Restaurants in Kauai share one thing in common – the food must live up to the views. Fresh food is common on the islands, and many places change their menus daily to offer the best of what came in that day. From fresh produce picked up down the road to fresh fish brought in by way of the water, eating out is an extraordinary experience. Featuring food ranging from organic to gourmet, Kauai is an island filled with master chefs, and signature dishes.
The Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant provides a riverside view in Hanalei with fresh cuts of seafood and a world-class sushi lounge. Whether sitting inside feeling the breeze through large open windows or in the umbrella shaded outdoor seating, the ambiance is all Kauai, and after 30 years of service, the restaurant has proven to serve the freshest cuts of meat and seafood.
Another well known restaurant on the island is Bar Acuda in Hanalei, specializing in tapas and fun island drinks. The atmosphere is welcoming and the restaurant sits near the mountains of the Na Pali Coast and the island’s waterfalls.
Tidepools in the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort features open air hale pili (thatched huts) with waterfalls and koi-filled lagoons. In an effort to utilize natural ingredients and the rich traditions of Hawaii, the menu offers selections that focus on good food and Hawaiian fare.
In Kapaa, Scotty’s Beachside BBQ was created so that every seat in the house has an ocean view, and it works well. The view is almost as wonderful as the mai tais they serve.
The Barbeque Inn in Lihue has a name that will fool you, but food that will keep you coming back (barbeque does not fill the menu, but fresh fish and some of the best pork fried rice we have ever had does). The wait staff is friendly and they are more than happy to explain the menu items in detail.
Duke’s Barefoot Bar on Kalapaki Beach has a casual lounge downstairs and a finer restaurant upstairs, offering fish specials everyday and their famous Hula Pie – a dessert that when served decades ago was enough to cause shipmen to swim ashore from their boats to have a bite of the treat.