In a nutshell: The absolute freshest fish (prepared or not) in West Maui.
Minuses: Closes early.
Sound-bite: “I watched guys from a boat walk in and sell them their fish while I ordered!”
Fish Market Maui is a great escape from the pricey restaurants in the resort areas. This place is a non-assuming fish market and take-out joint in a strip mall north of Ka’anapali – so the ambiance isn’t what brings folks here – it’s the fresh fish! When we say fresh, we mean it – if you hang around, you’ll see it come in the door straight from the fishermen who just caught it. You’ll also see plenty of local residents coming in and out during lunch, and all day – always a good sign in a tourist area that the food is gonna be good.
The ono burger, oyster shooters and poke are favorites here, but they also have several non-fish dishes, like kalua pork, that are delicious.
Fish Market Maui got our #1 rating in two different categories because not only do they have among the best fresh fish for sale to the public, but they’ve also got killer, relatively inexpensive prepared food to eat-in or take-out.
Now, we must say that we’ve heard tourists grumble that this place isn’t really inexpensive. Well, my friend, welcome to Maui – nothing is inexpensive, and you definitely won’t get out of here spending under ten bucks a head. But I doubt you could do much better in price at the Safeway…and the quality – well, if you understand what quality is worth, this place is a square deal sitting smack in the middle of resort-inflated prices.
The Fish Market has a few indoor tables, and some outdoor seating – but the way we like to enjoy what these folks have to offer is at the beach. We always order to take-out, and sit down at one of the spectacular West Maui beaches to enjoy a tasty picnic lunch.
If you’re staying in a condo with a kitchen and plan on cooking during your vacation, super fresh uncooked fish is also available to take back with you.