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Best Ka’anapali Restaurants for Ocean View Dining Guide 2024

Are you looking for the best Ka’anapali Restaurants? Look no further! Introducing the ultimate 2024 Dining Guide, your go-to resource for the best restaurants in Kaanapali. Whether you crave a picturesque view or a cozy indoor experience, we’ve got you covered. From fine dining to quick and casual bites, this guide caters to all tastes and preferences.

Discover a world of dining possibilities in the West Maui area as we navigate the aftermath of the devastating Lahaina wildfire. From cozy cafes to trendy eateries, this guide is your go-to resource for finding the best restaurants that satisfy your taste buds and provide much-needed support to the displaced residents of Lahaina. Let’s come together as a community and lend a helping hand to these businesses that play a vital role in rebuilding their lives.

Get ready for a culinary adventure like no other in Ka’anapali!

Best Ka’anapali Restaurants With A View

Cliff Dive Bar at Sheraton Maui

Ocean views with outdoor seating on Ka’anapali Beach and an incredible Black Rock view. Make a reservation to enjoy the cliff diving ceremony on Black Rock and the lighting of the torches. The ceremony starts just before sunset, between 5:30-6:30 pm.

2605 Ka’anapali Pwy, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 661 0031. Open Daily 11:00 am -9:00 pm.

Monkeypod at Whalers Village

The Best Mai Tai on the Island, with an amazing view of the ocean and Ka’anapali Beach. We recommend the Taro ravioli, Garlic Truffle Oil Fries, Hamakua Wild Mushroom and Truffle Oil Pizza. Save room for their delicious pies! Our favorite is the Strawberry Cream and Banana Cream. Monkeypod is one of the best Kaanapali Restaurants on Maui.

Open 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Daily. They do not take reservations. Located at Whaler’s Village. Phone: (808) 878-6763

Wild Mushroom Pizza from Monkeypod Kitchen in Ka'anapali Beach

Leilani’s On The Beach

Gorgeous ocean views on Ka’anapali Beach. Leilani’s is part of the TS Restaurant group, which owns other Hawaiian mainstay restaurants such as Duke’s, Kimo’s, and Hula Grill. Save room for their famous Hula Pie! Other menu favorites are the Parmesan-crusted Mahi Mahi, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and Sesame-crusted Ahi Steak.

They are located in Whaler’s Village. Their beach bar is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Daily, and dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daily. You can make a reservation online or call (808) 661-4495.

Hula Grill

The sister restaurant of Leilani’s is located at Whaler’s Village. Its beautiful location with Ka’anapali Beach views is one of the reasons it is so popular. Try their Crab-Topped Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi, Poke Tacos, or Fish Tacos. Leave room for the famous Hula Pie! They have an exclusive Maui Brewing Company beer, Barefoot Brew. Try their Sunday Brunch from 10:00 am—2:00 pm.

Open 11:00 am – 9:30 pm. Located at Whaler’s Village. Make a reservation online or call (808) 667-6636

A line of beer taps featuring breweries in Maui at Hula Grill.

Longi’s

It is located at the Marriott Ocean Club Villas in Ka’anapali. They serve the best Italian cuisine on Maui with fresh Hawaiian seafood and produce. Longhi’s has been a family-owned business in Hawaii for over 45 years. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try their crab cakes and their in-house made hot macadamia nut pie.

Maui Brewing Company Ka’anapali Beach

They are located at the Outrigger Ka’anapali Beach Resort. This is MBC’s first Brewery-to-Table Dining experience in conjunction with TS Restaurants. They have a great patio area to view the sunset.

2525 Ka’anapali Pkwy, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 830-BEER (2337). Open Daily Bar/Lounge 11:30 am -4:30 pm Dining 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

A group of people are sitting at one of the Maui Brewing Company restaurant in Ka'anapali, located on the beach.

Japengo

Asian Fusion. They are located at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. This open-air restaurant provides outstanding ocean views of Ka’anapali Beach. They were voted “Best Asian Cuisine” and “Best Sushi” by Maui Magainze in 2022. Reservations are highly recommended.

200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 661-1234. Open Daily 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

A man is walking down a path with palm trees in the background, heading towards Kaanapali hotels from Duke's.

Duke’s Beach House

It is located at the Honu Kai Resort. The Barefoot Bar is lively; most days, there is live music. We recommend the Seafood Risotto, the Banana Leaf Steamed Fish and Shrimp, and the Duke’s Mai Tai—the best casual restaurant for sunset views on Ka’anapali. From Duke’s, you can see the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai on a clear day. Duke’s specializes in locally sourced Hawaiian cuisine. Duke’s is one of the best Kaanapali Restaurants for grabbing a cocktail and watching the sunset.

130 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina. Open for Breakfast 7:30 am – 11:00 am, Lunch 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Barefoot Bar 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Dinner 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.


Best Lahaina Restaurants With A View

Mala Ocean Tavern

It’s great for sunset views and watching turtles swim in the ocean nearby. We recommend seared Ahi, pan-fried Mahi Mahi, and Makai Tai. We have taste-tested plenty of Mai Tais on Maui, and this is one of the best with its POG foam.

