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Our Favorite West Maui Restaurants

If you're a foodie, there's no better place to live then Maui's West Side.
December 29, 2016

If you’re a foodie, there’s no better place to live then Maui’s West Side. With so many world-class resorts, it’s not hard to find a place for breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner. The Jo Dorner team has favorite restaurants scattered throughout the West Side, including Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili and Kapalua.

Let’s start with Lahaina. Some of the best places to eat in Lahaina are literally right on the water. Owned by Chef Mark Ellman, three of our favorite places in Lahaina town are Mala, Honu and Frida’s. All three restaurants are situated right next to each other and overlook the Mala Wharf. Should you choose to sit on the outside patio, you’ll not only have a beautiful view of the ocean, but you’ll likely see a few turtles popping up as well. Mala features organic and delicious fresh foods, Honu is known for seafood and pizza and Frida’s serves eclectic Mexican food. On Lahaina’s front street, another favorite is the famous Paia Fish Market, which serves delicious fresh fish, salads, fish & chips, tacos and quesadillas. Paia Fish Market pairs perfectly with a salty day at the beach.

In Kaanapali, perhaps the most well known restaurant is Roy’s. It is located next to Kaanapali Resort. Aside from the delicious Asian inspired food, the restaurant’s glass windows provide for a beautiful view of the golf course. Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s menu is packed full of intense flavor. Grab a drink at the bar and pair it with the savory steamed clams & mussels or sit down for dinner with Roy’s famous tender ribs. A little further north on Napili Bay is Sea House, managed by Chef Alexander Stanislaw. The absolutely stunning beachfront location is perfectly complemented by the restaurant’s sea-to-table cuisine. Sea House recently won Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best Happy Hour on Maui” award for the second year in a row.  

Kapalua features many fantastic restaurants. All restaurants focus on locally sourced ingredients of the highest caliber. The Pineapple Grill won Maui No Ka Oi’s “Maui Restaurant of the Year” award. The Plantation House Restaurant and Sansei at the Kapalua Resort serve award winning contemporary cuisine. For example, Sansei’s Panko Crusted Fresh Ahi Sashimi. Sansei was named one of Bon Appetit Magazine’s “Favorite Asian Restaurants.” With the island dominated by seafood and Asian cuisines, the traditional Italian food that Taverna offers adds a nice touch of diversity to Maui’s dining scene. Meanwhile, Merriman’s Kapalua offers the most breathtaking setting to dine over, the Kapalua Bay. The quality, service and presentation will keep you coming back for more.  

Whether you’re looking to invest in a vacation rental, or we’ve convinced you to move to Maui, contact us at JoDorner.com so we can help you realize your dream lifestyle!

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