Maui Thai Bistro

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$30 and under
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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.
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vipMadaboutfood
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner...very interesting cocktail preparations and plenty of food choices. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will definitely return. Our previous experiences at this restaurant were for lunch only. The service was very attentive, food was tasty and well prepared. The restaurant is adhering to current sanitary protocol...masks being worn and hand sanitizer available at the entry door. The restaurant was fairly empty but a continuous stream of take-out customers kept the staff fairly busy. An in-house dining experience would definitely be recommended for those who need a change from eating at home.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little Thai spot. Nice to have something different.

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ChristinaB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Restaurant is very busy and we had to wait far too long for our waitress to come and get our first drink order. We ambiance is OK, very loud. The food is very good, but extremely overpriced we had just as good of food at other restaurants in the Maui area for a fraction of the price! The drink prices are absolutely ridiculous! Can’t say that I would go back.

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vipDebR
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to return to Maui Thai Bistro for the great food and were not disappointed this year. The menu now features specials which were shown along with pictures, which I appreciated. The Thai style crab fried rice was outstanding and generous with the crabmeat. My husband enjoyed the drunken chicken, as always!

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vipOKGNfoodie
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food was overpriced and underwhelming.

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MikeM
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our third or fourth time here. Our go to place for Thai food when in Maui!

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RobS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

My rating reflects my experience, not those who were with me as their rating would be higher.

Food: The Thai-Railway (Thai loco-moco) Fried Rice was not very good. About 1/2 the meat was fatty and while the smokey flavor was great, the fat and muscle ruined the dish. Also, the quantity of vegetables was sparse and mostly peas. Those with me had Pad Thai and I tried it and it was very good.

Service: Slow, and my not-so-great dish came late. Not a good experience having to watch everyone else eat while mine was missing. They couldn't wait a few more minutes for mine to be ready and then server everyone?

Seating: Hard metal chairs that ultimately made my sciatic problem worse. I didn't realize how bad this was until I got up as I forced a good posture while seated.

Overall, this experience was horrible. I have been eating here for years and it's usually great. Guess the message here is 1) don't try something new --- stick with the Pad Thai which is very good, 2) bring a cushion to make seating better and 3) ask the server to make sure all food is brought out at the same time if 1 dish will be delayed.

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vipGigi15
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food that was fresh and well prepared. Great value and ample portions. Nothing fancy but great service and a quiet restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Been coming here every other year since the late 1990s. While the place has undergone many changes since then, the food has always been excellent! We usually order the curries. Compliments to the chef.

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vipTomS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Thai food...I think it's the best in Maui. Each dish is carefully prepared and well presented. Meals are consistently good. Nice varied menu. Friendly, helpful staff.

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SusanL
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We really enjoy the food here and service is pretty decent. Didn't check in to see if food ok til nearly finished. They have benches against the wall to sit on which we declined as they're high and awkward with the pillows provided. We'll be back as the food is very good.

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FredK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty traditional Thai dishes. Inviting setting and good service. Took away 1 star due to the chicken being a little tough/ overcooked.

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Ctbarbara
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a 5:15 reservation. We were seated immediately. Had Happy Hour pricing for appetizers and drinks. A bit slow with the appetizer service, given the restaurant was nearly empty. Excellent food however. Panang curry with shortrib did not disappoint! Everything was wonderfully flavorful and spiced to our liking and request.

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vipcharlie8111
San Joaquin
59 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here on a recent visit to Maui. Location not great, as it's in the back of a slightly seedy strip mall in Kihei, but that's Kihei. The service and food were outstanding. The macadamia nut panang curry with short ribs was the best curry I've ever eaten, and I've eaten a lot of curry! Also had the eggplant dish, which was great. Creative use of fresh ingredients. Overall, a great place.

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Rachel
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Horrible Thai. We are from NY but now live in Savannah GA. This place cane recommended by some locals and most of the Open Table reviews are good. I don't know if new chef but all the food was terrible. Curry watery and bland. Salmon old
Shrimp small and obviously previously frozen. Avoid this food

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vipFoodieinMaui
Hawaii
59 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It’s always delicious. We come often!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Thai food we’ve ever had and the spice level is on point with Thai not American standards which we liked.

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vipmk10cambrudge
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have been eating here once a year for nearly a decade. Maybe best Thai food we’ve had anywhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They do not open until 11. Misleading information on open table. Otherwise amazing

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vipOverkale
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The macadamia nut curry with braised short rib meat was very good, and if you don't order that, you're crazy. The server was great and when asked, she steered us towards the curry, one of our favorite meals on the island. This is a strip mall joint with a clean and pleasant, very casual vibe.

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vipnicka
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Thai food with a local twist. We had a very attentive and sweet waitress who gave great advice on her favorite cocktails and entrees. The food was delicious with just the right amount of heat/spice. We will definitely return.

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FabioR
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice place with amazing food! The drinks are also very good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Always yummy. Year after year. If you live in Maui or visiting, go here. It’s delicious!

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Mama
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious!! Would highly recommend this place. If you are sensitive to spice I would probably par it down a bit as it can be spicy but great place. Would come back again.

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DebbieD
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and plentiful. Great experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here on vacation. The curries were delicious! And the cocktails too. Fantastic service. Amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite meals on the island! All of the dishes we ordered were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Seemed unable to handle a full place because it took over an hour after being seated.

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AmberC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience4

After making a reservation for 6:45pm and checking in at 6:38pm, we weren't sat until just after 7pm. Ordered by 7:10 and 45 mins later, after multiple apologies from our server, we were told it'd be another 15 mins (it was actually another 20 mins). And it wasn't just us as the table next to us had also been there an hr with no food... Server told us that she had told the front desk to stop taking to-go orders as the kitchen was waaaaay behind serving actual in house customers, but the owners told them to ignore her. So, for a 6:45pm reservation (which was not honored) we got our food at 8:15pm. Unacceptable. Our server kindly comped us by marking our 3 Mai Thais down to happy hour prices even though it wasn't happy hr. Saved us $6. Food was yummy but pretty average for Thai. Our table neighbors said the same for theirs. All in all? Good food, but, order to-go and avoid the drama!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

We were waiting for over an hour for the food.

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CarolynK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second visit for us ‘mainlanders’ and it was an incredible meal again!

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Norbyj
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

If you haven’t tried the Macadamia but Panang Curry with Short ribs....do it, it will rock your soul!

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MauiDining
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food needs to be hot temp as all 4 of our dishes arrived just barely warm.. Thai food cold does not taste too good.

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Sharon
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was exceptionally attentive and our two curry dishes were delicious.

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DavidJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Some of the best Thai food we've had anywhere, not just in Maui. We're from the SF Bay Area where there's no shortage of great restaurants and we've never found Thai food there any better than this place. The drunken crispy fish with coconut sauce was to die for and everything else we ordered was excellent. We'll be back at least once more before our vacation here is over. Highly recommend.

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jgall43578
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good thai food, great varied menu, very helpful regarding "spice" level. Good drinks as well. Service was very attentive and good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Original order of food was cold, had to send back for new order which was hot this time but bland. Entree was mediocre. Would not return

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vipkiheiboifoodie
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came in for a late dinner Friday night with some friends. Great to see all the regular staff members with their bright shining smiles as we enter the front door. Food was tasty and spaced out accordingly. We love your spot. Be back soon

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Nick
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pumpkin Curry was fantastic!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday dinner at her favorite Maui restaurant. Always excellent service, great food, and a clean, comfortable dining area.

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Maui Thai Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 874-5605.

Maui Thai Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 480 OpenTable diners.

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