10 Best Kauai Restaurants Near the Cruise Port

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Kauai
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Docking in Kauai is the moment when beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs, waterfalls and delicious restaurants all become reality. Cruise ships dock in Lihue at Nawiliwili Harbor, the main port of the island where barges, sail boats and tours all rest when coming to Kauai. Travelers arriving to the island by cruise ship for the day will be delighted to find a number of wonderful restaurants, many of which are just minutes from the harbor. 

Just down the street from Nawiliwili Harbor on Kalapaki Beach is Duke's Canoe Club. With locations on several Hawaiian Islands, Duke's is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Named...  Read more »

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    Duke's Canoe Club

    Duke's is famous for their great food and ambiance, and the ocean views here can't be beat.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sit outside for a great view of the ocean."

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    JJ's Broiler

    Overlooking beautiful Kalapaki Bay, JJ's is renowned for offering delicious fresh seafood and steaks.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the Slavonic Steak."

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    Kukui's Poolside Restaurant and Bar

    Kukui's location can't be beat. Resting along side the beach and the pool, it's a tropical and relaxing atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Drop by for a drink before walking the beach and taking a swim. "

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    Gaylord's at Kilohana

    Gaylord's uses locally sourced produce, meats and seafood to create exquisite gourmet dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dance on the outdoor dance floor under the stars."

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    Kauai Pasta

    Kauai Pasta is known for serving great food and has two locations on the east side.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the chocolate creme brulee."

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    • Cuisine: Fusion
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Kapa'a

    Making a home right on the beach, Oasis uses locally grown food and proteins in their Pacific Rim cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Sunday brunch is one of the best on the island."

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    Restaurant Kintaro

    Restaurant Kintaro is known as the best sushi restaurant on Kauai.

    Local Expert Tip: "Restaurant Kintaro is only open for dinner and reservations are necessary. "

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    Brick Oven Pizza

    Brick Oven Pizza is a tried and true Italian eatery, and their Thursday night buffet offers an abundance of dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you have children, ask for a ball of dough for them to play with."

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    Mermaids Cafe

    Mermaid's Cafe serves up unique and healthy dishes utilizing vegetables and fresh seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the ahi wrap and check out the specials."

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    Papaya's Natural Food Market

    As Kauai's oldest health food store, Papaya's serves healthy on the go food from the deli and hot bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get a fresh juice from the deli to go with lunch."



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