Dining

Wondering where to eat on Maui? If you have had any good, bad, or average experiences you would like to share please post them in the comments and I’ll make sure they end up on the list. Of course, calling ahead is always the best way to begin the advocation process. However, not all places are the kind worth calling. Always tell your server about your intolerance/allergy/celiac disease, and if they don’t understand try to tell a manager or chef. If they don’t understand, leave.

Key

  • Underlined: Gluten Free Menu
  • Italicized: Unvisited by me

My Favorites

Upcountry

  • Market Fresh Bistro, Makawao (My Favorite)
  • Maui Kombucha, Haiku (use gluten containing tamari)
  • Grandma’s Coffee House (breakfast only), Keokea
  • Hali‘imaile General Store, Hali‘imaile
  • Mama’s Fish House, Kuau
  • Rock & Brews

Central Maui (Kahului/Wailuku/Ma‘alaea)

South Maui (Kihei/Wailea)

West Maui (Lahaina/Kapalua/Napili/Ka‘anapali/Honokowai)

  • Maui Sugar Shop
  • Star Noodle
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company(menu)
  • Aloha Mixed Plate
  • Ono Gelato
  • Maui Brewing Company (menu has GF designation code)
  • Cool Cat Café
  • Kimo’s
  • Pacific‘O
  • Honu
  • Mala an Ocean Tavern
  • Basil Tomatoes
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise (mixed reviews, see comments below)
  • Sansei Sushi 
  • Hula Grill
  • Ululani’s Shave Ice

East Maui

  • Coconut Glen’s

Lu‘au

  • Feast at Lele, Lahaina
  • Grand Lu‘au at Honua‘ula, Wailea

Not Recommended

  • Casanova Restaurant, Makawao
  • Casanova Bistro, Kahului
  • Kula Lodge, Kula
  • Flatbread Pizza Company, Paia
  • Maui Tacos, all
  • Koho’s, Kahului
  • Penne Pasta Café, Lahaina
  • Old Lahaina Luau, Lahaina

113 thoughts on “Dining

  1. IF YOU HAVE CELIAC’S DO NOT EAT AT OLD LAHAINA LUAU. When getting to the buffet I asked if the chef could tell me what was gluten-free and explained that I had Celiac’s disease. The woman brought me a menu and I was pleasantly surprised by all of the things I could eat. Until I realized, they had given me the vegetarian menu. I asked for the real gluten-free menu. Ate ONLY what was on that menu despite the limited selection.

    25-30 minutes later I started feeling sick. I was dizzy and in pain. I excused myself from the table and ordered an uber thinking maybe it was just some cross-contamination. Knowing that it was a buffet that seemed reasonable. It would pass.

    On my way out, the woman asked if I was ok because I was visibly ill. I nearly passed out in the uber, with the wonderful uber driver offering to take me to a hospital. But I went home where I was violently ill for nearly 48 hours. I have not been this sick in years. And this was not basic cross-contamination.

    Well my immune system was then shot. I developed strep throat and a sinus infection with fever. Ruined my entire trip and my family’s trip.

    When I called to tell them about this, just to make sure it wouldn’t happen to anyone else, never even asking for a refund or anything at all, rather than take responsibility and say they’d be more careful in the future, they blamed me! “If it is so bad, then you should have called ahead. You should have not eaten from the buffet at all.” Just added insult to injury. So apparently you can’t trust that what they say is gluten free is gluten free. Unless you call ahead. then you can? Avoid at all costs.

    1. Wow! I am sorry you were treated so poorly, and that they are extremely unaware of the seriousness of Celiac disease. I will definitely make note of that above. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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