This romantic, open-air restaurant provides a panoramic view of the world-famous Wailea coastline. Come for the Early Bird Special, and catch a glorious Maui sunset. The special comes with an entree, salad, potatoes and Molokai Sweet Potato Cheesecake. For a splurge, the Puhelu Rack of Lamb is highly recommended. The perfect accompaniment is the Markham Merlot. Take your time, the service is friendly and relaxed, and the ambiance is idyllic.
Everything about Mama's, from the decor to the service to the amazing cuisine, is first-class. Locals and visitors consider it to be the ultimate special occasion restaurant. The path leading up to the restaurant is lit by torches and lined with palm trees. Candles light the dining room, and most tables feature an ocean view. Appetizers include Tahitian Poisson Cru, Sashimi Salad, and Shrimp Won Tons with macadamia nut dipping sauce. The Mama's fishermen catch fish daily and everything is delicious. The stuffed fish is unbelievably tender and flavorful. The wine list is an award winner.
Named "the best food and entertainment combo in Maui" by Zagat's Restaurant Survey, this lively eatery features energetic dancing and live music upcountry. The sprawling dining area with the bar at one end turns into one of Maui's hottest nightclubs after hours. A huge wooden sun-deck is great for lounging and people-watching in the daytime. The menu features a nice selection of salads (made with organic greens), wood-fired pizzas and delectable homemade pastas smothered in rich sauces and savory meats.
While the witty name is rather charming, it is a bit misleading. This place does not offer everyday cafe au lait, or anything close, but don't be disappointed. Cafe O'Lei has food critics and travel writers raving over its inexpensive, innovative food, made from fresh-as-can-be local ingredients. Sample delicacies such as Blackened Mahi-Mahi with Papaya Salsa. Vegetarians absolutely must try the grilled vegetable sandwich. The array of tempting dishes changes with the season.
This elegant spot is a wonderful choice for a romantic dinner date, a special occasion or an evening of culinary decadence. It is located in the palatial Kea Lani Resort, a Wailea landmark. The outdoor lanai is surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Specialties include Greek Maui Wowie (an innovative twist on the Greek salad) and Abalone Chicago-Style (with asparagus, shi'itake mushrooms & rock shrimp). Seafood rules the menu with everything from salmon to Mahi Mahi. The wine list is extensive indeed—more than 2000 French, California and Italian vintages are cellared on-site.
If you are a sports freak and want to enjoy your meal and drink in your favorite kind of environment then Ale House is the right place to be. Voted as the best sports bar in Maui, it has video games, pool and darts to play while you enjoy your food. Burgers, juices, steaks and a lot more is on offer to satiate appetites and you can also quench your thirst with the frosty draft beers. Kids eat free at Ale on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with every adult spending only USD13 on their meal. A rocking place for all those hardcore fun loving people!
Tucked away amidst several cafes and bars, this sophisticated restaurant is original and unique. A team effort of three marvelous chefs whose emphasis is on the Pacific Rim with more than just a hint of New Orleans flair makes this place a must-visit. The menu consists of creative pastas, fresh fish and more than a few great surprises. The fresh local catch is prepared in curry, crusted in macadamia nuts and edamame, or blackened with Cajun spices. Salmon is a house hit marinated in honey and saffron, then grilled and topped with a chipotle lime emulsion. The bar is also a hot spot for locals and visitors who gather for midnight martinis and music. -Lottie Tagupa
Located on the shores of Keawakapu Beach, this restaurant is one of the best non-resort restaurants on the island. The alfresco setting is elegant with gorgeous views of the Maui sunsets, and the menu will satisfy those looking for something sophisticated, fresh and flavorful. The Italian and Mediterranean menu includes the Olowalu Tomato Gazpacho, which consists of a collection of flavorful island ingredients like mango, tomatoes, avocado and onions that are combined into a soup that is as fresh as the island breezes. The Cotolette Capricciosa with white truffle oil is a popular entrée. Parking is available although somewhat limited. -Lottie Tagupa
Located in the opulent Grand Wailea, one of the top five luxury hotels on Maui, this restaurant offers a casually elegant setting and a tempting menu. The delicious scent wafting from the wood-burning oven hints of culinary delights to come. The menu is contemporary Continental, but most dishes feature local ingredients. From the Hawaiian Ahi Carpaccio appetizer to the Tartuffo Alla Maui (a dreamy, creamy vanilla/mango/chocolate/caramel blend), this is a Maui-style feast.