Where to Splurge on a Romantic Dinner in Maui

Maui offers a plethora of opportunities for every type of vacationer.  Whether you’re the “go big or go home” Haleakala mountain biking adventure type or more likely to be found sun worshipping on the sand next to a Hawaiian monk seal, your Maui vacation is incomplete without at least one memorable meal.

Options abound, but too many choices are not always a good thing. So let’s focus on having fun. We’ve taken the work out of narrowing the field of worthy suitors down to some of the island’s culinary highlights for your big splurge.

1) Ka’ana Kitchen at Andaz Wailea

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With a focus on seasonal, locally sourced small plates meant to share amongst a table of loved ones, Andaz’s Ka’ana Kitchen gives you a taste of Hawaiian tradition. This friendly, modern restaurant also offers an incomparable sampling of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine.

Menu options are sorted by source – local farms, ranches, and fisheries. Standout choices include abalone risotto with kampachi bacon, grilled octopus with asparagus or ahi tataki with fresh burrata and liliko'i.

Got a sweet tooth? You’ll be dreaming about the Surfing Goat cheesecake with lemon curd for months to come.

What you need to know
Ka’ana Kitchen at Andaz Wailea Menu
Address: 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 879-1234
Hours: 5:30 – 9 pm

Resort near Ka’ana Kitchen at Andaz Wailea: Wailea Grand Champions Villas

2) Duo Steak and Seafood

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If your idea of heaven involves the holy combination of steak and seafood, Duo at the Four Seasons Wailea may as well be right behind the pearly gates. Their traditional steakhouse menu includes grilled-to-order New York strip, filet mignon, rib eye, and porterhouse cuts.

Too conventional for your tastes?

Big Island wild boar stew and pan seared island fish also grace the menu. If impeccably fresh seafood is how you like to party, the all-you-can-eat raw bar features three to five types of raw oysters, ceviche, poke, shrimp, snow crab claws, and even Kona lobster.

Feast like a roman emperor while you enjoy the romantic poolside ambiance and superior service. Your taste buds will thank you.

What you need to know
Duo Steak and Seafood Menu
Address: 3900 Wailea Alanui, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 874-8000
Hours: 5:30 – 9 pm

Resort near Duo Steak and Seafood: Wailea Ekolu Village

3) Koiso

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Koiso Sushi Bar in Kihei has achieved near-legendary status on Maui. Its notoriety extends beyond the stellar food (the best you’ll find outside Tokyo) to its seeming exclusivity.

No, it’s not in a fancy resort or limited to visiting movie stars. Fact is the tiny restaurant – located in an obscure strip mall in South Kihei – only has seating enough for 15, think Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

So make a reservation or make other plans. It’s just one of those places. That said, Koiso is ‘the’ spot for people interested in the traditional and simple Japanese-style pleasures that only nigiri and sashimi can provide.

Choose from favorites like fresh local uni, ahi, or hirame (flounder) sourced from Maui waters. Don’t know what’s best? You simply can’t go wrong with the omakase (chef’s choice).

What you need to know
Koiso Yelp page
Address: 2395 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 875-8258
Hours: 6 – 10 pm

Resort near Koiso: Aston at the Maui Banyan

4) Feast at Lele

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You may think of luaus as a prefab hula-themed party with vats of buffet-style kalua pig, lomi lomi salmon, mac salad, and poi. This is not that. The Feast at Lele is a five-course, sit-down dinner offering a royal cultural and culinary tour through Samoa, Tahiti, Aerotera (New Zealand), and the Hawaiian Islands. The food is authentic to each region and the related stage entertainment is an excellent pairing.

Its both a night of entertainment and an education on the roots of the cultures and foods of Polynesia. You can expect exotic dishes such as a pohole fern, asparagus, and heart of palm salad (Hawaii); Kuku patties, a fishcake made with scallops, shrimps, and fresh fish (New Zealand), and Eiota (poisson cru or ceviche). Looking for the perfect Luau on Maui? Check out our ultimate Maui Luau guide.

