Kauai Restaurants

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  • 1. Hamura Saimin

    $ | Asian

    Folks just love this funky old plantation-style diner—locals and tourists stream in and out all day long, and neighbor islanders stop in on...Read More

  • 2. Hukilau Lanai

    $$ | American

    Relying heavily on superfresh island fish and local meats and produce, this restaurant offers quality food that is competently and creatively...Read More

  • 3. JO2 Restaurant

    $$$ | Eclectic

    This is the newest creation of Jean-Marie Josselin, the renowned chef who brought Hawaii regional cuisine to Kauai in 1990, and it reflects...Read More

  • 4. Restaurant Kintaro

    $$ | Japanese

    If you want to eat at a lively restaurant that's a favorite with locals, visit Kintaro, but be prepared to wait—or better yet, make reservations...Read More

  • 5. Bull Shed

    $$$ | Steakhouse

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

  • 6. Café Portofino

    $$$ | Italian

    The lengthy menu at this mostly authentic northern Italian restaurant is as impressive as the views of Kalapaki Bay and the Haupu range, and...Read More

  • 7. Dani's Restaurant

    $ | American

    Kauai residents frequent this eatery near the Lihue Fire Station for hearty, local-style food at breakfast and lunch; it's a good place to try...Read More

  • 8. Duke's Canoe Club

    $$$ | Seafood

    Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku is immortalized at this casual bi-level restaurant and bar on Kalapaki Beach where surfboards, photos, and other...Read More

  • 9. Eat Healthy Cafe

    $$ | Vegetarian

    A restored plantation cottage surrounded by tropical foliage is the casual setting for this island café. The menu emphasizes local and organic...Read More

  • 10. Gaylord's

    $$$ | Eclectic

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

  • 11. JJ's Broiler

    $$$ | American

    This spacious, low-key restaurant serves hearty fare, with dinner specials such as lobster and Slavonic steak, a broiled sliced tenderloin dipped...Read More

  • 12. Kalapaki Joe's

    $$ | American

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

  • 13. Kauai Pasta

    $$ | Italian

    This simple yet elegant establishment offers some of the best Italian food on the island at moderate prices. Their specials are delicious, and...Read More

  • 14. Kountry Kitchen

    $ | American

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

  • 15. Kukui's Restaurant and Bar

    $$ | Eclectic

    The meals at Kukui's feature Hawaiian, Asian, and contemporary American influences, and the open-air setting makes it a pleasant place to dine...Read More

  • 16. Lemongrass Grill

    $$ | Asian

    The inside of Kapaa's Lemongrass Grill may remind you of a Pacific Rim–theme rustic tavern, with its stained wood interior, numerous paintings...Read More

  • 17. Lihue Barbecue Inn

    $$ | Eclectic

    Few Kauai restaurants are more beloved than this family-owned eatery, a mainstay of island dining since 1940, with a menu that runs from traditional...Read More

  • 18. Papaya's

    $ | American

    Kauai's largest natural-foods market contains a limited, buffet-style café with decent vegan and vegetarian food at low prices. Food items change...Read More

  • 19. Shivalik Indian Cuisine

    $ | Indian

    This eatery provides a refreshing alternative to the typical surf and turf offerings at most of Kauai's restaurants. Boasting no particular...Read More

  • 20. Tiki Tacos

    $ | Mexican

    Tiki Tacos is a notch above most Kauai taco joints, with excellent authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices. The meals are made from quality...Read More

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