagi Nigiri, Sashimi Combo, Rainbow Roll, and the King Crab Roll. In addition, the Omakase is always a rotating and decadent choice, and we also love, love, love the Broiled Abalone (when available).

  • 69 Roll
  • Salmon Skin Roll
  • California Roll
  • Unagi Nigiri
  • Sashimi Combo
  • Rainbow Roll
  • King Crab Roll
  • Omakase
  • Broiled Abalone
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2395 S Kihei Rd Ste 113,
Paia, HI 96779

NUKA is possibly the most authentic modern-Japanese restaurant in Hawaii, not just the Island of Maui. Owned by the Paia Fish Market family, this is without a doubt, totally their tour de force Maui restaurant. Tucked away in the beautifully elusive Haiku community, NUKA is located off Haiku Road adjacent the Haiku Post Office and the Aloha Aina Center. There aren’t many seats, so make reservations, or plan ahead accordingly. If you love authentic Japanese cuisine, you do not want to miss out on this Maui dining experience.

The NUKA owners made a fabulous and most definitely well-planned out decision to appoint Chef Hiro Takanashi the Head Chef at this North Shore locale. Hiro is a well-known Maui sushi chef extraordinaire with previous stints at Jacques North Shore Bistro and Moana Cafe.

At NUKA, guests can count on many amazing things, including fresh ingredients, Maui seafood, meats, and produce throughout their menu. Local and seasonal items are kind of the theme of this Maui Japanese restaurant wonder, and without a doubt, the cocktails are fabulous too. If you love authentic Japanese food, you will be in heaven at NUKA. You will not be disappointed with anything you order, so enjoy! Do not forget to order a double scoop of either the green tea or black sesame ice cream at NUKA it’s homemade…

  • NUKA Roll
  • Karaage Chicken
  • Miso Butterfish
  • Hamachi Carpaccio
  • Dynamite
  • Baked Mussels
  • Hawaiian Roll
  • Haiku Roll
  • NUKA Bowl
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780 Haiku Rd.,
Haiku, HI 96708

The Pint & Cork

The Island of Maui has needed a restaurant like The Pink & Cork for so long! Located in the Shops at Wailea, The Pint & Cork is where you’ll find an island-style version of gastronomy gone brewpub. Great for weekend breakfasts (they have a Bloody Mary bar), and daily lunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night dining, here’s a spot to put on your Maui rotation.

At The Pint & Cork, enjoy a casual environment with great food, professional local-style customer service, and excellent menu offerings. Have a bite to eat before or after beach hopping in South Maui, catch a game on one of their big screens or plan a fun date night with a new friend.

The Eat Menu at The Pint & Cork is full of satisfying selections for everyone. Off of the Burgers/Sandwiches menu, try the Ahi Sandwich, or their famous Bib Burger made with ground beef, white cheddar, charred onion, fried egg, pickle, arugula, whiskey 1000 and a melt-in-your-mouth brioche bun.

Specialty plates include Shrimp & Grits (only place on Maui you’ll find this!), a Charcuterie Platter and their popular Mac & Cheese. If you love a perfectly cooked steak, make sure to order the 16oz Ribeye Steak. Don’t sleep on the Happy Hour Menu, and enjoy a welcomed sigh of relief because The Pint & Cork also has a Kids Menu (Root Beer Float included).

Let’s discuss the Drinks Menu at The Pint & Cork. Here’s your go-to place for local Hawaii beers, domestics and craft beers that you won’t be able to find elsewhere on Maui. Ordering a burger and a beer at Pint & Cork is kind of like a marriage made in paradise. If beer isn’t your thing, make sure to explore their cocktail menu. Many restaurants claim ‘mixology’ skills, but The Pint & Cork live it.

  • Bib Burger
  • Kalua Pork Sliders
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Ahi Sandwich
  • Short Rib Grilled Cheese
  • Deviled Eggs Rockefeller
  • Shishito Peppers
  • Iceberg Wedge
  • Pork Adobo Moco
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3750 Wailea Alanui Drive,
Wailea, HI 96753

Lineage

Lineage is located at The Shops at Wailea in South Maui. In the theme of “Eat, Drink and Talk Story,’ this restaurant revolves around family-style dining and menu items that derive from the cultures of Hawaii’s people.

In terms of culinary aptitude, the flavors, plating, and the presentation at Lineage is top-notch. Be pre-pared to order multiple dishes at once to share with the whole table. This is how you can create the most optimum dining experience at this top Maui restaurant.

Lineage’s menu order is by Snacks, Rice & Noodles, Pupu Line, Share, and Side Plates. Our favorite menu items include the Chicharon, Maui Flying Saucer, Hekka, Cold Ginger Chicken, Turkey Adobo, Huli Huli Chicken, and Crispy Pata.

Lineage also has an amazing selection of rare teas and sake choices. The cocktails are nothing less than incredible. Our favorite cocktails are the Mai’a Tai, and the super cute Maneki-Neko. It’s a vodka cock-tail infused with jackfruit, sour orange, almond liquor, ginger, egg whites, and the sweetest little Maneki-Neko aloha surprise.

  • Crispy Pata
  • Adobo Turkey Tail
  • Oyster Shooters
  • Bottom of the Plate Lunch
  • Hekka, Miki Noodles
  • Cold Ginger Chicken
  • Squid Luau
  • Katsu Curry
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3750 Wailea Alanui Drive,
Wailea, HI 96753

Spago

Spago Maui is located at the Four Seasons Maui Resort in Wailea. It’s one of Chef Wolfgang Puck’s five Spago establishments. The sister restaurants are found in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Istanbul, and Singapore. Perched inside one of the most amazing resorts in Maui, here’s a great option for Hawaii fine-dining with ocean views in South Maui.

At Maui’s Spago restaurant, guests can enjoy creative and unique menu items created by Executive Chef Peleg Miron. Before arriving on Maui, Chef Miron was also the Executive Chef at the Istanbul location. Since he’s been on Maui, Chef Miron has found a way to uphold the tradition of island cuisine fused with Wolfgang Puck classics.

