Maui's hyper-local food scene and stunning scenery make it ideal for a romantic dinner with a view.

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It’s cliché, but true. Dinner tastes better with an amazing view.

If you’re searching for that ultimate vacation combo, Maui offers a hyper-local farm-to-table food scene with some truly amazing options for dining while watching a striking sunset over the ocean.

Here are five west-facing dinner destinations, where both the food and the view are spectacular, especially at sunset.

Frida’s Beach House

1287 Front St, Lahaina

Head to Frida’s Mexican Beach House, a hidden gem located in Lahaina, for the best Mexican fare on Maui. Opened in 2015 by Chef Mark Ellman, the menu includes authentic Mexican recipes including corn tortillas, pickled jalapenos and carnitas, as well as mezcal oyster shooters with tomato, cucumber and lime, all served in a relaxed setting.

Request a table by the open-air windows to get an unobstructed view of the ocean. The sun sets on bobbing boats tied up to Mala Wharf and blue ocean stretching for miles.

Merriman’s Kapalua

1 Bay Club Place, Lahaina

Its position on a rocky cliff above the surf, knowledgeable and friendly service, and seasonal Hawaiian regional cuisine make Merriman’s Kapalua one of the most memorable (and spendy) places to dine in Maui.

Take in the breathtaking views and stunning sunsets with a glass of vino on the lanai overlooking Kapalua Bay, or dine inside on mouthwatering main courses such as macadamia-nut-crusted mahi mahi or a 2-pound lobster and local sweet-corn enchiladas.

Morimoto Maui, in Wailea, is owned by star chef Masaharu Morimoto. (Andaz Hotel )
Morimoto Maui, in Wailea, is owned by star chef Masaharu Morimoto. (Andaz Hotel )

Morimoto Maui

3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei

It doesn’t get much better than thoughtful sushi preparations from Morimoto Maui, a restaurant located in the Andaz Hotel in Wailea owned by award-winning culinary star-chef Masaharu Morimoto. Order dishes with an exciting American spin on Japanese classics, such as hamachi tartare, tuna pizza or braised black cod with ginger-soy reduction, all served up in an unforgettable setting.

Request an outdoor table on the terrace for expansive Pacific Ocean views. For special-occasion splurges, opt for the “chef’s choice,” the best way to taste much of the menu.

Trilogy’s Captains Sunset Dinner Sail is a way to experience fine dining on the water. (Trilogy)
Trilogy’s Captains Sunset Dinner Sail is a way to experience fine dining on the water. (Trilogy)

Trilogy Captains Sunset Dinner Sail

Lahaina or Malaaea

What better way to soak in a Maui sunset than to do so on the water? Set sail for an evening with Trilogy cruises. Depart from one of two locations, either in Lahaina or Malaaea, for the Deluxe Kaanapali Sunset Sail, complete with appetizers and cocktails, or the Captains Sunset Dinner Sail, which includes sdishes such as pan-seared rosemary and garlic crusted steaks. Move onto a trio of lilikoi cheesecake, fresh strawberries, and dark-chocolate truffles for dessert.

Make sure to book these cruises early, as they can fill up fairly fast during peak seasons.

Sarento’s On The Beach

2980 S. Kihei Roadd, Kihei

Beachside dining at Sarento’s On The Beach offers direct views of the vast blue ocean and neighboring islands Molokini, Lanai and Kaho’olawe in a fine-dining setting.

Here, you’ll find classic Italian combined with island-inspired flavors including island snapper “acqua pazza,” as well as osso buco. Reserve a table by the beach to get the best view for sunset, or to sneak out onto the sand to snap pictures between courses.