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. Perhaps we should consider then findng a condo and doing some of our own shopping and cooking for breakfast. Do some of the gluten free food shopping choices you list have quinoa (hot cereal), rice bread, spelt cereal?

    1. I think getting a place with a kitchen or kitchenette is a great idea. Yes, all of the places I listed have many of those things. I do hope you know that spelt is NOT gluten free. So, if you or your wife have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or gluten intolerance, then spelt is not an option.

  2. We stayed in Maui many years ago – both in our 60’s now – since; my wife has developed strong sensitivity to breads made with most wheats, diary,egg soy and almond. Obviously a challenge to eat out. We want to come back to Maui and show our son why the island is heaven on earth. Some references in your blog about egg and dairy free but very little about where to get breakfast. Any ideas?

    1. I’m sorry, I don’t really have any breakfast suggestions. The best one I have is Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao, but their gluten free options are based on eggs. I rarely eat breakfast out, in part because breakfast at restaurants tends to be very gluten centric, and because my routine doesn’t generally allow for it.

  3. Aloha! Wondering if you have any updates for 2015? Can’t tell when the amazing list…(thank-you, thank-you!)…was updated. – KW

  4. So glad I found this website. We are leaving Friday. My husband has been diagnosed with sever celiac disease. He has been so worried about eating out ANYWHERE and I am printing out this list and most of the comments to make sure he has a great, first time trip to Maui. Thank you and Aloha!!

  5. Another one to add to your list is the new Rock ‘n Brew in Paia. We stopped there twice during our visit and they had Gluten-free pizza crust that my son and husband who both have Celiac’s loved! It is home-made (by their store in LA and then shipped) and one of the better crusts he has had. My husband had a burger there as well. They did not have a gluten-free bun but they server it in a lettuce wrap and their fries were in a dedicated fryer so they were able to have those as well.

  6. Thank you for sharing your food adventures in Maui! I am planning my honeymoon in September and this has provided me with excellent meal ideas :) I feel much more confident about not getting glutened on my vacation.

  7. We just dined at mixed plate in west maui I just wanted to update everyone that they no longer have a gluten free menu and only 2 items on their menu that don’t have gluten wahhh.

  8. Thank you for your info! Loved Maui Brick Oven and Mama’s Fish House. The owner of Maui Brick Oven said Honu would probably also be safe to try, they have gluten free clam chowder. We tried the recently opened Miso Phat near Maui Brewing Company. Plain small store-front place, but the host/server/manager seemed very knowledgeable and made up a gluten free poke for me . They had gluten free soy sauce on hand as well. Also- did not get sick at The Feast at Lele luau. I did speak with them beforehand and they said they could accommodate celiacs. It was a touristy thing to do, but the food (from pacific’O’s kitchen) was good. I also did not get sick from Costco’s garlic shrimp poke- so flavorful! Thanks for taking away some of the hassles of gluten free travel!

  9. Hi – Not sure if you are updating this blog post, but I work with Dazoo Restaurant in Paia (formerly Moana Cafe) – and they do feature many gluten free dishes and even make specialty sauces gluten free that other locations do not – they will be unveiling their new menu (they change it seasonally to reflect in season fruits and vegetable) in the next few weeks and we hope that you can experience it soon –

  10. Your site has been such a great tool on our maui vacation! Thank you.
    I wanted to leave a warning. DO NOT eat at the Sea House restaurant in napili.
    I normally don’t eat out as I am GF , dairy free and egg free, but my inlaws had made reservations and so I checked out their menu. To my delight they had a gluten free menu. I called ahead to ask if they could also suggest if their was anything off the menu that would be also egg/dairy free. They didn’t suggest anything but said they would make a note for the server. When I arrived and talked to the server he was informed, but I wasn’t feeling confident with his knowledge. So I double/ triple checked when ordering. My food arrived with a pita bread right on top! I am not celiac and so I actually have to ingest a few bites gluten to feel sick so I said something but just removed the pita. After about 8 bites I realized in horror that there was wonton crisps all throughout my “gf salad”. When I asked him what they were he tried to say they were gf, but I asked him to check with the kitchen. He then came back and informed me that yes they were gluten. There was no apology and I declined a remake as I had lost faith that my food allergies were being considered.
    I cannot imagine why they have a gluten free menu, when clearly they have not trained their staff adequately.
    Thought you could help warn people do so they won’t get sick.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Posts like yours are why this list exists. I want people to be informed, to know what is truly safe and what is not. I’m sorry they treated you so unwell at that restaurant, and that you had to experience the pain of gluten ingestion. I wish you good health and happy travels.

