Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or simply want to treat yourself to some of Maui’s finest dining, these restaurants will make any occasion feel special.


1670 Honoapiilani Highway., Waikapu

While many Maui restaurants offer an ocean view, the draw here is a dramatic panorama of Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui’s mountain). From the restaurant, you can even spot the farm that grows many of the ingredients that will end up on your plate. The innovative cuisine is based on what’s fresh, and locally harvested ingredients spill over to the award-winning mixology menu. For a more interactive experience, check out the restaurant’s monthly Chef’s Table group dinner that includes an opportunity to talk story with the chef.


115 Baldwin Avenue, Paia

At last check, nyloS boasted 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp—an impressive feat considering the varied opinions of modern diners. Opened in 2017, this relative newcomer to Maui’s dining scene has a loyal following, some of whom return regularly to taste Chef Jeremy Solyn’s (nyloS is a play on his last name) latest culinary creation. There’s no set menu. Instead, Chef offers a prix fixe three-course meal that’s inspired by what’s fresh. The restaurant itself is tiny, and the open kitchen is reminiscent of an intimate chef’s table. The fact that Chef Solyn’s wife Paulina run the restaurant adds to that intimate home-style feel. But don’t be fooled by its relatively tiny footprint and more casual approach—the food here rivals some of the fanciest restaurants around.


799 Poho Place, Paia

For many, this Maui restaurant needs no introduction. In fact, there’s a good chance dining here is already on your wish list.  Set along a picturesque north shore beach, under the shade of swaying palm trees, Mama’s is truly a destination in itself. If you can peel your eyes from the ocean view, you’ll notice the funky and fabulous décor that’s been carefully curated to evoke a sense of old Polynesia. Every dish is delectable, but the fish is the star of the show. It’s so fresh that the menu lists the boat each fish was caught on, likely that morning. Save room for dessert, including the photo-worthy Polynesian Black Pearl that is art on a plate.


127 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina

If you call to make a reservation, there’s a good chance the host or hostess will ask whether you’re celebrating a special occasion. Indeed, many birthday and anniversary toasts have been made at this upscale bistro. The restaurant has been in business since 1990, has earned an impressive number of restaurant industry awards, and has topped many “best of” lists. Known for their seafood (the cake walk trio featuring lobster, crab, scallops and ahi is over-the-top delicious) and impressive wine list, it’s easy to get full well before the dessert menu hits the table. But trust us, dessert here shouldn’t be treated as an afterthought. The vanilla bean crème brûlée is a winner, but if you can’t decide, try the signature sampler featuring several of their most popular desserts.


Grand Wailea Maui, 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea

Like Mama’s, the setting at Humuhumu is reason enough to visit. The restaurant commands a coveted oceanside location within Grand Wailea’s sprawling grounds, so time your reservation right, and you’ll enjoy a spectacular sunset with that appetizer. Meanwhile, the resort’s signature restaurant evokes Polynesian-style romance, complete with a thatched-roof dining area that seems to float atop a saltwater lagoon. And while your eyes feast on the setting, your taste buds will be treated to the cuisine of local celebrity chef Alvin Savella (check him out on Instagram at @TheKitchenAssassin). It all adds up to a memorable Maui meal that you’ll be talking about for years to come.


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