Beyond Poke: Unveiling Maui's Diverse Culinary Delights (Guide)

by VM Maui

Maui presents a culinary landscape that is as vibrant and diverse as its stunning natural scenery. The island's gastronomy scene transcends the familiar, inviting visitors to indulge in a spectrum of flavors that capture the essence of Hawaii's rich cultural tapestry. Each dish, meticulously prepared and presented, promises an adventure for the taste buds, making dining an integral part of the Maui experience.

Guests enjoying the comfort of vacation rentals find themselves perfectly positioned to embark on this gastronomic journey. The opportunity to explore such a wide array of dining options enriches their stay, turning every meal into a memorable experience. Engaging with Maui's culinary scene becomes a journey of taste that leaves visitors with lasting memories, making every bite a cherished moment of their stay.

Farm-to-Table Restaurants: Savoring Maui's Agricultural Bounty

Maui's farm-to-table restaurants epitomize the island's dedication to sustainability and showcase its agricultural bounty with unparalleled freshness. These establishments celebrate the close relationship between local farmers and chefs, creating menus that evolve with the seasons and reflect the flavors of the region. Diners are treated to culinary creations that not only highlight the quality of Maui's produce but also contribute to a sustainable food ecosystem, enhancing the dining experience with every bite.

Feast Your Eyes & Palate on Merriman's Kapalua

Merriman's Kapalua stands at the forefront of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, showcasing a menu that masterfully combines the island's vibrant flavors with the freshest local produce. This esteemed dining venue, renowned for its breathtaking ocean vistas, offers guests an unparalleled culinary experience that captures the essence of Maui. At Merriman's Kapalua, every dish tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the bountiful harvest of the island, inviting diners to embark on a gastronomic journey that is as memorable as the landscape itself.

"Really a great, well rounded, experience. I have been to Maui several times but this was my first visit to Merriman's. It will NOT be my last. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but the service, atmosphere, location, and (of course) the food make it a very special place." ~ Lee Wood

  • Reservations are recommended for fine dining.
  • Oceanfront Point offers casual dining daily starting at 4:00 PM; no reservations are required or accepted, dependent on weather conditions.
  • Merriman's has their own parking lot and they valet park for you... drive up and you're set. No other option.

Merriman's Kapalua | Open Daily from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Map Directions

Discover the Season's Best at SixtyTwo MarcKet

SixtyTwo MarcKet redefines culinary innovation by merging diverse cooking techniques to highlight the freshest seasonal ingredients, updating its menu every two months to feature the season's best, from spring lamb to summer mangos and herbs. Additionally, it offers a curated selection of spices, rubs, and sauces, all sourced from premium local produce, enhancing the overall dining experience. This commitment emphasizes the establishment's dedication to showcasing and promoting the bounty of local agriculture in creative and accessible ways.

"This is a great place for breakfast and lunch. You definitely want to make reservations because they get busy. They serve breakfast all day long so if you like breakfast, this is the place to be! Another nice bonus is they change a few items on the menu every 62 days." ~ Diana W

  • Open every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • The venue is available for catering and events. 

SixtyTwo MarcKet | Open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Map Directions

Savor the Moment at Gather on Maui

Gather on Maui stands as a culinary gem, renowned for crafting unforgettable dining experiences that celebrate the essence of coming together. Perched near the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Courses, this revitalized location offers guests stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Haleakalā, and Molokini, transforming every meal into an extraordinary occasion. Embrace the opportunity to indulge in a setting where each dish is a testament to culinary excellence and every view a backdrop to lasting memories, making Gather on Maui a must-visit destination for those who cherish the art of fine dining amidst nature's splendor.

"I think the best restaurant we’ve eaten at on Maui. Been there twice for dinner in four days! Calamari, ribeye, pancit noodles, beet & bleu salad, shrimp cocktail, and apple banana dessert were all fantastic! Great service by Shannon and Monica on our visits. Super cool to sign a book as you checkout. Highly recommended! 5 stars!" ~ Charlotte Potts

  • For gatherings exceeding 12 individuals, reservations are recommended.
  • Contacting the Events Specialists through email is the necessary step for booking.

