Cheeseburger in Paradise

Maybe not the traditional Hawaiian menu, but with a prime location right on the harbor in Lahaina overlooking Lanai and the sunset, it’s still a very nice place for some good ol’ American grill. The sign above the front door say “Paradise Served Daily”, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s first on our list every trip to Maui.

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Speaking of gorgeous views of the sunset, Leilani’s at Whalers Village is nothing to scoff at either. A two-floor restaurant, the lower level offers seafood and sandwiches in a more casual setting while the upper floor serves up full course pasta, fresh fish and prime rib. It’s a pretty popular place in Ka’anapali for dinner, even with all the great restaurants at the nearby resorts, so be sure to make reservations in advance.

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Hula Grill

Also in Whalers Village, right across the way from Leilani’s, Hula Grill boasts "Barefoot Dining" with their tables and chairs right in the sand. They feature a good menu, live entertainment nightly, and good drink specials. Worth a shot if you’re looking to kick back with some music, drinks and the sunset. It also fills up pretty quick, too, so call ahead if you don’t plan on waiting in line.

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Rusty Harpoon

One more place to eat at Whalers Village is Rusty Harpoon, which claims to have Maui’s best happy hour. With quite a few television screens, some vacationers like to take advantage of the time difference with the mainland and spend most of the early afternoon watching whatever sport is in season that time of year.

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BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria

Being from Chicago, we were more than a little intrigued when we first saw a restaurant specializing in Chicago-style pizza right in the middle of Front Street in Lahaina. Well, it wasn’t exactly the Chicago-style pizza we were accustom to back in the Windy City, but it was still pretty good and a type of making pizza that we hadn’t experienced before.

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Hotel Hana Maui

Okay, so it’s not techincally a restaurant, it’s a hotel, we know. We stopped here as part of our Road to Hana tour and the food and service was wonderful. If you want to do the fruit stand thing or bring a picnic lunch on the Road to Hana, that’s cool, too. But if you’re looking for a nice atmosphere and a full meal to take your mind off of all those turns and bridges for an hour, this is the place.

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Another T S Restaurant, the folks that also manage Hula Grill and Leilani’s, Kimo’s is a nice stand out on it’s own. Located on Front Street over looking the harbor, the food and service truly match the view. Great spot for that dinner for two or your larger travelling party.

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Aloha Mixed Plate

How horrible is it that it took 3 trips to finally stop here. A really nice little lunch spot on the way to a day of walking and shopping in Lahaina, Aloha Mixed Plate has a nice selection of dishes from the local mixed plates to salads, burgers, seafood, you name it. A cozy little spot near the water, too.

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Giovani’s Tomato Pie

An Italian restaurant on stilts overlooking a golf course? Well, not the gem of the island, but if you have a taste for Italian food other than pizza and don’t want to get too dressed up, Giovani’s could be an option for you. Not much to write home about, but if you’ve tried everything else, why not?

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