An Affordable Maui Restaurant and 6 More Reasons to Visit CJ’s Deli

An Affordable Maui Restaurant and 6 More Reasons to Visit CJ’s Deli

Who says you won’t find an affordable Maui restaurant for breakfast in Kaanapali or can’t enjoy a family dinner without breaking the bank?

Maui restaurant owners, Marilyn and Chef CJ Jorgensen outside their restaurant in Kaanapali.

Chef Jorgensen and his wife Marilyn are local Maui residents with extensive culinary and restaurant management backgrounds. Over 20 years ago, the former executive chef at the Westin Resort on Kaanapali beach, Chef Jorgensen, saw a need for an alternative to the typically expensive resort dining options. To fulfill the need for an affordable Maui restaurant option in the Kaanapali resort, Chef Jorgensen opened CJ’s Deli and Diner in the Kaanapali Fairway shops. Today, our Maui restaurant serves breakfast daily from 7 am till 11. Our lunch and dinner menus are served daily after 11 am until we close at 8 pm. Scan the following 7 reasons to visit CJ’s Kaanapali restaurant during a Maui vacation.
  1. One of the Most Affordable Restaurants on Maui – Though nearly unheard of on Maui and especially in the Kaanapali Resort, most menu items are under $15 and complete plate lunch and dinners are available with daily specials usually around $15 and under $20. You’ll often find shrimp or fresh fish on the daily specials menu board. Sauteed Mahi Mahi with Lemon Caper Sauce served with steamed vegetables is on our menu everyday!CJs Maui restaurant serves sauteed Mahi Mahi with lemon caper sauce.Homemade soups are prepared daily, too. Leave room for Chef CJ’s homemade desserts! From the award winning Hana Bars to homemade pies and ice cream sundaes made from local Maui ice cream maker Rosealani.
  2. Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – We’re open daily between 7 am till 8 pm. The best MauiKaanapali breakfast options include mac nut pancakes with banana and whipped cream. breakfast in Kaanapali is available from 7 am and served until 11 am daily. If you like to sleep in, we offer a limited late breakfast menu available until 1 pm daily. Our Loco Moco, a local favorite, is available all day and includes 2 eggs, steak and rice smothered in brown gravy. Many say we have the best Kaanapali breakfast while others express delight finding one of the most affordable Maui breakfast options. No need to pay $20 for breakfast at the resort hotel restaurants in Kaanapali when you can easily enjoy a full breakfast at CJ’s for around $12.
  3. Air Conditioned Comfort Zone Restaurant – We cater to our customers by not only providing great comfort food at affordable prices but also by providing you with an enjoyable dining experience in a comfortable friendly environment. Take a short break from the Maui heat or humidity to enjoy tasty Comfort Food for lunch or dinner in our air conditioned dining room. Find your comfort zone in our Comfort Zone!
  4. Award winning Hana Bar Sundae with Mango Sauce at CJs Maui Restaurant.Gluten Free and Vegetarian Options – Chef CJ is a European trained professional chef on Maui with extensive experience catering to guests with food sensativities. My daughters have opted for a vegetarian diet and we have embraced our dining styles at home to accommodate their preferences. I often experiment with our evening dinners to create new vegetarian dishes to serve in our Kaanapali restaurant. If you don’t see what you need on our vegetarian menu or Gluten-Free menu, let us know and we’ll do our best to create a meal you’ll be happy with. Be sure to pick up a delicious Acai Bowl at least once or twice during your vacation. Our Acai Bowls with coconut water are topped with yogurt, fresh fruit and granola (gluten free is available without the granola) our on our daily breakfast menu for $11.
  5. Homemade Baked Goods and Award Winning Desserts – From Maui Chef Jorgensen’s award winning Hana Bar Sundae with Mango Sauce to the decadent Chocolate Brownie, you’ll want to leave room for Chef CJ’s homemade desserts! From the award winning Hana Bars to homemade pies and ice cream sundaes made using locally sourced and favorite, Maui ice cream from Rosealani.Decadant desserts like this Chocolate Brownie with marshmellows and chocolate sauce are favorites at CJs Kaanapali restaurant on Maui.
  6. A Restaurant Owned and Operated by Local Couple – Chef Jorgensen and his wife Marilyn operate the Kaanapali restaurant and work in the restaurant nearly every day. The Hana Box Lunch Picnic includes a cooler with FREE Ice refills for the Road to Hana.You’ll often meet Marilyn when she takes your order. Stop in and say ‘hi’ during your Maui vacation. Ask questions about fun things to do on Maui.
  7. Hana Box Lunch Picnic with Cooler and FREE Ice Refills – In addition to a hearty picnic lunches suitable for any activity on Maui, our Road to Hana Lunch Box includes the use of a cooler and ice. For a small refundable deposit, we’ll let you use the cooler throughout your Maui vacation. You can return to the restaurant anytime and as many times as you want to get FREE ice refills, too!

Ready for an affordable Maui restaurant in Kaanaapali? CJ’s is easy to find and hard to forget! Just a short walk from all the Kaanapali resorts or a short drive from anywhere in West Maui, you won’t be disappointed when you visit CJ’s Deli & Diner in the Kaanapali Fairway Shops. Check out our West Maui map for walking or driving directions to one of the most affordable and best Kaanapali restaurants to enjoy during Maui vacations.

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit