Fresh Island Fare: Farm to Table Restaurants on Kauai

The locovore movement is hot in Hawaii, and has rapidly gained momentum over the years leading to new farm to table restaurants to be established all over Kauai. All around the island restaurants that feature a menu with locally grown fruits and vegetables, and locally raised fish and meats can be found. While several offer local food at the casual level, many restaurants combine gourmet cooking with locally grown foods. From the lush North Shore to the sunny south side, farm to table restaurants decorate the island.

Out in Lihue, the busiest part of the island, is Gaylord's at Kilohana. A lovely farm to table restaurant offering dancing under the stars on a historic plantation, Gaylord's is a long standing eatery that has evolved with Kauai's sustainable needs. Nearby on the South Side is Merriman's. Making a home across from the ocean on the sunny and dry side of the island, this is another eatery that focuses on locally sourced ingredients.

The lush North Shore is home to farm to table restaurants including the Kilauea Fish market as well as the Hanalei Dolphin, both offering an abundance of fresh local fish.

Enjoy the abundance of the island with our guide to the ten best farm to table restaurants on the island, and eat healthy and delicious.

Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant and Fish Market
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With a fish market next door, it's no surprise that impeccably fresh seafood is the house specialty. Diners indulge in their favorite preparations along the shores of the adjacent river, savoring baked shrimp, ceviche, crab, and incredible fish...  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

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

Kilauea Fish Market
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There's a whole lot more than fish in store is the market's motto, and they're right! In addition to fresh local fish, they have an ahi fajita burrito, fish tacos, salads, plate lunches and great specials, along with local grass fed beef....  Read More

Harvest Market Natural Foods and Cafe
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Find healthy food in Hanalei at Harvest Market Natural Foods and Cafe. If you're looking for healthy groceries, this is the spot. And, if you're looking for a healthy deli and salad bar, this is also the place to go. It's a great resource...  Read More

Merriman's Fish House

Merriman's Poipu has quickly become a favorite for locals and visitors alike since it made a home in a new shopping center in sunny Poipu. Combining gourmet food with sustainability, the restaurants serves up amazing steaks, seafood and other...  Read More

Postcards Cafe
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Charm runs rampant at this delightful cafe, which brings a touch of Old Hawaii to guests via vintage photographs and island postcards. The menu does wonders with the local bounty, mixing fresh produce and seafood to great effect. In the...  Read More

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...  Read More

Gaylord's at Kilohana

The flavor of old Hawaii runs strong at this circa-1930 Tudor estate, which was once the home of a sugar plantation executive. These days, the mansion and its surrounding 35 acres have been opened to the public as a series of quaint shops and...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

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