The Four Seasons’ most formal dining room, Duo, is one of the finer restaurants on Maui. The mostly steak and seafood house features the exceptionally tender locally raised Kobe-style beef, island seafood and produce, and such comforting options as goat-cheese fritters and Maui onion soup with three-cheese crust. The Duo tartare features both natural beef and locally fished snapper. Tropical flowers decorate the dining room and the tables, which are set with fine china, silver and crystal. Before dining, sit back with a flute of Champagne and take in the sunset over Wailea Beach.

Bar at Ferraro’s Bar & Ristorante, Maui, Hawaii

Ferraro’s Bar & Ristorante

One of the Four Season’s eateries, Ferraro's has an unbeatable seaside setting, with tables overlooking the ocean. Lunch includes a wonderful selection of seafood favorites, like ahi wraps and lobster sandwiches, while the dinner menu morphs into rustic Italian and the ambience is super romantic.

Gannon's Restaurant

Gannon’s Restaurant comes to you from local Maui chef, Bev Gannon, of the beloved Upcountry jaunt Hali’imaile.
Food at KO, Maui, Hawaii


Since it opened in 2012, the brightly decorated restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani has caught everyone’s attention, winning rave reviews. Ko means sugarcane in Hawaiian, and Chef Tylun Pang focuses on dishes handed down from Maui’s 19th Century sugar cane plantation era, and the various ethnic groups – Hawaiian, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese – that populated the island. Portuguese bean soup might be followed by Maui-raised beef ribs in Korean seasonings. Desserts include pão doce frito, fried Portugese sweet bread with coconut gelato and black raspberry jam. Ko also has a popular bar with tempting, not-too-sweet tropical cocktails.

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Mama's Fish House

One mom-and-pop place that hasn’t vanished is the thirty-three-year-old Mama’s Fish House, a landmark restaurant with an outrageous setting right on the beach. Founded by the Christenson family as a little beach haunt, Mama’s is now run by Karen Christenson Marshall, who has turned it into a giant surf shack, albeit one with food so good, guests staying elsewhere on the island regularly make the trek to eat there. At the helm is Perry Bateman, who has been with the restaurant seventeen years and whose specialty is a coconut ono cooked Polynesian style.

There is always a catch of the day, named after whichever fisherman brings it in, an incentive for them to offer Mama’s a sort of first-refusal right. Asking for a table with an ocean view is a must. The restaurant overlooks a prime windsurfing site, so entertaining water action is invariably happening only yards away. For happy hour, make the rowdy bar scene and indulge in drinks such as the Scorpion: four rums, the juices of tropical fruits, and exotic toppings. If you can’t get enough of Mama’s, you can always rent one of the Christensons’ four retro-Hawaiian-style beachside cottages, with flat-screen televisions and other upscale amenities.)

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Outdoor dining area at Morimoto Maui in Hawaii

Morimoto Maui

Glorious views of Mokapu Beach, excellent sunsets and incredible sushi are the draw at the Morimoto Maui. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner but the setting is particularly magical and romantic in the early evening around sunset.
Food at Spago, Maui, Hawaii


The sleek, modern dining room is a good match for the delicious fusion cooking designed by Wolfgang Puck and prepared by executive chef Roger Stettler. Traditional Hawaiian flavors mixed with California Pacific Rim cuisine inspired menu greats such as coconut soup with lobster and whole steamed fish with island spices. A master sommelier will suggest an international vintage to go with whatever you choose for dinner. As if to prove that the Four Seasons hasn’t forgotten families, Puck has even come up with a special children’s menu. The bar and lounge area of this restaurant are an alluring spot to take in the ocean views.

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