When at Spago Maui, guests can look forward to a stylish atmosphere, top customer service, and Pacific Ocean views. The menu items are full of locally sourced ingredients and fresh-caught seafood. Spago Maui is open for nightly dinner service with award-winning appetizers, entrees, desserts, and cocktails.

Upon arriving at Spago, we suggest that you start by enjoying a cocktail service and an appetizer in the lounge. The cocktail menu is full of tasty drinks. Our favorite is the ‘Sexy Legs.’ For starters, we love the Poisson Cru in Island Coconut and the Big Eye Tuna Cones.

Entrees at Spago Maui are impressive and mouthwatering. Favorites include the 100% Japanese Wagyu, Steamed Whole Keahole Point Lobster, and the Grilled Onaga in Ti Leaves.

Having dinner at a Wolfgang Puck establishment isn’t complete without dessert! We recommend the Hana Coconut Tiramisu and the House Made Ice Creams & Sorbets (Kona Coffee, Tahitian Vanilla, Guava, Kalamansi-Mango, Coconut).

  • 100% Japanese Wagyu
  • Steamed Whole Keahole Point Lobster
  • Grilled Onaga in Ti Leaves
  • Seared Ahi Rare Tuna
  • Seared Rare Big Eye Ahi Tuna
  • Black Winter Truffles
  • 1 oz Kaluga Caviar
  • Omakase Platter
  • Big Eye Tuna Cones
  • Poisson Cru in Island Coconut

3900 Wailea Alanui Drive,
Wailea, HI 96753

Monkeypod Kitchen

Monkeypod Kitchen is one of Chef Peter Merriman’s newest culinary ventures. Located in Wailea with dramatic Pacific Ocean views, Monkeypod has quickly become one of Maui’s most popular dining destinations.

Their fusion menu is diverse, blending many cultural flavors and local ingredients in a fresh new way. From their fashionable cocktail creations to their Lunch and Dinner items, Monkeypod is full of unique and delicious selections. With over 36 craft beers on tap, a kiawe wood-burning oven, and the best homemade cream pies on Maui, it is obvious that Monkeypod knows what they’re doing.

Without a doubt, Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea has one of the best lunch and dinner menus in Hawaii. What makes their menu so unique is their twist on traditional and modern lunch classics with a fusion of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. We also lo ve how they use local Maui vendors throughout their menu! At Monkeypod, guests can choose from a tempting assortment of menu items. You may just find yourself ordering more than you need because every item is just so inviting! Their menu brings even more with yummy burgers and seafood dishes, steak plates, and gorgeous salad and sandwich options. Don’t sleep on the local style offerings- with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, they are excellent here.

This is a fun, casual, and social Maui restaurant, a wonderful spot for a Lunch date for two, or a family meal. Without a doubt, you will absolutely fall in love with this Maui restaurant!

  • Kiawe Grilled Ahi
  • Free-Range Chicken Wings
  • Garlic Truffle Oil Fries
  • Poke Tacos
  • Kalbi Chicken Bahn Mi
  • Saimin
  • Dry Mein Pizzas
  • Pete’e Fresh Fish & Chips
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10 Wailea Gateway Place,
Kihei, HI 96753

Open Daily
11:00am – 11:00pm

Chef‘s Table at the Mill House

For a truly unique dining experience on Maui, consider booking dinner at the Chef’s Table at the Mill House. Located in the Maui Tropical Plantation, here is where you’ll find a weekly (every Saturday) interactive culinary experience enjoyed with a chef’s perspective.

The Chef’s Table is an opportunity to take pleasure in a multi-course menu in an engaging environment. The evening is curated by a rotating selection of Mill House chefs and allows guests to observe the preparation and cooking experience while learning about the menu items, their inspiration, culinary techniques, and the farms from which the ingredients are sourced.

At the Maui Chef’s Table, diners gather in the Mill House to share a foodie experience full of tantalizing flavors and locally grown Maui foods. It’s a fantastic opportunity to savor meats, seafood, produce, cheeses, fresh-cut herbs, and more ingredients grown right here on the Valley Isle. Guests are encouraged to walk up to the chef’s table to meet the chefs, take photos, and ask questions. Without a doubt, all will savor incredible dishes and delight in the wine pairings and mixology cocktails. It’s truly a Maui dining experience like no other.

Also, visiting and local foodie enthusiasts can enjoy the Mill House restaurant every day from 11 am-9 pm (Happy Hour is 2-5 pm daily). The menu offers something for everyone and is broken down by creatively curated menus: Bites, Chef’s Plates, Garden + Grains, and Fish + Livestock. The menu items rotate based on seasonal ingredients, but you can always count on fresh and delicious items like charcuterie boards, crudos, salads, pasta, flavorful local seafood, and meat dishes.

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1670 Honoapi’ilani Hwy,
Waikapu, HI 96793

Roy's Ka'anapali

Roy’s restaurants are one of the most critically acclaimed Hawaiian fine dining establishments in the world. In 1988, Roy Yamaguchi opened his first signature restaurant in Hawaii Kai, Honolulu (Oahu), and it’s now grown to over 30 international locations. In fact, Roy’s in Kaanapali was the second flagship location ever to be opened.

When at any Roy’s restaurant, guests can expect gourmet consistency with European cooking techniques. The menu blends Asian-fusion cuisine with the distinct flavors of Hawaii. Each location offers a beautifully low-lit and spacious interior- perfect for a romantic date night, or a family celebration. On Maui, Roy’s is nestled in the Kaanapali resort area with views of the golf fairways.

No other restaurant in Hawaii can mimic Roy’s ‘Signature Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine.’ Only the freshest local ingredients are used, and each dish leaves you with the feeling that you’ve just found paradise. One of the best things about Roy’s is that each location features menu ingredients that are sourced from local farms. At Roy’s in Kaanapali, the chef collects fresh produce, seafood and meats from Kona Cold Lobsters, Kumu Farms, Ma’o Organic Farms, Hana Herbs & Flowers, Kawamata Farms, Maui Cattle Company, and more. In addition, each chef at the many Roy’s locations have been trained under the direction of Roy Yamaguchi himself. This allows a consistent approach to his unique culinary style at all restaurants.

