If the thought of the breakfast line at Gazebo drives you crazy (it does us), take comfort in knowing that we think your best bet for breakfast in Napili is actually their neighbor, Sea House.
Sea House is the main restaurant at the Napili Kai, a resort that oozes the relaxed Aloha spirit Maui is famous for. The service is friendly and efficient, and the breakfast fare is wonderful. We like the hearty panini, the giant baked egg frittatas, and the friendly egg scrambles. But one of our very favorite breakfast items is the Dutch Baby pancake.
Of course, Sea House calls it a Crater Pancake. Essentially a giant custard, it comes topped with lemon juice and powdered sugar, and it’s perfect. Creamy textured. Crisp on the outside. Bright-flavored and sweet without being cloying: Delicious! The Haleakala Pancake is the same confection, but topped with cinnamon, sugar, apples, and pineapples. Too sweet, in our opinion, but some disagree.
We don’t recommend lunches and dinners here, but we do drive from South Maui to have breakfast meetings here … and if that doesn’t sound like a big deal, ask a local what would taste good enough for them to drive one hour before eating breakfast. The location — immediately on the water — offers beautiful views and fresh air and the same whales (in season) that you can see from the more popular (why?) Gazebo.
Note: our ratings are for breakfast only.
Address: 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Napili, West Maui
Location: Napili Kai Beach Resort Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hours: Daily 7am-9pm; Bar until 10pm