  11. Hello
    From Nov 30/13 will be our fist time ever to visit Maui for our vacation . ( two weeks )Both of us are over 60 ,unfortunately my wife is a Celiac as well as lactose intolerant. For over 40 Years of marriage I always try to take care of her ,and I hope i do this time too. We going to Kealia Resort and we going to eat outside or cook some meals for ourselves. Are You have any suggestions where she can eat “safely” . What I’m asking for are : bakery’s, restaurants, grocery’s stores etc Sincerely Mike S.

    1. Please see the above list, as well as the “Shopping” page for the information you seek. I don’t have a lot of information about Lahaina, but if you go to Kihei there is a completely gluten free restaurant called Maui Brick Oven. They make everything from scratch, so they can tell you if there is lactose in any of the food they prepare.

  12. On a recent trip to Maui, our group stopped at Pizza Paradiso in Honokowai. I’d been there before and was expecting to order a chicken caesar salad, but I was pleased to see they had added a gluten-free crust option. My sensitivity is middle-of-the-road, so I didn’t pay much attention or ask about whether they had separate prep areas. All I can say is that the GF crust they made was one of the best I’ve had. If the website is up to date, they list about a dozen GF items now. May be worth a look.

    Thanks for keeping the list…definitely something we come back to.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Another commenter (see above), mentioned Pizza Paradisio as well. They weren’t impressed by the lack of effort to prevent cross contamination for those with celiac disease. It seems to be that they’re attempting to hop on the band wagon without concern for those who really are sensitive. However, it is an option for those who choose to eat gluten free without sensitivity, or those who have an intolerance and are not quite as sensitive such as yourself.

  13. Thank you so much for this blog! I used it when we were there last week and it was super helpful. We ate at Aloha Mixed Plate twice but I have to tell you that they do not have a gluten free menu. I asked the host/hostess both times and was told that the server could tell me what was GF. The items are very limited-I think there were 3 items on the menu. Both times I had the fresh fish of the day. It was delicious! We also ate at Star Noodle 3 times! My husband and I met a friend there the first time and then took my sister and her family the second time. They all loved it so much that we hit it on the way to the airport as our last meal on the island. I had the pad thai, the bacon and eggs and the Singapore noodles. The prices are reasonable (especially considering the quality and quantity of food you get!) with 6 of us eating for $116-133 including tip. The last was the most expensive because we added another dish. One of the restaurants that I wanted to try on this trip was Maui Brick Oven but in all my research I failed to note that they don’t open until late afternoon. We were in Kihei at 1 in the afternoon. Everyone was starving so I told them to just find a restaurant and I would eat some snacks I had with me-imagine my surprise when my husband points out the GF on the menu for Coconuts Fish Cafe! I didn’t realize until we got home that this is on your list. The fish taco was delicious! Wish that we had had time to go back to eat some more. One place I discovered that knew GF was Iron Imu BBQ in Napili. It wasn’t super easy to find since you have to walk thru the lobby of the Napili Shores Resort and to the left or the side door which is hard to find; it didn’t help that it was a dark, rainy night when we were trying to find it. They have their menu on a huge black board with nothing noted as GF so I asked the cashier and she was extremely helpful pointing out all that I could have. The food was good and the price wasn’t bad either. I had the mixed meats platter with my sides being baked beans, green beans and the slaw. I probably wouldn’t get the green beans again but the baked beans and the slaw were both good. I loved their BBQ sauce. Thank you again for this blog!

    1. Thank you for your fantastic comment. You’ve given us all a lot of helpful information. I’m so glad you had a good dining experiencing while here on Maui. I hope the rest of your trip was delightful too.

    2. Thank you Lori for your mention of Iron Imu BBQ. Thank you Amanda for putting such a great resource together. I am luckily not limited by allergies in the food I can eat, however, being someone who serves food to a public base, I greatly appreciate the information I can learn from sites like yours.
      Lori – what would you change about the green beans that would interest you in ordering them again?

