Nestled within Maui County, Wailuku offers breathtaking views, a ten-minute drive to the beach, and ample surfing opportunities. This contained city of 17,000 in west-central Maui is a growing community of culture and multi-ethnic eateries. With options that cover Pacific cuisines from Vietnam to Japan as well as traditional Hawaiian and American eats, Wailuku is a culinary hub of the Hawaiian Islands. Residents of Wailuku real estate are privileged to have a plethora of exciting dining options within a short distance of their homes.
Take a look at some of the best restaurants in Wailuku
It’s all about island hospitality at Bamboo Grille! For laid-back, classic Hawaiian meals bursting with flavor Bamboo Grille is a popular spot for locals and tourists and offers exceptional American and Japanese cuisines. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Bamboo Grille is located on Lower Main Street and features an extensive menu with a variety of dishes.
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For innovative, farm-fresh cuisine worthy of a magazine spread, the dishes at SixtyTwo MarcKet cannot be beat. The chefs here don’t limit themselves to one style of food they create everything under the sun at SixtyTwo MarcKet! From Sunrise Papaya yogurt with housemade granola to short rib hash with kale, caramelized Maui onions, yams, and poached eggs, SixtyTwo is Wailuku’s favorite spot for a fresh breakfast with quality ingredients.
You know what they say about restaurants with a wait they’re worth it and Sam Sato’s is no exception. An unassuming diner bursting with Japanese delights, Sam Sato’s offers traditional comfort food for great prices in a welcoming atmosphere. It’s one of those restaurants that makes you feel at home from the moment you walk through the door their expert service and friendly faces adds to the charm of this beloved diner.
Owned and operated by chefs Michael and Dana Pastula, Cafe O’Lei is a family-run restaurant specializing in “simply good cooking.” From mouthwatering sushi rolls to unique entrees and signature salads, Cafe O’Lei offers an exciting menu cultivated for a wide variety of tastes. If you’ve got a craving, count on curbing it at Cafe O’Lei!
808 on Main
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808 on Main holds the title of the best spot for a business lunch on Maui. This cafe is the place to go for elevated but affordable paninis, salads, soups, and sandwiches. You’ll find lamb lettuce wrap appetizers and shiitake beef melts alongside classic cobb salads and traditional chicken tenders. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at 808.
This restaurant lives up to its namesake as it is, in fact, located on Main street between S. Church and S. Market and is just a five-minute drive from the white sands of Kahului Beach. A favorite of Wailuku locals since its opening in 2015, 808 takes lunch to the next level. When you start looking into Wailuku real estate, be sure to drop by this popular eatery to enjoy an excellent meal.
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Treat yourself to a delectable dessert. Settled on Lower Main Street steps from the greenery of Papohaku Park, Donut Dynamite is a craft donut shop with exciting flavors and is a favorite of those who own Wailuku real estate. DD’s owner and chef, Madame Donut, opened the shop in 2013 and has dived into creating an idiosyncratic and delicious experience.
Shikeda Bento Patisserie
The Shikeda Bento Patisserie combines classic Hawaiian flavors with modern Japanese cuisine in this unique find across the street from 808 on Main. Find both savory and sweet eats here as you sample sushi bento boxes or try one of their individually made desserts. Delicate Japanese pastries filled with cream and topped with fruit are a specialty here some are even shaped like turtles in homage to the gorgeous natural beauty of the surrounding area. It’s quintessential Japanese culture with a French bakery flair.
A Saigon Cafe
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Another Wailuku staple tucked between Lower Main Street and Kaniela Street, A Saigon Cafe, is the best of Vietnamese eating in Wailuku. Well-loved by locals since the early 1990s, Saigon Cafe is consistently rated one of the best restaurants on the entire island. In addition to dining, Saigon Cafe also offers monthly wine tasting events and Wednesday happy hours from 4-6 pm.
Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro
A couple blocks west of A Saigon Cafe, Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro is a favorite for take-out. The restaurant boasts fresh ingredients and new twists on classic Chinese dishes. Order from their all-day menu or choose a lunch plate. Mike’s also offers a catering menu for larger groups.
Tiffany’s Bar & Grill
Tiffany’s Bar and Grill sits next to the Hawaii Fudge Company just south of Donut Dynamite on Lower Main Street. Before you grab dessert, satisfy your dinner craving at Tiffany’s. Their lively bar is available for dine-in or takeout and features a wide selection of cocktails to accompany their Asian fusion menu.
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Finally, for something other than tastes of the Pacific, try the Empanada Lady up on W. Vineyard Street, which is a Dominican, Jamaican, and Cuban-inspired restaurant. Currently open for take-out only, the Empanada Lady is a savory option for those preferring a little more spice.
Ready to take a bite out of Wailuku real estate?
Wailuku offers a variety of Pacific cuisines as well as those of France, Latin America, and the mainland. With each restaurant only a few blocks from the beach, they’re great places to find respite from the sun and surf or gear up for an afternoon on the waves. If you’re interested in learning more about local restaurants or about Wailuku homes for sale, contact Ohana Real Estate Team for expert guidance.
*Header photo courtesy of Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro