Most of our friends stress about packing before a trip, but our main source of anxiety is how to fit 30 different restaurants into seven days. However, we’d very happily eat at Nalu’s three times a day, which is saying something. It’s a perfect spot to bring a group or a family that includes kids because of the casual open-air setting, the large tables inside and on the patio, and the fact that you order at the counter. There’s also a full bar with one of our favorite drinks on the island, their kimchi Bloody Mary (served all day). And if your morning beach walk turned into a morning beach nap, breakfast items are available until 2:30pm, with some, like the loco moco and the chicken and waffles, on the menu all day.
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South Maui Fish Company
South Maui Fish Company is just a food truck with a couple tables and chair set up around, but it serves some of the best and freshest poke.
Open at 5am, Kihei Caffe is one of the island’s most popular breakfast spots so expect a wait for large portions of pancakes, biscuits, and scrambles.
Maui Brewing Company
The largest craft brewery in Hawaii, Maui Brewing Company in Kihei’s flagship restaurant is a huge, open-air space great for groups and families.
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The dining room of Merriman’s looks out over Kapalua Bay on the west side, so you’ll have perfect views while eating the local, farm-to-table dishes.
Mala Ocean Tavern
Mala is so close to the shoreline you’ll feel like you’re eating on top of the water - come with a few people and order lots of tapas-style dishes.
Baked On Maui
Baked On Maui in Haiku is a local favorite because they bake everything on site and serve everything from pastries to full meals.
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Miso Phat Sushi
Miso Phat in Kihei serves some of the best sushi, and their combination platters are perfect for a casual group dinner.
One of Maui’s best lunch counters, Tin Roof serves Kau Kau Tins with options like garlic shrimp and Mochiko chicken in Kahului.
Hali’imaile General Store
Hali’imaile General Store is located in a historic building in Makawao and serves a varied menu - come for lunch or dinner after shopping in the area.
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