      Kristin Wheeler
      Owner, Iron Imu BBQ Company

      1. Kristin-I just saw this (I happened to be on another site and saw Amanda had posted something and realized that I hadn’t been back on here in a long time). I really don’t remember what I didn’t like about the green beans but maybe that was the problem-they weren’t memorable. All the other food was really good and the next time we are on Maui we will definitely be back to your establishment!

  14. Is there a source for Udi’s GF products and Pamela’s baking mix close to
    Kaanapali ? Your site is a wonderful gift.

    1. Check out my shopping page to see where you might find the products you’re looking for. There are a number of grocery stores in that area, including Foodland Farms which I would check first.

  15. This is like a Maui Gluten Free Bible! My boyfriend and I are traveling there this Friday for a week and I was ecstatic when I found your website. This is my first Hawaii experience. I am not Celiac but, like one of the other people that commented, I break out in hives about an hour or so after eating gluten, not fun. Can’t wait to start trying some of the recommendations; everyone’s comments are extremely helpful, as well. Thank you so much!!!

    1. You’re welcome! If you come across anything worth reporting on your trip please let me know so that I can update the site with your valuable insight.

  16. We live in California with our 7 yr old and own a vacation rental in Wailea, Maui. During the summer, we have the pleasure of enjoying our condo ourselves, and this is our first trip back since we decided to switch to a gluten-free diet a few months ago. Thank you for all the helpful info on GF dining on Maui. We are now thinking of adding gluten-free dining info to our website!

    The Island is so friendly and accommodating. We agree that calling ahead to inform a restaurant of a GF allergy or sensativity is best. We did that today, and
    called Longhi’s in The Shops at Wailea and the chef, Paul, told us they offer GF spaghetti and penne pasta.

    1. I’m very glad everything is going well for your here. Do you know if Longhi’s was aware of keeping their gluten free pasta safe by cooking it separately from other pastas?

  17. Hi Amanda,
    My husband and I are visiting Maui in August. I don’t have celiacs but avoid gluten and sugar due to Lyme disease and other health conditions. Has anyone tried geste shrimp truck? I’m not worried about cross contamination personally. More so about the actual gluten. Can he make the shrimp without gluten?
    Thanks! This sites fantastic!

  18. Pizza Paradaiso in Kaanapali has a bit “gluten free pizza” sign hanging outside their window. DO NOT GO THERE. They have no clue about cross contamination. They think having GF dough is enough. They cook the pizza on the same rack as regular crust, using same utensils, sauces, etc. They are totally cross contaminated.

    1. Thank you for the warning Linda. I have noticed a lot of restaurants hanging out signs for gluten free pizza crust, or gluten free hamburger buns lately, but I get bad feelings about many of them. I just don’t see many of these restaurants doing it for the right reason, or knowing how to prevent cross contamination.

    1. I’m sorry you weren’t able to find the website before, but I’m glad you know about it now. I hope it’s been a great help to you.


  19. Just wanted to let you know of a good Wailea Luau experience I had. It was the Grand Luau at Honua’ula. I emailed ahead to see if it was possible to get a GF meal for my wife (celiac) and this was their response “Thank you for letting us know you will be attending our Grand Luau this evening. We will be ready for you. Upon your arrival to the Luau, please locate the Banquet Captain and inform them that we have a special meal prepared for your wife. We will take really good care of you!” They brought the meal out seperately and it was delicious. Would definitely do again.

    1. That’s fantastic! You’ve just inspired me to put in a “Lua‘u” section. Did you know that the original name was actually “pa‘ina.” Lu‘au is the name of the leaves of taro which are used to wrap food being put into an imu.

  20. Hi Amanda-
    Just wanted to let you know we ate at Cheeseburger in Paradise (Island Style) in Wailea. They have a few items listed on their regular menu as gluten free. We sat at the bar and our bartender (Devin) was super helpful and got the GM (Jackie) to come over and answer any questions I had about the menu. She brought out an allergy list and told us her friend has Celiac so she totally gets it. :) She said, we don’t want you sick on your vacation! I ended up getting the Kalua Pork Nachos and they were delish! I’m intolerant, not Celiac but usually I’ll get totally bloated within the hour if I have gluten and I was fine.

    Also, the Limu Poke at Costco is GF as is the garlic shrimp poke and priced well. The woman working printed out all the ingredient labels for me to look at.

