Savoring Kula: Culinary Adventures in Upcountry Maui

Posted by Mapuana Andrade on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 at 2:14pm

Kula, known for its scenic beauty and lush landscapes, is not only a feast for the eyes but also a culinary haven. We invite you to embark on a delectable journey through some of Kula's finest dining experiences. From charming cafes to farm-to-table restaurants, Kula offers a diverse array of options that will tantalize your taste buds. Join us as we explore the flavors of this beautiful region.


Kula Bistro: A Taste of Italy in Upcountry

If you're craving a taste of Italy amidst the Hawaiian landscapes, look no further than Kula Bistro. Located at 4566 Lower Kula Road, this charming eatery offers a delectable fusion of Italian and local flavors. Indulge in dishes like freshly baked pizzas with toppings like prosciutto and arugula, hearty pastas such as the linguine with clams, or the famous Kula Bistro Salad, a local favorite. Check out their menu.

Open Daily

Breakfast: 7:30am – 10:15am

Lunch & Dinner: 11am – 8:00pm

Mondays: Closed for Breakfast, Open for Lunch & Dinner


Restaurant Marlow: A Culinary Gem in Kula

Restaurant Marlow is a hidden gem in Kula, offering a diverse menu inspired by local ingredients and global flavors. Located at 990 Kula Hwy, the restaurant's commitment to sourcing fresh, locally grown produce ensures that every dish bursts with flavor. Whether you're in the mood for the signature white or red pizza pies, the mouthwatering cioppino, or vegetarian delights like the roasted root veg, Restaurant Marlow has something to satisfy every palate. Explore their menu.

7am - 11am daily

Quick service breakfast (open at 8am on sunday, coffee served until 2pm daily)


Kula Lodge: A Scenic Culinary Retreat

Nestled on the slopes of Haleakalā at 15200 Haleakala Hwy, Kula Lodge boasts breathtaking panoramic views and a cozy ambiance. The lodge's restaurant offers a diverse menu with options like fresh fish, savory steaks, and vegetarian dishes. Don't miss their Sunday brunch, a local favorite, featuring dishes like Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce or the Kula Lodge Loco Moco, a Hawaiian classic. View their menu.

8am – 2pm

Wednesday through Sunday


La Provence: A Taste of France in Kula

For an authentic taste of France in the heart of Kula, visit La Provence, located at 3158 Lower Kula Rd. This charming boulangerie and patisserie serves up mouthwatering French pastries like croissants and éclairs, sandwiches such as the Croque Monsieur, and quiches. Pair your meal with a cup of expertly brewed coffee or tea, and savor a delightful European escape in Maui. 

8am – 2pm

Wednesday through Sunday


Maui Bees Farm: Coffee and Bites on the Go

For a quick caffeine fix and delicious bites on the go, Maui Bees Farm in Kula is your go-to spot. Start with their locally roasted coffee, known for its rich flavor and aromatic notes. Explore a selection of sandwiches, wraps, and pastries made with locally sourced ingredients. Head over to see what’s fresh from the kitchen as it could be anything from gluten free brown-butter salted chocolate chip cookies, sourdough apple-pear cinnamon rolls, sourdough babaganoush or tomato focaccia. Maui Bees Farm is also a haven for honey enthusiasts, offering various honey products, snacks, and honey-infused body care items. If you have a moment to spare, enjoy your coffee and bites at their scenic outdoor seating areas amidst the lush surroundings. Check out their menu and hours of operation and visit their farm at 150 Pulehunui Rd, Kula, Maui.

8:30am - 5pm

Tuesday through Saturday


Mahalo Aleworks: Craft Beer and Gourmet Bites

Easily accessible from all upcountry destinations, just off Kula Highway in the Kulamalu Town Center, you can find Mahalo Aleworks right behind Marlow Restaurant! Mahalo Aleworks is a craft brewery that offers a variety of delicious handcrafted beers. Their taproom is a great place to unwind and try unique beer flavors. Plus, they often host food trucks with offerings like gourmet burgers, artisanal pizzas, and flavorful tacos to accompany your beer tasting experience. You can also order food from across the street at Restaurant Marlow and have it brought to the taproom! 

10am - 9pm

7 Days a Week 


Grandma's Coffee House: A Kula Classic

For a true taste of Kula's coffee culture, visit Grandma's Coffee House. This local institution has been serving up freshly roasted coffee for generations. Enjoy a cup of their renowned coffee alongside a hearty breakfast with classics like Coconut-Crusted Punalu'u Sweet Bread French Toast or Grandma's Famous Chili Cheese Omelet. Nestled beside the fantastic Keokea Park, at 9232 Kula Highway, discover their menu or order online! 

7am - 2pm

Monday through Saturday 

Crema Maui: Coffee and Comfort

Located in Kula's charming commercial center, Crema Maui offers a welcoming atmosphere and a menu featuring artisanal coffee, freshly baked pastries, and light fare. It's the perfect spot to start your day with a great cup of coffee and a pastry like the almond croissant, or to enjoy a relaxing afternoon pick-me-up with their savory quiches. Check out their full menu and address!

6:30am - 1pm

Monday through Saturday

6:30am - 11am



Nui's Garden Kitchen: A Farm-to-Table Experience

Nui's Garden Kitchen is a farm-to-table gem in Kula, known for its commitment to sourcing locally grown, organic ingredients. Their menu changes with the seasons, ensuring that you enjoy the freshest flavors of Maui. Savor dishes like the Chicken Curry, Beef Mas mum, or the Kiawe BBQ Maui Beef short ribs. The tranquil garden setting adds to the overall experience, making it a must-visit for food enthusiasts. See their full menu here and directions to their food truck

10am - 5pm

Every Day 


Ocean Vodka Cafe: Sip and Savor in Upcountry Kula

For a taste of paradise with a touch of the ocean, make your way to the Ocean Vodka Cafe in Upcountry Kula, Maui. Located in this scenic upcountry area, it's the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the ocean.

Indulge in their infamous Ocean Vodka, a locally-produced spirit known for its pure and sustainable distillation process. You can also explore their handcrafted cocktails made with the finest ingredients, giving you a taste of Maui. The menu at Ocean Vodka Cafe offers a delightful selection of dishes that pair perfectly with your drinks. From their Ocean Poke Nachos, and Mo'Bettah Carbonara Pizza to delectable vegetarian options like the Lapa'au Garden Salad, there's something for every palate.

11:30 to 7:00 pm

Every Day 


From the charming Italian flavors of Kula Bistro to the hidden gem of Restaurant Marlow, the culinary gems in Kula will satisfy even the most discerning taste buds. Whether you're sipping Ocean Vodka cocktails in the serene upcountry setting, enjoying handcrafted beers at Mahalo Aleworks, or savoring the freshly roasted coffee at Grandma's Coffee House, each eatery in this guide offers a unique dining experience.


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