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About Maui Thai Bistro

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.

2439 S Kihei Rd
Kihei, HI 96753
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Kamaole Beach Park

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 874-5605

Website:
http://www.mauithaibistro.com/

Catering:
We will cater food for parties upwards of 20 in support Maui's wedding planners.

Parking Details:
Plenty of free parking in Rainbow Mall and adjacent area lots.

Executive Chef:
Prakong Tongsod

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Takeout

Maui Thai Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
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Healthy (3)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was horrible and flavorless. Nothing like any authentic Thai I’ve ever had before and the strawberry mojito nasty. Service was very poor. Never came back to table after food delivered. We were only table at 4pm and took over 10 min for someone to even approach our table. Had to ask for check as they didn’t seem concerned about the experience we were having tonight

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very good Thai excellent bright fresh flavors. Pineapple curry used fresh pineapple.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We made a same day reservation and walked in for a two course dinner. We enjoyed two house cocktails. Every bite on each plate was delicious.

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 (Leipzig)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Soup Tom Ka very tasty other dishes average.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was amazing. All food was delicious and cocktails were unique.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This was a surprise, never had a bad meal there before. Not sure if there is anew chef but the dishes lacked any flavour this time around and were disappointed.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Had the coconut milk based soup which was excellent! Pork salad, beef Stirfry very tasty. Was disappointed with the pad Thai as tasted like sauce was tomato based.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to eat in Kihei. The food never disappoints and the service is great.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We have eaten here once each year for the past several years as we vacationed on Maui. This would be the first time that the food has disappointed. The Tom Kha soup was excellent but it was downhill from there - summer rolls were room temperature and the dipping sauce for them was “three alarm” and the green curry with chicken had none of the refined blending of flavors that we have so enjoyed in the past. Saturday night and not very crowded; something has changed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Awful. The service was poor. Entree arrived before appetizer and drinks arrived last. Lighting over tables in the front room is glaring. Will never return, even though the papaya salad was very good.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Ordered cocktails which never came, even though I asked twice about when they were coming. Food was flavorful, especially the short rib curry.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Have dined here many times and never been disappointed. Great authentic Thai food at a great price. Great Happy Hour Pu-pu's too. Highly recommended.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great food served your way(heat) but tasty none the less. Nice casual environment and great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Disabled Access, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We LOVE Thai food and are often disappointed, so we rarely try new places. But we’ve not had Thai on the islands and decided to give it a try. We were NOT disappointed❣️ This place is legit Thai and everything was delicious! EVERYTHING! Pad See Yew, Pumpkin curry, Panang curry, fried rice and a house speciality cucumber pupu. Delish❣️

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 8, 2018

great place for good food ---not much else to say in a tourist town like kehei its nice to see really good places to eat

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I really like this place. I love they’re sticky rice, beef salad. Service is excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2018

They messed up and left us an hour without even a starter. First they moved us tables to accommodate a bigger group who had finished by the time ours came. Waitress seemed oblivious. By the time the food came which was as we were about to walk I wasn’t hungry anymore. So paid to have a ruined evening basically. They did take off the starter and offer a free dessert to be fair but the damage was already done.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

My girlfriend and I just arrived on vacation and we made a lunch reservation. We ordered the vegetarian spring rolls as an appetizer (which were good). I had the Pad See Eew and she had the Pad Thai both were great!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was very efficient. Too efficient aft. We were in and out in 35 minutes. We felt very rushed. Didn't have time to drink pur tea which was late showing up and we left without being full. It seemed they wanted our table for somebody else. Again the good was excellent.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Maui Thai Bistro has really good food and a nice atmosphere. Been there a couple times now and they do a great job.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Vegan, Hot Spot
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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Vibrant flavors and dishes with a Maui flair! Unpretentious in a strip mall, but truly authentic delicious Thai dishes. Also, a wonderful break from mainstream Maui dinner prices. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing service and delicious food. Huge portions though!! Watch out if you want to order appetizers along with entrees 😉

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was great except the service. I was quite surprised that the service was not good. We were greeted and seated quickly. The server arrived quickly and got our drinks and food orders without a delay. After that it was all downhill. I needed soy sauce and had to ask a random employee for it. It was another 5 minutes before it arrived. Our server finally showed up to check on us and one of our party asked for another drink. The server brought the second drink with the bill. Who does that?

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

While we did indicate we were celebrating a birthday through the app, there was no acknowledgement from the restaurant about that.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Skip the Wailea over priced mess and come here for some fried rice and curry!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was very bad and flavorless. The waitress was a bit rude and not helpful at all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Had a little trouble finding the restaurant, to helps others it’s past several stores on the left hand side. So happy we found it! Excellent Thai food. I had the Thai with short ribs and I would recommend it, I had it mild and it was perfect. I’m not great with heat. My son had his spicy and was happy, he likes heat. Unfortunately my daughter didn’t like the Pad Thai, I agree with other reviewers, there is something different about the flavor. For me the other curry dishes were so good I would order them instead. They also do take out if that appeals. We are thinking about going back before we go home, we liked it that much.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good score.....never noticed it and have been by it a million times. Aloha

Tags: Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Macadamia Panang Short Ribs is the absolute best!

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 (Boise)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nice meal. Very nice wait staff. Would easily recommend and eat there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We arrived on time for our reservation and were not only seated promptly, though there was a line outside, but also thanked for making a reservation, which I appreciated. Service was attentive throughout. Cocktails arrived quickly, and were creative and delicious. We ordered and shared the green papaya salad; mahi-mahi in chili sauce; sautéed eggplant in basil sauce with tofu, and brown rice. All were delicious, particularly the fish, and portion size was perfect. My only quibble would be that we ordered all three dishes spiced medium, but the papaya salad was very spicy, and the two main dishes were a little under spiced. Still, they were all good, with plenty of fresh-tasting veggies. The rest of the menu looked intriguing as well. Price was very reasonable for Maui. Highly recommended.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food for xmas in Maui - this was our first meal on the island and we were very happy

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We always LOVE Maui Thai Bistro. The drink menu is unique. The food is fresh. Service is great!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Luv the Tom Ka soup! I could get that with a drink and be happy. The Tom ka martini( not sure if the exact name) is still my favorite. It’s spicy;) food was fantastic. It was a bit chilly so bring a sweater due to air conditioning. Wanted the cozy corner but a bit too drafty - ended up near the window with a big light shining on us but was able to pull the shade slightly and voila! We will be back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Best Thai on Maui
Great service

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our son was craving Thai food, so we reserved a table at Maui Thai Bistro on a Friday evening. The restaurant was quiet at 6 pm, but rapidly filled by 7 pm. The summer roll was the restaurant’s version of a salad roll; instead of peanut sauce we enjoyed a spicy dipping sauce for the 12 bite size pieces. The pad thai seasoning included a spicy tomato overlay to the classic peanut sauce. Red curry was delicious! A trio of gelato flavors was great effect for dessert. We enjoyed this meal and didn’t feel overstuffed afterwards.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always excellent food and excellent service
I’ve never been disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I am a local and I think this is the best Thai I have had on the island. The food was fresh and tasty. It was visually appealing. The decor and lighting was very nice. I would definitely come back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Awesome food, great staff and service. Will definitely be back on our next visit to Kihei.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Quick seating, great service, great food...would definitely consider coming back

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