    We’re off to Monkeypod tonight! Thanks for all your info!
    ~ Lisa

    1. It’s so nice when the wait staff and managers get it! I’m glad you’re having great luck with food so far, and I hope you enjoy your dinner tonight. Thanks for the heads up on the Costco poke as well.

  21. The Melting Pot has closed.
    I notice you don’t have Honu Seafood and Pizza on the list. I have been there twice and was fine.
    Thank you for mentioning Maui Brick Oven. The teriyaki chicken appetizer was excellent.

  22. Thank you so much for all the information you have given. We are visiting Maui in June for the first time and I have a husband and daughter with CD. You have made eating out so much easier. :)

  23. Hello great site I am coming to the island secretly planning it for a good 20 years lol will be making my list from this one thanks again .
    Lahaina is our home for spring break!

  24. Hello,
    I am doing my homework as usual for another trip to Maui. I was there this summer helping a dear friend out and heading back for her Celebration of Life (she is at peace now after a 3 plus year battle with cancer.) A couple of good ones I don’t see on your menu: Basil Tomatoes and Breakwall Shaved Ice in Lahaina. The ceviche is to die for at Breakwall and they use mission chips so gluten, soy and dairy free. Very aware of cross contamination here and I was told it is made first thing with all fresh ingredients. You have to experience the House Tomato Salad at Basil Tomatoes at least once and I bet you will go back for it again! They grow their tomatoes in the upcountry and I’m still talking about it 7 months later. I also had good luck at The Gazebo for breakfast. Not a dedicated kitchen but they clean everything for you. I have both Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity so highly affected when things go wrong. Plus soy and dairy free. Love the Fresh Market in Kannapali and Bad Ass coffee house has rice and almond milk for your lattes. Looking forward to experiencing some new ones via your website and will keep you posted. A trick I like to share with others traveling that works awesome to carry cold foods – freeze a large block of goat cheese (I pick them up at Costco) and any perishables that you want to eat. You can carry them on in an insulated tote bag and it does not count as your carry on if you explain your condition. Of course, I have my medications and supplements in a clear container so they know it is real. I carry two on my trip, eat one of them and keep the other one frozen so that I can also take home any treasures I find on the way. Best to also have items in your bag that are all sealed that state gluten free, soy free, etc. This helps security to understand the necessity. Check out my site and you will see some special recipes that I made for my friend and carried frozen to her too! I have not updated in a long time but my Award Winning Recipe for the National Cookoff for Rudi’s Bakery is also on there for you to try. If you are local to Maui, would love to meet up for a gluten free treat if you are up to it.

  25. Just in case you did not know my family opened a 100% gluten free restaurant in Kihei, Maui. It is called Maui Brick Oven (located next to Longs Drugs). The exec chef and myself (sous chef) are Celiac and are fully aware of what is required to be gluten free. Please stop by and let us show you how good gluten free food can be.

    1. I already have! Your pizza and brownie were outstanding. You can see that your restaurant is in the list above, and there is a review already on the site. :)

  26. Hello!

    Glad I found your site, big help! Wanted to let you know about 100% gluten free RESTAURANT :) in Kehei, its called Brick Oven. food was great and people were great! They opened 7 weeks ago.

  27. Just returned from Maui and found your Gluten Free restaurant information to be very useful. A couple of comments. Went to the Maui Brewing Company. While they had a good selection of GF appetizers, their entree selections were limited. We did not stay. We also went to the Pineapple Grill but they did not have any GF items specified so we passed on it as well. Successes included the Melting Pot and Buzz’s Wharf. Thanks.

  28. I have a gluten intolerance. I don’t suffer from Celiac. I actually break out in hives about 45 minutes after consuming anything with gluten.

    My sister in law works at Hula Grill in Lahaina, and if you mention that you’re GF, they provide you with a separate menu.

    I wanted to warn people about Cafe O’Lei by the Dunes in Kahului. The server was trying to tell me that GF meant I couldn’t eat butter, soy, or vinegar. It was frustrating. After her having to go to the kitchen multiple times to figure out what I could eat, I ordered a salad. About half way through the salad, I found a piece of bread and quite a few crumbs. Needless to say, I was livid. I refused anything else because I didn’t trust them. I left hungry, itchy, and angry. That was at lunch. I don’t know if their dinner staff is more knowledgeable or not, but the kitchen staff is obviously not careful.

