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The 3 Best Restaurants in Kaanapali to Enjoy During Your Vacation

One of the best parts about vacation is the food. For one, you don’t have to cook (which is pretty much a vacation in and of itself), and you can try new and exciting restaurants every night, choosing a different cuisine (or sticking with your favorite). One of the best things about eating out is that you can try the food from the area – what the locals eat. Today, we’re going to look at three of the best restaurants in Kaanapali (ranging in lower to higher price), so you can plan where you want to eat during your vacation!

Teppanyaki 2 Go by 808 Afternoons

Listed as the number one best restaurant in Lahaina on Yelp, Teppanyaki 2 Go is a great choice if you’re looking for delicious food at a great price. Reviewers having nothing but good things about their tasty food.

Foods to Try: According to reviewers, you’ll want to upgrade to the kimchi fried rice, as it is “off-the-hook yummy.” Choose from scallops, chicken, fish, or steak – they’re all delicious!

Prices: If you’re looking for something fast, are feeding a big family, or you’d like to try something a bit less formal, this is a great spot. Prices range from $11 – $30.

Getting There: Teppanyaki 2 Go is located less than three miles from your condo. Here are directions: It’s best to drive, and takes about six minutes.

Leilani’s On the Beach

Leilani’s is a special place, for many reasons. First, they source much of their food from 40 family-owned Maui farmers. This includes fresh-caught (daily) Hawaiian fish. They’re well-loved by locals and visitors alike. Located right on the beach, you’ll enjoy a wonderful evening dining with your friends and family. Plan on going around sunset, and you can enjoy drinks while taking in the fantastic ocean views.

Foods to Try: Be sure to order fish – because it’s fresh, it is absolutely delicious. The fish tacos are a favorite, and be sure to ask what the fish of the day is.

Prices: This restaurant is reasonably priced, with prices ranging from $4-$18 for appetizers, and $14-$24 for entrees. Head there with the family, or a romantic evening.

Getting There:  Leilani’s is conveniently located only a short walk from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. It’s best to just walk along the beach, as you can enjoy a short stroll and fresh air before and after your meal.


Another favorite, Roy’s serves Asian-fusion food that is well-loved by visitors and locals. The restaurant is located at the Kaanapali Resort, with a view overlooking the 18th of the golf course.

Foods to Try: Roy’s is known for their excellent take on meats – try the Hawaiian Sea Salt Ribeye with fingerling potatoes, grilled Maui onions and shishito peppers, or the Niihau Lamb Meatballs with linguini and grilled focaccia. You won’t be disappointed, no matter what you try!

Prices: Roy’s is slightly more upscale, with appetizer prices ranging from $14 – $37, and entrée’s ranging from $16 – $64.

Getting There: Roy’s is located just across the street from your accommodations at Kaanapali Alii. It is a less than 10-minute walk, and the views of the golf course are stunning!

Best Restaurants in Kaanapali – Walking Distance from Kaanapali Alii

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii you are within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in the area. There are many different places where you and your family can enjoy a meal together – you don’t have to eat at a restaurant twice, unless you want to!


The Best Maui Restaurants

Staying at Kaanapali Alii is comfort and luxury rolled into one; a beautiful resort with first-class amenities. And Hawaii is a pristine tropical setting – but what are the best Maui restaurants near the resort? Where can you enjoy freshly-caught in-season seafood and the produce and fruit that Hawaii is known for? We have highlighted some of the top restaurants in Lahaina:

The owners of Leilani’s, Kimo’s, and the Hula Grill celebrate traditional Hawaiian culture with dishes that are made with locally-sourced ingredients and fish that is only caught during particular seasons. Each restaurant’s menu is uniquely designed to showcase fresh seafood like Ahi, Clams, Lobster and Scallops; Farm to Table Greens and the famous Maui Onion. Leilani’s has won multiple years as OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Most Booked Restaurant; Kimo’s been awarded OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Best Overall and several other accolades for 2015; the Hula Grill was named OpenTable Diner’s Choice for Best Hotspot and all have earned the distinction of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

Lahaina Grill is not only one of the best restaurants in Maui but were recently lauded as one of the top 25 restaurants in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. They excel at New American cuisine prepared with Asian, European and Hawaiian influences. For 25 years, the Lahaina Grill has been serving innovative dishes, all seamlessly combined with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s local farms and dairies. The Lahaina Grill offers an exclusive experience with their Chef’s Table, a semi-private room where you can create a customized 5- or 7- course menu for your party.

Roy’s motto is Internationally Influenced and Hawaiian Inspired. The menu is dynamic – though many favorites continue to be available – specialty and seasonal dishes are introduced that highlight the talent and creativity of the executive chef and sous chefs. The appetizers, seafood and mixed plates use the highest quality ingredients that coax out exceptional flavor; the dining experience and exquisite plating completes the perfect evening of dining.

