Where to Find the Best Local Food in Maui

If you want to experience Hawaii like a local, you need to know exactly where to try the best local dishes. Going somewhere new for the first time can be overwhelming, but worry no more! We have put together a list of the best spots where locals eat on Maui. From cream puffs and lima Manju to delicious Lomi salmon, you can experience all the culinary treasures Hawaii has to offer! Take some time and try one specialty a day; it’s easy once you the best spots where locals eat on Maui. Start packing and get your appetite ready!

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Where do the Locals Eat in Maui?

Sam Sato’s

Sam Sato’s Noodles and Plate Lunches is amongst the best restaurants on the island. Operated by the same family since 1933, this eatery offers locals a comforting and authentic place to gather, while giving curious tourists a true taste of Maui. On top of being delicious, Sam Sato’s is inexpensive and can satisfy the entire family. Stop in for breakfast or lunch and indulge in specialties like omelets, noodle bowls, teriyaki beef sticks, chow fun, and the famous dry noodles. It’s simple: when you are on Maui, you have to eat here.

Komoda Store and Bakery

Opened in 1916, T. Komoda Store and Bakery is one of the oldest shops on the island. It’s always provided locals with the best donuts! Take a day trip to historic Makawao Town and taste this timeless classic for yourself. Make sure you try the glazed stick donuts, chocolate and vanilla cream doughnuts, and the guava malasadas!

Geste Shrimp Truck

Geste Shrimp Truck is an absolute must-see for any seafood lover out there! Voted the best food truck on the island two years in a row, no Hawaiian vacation is complete without a trip to Geste. Taste their Hawaiian scampi plate, comprised of 12 garlic shrimp, crab mac salad, and a scoop of rice. You can even add some spicy pineapple sauce or lemon pepper seasoning! The truck is located on Kahului Beach Road and is opened Tuesday through Saturday.

Grandma’s Maui Coffee

If you need a break from the beach, head over to Grandma’s Maui Coffee. It was opened in 1918 and has been run by the same family runs today. It is the ultimate local meeting place! Enjoy a cup of espresso with a stunning view of the Upcountry from the terrace and discover daily specials like spinach lasagna, paniolo pork chops, and homemade waffles.

Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Grill

The entire island of Maui flocks to Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Grill for lunch! It’s been owned by the same family since 1963 and has become a real food destination. Stop there on your way to Ulupalakua Winery and witness some jaw-dropping landscape as you go through the hills of Kula and Keokea. Make sure you order the elk burger, a local favorite.


Though this Maui establishment is one of the newer places on the island, Coconut’s Fish Cafe was named one of the Top 100 Places to Eat Like a Local by Travel + Leisure in 2013. So, if you’re looking for a taste of truly authentic Hawaiian food, you should definitely add this eatery to your list of places to try. The menu consists of soups, salads, tacos, sandwiches, and meals served over rice—all with a uniquely Hawaiian twist. Tuna lovers must try to the seared Ahi Tuna plate over brown rice and paired with coleslaw and tomato.


When most people think about Hawaiian food, pancakes are the last dish that comes to mind. But, Maui’s Tasty Crust restaurant will change your entire pancake-eating experience. For an unparalleled breakfast experience, head to Tasty Crust any time of the day for a taste of their Banana Hotcakes. If you’re craving something less breakfast-y, you can order a number of noodle dishes like saimin with veggies or opt for a hearty meal of Korean short ribs. Though the decor of this establishment is modest, don’t understand estimate the quality of this restaurant’s food as the unassuming appearance keeps this eatery a hidden gem.

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