    I have also found the staff at the Paia Ono Gelato to be less than knowledgeable. I asked for the ingredients for the Sandy Beach, and she conveniently left out the graham crackers. I also asked them why their take home quarts were four times the price of their pints, when a quart was two pints. I got a blank stare, and then she started talking about something else as if I never asked a question. The Kihei staff seemed much more on it.

    Thanks for this site!

    1. Oh my! I am so sorry the wait staff at Cafe O’Lei were not knowledgeable. I had an opportunity to go there on a field trip with a class in culinary school. The couple who owns it are very nice, so maybe you should try to get in contact with them to tell them what happened. I have never eaten there, but I am thankful for your warning.

      Thank you also for sharing your experience at Ono Gelato in Paia. I have a review of that location on my blog, and you will see a comment there from the Lahaina store owner. They seemed much more in the know, but I haven’t tried their gelato yet.

      Thank you for the Hula Grill tip. I will put it in the list.

  29. Hi! I’m one of the owners of Wailuku Coffee Co. We offer GF brown rice bread that you can sub onto any sandwich. The cooks take care to wipe down counters & knifes before using the GF bread. We also offer GF muffins fresh baked daily.

    Any restaurant that handles food with G has a kitchen with G in it and there is always a chance that the GF bread could get containinated. We take care to keep the GF stuff on cleaned surfaces but there is always room for error- although we hope not! Anyways… I stumbled onto this site and thought I’d share the options we had. Have a great day!

    1. Thank you Megan. I wonder, do you bake the gluten free items in house? If so, do you keep separate baking pans for the gluten free items? Did you know that there are some great restaurant certification programs put out by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness? You could get your establishment certified and put into a database of safe places for people who are gluten free to dine out.

      Thank you for sharing this information with all of us.

  30. I ate at lahaina grill last night for my 29th birthday. I had the smashed sage tequila cocktail, a white fish dish (i forgot the hawaiian name) served over Maui onion risotto with a white wine reduction, and coconut with passion fruit sorbet served in a macadamia nut carmel bowl. It was delicious but I’m shocked that I didn’t get sick at all because of the waiter’s lack of knowledge/experience with food allergies. The waiter spoke of my allergies as if gluten-free was equivalent to allergen-free. For example, he tried to offer me gluten free tamari and even when I reminded him that I am allergic to soy he responded that it was soy free and that everyone can eat it. Making the reservations in advance and explaining my long list of food allergies over the phone was not worth the work. The waiter admitted that he forgot about the list of allergens that was in his box when he got to work and that he did not know they were mine. This used to be completely reasonable service but not now when food sensitivities are common place. Our bill was over $200 and I have had more informed waiters at Wendy’s.

    1. Wow, thanks for the heads up for everyone. Perhaps you could call and ask to speak with the head chef, manager, or owner to let them know about this issue.

  31. Hi Amanda,
    Thanks for your great blog. I was wondering if you can recommend a place to buy Redbridge or other gf beer? I’m assuming Whole Foods has it, but we are staying in Kaanapali and into and out of West Maui airport, so it’s a little out of the way. Here for a week from Japan where there are few gf options, so a cold gf beer would be great! Thanks in advance.

  32. Aloha,
    We have been in Maui a week now and have something to contribute. As others say, Star Noodle is awesome. We had the Pad Thai and it was great.
    We are staying in north Ka’anapoli (Honokowai), and there is a great natural food store with gluten-free items including breads, brownies, pizza, burritos, etc. They also have local organic produce and have a farmers market in their parking lot on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (7 – 11am). It is a great place to get your produce if you are in a condo in Ka’anapoli.
    We also came across very cool coffeehouse called Wailuku Coffee Co. in Wailuku. They have sandwitches and offer fresh gluten-free bread as an alternative. Also vegan friendly. Very cool and friendly atmosphere.
    We went out to Mama’s Fish House last night for our anniversary. They are so awesome. You must go. Very accomodating for people with allergies, I even got coconut snacks to keep me busy while my wife ate the dinner rolls :). We met some sweet people on the way in who ended up being the local weatherman Glen, the owner of Maui Sunriders and her daughter, sweet people…such good energy.
    Lastly, Mana Foods in Paia is a natural foods dream!
    Thanks Amanda for the tips! Hopes this helps, aloha!