Best Maui Restaurants Roys Kaanapali

Longhi’s cuisine has a decidedly Italian influence with a menu full of mouth-watering pasta dishes, and succulent beef, veal, chicken and seafood made with a multitude of preparations. This family-run restaurant has been praised by the culinary industry and celebrities a like for its outstanding food, service and atmosphere.

Pacific’o differs from most of the other restaurants in the area because it has its own farm that supplies it with the freshest, in-season produce. Their dinner menu offers local and regional favorites but to sample the most popular dishes served at Pacific’o opt for the Seasonal Menu. This six course meal is served over two hours to allow you to enjoy the refined cuisine with a leisurely dining experience. You can choose to include wine pairings with your meal to elevate your evening to the next level.

The Aloha Mixed Plate is the ideal restaurant to taste the multicultural foods of the Island. Mixed plates became popular with plantation workers who would gather together and share the dishes of their heritage – Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Koreans and Hawaiian. The traditional mixed plate is served with a scoop of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. Some of the main dishes include Lau Lau, Kahlua Pork, Teriyaki Beef or Lomi Lomi.

Mala Ocean Tavern is a laid-back bar and restaurant that sits on the edge of the ocean. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the small plates and entrees the perfect union of Asian and Hawaiian preparations. Enjoy dining outside or partake at the beautiful bar. The cuisine focuses on whole grains, organic and no preservatives.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar is one of the premier dining choices for seafood and sushi on Maui. The offer the standard sushi and Japanese dishes but have unique menu items like Ahi Tataki salad with Maui Onions, Paia Maki roll featuring local produce and the Seared Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi for the more adventurous epicure. They also have special late night and gluten free menus.


Vegetarian Dining on Maui

If you are a vegetarian on Maui, you can have the best of both worlds – Wonderful restaurants that have great vegetarian foods as well as great items for your non-vegetarian friends and family who want to dine with you! We’ve also included a list of completely vegetarian restaurants further down on this page.


Lahaina Coolers 180 Dickenson St , Lahaina (808) 661-7082
Order the Vegetarian Shepherds Pie, Spinach & feta quesadilla, Stuffed portabellini mushroom, Grilled artichoke, Stuffed pasta shells.


Thai Chef 878 Front St, Lahaina   (808) 667-2814
Thai Chef offers an extensive menu of Asian food, with numerous vegetarian choices with and without tofu.

Longi’s, 888 Front Street, Lahaina (808) 667-2286
Longhi’s serves a number of vegan items, and they are happy to create a special pasta or salad to suit your needs. Longi’s restaurant specializes in Meditteranean Cuisine using the best and freshest ingredients. This cuisine focuses on fresh vegetables, herbs, beans, olive oil, grains and pastas. Longhi’s vegan menu include: Pasta pomodoro-fresh tomato basil sauce, Pasta putana-pan roasted garlic, Setranno peppers, olives and tomatoes [request it vegan], Pasta primavera and more.


I’o at 505 Front Street, Lahaina  (808) 661-8422
You will find an intricate tofu entrée  called the Napolean of Tofu on I’o’s regular dinner menu. This dish  is a presentation of spicy herb crusted organic Maui tofu layered with a medley of vegetables, Maui onions, shiitake mushrooms & polenta with porcini glace and lavender yogurt accent.

Pacific`O, 505 Front Street, Lahaina (808) 667-4341 www.pacificomaui.com.

The menu includes “The Vegetarian Dish” Roasted marinated steak of tofu with a crown of sauteed quinoa, red lentils, Maui onions and shitake mushrooms. Mixed sprout salad, and carrot ginger sauce. The chef will also create Vegan pastas and salads upon request.


Roy’s in Kaanapali (808) 669-6999 or in Kihei (808) 891-1120
Roy’s offers a special vegetarian menu, including your choice of 4 appetizers or salads and 4 entree selections.


Plantation House in Kapalua (808) 669-6299
Offers tofu instead of fish in any of their five main fish entree preparations.  Including: Taste of the Mediterranean (Maui Onion Mustard Crusted on Oven Roasted Maui Onions with Fried Caper Sauce), and Taste of Maui (Pistachio Crusted on an Upcountry Field Saute of Maui Onions).


Haliimaile General Store, 900 Haliimaile Road, Makawao, (808) 572-2666
Ask for their special vegetarian menu, which includes 4 interesting entrees (2 with tofu).

Sansei – Kapalua 600 Office Rd, Lahaina (Kapalua) (808) 669-6286

This popular Japanese seafood and sushi restaurant features a number of vegetarian choices, including Paia Maki, Grilled Veggie Roll, Miso Soup, Edamame, Roasted Eggplant, Wok tossed vegetables, Grilled mushrooms, Tempura vegetables, and a couple of tofu dishes (Hiyayakko, Agedashi).


