Vacation is a time to relax, and enjoy things you wouldn’t normally get to enjoy. Taking time to indulge in a little luxury while on vacation is a good thing for your body and soul. It reduces stress, and helps you prepare for going back to work and normal life. One of our favorite things about vacation is eating out: There’s nothing better than trying new foods, and not having to cook any of them. Puunoa Beach is surrounded by a wide variety of great restaurants. Here are a few of our favorites (all referenced from real ratings on TripAdvisor and Yelp).
Best Date Night Option: Lahaina Grill
Lahaina Grill is listed as the number one best restaurants on Maui on TripAdvisor. And, for good reason. It was listed as one of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. 2016 on Yelp, Top 100 Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2016, Best Maui Restaurant 24 years in a row, and is one of the Top 25 Restaurants in the U.S. for the past 3 years. You really can’t get better references than that. Lahaina Grill was founded in 1990, and has been a favorite spot since then.
Foods to Try: There are many wonderful dishes at Lahaina Grill, but a few favorites are the Wagyu Beef Raviolo (with black truffle, Portobello, braised apple, porcini, and morel mushroom-brandy cream sauce), and Tequila Shrimp with Firecracker Rice are fan favorites.
Prices: Lahaina Grill is a pricier option, but it is worth every penny. Appetizers range start at $22, entrees begin at $33.
Getting There: Lahaina Grill is a 3-minute drive from your accommodations at Puunoa Beach Estates, and less than a 15-minute walk!
Best Brunch Option: 808 Grindz Café
The 808 Grindz Café is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch (until 2pm). A local favorite, they are famous for their “Onolicious Pancakes,” which are topped with homemade sweet cream sauce. It is listed in the top 10 best restaurants on Maui on Yelp. Reviewers say they wish they could eat there for every meal!
Foods to Try: We’ve already mentioned the sweet cream sauce, but there are other delicious options you need to try as well. A tasty lunch option is the shredded pork Loco Moco with fried rice, and the Kalua pork.
Prices: The 808 Grindz Café is a great option for people with big families, or those looking for less expensive options. Prices range from $8.08, and the helpings are large.
Getting There: Grindz is only a 4-minute drive from Puunoa Beach Estates, and it takes less than 15 to walk!
Best Family Dining: Cool Cat Café
If you’re looking for a good dinner place that is family-friendly, look no further than the Cool Cat Café. Reviewers say they have the best burgers on Maui, and when you add a shake, you can’t get much better than that. This café has a great old-school vibe with its chrome and red accents, and black and white checkered floor.
Foods to Try: The burgers are hands-down the best option, but there are other delicious things to try as well. They have mean baby back ribs, and their adult milkshakes are famous.
Getting There: Cool Cat Café is located very close to your accommodations at Puunoa Beach Estates. Drive in about 5-minutes, or walk in less than 20.
The Best Restaurants on Maui
If you have any questions about these restuarants, or you’d like other recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask at guest services. Because Puunoa Beach Estates is located so close to Front Street (where everything happens in Maui!), there are countless dining options.