1307 Front Street Lahaina. Open daily for brunch 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Dinner 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Happy Hour 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Aloha Mixed Plate

AMP will be reopening at its original place on March 21st. Visit http://www.alohamixedplate.com/ for reservations.

1285 Front Street, Lahaina. Open daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

The following restaurants were NOT destroyed in the Lahaina fire but are CLOSED. Once the area is connected to utilities and cleared for visitors, they will reopen. As of March 2024, the estimate is that they will reopen in the Summer of 2024.

Star Noodle – Closed but Not Destroyed

It was recently announced that Aloha Mixed Plate will return to its original spot, where Star Noodle took over in 2020. Star Noodle will relocate to Frida’s, but its opening date has not been announced.

Honu Seafood & Pizza – Closed but not Destroyed

As of 1/4/2024, Honu is still planning to open in the summer of 2024.

1295 Front Street, Lahaina.

Best Restaurants Near Kahana, Kapalua, and Napili With A View

Sea House

Seaside on the beach in Napili Bay, you couldn’t ask for a better location to watch the sunset. It is located at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. Try their crispy crab-crusted Monchong, Huli Huli Lamb Chops, and Mai Tai, which we rated in our top three on Maui.

Reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant is open for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The bar is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina at the Napili Kai Beach Resort

A plate of lamb chops and potatoes on a table at one of the best restaurants in Napili, Sea House.

Gazebo Restaurant

It is located at the Napili Shores Condos. Delicious breakfast with a view. This quaint restaurant has limited seating and is very popular. There is usually a 20-60-minute wait, but take our word—it is worth the wait! The time passes quickly with an incredible view of Napili Bay; if it is whale season, watch for whale breeches. We highly recommend the fried rice and Macadamia Nut Banana Pancakes. It is one of our favorite meals while visiting Maui. We usually go several times.

5315 Lower Honoapaiilini Rd, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 669-5621. Open Daily 7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Fried Rice from the Gazebo in Napili

Burger Shack Kapalua

There are stunning views overlooking DJ Fleming Beach in Kapalua. The restaurant offers many burgers, fish, and boozy shakes. It’s a great place to take a break from the beach while enjoying a gorgeous view.

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua. Phone: (808) 669-6200 Open daily, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

A palm tree with a view of DJ Fleming Beach from Burger Shack Kapalua

Merrimans Kapalua

Merriman’s has one of the best outdoor spaces and views on Maui. This farm-to-table restaurant offers fine dining with excellent views, especially at sunset and during whale season! Their menu is 90% sourced Hawaiian with fresh seafood and produce. Reservations are highly recommended and, in 2022, voted Top 100 Restaurants on OpenTable.

1 Bay Club Pl, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 669-6400. Open Daily 4:00 – 8:00 pm.

The Plantation House

Fine dining restaurant that uses fresh ingredients from the local Kapalua Farms and fresh seafood. Sweeping views of the ocean and located on the 18th hole of the Plantation Golf Course make the perfect setting. We recommend the shrimp scampi, macadamia nut mahi mahi, and the surf & turf.

200 Plantation Club Drive, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 669-6299. Open Breakfast and Lunch 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Dinner 5:30 – 9:00 pm (September 15-April 15th), 6:00 – 9:00 pm (April 16th – September 14th).

Two plates of food at one of the The Plantation House in Kaanapali on a wooden table, with the forefront dish featuring steak and lobster, and the background dish presenting mahi mahi fish over rice and vegetables


Best Ka’anapali Restaurants Without A View

Roy’s

Located on the 18th Hole of the Ka’anapali Golf Course with mountain views, it is one of Maui’s most iconic restaurants, serving for over 27 years. It’s debatable whether this restaurant has a view, but since it does not have an ocean view, we have categorized it as without. We highly recommend the Misoyaki Butterfish. Due to staffing shortages, Roy’s offers a Prix Fixe dinner menu.

2290 Ka’anapali Pwy, Lahaina. (808) 669-6999. Open Daily. Lunch 11:00 am – 3:45pm, Dinner 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Best Napili, Kahana, and Kapalua Restaurants Without A View

Dollie’s Pub & Cafe

This hidden gem offers the best hand-rolled pizza in West Maui. Not only do they serve pizza, but they have a large sandwich menu, salads, and pasta. Dollie’s is the place to be if you are looking for a local bar scene. They have over 15 TVs to watch any sporting event. It is a true local hangout.

4310 Lower Honoapiilini Rd, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 669-0266. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. They now offer delivery starting at 4:00 p.m.

Miso Phat

It is a small, unassuming restaurant in a strip mall serving delicious fresh sushi. The very casual atmosphere that is BYOB. Carry-out is also available if you stay nearby at a condo or villa. Otherwise, there can be a wait for seating because of its small size, and they do not take reservations. We recommend the TNT Roll and the Ahi Poke Bowl.

