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Chef Mavro

International 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The only Hawaii restaurant that any serious foodie should experience isn't located on the beach, or even in Waikiki—this intimate McCully resto is the finest on the island. — BlackBook

This award-winning French-with-an-island-touch restaurant expresses the character of owner George Mavrothassitis – precise, passionate and absolutely individual. — DK Eyewitness

George Mavrothalassitis, who took two hotel restaurants to the top of the ranks before opening this James Beard Award–winning restaurant in 1998, admits he's crazy. — Fodor's

Keahole lobster in an Asian broth; a Hawaiian/Marseilles bouillabaisse; and cut-it-with-a-fork-tender filet of beef tenderloin crusted with red-wine confit onion. — Frommer's

A cuisine that couples French technique with fresh Hawaiian ingredients. — Forbes Travel Guide

Orchids

Seafood 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated beachside within upscale Waikiki resort Halekulani, Orchids offers a relaxed, open-air environment for you to enjoy executive chef Vikrum Garg’s locally sourced cuisine. — Forbes Travel Guide

Casual yet elegant oceanfront dining amid an abundance of colorful tropical orchids — Where

It's "less formal than La Mer upstairs", but "from the minute" you enter this "spectacular" Pacific Rim seafooder in the "famed" Halekulani Hotel you're "treated like an alii (royalty)". — Zagat

Orchids highlights fresh local produce and seafood with elegant presentations in a fantasy setting with consummate service. — Frommer's

Waikiki’s finest gourmet restaurant, facing the beach in the gorgeous, peaceful Halekulani hotel and offering scintillating contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. — Rough Guide

Bar Acuda

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Thanks to the chef’s close collaboration with island fishermen and local organic farmers, these small plates are brimming with Hawaii-inspired fare made from fresh, regional ingredients. — goop

Expect "a bit of urban chic" at this "lively" Med mecca in "picturesque" Hanalei, a "people-watching" scene that "could stand on its own in San Francisco or New York." — Zagat

Like an oasis in the desert, this sharp little tapas restaurant has refreshed the otherwise rather dreary culinary world of Kauai's North Shore. — Gayot

A trendy wine and tapas bar presents ornately plated food that’s noteworthy, but pricey. — Lonely Planet

This hip and pricey tapas bar is a top place in Hanalei in terms of tastiness, creativity, and pizzazz. — Fodor's

Spago

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wolfgang Puck shows that despite recent culinary forays into fast food and canned soups, he remains a master of the fine-dining experience. — Forbes Travel Guide

Chef Wolfgang Puck creates "a little Hollywood in Hawaii" at this Four Seasons Wailea outpost of his famous Beverly Hills standby. — Zagat

The California cuisine of celebrity-chef Wolfgang Puck is combined with Maui flavors and served lobby level and oceanfront at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort. — Fodor's

Chef Lewark is masterful at preparing vegetables in unexpected and wonderful ways—consider his foamy tomato “cappuccino,” or the sesame-miso cones with hearts of palm standing in for ahi. — Frommer's

The menu at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago offers Puck’s classics and locally inspired dishes that fuse Hawaiian and Californian cuisines. — DK Eyewitness

Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

No other place in Wailea comes close to this breezy restaurant for romantic seaside dining. — Lonely Planet

Located in the Four Seasons Resort Maui, Ferraro's offers authentic Italian fare in a casual outdoor tropical setting, with a view of the ocean and the West Maui Mountains. — Zagat

With live violin music drifting into the moonlight, the al fresco dining at this beachfront ristorante offers one of Maui's most romantic settings (and there's a lot of competition). — Travel + Leisure

The stunning location—overlooking Wailea Beach with an unobstructed view of the West Maui Mountains—sets the stage for a romantic (if pricey) repast. — Frommer's

Enjoy lunch beach-side and dinner under the stars at this casual spot with a lively bar and entertainment — Where

La Mer - L'Aperitif

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The best and most authentically French restaurant in Hawai’i makes lavish use of both local seafood and imported delicacies to create “cuisine de soleil". — DK Eyewitness

By far the island's most formal restaurant, specializing in fine French cuisine, armed with a grand wine list and a jacket or long-sleeve collared shirt requirement. — BlackBook

This is the splurge restaurant of Hawaii, an oceanfront bastion of haute cuisine, where two of the state's finest chefs... quietly redefined Hawaiian fine dining. — Frommer's

"By far the finest dining experience you will have on Oahu", this "elegant, intimate" French "keeper" in the "stunning" Halekulani Hotel "aspires to Parisian culinary decadence. — Zagat

Tucked along the coast on Waikiki’s west side, La Mer makes good use of its enviable location inside the Halekulani hotel — doors open up to welcome in the tradewind breezes and the sound of the ocean. — Forbes Travel Guide

Alan Wong's Restaurant

Asian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A "pioneer in Hawaii Regional cuisine", chef Alan Wong "continues to innovate", "plating up the best of local farms and island seas" at this McCully "nirvana". — Zagat

