Kauai Restaurants

Dining in Kauai is a unique experience. There are roadside stands that cook up plates of broiled shrimp, fresh ground burgers and ice cold coconuts; fine dining establishments that seat diners at tables alongside waterfalls and island dives. These types of seating keep the locals and tourists coming back again and again. Fresh, island-grown ingredients are favored on Kauai, and bananas, pineapples, coconuts and mangos are often the main ingredient in sauces, salsas and marinades. Fresh fish, like ahi, akule and ono, are broiled, macadamia nut crusted, sautéed or marinated, and baked for dinner right from the sea to the table. Featured food at a luau combines Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures, and often features kalua pig (pork cooked in an underground oven), poi (a Hawaiian staple made from taro) and laulau (pork and fish steamed in taro leaves). Island-style comfort food is a staple at many restaurants. Try the plate lunch with two scoops of white rice, one scoop of macaroni salad and a main entrée, or the loco moco, which is a hamburger patty served with gravy and topped with eggs. For dessert, hit a shaved ice stand, like a local, and try the finer shaved ice packed in a cup and then doused with your flavor of choice. For an even colder, sweeter treat, ask for a shaved ice with ice cream on the bottom. Picking an establishment to dine in can be tricky because there is always a fusion of good food and awesome views vying for every diner’s attention.

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Hanalei Taro & Juice Co

5-5070 Kuhio Highway

A roadside local style lunch wagon serving up healthy Hawaiian food with a modern twist... read more

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Sunset at Beach House Restaurant

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5022 Lawai Road

Fine dining with vibrant sunsets. Visitors can dine inside or watch the sunset from the front lawn without ordering food... read more

Lappert's Hawaii

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1-3555 Kaumuali’i Highway

The flavor of Aloha... read more

e.b.'s Eats

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2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Poipu Shopping Village

Hungry in Hawaii?... read more

Hanapepe Cafe

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3830 Hanapepe Road

Small Town Cafe... read more

Tacqueria Nortenos

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2827 A Poipu Road

Classic, casual Mexican... read more

Postcards Cafe

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5 Kuhio Highway
On Kuhio Hwy. (at the entrance to Hanalei town)

Artful seafood and veggies... read more

New Palms Restaurant

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3-5920 Kuhio Highway

Open-air elegance... read more

La Cascata

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4280 Kuhio Highway
The Princeville Resort

Classy cuisine... read more

Bali Hai

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5380 Honoiki Road
(in the Hanalei Bay Resort)

Traditional and nouveau Pacific Rim... read more

Kilauea Bakery and Pau Hana Pizza

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2484 Keneke St
Kong Lung Center

Fresh-baked Bread, Gourmet pizza... read more

Café Hanalei

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5520 Kahuku Road
Princeville Resort,

Tempting fusion at the Princeville Resort... read more

Plantation Gardens

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2253 Poipu Road
In Kiahuna Plantation Resort

Garden dining fit for kings... read more

The Hanalei Gourmet

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5-5161 Kuhio Highway, #5
Hanalei Center

Delicious deli, cozy cafe... read more

Hanalei Dolphin

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5-5016 Kuhio Highway
Hanalei Dolphin Center

Nautical nuances... read more

Brick Oven Pizza

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2-2555 Kaumualii Highway
Hwy. 50, inland from Poipu

Best island pizza... read more

Hamura's Saimin Stand

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2956 Kress Street

Saimin for all... read more

Kalaheo Coffee Co

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2-2436 Kaumualii Highway # A2
Hwy. 50, across the street from Brick Oven Pizza

Snacks, shakes, munchies... read more


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2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
In Poipu Shopping Village

Fantastic Pacific Rim cuisine... read more

Keoki's Paradise

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2360 Kiahuna Plantation D
Poipu Shopping Village

All-around island favorite... read more
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