Kauai Restaurants

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  • 1. Hukilau Lanai

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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