4310 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina. Phone: 808-669-9010. Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 9  pm, Saturday & Sunday 3:00 – 9:00 pm

Maui Brewing Company – Kahana

A casual brewpub that is family-friendly. We recommend their Pub Plate or Burger. While you are there, grab a flight of Maui Brewing beer.

4405 Honoapiilini Hwy, Kahana Getway Plaza, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 669-3474. Hours 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Maui Brewing Company flight of beer

The Fish Market Maui

With limited dining areas, we usually take out or visit the fresh seafood market to grill at the villa. Crab cakes and fish tacos are excellent. The fish in the seafood market varies daily depending on what has been locally caught. The Fish Market is a hidden gem in an unassuming strip mall but one of the best places to grab a quick bite to eat on West Maui.

3600 Lower Honoapiilini Rd, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 665-9895. Open Daily 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

A seafood restaurant named "the fish market" with outdoor seating and a sign indicating it's open among the best restaurants in Ka'anapali.

Napili Market

If you are looking for some of the best poke, look no further than the Napili Market. Watch the number of locals who stop in during lunchtime; you will know it is the best on West Maui. They serve a large portion of Poke for a very reasonable price.

5095 Napilihau St., Lahaina. Phone: (808) 669-1600. Open 6:00 am – 9:00 pm

Several different flavors of Poke available at the Napili Market

Joey’s Kitchen Napili

Chef Joey Macadangdang studied under Roy Yamaguchi for over 20 years. Today, he is a well-known chef in his own right in Maui, delivering Hawaiian Filipino Asian cuisine. Joey’s Kitchen was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri. Try their Garlic Kauai Shrimp!

5095 Napilihau St., Lahaina. Phone: (808) 214-5590. Open Daily Lunch 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Dinner 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Japanese, Seafood, Sushi. Great service with good food. Reservations are encouraged. Dine-in and Carry-Out are both available.

600 Office Rd, Kapalua. Phone: (808) 669-6286. Open Daily, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Best Restaurant in Lahaina Vicinity Without A View

Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop

This incredible Pie shop is located just south of Lahaina in Olowalu. In addition to their delicious sweet pies, they serve pot pies, savory hand pies, and sandwiches. Don’t miss out on these amazing pies! We returned here several times during our stay in Maui.

820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina. Phone: (808) 662-3600. Open Daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Final Thoughts on the Best Ka’anapali Restaurants

In conclusion, if you want delicious and memorable dining experiences in Kaanapali, look no further than these top restaurant choices. From the flavorful dishes at MonkeyPod Kitchen to the unique Asian fusion at Star Noodle, from the unparalleled oceanfront views of Duke’s to the indulgent pies at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pies, each of these restaurants offers something special and different that will leave your taste buds satisfied. But don’t take our word for it – try them for yourself!

While you’re planning your next trip to Kaanapali, check out our blog post, 5-Day Maui Itinerary, to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable vacation. With our hand-picked recommendations, useful tips, and insider insights, it will be your go-to guide for maximizing your Hawaiian adventure.

So what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Kaanapali today and prepare for unforgettable experiences filled with delicious food, warm hospitality, and breathtaking scenery. Mahalo, thank you for reading our blog post on Kaanapali Restaurants. We can’t wait to hear about your dining adventures!

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FAQ Ka’anapali Restaurants

Best Dinner near Ka’anapali, HI

We recommend Monkeypod Kitchen at Whaler’s Village for the best dinner near Ka’anapali, which has one of the best atmospheres. Monkeypod is part of the Merriman Restaurant Group, one of the best Restauranteers on Maui. Try their Monkeypod Mai Tai, Garlic Truffle Oil fries, Hamakua Wild Mushroom pizza, Strawberry Cream Pie, and Pumpkin Patch Taro ravioli; they are amazing!

Hawaiian Restaurants Near Kaanapali, HI

Many well-known Hawaiian restaurants near Ka’anapali specialize in fresh, locally caught seafood and Hawaiian flavors. We will not recommend chain restaurants that you can experience outside of Hawaii. Visit Merriman’s, Monkeypod Kitchen, Joey’s Kitchen, Gazebo, and Duke’s.

Are restaurant reservations required in Kaanapali?

Yes, it is recommended that reservations be made. With the Lahaina wildfire, many restaurants are closed, increasing the demand for open restaurants.

Are West Maui Restaurants open?

Almost all the West Maui restaurants unaffected by the Lahaina fire are open. Double-check their hours, as many have changed due to staffing issues.

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11 Comments

  1. I’m so glad Maui is getting back on its feet after the devastating fires. I look forward to getting back there to enjoy some of the amazing food!

  2. Wow, such a number of good restaurants. We’re thinking of going to Maui in the near future so this will be a great guide.

    1. Yes, I have a note on that section. I have read they hope to open in February. We go at the end of February and I will update then.
      What did you do during your trip that was your favorite? Were the whales active? We love whale season!

  3. Just returned from 2weeks at The Whaler in West Maui. We agree with your restaurant suggestions. You left off the Gazebo. Great breakfast and lunch, but always a wait to get in. View is fantastic. And Dollie’s is fantastic, especially the daily specials. The bar itself reminds us of Cheer’s.

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