Makawao Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Makawao

April 15, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Makawao is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 7,184 at the 2010 census. Located on the rural northwest slope of Haleakala on East Maui, the community is known for being the hub of the "Upcountry", a part of the island dominated by mostly agriculture and ranch land.
Things to do in Makawao

1. T Komoda Store & Bakery Incorporated

3674 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-7500 Takeout, Parking Available Breakfast +1 808-572-7261
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 416 reviews

T Komoda Store & Bakery Incorporated

Reviewed By pudman43 - Vancouver, BC

This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside are baked treasures you won't soon forget. Get here long before closing (check their hours first), as the best of the baked items sell out fast. We had the little donuts on a stick (can't recall their name), but WOW they were amazing, left the whole family wishing we'd bought more!!!

2. Makawao Garden Cafe

3669 Baldwin Ave # 1101, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9546 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch +1 808-573-9065
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Makawao Garden Cafe

Reviewed By Lydia G - Ojai, California

This charming cafe is usually open Mon-Sat from 11am - 3pm. You'll find it on Baldwin, but in between some shops. So it's off the street and offers cozy outdoor or indoor seating. They have sandwiches and salads with options of a half or whole-size. I had a half Curry Chicken Salad which was just right for a light lunch. Fresh greens and moist chicken breast chunks. Friendly, kind, sincere service. A sweet place.

3. Sip Me

3617 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9546 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 808-573-2340
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Sip Me

Organic Espresso, Coffee, Juice, Tea & Treats. Maui's premiere coffee shop, and community hangout, with 4 locations. Indulge in all organic treats from Sip Me's own Executive Chef Consuelo Bronick, that includes vegan and gluten-free options as well. Refresh yourself with Sip Me's own exclusive cold-press juice line, and get ready for your day with our award-winning bean blends that make up the perfect European style award-winning latte's, and cappuccino's, as well as a full espresso menu. Want wi-fi? Any Sip Me location is your place! //Maui Locations: Flagship @ 3617 Baldwin Ave. Makawao, HI 96768 Sip Me @ Consuelo's Kitchen 115 Baldwin Ave. Paia, HI 96779 Espresso Bar @ 106 Hana Hwy. Paia, HI 96779 Drive-through & Headquarters @ 7 E Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 with 1500 sq feet of client seating. Serving up every cup with love, and pride! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By Sue R - Silverton, Oregon, United States

I almost don't want the world to know...because every time we are on the drive up to Makawao I think.."what if there are no more chocolate croissants"..and if I tell the world how good they are...there might not be. But...I love this coffee shop-the servers are so welcoming and friendly and it is so worth the drive (and worry!). We have been there twice since we got here and it will always be a stop when we are on Maui! The town is a fun place to shop and visit and this is a must (but please leave at least two croissants for us)!

4. Polli's Mexican Restaurant

1202 Makawao Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9522 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 26 +1 808-572-7808
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 531 reviews

Polli's Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By Krisinseattle - Seattle, Washington

We ducked in here after touring art studio tours in the Upcountry area of Maui. My chili relleno was just fair, and our chicken enchilada boring. Nothing a good dose of hot sauce couldn't enliven and the cold Modelo helped immensely! Portions were generous. Environment was lively and the service friendly.

5. Rodeo General Store

3661 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9546 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +1 808-572-1868
Excellent
55%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Rodeo General Store

Reviewed By magicmomentfamily - Wyoming

We went into this little store because we wanted to try their homemade gelato. The nice lady there was very patient with us as she let us try all of their delicious varieties. The store was really nice and neat and on the main street of Makawao, so it is easy to find and a quick stop. They offer many different types of quick bites that are perfect if you are on your way to or from Haleakala.

6. Casanova Italian Restaurant

1188 Makawao Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9448 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available Italian, Pizza, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 808-572-0220
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 490 reviews

Casanova Italian Restaurant

Often rated Best Italian restaurant in the State of Hawaii, and consistently voted Best Italian in Maui, Casanova is a staple of the lifestyle of Upcountry Maui since 1986. From early morning breakfast thru lunch and dinner and to late night clubbing and dancing on selected nights of the week, Casanova is the ritual destination of Maui residents and of visitors on their way back from Haleakala Crater. The Casanova experience is much more than its awards winning sumptuous authentic Italian cuisine. It's meeting and mingling with Maui folks in the very spot where they like to dine, meet and mingle. A must do when in Upcountry Maui.

