Kauai Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Kauai - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Hukilau Lanai


    Relying heavily on super fresh island fish and local meats and produce, this restaurant offers creatively prepared food that is a great choice for value...Read More

  • 2. JO2 Restaurant


    This creation of Jean-Marie Josselin, the renowned chef who brought Hawaii Regional Cuisine to Kauai in 1990, reflects his culinary growth. The food is imaginative,...Read More

  • 3. Bull Shed


    The A-frame structure makes this popular restaurant look distinctly rustic from the outside, but inside, light colors and a full wall of glass highlight an...Read More

  • 4. Café Portofino


    The views of Kalapaki Bay and the Haupu Mountain Range are impressive at this mostly authentic northern Italian restaurant, which offers a range of pasta,...Read More

  • 5. Daddy O's Restaurant


    Large helpings of simple but satisfying, hearty fare are the focus at this no-frills spot in the slightly run-down Rice Shopping Center. Breakfast standards like...Read More

  • 6. Dani's Restaurant


    Kauai residents frequent this no-frills eatery near the Lihue Fire Station for hearty, local-style food at breakfast and lunch. It's a good place to try...Read More

  • 7. Duke's Kauai


    Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku (1890–1968) is immortalized at this casual bi-level restaurant and bar on Kalapaki Beach where surfboards, photos, and other memorabilia marking Duke's...Read More

  • 8. Hamura Saimin


    Folks just love this cash-only, old plantation-style diner, though the very simple food doesn't quite live up to the buzz. Locals and tourists still stream...Read More

  • 9. Hualani's Restaurant


    Hualani's is bright, airy and expansive, with an unobstructed view of the ocean, delivering diners a casual yet upscale experience that makes up for a...Read More

  • 10. Kalapaki Joe's


    Both locations—in Lihue's Kukui Grove and in Poipu—appeal to sports fans who like a rip-roaring happy hour. The appetizer menu is extensive, and you can...Read More

  • 11. Kenji Burger


    The humble hamburger gets an Asian twist at Kenji's, a small, casual, friendly eatery that uses 100% grass-fed Kauai beef and also has plenty of...Read More

  • 12. Kountry Kitchen


    If you like a hearty breakfast, try this family-friendly restaurant with its cozy, greasy-spoon atmosphere and friendly service; it's a great spot for omelets, banana...Read More

  • 13. Kukui's on Kalapaki Beach


    The meals at Kukui's feature Hawaiian, Asian, and contemporary American influences, and the open-air setting with a view of the ocean makes it a pleasant...Read More

  • 14. Lemongrass Grill


    The decor of this restaurant known for its eclectic, Asian-influenced menu may remind you of a Pacific Rim–theme rustic tavern, with its stained-wood interior and...Read More

  • 15. Mermaids Café


    Located right on the main drag of Kapaa, this café has an exterior that's a bit grimy and noisy, but it's worth a stop to...Read More

  • 16. Monico's Taqueria


    Monico’s Taqueria is a favorite among locals and visitors due to its hearty portions and delicious, authentic cuisine including nachos and fajitas. The bright, airy...Read More

  • 17. Papaya's


    Kauai's largest natural-foods market, now in much larger digs fronting the highway in the same shopping center, offers a limited menu with decent vegan and...Read More

  • 18. Russell's by Eat Healthy Kauai


    A restored plantation cottage surrounded by tropical foliage is the casual setting for this island café. The vegan menu offers a limited but tasty array...Read More

  • 19. Shivalik Indian Cuisine


    This eatery provides a refreshing alternative to the typical surf and turf offerings at most of Kauai's restaurants. Offering a variety of Indian regional styles,...Read More

  • 20. The Plantation House by Gaylord's


    Located in what was once Kauai's most expensive plantation estate, Gaylord's pays tribute to the elegant dining rooms of 1930s high society—candlelit tables sit on...Read More

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