Best Restaurants on Kauai for Gluten-Free Options

Gluten free (GF) meals aren't hard to find in the Hawaiian Islands. There's a high concentration of restaurants and residents with health awareness on Kauai so the island has an abundance of restaurants with gluten free dishes. Although there aren't any restaurants offering entirely gluten free menus, it's easy to find a good selection of GF dishs at meany restaurants. One reason it's so easy in the islands is the abundance of fresh local fish, locally grown vegetables, and local, grass fed beef that come together to form healthy and delicious GF dishes.

For those choosing something GF from a not entirely GF menu, always inquire about soy sauce. The popular Asian sauce is found commonly throughout the islands, and sometimes a little gluten can sneak in, so be aware. Healthy food stores like the Harvest Market in Hanalei and Papaya's Natural Food's Market in Kapa'a offer an abundance of gluten free ready to eat meals and groceries. 

Gourmet eateries like Gaylord's at Kilohana offer many dishes made with locally raised grass fed beef or local fresh fish with produce, offering a simple and delicious gluten free dish. At the Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant and Bouchon's Hanalei, gluten free visitors can enjoy the best seafood on the island, for a fresh and healthy gluten free meal.

So inhibitions when seeking out a gluten free meal on Kauai aren't necessary. Use our guide to the top ten restaurants with gluten free dishes for a wonderful Kauai dining experience.

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

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

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

One of Kauai's most celebrated Asian establishments, Kintaro has built its reputation on sublime cuisine and unobtrusive service. The eater is hands down a local favorite. Amid serene Asian decor, folks dive into sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki,...  Read More

Spacious and relaxed, this hip spot in Hanalei boasts an industrial feel, thanks to aged brick, exposed ductwork, and copper accents. It also features expansive windows, which fill the place with light and island views. Sushi and sashimi...  Read More

Owned and operated by two local friends who have a knack for making a great steak, Killah Steaks quickly became a local favorite as soon as the road side steak wagon opened. Very casual, and pretty quick, this eatery is a low key, low priced...  Read More

The Shrimp Station
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To peel or not to peel, that is the question at the Shrimp Station. Some dishes come with peeled shrimp, while others, like the coconut shrimp come peeled. Either way, all of the food is great and worth getting your hands a little messy...  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

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

Papaya's Natural Food Market
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Known for its selection of organic, vegetarian, and health-food fare, this market and gourmet deli is as good for eating as it is for shopping. Dining is available inside, but the best tables are outdoors, shaded by market umbrellas. Salads and...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Jade

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