When dining at Roy’s Kaanapali, there’s a huge menu selection to choose from: Starters, Dinner Pupu’s (Family Style Appetizers), Sushi, Entrees (From the Sea & From the Land), and Mixed Plates. Every item is more than impressive, and we absolutely love the diversity of the Family Style Appetizers. Favorite items include the Dim Sum Canoe for Two, Misoyaki Butterfish, Poke Duo, Whole Hawaiian Moi (cooked Crisp), Roy’s Blackened Ahi, Surf & Turf, and the Duck Duo. For those that want to take advantage of the best menu items with a full course, we definitely suggest that you order the Prix Fixe Menu ahead of time. Each course is paired with a wine (including the dessert service).

  • Whole Hawaiian Moi
  • Filipino Style Spring Rolls
  • Dim Sum Canoe for Two
  • Misoyaki Butterfish
  • Poke Duo
  • Roy’s Blackened Ahi
  • Surf & Turf
  • Duck Duo
  • Catch of the Day
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Kaanapali Golf Course
2290 Kaanapali Parkway,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Breakfast Service 6:00am – 10:30am

Lunch Service 11:00am – 2:00pm

Pupus in the Bar 2:00pm – 4:40pm

Morimoto Maui

Located at the Andaz Maui Resort in Wailea, Morimoto is named after the highly-acclaimed celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Besides being one of the best restaurants in Maui, guests will also surely enjoy breathtaking views of Mokapu Beach while savoring a tasty meal. Morimoto’s menu is full of local, farm and ocean fresh ingredients. Popular items are hand-rolled sushi, fresh fish, steak and seasonal cocktails with a Japanese and Western flair.

Morimoto’s menu is full of local, farm and ocean fresh ingredients. Popular items are hand-rolled sushi, fresh fish, steak and seasonal cocktails with a Japanese and Western flair. Check out why Morimoto’s won the #1 spot for the Top 30 Restaurants on Maui…

While mouthwatering Lunch and Dinner options are offered daily, we suggest making reservations for Dinner to watch the magnificent sunset fade into Maui’s glistening Pacific Ocean. The assortment of delicious sushi and sashimi is world famous, and you definitely need to enjoy those with the Aged Morimoto Sake. For dessert, try the Doughnuts, which come in a variety of flavors like Waialua chocolate, sake caramel, and apple-banana cheesecake. The house made sorbet is also to die for!

  • Market Oysters
  • Chef’s Raw Bar
  • Tempura Calamari Salad
  • Morimoto Bone Marrow
  • Morimoto Omakase
  • Wagyu Beef Carpaccio
  • Seafood Tobanyaki
  • Spicy King Crab
  • Duck Meatball Soup
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3550 Wailea Alanui Drive,
Wailea, HI 96753

Sushi & Cocktails 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Taverna

Located in the Kapalua Resort is one of Maui’s newest and most amazing restaurants, Taverna. Taverna is open Monday-Friday for Lunch, daily Dinner Service (after 5:30 pm), and Weekend Brunch. With huge Pacific Ocean and award-winning fairway views, here’s a hot spot to put on your Maui dining bucket list. It’s quite a large restaurant with a huge wrap around bar and a spacious dining room. Without a doubt, attention to detail and eye for the interior design were definitely applied when creating this Maui restaurant.

Taverna’s menu is a total culinary journey through rustic Italian classics fused with locally grown ingredients organic produce, freshly caught seafood and local meats. Dishes are organized by Antipasti (starters & pizzas), Share Plates, Contorni (sides), Primi (pasta) and Piatti Principali (main dishes). There are so many amazing things on their menu we suggest you order a selection.

The dressing on their Insalata Cesare is out of this world- it’s truly a perfect Caesar. The Fritto Misto is also impressive offering no just fried calamari, but crusted shrimp a spicy tomato jam, arugula, and aioli. We also loved sharing the Taverna Polpette: beef and bacon meatballs with tomato sauce and grilled ciabatta. Plate portions are pretty much spot on here- not too much and not too little, allowing you to continue to the main dishes. We highly suggest ordering the Linguine con Vongole, Saltimbocca di Pollo or the Costine Corte di Manzo, a slow braised beef short rib.

The wine list is extra impressive with beautiful varietals from California Central Coast areas (Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, etc), various Italian regionals and more. If you love a rich Barbera Asti, crisp Chardonnay or satiating Moscato with your Italian cuisine, they have you covered.

The cocktail list at Taverna isn’t just award-winning but features a true selection of mixology masterpieces. Try one of their Aperol Spritz and Negroni options, and taste the ‘Bankolada,’ a craft cocktail that won the ‘Best Cocktail’ award during the 2018 Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Others winning libations include the ‘Burning Man-Hattan’ (Bulleit Rye, Carpano Antica, House Bitters, and Smoked Seasonal Wood).

  • Linguine con Vongole
  • Insalate Cesare
  • Fritto Misto
  • Taverna Polpette
  • Taverna Lasagna
  • Saltimbocca di Pollo
  • Costine Corte di Manzo
  • Bistecca alla Fiorentina
  • Tagliere
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2000 Village Rd.,
Kapalua, HI 96761

Lunch: Mon – Fri 11:00am – 2:30pm

Mid Day Menu: Daily 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Weekend Brunch/Lunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Happy Hour: Starting @ 2:30pm

Late Night Happy Hour: Starting @ 9:00pm

Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante

Located at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Ferraro’s offers daily oceanfront dining for lunch and dinner. With live music Tuesday-Saturday, and one of the best vantage points in South Maui for a magical maui sunset scene, this is one of the most romantic places to enjoy an outdoor meal on Maui. Sit back, relax, and order a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, or a refreshing muddled cocktail before your meal.