Hula Grill, 2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Whaler’s Village, Kaanapali (808) 667-6636

Hula Grill offers a number of vegetarian options with a view that cannot be beat

The following restaurants are completely vegetarian:


Curry-in-a-Hurry, 840 Wainee St. Suite I, Lahaina Square, Lahaina, (808) 661-4370,

Open Monday-Friday Lunch and Dinner 12 noon to 8 PM
Though the name suggests that it is a curry place, it is actually a vegetarian place with a variety of vegan and vegetarian entrees. This take-out place offers a variety of soups, desserts, gourmet entrees and chilled gourmet entrees


Fresh Mint Vietnamese Vegetarian Restaurant (808) 579-9144

115 Baldwin Ave, Paia

Veg-Out (808) 575-5320


810 Kokomo Road, Haiku


Congratulations to Lahaina Grill!

Congratulations to Lahaina Grill on winning 6 Aipono Awards from Maui Magazine for 2012!


GOLD – Best Service

GOLD – Best Wine List

GOLD – Best Cocktail

SILVER – Best Steak

SILVER – Best Bar

SILVER – Best Dessert


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Lahaina Grill Maui Onion Crusted Ahi Recipe


MAUI ONION AND SESAME SEED CRUSTED SEARED AHIOne of our favorites from Lahaina Grill!!!
Serves 4


Ingredients (Ahi):
16 oz. Premium Ahi, filleted
12 oz. Maui Onions, sliced thin, then dehydrated and crushed
16 oz. Maui Onions, caramelized
3 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Salt and Black Pepper


Method (Ahi and Onions):
For caramelized onions, over medium high heat cook onion with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy bottom braiser or sauce pan, constantly stirring until onions caramelize, then set aside.
For ahi, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Roll ahi filet in dehydrated crushed onion. Sear on all sides until browned. Slice against grain of fish for serving.


Ingredients (Vanilla Bean Rice):
1 tbsp. Shallots, finely chopped
1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1 cup Jasmine Rice
3 cups Clam or Fish Broth
1 each Vanilla Bean, split


Method (Rice):
Cook rice over medium heat with vanilla bean, shallots, butter and clam broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff.


Ingredients (Apple Cider-Soy Butter Vinaigrette):
2 cups Filtered Apple Cider
2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
8 oz. Soy Margarine, chilled and cubed
2 oz. Unsalted Butter, chilled and cubed
1 oz. Chives, finely chopped

Method (Vinaigrette):
Mix the vinegar and cider in a sauce pan over medium heat. Reduce to cup.
Just before serving, add cold butter and margarine in small quantities while mixing over medium heat. Place in a blender and pulse for just a second or two.

Serve on a large plate with rice in the center, top with fish and a tablespoon of caramelized onion. Drizzle sauce over and around fish and garnish with chopped chives.


Lahaina Grill
Best Maui Restaurant 19 years in a row – Honolulu Readers Magazine
Dinner Served Nightly From 6pm
Email : reservations@lahainagrill.com
Reservations Recommended
Call: (808) 667-5117


Warm Up Your Love On A Pacific Whale Foundation Dinner Cruise

Warm up your love on Maui and embark on a relaxing and romantic sunset dinner cruise on the Pacific Whale Foundation Dinner Cruise.  Stunning sunsets, 360 degree views of the Pacific and West Maui Mountains, live Hawaiian music, story-telling and authentic Hawaiian chant make this a beautiful Maui evening.

Pacific Whale Foundation Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a four course dinner featuring locally grown and produced foods.

Menu includes:
Appetizer:  Spinach Dip and Taro Bread Sticks.
Salad:  Fresh Medley of Island Grown Greens, Served with Maui Onion Dressing.

Your choice of entrees:

  • Maui Cattle Company Top Sirloin Steak Freshly Grilled Onboard, Served with Local Mushroom Jus.
  • Boneless Chicken Breast marinated in Teriyaki Sauce Grilled Onboard and Topped with Pineapple and Green Onions.
  • Sesame Cilantro Tofu, served with a Mango Sauce, Rice Pilaf and Sauté Carrots and Zucchini fans with fresh Herbs.
  • Fresh Island Caught Mahi-Mahi, breaded in Maui Onion and Panko, sautéed and served with a Garlic Soy Cream Sauce.

All entrees are served with Rice Pilaf and Sautéed Carrots and Zucchini Fans.

Also included:

  • Two desserts:  Taro Pineapple Bread Pudding plus Double Dipped Brownies drizzled with Caramel Sauce.
  • All-you-can-drink chilled soda, juice,  and filtered water.
  • Up to three 3 cocktails per adult, with a choice of Maui micro-brewed beer, wine and tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais.