Gather on Maui | Open Daily 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM | Map Directions

Experience the Art of Craft at Monkeypod Kitchen Kaanapali

Monkeypod Kitchen is built on a foundation of unwavering commitment to the craft, encompassing farming, cooking, brewing, art, and design, with a belief that quality is the result of hard work and passion. This dedication to mastering the craft of food, drink, and merrymaking ensures an unparalleled dining experience. By fostering partnerships with farmers, brewers, and artisans who share this dedication, Monkeypod Kitchen offers the highest quality culinary delights that Hawaii has to offer, inviting guests to savor the genuine craftsmanship in every bite.

"BEST RESTAURANT IN WHALERS!!!! We’ve been here twice over the three days we’ve been here, and we plan on returning! The Mai Tais are the best we’ve ever had (Hula Grill has cooler cups but are 1/8th as delicious). Fish and chips are the best we’ve had so far on the island (the fries are FRESH too)." ~ Ava Young

  • Guests are invited to enjoy Happy Hour from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  • Please be advised that operational hours may vary on designated holidays.

Monkeypod Kitchen Kaanapali | Open Daily 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM | Map Directions

Hidden Food Trucks: Maui's Secret Delights 

Hidden Food Trucks on Maui reveal a world of secret delights, offering an unparalleled culinary adventure off the beaten path. These mobile kitchens serve up an array of exquisite flavors, showcasing the best of local cuisine and innovative dishes that tantalize the taste buds. Nestled in unexpected locations, each visit promises a unique dining experience, inviting food enthusiasts to explore the rich tapestry of tastes that the island has to offer.

Discovering the Flavors of Geste Shrimp Truck

Geste Shrimp Truck has established itself as a culinary landmark on the island of Maui, renowned for serving up some of the freshest and most flavorful shrimp dishes in Hawaii. This mobile eatery, parked conveniently along Kahului's scenic harbor, offers a menu that showcases the local seafood in a variety of mouth-watering preparations. With its commitment to quality and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, Geste Shrimp Truck provides an unforgettable dining experience that captures the essence of island life and cuisine.

"Best garlic shrimp on Maui! A MUST! This is the first place you need to stop by when you are in Maui. You go here right after you land at the airport and pick up your car. It is also the first place u go to before you get on the airplane and leave!" ~ Donny Pusawong

  • Open on Sundays as well, from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Geste Shrimp Truck | Open from Monday to Saturday 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM | Map Directions

Experience Authentic Hawaiian Flavors at Aloha Braised

Aloha Braised excels in the art of braising, a cooking method that perfectly captures the essence of Hawaiian cuisine. By prioritizing the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant ensures an authentic taste experience for every guest. Diners are invited to explore a menu rich with the traditions and flavors of Hawaii, making Aloha Braised the ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the island's culinary heritage.

"The volcano chicken was amazing and the Mac salad was second best of any plate lunch I’ve had in Hawaii. Service was also top-notch. There’s a reason this place has so many good reviews, try it!" ~ Austin Clark

Aloha Braised | Open from Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Map Directions

Embark on a Culinary Adventure with Ono Tacos

Ono Tacos is renowned for bringing the genuine flavors of Mexican street cuisine right to your neighborhood, crafting each taco with a dedication to authenticity and quality. By selecting only the finest ingredients, this culinary haven on wheels guarantees a taste experience that is both rich and memorable. Patrons are encouraged to seek out Ono Tacos and indulge in a culinary exploration that promises not just a meal, but an adventure into the heart of Mexico's street food culture.

"I highly recommend the quesa Brirria tacos! They’re so delicious and stuffed with meat. I stopped at their location at the food trucks near Costco and was extremely satisfied with my experience. They came with consume and they had a ton of toppings to choose from. The staff was very friendly as well!" ~ Aleigha Street

Ono Tacos | Open from Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM | Map Directions

Savor the Island Flavor at Kinaole Grill Food Truck

Kinaole Grill Food Truck is a culinary treasure, renowned for its commitment to authentic Hawaiian flavors and culinary traditions. With a focus on quality and freshness, every dish is a testament to the rich gastronomic heritage of the islands, prepared with the finest local ingredients. Dive into the vibrant essence of Hawaii; visit Kinaole Grill Food Truck for a dining experience that transcends the ordinary.

