Mama's Fish House

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
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  • Sang Yoon C.
    Sang Yoon ChoAugust 22, 2016
    Mahi-mahi was so nice. You can taste it with pineapple sauce and butter based sauce which was around the fish. Outside the restaurant is ocean view and you can have your meal with the fantastic view!
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJuly 13, 2016
    Pricey but worth it. Delicious cocktails, memorable entrees like the stuffed mahi and curry, and appetizers including ono in a coconut. Beautiful view and great service. Come for lunch to soak it in.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AragonMay 11, 2013
    Def get the Beef Polynesian to start. You can't go wrong with any of their fresh fish but I love the sashimi & a bowl of spicy mahi mahi soup. Oh, don't forget a Mai Tai or Scorpion cocktail!
  • Julie L.
    Julie Logue-RiordanDecember 23, 2012
    Get a table w/an ocean view. It is expensive but excellent food and service. Loved the grilled octopus, and the Mahi Mahi stuffed with local crab and lobster, chocolate pie w/chocolate caramel crust
  • Jason
    JasonJune 9
    This was absolutely one of the two best restaurants on the island. Merrimans was terrific as well. Comparing Mai Tai's, sorry, Merriman's takes the cake but Mama's has amazing dishes.
    Upvoted Jul 21
  • Wael H.
    Wael HazzaziNovember 24, 2012
    This is by far the best restaurant in Maui and maybe even Hawaii, try anything. Everything is good and feel free to come more than once since the menus change almost daily.
  • Barry B.
    Barry BloomAugust 26, 2015
    Always a treat to eat at this spot, although it was steamy in the open air restaurant. Enjoyed the macadamia nut crusted crab cakes, roasted duck and homemade mango ice cream. Guava & rum below.
  • James H.
    James H.January 22, 2016
    The food is good and fresh. The place is packed but at Paris three star prices we need to review in that light. Plan on cocktail, wine, appetizer, main and dessert about $160 per person with gratuity
  • James H.
    James H.January 22, 2016
    Mahi was very fresh and delicious but the plate did not look classy. It is hard for a kitchen to maintain excellence with the number of guests being served. At $52 and people waiting. Amazing.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CNovember 19, 2016
    The Mahi mahi and Traditional Hawaiian are top notch. Try the poi, you might like it. Go all out and order the black pearl- you'll be hard pressed to eat a prettier treat
  • Ashley 🎀
    Ashley 🎀July 17, 2013
    Came in knowing it was expensive, and it definitely did not disappoint!! Amazing fresh dishes. Calamari was fabulous and the deserts were yummy. Will come here again... And again! (Best view too)
  • Sung H.
    Sung HwangJanuary 10, 2016
    It was the highlight of my family's trip to Maui. Get the calamari appetizer, it is something unforgettable you wouldn't have expected. Got Ceviche, oysters, and a whole fried fish and mahimahi.
  • Pavan K.
    Pavan KulkarniSeptember 3
    Outstanding service ambiance and food. Worth every dollar you spend. The mahi mahi Penang curry is great. The crab guac with chips appetizer is good too. The drinks were ok but a little pricey
  • John G.
    John GraukeJanuary 29
    Fresh fish, wonderfully prepared. Great service in a beautiful location. The free flowing architecture of the fish house with its windows, wood work and roofing are a visual meal.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkSeptember 30, 2013
    If you have the cash to spend, this place is a MUST! I had the stuffed Mahi and it was fabulous. Loved the beach outside and the sunset with an incredible rainbow was a perfect ending to our dinner.
  • Albert L.
    Albert LDecember 29, 2014
    Amazingly fresh fish, great decor, and stunning private beach. Must go in Maui! Dinner completely booked between Christmas and NYD while we were here. But lunch has the same menu, plus a sunny beach!
  • hooeyspewer ..
    hooeyspewer .August 16, 2014
    Wonderful seafood and gorgeous views. Fresh fish daily. The fishermen and the fish catch locations are noted on the menu as part of the dish descriptions. Nice little beach in front with tide pools.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MetcalfDecember 4, 2013
    This is the best place to eat in Maui. I can honestly say this is one of the top 5 restaurants I've ever eaten at - includes restaurants in New York, Paris, and Istanbul. Just go and enjoy.