Reviewed By Mina P - Inverkip, United Kingdom

, various artistic features and colourful plants that create a rather retro atmosphere. I went with a group for lunch and the buffet was satisfactory and well organized. Italian pasta and pies were dominant.
I haven't tried pizza. There are different sections and corners that give some privacy to the customers.

7. Habibi

3655 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9546 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 808-280-8551
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Habibi

Reviewed By tholmes15 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Stopped here on impulse on the drive back from Haleakala National Park. We love shwarma, so decided to give it a try. It was a drizzly day, so not many folks were there, so we had a quiet late lunch. Open-air dining, but a nice canopy protected us from the elements. Tasty, portions just right for us. Friendly staff. After lunch, we went across the street and picked up some donuts-on-a-stick for the next day's breakfast. It was also interesting exploring the little businesses in "downtown" Makawao. Loved exploring the cool, green uplands of Maui.

8. Pukalani Superette

15 Makawao Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-8836 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 808-572-7616
Excellent
55%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Pukalani Superette

Reviewed By MauiWorldTravelers - Hawai'i

Yay, I finally made it in! Because I don't live anywhere near this place, I never had a reason to go in, but we were in Pukalani so in I went.

THE STORE:
There's a few parking stalls fronting the store, with a newly added parking lot on the south side. The store is stocked with the usual grocery store offerings, on a much smaller scale of course. Aside from being a convenient stop, they're also known for their catering services and bento/plate lunch offerings, which is what I went in to try. I saw chow fun, chili fried chicken, and chicken adobo among the numerous selections.

FOOD:
Roast Pork - For a little of $8, I got a deceiving looking tray (in a good way) of about 8-10 slices of slightly tender, slightly firm pork over rice and smothered in a light brown turkey-like gravy that actually tasted pretty good, with a tiny helping of buttered canned corn. Good sized portion for the price, but not the best I've had.

Shoyu Chicken - $7 and change bought my spouse 2 tender pieces of bone-in skin-on thighs, done in a classic Hawaii shoyu sauce which was more savory than sweet, rice, and corn. Good, simple, and cheap.

SERVICE:
The male cashier check out was fast, though I didn't receive a simple greeting or thank you, just a price announcement. Really, is "Hi" and "Thank you" so hard to say?

A female associate was still re-stocking the plate lunches at the 2pm hour. They do sell a lot I'm guessing.

OVERALL:
Tasty homemade food, great prices & portion sizes. I'd definitely try more if I'm in the area!

9. Makawao Steak House

3612 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9547 Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Steakhouse Dinner +1 808-572-8711
Excellent
45%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 248 reviews

Makawao Steak House

Reviewed By 1969ok - Pukalani, Hawaii

We have loved this restaurant for decades and we really hope that the new owners and their commitment to local sources succeeds... But: the service as it is currently configured is a disaster. All these people running around doing what? The server apologizes for the wait and then obviously forgets to log in the drink order (no time for the food order because when queried we're told, featured menu items are not available and "will never be offered again") because the idle bartender polishes wine glasses for the next 20 minutes... Passing by, the server blames the further wait on the kitchen (it's a drink order). We ended up passing on the food but please, new owners, hire service consultants! I remember once upon a time seeing three cattle baron families in the dining room and at the same time the bar lounge being a packed, live action can't miss scene... You could ride herd on a classic, iconic gold mine that locals will live for. Or you could die on this site like everyone else has.

10. Bev Gannon Restaurants

900 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9711 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 808-572-2666
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Bev Gannon Restaurants

Reviewed By gapcmp - las vegas

The Hali'imaile General Store is simply a must for lunch or dinner while visiting Maui. We have dined here every visit to Maui for some years. Dinner, prior to our late flight from Kahului, was excellent. The trip to the airport is quite easy. The ribs and roasted duck coupled with the pineapple upside down cake were prepared and presented as one might expect from a fine restaurant. You will not go wrong at Bev Gannon's General Store.

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