Going out to eat isn't always about cravings, but we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - especially when you have hiking, beaching, boating, surfing, snorkeling, and a whole lot more ahead of you. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. Kaua`i may be a small island, but the breakfast possibilities are seemingly endless. We'll direct you to the best breakfast and brunch restaurants in Kauai and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours or menu options.
Once taking in our advice, 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Ono Family Restaurant thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Java Kai, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great latte, coffee, waffle or breakfast burrito, all accented by the scent of locally grown coffee in the air.
Perhaps one of the best breakfast and brunch places is the Kalaheo Coffee Co & Cafe on the south side of the island. This is where you'll find everything from locally grown coffee, to elaborate tasty waffles, freshly baked goods, eggs, potatoes and the average but awesome breakfast fare.
Wherever you are on Kaua`i, just remember that 10 Best has you covered for the best breakfast and brunch on the island. You'll be ready for all the island has to offer.
9 Small Town Coffee
Great coffee, breakfast bagels, and an array of pastries can be found in the quaint Kapaa coffee house. The tasty coffee is organically grown and they open bright and early at 5:30 a.m. to serve it to you. There seems to be a tattoo theme going on with all of the workers, and it adds to the hip coffee house feeling. Located on the side of the road when you're driving through Kapa`a, look for it on the mauka (mountain) side of the highway. Bring a computer and get comfortable or run in and out to get back on the road for a day of exploring. ((808) 821-1604)
The name says it all, the full bar and restaurant is truly a beach side Oasis. Breathtaking ocean views can be enjoyed, and both outdoor and indoor seating are available. A unique and positive aspect at Oasis is that they serve a menu that features 85 percent locally produced food.
Sea food is all prepared wonderfully wit a Pacific twist, meats are served in unique forms such as lamb pot pie and ox tail bao bun. For dessert, don't miss the white chocolate chiffon cake or the haupia, a classic local coconut dessert. The ocean view adds romance no matter the time of day, and during brunch it's not uncommon to see whales jumping in the fall and winter months. (8088229332)
7 Java Kai
If you're the sort who likes to ease into the morning, this North Shore cafe is just the ticket. Cozy ambience and friendly service ensure that you're well provided for, and the wonderful coffee capitalizes on rich beans of the Hawaiian islands. Regulars often sit on the lanai, sipping blends from Maui, Molokai, Kauai, and the Big Island while they munch on aloha bars, a house specialty that combines coconut, macadamia nuts, and chocolate chips. Other options include cakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, and even bagels, along with standard breakfast dishes. (808-826-6717)
6 Kountry Kitchen
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. If you just like being served, order up eggs, French toast, pancakes, and the sort of dishes that come complete and without much diner input. Make it a point to try the Portuguese sausage, a local favorite. This is the place where you'll go and notice that everyone knows each other's name. Sandwiches and burgers can be had for lunch. (808-822-3511)
5 Olympic Cafe
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. Located on the side of the main road through Kapa`a, you can't miss this full breakfast joint. Full-bodied espressos serve as a nice counterpoint to the variety of pastries (including muffins fragrant with pineapple and coconut), while breakfast features French toast, egg dishes, and omelets. Later in the day, you'll find fresh seafood, burgers, chicken, kalua pork, and other local favorites. Kick back for a while and enjoy the food and ambiance. (808-822-5825)
4 Ono Family Restaurant
At this family-oriented establishment, you'll often find folks touting the Portuguese bean soup and the juicy burgers. Breakfast, however, is no mean meal, and you'll find a wealth of tasty dishes to choose from. Hearty appetites will appreciate steak and eggs, and locals can't seem to get enough of eggs, fried rice, and shredded pork. This is where you'll find a modern flair on traditional local food. Further options include luscious egg dishes, well-stuffed omelets, and pancakes studded with tropical fruits and nuts. A meal at this eatery will take you closer to the local closer and bring more of a unique experience to your vacation. (808-822-1710)
3 Ilima Terrace
A lovely setting comprised of lush foliage, water features, and graceful swans invites patrons to appreciate the hotel's natural beauty while they enjoy an array of delicious fare. The open-air venue is a perfect destination for breakfast or lunch, when you can opt for something light like a wrap, Cobb salad, or club sandwich. At the celebrated Sunday brunch, which is a gourmand's dream, you can feast on crepes, hot entrees, quiche, omelets, and much more. This is one of the most gourmet places for brunch around the island, and an ideal locale for family time or a romantic honeymoon breakfast. (808-742-1234)
2 Hanalei Wake-Up Cafe
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, the bright eatery serves up all sorts of breakfast foods, from healthy to just plain good. Coconut-custard French toast is terrific, and the omelets are filled with all sorts of tasty ingredients, a perfect preface to a day on the beach. Fresh fruit and yogurt will satisfy light eaters. This is a truly local spot where residents and visitors alike come to enjoy a unique an quick breakfast before a day around the island. (808-826-5551)
1 Kalaheo Coffee Co. & Cafe
Down on the southern shore of Kauai, this wonderful cafe makes for a terrific respite any time of day. Coffee options are legion and feature blends from South and Central America, Africa, Indonesia, and the islands of Hawaii themselves, as well as right down the road. Hot or chilled, undiluted or laced with cream and sugar, the java is fantastic. To accompany it, go for a muffin or fresh pastry, or indulge in a slice of cake, pie, cheesecake or a wonderful waffle. Creative breakfast and lunch fare consists of burritos, omelets, sandwiches, burgers, and salads equal perfect sustenance when hunger pangs strike. (808-332-5858, 800-255-0137)
About 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 exploring the island. A regular visitor to Kauai, Jade recently authored a full-length Kauai guide book. She is a writer and photographer, whose work has been published in numerous regional and national magazines. When she's not writing, Jade enjoys a good beer, a good surf, and time in her garden with her son.
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