  • joahnna
    joahnnaJuly 28, 2015
    Pretty much everything is delicious! I especially enjoyed the local wild venison. I also love the fact that they indicate where your fish/meat is coming from!
  • Комманданте   Ч.
    The ocean is right there! It means that seafood must be fresh, delicious and cheep. It is fresh, it is very well prepared. But this is just fresh seafood and those prices are absolutely unjustified.
  • Christian E.
    Christian ElgartAugust 17, 2014
    The sashimi app is delicious, but leaves you wanting more. Tomato and Maui onion salad was wonderful, have a bed of lettuce added. We split the Panang Curry and it was superb, enough to share.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LombardiDecember 26, 2015
    The best seafood we've ever had. You will want to try anything caught locally. Try the sashimi too! The cocktails are good, I recommend the Plantation Punch.
  • Lauren D.
    I know it's called Mama's fish house but the short rib was among the best I've ever had. I'd recommend all of the apps! Shared a bunch and then split the short ribs and it was 👌🏻👌🏻
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen MonhartJanuary 16, 2014
    Gorgeous view, excellent service giving us complimentary soup to start and a coconut desert to end! Start with the lobster guac and get the macadamia crusted mahi stuffed with crab and lobster!
  • Martina D.
    Martina De SiervoAugust 12, 2015
    The restaurant is amazing and beautiful. I guess that it's the best place to eat in Maui. The dishes are delicious and the fish is fresh. Unfortunately is also expensive, but I don't have regrets!
  • Mark G.
    Mark GrahamJanuary 25, 2013
    The Hawaiian sampler was heavenly. It has a little bit of something for everyone: Mahimahi, wild boar, sweet potatoes, bananas, octopus luau, poi and more. Highly recommended, esp. w/chili water.
  • Maggie L.
    Maggie LeVineSeptember 27, 2014
    First off, I am not a seafood person, but those prawns with vanilla... OMG - so good! Beautiful view of the bay too! Reservations are a must - at least a couple weeks ahead for dinner. We went for lun
  • Dano S.
    Dano SaylesJanuary 16, 2014
    Reserve a seat close to the cove during sunset. Order a tropical drink, a few appetizers, some opakapaka and stuffed Maui for entrees, and experience one of the best dining experiences on island!
  • James H.
    James H.January 22, 2016
    Creme brûlée was very good with lilikoi crust. Dessert are $15 so plan on a full dinner at about $160 per person with drink, simple wine and gratuity.
  • James H.
    James H.January 22, 2016
    Seared ahi was a $56 special. It was good and fresh but definitely not served in the style and environment of the price commanded. Hats off to Christensen family for mining gold at Mama's
  • Kari P.
    Kari PettitJanuary 22, 2014
    Food was awesome. Be prepared to not be in a budget. May have been one of the best meals we ever had. Mahi mahi and crab cakes were amazing. Awesome service too!!! Fast and super friendly.
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerSeptember 25, 2014
    Get the Beef Polynesian (appetizer), the Stuffed Mahimahi (entree), and the Polynesian Black Pearl (dessert). It's expensive, but the food and the service were spectacular! Oh, better book in advance.
  • Mary
    MaryOctober 29, 2013
    Amazing food. Albeit very pricy. Amazing asparagus or onion soup.Mama's salad is large&delightful.Main courses of mahimahi w-stuffed lobster or pork tenderloin encrusted w/macadamia nuts ..both A++
  • Chris S.
    Service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Can't forget the Mai Tai's either. If you have plans to visit Maui and want to go to Mama's, remember to make your reservation well in advance.
  • Kristian
    KristianDecember 15, 2016
    You can safely go with their recommendations. My party of two tried a couple different apps and entrees and with everything being same-day catch, it's simply fish/seafood heaven.
  • Jan F.
    Jan FreemanSeptember 20, 2016
    You HAVE to eat here! Make a reservation. Everything on menu is fantastic. Faves: shrimp wontons, mahi mahi, coconut porter, chocolate pie - get it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • John
    JohnNovember 29, 2012
    I'm not even kidding, the octopus & coconut milk dish on the Hawaiian feast entree may be the best thing I've ever eaten. Creamy, sweet, and with the most tender bits of octopus...absolutely unreal.
  • Niki Katherine H.
