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Island Chef

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Road to Hana at mile marker 29, Nihiku Market Place, Hana, Maui, HI
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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love coconut and love coconut shrimp. Stopped by this stretch of shops to have a look and was tempted by coconut shrimps at Island chef. It was a mistake- the shrimps were actually nice if you remove all that overwhelming coconut batter. The fries were ok. For $20, it was not a good dish. There is an Artisan shop... More 

Thank yatfink
Redlands, California
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110 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We picked Island Chef Restaurant as our lunch stop and ordered Fish & Chips. The wait was too long considering the quality and the taste. We waited for around 45 minutes because a group had just stopped by right before us. The fish & chips was just ok.

Thank milespointstravelkom
Lahaina, Hawaii
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We were running late on the Road to Hana, most places were closed. We got the last (very large) plate of fish and chips. The fresh fish of the day was Blue Marlin, apparently straight out of the water. Very friendly and nice - gave us a couple extra pieces of fish, since we were sharing a meal. Would definitely... More 

Thank kdc1972
Toronto, Canada
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108 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Great choice to stop at, we came here and a guy popped out the back with a freshly caught Tuna and asked us if we want some? Food was fresh and a big enough portion to share, well worth waiting for!

Thank FreshInspector
Corsicana, Texas
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

We had the shrimp and fish platter with salad and rice and it was enough for us to split! Great shopping there next door. Local artist wares on display at great prices.

Thank julieteel
London, Ontario, Canada
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Travelling along the Road to Hana, stopped at a small cluster of roadside stands, Island Chef being among them. I am usually skeptical of food trucks and roadside businesses in regards to food preparation, quality, cleanliness...etc however there is a posted food inspection with a passing grade clearly visible on the front of the trailer. After a quick look around,... More 

Thank Hakimom
Regina, Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I spent three days in Hana, and after eating the okay food at high prices at the Ranch restaurant, the Island Chef was a welcome surprise. The coconut shrimp was excellent, we had coconut shrimp at three other places while on Maui, and Island Chef's were definitely the best. The prices and food quality was much better... More 

Thank Joel S
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

The Wok Seared Ahi special was fantastic and so was the Coconut Shrimp! Both of these were just as good as the fancy hotel in Hana at less than half the price!

Thank Emily B
Portland, Maine
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Stopped in on our way to Hana for a bite to eat and to break up the drive. We shared some fish&chips and coconut shrimp. Hubs still thinks about the massive coconut shrimp and ranks the fish&chips as some of the best on Hawaii. Love all the sauces that come with the feast- definitely get the hot sauce. Service was... More 

Thank margoinmaine
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

It was just ok and pretty pricey for a roadside stand. I had the coconut shrimp, which looked really great but turned out to be mostly breading and very tough to chew. $20 isn't crazy for coconut shrimp, but for this quality it is. My wife had the ahi fish and chips and they were fine, just nothing special (about... More 

Thank RMinDC1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Road to Hana at mile marker 29, Nihiku Market Place, Hana, Maui, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Hana

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?