What you need to know
Address: 505 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: (808) 667-5353
Hours: Vary by season

Resort near Feast at Lele: Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger

5) Plantation House

Platation House: Maui restaurant with fantastic view
Photo: Plantation House

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, the views from Kapalua’s Plantation House Restaurant are sure to impress, and sunset vistas elevate the wow factor to truly spectacular, postcard-worthy levels.

Add in the impressive wine list or delectable dishes like kampachi tartare, Hawaiian snapper with faro pilaf or the 14 oz. lamb rack, and you’re all but guaranteed a night that is truly unforgettable.

Still want more?

Be sure to finish it off with roasted pineapple and caramel cake with pineapple-coconut ice cream. As the locals say, “onolicious,” or as mainlanders say, “delicious.”

What you need to know
Plantation House Menu
Address: 2000 Plantation Club Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: (808) 669-6299
Hours: 8 am – 9 pm

Resort near Plantation House: Montage Resort at Kapalua Bay

6) Roy’s – Ka’anapali

Roy's - Ka'anapali: Classic Maui Restaurant
Photo: Roy's

There are several reasons this fine dining Hawaiian restaurant chain dots the state of Florida, nearly 5,000 miles away; it’s the elegant, yet laid-back ambiance combined with aloha-friendly service.

One explanation, however, outshines the rest – the food. The menu offers something for everyone. From the modern Hawaiian classic of macadamia-nut crusted mahi mahi to Roy’s misoyaki butterfish or crab dynamite crusted tiger fish, this is Hawaiian fusion done right.

What you need to know
Roy’s – Ka’anapali Menu
Address: 2290 Ka’anapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: (808) 669-6999
Hours: 11 am – 9:30 pm

Resort near Roy’s – Ka’anapali: Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina and Napili Towers

7) Mama’s Fish House

Mama's Fish House: Maui Restaurant on the Beach
Photo: Mama's Fish House

You’ve likely heard the buzz already…and it’s well-deserved. There’s a reason Mama’s Fish House was named the second best restaurant in the United States by Open Table. It’s fantastic.

Set on a secluded cove and surrounded by flickering tiki torches and the gentle murmur of lapping waves, Mama’s is a Maui institution. The setting is romance defined, but there’s more to this fish house than candlelight, Polynesian ambiance, and prime photo opportunities. With fish so fresh it was swimming that morning, Mama’s not only offers you expertly prepared local fish, but a story behind how it made it to your plate.

The menu changes daily and you can expect to choose between options like mahi mahi caught along the north shore by Eric Nakamura and Eric Machong or Mark Stephens near South Point. Sit back and relax until your food arrives with the knowledge that whatever you chose, you chose well.

What you need to know
Mama’s Fish House Menu
Address: 799 Poho Place, Paia, HI 96779
Phone: (808) 579-8488
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm 

8) Hali’imaile General Store

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Bev Gannon’s Hali’imaile General Store is something of a legend on Maui. First off, there’s pretty much nothing to see or do whatsoever in Hali’imaile, so the mere fact that visitors and locals have trekked up here for decades speaks for itself.

Secondly, it has not one, but two cookbooks bearing its name: The Hali’imaile General Store Cookbook and Family Style Meals at the Hali’imaile General Store.

The airy, plantation style building offers a variety of Hawaii-influenced, Southern-style classics.

One of the most well-known and enduring items on the Hali’imaile General Store menu is the macadamia nut crusted fresh catch. The delicate fish is lightly coated with macadamia nuts and perfectly cooked until flaky. Other standouts include the sashimi napoleon, roaster Meyer lemon half-chicken, and the grilled rack of lamb.

What you need to know
Hali’imaile General Store menu
Address: 900 Hali’imaile Rd, Makawao, HI 96768
Phone: (808) 572-2666
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm

Hotel Wailea Pool
Photo: Hotel Wailea Maui

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About Vanessa Wolf

Putting herself through school by cooking professionally, Vanessa went on to earn her MBA. After a corporate career, she decided to give it all up to chase her dream of being a food and travel writer. Splitting her time and taste buds between the beautiful island of Maui and the vibrant culinary playground of San Francisco, she’s never met a slice of hamachi sashimi, har gow dumpling, or raw oyster she didn’t like. Now with a newborn, she begins her next adventure in motherhood.