    Niki Katherine HolmesOctober 9, 2011
    Sashimi! All of the raw/rare fish dishes simply melt in your mouth like butter. Their Mai Tai is not too sweet, which I loved. Get rez 1 hour before sunset, watch the day fade into night. Worth the $.
  • Doreen S.
    Doreen SimmonsJuly 8, 2015
    OMG! Having a wonderful time here at Momma's Fish House. Excellent food. My Mahimahi stuff with lobster and shrimp, perfect! From the moment we were greeted, seated, and served this place gets a 10
  • Bill
    BillMarch 20
    Get the stuffed mahi mahi. Let people at your table try a bite and they'll be supremely jealous. Don't let them try it and you'll get all of the best meal in Maui for yourself
  • sarah s.
    sarah scottJune 26, 2013
    So many people told me to go here, we went twice on our trip. Both times it was outstanding. The lobster guacamole and the macadamia crusters mahi mahi stuffed with crab and shrimp :)
  • Christian E.
    Christian ElgartAugust 17, 2014
    Sashimi app is outstanding, but leaves you wanting more. Tomato and Maui onion salad was amazing, but add a bed of lettuce. The Panang Curry was superb, enough for two to split.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerSeptember 7, 2014
    Beautiful location, gorgeously beautiful restaurant. Sashimi is a must ($26.00) - fresh, delicate and absolutely delicious. Mahimahi and Ahi in sautéed in Panang curry and coconut - best
  • Sean W.
    Sean WrayApril 14, 2012
    One of the most amazing restaurants I have ever experienced (& I am a travel consultant). A true toss up between Mama's & Humuhumu's for best dinner on Maui. You will not be disappointed.
  • Maui---It's All About Lifestyle
    Even without a reservation Mama's Fish House will accommodate. Ask for a spot at the bar and enjoy a Mai Tai (or two!) with some Pupus. Read more
  • Hisun K.
    Hisun KimNovember 29, 2012
    Easier to get a reservation around 8:30pm. And they don't get new seating after 9pm. Not cheap but super nice fresh fish dishes with local catch. I'll go back next time we are in Maui.
  • Tish M.
    Tish MAugust 31, 2011
    One of the best dining experiences I've had in my life. Everything from the food to the service to the ambience- it was all perfect. I'm actually moving my wedding from TX to Maui so we can eat here.
  • Angela Z.
    Angela Z.June 1
    Get the house special ceviche and the mahi mahi! It really is a special occasion type of place. Cocktails we had were awesome!
  • Haley B.
    Haley BMarch 5, 2015
    The panang curry, crab cakes & tomato/Maui onion salad are all fantastic. This place is a real gem, book well in advance of your trip to get a decent reservation time.
  • Tim Y.
    Tim YackleDecember 9, 2016
    The service and food were impeccable. My wife had popio steamed in a delicate ginger/green onion and soya preparation. Best fish we can recall eating. Definitely highly recommend.
  • typhoondeb
    typhoondebDecember 26, 2011
    Thumbs up on wasabi crusted calamari - the perfect amount of wasabi without being overpowering. Our server suggested splitting the ahi salad entree as an appetizer over the lobster guac & it was great
  • Dorian
    DorianOctober 19, 2014
    Creme brûlée is spectacular. Crab cakes and lobster guac were good but very expensive. We had the special fish I don't remember the name but very good. Drinks are very expensive but good also.
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Exclusive ResortsDecember 22, 2011
    Wow. A favorite restaurant on Maui. Location and view are spectacular, the menu was superb. Get the lobster guacamole and Ahi, Ono and Mahimahi sautéed in Panang Curry and coconut milk entree.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LoprestiJuly 13, 2014
    We had the taco salad with fish and the fish tacos. Food was fresh and delicious. Good portions. Definitely try it if you're looking for something on the healthier side.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CampbellNovember 23, 2014
    Incredible views and super fresh fish. The menu states the fisherman who caught the fish that morning and where they were caught.
  • Erica B.
    Erica BowmanMay 18, 2016
    Pricey but just an amazing meal. Get the Mac nut crusted crab stuffed Mahi.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HarinsteinMay 10, 2013
    Get the stuffed mahi mahi and the coconut curry plate. Service is just as good as any fine seafood restaurant in a city...only with a much better view and fresher fish.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GoldmanAugust 12, 2012
    Probably the best steak and lobster tail I have ever had!! We also shared the wasabi calamari and it was amazing. Not chewy at all. If you're in Maui, you MUST go here!!
