Non touristy restaurants in Maui

Reader question: Can anyone recommend non touristy restaurants in Maui for local Hawaiian food? I’m looking for a mix of nice and just good food but the emphasis is on where locals would eat and preferably seafood. My wife does not want steakhouses. Thanks in advance.

Never having been to Maui, I had to talk to a few people. Most of my friends are Australian travelers that are frequently spending their holidays in the Hawaiian Islands. They recommended some local restaurants in Maui that you can find below. There are some cheap holiday packages to Hawaii that already include hotels and few local restaurants for tourists from neighboring countries like Australia, United States and Japan. However do not expect to be the only tourist there. Tourists are a big part of the island population, especially on the two most well-known islands, Honolulu and Maui.

The general consensus is that locals like these places but they all see their share of tourists. It’s Maui – tourists are everywhere.

Mama’s Fish House. Great location and food. It’s a little pricey but the seafood is fresh and the setting is beautiful. You need to make a reservation. Ask for Eli for your server. He’s been working there 20 years and knows everything on the menu. We asked him to bring us his favorites for appetizers and entrees. Everything he brought us was A+. Tuna and Calamari appetizers were the best ever. Hawaiian Snapper for entree was amazing. Try to get there for sunset and bring your camera.

Longhi’s in Kanapali. In Wailea, The Monkey Pod. Very nice. Little pricey, but they have a good happy hour. Maui Brewing brews good beer. Decent Menu. The fish sandwich place in Paia is good. Charlie’s in Paia is pretty good. If you want grocery type stuff Mana Foods in Paia is excellent. And make sure you go to Star Noodle. And if you like sushi make sure you go to Sansei in Kapalua.

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