Maui Vacation Rental and Good Eats on Maui October 27, 2011

Managing 5 gorgeous Vacation Rental Condos on Maui I often get asked from our guests where to eat on Maui. For those few meals per week that you choose not to cook yourself I do have several favorites. Too many really to list, but I’ll go over 5 of my favorites today.

One of my favorite parts about renting a condo versus a hotel stay is the flexibility you have with your meals. You are not locked into the expensive hotel restaurants. Additionally you can keep snacks (fresh fruit is a favorite), main meals (fish or steak as we have grills at all of our condos) and drinks (you have to try POG when on Maui) ready for enjoyment at any time.

For those times when you just want to leave the condo for a meal, or you have not yet hit the local grocery store here is a list of 5 of my favorite restaurants on Maui.

Five of our Favorite Restaurants on Maui 

Kihei Caffe1) Breakfast on Maui can be enjoyed many different ways: on your lanai, at the beach, or a cup of coffee. However if you have some time head to Kihei and the Kihei Caffe for an outstanding breakfast! This tiny local breakfast and lunch spot (they are open 5 am – 3 pm) is wonderful. Order inside (bring cash as they do not take plastic) and then pick your seat outside and watch the surf. They serve an awesome blend of coffee and their pastries are to die for!

2) If you are making a trip to Hana or want some good seafood in Pai’a (with out taking a 2nd mortgage out for Mama’s Fish house) then you must stop in to Paia Fish Market. Pai’a is the last town with a gas station as you start out on the Road to Hana. The Paia Fish Market is a quaint little shop – order off a chalkboard menu, sit down on the family style picnic tables inside and enjoy their fish. Always cooked to perfection and ready to eat in minutes. This little gem is great for a lunch or mid-day snack, and is a must try if you are on this side of the island.
ocean view dining at Mulligans on the blue 3) If you have just played the Blue Golf Course at Waliea Golf Club or are looking for a great spot for Pupus and a drink – look no further than Mulligan’s on the Blue. Mulligan’s is my favorite Irish Bar on Maui! You know you are on Maui when the only walls separate the bar from the kitchen, the rest is open air and the views only Maui can deliver. Sitting at the bar you can look out toward Molokini and into the Pacific Ocean. Stop by on Sundays for NFL or Rugby games as Mulligan’s has plenty of HDTVs for all the action. Their food is very good, and I love the combination of their Irish roots with their location. For example their Fish n Chips is made with Mahi-Mahi, and is superb. Of course they have all the Irish favorites (and locals too) on draft. Live music nightly and a great Pupus (appetizer) Menu and wonderful Happy Hour (3 – 6 pm and 10 pm to midnight).


4) Looking for a special dinner while on Maui? Look no further than the Lahaina Grill. Located in downtown Lahaina, in the Lahaina Inn, this is my favorite restaurant on Maui. They do not have the view that Mama’s does, but boy their food and service is spectacular! Honolulu Magazine’s reader’s poll has ranked Lahaina Grill as “Best Maui Restaurant” 18 years in a row (1994 – 2011), you must stop in to see why. Their food is prepared to perfection and they always use the best local ingredients. To quote themselves, Lahaina Grill “Features innovative, New American cuisine, uses techniques and flavors from around the world, all perfectly blended with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s local farms, dairies and surrounding waters.” In addition to their wonderful menu, they also have a fantastic 350 selection wine list to complement your meal.

5) Not every meal on Maui needs to be expensive and just for the “adults.” In Wailea there is a wonderful Italian restaurant with some of the best wood stove pizzas and fresh pasta anywhere: Matteo’s Pizzeria. When the kids are tired of seafood and fancy dining, Matteo’s is a great choice. You walk into Matteo’s and order at the front of the restaurant and then have your pick of tables in their open air dining room. The friendly wait staff will bring your freshly prepared meals to your table and take care of any of your other needs during your meal. Come early though, as they can get very busy for dinner. {Edit: on April 30, 2012 Matteo’s sadly closed their doors. However, there is a new Pizzeria / Restaurant that has opened here: Manoli’s. Check here for our Review.