    1. I’m glad that you found some great places to dine out and shop for your family’s gluten free needs. I haven’t tried the gluten free sandwiches at Wailuku Coffee, Co. yet. I just saw a few weeks ago that they offer gluten free bread. Mama’s Fish House is delicious, and the restaurant and location are beautiful. How cool that you met Glen. I haven’t met him, but I do check his website for weather updates. He seems very nice. Thank you for sharing your experience with everyone.

      1. Your welcome Amanda! Our vacation is almost over and we found a couple more gluten-free places to eat.
        Coconut’s Fish Cafe, a small cafe in Kihei, has the best fish tacos and they are gluten-free. I talked to the owner and they only use corn tortillas, and prepare them away from the breaded fish sticks. So far…the best fish tacos on the island :). I have had them twice with no problems.
        Aloha Mixed Plate, a patio cafe in Lahaina (on water across from the Cannery Mall), has a lunch/dinner gluten-free menu. I had breakfast and they prepare everything in pans and were very careful (no contamination problems).
        About the gluten-free pizza at Whole Foods. They have a disclaimer stating it is intended for people on a gluten-free diet, and not for those with an allergy problem. I saw this after I ordered it, so I asked the cook how it was prepared. He was very kind and stated he used new gloves, a wire rack, and cooked it in the back oven. The next day I felt like I might have gotten some gluten contamination…1st time on the trip…so be careful.
        Thanks again Amanda! The Maui locals are beautiful people!

        1. Ok, last update before we leave…and it’s a good one for pizza lovers!
          Penne Pasta Cafe, Dickenson Street in Lahaina, serves gluten-free pasta and now gluten-free pizza crust! You can get any of their pizzas with the new brown rice crust. I had it yesterday, it was awesome with no contamination problems! The owner, Jose, says they try very hard to avoid cross contamination for allergy concerns. They are currently experimenting with gluten-free breads…soon they may have gf sandwitches also!
          FYI, I am pretty sensitive to gluten contamination, but clearly not as sensitive as Amanda. I am taking these risks for my benefit, yours, and the food service establishments. If you get contamination from any establishment, I feel it benefits all to let them know so they can improve their proceedures. Mahalo Amanda for creating this site.

  33. Thanks for all the great info. I clearly won’t have to bring as much raw GF ingredients as I thought I would. I’ll buy them there.
    I’m just gluten sensitive, so a little cross contamination is OK. Do you think I could cobble together a loco moco reasonably gluten free? Leave off the mac, the gravy, the teriyaki, chicken katsu, breaded anything. Rice and Kalua pork seems safe, hamburger (no filler), egg. Heck, even Spam is GF…what else? I realize that the gravy is the binder for the whole plate. Sigh. And, how about pasteles? They also seem reasonably safe. Am I deluded?

    1. I can’t say for certain on the pastels, but I’ve had some before without being made ill. Really ask questions of the person who made them. The same is true for kalua pork. Some people may add soy sauce.

      You could make loco moco yourself if you have a kitchen or at least the ability to whip up a basic brown gravy (gluten free beef stock, little bit of water and cornstarch, s&p) and then buy a plain hamburger patty somewhere and a side of white rice. If you’re in a hotel you could probably get the hotel kitchen to make the burger and rice, but gravy is a hard one as most restaurants use some sort of bouillon in their stocks.

      Spam is gluten free, but don’t always assume the other foods with it are. Read labels, ask questions, and be good to yourself.

      Enjoy your trip!

  34. Just got back from Maui. I had a great time there!

    On Friday we went to Cool Cat Cafe in Lahaina. It turned out they have a Gluten-Free Options Menu. They could do most of their burgers as lettuce wraps. They also had five specific items mentioned, of which the most popular was the fish tacos. That is what I had – they were quite tasty! As I am a (mostly) silent celiac, if there was cross-contamination, I’m less likely to notice that.

    As we were around Kihei on Friday night and Saturday morning, we used your list to go to the Outback Steakhouse and the Monkeypod Kitchen. There were a few items which were naturally gluten-free at Monkeypod. They were willing to adjust others if they could. I had a scrumptious Ahi Nicoise and some of their home fries. As they have an outside terrace there, we got a great view of the ocean while we dined!