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandSeptember 16, 2011
    The stuffed mahi mahi was the freshest fish I.have ever had. The kuau chocolate pie- think a twix bar with a thick mousse, and crack sprinkled inside: Amazing. Thought I had no room left for it #wrong
  • Kavian M.
    Kavian MilaniOctober 12, 2013
    It is the best place to visit in Maui beautiful scenery, ambience and amazing food!! Not cheap but definitely worth it.
  • Dave R.
    Dave ReedJuly 28, 2016
    Literally every single thing here is amazing, all the courses, views, drinks, views, vibes, views, service, did I mention views?
  • Tina Hui T.
    Tina Hui Tina HuiJune 1, 2011
    Mama's Fish House is a must visit if you're on the island of Maui. Hawaii perfection. Relaxing, beautiful, delicious food, strong cocktails and a private beach in a picture perfect setting.
  • jfeiv
    jfeivJuly 16, 2011
    Awesome views and food, book well in advance. Research sunset time and make rezzie around then. Recommended apps: calamari and salmon, ahi, ono. Have sectioned private table for special occassions.
  • Brett M.
    Brett MurioAugust 12, 2015
    Great service and food, but pricey. Get there early to take pics, then take your time at dinner. Drinks are tasty, apps are tempting, entrees are delish!
  • Alida S.
    Alida SalinasJune 19, 2015
    Try the Mahi Mahi stuffed with crab and lobster, the oysters, and the sashimi appetizer. You won't regret it!
  • Erin S.
    Erin Schulte SwansonFebruary 12, 2012
    Best seafood I have ever had! Everyone at the table loved their food, the ambiance was eclectic and intimate, and we were able to take some great photos on the beach!
  • Josh S.
    Josh SingerJanuary 23, 2015
    The Opakapaka is delicious! Stuffed with crab and lobster, mmmmm! Thoroughly enjoyed calamari, prawns, and other fish. In short, best seafood I have ever had 😋.
  • Katie G.
    Katie GallagherMay 1, 2012
    Fish is extremely fresh as it is caught daily. Very cool that the fisherman's name and the location the fish was caught is listed! Fantastic view, food, staff, and drinks!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BellJuly 24, 2016
    Best restaurant in Maui! Mahimahi is the signature dish, but the Ono and Thai curry are also fantastic!
  • RC
    RCJanuary 23
    This place gets packed! Make reservations or you'll wait. It's expensive but worth it. Great atmosphere and service. The food is excellent for a touristy spot.
  • Joey G.
    Joey GalloNovember 2, 2016
    Everything here is stellar. We absolutely loved the sashimi trio appetizer. If you're a creme brûlée fan, theirs is a MUST. Probably the best I've had!
  • Maui Seaside Hotel
    Maui Seaside HotelJune 26, 2012
    Right passed the quaint town of Paia is this grand restaurant. The fish is fresh, the meat is tender—but all is shadowed by the ambience of this restaurant that sits on a private lagoon.
  • Dana C.
    Dana CulbertsonOctober 31, 2014
    Been here every year we come to the island. The food, presentation, service and ambiance first class. A must go to for everyone who comes to Maui.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.August 5, 2015
    The crab and lobster stuffed macadamia encrusted mahi mahi has been prepared the same way since Mama's first opened in 1973. There's a reason why. Try it.
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BlueSeptember 13, 2012
    Really expensive but worth it, especially if you just landed at OGG (about 15-20 minutes away). They stop serving lunch around 2:30 so try to get in before then. Otherwise you'll hit the dinner rush.
  • James H.
    James H.January 22, 2016
    Polynesian beef starter in a grilled papaya half that was not quite ripe. Good taste but at $26 app it would find customers more demanding at most great places.
  • Vivian B.
    Vivian BakalOctober 6, 2013
    The Banana Mac nut crisp is the absolute BEST thing I have EVER tasted! In fact, everything we ate here was delicious, but be prepared to spend some serious cash here. It's incredibly pricey.
  • typhoondeb
    typhoondebDecember 26, 2011
    We booked a lunch rez on Open Table & our experience lived up to the hype - the view, food, service & atmosphere. Never expected to see kite surfers & crashing waves like on the North Shore.