This modest restaurant in the middle of McCully is the hearbeat of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. The setting is not fancy or opulent, but casual and comfortable as island life is. — BlackBook

One would think that after more than 15 years, Alan Wong's might have waned in popularity, but this eponymous restaurant is as hot as ever. — Gayot

Alan Wong is the undisputed king of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, earning love and respect for his humble demeanor and practice as much as for his food. — Fodor's

Worshipful foodies come from all over the state, drawn by the food -- which is brilliant -- and a menu that is irresistible. — Frommer's

Hali’imaile General Store

Seafood 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Before farm-to-fork became the buzzword" there was chef Bev Gannon's "beacon" of Hawaii Regional cuisine "nestled at the base of Haleakala" in Hali'imaile. — Zagat

Celebrity Chef Beverly Gannon is one of the founding chefs of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, and her famous Upcountry restaurant has consistently been rated as one of Maui’s best. — Where

Smack in the middle of a pineapple plantation, this restaurant is located in a historic building that was once the plantation’s general store. — DK Eyewitness

This charming and authentically rustic store is where Joe and Beverly Gannon purvey their own delicious style of Hawaii Regional cuisine. — Gayot

Chef Beverly Gannon (and her husband, Joe) left the globetrotting world of catering for rock stars decades ago, settling into a plantation-house eatery on Maui's towering volcano, Haleakala. — Condé Nast Traveler

Mama's Fish House

Seafood 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Unparalleled service and Hawaiian heyday vibe, all in one? You betcha. — Condé Nast Traveler

This restaurant is not only famous because it has been at its oceanfront location for more than 25 years. The fresh fish dishes it serves are excellent and extremely expensive. — DK Eyewitness

"The freshest fish", "gracious" service and "tropical breezes make for an unforgettable experience" exult enthusiasts who find "heavenly bliss" at this "intimate" Pacific Rim seafooder. — Zagat

Mama'€™s has one of the best locations on the island: away from the resort areas, on the oceanfront in the small residential community of Kuau, on the Hana Highway. — Gayot

For almost four decades, Mama's has been the Maui destination for special occasions. — Fodor's

Hukilau Lanai

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A casual, airy setting, much like sitting out on a friend's lanai, makes this restaurant at the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy very pleasant and enjoyable. — Gayot

Chef/owner Ron Miller has inspired residents and visitors to find their way here in droves since 2002. — Frommer's

Spend happy hours dining on dynamite dishes that incorporate ingredients from the islands into every plate — Where

Relying heavily on super-fresh island fish and locally grown vegetables, this restaurant offers quality food that is competently and creatively prepared. — Fodor's

Enjoy "gourmet" Hawaii Regional fare made with local ingredients "while watching the tiki-torch lighting in a beautiful garden setting" at this Kauai Coast Resort "jewel". — Zagat

Lahaina Grill

Barbecue 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At the top of many best-restaurants lists, this expensive, upscale bistro is about as fashionably chic as it gets on Maui. — Fodor's

Experience a chic night of delectable dining at this award-winning seaside restaurant, which has an inventive menu featuring the best in local produce, meats and cheeses — Where

With professional service, an inviting atmosphere and innovative cuisine, it's easy to see how Lahaina Grill continues to be a favorite. — Gayot

A few steps off Front Street in the Lahaina Inn... this is a casual yet elegant modern restaurant offering exquisitely prepared and presented food. — DK Eyewitness

"Delectable food" and "exceptional art adorning the walls" "make for a lovely Maui evening with a touch of quiet sophistication." — Zagat

Roy's

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You'll find options like honey-mustard short ribs; blackened ahi with spicy soy mustard butter sauce; and grilled salmon with Japanese citrus ponzu. — Gayot

It's loud and brassy with a young vibe, but even if the atmosphere isn't quite your thing, come for the great food. — Fodor's

The Maui outpost of Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s upscale dining empire sits inside the golf course clubhouse at the Kaʻanapali Resort. — Lonely Planet

Roy’s first Hawaii location in Hawaii Kai launched him as a culinary force — Where

Roy Yamaguchi, the James Beard award–winning chef and one of the pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, now owns eponymous restaurants all over the world. — Frommer's

Michel's At the Colony Surf

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Consistently voted "most romantic restaurant" in local publications' reader polls, Michel's is an old-school French favorite on Waikiki's tranquil Gold Coast. — Fodor's

"Romantic, expensive, posh", yes, this "big date" Classic French "throwback" is "worth every penny" sigh sybarites who snag oceanfront seats at this "bastion of fine traditional cooking". — Zagat

Old World elegance, sunset views of Waikīkī, and outstanding professional service make Michel’s a favorite of romantics (many a proposal has taken place here). — DK Eyewitness

It’s all about the cultured Gold Coast atmosphere where the Euro-glamorous gather to be seen enjoying sunset dining, subdued lighting and soft music. — BlackBook

Michel'€™s elegant room opens on one side directly on the beach, with the surf pounding the shore only 40 feet away. — Gayot

d.k Steak House

Steakhouses 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

D.K. is a refreshing indie change, with sides that go beyond the usual scalloped potatoes and beefsteak tomatoes with asparagus Milanese. — Gayot

