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.


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

My Favorites


  • 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)

  • Maui Brick Oven 100% Gluten Free! (allergen list)
  • Sansei Sushi
  • Outback Steakhouse (menu)
  • Monkeypod Kitchen
  • Mulligans on the Blue
  • Coconut’s Fish Café (menu has GF designation)
  • Five Palms
  • Cuatro
  • Mala
  • Big Beach BBQ, Makena

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
  • Leilani’s on the Beach
  • 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


  • 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
  • Pizza Paradiso, Lahaina

124 thoughts on “Dining”

  1. On previous Maui trips, we dined at similarly-priced destination spots like Mama’s Fish House and Lahaina Grill, but Merriman’s still remains my favorite spendy restaurant. Make your own gluten-free pancakes on your own table side griddle! Was it the best breakfast I’ve ever had? Nope. But the kids got a massive kick out of cooking their own flapjacks in all sorts of crazy shapes, and with tons of custom toppings. You can balance out the pancakes with some egg scrambles and bacon while the kids knock themselves out cooking up their flapjacks.

  2. I went to Leilani’s on the beach and they have a gluten free indicators on their menu. They did a fantastic job on working with me and making sure what they did and how they were preparing my meal to make sure it was all good on how they were preparing it for me. My waiter went over and beyond what was expected and the manager came over as well to let me know that my waiter was working with the chef to make sure my meal stayed gluten free. I would go there again in a heart beat!

  3. I definitely second MonkeyPod Kitchen by Merriman! Their fish tacos are the best and they have corn tortillas! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about which foods on the menu contained gluten. I also had a great experience at Merrimans on the Big Island.

  4. Like many celiacs xanthan and gaur gum cause me problems, do you know if the restaurants you mentioned (brick house, bakery, eyc) have either of those ingredients in their products?

  5. I need to see a Dr on Mauai ASAP. Diagnosed Celiac 12/2010. Am currently battling unstoppable diarrhea. Need a referral.
    Thanks for any information.

    1. I’m sorry, I don’t know if any celiac specialists on Maui. I recommend you see your physician and get a referral to a gastroenterologist. I am not a medical professional.

  6. 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.

    2. I went to the Old Lahaina Luau last night and had a wonderful experience!! I made sure to tell them about my gluten allergy when booking the luau months in advance, then called again the week before to confirm. They emailed me the gluten free buffet options along with a list of every ingredient in every buffet option. My waiter knew of my dietary needs and brought me up to the buffet before anyone else, to avoid cross contamination. I had a wonderful dinner of salad, fresh fruits, stir fried veggies, pork, and sweet potato and taro chips! I left feeling great and still do a day later, and I’m very sensitive. I’m so sorry you had a bad experience, but I want others to know that they will work with you if you communicate your needs. All staff members were very knowledgable and accommodating for me!

    3. Sorry, but if you are coeliac, you must tell them when you book, ask if they can accommodate your needs, remind them when you get there and each waiter if necessary.
      My wife has been coeliac for 5 years and this is the rigmarole that we have to go through, every time we eat out.
      This is the price we pay for my wife to be kept well, and well worth it

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