Maui Dining Guide: South

South Maui Restaurants

Kīhei, Wailea, Makena, Māʻalaea

Hunting for food in South Maui? Read our recommendations below to find the best Maui restaurant for your tastes and budget. Or read in-depth editorial about Maui restaurants.

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B = Breakfast   L = Lunch   D = Dinner
BR = Brunch    N = Dinner past 9 p.m.
RR = Reservations Recommended

Average Entrée Price
$ =  < $15   $$ = < $25 $$$ = < $40   $$$$ = $40+


41 E. Lipoa St., Kihei, 879-9952. Huge portions. Kid-friendly. Mexican. B, L, D. $

Bistro Molokini

Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234. Chef Michael Young knows how to satisfy keiki as well as their parents. Organic Kurobuta pork, Hāna Bay fish and chips, and grilled mahimahi are made with fresh local ingredients. Kid-friendly. American. L, D. $$$

★ Botero Bar

Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234. Named for the Fernando Botero sculptures that surround it, the Botero Bar offers nightly entertainment and Thirsty Thursdays—when a three-cocktail tasting is just $20. Cocktails. L, D, N. $

Café O’Lei

2439 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 891-1368. American/Pacific Rim. B, L, D. $$

Caffe Ciao Deli

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-4100. Healthy vegetarian fare, deli sandwiches and spectacular desserts abound at this take-out or eat-in deli. Espresso drinks, baked goods and house-made gelato, too. American/Italian. B, L, D. $$

Cheeseburger Grille and Tap Room

The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8990. Hit the king crab and asparagus eggs Benedict for breakfast, head down to the beach for a swim and some sunbathing, then return for burgers and brew at this iconic restaurant. American. B, L, D. $-$$ 

★ Coconuts Fish Café

1279 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-9979. Fresh fish tacos, grilled fish burgers, fish and chips. Frances’s famous cabbage slaw with coconut dressing and mango salsa sets this place apart. American. L, D. $$

★ Cow Pig Bun

535 Lipoa Pkwy., Kihei, 875-8100. If a Brandt premium beef burger slathered in foie gras butter, smokey bourbon-bacon jam and blue cheese makes you want to say, “Moo!” this is the place. Try Aaron’s cocktail with allspice liqueur, fresh lime and bourbon. Maui-style Comfort Food. L, D, N. $$

★ Duo

Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000. Duo reinvents the classic “surf and turf.” Japanese Kobe tenderloin (the real thing) and dry-aged rib eye are a carnivore’s delight. Choose a strong wine to match your meat’s performance. Steak/Seafood. B, D, RR. $$$$

Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Deli

2665 Wai Wai Pl., Kihei, 879-5686. Locals come here for the rice bowl topped with four types of poke: shoyu, spicy wasabi, furikake and spicy. Fresh opah fish and chips with cabbage coleslaw. Seafood, Deli. Local. L, D. $-$$

Fabiani’s Pizzeria & Bakery

95 E. Lipoa St., Kihei, 874-0888. Lox and bagels, fresh croissants, Caprese salad with locally harvested tomatoes, thin-crust and gluten-free pizza, spaghetti with house-made pork-sausage meatballs. Italian. B, L, D. $$

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse

1913 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-8711. What happens to pulled pork, beef brisket and pork ribs when they’re smoked 15 hours over fragrant kiawe? Something amazing. Enjoy with sides like cornbread, chili-garlic beans, and two cabbage slaws: one sweet-tart, the other with blue cheese and apples. American. L, D, N. $-$$

Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante

Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000. This poolside restaurant caters to high-class tastes, with lobster sandwiches and gourmet gelato. At night, the atmosphere transforms into an oceanfront slice of Italy. Italian. D, RR. $$$$

Five Palms

2960 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-2607. Watch the whales cruise by and enjoy lobster-tempura sushi and baked artichokes—half-price from 3 to 6 p.m. Breakfast is generously served until 2:30 p.m. American/Pacific Rim. B, L, D. $$$

Fork & Salad

1279 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei, 879-3675. “Eat local, eat healthy” is the mantra of chef-owners Cody, Travis and Jared. Imagine green superfoods topped with pastrami-style seared ‘ahi, baked quinoa falafel, or ginger tofu. Vegan, gluten- and dairy-free options. International. L, D. $

★ Four Seasons Lobby Lounge

Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000. Impeccable service, an upscale, locally sourced menu, swank cocktails, and performances by hip, local songwriters. Pacific Rim. D, N, RR. $$$$


100 Wailea Golf Club Dr., Wailea, 875-8080. Order drinks at the Red Bar, then enjoy Chef Beverly Gannon’s fine comfort food: maple-vinaigrette-sweetened chicken salad, or venison atop rich Parmesan risotto. American/Pacific Rim. B, L, D. $$$

