Savor Kauai’s Island Cuisine

From fresh fish to grass-fed Kauai beef, fine dining, light fare and traditional trattorias can be found all around the island, promising culinary delights and decadent dishes for any sized appetite. Here are a few of our personal faves:

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Hukilau Lanai

On Plantation Hale Suites oceanfront property you’ll find savory Kauai dining at Hukilau Lanai, a popular restaurant serving seafood, steak, dangerously good pupus, and gluten-free options too. With nightly entertainment and a great wine menu, Hukilau Lanai is one of the best restaurants in all of Kauai.

520 Aleka Loop Kapaa, Hawaii 96746 | (808) 822-0600

The Beach House

This restaurant is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike due to its spectacular oceanfront setting on the south shore. A consistent winner of Honolulu Magazine’s Hale Aina Gold Award for Best Kauai Restaurant, The Beach House has earned a worthy reputation. Chef Todd Barrett is known for his creative twists on island favorites.

5022 Lawai Rd., Koloa, Hawaii 96756 | (808) 742-1424

The Bull Shed

A local favorite since 1973, the Bull Shed Restaurant is known for its quality steaks and seafood. Diners can enjoy a special “Catch of the Day” or choose from one of the delicious combination dinners or beef entrees at this local Kapaa dining destination.

796 Kuhio Hwy., (56) Kapaa, Hawaii 96746 | (808) 822-3781

Café Portofino

Café Portofino provides a Riviera-like atmosphere with a combination of al fresco and salon dining. There are a variety of specialty pastas, fresh seafood, and veal, all enhanced by sauces with an Italian soul. Homemade gelato and fruit sorbets are prepared daily and there’s a cappuccino and espresso bar, so you can linger over exotic coffees and deserts after dinner.

3481 Ho’olaulea Way Lihue, Hawaii 96766 | (808) 245-2121

Duke's Kauai

Mere steps from the sandy beach and decked with dramatic views of Nawiliwili Bay and the Pacific, Duke’s Barefoot Bar is the perfect spot to waltz in sans shoes and enjoy a cocktail or two. Also delve into a Kauai dining menu of memorable dishes including sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, pizza, Hawaiian local plates and pupus. Don’t forget to order a slice of their famous Hula Pie!.

3610 Rice St., Lihue, Hawaii 96766 | (808) 246-9599


Sit in the courtyard of Gaylord’s and experience dining in the open air setting of a restaurant that has been an island tradition since 1986. Sip on island inspired drinks and dine on entrees using fresh seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen, prepared with finesse by an award winning chef.

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue, Hawaii 96766 | (808) 245-5605


If you’re craving sushi, Kintaro’s is the place to get your fix. Guests can also enjoy entertaining teppanyaki style dining, along with tempura, yakitori and hot-pot dishes at this delicious spot. Locals and tourists agree that Kintaro’s is a premier Kauai dining experience with the very best appetizers, sushi and sashimi that will melt in your mouth.

4-370 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, Hawaii 96746 | (808) 822-3341

Merriman's Fish House

Located in the Kukui’ula Village Mall, Merriman’s offers a fine dining experience upstairs with Merriman’s Fish House, as well as a more casual café style dining downstairs with Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza and Burgers. Both menus feature a “Farm to Table” dining concept, with at least 90% of ingredients coming from local sources using sustainable methods. With friendly service, mountain and ocean views, and a wide selection of food and beverage options, Merriman’s is perfect for all occasions, whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or lunch with the whole family.

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St., Koloa, Hawaii 96756 | (808) 742-8385

Tortilla Republic

This chic new restaurant offers flavorful modern Mexican cuisine with a newage island twist. It utilizes all-natural meats as well as organic and locally grown produces to create fresh, bold flavors. It offers upstairs dining and a downstairs bar menu, both indoor and outdoor seating, live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St., Koloa, Hawaii 96756 | (808) 742-8884

Wahooo's Seafood Grill & Bar

Relax in a comfortable setting and savor the most exquisite pacific inspired cuisine that Hawaii has to offer. Try signature dishes like Ono in a lemon-lime blanc butter cream sauce, pan-fried stuffed Kona Kompachi and Grilled Wahooo Sweet Salmon in a wasabi butter cream sauce.

4-733 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, Hawaii 96746 | (808) 822-7833

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