    1. I’m so glad you had a great experience and that I was able to provide some helpful information. Thank you for letting me know about Cool Cat Café. I will add it to the list.

  35. Hi Amanda-
    My GF wife Vicki and I will be returning to Maui in March 2012. We really appreciate the tips about where to dine (and we’re really glad there is a Whole Foods there so we can have GF food and other stuff ready when we get there). We are staying in Kaanapali so I appreciate the dining tips you put in here. My wife was concerned that — based on your review of Star Noodle – that there might be cross contamination with their utensils, etc. I like the tip about asking (and waiting) for them to put on a new pot of water for GF noodles. Any thoughts?

    1. We’ve been concerned about things like that, but I’ve never had any problem there. If you’d like you can always mention it to the server and request that they change out the utensils. I’d be curious to know if they do or not when I visit. Please come back and share your experience about that with us. I am very sensitive to that kind of thing, and if there was an issue with cross contamination I’m fairly certain that I would have reacted.

  36. Hi Amanda! İ have a restaurant you could add to your list. We just went to a very nice restaurant in Kapalua called Pineapple Grill. When I mentioned to the server that I must eat gluten-free, she was immediately able to tell me in detail what dishes i could have as is, and what substitutions could be made to certain other dishes to make them gluten-free.

  37. Thank you Amanda for the website! I’ll be vacationing in Maui during the last two weeks of January 2012. This is already proving to be a valuable resource :-)

  38. Hey all gf Maui eaters. The latest update. I’m from Maui, now live on mainland so visit often. Here’s what and where we ate w three of the four of us being celiac and sensitive… All w out reaction. Kimo’s in lahaina…. Amazing sunset view, have a gf menu and accommodated us beautifully w manager checking in as well. Stella blues in kihei has long been a favorite. Manager personally answered all questions and guided our ordering. Ribs and fish were awesome!!! Flatbread pizza was great as always and even have added gf brownies ala mode! The kids were so excited. Call ahead for seating as it gets really crowded. Lastly our new discovery was wholefoods in Kahului is now doing gf pizzas to go. These became our go to when we needed food to travel. We even took them on the plane home. Hawaiian moons and mana foods are great local markets for all things gf and more convenient depending on where you stay. FYI if flying through lax, bring food. No good options there at all…

    1. Thank you for sharing that information. I haven’t had good luck with Flatbread, but I’m glad your family did. I’ve also never been to Kimo’s and didn’t know that they have a gluten free menu. I’m very glad to hear that they do. I agree with traveling with your own food. You can never be certain that the airport you’re going through will have anything you can eat (even if they have in the past).

  39. Hi,
    Just wanted to mention that there seems to be some confusion regarding “Cheeseburger In Paradise” in LaHaina. I do not think it has ever been GF. We went there and they very nicely told us that they had no GF choice, that they might in the future but not for now. We were appalled since we saw it on their linked menu, but…
    Could the link be wrong? I checked and unfortunately it is wrong. Admittedly anybody could have made that mistake since the names are misleading. The link you guys provided here (http://www.cheeseburgerinparadise.com) is for a different “Cheeseburger In Paradise” chain, nothing to do with the LaHaina restaurant (also called “Cheeseburger In Paradise”) but which belongs to the chain of “Cheeseburger restaurants” (http://www.cheeseburgerland.com). In their menu no GF choice is given.
    A real pity, since I was dying for a burger. ;P
    Loved Star Noodle though, ty for that!!!

    1. Thank you for the heads up. I was sure they were the other chain, but it’s good to know the truth. I’ll remove it from the list.

      Star Noodle is delicious, isn’t it? The atmosphere is also really cool.

    1. I haven’t yet, but I’ll put it on my list of places to try. Thank you for the heads up! Do you have any ordering tips or menu item suggestions?

  40. Does anyone know if Coconuts in Kihei is gluten-free? They have really good fish tacos that I’ve tried a couple of times, and haven’t been affected.

    1. As far as I am aware, no restaurant on Maui is 100% gluten free. In dining out while gluten free there is always the risk of cross contamination, and while your body may not be showing a reaction it is still possible that your body is experiencing it. Every time we dine out we are possibly ingesting gluten, and the same is true for products you use in your home that are made in facilities that process wheat and other gluten containing grains. There is no perfection when it comes to a gluten free diet, but we can do our very best to buy certified gluten free foods, and to dine out carefully.