The Waikīkī Marriott hosts a steakhouse experience that rivals any in the state, complete with in-house dry aged beef and a unique wine list. — DK Eyewitness

Perched above Kalakaua Ave on the second floor of the Waikiki Marriott hotel, visitors and islanders gather for the sunset views and the tasty dry aged beef steaks. — BlackBook

D.K. Kodama's "clubby" yet "elegant" Waikiki Beach Marriott steakhouse is "one of the best" places on the beach to "savor a real" hunk of dry-aged beef. — Zagat

One of the only two restaurants that offers on-premise, dry-aged steaks. Sides are ordered a la carte. — Where

Red Salt

Asian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Delicious, inventive renditions" of Hawaiian cuisine in a "cool setting" that's a "nice respite from the traditional island decor." — Zagat

The best hotel restaurant on Kauai may also be one of the smallest and hardest to find, tucked inside the discreetly located Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. — Frommer's

The minimalist presentation sets the proper stage for food that is satisfying, yet light. — Gayot

A smart, sophisticated decor and exceptional food paired with professional service make Red Salt a great choice for leisurely fine dining. — Fodor's

At this romantic hideaway, fusion dishes such as pan-seared opah (moonfish) with king crab and a sake-spiked coconut broth or vanilla bean-seared mahimahi elevate the culinary game. — Lonely Planet

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Lanai City Grille

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This "plantation-style" "original" in the Hotel Lanai... lures islanders with a "creative" Bev Gannon–designed Hawaii Regional menu. — Zagat

Simple white walls hung with local art, lazily turning ceiling fans, and unobtrusive service provide the backdrop for a menu featuring fresh island ingredients prepared with bold flavors. — Fodor's

The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is Pacific fusion, featuring fresh local fish, prime meats, and rotisserie chicken. — DK Eyewitness

Celebrated Maui chef Bev Gannon (Haliimaile General Store, Joe’s, and Gannon’s on Maui) brings her comfort-food-gone-fancy to this bright and lovely dining room at the Hotel Lanai. — Frommer's

Famed Maui chef Bev Gannon designed the menu at the charming restaurant within the Hotel Lanaʻi — Lonely Planet

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Colleen's at the Cannery

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From morning to evening, this boisterous bistro is the Haʻiku hangout, for locals and visitors alike. — Lonely Planet

It's popular with locals for breakfast and lunch, but try it at dinner when the candles come out and it's time for martinis and fresh fish. — Fodor's

High-beamed ceilings, dark post-modern furniture, lush palm trees and large Art Deco mirrors create a glamorous yet unpretentious 1940s, old Hollywood vibe at this upcountry bistro. — Gayot

This go-to spot for Haiku residents serves an excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a classy setting. — Frommer's

This all-day Haiku New American boasting black booths, a "laid-back" "Upcountry vibe" and "top-shelf" service delivers "gourmet meals at budget prices" to a "very local crowd. — Zagat

Star Noodle

Asian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s sleek, chic and creative, the top of the heap whether you’re a noodle lover or not — Where

This hillside hotspot is constantly busy – and rightfully so. Inside this sleek noodle shop, grazers can nibble on an eclectic array of Asian-fusion share plates. — Lonely Planet

In the very short time since it opened this wonderful spot has become one of Maui's best restaurants. — Fodor's

This hip noodle house at the top of Lahaina’s industrial park burst like a comet across Maui’s dining scene. — Frommer's

It's safe to say the secret is out: Star Noodle is one of Maui's absolute must-visit restaurants. — Travel + Leisure

Gerard's

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"France comes to Hawaii" via Gerard Reversade's "picturesque" Victorian in Lahaina where the "tropical hospitality" and "outstanding service"... treat you "like a royal, with very royal prices". — Zagat

Chef Gerard has been cooking since the age of ten, so he’s had a lot of time to perfect his craft — Where

Located in the romantic setting of The Plantation Inn, Gerard's is one of Maui's favorite French restaurants. — Gayot

Where has all the romance gone? To the front porch of Gerard’s, where white linens and flickering shadows are an invitation for murmurings of love. — Lonely Planet

Depart from typical island fare at this white-tablecloth French restaurant in the historic former whaling village of Lahaina. — Travel + Leisure

Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The idea here is to order a selection of gorgeous food in small portions. It comes this way so that it can be shared. — DK Eyewitness

Chef-owner Mark Ellman started Maui's culinary revolution of the late '80s with his restaurant Avalon, but Mala is a more than satisfactory successor. — Fodor's

“Garden” is the translation of the eatery's name, and it sits along a wharf in Lahaina town. — Travel + Leisure

This smart bistro from chef Marl Ellman fuses Mediterranean and Pacific influences with sophisticated flair. — Lonely Planet

"Plan your day so you're on the deck for sunset" advise viewmasters who double down to Mark Ellman's Hawaii Regional seafooder duo in Maui for "really inventive" "local wonders." — Zagat

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