Check in time is 4:30 p.m at 612 Front Street Lahaina at Pacific Whale Foundation Retail Store, just across from the  banyan tree.  Cruise departs from Lahaina Harbor.

Cost is $65.99 per adult plus tax for standard setting $92.99 plus tax for VIP setting.  Children 3-12 are $49.95 per child plus tax.  Kids under 2 go free (one free child per each paying adult).

For more information about this and other exciting activities contact our activity specialists at 808-661-3475.


Auntie Sheri’s Fresh Cranberry & Orange Bread Courtesy of Lahaina Grill

Our friends at Lahaina Grill have a perfect treat to bake and share this season.  Auntie Sheri’s Fresh Cranberry and Orange Bread. Enjoy!


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1 1/2 large oranges)
  • 1 cup golden raisins (sultanas)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (about 6 ounces), whole


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch baking pan.  NOTE: Recipe will also make 3 mini loaf pans (1 pound loaf).  Start by sifting the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.  Using your fingers, combine the butter into the flour mixture until it is crumbly.  Add the egg, orange zest and orange juice, all at once; stir with a wooden spoon just until the mixture is combined.  Fold in the raisins and cranberries.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan or pans.  Bake the large loaf for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  If you are baking the mini loaves, bake for approximately 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.  After 5 minutes, remove the breads from the pans and cool completely.

Lahaina Grill’s  holiday serving suggestions:

  • Toast and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • Enjoy at breakfast with a nice hot cappuccino.
  • Add 1 cup of your favorite nuts to the recipe. We tried with the addition of whole macadamia nuts and it was terrific. Pecans and walnuts also make for a nice alternative.

Famous Dave’s Now Open In Lahaina

Just opened on Front Street, in the heart of Lahaina Town, Famous Dave’s brings barbecue to Lahaina’s oceanfront.  This is the first Hawaii location for the chain restaurant and we stopped by on opening night to try out their award winning St. Louis-style Ribs.

True to the Famous Dave’s brand, the ambiance is fun, lively and definitely family friendly.  The first thing we noticed were the barbecue sauces.  Six bottles of various barbecue sauces ranging from sweet to fire hot are located on each table with a handy roll of paper towels giving us a hint of what was to come.

For starters we tried the Rib Tips ($10.49) which came highly recommended by our server. The hickory-smoked tips are tender bits of meat served on a bed of fries and did not disappoint.

Next we tried the Pineapple Rage Chicken Wings ($11.99 for 12 pieces).  Grilled pineapple blended in a sauce with habanero peppers makes this hot-sweet a tasty combination,  perfect for our tropical locale.  Appetizers range in price from $6.99 to $18.49.

For our entree we tried the XXL Ribs, “The Big Slab” ($27.99).  12-bones, hand-rubbed with Dave’s secret blend of special spices and pit-smoked for 3-4 hours over a sweet hickory fire then slathered in sauce and caramelized over an open flame.  The ribs are really fallin’-off-the-bone tender.  Served with a corn bread muffin, corn-on-the-cob, and your choice of two sides.   Entrees range from $9.49 to $75.99.

The best part about the menu is that it’s not limited to ribs.  You will also find Burgers Sandwiches and even four 600 calorie or less entrees. All-in-all we enjoyed Famous Dave’s and hope you will too!

Open 11am – 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am – 11pm Friday and Saturday.  Located at 736 Front Street in Lahaina.  They can be reached at 808-661-1125.


Star Noodle

Just when you might think you know Lahaina Town, new shops, restaurants and ocean activities are added so from time-to-time we will highlight what’s new on Maui.  Enjoy!

Here’s a casual eatery that you may not about…  Star Noodle.

Star Noodle Owner and mastermind Michael Moore along with his crew Executive Chef Craig Masuda, Chef Sheldon Simeon, and manager Nicky Boskoff explored noodle shops in New York for their inspiration.  The menu features a list of share plates ($4-$25), a list of noodle dishes ($7-$13), and sweets ($5).  With reasonable prices, an ocean view, stellar sunsets and an interesting space makes Star Noodle a must try.  Open daily for lunch 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and for dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Located at 286 Kupuohi Street, at the top of Lahaina Business Park.


Banyan Tree Deli & Bakery

Just when you might think you know Lahaina Town, new shops, restaurants and ocean activities are added so from time-to-time we will highlight what’s new on Maui.  Enjoy!

A casual eatery that you may not know about is the Banyan Tree Deli & Bakery located at 626 Front Street. Open daily 6 a.m. – 8 p.m..

Anson on Yelp rated it 5 stars and noted “probably the best pastrami I’ve had”.  Click here to read more reviews about the Banyan Tree Deli & Bakery.