Where to Eat in Kauai: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Renato Branum

Relaxing and pristine Kauai (the Garden Island) is the least commercially developed of the Hawaiian islands. Waterfalls, scenic drives and more than 60 beaches dot the landscape. Some beaches have great snorkeling, others offer child-friendly tidal pools and some are perfect for all kinds of water sports. Dry-land activities include hiking the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali coastline, taking a day trip to Waimea Canyon and experiencing life on a sugar plantation at Grove Farm Homestead Museum.
Things to do in Kauai

1. Porky's Kauai

9630 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue, Hawaiian Dinner, Lunch SGD 5 - SGD 12 +1 808-631-3071
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 469 reviews

Porky's Kauai

An Hawaiian twist on an old american favorite... <br><br>***Friday Night you will find me in Hanapepe at the Art Walk from 5:30-9. Not in Waimea***

Reviewed By dshabby - British Columbia

Food truck located in Waimea.........Happy and eager to please caterers. Easy to find, lots of parking, and covered table to enjoy your meal. Very popular food truck and quite busy around the meal times. When we were there, they are closed Monday and Tuesday......but just check somewhere on the internet in the future as those days may change.


3 things on the menu to chose from. Sausage dog, hot dog and grill cheese, each slathered in a pulled pork topping with your choice of mild or hot and spicy BBQ sauce. We sampled all three and they were all awesome. I liked the sausage dog the best but they are all very well done.

2. Anake's Juice Bar

2827 Poipu Rd Ste B, Koloa, Kauai, HI 96756-8553 Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 808-742-1602
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 157 reviews

Anake's Juice Bar

Aloha! We serve freshly made Juices, Acai bowls, smoothies, wraps, sandwiches and parfaits. Located in Kukuiula store next to Da Crack, Outfitters and Seasport Divers. Just look for the yellow submarine. Mahalo!!

Reviewed By comingtoyourcity - Kirkland, Washington

Yes the sticky buns and shave ice around the island are wonderful. But sometimes you need a healthy alternative. The juice, smoothies and acai bowls at Anake's are wonderful! The pictures other people have posted don't lie. It's hard to choose which one to pick and no matter what you pick, you won't be sorry. Must try!! It's about $8-9 per person.

3. Makai Sushi

2827 Poipu Rd, Koloa, Kauai, HI 96756-8553 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Seafood, Fast Food, Sushi, Asian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 808-639-7219
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 404 reviews

Makai Sushi

Reviewed By Chapsbaby - Atlanta, GA

After reading all the great reviews decided to walk over from Koala Landing Resort. As many reviewers indicated, it's in a small, local grocery store that we thought was cool - but others might be freaked out. Makai Sushi is basically a walk up stand and it's made in front of you. Two people were behind the counter - a gal who was quite pleasant and a guy making the bowls. Perhaps my expectations from all the reviews were too high as my husband and I both thought the prices were high and the food average. $ 16 dollars for a Gorilla bowl at a walk up stand in a grocery store. Glad we tried Makai Sushi but don't plan on going again during our next visit to Kauai - will try Da Crack which is right next door. Do regret not trying the Poke bowls from the grocery store, Ishihara, in Waimea - heard their food is great at good prices - also on the hit list next trip.

4. JO2 Natural Cuisine

4-971 Kuhio Hwy, In a Little Shopping Center, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1553 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Asian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 46 +1 808-212-1627
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 705 reviews

JO2 Natural Cuisine

Reviewed By CalifTravelerOne - San Jose, CA

OK. Maybe keep your socks on but be prepared to be amazed at the range and quality of what they serve here. They offer an Asian fusion using local ingredients. (And some not local.)
From a recent menu: Duck and lobster lumpia, Poached scallop ravioli, and Polenta crusted diver scallops with Vietnamese passion fruit.
We took advantage of the early dinner with wine pairing. The wine pairing was only $10 and perfectly complemented the courses.
Don't try to show up without a reservation.
This is another restaurant we visit every time we come to Kauai.

5. Hukilau Lanai

520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1452 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 808-822-0600
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Hukilau Lanai

Reviewed By Mirmi2204 - Montreal, Canada

Food, service, the view , everything was wonderful : our family had as appetizers the Adam's poke nachos and calamari and as entrées filet mignon, pasta of the day, Nairagi(marlin) and the prime ribs just delicious. We enjoyed very much our last dinner in Kauai. One note : since we were sitting outside , there were mosquitos , so we mentionned to our server and she brought us some insect repellents.

