10 Best Restaurants on Kauai's West Side

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Kauai
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Kauai's Wild West manages to fit quite a few great places to eat into such a small area. There's a lot of variation of cuisines on the West Side too, from a true western style steakhouse to awesome road side tacos, you'll likely be able to find whatever you're craving. Down along the sunny coast and far up inland in the high elevation state parks, you can find delicious food from the mountains to the ocean on the West Side.

Marking the start of the West Side is Ele'ele, where you can start your western journey with traditional Thai food at Toi's, or go the other direction and have some great locally beer and food at the Kauai...  Read more »

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    Wrangler's Steakhouse

    Wrangler's serves perfectly cooked steaks and other great dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop in after a day exploring the West Side before heading back to your hotel."

  • 2

    Kauai Island Brewing Co.

    This brewery serves a wide array of locally brewed beer and great food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour is daily from 3:30 to 5:30."

  • 3

    Island Taco

    Island Taco puts a unique twist on their delicious tacos, and serve large portions.

    Local Expert Tip: "Two people can share the double taco plate because it's so big. "

  • 4

    Grinds Cafe

    Grinds Cafe is an easy stop while traveling and you're guaranteed hearty portions here.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you're hungry if you come here for dessert, the servings are huge. "

  • 5

    Lappert's Hawaii

    The locally made, heavy-cream ice cream at Lappert's is the best ice cream on the island.

    Local Expert Tip: "Coffee and ice cram. What more could you want?"

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    Toi's Thai Restaurant

    • Cuisine: Asian, Thai
    • Average Main Course Price: $14
    • Neighborhood: Ele'ele

    Toi's is simply delicious, and they really mix up the cuisine option in the area where no other Thai food is offered.

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll want to enjoy Toi's as the start of your venture into the West Side, because you'll be traveling far past the restaurant. "

  • 7

    The Shrimp Station

    The Shrimp Station serves up delicious shrimp dishes cooked in seemingly endless different ways.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the sweet chili garlic shrimp."

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    JoJo's Clubhouse

    Jo-Jo's is known for offering 60 delicious flavors and finely shaved ice.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't get it confused with another shaved ice vendor down the street that also has Jojo's in its name."

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    Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $16
    • Neighborhood: Kalaheo

    Traditional Italian food served with friendly service in an intimate atmosphere makes Pomodoro the best Italian on the island.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask if there's a dessert special."

  • 10

    Kokee Lodge

    Koke'e Lodge serves good food, but it's the only restaurant for about 15 miles if you're up in the park.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't drive all the up to the park just to eat here, but it's worth sitting down and enjoying a meal if you're up there."



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