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The $64 I spent on three courses and a cocktail was worth it, but I’ll probably just go back for drinks next time.

I’ll definitely return to Down the Hatch, but next time, I’ll go straight to the bar.

Ashley Probst


After factoring in the happy-hour deals, my kamaʻāina (Hawaii resident) discount, and the 15% I got off the price of adult shave ice, my total was $63.88, including tax and tip.

This price point is pretty standard for Maui, and I knew I was also paying for the location, ambiance, live entertainment, and locally sourced fish.

Additionally, since the portions were big, I was able to stretch my order into two additional meals. I had the ahi poke as a late-night snack and saved the grilled cheese for lunch the next day.

I will certainly return to Down the Hatch, though it will more likely be on a night out, as it’s a popular watering hole for locals.

That said, I have yet to try the breakfast menu. With $12 carafes of mimosas and bloody marys alongside dishes like seared ahi Benedict and mango-bread-pudding French toast, it’s calling my name.

It’s hard to say whether Down the Hatch is the best restaurant in Hawaii, as “best” is pretty subjective.

But if you’re seeking a casual setting with good food and drinks at relatively reasonable prices, Down the Hatch definitely delivers — as long as you’re willing to wait in line.

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