  • Douglas A.
    Douglas AllenSeptember 9, 2016
    Mama's Fish House is well worth the trip. If you're not able to get a dinner reservation (they are tough to get), then go at lunch time!
  • Nate L.
    Very expensive. Great food. The ceviche and crab guacamole were awesome. The stuffed mahi mahi was great. We also had then Ahi which was good but not the best.
  • Keri G.
    Keri GarelFebruary 26, 2015
    Stellar food, lovely cocktails, and phenomenal views make this a must-visit. Make room for it in your budget. I swear it's worth the splurge.
  • Markus I.
    Markus IofceaNovember 16, 2016
    A great place for dinner. Reserve in advance. The staff is friendly and very professional. I had the Mahmahi and it was fantastic. Very pricy though.
  • Constantin K.
    Constantin KDecember 28, 2014
    Fish is fresh and excellent. Staff is great, view is amazing. Cocktails are surprisingly stiff :). This joint needs to be on your todo list.
  • Ant M.
    Ant ManSeptember 9, 2014
    Gorgeous view, tasty food and great cocktails, this place should be on top of your list if you're visiting Maui. Try the crab guacamole.
  • Tamara S.
    Tamara StillmanOctober 23, 2010
    Go with friends so you can try everything! A MUST: Opakapaka in coconut milk and lime, Seared Beef Polynesian served in a ripe papaya, Lobster guacamole and MahiMahi stuffed with Lobster and Crab
  • Ami K.
    Ami K-MMay 22, 2014
    Had a wonderful view right next to the window. Ever item we ordered was amazing. Be sure to save room for dessert, it's worth it.
  • harryh
    harryhMay 23, 2013
    Especially if you're also going to a Luau on your Hawaiian vacation, skip the Traditional Hawaiian sampler and go for one of the fish dishes. The variety isn't really worth it.
  • IsWind
    IsWindSeptember 23, 2012
    There is no better place on Maui for fresh fish and pacific rim dining. Some say it's expensive, but not any more than any other hotel or other like places. The best ambiance/service/food here.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    This fish house opened when no one went out to eat fish - and today, this is where they go. The daily menu tells you where, how, and who caught the fish, and the side dishes are perfect matches.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 25, 2014
    First class establishment - good drinks, lobster guacamole and taro chips, mahi mahi stuffed with lobster and crab, our server Lacy was great
  • DeDe M.
    DeDe MantockDecember 12, 2014
    Mahi Mahi stuffed with lobster & crab...signature dish! Grilled asparagus and wild rice sides. The Relaxer-a signature drink is Yummy!!
  • Keri R.
    Keri RobinsonNovember 29, 2010
    one of my favorite restaurants. love their seared beef polynesian for an appetizer. every entree i've had is amazing (last time ordered the ahi). for dessert, order the polynesian black pearl.
  • Diana P.
    Diana PfaffAugust 30, 2012
    Table at the front a must for lunch! Amazing view, waiting on lobster stuffed mahi mahi per tips on here.
  • Heather J.
    Heather JohnJuly 27, 2013
    Best ambiance & delicious food! Highly recommend the mahi mahi stuffed with crab & lobster. A must visit if you're on the island.
  • Crystal R.
    Crystal RachelleMarch 14, 2013
    Phenomenal view and even better food. The stuffed mahi mahi and Polynesian black pearl are musts.
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiJune 24, 2011
    Not cheap, but phenomenal. All the fish is FRESH and cooked perfectly (a true art.) Great for location for photos too! Read more
  • Steve B.
    Steve BourneAugust 1, 2016
    What a great experience! The cocktails were refreshing and the food every bit as good as described. Make sure to leave room for dessert!
  • Dmitry W.
    Dmitry WitmanMay 9, 2013
    This place has really amazing seafood. Tuna sashimi is just incredible, service - close to outstanding. Highly recommended, especially on sunset.
  • Alice
    AliceMarch 27, 2013
    this place is awesome! the food, the service, everything is just right. it's a definite must visit. order everything. and get a cocktail.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WymanJanuary 4, 2013
    Amazing meal. So impressed with the starters and small dishes that I would recommend foregoing an entree for even more of these delicacies!
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