(UPDATED JUNE, 2019)
There are great taco trucks and carts on Maui that serve authentic and delicious Mexican food. But for this list, we’re only looking at places you can sit down and enjoy your meal. These five spots will hit the spot for those of you craving a little Mexican.
1.) Polli’s Mexican Restaurant (Makawao)
Located upcountry in Makawao, Polli’s is one of the few Mexican food places for which we’ll leave the beach. The food is just really good. We especially like the crisp beef tacos and the steak fajitas. Polli’s also has a great happy hour from 4:00 – 5:30 Monday thru Friday. If you’re headed upcountry, we recommend stopping by Komoda’s for some pastries for an “appetizer” and lunch at Polli’s. (Polli’s Mexican Restaurant)
2.) Acevedo’s Hawaicano Cafe (Kahului)
Acevedo’s is less than 10 minutes from the airport, so if you’re headed out or just coming in, Acevedo’s is a good place to stop. They serve classic Mexican food dishes but fused with Hawaiian flavors. The combination makes Acevedo’s a uniquely Hawaiian/Mexican joint. The food tastes fresh and is dished out by a friendly staff. Beyond the Mexican food, they serve local favorites like loco moco and fish and chips. The daily specials are also fantastic. (Acevedo’s Hawaicano Cafe)
3.) Milagros (Paia)
Located in the heart of Paia, Milagros is popular with locals and visitors. Though they are more southwestern cuisine than Mexican, we feel fine about putting them on this list. Our favorite item, which is only available for dinner, is the wet carne asada. A luscious, large steak burrito, topped with enchilada sauce. So ono! Milagros also has a nice children’s menu, making it an ideal location for a family meal. (Milagros)
4.) Chilango’s Mexican Cuisine (Lahaina)
Inexpensive (for Maui) with some of the friendliest service you’ll find in Lahaina, Chilango’s hits the spot if you’re on the hunt for cheap Mexican food on the west side. The portions aren’t big, but if you’re headed to the beach, maybe that’s a good thing! We stick with the classics when we order here, tacos and burritos, but if we’re feeling frisky, we get the carne asada plate. Chilango’s is open for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday closed on Sunday. (Chilango’s Mexican Cuisine)
5.) Frida’s Beach House (Lahaina)
Before you head in with your board shorts and flip-flops, be aware that Frida’s Beach House is a pretty nice, formal (for Maui) restaurant. Sure, you’ll be welcome in your beach gear, but don’t expect a $2 Taco Tuesday here. Instead, you’ll find a well thought out menu that runs the gamut from taco plates to grilled Spanish octopus. Open for lunch and dinner with happy hour between 3:00 – 4:30. (Frida’s Beach House)
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