With a menu that highlights classic and re-imagined Italian and Pacific-Rim fusion dishes, we recommend everything! The whole menu is tasty and innovative with an Italia rustic twist. The service at Ferraro’s is always spot on, and the menu has something for everyone with a special “Wellness Menu,” vegan and vegetarian options. When dining at the Four Seasons in Maui, you can’t go wrong. With a culinary team headed by Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and Executive Sous Chef Marco Calenzo, no attention to detail is ever left out.

Ferraro’s is definitely deserving of being on the top of our best restaurants in Maui list with their fabulous location, incredible service, and an all-around incredible menu.

  • Papparadelle Lamb Ragu
  • Beef Meatballs ‘Al Forno’
  • Polenta Fried Calamari
  • Insalata di Polpo
  • Parisian Gnocchi with Warm Water Lobster
  • Lasagna Tradizionali
  • Truffle Risotto
  • Hawaiian Snapper
  • Carre di Agnello
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  • Keiki & Teens Menu View Menu

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

3900 Wailea Alanui Drive,
Kihei, HI 96753

Beverage Service 11:00am – 9:00pm

Down The Hatch

Located on Front Street’s ‘Restaurant Row’ in Lahaina Town, you’ll find Down the Hatch. This West Maui restaurant is surely more than meets the eye with its full spectrum of offerings—full menu, lively bar, adult shave ice, and daily events. For breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, it’s s a perfect destination for all Maui visitors.

Down the Hatch was created by three friends from Georgia. After living on Maui for a few years, they had an idea to open a restaurant that showcases Maui’s beautiful seafood and locally grown items. But, with a Southern-aloha twist.

Tasty seafood items at Down the Hatch include their Fish n’ Chips, Mahi Mahi Tacos, Shrimp Po Boys, Calamari, and Lobster & Crab Grilled Cheese. As of late, this West Maui eatery has also become island famous for their Chicken & Waffles (which are also served 7-days a week for breakfast).

For national acclaim, Down the Hatch has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, a show that was hosted by Guy Fieri on the Food Network in 2017.

When venturing to Lahaina’s Front Street, make sure to stop into Down the Hatch! On any day of the week, you can join in on the fun with karaoke, pajama brekkie parties, open mic nights, trivia, and more.

  • Chicken & Waffles
  • Mermaid Fries
  • Lava Lava Shrimp
  • Coconut Shrimp
  • Shrimp Po’ Boy
  • Lobster & Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese
  • Ahi Sandwich
  • Surf-N-Turf Burger
  • Captain’s Catch
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Wharf Cinema Center Shops
658 Front St #102,
Lahaina, HI 96761

DUO Steak & Seafood

DUO Steak and Seafood is another amazing restaurant located at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. It’s located on the ground floor of the resort and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Here, you’ll find a daily breakfast buffet, weekend brunch, and dinner.

The chefs at DUO will happily prepare vegan dishes and more customized plates for those with dietary restrictions. This is something super special about dining at DUO. Even though they are known as a Maui steak house, it’s a restaurant for everyone.

Every Friday at DUO is ‘Market Night.’ The restaurant transforms into a farm-to-table buffet with artisan cheeses, a meat carving station, seafood station, and a salad bar. It’s a great choice for both residents and visitors, and they also have a children’s care area with a keiki buffet. This makes it easy for mom and dad to have a date night with their kids cared for and close by.

  • American Wagyu Flat Iron
  • Sashimi Sampler
  • Keahole Lobster Bisque
  • Seafood Sampler
  • Chateaubriand
  • Hawaiian Snapper
  • Truffle Mac and Cheese
  • Poutine Style Twice Baked Loaded Potato
  • Reef & Beef Burger
  • Menu View Menu

Four Seasons Resort Maui
at Wailea

3900 Wailea Alanui Drive,
Wailea, HI 96753

Breakfast A La Carte 6:00am – 11:30am

Breakfast Buffet: Sunday 6:30pm – 12:00pm

Breakfast Buffet: Mon – Sat 6:30am – 11:00am

Hali’imaile General Store

There are many spectacular things in prospect for you if you’ve never been to the Hali’imaile General Store in Upcountry-Maui. For those that have been here, perhaps even numerous times, you know what we’re talking about. Located just a 10-minute drive up Baldwin Avenue from the Historic Paia Town, guests will surely find one of Maui’s best restaurants tucked amongst sugar cane fields and a lot of local history.

Hali’imaile General Store is Chef Bev Gannon’s first and most renowned restaurant in Maui. Here, you’ll find a menu full of creative American-Pacific, Pacific- Hawaii Regional, and Asian-style cuisine. Yes, that sounds like a lot in the mix, but in Hawaii, this is the creme de la creme for soul food island-style. Since the late 1980s, Hali’imaile has not only been one of the top restaurants in Maui, but also a vacation destination for Maui’s many loved visitors. At Hali’imaile, foodie lovers can explore a menu full of tempting selections like the Kalua Pork & Goat Cheese Wontons, Popcorn Shrimp (the best ever!), Togarashi Shishito Peppers, Furikake Crusted Ahi & Coconut Shrimp, Paniolo Pork Ribs, Hali’imaile’s Tri-Tip “Plate Lunch,” and of course Bev’s Famous Crab Pizza, which is to-die-for by the way.

The cocktail list is superb with a handful of amazing libations, and the dessert menu is a real winner with items like the Lilikoi Creme Brûlée and a lovely Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. More fabulous things about the Hali’imaile General Store include an awesome bar with a conveniently cool daily happy hour from 3-5:30 pm, sweet local vibes, and a host of foodie-related events that take place throughout the week, month, season and year.

When you visit Maui, you just have to got to Bev’s Hali’imaile General Store. Housed by Old-Hawaii plantation architecture, and offering a fabulous menu, you cannot go wrong here.

