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Why Mama's Fish House Is One of the Best Places to Eat

Hawaiin fish dish with asparagus and lemon

For many, trying a new type of cuisine is the most memorable part of a vacation. There’s nothing better than enjoying delicious, local dishes you can’t get at home! If you’re looking for authentic Hawaiian eats on Maui, look no further than Mama’s Fish House. This family-owned eatery has been an island institution for over 40 years. Whether you’re planning a romantic sunset dinner or a leisurely weekday lunch, a trip to this eatery is a must! Read on to find out why.

With a casual ambiance complemented by upscale cuisine, Mama’s Fish House is one of the most popular restaurants on Maui. Are you looking for even more island staples? Be sure to download our free Vacation Guide! This carefully curated guide has helped so many people plan the ultimate Hawaiian vacation. Use it for restaurant recommendations, guided tours, shopping destinations, and more!


What You’ll Experience at Mama’s Fish House

Relaxing Atmosphere

Mama’s Fish House is the perfect place to unwind with family and friends. It’s located on Maui’s North Shore and easily accessible from the Road to Hana. Much like the rest of the island, the service is friendly and laid back; there’s no dress code, and many guests opt for comfortable resort wear. Mama’s also boasts an eclectic mix of Polynesian antiques and offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Local Tip: Don’t forget to call ahead! Mama’s Fish House is often booked in advance. We recommend making a reservation at (808)-579-8488.


Fabulous Menu

Of course, the best thing about Mama’s Fish House is the food. Local fishermen bring their catch directly to the restaurant where it’s processed and served within 24 hours. The daily menu even lists the names of the fisherman. At Mama’s, you know the seafood is fresh!

Upon arrival, guests are treated to a loaf of homemade bread and butter and offered an appetizer of complementary poi. Poi is a traditional Hawaiian dish made from the fermented root of the taro plant. Then, choose from signature entrée options like Mama’s lobster and crab-stuffed fish, braised short ribs, and Makaweli Ranch tenderloin filet. (There’s usually a fresh vegetable option made with tempeh or tofu, too.) Be sure to save room for dessert; the Polynesian Black Pearl dish is an island staple and features chocolate passion fruit mousse inside an edible seashell. Yum!

Other Excellent Restaurants on Maui

We understand that a pricey meal isn’t always possible on vacation. Luckily, there are plenty of budget-friendly restaurants near our B&B! Check out one of these fine eateries and save your money for souvenirs or a guided tour instead.

  • A Saigon Café: Just minutes from our inn, A Saigon Cafe is Hawaii’s top-rated Vietnamese dining experience. Here, the atmosphere is casual, the food is delicious, and the wait staff keeps you laughing all night long!
  • The Mill House Restaurant: The Mill House takes farm-fresh food directly to the table. Choose from bites, chef plates, or garden/grain dishes for a high-quality meal that doesn’t break the bank
  • Miso Phat Sushi: Head to Miso Phat for the freshest sushi on Maui! From specialty rolls to vegetarian options, there’s truly something for everyone. Be sure to try the classic Miso Phat roll made with spicy tuna, unagi, and avocado.

Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

After a delicious meal, take an easy drive back to The Old Wailuku Inn and relax. Our B&B is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood and is a great alternative to generic beach hotels. You’ll love the warm hospitality and “Old Hawaii” feel that our inn is known for.

Are peace and privacy on your must-have list? Reserve one of our Garden Rooms and enjoy a bottle of wine on your own private lanai. Or, experience the cool, gentle breezes that envelop the Veranda Rooms. Each accommodation comes with a fresh, homemade breakfast in the morning.

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  • 2199 Kaho'okele Street Wailuku
    Maui, Hawaii 96793