10 Best Restaurants to Experience on Kauai's Lush North Shore

Kauai may be the smallest Hawaiian Islands and the North Shore is a small area nestled in a valley, but it's loaded with places to dine. Atmosphere and cuisine options on the North Shore are as varied as the island's terrain itself, from on the go quick eats to hot and trendy places for group dinners, the North Shore offers a unique culinary experience. Take breakfast to go enjoy on a beach, end a day in the sun with music and fresh fish, or have a romantic date at one of the North Shore's delicious eateries.

For date night or a fun night out with the crew, Bar Acuda in Hanalei can't be beat. A chef run bar and restaurant, the hip restaurant is a lively place to hang out that is highlighted with great food and drinks. It's the most modern eatery on the North Shore.

Just across the street is Bouchon's Hanalei, another fresh fish joint that serves up sushi and just about all other forms of fish. On top of that, it's a hot nightlife spot with different live music and dancing most nights of the week.

A true hole-in-the-wall, Red Hot Mama's is located down the winding road towards beautiful Ha'ena Beach, and serves up Mexican food made with freshly caught fish. This is one of those places that easy to miss, but shouldn't  be.

The best restaurants on the North Shore will be able to fulfill any craving, so enjoy your food tour of Kaua'i in between the sights and things to do.

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

A wonderful luau offered my Mediterranean Gourmet, which also serves up renowned food in their restaurant, takes place Tuesday from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Taking place at an ocean front location, and offers a huge traditional Hawaiian food buffet....  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

Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza

Renowned for its baked goods, this enterprise crafts top-quality ingredients into an array of sweet and savory temptations. If you're going for a cup of espresso or chai tea, combine it with a scone, macadamia nut cookie, or danish. If you're...  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

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

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 grass fed beef. Seating...  Read More

Spacious and relaxed, this hip spot in Hanalei boasts an industrial feel thanks to aged brick, exposed duct work, and copper accents that are unique to the rest of the decor in the town. It also features expansive windows, which fill the place...  Read More

Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine
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Hip, gleaming Bar Acuda is a chef-run business that has taken the island by storm. Intent on creating stylish atmosphere and scrumptious food, the North Shore place is a great destination for dinner and drinks with friends or with a romantic...  Read More


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