Great Casual Places to Dine in Kihei & Wailea
Enjoy some of Maui’s best food in the South Maui area.
By Matt Morris
Owner & Lead Concierge
Maui is known for its awesome restaurants and there are many places to dine all over the island. For those guests staying in South Maui (Kihei / Wailea) or for those who just wish to make the drive down to the South side, you may wish to check out some of these great places:
Paia Fish Market
Location: 1913 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
Located in Kihei, this restaurant is perfect for casual, low key, yet really great local fish sandwiches. They offer a wide variety of menu options for guests though I personally really like just about any of their fish sandwiches (mahi-mahi with fresh fries is my favorite!). You can check out their full menu online here: Paia Fishmarket Menu. Please note they have another location in Lahaina and in Paia Town too just in case.
Location:2439 S Kihei Rd #201A, Kihei, HI 96753
Located in the heart of Kihei, just across from the beach, this restaurant is great for casual lunches or a nice local dinner. I personally really like lunches there as the portions are larger during lunch and the food is very reasonably priced for a great Kihei restaurant. It’s really hard to beat their fish special for lunch with a great salad and perhaps cocktail too. Check out their menu online: Cafe O’lei Kihei
Maui Brewing Company
Location: 605 Lipoa Pkwy, Kihei, HI 96753
Their facility is quite new to Kihei and is located in a unique area of Kihei in more of an office building setting, however, if you are looking for a great happy hour or tasty local beers, Maui Brewing Company is a great place to stop. Currently they do not have a restaurant onsite, however, they have a rotation of food trucks that always add to your experience there. They have ample beers on tap to enjoy and you can even take a brewery Tour too. They have another facility in Kahana, which offers a full-service restaurant inside.
Location: 34 Wailea Ike Dr, Kihei, HI 96753
They are open for lunch or dinner though I just prefer to visit here for lunch time as the atmosphere is really nice and its really hard to beat their fresh ahi gyro! Grab a few appetizers and a cocktail and enjoy a great afternoon lunch or early dinner. Check out their menu online here: Pita Paradise Menu. If you like pitas, go for lunch as they do not serve pitas during dinner time.
Location: 760 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Relax and enjoy the view… This Indian restaurant is located in a condo complex that has great views of the sunset and typically is not too overly crowded to the point where you can not get seated within a reasonable time. Serving authentic Indian food, there is something great for just about anyone in your party. They are happy to help you with the menu too. My personal favorite is the chicken malasala with garlic cheese nan (pita). You can see their menu online here: Monsoon India Menu
Location: 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753
Ko (sugar cane in Hawaiian) is a great restaurant located at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Though this restaurant is more of an upscale facility, I wanted to make a note about their Happy Hour which offers a really great menu for guests to enjoy at very reasonable pricing. The atmosphere is really great for a cocktail and a pupu (appetizers) and they always have fresh local ingredients in their food and drinks! Check out their menu online here: Ko Happy Hour. The Oishi Sushi is a must!
Location: 2439 S Kihei Rd #107A, Kihei, HI 96753
Located in the heart of Kihei, Da Kitchen serves a great variety of local favorite dishes to select from. Portions at this restaurant are usually quite big and I can typically bring the rest home and save it for a snack later. My favorite plate lunch offered there is Chicken Katsu! Check out their online menu here: Da Kitchen Menu.
We hope you have enjoyed this blog about our favorite Maui casual restaurants. Do you need help with more recommendations for restaurants, activities, or services? Please feel free to contact me directly at 808-868-0253 or by email today to get started.
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