  • Coconut Seafood Curry
  • Burrata Cheese & Tomato Salad
  • Kalua Pork & Goat Cheese Won Tons
  • Popcorn Shrimp, Paniolo Pork Ribs
  • Bev’s Famous Crab Pizza
  • Cajun Spice Dusted Crispy Calamari
  • Roasted Meyer Lemon Half Chicken
  • Furikake Crusted Ahi & Coconut Shrimp
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900 Hali’imaile Road,
Makawao, Hawaii 96768

Lunch: Mon – Fri 11:00am – 2:30am

Dinner: Nightly 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Merriman’s Kapalua

Merriman’s Kapalua is located in West Maui at one of the most incredible oceanfront locations within the Kapalua Resort. Merriman’s on Maui offers a wonderful farm-to-table style menu, using only the finest organic and sustainable products from the Hawaiian Islands. 90% of their award winning menu is locally sourced, and their culinary creations are outstanding.

Here, guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, and relax to the sounds of Live Music and the hypnotic rolling waves of Kapalua Bay each evening. When dining at Merriman’s in Kapalua, savor all parts of their menu as it has been carefully devised to tantalize your senses. For dessert, marvel in the Toasted Coconut Creme Brulee or the Maui Gold Pineapple and Toasted Macadamia Nut Brioche Pain Perdu. Last but not least, definitely make sure to peruse Merriman’s Wine Menu, it is an overtly impressive assortment.

  • Lamb from Kahua Ranch
  • Peter’s Original Caesar
  • Ahi Ginger Poke
  • Chow Fun Noodles with Shrimp & Pork
  • Wok Charred Ahi Sashimi, Kona Kampachi
  • Diver Sea Scallops
  • Keahole Lobster
  • Filet of Beef
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One Bay Club Place,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Dinner: Nightly 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Sunday Brunch 9:30am – 1:00pm

Lahaina Grill

Lahaina Grill is located in the heart of the Historic Town of Lahaina. For over 21 years, Lahaina Grill has maintained its status as one of the best restaurants on Maui. Lahaina Grill specializes in New American cuisine created with locally sourced foods.

If you’re celebrating a date night, birthday or anniversary on Maui, we definitely recommend making dinner reservations at Lahaina Grill. The atmosphere is chic with dimmed lighting, the menu is fantastic, and the service is always exceptional.

Popular appetizers at Lahaina Grill include the Seared Ahi and Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Ahi Poke, Maui Onion Soup, and the Wagyu Beef Ravioli. Favorite entrees are the Veal Osso Bucco, Kona Coffee Roasted Rack of Lamb, and the Surf & Turf.

Another amazing thing about Lahaina Grill is that they have a fantastic wine menu with regional varieties from around the world. The cocktail menu is award-winning, and the Maui Mule is a fantastic spin on the Moscow Mule. It’s served in a copper cup and made with locally distilled Ocean Vodka, fresh lime, ginger liqueur, Maui Brewing Company’s ginger beer, and crystalized fresh ginger.

  • Surf n’ Turf
  • Crispy Shanghai Spring Rolls
  • Ahi Poke, Wagyu Beef Ravioli
  • Golden & Red Beet Salad
  • Maui Onion Soup
  • Osso Buco
  • Kona Coffee Roasted Rack of Lamb
  • Seared Lion Paw Scallops
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127 Lahainaluna Road,
Lahaina, HI 96761

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is a fantastic choice for fine dining on Maui. Guests can enjoy a menu full of locally grown ingredients: organic produce, free-range meats, and local seafood.

The menu at The Restaurant is Hawaii Regional cuisine mixed with culinary artistry. Chef de Cuisine Zach Sato has successfully combined island foods with classic American, French, Italian, and Japanese items.

Favorite appetizers are the Half-Dozen Oysters, Pickled Kamuela Beets, Young Kale Caesar, and the Hamachi Tataki. Popular dinner items include the Steamed Local Fish, Pan Roasted Diver Scallops, Kona Lobster, and the American Wagyu Short Ribs.

The cocktail, wine, and dessert menus are all amazing at The Restaurant. This is a great place to celebrate an anniversary or a date night in Wailea. The sunset view is insane, the service is fantastic, and the menu will have you craving more.

  • Steamed Local Fish
  • Pan Roasted Diver Scallops
  • Kona Lobster
  • American Wagyu Short Ribs
  • Half-Dozen Oysters
  • Pickled Kamuela Beets
  • Young Kale Caesar
  • Hamachi Tataki
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555 Kaukahi St.,
Wailea, HI 96753

Nalu’s South Shore Grill

Next time your cruising through South Maui, make sure to stop for a meal at Nalu’s South Shore Grill. Whether you choose to check them out for breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner- it will always be amazing! Located near the Ace Hardware store in the Azeka Plaza, you’ll notice that just the sight of Nalu’s is both enticing and inviting. Here, you’ll find that the vibes are just as full of aloha as the menu.

At Nalu’s, savor an innovative island-style menu full of healthy and fresh ingredients: locally grown produce, healthy meats, fresh-caught seafood, Maui made food products, and more. Want to stay hydrated? Make sure to try all of their infused waters that are available as a courtesy (more like a gift) to their clientele. Our favorites are the Pineapple Lemon and the Cucumber Mint- they are so refreshing! They also have kombucha and handcrafted Maui beers on tap, plus an amazing cocktail menu with a mouthwatering Kim Chee Bloody Mary, a delish Mai Tai, and a Hawaiian Superman!

It’s not just that Nalu’s is a cool restaurant with an amazing menu and staff they also have this really incredible attention to detail throughout their menu and customer offerings. Sometimes it’s those kinds of surprises with a streamlined approach to customer satisfaction that really makes a restaurant stand out from the rest. That is why they are at the top of our list! When at Nalu’s, make sure to try some of their most popular menu items like their Apple Brie Burger with homemade chips or the Fried Chicken and Waffles. Their Poke Bowl is fantastic, and their volcano fries and calamari are the best on the island, for sure. For dessert? Just go for it! Try all of their malasadas you definitely won’t regret it.