6. Ishihara Market

9894 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Hawaiian, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 9 +1 808-338-1751
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 364 reviews

Ishihara Market

Reviewed By asiana747 - Toronto, Canada

We stopped by this wonderful supermarket to stock up on some various poke before our drive to Waimea Canyon. Huge selection of Poke and Tako. Some really good deals on Japanese bento lunch box as well. I only wish there was another location of this great joint in Kapaa where we stayed for our week long vacation in Kauai! Service is excellent too.

7. Kauai ONO 560

5-5086 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 808-634-3244
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Kauai ONO 560

Reviewed By nippnsc - Chicago

We thoroughly enjoyed dining here. As you can see from the photos, one eats outside,under a large tent, at two long communal tables, nicely set with linen. It is a BYOB place,which reduces the cost. Most people brought bottles of wine, which made it strange that there were no wine glasses. We enjoyed meeting our table partners, and it seemed that was the case with many, as it was loud and convivial. Service was excellent, and there was a bathroom nearby. Ultimately, however, all restaurants need to be judged on their food. This is a fixed price 5-course meal, and the price ($60) is comparable, considering the BYOB policy, to what one would pay in other high quality Kauai restaurants, which are all overpriced. Welcome to Hawaii. The food is all prepared with local fresh ingredients, and though all the courses were good, only one elicited a “wow”reaction. Our biggest complaint is that the portions were uniformly too small.

Overall, this was an enjoyable experience, and we would probably give it another chance when we return next year, but it did not quite live up to the hype and expectations engendered by some of the rave reviews on this site

8. Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company

2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, Kauai, HI 96741-8316 Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 808-332-5858
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 983 reviews

Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company

Reviewed By VacaRick73 - Honolulu, Hawaii

I simply love this place! Yes it can be busy! So don’t complain! Owners Kris and John are always there and are hands on working owners. The food is ALWAYS super delicious. Try the Longboard Sandwich and of course there famous knuckle pastry. Won’t tell you what it is, you can go find out for yourself. A must for breakfast, lunch or dinner(Mon-Tue
Closed for dinner) way Better and cheaper than all the hotels!!

9. Koloa Fish Market

5482 Koloa Rd, Koloa, Kauai, HI 96756-9421 Takeout, Parking Available Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 26 +1 808-742-1018
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 818 reviews

Koloa Fish Market

Reviewed By Anne32825 - Orange, California

Right in the heart of Koloa town, down near the BigSave. The place is crowded with people buying mostly poke which my husband said was about the best he has ever had. We also bought yellowtail to grill at the condo - it was terrific and extremely fresh. The place is busy - go early for best selection. Cash only.

10. Sam's Ocean View

4-1546 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1830 Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 46 +1 808-822-7887
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Sam's Ocean View

We make EVERYDAY GOOD FOOD here at S.O.V. We make most everything in house, including all our desserts, dressing and sauces. We use Imported Chocolate that will take your breathe away. We Hand-Cut our fries from fresh Russet Potatoes everyday. Our Fish is delivered fresh daily and we NEVER, EVER use frozen fish. Aloha to our local fishermen. We have the Best Fish and Chips on Kauai Island. Our bread is baked locally and in house. Our greens are Organic and we cater to GLUTEN FREE ALLERGIES. Our Meat is Kauai Grass Fed and will melt in your mouth. Our Ice Cream is Lappets of Hawaii, the Best on the Island. Our cocktails carefully crafted and make with imported purees and fresh squeezed juices.

Reviewed By digitaleye3 - Santa Barbara

Great, little find, kinda hidden but sporting a great ocean view. It's a bit of an odd space but in a totally cool way. Wedged between a private residence and a small hostel, the restaurant is actually upstairs. And though it's easy to spot from the beach side it's a bit tougher to see from the street. Parking is pretty tight but there is some in front as well as directly underneath the place. Overall it's a bit small but doesn't feel small due to the giant glass roll up windows and very clever bi-level seating. Food was very good all around, waygu sliders being a fav, but, as usual on this island, the fish selection was amazing. Interesting SB connection as well. The GM of Sams is Jill, formerly of Fresco fame :-). Small world it is. Didn't try the actual bar but they sported a short but solid list of tap beers, mostly local-ish with good variety. Service was friendly and great all around. I'd recommend a reservation if at all possible, though if you have to wait they have a comfy little space right next to the bar where you can order food and drinks while you do so. Closed Tuesdays.

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