Five Great Places to Stop and Visit for Lunch on Maui

You probably already have a million and one things you want to do during your trip to Maui, but don’t forget to eat! You’ll need to keep yourself fueled during the trip. A hearty and delicious lunch can keep you hiking, snorkeling, surfing, and touring our beautiful island. Maui is filled with so many amazing restaurants that it was hard to choose just five to recommend, but we did it. Here is our list of the top five lunch places in all of Maui:

• Mama’s Fish House (Ku’au)

Of course we had to start with a seafood restaurant. When you’re surrounded by the ocean, the fish and seafood are as fresh as they can be. Located practically on the beach in Ku’au, Mama’s Fish House is world renowned for both its gourmet menu and its beautiful views. Since dinner reservations can be difficult to get, lunch is a much safer bet. The rotating Polynesian/Pacific Rim menu is always filled with fresh offerings caught by local fishermen and sustainably grown ingredients. Mama’s Fish House is also known for wonderfully presented dishes. Your food will look so magnificent, it may be hard to eat!

• Milagros (Paia)

If you are looking for a lunch spot that is both casual and delicious, Milagros is a great option. This relaxed restaurant is located in Paia Town on the corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue. Its varied menu offers something for everyone, making it a great option for picky eaters and families. The menu includes everything from tacos to burritos, salads, burgers, fish sandwiches, and more. All of the seafood is caught daily, and Milagros tries to use local, organic ingredients whenever possible. This place is also known for its excellent tequila selection, so bottom’s up!

• Nutcharee’s Thai Food (Hana)

Not only does Maui have Thai food; Maui has really good Thai food brought to you by Nutcharee’s Thai Food restaurant. This charming little restaurant is located in a hale (house) and is loved for its curries, Pad Thai, fried rice, spring rolls, fresh coconut milk, and seafood dishes. The rotating menu means there’s always something new to try.   

• Market Fresh Bistro (Makawao)

For the secret (or not-so-secret) foodie inside of you, there is Market Fresh Bistro, a restaurant that lives up to its philosophy of “Global influence, local ingredients.” The menu of this Makawao gem is filled with locally grown ingredients and top notch meat and produce. The lunch menu has many delicious dishes to choose from, and Market Fresh Bistro is also known for its spectacular brunch menu and wide selection of wine.

• Monkeypod (Wailea)

Monkeypod’s fusion menu is filled with a variety of cultural flavors and local ingredients. Even the pickiest eaters will find something to love, whether it’s a wood fired pizza, Pete’s classic burger, richly flavored salads, garlic truffle oil fries, poke (raw fish) tacos, or the coconut crème pie. This fun and casual establishment also offers a delightful drink menu and dramatic ocean views. It is fast becoming a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It’s definitely a must-try during your time in Wailea.

If only we could tell you about all of the amazing restaurants in Maui!

These five will give you some great options, but there are so many more. Contact our awesome on island vacation experts and let us know your trip plans, we can give you breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner recommendations all along the way.