Nalu’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating in their spacious and clean restaurant. Happy hour is from 3-6 pm Monday through Saturday, and they have live music on Sundays with a selection of super talented Maui musicians. It’s a perfect Maui restaurant for celebrating birthdays, for couples, families, kids, everyone! DO NOT miss out on a chance to eat at Nalu’s South Shore Grill…

  • Pitaya Bowl
  • Island Pancakes
  • Fried Chicken & Waffles
  • Cubano Sandwich
  • Ahi Club
  • Apple Brie Burger
  • Classic Loco Moco
  • Poke Bowl
  • Island Style Ribs
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Azeka Shopping Center – Makai

1280 South Kihei Road,
Kihei, HI 96753

Maui Brewing Company

Maui Brewing Company is Maui’s premier handcrafted craft beer maker. With a tasting room in South Maui and a great brewpub restaurant in Kahana, we highly recommend that you check out both spots during your next foodie adventure in Maui. At the Kahana brew-pub, guests can taste all flavors of Maui Brewing Co. craft beers accompanied by a unique menu.

Here, guests of all types can choose items off of their menu, even vegans, and vegetarians, which is a really unique offering for a brewpub. The menu is broken down by salads, burgers and sandwiches, flatbreads, entrees, sliders and ‘share, pair and taste’ plates. They even have a kids menu with easy options for the Keiki like cheese pizza, fried chicken bites, mac and cheese and a burger. If you like a little bit of spicy with your frothy beer, definitely order the Shishito Peppers.

When at the Maui Brewing Company restaurant in West Maui, consider ordering items “family-style.” The casual environment invites menu exploration, and it’s super fun to pair items off of their menu with beer selections. The staff is all very beer knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. This is a perfect spot for lunch, happy hour and dinner in West Maui.

  • Bikini Blonde Fish n’ Chips
  • Shishito Peppers
  • Phyllo-Fried Brie
  • Tots Dynamite
  • Farm Flatbread
  • Veggie Burger, (black bean based)
  • Black Rock Dip
  • Pub Plate
  • Bratwurst Sausage
  • Complete Menu View Menu

4405 Honoapiilani Highway,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Open Daily
11:00am – 10:00pm

605 Lipoa Parkway,
Kihei, HI 96753

Open Daily
11:00am – 11:00pm

The Plantation House

The Plantation House restaurant is located in the Kapalua Resort. From the restaurant, guests can en-joy the gorgeous West Maui coastline, the Pacific Ocean, and fairway views. The restaurant is classy, and all will enjoy the Hawaiian hospitality.

At The Plantation House, Maui golfers, visitors, and residents can enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, and din-ner. Menus are large with many options, and the plates are filling. Guests of all dietary needs can easily find tasty things to eat, and the chefs are more than happy to customize orders.

We recommend that you make early dinner reservations at The Plantation House so you can enjoy a beautiful West Maui sunset. The vantage point is epic and sets the stage for perfect vacation photos.

Favorite starters on the dinner menu include the Hawaiian Ahi Poke, Ali’i Mushroom Arancini, Kalua Pork Tostadas, and the Grilled Kula Farms Asparagus. Our favorite entrees are the Miso Cured Alaskan Black Cod, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, and Mary’s Organic Teriyaki Chicken.

  • Miso Cured Alaskan Black Cod
  • Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
  • Mary’s Organic Teriyaki Chicken
  • Prime Ribeye Steak
  • Hawaiian Ahi Poke
  • Ali’i Mushroom Arancini
  • Kalua Pork Tostadas
  • Grilled Kula Farms Asparagus
  • MenuView Menu

2000 Plantation Club Dr,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Breakfast & Lunch 8:00am – 3:00pm

Star Noodle

“Oh, Star Noodle… let me count the many ways that I love thee….” Yes, words like those will enter your mind as you thoroughly enjoy dining at Star Noodle. Star Noodle is located off the beaten path in Lahaina, West Maui. This super delicious and trendy Maui restaurant is popular for many reasons, including the fantastic Pan-Asian menu and the the stylish setting.

Dining at Star Noodle is so fabulous, the food is so finger-licking, and the environment makes you feel transported to the “coolest restaurant ever.” Nothing on the menu could ever possibly disappoint you, from the genius Sake Cocktail creations to the Shared Plates, Noodles, Sweets, and Wine List.

When at Star Noodle, make sure to savor every bite. But no worries, you can always plan another trip to Maui just for another fabulous Star Noodle Dinner.

  • Star Kim Chee
  • Pohole Salad
  • Miso Salmon
  • Steamed Pork Buns
  • Adobe Ribs
  • Tempura Shrimp
  • Star Udon
  • Garlic Noodles
  • Malasadas
  • Menu View Menu

286 Kupuohi Street,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Open Daily
10:30am – 10:00pm

Ka’ana Kitchen

“Ka’ana means to share, and here we share from our heart. Using techniques from around the culinary world and through partnerships with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, we provide safe and local harvest while honoring the traditions of Hawaii’s diverse culture. Welcome to Ka’ana Kitchen…” (Ka’ana Kitchen Menu, 2016)

Ka’ana Kitchen is located at the stunningly gorgeous Andaz Resort in Wailea. Recently opened in late 2013, everything Andaz offers guests is uber-modern and cutting edge for a luxurious vacation lifestyle. Ka’ana Kitchen is Andaz Maui’s signature family-style restaurant. Open for breakfast and dinner, this Maui restaurant is perfection with its delicate version of old world flavor and modern culinary innovation. For Breakfast, guests will surely enjoy waking up to freshly brewed Maui coffee, Maui Mimosas, and traditional brekkie items with a Hawaiian twist like Bacon & Eggs with paniolo potatoes, and the Kalua Pork Eggs Benedict served with a ponzu hollandaise sauce and an heirloom tomato salad. For dinner? Be ready to fill your belly with lots of enticing menu items…

In addition, Ka’ana Kitchen is famed for its use of locally grown Maui ingredients from the Ka’ana Farm, Ono Farms, Surfing Goat Dairy, Waipoli Hydroponic Napili, Ho’opono Farms, Kapa’a Farms, Flo Farms, and Evonuk Farms. We adore the Maui restaurants that support local!

