About Maui Thai Bistro
Brilliantly innovative Thai cooking on the world's favorite island! Chef Prakong brings her artisan's skills to Maui Thai Bistro, a contemporary (and kitsch-free) Thai restaurant in South Maui. Brilliant lunch fare includes exotic tomyum fried rice, kao mun gai (chicken rice w tangy sauce), kiawe-smoked ribeye fried rice, drunken rice noodles, a truly authentic padthai, and much much more. Dinner features Prakong's artisanal homemade curries with a modern island twist, including to-die-for dishes as macnut short ribs panang, seared ahi choochee, pineapple kua curry, and plenty more.
Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Kamaole Beach Park
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We will cater food for parties upwards of 20 in support Maui's wedding planners.
Plenty of free parking in Rainbow Mall and adjacent area lots.
BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Takeout
Maui Thai Bistro Ratings and Reviews
I was really pleased with the food quali ...
I was really pleased with the food quality at Maui Thai. Probably one of the best Thai food experiences I have had. Had the house curry with Shrimp that was simply delightful. Had a group of 7 others that also felt the same way. The service was decent but could be improved.
Honestly we were looking for a true Thai ...
Honestly we were looking for a true Thai restaurant which we don't believe this to be as the menu lacked the selection of Thai food that most good Thai restaurants offer. Instead they kind of offer a more upscale food with fewer selections and we prefer the more traditional Thai restaurants.
I had some of my best food here while di ...
I had some of my best food here while dining in Maui. The service was incredible, the atmosphere very friendly and reasonably priced. It doesn't look like much from the outside but the food is authentic and tasty. Great meal!!
Couple of hiccups, but food very good. ...
Couple of hiccups, but food very good. Ordered three appetizers, two of which we were informed, few minutes later, that they were out of. Was a little annoyed, but manager did come by and offer to pay for our opting for another choice. Nice gesture, though would have preferred original menu options.
Food came out quickly. We all had some type of noodle dish, which were all very good. Very good value, especially compared to other dining options on the island.
Decor not anything special. Gave kind of a more local feeling.
Entrees were tasty, but service was lack ...
Entrees were tasty, but service was lackluster. Took 20 minutes from the time we sat down until our order was taken. Then we learned that they were out of their famous appetizer (at 7 on a Monday). Also if you want rice, you have to order that separately. Then it took nearly 30 minutes to get our entree. And they weren't even busy - lots of open tables.
One of better and modern Thai restaurant ...
One of better and modern Thai restaurants in Maui. Their happy hour 4-6 is very nice. 2 for $14 appetizers and $5 mai tais, $1 off beer and wine. Love their green papaya salad and summer rolls for our happy hour appetizers. Delish!
This restaurant is tucked in the back of ...
This restaurant is tucked in the back of a strip shopping mall in Kihei, next door to the place that sells the cinnamon buns. It is actually in 2 rooms that join together--the dining room and then the bar area with more dining tables. Simply decorated, but nice. They have a good happy hour from 3-6. Mai tais are half off ($5 instead of $10) and they are delicious! They have a good bartender who knows what he is doing. Also a discount on wine and beer during happy hour. The appetizers are 2 for $14 during happy hour instead of $10 or so each. We had the turmeric potatoes (sort of like samosas), the fluted shrimp, and the chicken satay. Appetizer portions aren't that large, but everything is very fresh and beautifully presented. For entrees we had the pad thai with shrimp (comes with your voice of meat) and the eggplant with chicken. Both were delicious and very fresh. Portion size is larger with the entrees than with the appetizers. You must order rice separately--$3 for a larger bowl of rice that was more than enough for 2. Other reviewers have complained about the price of rice at this restaurant, but good quality jasmine rice is not cheap on Maui, so I didn't have a problem with the price. They only had one dessert--sticky rice with mango. It was so good! Our server said the chef reduced the coconut milk and sugar with the rice. The mango was in slices next to the scoop of coconut sticky rice--one of the best mangos I've ever had. Our server was very attentive and pleasant, and she gave us the kama aina discount without us asking--I didn't even realize they had a kama aina discount. We really enjoyed our meal at Maui Thai Bistro, and we will be back!
Charge too much for rice
The food is good but the portion is small. This restaurant charged $3 for a bowl of rice which is excessive and very overprice. Rice is cheap and there is no skill for cooking rice except put it in the rice cooker. So, there is no reason to charge customers so much for a bowl of rice. I would not go back to the restaurant for that.
Last dinner on Maui
We decided to try some Thai food for our last dinner on Maui, the place we were originally going to was closed on Monday's so we decided to give the Maui Thai Bistro a go. First let me say we were a party of 4 and I had never tried Thai food before, it took me a bit to find something on the menu that was a little adventurous but not completely out of my comfort zone... we started with mushroom spring rolls, calamari and shrimp toast, all 3 were delicious, for a main I ordered the Crispy Drunken Fish, and all I have to say is why did I wait so long to try Thai? There was a generous portion of panko breaded Mahi Mahi, over green beans in a drunken sauce that put just a little sweat on your lips, it was soooo good. My wifes pad Thai was also delicious...as a matter of fact there were no complaints at the table, my father picked up the check and said it was one of the more affordable meals we had on Maui. Also our waiter, I believe his name was Paco, was fantastic....so glad the other place was closed.
Good food, good prices, good find
The food here was really good - great flavors, fresh and you can ratchet the spice profile on dishes up or down.
My noodles came a little spicy (I asked for mild) and they replaced them immediately, no questions or balking. The medium spice curry I got was perfect, good heat, but not over the top.
The restaurant is in a strip mall in the back, so it seems a little random, but it's got a lot of tables and it's clean, well-lit, and the service is quick and attentive.
Prices are reasonable (for Maui) and I put this on my list of casual places to go back to in Kihei.
Great hidden gem in Kihei! Food was amaz ...
Great hidden gem in Kihei! Food was amazing and served fast. On the other hand, AC was too high and our side of the restaurant seemed a little less comfortable than the otherside where it was more lounge-like (no crying kids). Would definitely go back! Sign up for their newsletter and get a great promo offer for your first visit!!!
This is definitely a neighborhood gem. The food was outstanding, many selections and the happy hours options are not to be missed. It's nice to find a reasonably priced restaurant on the island that has great food. We will definitely return.
This place is awesome!
The food is FABULOUS. The setting is kind of ordinary, but you should definitely eat here now because they deserve a much better setting (although it's just fine as it is). Service is friendly and gracious and quick. The fish salad was super fresh tasting and my daughter's curry was delicious.
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