Eating Sushi or Japanese food on Maui is a treat because there are many places to choose from. Most people that live on Maui have grown up eating sushi or spam musubi (Hawaii’s take on sushi), so you can trust me when I recommend these five dining options!
Sensei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar located in Kihei and also Kapalua was voted Best Sushi Bar by The Mau News in 2011. Their seafood selection is the freshest and tastes are very unique and flavored like no other restaurant on Maui. The Sensei restaurant in Kihei offers 50 percent off its menu for late-night dining, along with karaoke and delicious cocktails.
Kobe Japanese Steak House and Oku’s Sushi Bar on Dickenson St. in Lahaina made Honorable Mention by The Maui News in 2011. Kobe’s has been a landmark in Lahaina for 25 years so they must be doing something right. They have an impressive Teppanyaki and Sushi menu so you have quite a variety to choose from. Along with your meal you can order sake, Japanese beers or wine. After dinner, walk down Front Street and listen the the music, grab a beer at an open air bar, or simply people watch under the Banyan Tree.
Japengo is a casual restaurant located in the Hyatt Regency Maui in Kaanapali. You have the option to dine indoors or outdoors overlooking the hotel’s waterfalls and the famous Dig Me beach. They have a long list of sushi choices, along with salads, fish and meat entrees. Japengo uses locally grown fresh produce combined with exotic Pacific Rim ingredients. Bring your credit card because this place can be a bit pricey.
Tokyo Tei has been in Wailuku since 1934. It is a family restaurant with good prices and was voted Best Japanese Restaurant by The Maui News in 2011. It has also won other awards and has been featured in The NY Times. They are famous for their Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura.
Ichiban Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Kahului has very reasonable prices and a casual neighborhood restaurant. If someone in your party isn’t interested in Japanese or sushi dishes, they can order local Maui meals or American cuisine. The meals are delicious with the sushi freshly prepared daily.
So, if you want a good Japanese meal or sushi try one of these restaurants. Enjoy!
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