  • Ahi Bigeye
  • Watermelon Salad
  • Grilled Octopus
  • Kona Kampachi
  • Berkshire Pork Belly
  • Niihau Lamb Ragu
  • Wagyu Striploin
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Andaz, Maui at Wailea Resort

3550 Wailea Alanui Drive,
Wailea, HI 96753

Japengo

Japengo is celebrated for serving up some of Maui’s most delicious and exotic Pacific Rim cuisine. Offering an Asian inspired menu that is infused with Hawaiian flavors, this renowned world-class restaurant is located at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka’anapali.

Situated next to the resort’s waterfalls, and overlooking the gorgeous Ka’anapali Beach, you just can’t beat the location! Japengo is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two, or for a gathering with friends and family. In fact, you, and your guests will definitely enjoy a gorgeous Maui sunset while sipping delicious handcrafted cocktails on their outdoor patio.

Sushi connoisseurs will love sitting at the Sushi Bar at Japengo. Here, you can watch top-notch sushi chefs create the most mouthwatering sushi rolls and sashimi at their contemporary Sushi Lounge. We suggest ordering the Omakase (chef choice). You won’t regret it! Here, the local fish and seafood is some of the freshest we’ve tasted on island. It’s all sourced from local Hawaiian Islands as well as Japan.

If sushi is not your thing, don’t worry, you will not be disappointed. There’s a huge variety of tasty ‘cooked’ dishes on the menu. Try the Ribeye or the Pork Belly, both are sophisticatedly prepared using only the freshest ingredients. We highly recommended making reservations in advance, as Japengo tends to book- up fast, especially during the sunset hours.

  • Miso Glazed Salmon
  • Steamed Manila Clams
  • Kung Pao Duck Meatballs
  • Hoisin Glazed Pork Ribs
  • Seafood Udon
  • Makai-Mauka
  • Omakase
  • Rainbow Roll
  • Fujin Roll
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Hyatt Regency, Maui Resort & Spa

200 Nohea Kai Drive,
Lahaina, HI 96761

Honu Seafood & Pizza

Honu Seafood & Pizza is owned and operated by Mark Ellman, a well known Maui restauranteur. Honu is located on Front Street behind the Lahaina Cannery Mall. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a tantalizing menu, awesome customer service, Pacific Ocean and outer island views, sunset, and a glimpse of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the shoreline.

Here, you’ll find an eclectic and delicious menu full of crowd pleasers. With an array of enticing options, you’ll surely be tempted to order more than your belly can hold. Go for it! The lunch and dinner menus are similar with great starters, salads, seafood sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and brick oven pizzas. They also have a special gluten-free menu with a ton of choices for the gluten intolerant folks, or those avoiding wheat. The brick oven pizzas are all amazing, and can also be made with gluten free crusts.

Honu Seafood & Pizza’s menu is full of locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. A handful of our favorite menu items include: Washington Oyster Shooters, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Green Goddess Caesar with Ahi Tataki Sashimi, Bikini Blonde Battered Fish & Chips, Ali’i Hamakua Mushroom Pizza, Maui Cattle Burger, and the Hawaiian Fresh Fish of the Day.

During the day, you can see honu, Maui’s Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles right swimming right below the dining area. Sunset here is also awesome, and at night you’ll definitely see a star-filled Maui sky. This is a great place to go for lunch, a dinner date, or with your whole family in tow.

  • Fresh Oysters
  • Steamed Mediterranean Mussels
  • Grilled Spanish Octopus
  • Lamb Riblets
  • Dungeness Crab Mac n’ Cheese
  • Brick Oven Pizzas
  • Grilled Fish Sandwich
  • Taro Burger
  • Seafood Pasta
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1295 Front St.,
Lahaina, HI 97661

Bistro Casanova

Casanova’s Italian Restaurant has a rich history on Maui. Their original restaurant opened in 1986 in Makawao, and now Maui diners can find them in Central Maui.

Bistro Casanova in Kahului is the go-to restaurant for authentic Italian dining in Maui. What makes their restaurant extra special is that the menu is not only full of classic favorites, but also locally grown produce, meats, and fresh seafood. For lunch, guests can choose from a variety of fresh salads, pasta dishes, fritti, crepes, sandwiches, and panini. The dinner menu includes salads, pastas, entrees, and meat dishes.

Throughout the week, restaurant patrons can enjoy lunch and dinner at Bistro Casanova. They all have a cozy room in the back of the restaurant for private events, corporate functions, and large family celebrations.

Known for always providing amazingly cooked honestly Italian food, guests will adore their rotating lunch and dinner menus. The focaccia bread, served at every table upon seating, is exceptionally flavorful and served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The salads, pasta, and entrees are all amazing the fantastic desserts are on rotating pending seasonal ingredients.
If you’re overwhelmed with the many incredible choices, ask your server for recommendations. They are all more than willing to help you create a full-on incredible homestyle Italian dinner in Maui. We love Casanovas!

Bistro Casanova is also a great restaurant choice for a power lunch and their daily extended happy hour. Here’s a spot that will easily slide into your go-to Maui restaurant repertoire.

  • Bouillabaisse
  • Kaesar Salad
  • Calamari Fritti
  • Caprese Classica
  • Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese
  • Surf & Turf
  • Paella
  • Linguine Al Funghi
  • Vitello Saltimbocca
  • Bigoli Neri Al Salmone
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33 Lono Avenue,
Kahului, Maui, HI

Milagros

Smack dab in the center of the trendy bohemian town of Paia, visitors will find Milagros Food Company. You definitely will want to check out this amazing family run restaurant with its covered sidewalk seating right in the heart of Paia.

Located on the corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue, Milagros is the perfect spot for a date night and/or hanging out with friends and family. Everyone will enjoy front row seating to some of the best people watching on island. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying then a refreshing margarita paired with a giant pile of kalua pork nachos, after spending an afternoon of shopping at Paia’s chic boutiques.

