Welcome to Kauai
Fresh ingredients, vivid colors, and global-inspired flavors define Kauai’s cuisine. Whether you choose local favorites, fine dining, or just-picked fruit from a roadside stand, fresh local ingredients are always in season on the island of Kauai. Even though Kauai is one of the smaller Hawaiian Islands, there are many fantastic restaurants to try while visiting the island. Keep reading for the best Kauai restaurants.
Where to Eat
The Top Neighborhoods
Hanalei – North Shore
Picture Perfect Hanalei is the laid-back town on Kauai’s North Shore that feels like a tropical dream. You can easily explore the wild and gorgeous Na Pali Coast from Hanalei. Enjoy Hanalei Bay, a 2-mile-long crescent beach ideal for kids in summer when the rough surf turns calm. Hanalei retains the essence of its charm, and you will find just enough restaurants to sustain you for your visit to paradise.
Lihue – East Shore
Kauai’s airport is in Lihue, where you will likely first set foot on the island. The town was founded by sugar planters and is populated by descendants of Filipino and Japanese cane cutters. The area is residential, but you can be sure that Lihue’s restaurants will be serving fresh Hawaiian fare. You will find great deals on dining in Lihue and one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, Kalapaki Beach.
Koloa – South Shore
Koloa is Hawaii’s oldest sugar plantation town and was founded in 1835. Enjoy browsing the shops and dining at excellent restaurants and quaint storefronts under towering tropical trees. The historical plaques around town give a glimpse into the lives of the Japanese-American families who created the very first businesses there.