Humble Market Kitchin

Wailea Marriott, 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 879-4655. Chef Roy Yamaguchi hits it out of the ballpark with kampachi crudo, seasonal Goose Point oysters, roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, tender beef short ribs, and even saimin. Perfect. Pacific Regional. B, D. $-$$$

★ Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a

Grand Wailea  Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-1234. If fresh island prawns in Thai ginger, tomato broth and tapioca pearls, or brioche- and lemongrass-crusted rack of lamb doesn’t make you want to dance the hula, the tender butter lettuce, Cabot white Cheddar cheese, Asian pears, and candied macadamia nuts tossed in a mustard vinaigrette will. Pacific Rim. D. $$-$$$

★ Ka‘ana Kitchen

Andaz Maui, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 573-1234. Start with grilled Wagyu hanger steak on green papaya salad, then charred octopus with local goat cheese. Next, Kona abalone on creamy risotto, or a modern interpretation of chicken and waffles. A curated wine list with sommeliers to guide you in pairings, and mixology at its finest. Asian Fusion. B, D. $$$$

★ Kihei Caffe

1945 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-2230. Tasty, egg scrambles, house-baked pastries, fish with rice, and fresh juices lend you strength for catching waves across the street at Cove Park. Kid-friendly. American. B, L. $

★ Da Kitchen

Rainbow Mall, 2439 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-7782. Kid-friendly. Local Mixed Plate. L, D. $

★ Kō

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-4100. Plantation Era cuisine takes the spotlight. Try the Kobe beef poke 
appetizer, and “On the Rock”—three mouthwatering morsels of ‘ahi served with a 300-degree lava rock for searing them to perfection. Pacific Rim. L, D. RR. $$

★ Local Boys Shave Ice

1941 South Kīhei Road, Kīhei, 344-9779. How to chill out in the Islands? Slurp up a mountain of fruity shave ice served with plantation-culture-inspired add-ons like haupia (coconut) and macadamia-nut ice cream. Shave Ice. $

Longhi’s Wailea

The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 891-8883. Try a crisp pinot grigio and a romaine tossed with lemon-
feta vinaigrette and anchovies. Italian. B, L, D. $$$

Luana Lounge

Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, 875-2210. This lobby lounge reimagines pau hana (happy hour) in lush tropical surroundings. Try the chef’s original appetizers, like the lū‘au-inspired kalua-pork flatbread with mango barbecue sauce, and lomi lomi tomato paired with ice-cold passionfruit sour ale. Pacific Rim. L, D. $-$$

Manoli’s Pizza Company

100 Wailea Ike Dr., Wailea, 874-7499. The latest offering by Tri-Star 
Restaurant Group, Manoli’s believes in fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients. Order a pizza with handcrafted organic wheat or gluten-free crust, or dig into chicken scaloppini or Chef Geno’s homemade lasagna. American/Italian. L, D, N. $$

The Market

10 Wailea Gateway Pl., Wailea, 879-2433. Fresh-baked bread, breakfast, salads to go, charcuterie and sandwiches like the Haole Hoagie: pepper-crusted turkey on sourdough with red-dragon cheese and cumin aioli. Coffee drinks sweetened with fresh-pressed sugarcane juice, and the cheese is made on Maui. L, D. $$

★ Matteo’s Osteria

161 Wailea Ike Pl., Wailea, 879-8466. Matteo’s makes its meatball sandwich with Maui Cattle Company beef and Italian sausage, and crusts its ‘ahi with Calabrese olive tapenade. 
Or try the Tuscan kale-and-hemp salad with lemon-
honey-mustard dressing. Italian. L, D. $$-$$$

Maui Thai Bistro

2439 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 874-5605. Fragrant with kaffir lime leaves, the Bistro’s tom yum shrimp-fried rice just might become 
your favorite lunch on Maui. Or try the green-mango salad with crispy fish, then finish with house-made 
black sesame ice cream. Curries are made to order with freshly ground herbs and spices. Thai. L, D. $-$$

Miso Phat Sushi

1279 South Kīhei Road, Kīhei, 891-6476. Sushi served on-site, takeout or delivered. Sashimi platters, sushi rolls, nigiri and specialty rolls. Japanese. L, D. $$

★ Monkeypod Kitchen

10 Wailea Gateway Pl., Wailea, 879-2322. Thirty-six craft beers on tap, handcrafted cocktails featuring local ingredients, and a diverse wine list are hallmarks of Chef Peter Merriman’s stylish bar and eatery. American. L, D, N. $$

Morimoto Maui

Andaz Maui, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 573-1234. Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto combines signature and Maui-centric dishes such as rib-eye beef burgers lobster roll sandwiches. Dinner catches fire with prix fixe omakase. Handcrafted mixology and a dazzling selection of sakés. Japanese Fusion. L, D. $$$$