Milagros is serving up some tasty flavors that harmoniously combine Southwestern cuisine with Maui’s freshest locally sourced foods. Signature dishes include lots of fresh fish! One of our favorite lunch items is the mouthwatering fresh fish burrito, made to order grilled or blackened. What really makes Milagros’ burritos pop is the delicious combination of their homemade beans and famous guacamole. If fish is not your thing, the fire grilled burger is hands down one of the best burgers on island! The dinner menu also offers many delectable seafood dishes. The spicy shrimp and panko crusted Mahi Mahi are a couple of our favorites, and don’t forget to ask your server about the daily specials. The Keiki (children) menu is sure to please both kids and parents, offering affordable simple dishes that all kids love.

Open for lunch and dinner, and don’t forget happy hour! Offered daily from 3-6pm, you don’t want to miss this one! Featuring special prices on their delicious house margaritas, Maui Brewing Company beer, glasses of red and white wine and of course a specialty cocktail of the day. They also have a daily happy hour food special that never disappoints. For daily happy hour specials check out Milagros Instagram page!

Tequila enthusiast will love the outstanding selection of tequila here. Last, we visited, we counted more than 10 different kinds of tequila ranging from traditional labels and mango flavored to ultra-premiums that are sipped from a sniffer.


Morimoto Asia Hoisin Chili Sticky Spare Ribs

Pork Rib Braise

Hoisin Chili Sauce

Frying/Garnish

2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

To Make Sauce

Combine all ingredients from the Hoisin Chili Sauce list and fully mix with a whisk or a fork and reserve. The sauce can be made and kept overnight in the refrigerator.

Braise Pork Ribs

Place pork ribs in an oven-proof pan. Place the ginger, garlic, white onion, cooking wine and oil into the pan. Cover with water and add the tamarind paste and gently stir the paste into the mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for approximately 3.5 hours at 250 degrees Fahrenheit or until the meat pulls away easily from the bone. Allow the ribs to cool in the braising liquid until able to handle easily. Once cooled, slice the rack apart into individual ribs.

Frying

Lightly coat each of the braised/cooled ribs in cornstarch and fry in oil at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Place on a wire rack to drain and cool slightly.

Assembly/Plating

Once drained and slightly cooled, toss the fried ribs with the Hoisin Chili Sauce and plate (3) to a serving. Top with the freshly chopped cilantro and serve immediately.


Enjoy a Meal at Morimoto Maui

The Chef

Before earning chef stardom, Masaharu Morimoto was to be drafted as a baseball catcher in Japan’s major leagues. When a shoulder injury ended his promising career, Morimoto began studying sushi in his hometown of Hiroshima. He quickly grasped the technique and opened his first restaurant at age 24. Five years later, he moved to America to explore a cuisine that combines the best of both continents.

Morimoto opened his eponymous Morimoto Restaurant in Philadelphia in 2001. He then opened a slew of eateries in almost a dozen cities, including Mumbai, Tokyo, New York City, Hawaii, and many others. He even competed on the Japanese television show Iron Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Today, Morimoto and his restaurants have garnered critical acclaim. His incredible dishes and signature style continue to excite thousands of diners all over the world.

The Menu

The menu at Morimoto Maui utilizes fresh, local ingredients from Hawaii and seamlessly integrates Western and Japanese ingredients. Signature entrees include whole roasted lobster, Thai curry snapper, and seafood toban yaki. You can even choose from a variety of steaks and sushi rolls. Be sure to save room for dessert and indulge with “The Road to Matcha”, a decadent dish made with Kula strawberries and white chocolate rocks.

If you’re going out with a group, we recommend trying the Morimoto Omakase, or chef’s choice. This multi-course tasting menu allows you to experience the absolute best of Morimoto’s cuisine. Order a few rounds of cocktails and enjoy sharing with the table. Cheers!

The Atmosphere

With 180-degree ocean views and neutral toned materials, Morimoto Maui features a unique design inspired by a modern Japanese beach house. Feel free to enjoy your meal in the dining room or at the sushi bar, poolside lounge, or beautiful outdoor terrace. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and reservations are strongly recommended.

Come Home to the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

After an unforgettable meal, take a short drive back to our Maui bed and breakfast and unwind. Our property is located in the heart of Wailuku and features beautiful guest rooms and luxurious amenities. We even offer a delicious homemade breakfast each morning as well as complimentary snacks and beverages. If a trip to Hawaii is in your plans, check our availability and book your stay today! We can’t wait to hear all about your culinary adventures.


Iron Chef Morimoto Will Open New Restaurant on Maui

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will open a new restaurant at the Andaz Maui next year. Photo courtesy of Hawaii News Now.

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa announced today that they will be teaming up to unveil Morimoto Maui in the summer of 2013.

Morimoto Maui will be open daily for lunch and dinner under the direction of Chef Morimoto, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Embodying the renowned chef’s distinct culinary style, the menu will feature the islands’ freshest, local ingredients executed with traditional Japanese techniques.

Morimoto Maui will feature the design and architecture of the Rockwell Group including a 57-seat interior dining area, 56-seat outdoor terrace, and 23-seat terrace bar. The restaurant will have full-height glass French doors on three sides of the restaurant and the fourth wall will feature an eight-seat sushi bar.

When it open in 2013, the Andaz Maui at Wailea will offer 297 guestrooms and suites, including seven luxury bedroom residential villas. The 15-acre resort designed by the Rockwell Group will feature four outdoor infinity pools a 15,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adult pool a state-of-the-art fitness facility and two full service restaurants.

For events and meetings, there will be 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including three outdoor venues for weddings and special events.


Fresh oysters

In Japan, Hiroshima is most famous for oysters. Growing up there, I was able to eat the freshest ones, simply as they are or with a bit of ponzu sauce. Even though fresh oysters were abundant, they were still very expensive for ordinary people because they were usually sold to high-end restaurants in Tokyo. I only got the chance to eat them a few times a year. (Photo courtesy Masaharu Morimoto)


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