If you’re planning a trip to Maui, then you’re probably already aware that this island is the ultimate destination for an oceanfront dinner!
Between rows of swaying palm trees, unbeatable sunsets over the Pacific, and some of the freshest fish around, dinner vibes don’t get much better than this.
After reading this post, you’ll walk away knowing all the best restaurants in Maui with a view so you can get onto your itinerary planning stat, including making those reservations—because I’ll tell you up front, a dinner res for the best spots on Maui can be hard to come by.
Don’t put it off!
While casual island fare and poke bowls reign supreme on Maui, I also love something a bit more upscale for special occasions. Thankfully, Maui is home to plenty of options of all dining kinds that sit right on the water for A+ atmosphere.
I’ll be sharing options for both kind of Maui restaurants with a view in this post!
Whether you’re planning a fun girls trip or a romantic escape, this post will give you plenty of ideas to book out your dining schedule while visiting Maui.
Located at the Four Seasons Maui (AKA the hotel from The White Lotus season 1), Spago is Wolfgang Puck’s signature restaurant that serves California-fusion fare in an elevated, oceanside setting.
Even those sitting inside the dining room can enjoy a peek of the vista views here.
When it comes to the food, don’t skip on the Kona-Maine lobster ceviche or the macadamia nut-crusted Mahi Mahi.
Address: 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Mama’s Fish House is hands-down one of the most popular Maui restaurants with a view AND one of the most popular restaurants on Maui period.
The vibrant Polynesian and tropical decor is met with some of the freshest seafood on the island, creating a match made in Hawaiian heaven.
Best of all, once you’re done eating, you can walk straight onto the sand and take a stroll on the beach! This spot books up fast, so make sure to lock in your reservations ASAP.
Address: 799 Poho Pl, Paia
One of the most beloved Asian restaurants on the island, Star Noodle is not only a winner in the eating department—it’s got the views to match!
Whether you opt for the steamed pork buns, Vietnamese crepes, or star udon, everything on this menu aims to please.
Even better, everything served at Star Noodle is family style, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation with a group so you can try a bunch of items!
Don’t forget to make a res early here, because they book up fast.
Address: 286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman (Kaanapali)
With its legendary Mai Tais and a great happy hour (every day from 3:30-5 pm), Monkeypod is a favorite of locals and visitors to Maui who want to sip on the island’s most delicious cocktail with a view.
The seasonal menus at Monkeypod change regularly, and support local and organic farming, fishing and ranching as much as possible.
While Monkeypod may technically be a small “chain” restaurant with locations on Maui and Oahu, don’t be turned off by that fact. Once you try the food, it won’t feel like a chain at all.
Address: 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina
If you’re looking to get a true taste of fresh Hawaiian ingredients, Humble Market Kitchen, located inside the Wailea Beach Resort, should be at the top of your list.
This beautiful restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef, Roy Yamaguchi, sources seasonal produce from the backyard garden alongside fresh fish and shellfish caught right off the coast.
The Pan-Asian influences bring bold flavors and spices to the forefront. The menu is constantly changing with the seasons, so even loyal regulars can expect to try something new during each visit.
Address: 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr Wailea Beach Resort, Wailea
Looking to enjoy a romantic Italian dinner by the water? Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante is another seaside restaurant at the Four Seasons Maui.
The patio tables have the classic white tablecloth and candle combo, setting the mood for a cozy night complete with the sound of crashing waves.
The artisan pizzas are made in a wood-burning oven and are an absolute must-order!
Address: 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr Four Seasons Resort, Wailea
If you’re looking for a more laidback and relaxed restaurant in Maui with a view, head to Kimo’s! This local hotspot has been around since 1977 and is most known for its Hula Pie dessert.
The patio sits right over the harbor, offering up breathtaking panoramic views of Lanai in the distance. For a hearty meal, pair a craft beer with the famous Double R Ranch prime rib.
Address: 845 Front St Ste a, Lahaina
What could be better than seafood and pizza by the ocean? Honu Oceanside is a quaint and charming restaurant that has some of the clearest and closest Pacific views in Maui.
Honu Oceanside has a sort of fine dining feel and serves refined dishes like oysters and scallops. However, the star of the menu is without a doubt the brick-oven pizzas.
Address: 1295 Front St, Lahaina
Morimoto Maui, located inside the Andaz hotel, is a modern Japanese restaurant located just a short walk from the beach.
The outdoor patio is surrounded by a stunning infinity-edge swimming pool that reflects the colors of the sky at sunset.
Some of the sushi dishes here are quite unique and surprising, and the nigiri is incredibly fresh and plated beautifully.
If you’re dining with a group of four or more, I highly recommend getting a sushi platter to share so that you can try a bite of everything. The rolls are also great if that’s more your thing.
Address: 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea
If you are looking for a panoramic, birds-eye view of Maui, then Kula Lodge Restaurant & Bar is your spot.
This eatery sits perched on a green hillside overlooking the valley and stunning coastline, and some consider it to be one of the best views on the entire island.
Though it isn’t right on the sand, the sweeping views are out of this world and offer a more unique atmosphere from which to enjoy their delicious wood-fired pizzas.
It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is a popular pitstop for those who’ve just hiked Haleakala. Regardless of whether or not you’re staying at Kula Lodge (or hiking Haleakala), it’s worth the drive over for happy hour or at sunset.
Address: 15200 Haleakala Hwy, Kula
With easy beach access, patio tables covered by tiki hut-inspired umbrellas, and amazing ocean views, seafood restaurants don’t get much better than this in the way of atmosphere.
Plus, the seafood at Hula Grill is delivered daily from local fisherman, resulting in a meal as fresh as the salty air around you.
The pups platters are perfect for sharing, and most nights they host live music and performances for a tropical dinner and show!
Address: 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy Bldg. P1, Lahaina
If you’re looking to sit as close to the ocean as possible, Sea House Restaurant at the Napali Kai Beach Resort is a true oceanfront eatery that has one of the best happy hours on the island.
The open air setting and traditional tiki torches create a cozy ambiance while the kitchen puts out some amazing Pacific Rim cuisine.
Happy hour takes place from 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM, so I recommend coming in for discounted drinks and apps before sitting down for your main course at sunset.
Address: 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd Napili Kai Beach Resort, Lahaina
HuiHui is one of the best Maui restaurants for Polynesian fare, hula dances, and live music right on Ka’anapali beach. Everything from the food to the music remains heavily tied to the local culture.
Enjoy traditional recipes that have a modern twist such as the poke holokai, island fish carpaccio, and Kōʻala Lamb Chops.
Address: 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina
Leilani’s On the Beach is an award-winning restaurant that serves island-style meats, local seafood, and refreshing cocktails. It’s situated on Ka’anapali Beach and the spacious patio is 100% Instagram worthy.
Grab a drink at the beach bar or dine in for Taco Tuesday and order the beer-battered fish tacos!
Located at the Royal Lahaina Resort, Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant offers the classic Hawaiian experience in the heart of Maui. Enjoy the ocean breeze while sipping on the signature Mai Tai!
The local seared Ahi tuna is a great go-to entree as is the Hawaii-style steamed fish.
Address: 2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, Maui
During your Maui trip, you can’t miss breakfast at The Gazebo for an order of their famous macadamia nut pancakes! As far as best restaurants in Maui with a view, this one takes the (pan)-cake for best breakfast spot! 😉
Their laidback patio sits right up against the coastline and is the perfect place to start any morning.
Pro tip: Do your best to get there as early as possible! The wait can get pretty long, especially on the weekends.
Address: 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd Napili Shores, Lahaina
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