★ Nalu’s South Shore Grill

Azeka Shopping Center (mauka), 1280 South Kīhei Road, Kīhei, 891-8650. Generous portions and locally sourced ingredients served with aloha. ʻAhi club with smoked bacon, and fresh fish and (hand-cut) chips will have you coming back for more! Burgers? Yes! American/Pacific Rim. B, L, D. $-$$

★ Nick’s Fishmarket

Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-7224. Classic seafood dishes are served beneath a trellis of stephanotis and a sky full of stars. Woo your date with plump strawberries that are drenched in Grand Marnier and set aflame. Pacific Rim/Seafood. D, RR. $$$$

Nutcharee’s Thai Food

1280 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 633-4840. The fl avors of Thailand never get boring when Nutcharee is cooking! Start with ahi laab tartare salad, or the popular crispy fi sh mango salad, then dig into tender braised short ribs smothered in masaman curry. Don’t forget the spring rolls! Thai. L, D. $-$$

Pā‘ia Fish Market South Side

1913 South Kīhei Road, Kīhei, 874-8888. Huge slabs of fresh fish served with coleslaw on burger buns, quesadillas, fajitas and seafood pasta . . . the same yummy menu that for years has hooked surfers and families in Pā‘ia is now in Kīhei, too. Kid-friendly. Seafood. L, D. $

The Pint & Cork

3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, 727-2038. This gastropub serves Bahn mi, draft beer and epic mac and cheese. Late-night bar and pūpū (snacks). International. L, D, N. $-$$

★ Pizza Madness

1455 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 270-9888. This family-style restaurant serves Cobb salad, hot and cold deli sandwiches with chips and a pickle, some of the best pizza this side of the Pacifi c, and pasta, too. Italian/Pizza L, D. $-$$

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, 879-2224. Produce gathered from the hotel’s gardens and fish plucked from island waters provide some of the freshest ingredients you’ll find in any restaurant. Add Chef Zach Sato’s culinary talents and a gorgeous outdoor setting, and you have a night made in heaven. European-inspired. D, N. $$-$$$$

Roasted Chiles

Azeka Shopping Center, 1279 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 868-4357. Ofir and Suki Benitez share family recipes like Mama Benitez’s chicken mole, pozole verde, and langostino enchiladas blanketed with tomatillo cream sauce. Giant margaritas and fresh mixology. Mexican. L, D. $-$$

★ Ruth’s Chris Steak House

The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8880. American. D, N. $$$$

★ Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-0004. D.K. Kodama’s wildly popular restaurant draws lines late into the night. Small and action-packed, this classy sushi bar is the place to try a Kenny G roll (snapper with shiso and ponzu sauce) with a swig of saké. Pacific Rim/Sushi. D, N, RR. $$$

★ Sarento’s on the Beach

2980 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-7555. Inspired entrèes are backed by great wines and a myriad of martini choices. And of course, there’s the romantic location—smack dab on Keawakapu Beach. Italian. B, D. RR. $-$$$

Shearwater Tavern

1279 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 793-2324. Gastropub food and drink have never been fi ner, as partners DK Kodama and Chuck Furuya tag team the bar and kitchen to create a venue worth the trek. Pacific Rim. L, D. $–$$

★ Spago

Four Seasons Resort, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 874-8000. Wolfgang Puck’s ‘opakapaka sashimi and perfectly seared Kobe beef match the trendsetting wine list note for note. Spectacular sunsets may as well be on the menu. 
Pacific Rim. D, RR. $$$$

South Shore Tiki Lounge

Kihei Kalama Village, 1913 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 874-6444. Gourmet pizza, burgers, salads, and several vegetarian items round out this hip bar’s menu. American. L, D, N. $

Thailand Cuisine

1819 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-0839. Gracious waitstaff welcome you with a steaming pot of vanilla tea. Sticky rice served in a 
woven Thai basket perfectly complements the flavorful red duck, lobster, or tofu curries. Thai. L, D. $-$$

Three’s Bar & Grill

1945-G S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-3133. Southwest, Pacific Rim, and Hawaiian flavors mingle at this eclectic bistro. Try the tasty CoCoNut Porter BBQ sauce on the kalua pork sandwich, build-your-own burger, or quesadillas. Pupu served till midnight. Pacific Rim, Southwest. L, D, N. $$

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 875-9983. Who guessed a clothing company could deliver mean pork sandwiches and Caribbean-inspired libations? Caribbean/Pacific Rim. L, D, N. $-$$

Trilogy Excursions’ Sunset Dinner Sail

Ma‘alaea Harbor, 661-4743. Board a luxury catamaran for Chef Bailey’s four-course dinner. Choose a rosemary-garlic-crusted steak on roasted garlic demi-glace, wild-caught mahimahi with lemon caper butter, or vegetarian pasta. Open bar with cocktails, Maui Brewery and wine selections. American. D. RR. $$$$

★ Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

61 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei. Homemade tropical-flavored syrups like liliko‘i and coconut set this shave-ice business apart. Kid-friendly. $

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