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Posted on Jun 10, 2013 | 36 comments

Mama’s Fish House

Mama’s Fish House

Just past the quaint little plantation town of Paia, in Maui’s North Shore, you will find Mama’s Fish House nestled among a coconut grove along the secluded white sand beach of Kuau Cove. For four decades, Mama’s has been serving the freshest local fish in the most beautiful Old Hawaii setting in all of the islands, making it Maui’s top destination for special occasions. Consistently winning both state and national awards, Mama’s Fish House is a destination you won’t want to miss while on Maui.

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Little hut in the front of Mama’s Fish House is the best seat in the house.

A Step Back into Old Hawaii

As you make your way along the the gecko-shaped stones you will feel as though you are transported back to a time of Elvis, Blue Hawaii, and Hawaiiana kitch. The beach-side setting, under swaying coconut trees, couldn’t be more spectacular. You pass under a Banyan tree arch to find a dazzling Polynesian building filled with stunning tropical flower arrangements, one-of-a-kind tiki carvings, and an endless supply of original Hawaiian artwork. When greeted with glowing smiles by naturally beautiful women dressed in vintage Hawaiian dresses and flowers tucked behind their ears you know you have entered into a place that knows the true meaning of aloha.

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Kuau Cove at Mama’s Fish House.

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Drew with tiki at Mama’s Fish House.

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Vintage Glass Fishing Float at Mama’s Fish House.

The Best Seat in the House

Once inside, seated at the best seat in the house with an ocean-view table in a small hut, we knew we were in for a special treat. Right away, we noticed how much everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The whole place was filled with genuine happiness.

When given the menu created just for that day, we found it to be filled with so many delicious sounding dishes it was hard to pick what we would have for our first meal at Mama’s. After going round and round with each other on what we should order, we decided on sharing a table full of their enticing sounding appetizers. This way we could try many different dishes and still have room for dessert.

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AfterGlobe at Mama’s Fish House

Food You Will Never Forget

For our table of appetizers we decided on Tahitian Ceviche, Ono marinated in lime juice and coconut milk in a fresh coconut served with taro chips, Island Prawns Polynesian, succulent grilled prawns on a bed of vanilla sauce, Wasabi Crusted Calamari, and Uku Kama, crispy-fried fish cheek served with soy-chili sauce. The food was so beautifully presented upon its arrival that we almost couldn’t bear to eat it, but that one second quickly passed and we dived right in. Every bite was enticing.

Every plate we tried surpassed the one before with the Wasabi Crusted Calamari and Tahitian Ceviche being both of our favorites. The calamari was so light and fresh you could have cut it with a butter knife. The ceviche was the most flavorful and freshest we have ever had. To say the food was amazing is an understatement. It is by far, the best meal we have had on Maui.

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Our table of appetizers at Mama’s Fish House.

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Tahitian Ceviche at Mama’s Fish House

Save Room for Dessert

The desserts at Mama’s are in a league of their own. The Lilikoi Creme Brulee was the best I’ve ever tasted. I don’t usually like flavored creme brulee, as much as I like vanilla, but the lilikoi bumped vanilla right out of first place. The Polynesian Black Pearl with lilikoi and chocolate mousse in a pastry seashell is one of the most beautiful desserts I have ever seen. It is simply a work of art.

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Lilikoi Creme Brulee at Mama’s Fish House.

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Polynesian Black Pearl at Mama’s Fish House.

We have now been to Mama’s Fish House 4 times over the past year. Every time has been amazing. Every time we’ve ordered new things and loved every one of them. From these additional visits, we also highly recommend the Macadamia Nut Crab Cakes with fire and ice relish and the Beef Polynesian with seared tenderloin in a grilled ripe Hana papaya. Both are absolute culinary perfection. We’ve been there for both lunch and dinner; big parties and little. No matter the reason, our experience has always been top notch.

Was it the beautiful oceanfront open air dining or basking in the warm glow of the Maui sunshine? Could it have been Mama’s exquisite cuisine artfully prepared and orchestrated to perfection in every bite? Or maybe it was the constant special attention that’s been given to us on every visit. We believe it was all of the above along with the people of Mama’s Fish House that go above and beyond perfection with their desire to make you feel right at home in their kitchen.

We look forward to the day we get to return to Mama’s Fish House.

Have you ever been to Mama’s Fish House? What was your favorite thing about Mama’s?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


    • Jessica, you are going to love it! I highly recommend it. Everything there is so tasty. I will warn you, it is expensive.

    • Do it! One of the best places we’ve ever eaten at.

  1. Mahalo Kimmy! What a lovely review and what great photos! We are so happy you chose to write about Mama’s, thank you so much!!
    –Karen Christenson, EVP

    • Karen, thank you for the sweet comment. We can’t wait for our next trip back to Mama’s. Hopefully, sooner than later.

    • Haha, Us, too. In fact, it’s almost always food related.

  2. Ive not been to Maui but its getting higher and higher on the list… and even more so now! I am hungry just reading this post. Mama’s sounds amazing! There is nothing better than a great meal at a great restaurant and this sounds like it exactly fits the bill! Ive made a note of it in my “Things to do in Maui” book!
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    • Nicole, you need to go! You will love it. Make sure to make a reservation at Mama’s when you plan your trip.

  3. I don’t even really like seafood and I’m drooling at this place! It looks fantastic. Dave and I went to Hawaii in October, but we ended up picking Kauai. Next time we are going to Maui and we will have to check out Mama’s.
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    • Yes, you do! Their seafood is amazing. Everything there is so fresh. It tastes completely different that seafood you get on the mainland. They do have non-seafood dishes, as well.

  4. This sounds absolutely amazing!! I am drooling, lol! I love restaurants that change the menu daily–it’s always fun to see what new things they come up with. The atmosphere looks beautiful as well!
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  5. Oh wow the location, venue and choices on the menu all seemed so delightful. I love all the food that you had chosen. Did you have a favourite dish ?

    • It was amazing. You should get yourself there, Sofie.

  6. I absolutely LOVE Mama’s Fishouse, and I rave about it anytime somebody mentions going to Maui. I’ve only been there once, but when I think of my favorite meal ever, I think of Mama’s. I had the Mahi Mahi, which was melt-in-my-mouth to die for. I love how the menu tells you which fisherman caught it and what time that morning. Such an amazing place. The view isn’t bad either ;-)


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