Over the years, chefs Michael and Dana Pastula have opened multiple Cafe O’Lei restaurants across Maui. Every one has been a winner, and this one is nicest of all. The open, airy dining room is inviting, with hardwood floors, tables separated by sheer curtains, a big circular bar in the center of the restaurant, and a sushi bar and brick oven in back. The food is delicious and a bargain to boot. Call ahead for a midday table—locals flood this place during their lunch break. For dinner, the Maui onion soup (baked in the wood-burning oven) is a savory treat with fresh thyme and brandy. The togarashi (chili) and sesame-seared ahi with ginger butter sauce and wasabi aioli over steamed rice is as good as you’ll find at fancier restaurants, here for nearly half the price. This is a great place to bring a group—the diverse menu offers something for everyone, from prime rib to sushi and even pizza with gluten-free crusts. Note: If you like Cafe O’ Lei, you’ll want to check out Ami Ami ★ ([tel] 808/875-7522), its nearby sibling in the Maui Coast Hotel, 2259 S. Kihei Rd. Ami Ami serves well-priced dishes such as kalua pork hash and eggs ($11) and bananas Foster pancakes ($9) daily from 7 to 11am, and an international menu of seafood, steak, and pasta ($15–$29) from 5 to 9pm.