10 Best Restuarants in Lihue that Shouldn't be Missed



As the busiest town on the island of Kauai, Lihue is home to a delightful selection of wonderful restaurants. Here on the east side is where you'll find many upscale eateries, many in the large resorts. Lihue is were you'll find the majority of hotel buffets on the island, as well as several lovely eateries serving locally sourced produce and meats. There's great food all over Kauai, but Lihue is the central area for more formal eateries.

Newly revamped Gaylord's at Kilohana is one of the top restaurants for a romantic ambiance and locally sourced ingredients. With much of their produce grown on the on site farm, Gaylord's offers a fresh meal and dancing under the stars.

Resting on the beach with full ocean views is Duke's Canoe Club, a local staple serving Pacific Rim dishes and tropical cocktails. Named after the famous Hawaiian Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, Duke's is one of those places that a favorite with locals and visitors alike.

At Kauai Pasta you'll find a blend of top notch restaurant offering traditional Italian food with a bit of after nightlife fun. Two locations on the east side shows the restaurants popularity.

For a mix of tradition, history and fun, make reservations for the Grand Hyatt Luau. Entertainment and tons of food make this a great night, Hawaiian style.

So have fun with our guide to the ten best restaurants in Lihue, and enjoy your culinary tour of the island.




Naupaka Terrace is nestled inside of the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, and is a naturally bright venue offering local cuisine and gorgeous Hawaiian scenery. The plantation-style restaurant features creative Hawaiian and Pan Pacific cuisine, Asian...  Read More




Naupaka Terrace is nestled inside of the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, and is a naturally bright venue offering local cuisine and gorgeous Hawaiian scenery. The plantation-style restaurant features creative Hawaiian and Pan Pacific cuisine, Asian...  Read More




Awarded for creating some of the island's best cuisine, Cafe Portofino also graces diners with an open air setting and soothing views of Kalapaki Bay and the Kauai landscape. The menu focuses on northern Italian dishes, and you'll find...  Read More


Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Luau


This hotel-sponsored luau provides a healthy dose of spectacle, music, and authentic Hawaiian foods. The evening show, Havaiki Nui, begins with a torch-lighting ceremony on the edge of the ocean, heralded by the call of the conch shell. As it...  Read More




Italian favorites served at reasonable prices make this caterer-run restaurant an enticing choice. Friendly servers start you off with delicious homemade garlic bread; after that, select from generously-sized pastas with rustic sauces, classics...  Read More


Kukui's Poolside Restaurant and Bar
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A relaxed, poolside setting characterizes this hotel restaurant, favored by guests and frequented by other diners, too. Located at the Marriott in Lihue, the comfortable place features a menu whose inspiration is culled from Polynesian and Asian...  Read More




Kalapaki Bay makes a stunning backdrop for this lively restaurant, which is popular with visitors to eastern Kauai. The outdoor deck offers terrific ambiance, although the maritime-themed interior is inviting on its own. Ocean-fresh seafood is a...  Read More




In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer, and Olympic athlete, this casual restaurant offers patrons a bit of island culture. An indoor waterfall, live Hawaiian music, and fresh local seafood are among the attractions...  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


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