Kaua`i may be the smallest of the main Hawaiian Islands, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in great food. In fact, Kaua`i has many truly amazing restaurants that range from casual to resort wear dress up, low to high priced, and all offer a variety of unique and charming atmospheres. There's also a nice wide array of cuisines. Whether you're in the mood or Italian, American, Pacific Rim, vegetarian or sushi, that and more is waiting for you on the Garden Island.
A good rule of thumb while on Kaua`i is to experiment. The island is quite small and drives are short, so don't be afraid to drive to another part of the island to try something new. Try new things while eating on Kaua`i. Many local dishes are available at most restaurants such as unique local fish, tako (octopus), ox tail, interesting vegetarian options, haupia (coconut custard), and a lot more.
For the most well rounded selection of seafood on Kauai, make reservations at the Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant & Fish Market. Outdoor, riverside seating offers a unique tropical ambiance. On the southern shore, the Kalaheo Coffee Co. & Cafe is Kauai's quintessential breakfast joint, with delicious food and coffee. For a hip and modern dinner experience, Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine is the place to go.
So enjoy a culinary tour of the Garden Island, thanks to our list of the ten best restaurants on the island.