With this Maui Cheap Eats list you definitely won’t be starving in Maui. Maui has some of the best seafood and steak restaurants but why break the bank just to eat? Plus are you tired of eating restaurant chains that you can find on the mainland or expensive tasteless resort food? Maui has tons of local and Hawaiian cuisines for just under $15. Here are the best budget friendly restaurants in Maui!
Best Maui Cheap Eats for Street Tacos
Located in Lahaina, Ono Tacos is the best authentic taco street in Maui. There is nothing fancy about this place. It’s a food truck with a few tables and chairs but food is excellent here! The fish and shrimp tacos are great and flavorful even without any sauces. Prices start from $3.50 and for $10 you can get a combo plate. Cash only!
Best Maui Cheap Eats for Breakfast
Kihei Caffe is a hearty breakfast or lunch place with the locals. This is another no frills spot. The burgers are simple, juicy and fresh made from local Maui beef. My personal fave is their Pork fried rice and eggs and Macadamia Nuts & Bananas pancakes. Prices range from $7 to $15. Cash Only and come hungry!
Best Maui Cheap Eats for Sandwiches
This is a great spot to pick up sandwiches or salads to go and eat them at the beach. You can get a lunch meal here for $10 which is super rare in Maui. The Banana Cream Pudding is incredible here and their “Porkie” sandwich is awesome!
Best Maui Cheap Eats for Fish Tacos
Another taco shop but they are known for their monster size Fish Tacos with homemade mango salsa. Come during off hours because during the rush the line can go out the door! They don’t skimp on quality or quantity, they use 17 ingredients to make ONE taco. Their fried Coconut Shrimp, and Ono and Mahi fish tacos are a must try! Their 2 taco meal starts at $12.49
Best Maui Cheap Eats with an Ocean View
This is a great spot for Hawaiian classics. Aloha mixed plate is located in downtown Lahaina on Front Street, right across the street from the ocean. So you have a ocean view while eating without paying top dollar. Can’t go wrong here, local cuisine such as loco moco, huge plate lunch selection, kalbi ribs, kalua pork sandwich and some tasty Asian noodle dishes with a million dollar view.
Best Maui Cheap Eats for Hawaiian Cuisine
Another great spot to get local Hawaiian cuisine and mingle with the locals. The portions are huge here. My favorites are the Fried Spam Musubi, their Hawaiian plate lunches and the Notorious B.I.G. Moco (hamburger, eggs, mushrooms, onions, spam, cheese, bacon, Portuguese sausage, fried rice). They have 2 locations Kihei and Kahalua. This is a great spot to get some food after you land in Maui or right before your flight.
Best Maui Cheap Eats Hidden Gem
Geste Shrimp Truck
If I had to choose one place as my favorite place to eat in Maui, it is hands down without a doubt is Geste Shrimp Truck. I probably eat at Geste 2 to 3 times everytime I am in Maui. The flavors are not something to be found in the Mainland. Each shrimp plate includes 12 pieces of shrimp, rice and crab potato mac salad. My fave is the definitely the Shrimp Scampi Plate which is basically shrimp cooked with butter and garlic. So simple yet so flavorful! Another fave is the Spicy Pineapple plate. Each plate runs $13. I might get stoned for saying this but I think the flavors here is better than Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck on Oahu! They close Mondays and Sundays. Cash Only!
Best Maui Cheap Eats for Poke
Foodland Farms has one of the best Ahi Poke in Maui. A poke bowl with white or brown rice is only $7! They have 10 different kinds of poke to try from. You can also buy just the poke per the pound and make several meals out of it.