Maui Dining Guide: Upcountry

Upcountry Maui Restaurants

Makawao, Pukalani, Kula, Hāli‘imaile, Kēōkea, ʻUlupalakua

Hunting for food in Upcountry 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+

Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli

1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 572-0220. Order a tartufo pizza or carbonara pasta at this Upcountry institution, and stay for the night’s entertainment. Visiting musicians make the dance floor one of the island’s hottest. Kid-friendly. Italian. B, L, D. $$

Colleen’s at the Cannery

810 Kokomo Rd., Ha‘iku, 575-9211. Sink into a comfy booth and enjoy a roasted eggplant sandwich on homemade bread. The pizza is a well-loved standard. Kid-friendly. American/Pizza. B, L, D. $-$$

Farmacy Health Bar

Pukalani Terrace Center, 55 Pukalani Street, Pukalani, 868-0443. Pono means excellence, which perfectly describes this organic eatery’s pono bowl: kale salad atop quinoa and tofu. The taro veggie burgers and the poi açai bowl with fresh fruit are a delicious spin on a local staple. Maui-style. B, L. $

Grandma’s Coffee House

9232 Kula Hwy., Kēōkea, 878-2140. The eggs Benedict and made-from-scratch baked goods are worth the trek. For lunch, enjoy a hamburger with Swiss cheese and caramelized onion; for dinner, fresh fish or Grandma’s home-style meatloaf with carrot-mashed potatoes. American/Coffeehouse. B, L (D Wed–Sat). $$-$$$

Hali‘imaile General Store

900 Hāli‘imaile Rd., Hāli‘imaile, 572-2666. Chef Bev Gannon dishes up fresh fish, local meats, and regional produce drenched in complex sauces. The towering sashimi appetizer is legendary, as is Bev’s crab dip. Hawai‘i Regional. L, D. $$$$

Kula Bistro

4566 Lower Kula Road, Kula, 871-2960. Big fat sandwiches on focaccia, Upcountry salad greens with house balsamic vinaigrette, and buttery scallop appetizers will have you swooning. Fresh fish entrèes and juicy burgers, too. American/Pacific Rim. B, L, D. $-$$

La Isla Mexican Tamales

Pukalani Terrace Center, 55 Pukalani Street, Pukalani, 572-8258. Tamale lovers and local plate-lunch eaters unite! Great food, reasonable prices. Local/Mexican. L, D. $

La Provence

5355 Lower Kula Rd., Kula, 878-1313. The glass case overflows with perfect croissants, fruit tarts, and arguably the world’s best blueberry mango scones. On weekends, muscle past Kula’s long distance cyclists to order a Benedict or salmon-pesto crêpe. No credit cards. French/Bakery. B (Wed-Fri), BR (Sat-Sun), L (Wed-Fri), D (Thur-Sun). $

Market Fresh Bistro

3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 572-4877. Chef Justin Pardo brings a passion for sustainable food to this courtyard gem. Try a breakfast frittata or pan-roasted crab cakes with corn succotash. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday. Call for dates on special farm dinners. American. B, L, D. $-$$

O’o Farm

651 Waipoli Rd., Kula. Call Pacific’O Restaurant, 667-4341, to reserve a culinary tour. Learn about organic gardening and coffee roasting, and enjoy a breakfast veggie frittata, bread from the wood-burning oven, and freshly roasted coffee. Lunch offers chicken and fish entrées, roasted root vegetables and dessert. Maui Comfort Food. B, L. $$$$

Polli’s Mexican Restaurant

1202 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 572-7808. The sign outside says, “Come in and eat, or we’ll both starve!” Follow that advice to find entrees like kitchen-sink burritos and grilled carne asada plates with refried beans and Spanish rice. L, D. $$

Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill

14800 Pi‘ilani Highway, Kula, 878-2561. Across from Maui Winery, find great deli fare and hot-off-the-grill offerings: lamb burger with tzatziki, grass-fed elk, venison or beef burgers. Plus homestyle chili and rice, or kalua-pork plate lunch with mac salad and rice. American. B, L, D. $

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