While it doesn’t get any more luxurious than a tropical getaway to Maui, often the island prices are a bit of a shock for first-time visitors. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp on delicious food! This popular Hawaiian destination features plenty of amazing local cuisine at totally approachable prices, from beachside tacos to classic Hawaiian rice bowls.

Take your pick of mouthwatering eats from across the island, whether it’s a casual dinner in Lahaina or a quick lunch in a small town before a rainforest hike. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to eat in Maui for cheap, proving you can get the best of both worlds—great food at great prices!

Local Favorites

Aloha Mixed Plate – Lahaina

For a classic Hawaiian meal with a stunning ocean view, Aloha Mixed Plate in Lahaina is a must-try. Featuring delicious dishes that are a savory concoction of the variety of ethnic groups found in Hawaii, there are plenty of options to choose from. Get a classic mixed plate with a savory choice of meat, two scoops of rice, and one scoop of macaroni salad. The furikake fries are another local favorite—addictive french fries doused in garlic and a Japanese seasoning blend.

Da Kitchen – Kahului & Kihei

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Chicken katsu mix plate | Photo courtesy of Kirk K

For a place to fuel up before an outdoor excursion or busy afternoon, Da Kitchen, with locations in both Kahului and Kihei, offers great food, good prices, and spectacularly large portions. With an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian cuisine, Da Kitchen also features innovative eats at affordable prices (including gluten-free options!) Popular favorites include the chicken katsu and fried spam musubi—a Japanese-inspired Hawaiian classic.

Beachside Dinner Spots

Leilani’s – Lahaina

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Sunset view during dinner | Photo courtesy of Jonathan

Whether you’re looking for a romantic oceanfront dinner or a casual beachside meal, Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina offers an array of fun, affordable, and casual restaurants. Leilani’s at Whalers Village on the beach features classic American and Hawaiian cuisine—perfect for a casual or relaxed dinner with a nice glass of wine and a beautiful Hawaiian sunset.

Paradise Grill – Ka’anapali Beach

For a fun night out or a refreshing beer after a day in the sun, Paradise Grill is a popular sports bar on Ka’anapali Beach. With a bar and pool room downstairs, it’s the ideal place to head for a nice burger, pint of beer, or a nacho platter to share!

Hula Grill – Ka’anapali Beach


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Maui mai tai | Photo courtesy of Johnny Silvercloud

Hula Grill on Ka’anapali Beach is another happening spot. There’s an expansive outdoor seating area overlooking the beach, great live music, and delicious tropical drinks. This place is also known for the delicious pupus—the Hawaiian version of an appetizer platter with a selection of seafood and meats.

Quick Lunches & Cafes

Cool Cat Cafe – Lahaina

When you’re in town or shopping the streets of Lahaina, there are plenty of quick and affordable places to eat. If you’re in Lahaina, popular Front Street features several options, including classic spots like a Hard Rock Cafe. On Front Street, the Cool Cat Cafe, also known as “the home of the best burger on Maui,” is a go-to spot for yummy food and a cool diner-style atmosphere.

Maui Tacos – multiple locations

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Fish tacos | Photo courtesy of Alex Avriette

When you’re in need of a quick bite to eat, Maui Tacos has several locations throughout the island. Maui Tacos is an island standby for a fast, delicious meal on the cheap. Grab a few fish tacos for the crew then simply head out to the beach!

Whether you’re looking for an amazing dinner that’s easy on your wallet or a quick and easy lunch spot, Maui offers great local Hawaiian cuisine at any budget.

Article written by Kalie Eyman

Featured photo courtesy of jennifer yin

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