10 Best Value Restaurants on Kaua’i Span Cuisine Spectrum



You've made it all the way to Kaua`i after plane tickets, new beach gear, cameras and more, and now it's time to cut costs a little. Kaua`i is home to a number of wonderful places to eat that are of high quality and affordable. And what's great is considering the frequency of beautiful sandy beaches, and to go meal can become a beach front dining experience. Pick up whatever sounds good and bring it to the nearest beach or waterfall.

Here at 10 Best we're not going just for best value, but for best value and great food and flavors. At small locally run joints like Red Hot Mama's on the North Shore, you can get flavorful meals made with fresh, locally caught fish for decent prices. Take your meal to nearby Lumahai Beach to make it beach side dining.

To experience local food, drop by the Koloa Fish Market for Hawaiian staples such as lau lau, lomi lomi salmon and kalua pig. Affordability and true Hawaiian flavors is what makes this a tried and true place for locals to eat. For heaping amounts of American fare at a great value, stop by Kapa`a's Olympic Cafe. From breakfast through dinner, the long standing eatery serves up reliable flavor at great prices and sizes.

The list goes on for affordable food, so read through to take a food your of Kaua`i's best value restaurants.




A hit with locals and visitors, the Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. is a spot that all visitors need to stop at and enjoy. Very local style, the restaurant is a local style lunch wagon resting roadside in Hanalei. Serving traditional Hawaiian food,...  Read More




This small and quaint eatery in the heart of historic Hanalei is a friendly place that opens early and pulls in crowds of locals who enjoy its uncomplicated atmosphere and laid-back clientele. Adorned with surf-themed artwork and photographs,...  Read More


Island Taco
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Big portions of tasty food is what you'll get at Island Taco. The roadside eatery is simple, and resembles a Mexico taco stand, but totally clean, safe and awesome! It's order at the counter, where you can get a tiny peak into the kitchen, and...  Read More


Kountry Kitchen
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Simple, unaffected fare is the name of the game at this easy-going spot. There's nothing fancy about the place, and that's a big part of its appeal. If you like being in control of things, create your own omelet from their selection of fillings....  Read More


Olympic Cafe
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Sunny and comfortable, with French doors thrown open to the street, this pleasant cafe invites patrons to stop in for a bite to eat or just a sweet snack. Full-bodied espressos serve as a nice counterpoint to the variety of pastries (including...  Read More




This is a local style spot that serves up fresh fish and seafood to take home and cook as well as eat there and take out dishes. Very local and Hawaiian food like lau lau, kalua pig, and other local favorites that can be pretty darn good....  Read More


Kalaheo Coffee Co. & Cafe
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Down in southern Kauai, this wonderful cafe makes for a terrific respite any time of day. The good size portions are affordable and high quality and tasty. Coffee options are legion and feature blends from South and Central America, Africa,...  Read More


Bubba Burgers
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This irreverent place eschews anything that reeks of pretense or formality, so come with a light heart and a fun spirit. The fantastic burgers, made from Kauai beef, have gained a large measure of local fame; the basic is 1/6 of a pound, while...  Read More


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Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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