      I have never been to Coconuts, but if you’ve had what you’d consider good luck in dining there then I suggest you do not kick it from your list of available dining out options.

    1. I go with things not in flour tortillas, things not fried, and things without enchilada sauce. You can get the fajitas with corn tortillas instead, but avoid the corn chips as they are fried on site in the same fryers as everything else.

    1. I’ve been informed by Maui Taco’s corporate offices that they cannot state that any of their food products are gluten free, and they have removed their previous statement, of having gluten free foods available, from their website. Also, the corn tortilla chips are fried in the same fryers as the gluten containing food products. Surfaces aren’t cleaned before handling an order for a food allergy, nor are gloves changed. These are things done by other chains like Chipotle to prevent cross contamination.

    2. thanks so much for this blog! I am traveling to Maui for the first time gluten-free, dairy free and soy free! It is a bit daunting. I am learning alot from your blogs. One question – is the shaved ice they sell by the road side safe? I am so looking forward to it but don’t know if the syrup is ok.

      1. I really don’t know. I don’t eat it. The best thing to do is to ask the salesperson to let you see the ingredients on the syrup bottle.

        1. will do! Have you heard anything about the Maui Specialty Bakery? She says that she bakes several gf items a day and is aware of cross contamination issues.

        2. I have, and I went and spoke with her. However, I was still a bit nervous as I am very sensitive so I did not partake in anything. She does do a lot to prevent cross contamination, but I wasn’t willing to risk it.

      2. Someone mentioned Joy’s place to me as a possible place to get gf lunch. Have you any experiences with her eatery?

        1. I have met Joy, of Joy’s Place. She seems quite knowledgeable and I would try her café if I were ever in Kihei for lunch. I just never am down there during her business hours. I would say give it a try and report back, if you’d like!

        2. We are having such a great time in Maui! Day four and no cross contamination! We landed in Maui Monday night STARVING. We hit Bangkok Cuisine in Kahului and what a feast! The food was delicious and the service was very knowable. We had plenty of leftovers for the next night. Tuesday we tried Coconuts Fish Cafe and the tacos were so good we went back tonight! We had Lunch in Lahaina at the Cool Cat cafe, They had these hula chicken stick that were out of this world! So far I am so thrilled with the delicious food and comfortable tummy! Thanks for this blog Amanda! We’re trying Monkeypod tomorrow night for a date just the two of us – will let the two boys eat pizza! Only mishap to date was feeling a bit sick after eating Mangos from a fruit stand. My husband said they were bad, end of the season and all. Tasted good to me but he is the authority having grown up in Malaysia. Also plan to hit the Wailuku Coffee Company after hiking in Aiao. Will keep you posted!

        3. I am so glad that all is going well for you. Thank you for letting me know which restaurants have worked out well for you. I’ll be sure to add them to the list above. I really recommend the wings at Monkeypod Kitchen, and the fries as well! I only wish they had a gluten free beer to go with it!

        4. So we ended up going to Five Palms instead of Monkeypod and the evening was fantastic! The service was excellent and very knowledgable. We were in time for an early bird special but the options didn’t fit my restrictions so the chef just put together a beautiful Mahi with sweet potatoes and veges and fresh fruit for dessert. Anytime the server wasn’t sure she checked with the chef. I highly recommend this place. Also my husband had a great meal – very romantic setting too!
          We didn’t go to the Waluika coffee house. I called and she had one muffin that was gluten free but not dairy free so not on my diet. We did eat at Coconuts again and can’t get enough of their fish tacos! My family also enjoyed the fish sandwiches and coconut shrimp! One more day to go!

        5. Our last day went off without a hitch! Thank you so much for all of your advice. You helped make this a stressfree and healthy vacation. One last tidbit – I found a restaurant in SFO that serves good Gluten free seafood called Yankee Pier. I had a salad with grilled chicken and lemon basil dressing and no problems! I wish all readers a wonderful time in Hawaii! Mahalo!

      3. Laura, I am leaving for Maui in 2 weeks…how was your experiences? Like you, I am GF, dairy free and soy free. Any suggestions?

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