 "Lucked out when I saw this little gem up from the beach on my walk from sunset. Read the great reviews & decided to try the seared ahi & what a treat. Not a fish expert but it was light pink and thick (closer to a steak) and the rice/salad was delicious too. The owner is the only worker and she is super friendly & talkative, so spread the aloha and enjoy the view of the ocean while you wait, it’s worth the time & money." ~ James

Kinaole Grill Food Truck | Open from Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM | Map Directions

Desserts: Sweetening the Maui Experience

The Maui dessert experience is a reflection of the island's vibrant culinary scene, where the emphasis on fresh, local produce and creative innovation comes to the fore. It represents a journey through a diverse landscape of flavors and textures, showcasing the skill and passion of local chefs and artisans. This culinary tradition not only enriches the gastronomic culture of Maui but also offers a sweet, lingering connection to the island's lush, natural bounty and its rich cultural heritage.

Indulge in the Authentic Taste of Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice, located in Kihei, is celebrated for its genuine approach and skill in creating shave ice that truly represents the flavors of the islands. With every serving finely crafted from shaved ice and enriched with handmade syrups using the finest local ingredients, it stands out for its quality. Visitors to the Kihei area are invited to enjoy this exquisite treat, which offers a refreshing journey through taste with each flavorful bite.

"Excellent flavor options and the consistency of their shaved ice is what makes Ululani’s the best-shaved ice in Maui. Worth the wait!" ~ Alida Lupari

  • Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice operates from multiple locations; for detailed store hours, please refer to the website.

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice | Open Daily 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM | Map Directions

Indulge in the Luxurious Flavors of Maui Specialty Chocolates

Maui Specialty Chocolates stands as a beacon of culinary excellence, offering a collection of chocolates that celebrate the rich, diverse flavors of the island. Each confection is carefully handcrafted, ensuring a perfect blend of local ingredients and chocolate mastery. Guests are invited to indulge in this premium selection, where every piece promises an extraordinary taste adventure unique to Maui.

"I always stop at Maui Specialty Chocolates store before returning home from Maui. The BEST stuffed mochi— chocolate/peanut butter is my very favorite! Soft and delicious. They are super professional. You can call ahead before heading to the airport and your product will be waiting and ready for you to pick up." ~ Isabel Leon

Maui Specialty Chocolates | Open from Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Map Directions

Dive Into the Sweetness at Island Cream Co.

Island Cream Co. delights with its innovative fusion of ice cream and island-inspired flavors, creating a dessert experience like no other. Each scoop is a celebration of local ingredients, artfully combined to produce rich, unforgettable tastes. Visitors are warmly invited to explore this unique blend of sweetness and tradition, where every serving is a testament to the joy of island living.

"Best ice cream I've had. It's not gelato or ice cream but their own recipe called island cream. Flavors are all made fresh in the store I heard and from real ingredients. Great range of flavors from the must-have comfort food flavors to the Asian Fusion ice cream flavors. Oh! They also have shaved ice which hits the spot." ~ Yonathan Chundra

  • They are open on Sundays as well, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Island Dream Co | Open from Monday to Saturday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM | Map Directions

Unlock Your Culinary Adventure in Maui with the Ideal Vacation Rental

Discover the heart of Maui's culinary scene from the comfort of a Vacation Maui rental, your perfect base for exploring the island's diverse flavors. These vacation rentals are strategically located to offer guests unparalleled access to Maui's best dining experiences, from upscale restaurants to hidden local gems. Every meal becomes an opportunity to explore new tastes and traditions, making your stay not just a vacation, but a journey through the rich tapestry of Maui's food culture.

Vacation Maui takes pride in not only offering luxurious and convenient accommodations but also in providing special deals that make this culinary journey more accessible. Envision mornings on a private lanai with stunning views and evenings crafting meals in a kitchen stocked with local market finds. Seize these special offers to ensure your exploration of Maui's culinary wonders is as lavish as it is memorable.