The Paia Fish Market
The Paia Fish Market
The "line to the door" phenomenon should be an indicator of just how good the food is at this legendary North Shore restaurant. Started in 1989, the Paia Fish Market is famous for its delicious local catch seafood at very affordable pricing. Eat in, or take it to a nearby beach and watch the surf while you dine.
At a Glance:
Cuisine: Local Fish and seafood
Daily Hours of operation: Open 7 days a week
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Paia, Maui
Environment: self serve seating at large bench tables, lots of fish dcor and the atmosphere of an upbeat pirates galley where you might dine with locals or travelers from any part of the world.
The Paia Fish Market has tried and true fish preparations, specializing in charbroiled, Cajun, sauted methods of cooking the freshest fish on island. Whether as an entre, fish taco, or burger, you are eating was swimming yesterday, making this seafood a rare treat especially at the surprisingly affordable cost per plate.
Fear not all of you "not so much into fish" people, they also do great chicken, local beef, and vegetarian dishes. Great side dish options like fresh made slaw, salads, fries and potatoes make even the smaller plates very filling. A great beer and wine selection is featured making this a great place for entrees or appetizers, what we Hawaiians call "pupus".
Our staff recommendations:
Love the Cajun preparation, which is available on all the fish dishes. In particular, the Cajun Mahimahi Burger is a delicious favorite. If you prefer Fish without the bread, order the burger without the bun for a tasty portion of fish on the cheap.
A great trick to remember when entering the line at the Fish Market, look for open seating immediately and you can have just one person from your party hold your space in line. If the line is to the door, wait a half hour and the rush usually subsides. Usually busiest at peak meal times, but if you drop in before or after the rushes, you will find empty tables fit to seat a sports team. Even when there is a line, the speed of production here is astounding. Usually with wait times of 10 to 15 minutes on receiving most dishes, unless they are lined up to the door with all the tables full.
Phone: (808) 579 8030
Address: Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway corner in Paia, Maui
*Parking advice: At certain times of day the little town of Paia can be a parking zoo, but with patience or a small fee parking can be had near the Fish Market. Free public street side parking lines both sides of Baldwin Avenue and the Hana Highway, depending on the time of day. Afternoons into the early evening you may want to pay for parking at the private lot that has an entry through "Charley's" parking lot, enter via Hana Highway.